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Posted on: May 4, 2022

WOMAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING FROM GRANDMOTHER IN COUNTY’S FIRST CONVICTION OF NEW EXPLOITATION LAW

A Bensalem woman will spend close to one to two years in the Bucks County Correctional Facility for stealing $6,500 from her 89-year-old grandmother in the county’s first conviction of a recently passed law aimed at protecting seniors from financial abuse. 

Rebecca Scott, 43, of Argyle Way, entered guilty pleas on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to financial exploitation of an older adult or care-dependent person, theft by unlawful taking, access device fraud and forgery, all felonies of the third degree. 

The new law of “financial exploitation of an older adult or care-dependent person” went into effect on Aug. 29, 2021. 

The law makes it a felony for a family member or other persons in a position of trust to wrongfully or without authorization take or attempt to take money, property or other assets from older adult or care-dependent person. An older adult is defined as anyone over 60.

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