Two Women Recently Plead Guilty To Elder Abuse In Two Separate Cases

Two Women Recently Plead Guilty To Elder Abuse In Two Separate Cases

Two “In-home health care workers”, recently plead guilty in two separate cases of elder abuse in Amador County. According to the Amador County District Attorney’s office, the first defendant Melissa Mendoza worked as an in-home health care worker in the home of a 79 year-old man, who was legally blind and needed services for day-to-day living. Mendoza was hired to do cleaning and chores for the victim, but instead stole several thousand dollars in cash from the victim over a period of 4 months. In the second case the defendant Shaylee Scott worked as an in-home health care worker for a 91 year-old World War II Veteran who also relied on the help of others for basic daily needs. Scott was entrusted to use the victim’s credit card to purchase his groceries, lunches, and other required items. However, she also used his credit card to take cash advances and pay her own bills without permission. Both women plead guilty in the two separate cases. Elder or dependant abuse is the abuse of someone at least 65 years old or a dependant adult with physical or mental disabilities that prevent or hinder normal daily activities. Help is available for victims of elder and dependant adult abuse through the Amador District Attorney’s Victim Witness Assistance Program.

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