NH AG: Man indicted after financially exploiting his elderly mother
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CONCORD — A New Hampshire man has been indicted on several charges after stealing over $300,000 from his elderly mother.
Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald found Jerry Newton, 53 of Hillsborough, guilty on 4 counts of financial exploitation of an elderly, disabled or impaired adult.
Court documents show that Newton was the power of attorney for his mother, which allowed him to misappropriate funds that should have been used for her sole benefit.
Investigators believe the total amount of the alleged theft is $328,375.96. The time frame of the theft spanned from September 2015 through August 2016.
New Hampshire law RSA 631:9 provides that any person, in a breach of fiduciary obligation, who takes either temporarily or permanently the property or financial resources of the elderly, for the benefit of someone other than the elderly, is guilty of financial exploitation. For the purpose of this statute, a person is considered “elderly” if they are 60 years of age or older. The maximum penalty for each indictment is 7 ½ to 15 years in the New Hampshire State Prison and/or a fine of $4,000.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of health care providers accused of defrauding New Hampshire’s Medicaid program.