Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Elderly Most at Risk of Theft by Own Children

By Sarah Womack, Social Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 2:01am GMT 30/01/2007

Greedy middle-aged sons and daughters are the people most likely to rob their parents of money, valuables and even their homes, according to a report today.

However, the report shows that 53 per cent of theft, fraud and deception was committed by the victim's children.

Gary FitzGerald, the chief executive of the charity, said: "This is a horrendous state of affairs. It may seem inconceivable to most of us that a son or daughter could stoop to such appalling depths.

The majority of perpetrators were sons or daughters aged 41 to 60.

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