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December 12, 2008

Elder Abuse: Woman Convicted of Financial EA. and Neglect (CA. USA)

Jury convicts woman of financial elder abuse, neglect
by Lake County News Reports
11 December 2008

LAKEPORT

Following a five-week trial a local woman has been convicted of felony financial elder abuse and neglect.

On Wednesday, a jury convicted Glenhaven resident Shauna Michelle Brewster, 53, of one count of felony financial elder abuse and one felony count of elder abuse/neglect, according to Senior District Attorney Rachel Abelson, who prosecuted the case and is assigned to all elder abuse cases in the Lake County District Attorney's Office.

Brewster, as Russell's conservator, had the authority and responsibility to control his finances for his benefit, said Abelson.

Thanks to the attention and care of Meadowood Skilled Nursing Facility Staff and other individuals involved with the conservatorship proceedings, the Lake County District Attorney’s office got involved in the investigation of abuse and filed charges, Abelson reported.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for Jan. 12, 2009, Abelson said.
Brewster, who was defended by attorney Don Anderson, faces five years in prison, Abelson said.

Abridged
SOURCE: Lake County News (CA.)
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