Thursday, May 17, 2007

Woman, 30, Arrested For Alleged Elder Abuse

(CBS) PALM SPRINGS, Calif. The caretaker of an 89-year-old Palm Springs resident was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of financial elder abuse and embezzlement after she allegedly cleaned out the victim's bank account and purchased a sport utility vehicle in the woman's name, authorities said.

Gwen Marie Hogan, 30, of Desert Hot Springs, was hired to care for the blind Alzheimer's patient, who also suffered from congestive heart failure, but instead took advantage of the woman, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mitch Spike alleged.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation was encouraged to contact Palm Springs police at (760) 346-7867.

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