Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Crime And The Elderly

When people discuss the problem of the elderly and white collar crime, generally, they are referring to the problem of how senior citizens are often the targets, or victims, of fraud.  But that certainly isn't the only connection between senior citizens and crime!  Today, I read a CBS News report which indicates that, in Harrison, New York, an elderly woman is actually the accused perpetrator of the crime.  Specifically, the report indicates that Ms. Florence D'Imperio, a 90 year old woman, has been accused, along with several others, (including local government employees), of stealing food from their local food bank.  The elderly woman had reportedly been a volunteer at the food bank.  The report also suggests that the food wasn't being taken simply because the accused individuals were hungry.
As a former prosecutor and, currently, as a criminal defense attorney, I never cease to be amazed at what people will do!  Have you heard of any unusual crimes like this one?  Of course, it is important to emphasize that Ms. D'Imperio is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Here's also hoping that she will get a good criminal lawyer to help her deal with her own special problem involving crime and the elderly! 

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