Giving people the benefit of the doubt is something that we as humans attempt to do on a daily basis. While there is nothing wrong with this principle, we do need to use caution because there are many individuals that will abuse it. Financial Elder Abuse is one example of when too much trust of the wrong people goes awry. […]
Seven years. That is the amount of time it took Father Pete Valdez to embezzle $284,000 from 79-year-old Michalana Jones.
After Jones’ husband died in 2003, Valdez befriended Jones and slowly began to scam her out of her savings. Valdez used $150,000 of Jones’ money to buy a home and convinced Jones to attach his name to her checking account. […]