BY PATRICIO G. BALONA, STAFF WRITER
February 15, 2012
DELAND -- Poring over three years worth of reports, Officer Rod Hancock could not find evidence that a scam has been committed against a senior in DeLand, he said.
But that's not to say crimes against seniors do not occur. Some don't report the crime for fear of embarrassment, Hancock said.
For instance, in February 2010, police records show Matthew Hines, 41, was arrested and charged with exploiting a 64-year-old disabled woman recovering at a nursing home after being hospitalized with a stroke.
Police said Hines cashed several of her checks without her permission.
The DeLand Police Department has taken a proactive approach to help prevent seniors from becoming victims of crimes.
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