Dec 15, 2014 4:57 PM
"It was almost like we were doing the crime not the guy taking advantage of my father,'' Gary Titus said.
That's how police and prosecutors made this Raymond man feel when he told them that in 2010 a family of swindlers using forged bank notes took everything from his late father, Wendell.
"It was a friend of his that was taking and getting close to him and we didn't realize it until the end that he had transferred a quarter million dollars to him,'' Titus recalled.
Wendell's final days were a sad tragedy but Gary made sure they became the inspiration for a new law creating the crime of financial exploitation against seniors or impaired adults.
Attorney General Joe Foster said he's looking forward to using it to bring these preying con artists to justice.
"Today New Hampshire is sending a strong and much needed message to those who would exploit the elderly or impaired adults for financial gain. You will now face serious consequences for the result of your greed and exploitation,'' Foster warned.
As of Jan. 1, the law allows state and local police to work jointly or separately and creates a mandatory prison term of up to 15 years for anyone getting away with more than 15 hundred dollars.
To Governor Maggie Hassan, the law rights a wrong in that those with failing physical or mental health had less power.
"You count whether you are physically able or having mobility challenges,'' Hassan said. "You count whether your mind is very, very sharp and you count if you have begun to suffer the effect of Dementia or other disease.
Gary Titus says the law will also bring closure to families like his who only discovered the serial theft after Wendell's death.
"We didn't get to say goodbye to my father. We didn't get to mourn over his loss,'' Titus added.
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