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In yet another example of taking advantage of an elderly person, we look to Montana where an eighty-two year old nursing home resident was apparently supporting a woman and her two children, without knowing it
Jerome Wilson lives at Park Place Health Care Center in Great Falls, Montana. He suffers from dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Somehow, Tamara Belcourt reportedly managed to get appointed as Wilson’s Power of Attorney, despite the fact that he was unable to consent to the appointment.
In March 2010, a case worker interviewed Mr. Wilson and determined that he was delinquent in his payments to the nursing home in which he lived but he was unaware of his financial situation. The case worker consulted Belcourt and discovered that Belcourt had used Wilson’s monthly income from Social Security and a pension plan to support her two children, reportedly withdrawing more than $11,500 from Wilson’s bank accounts. None of the money withdrawn was used to support Wilson.
Belcourt faces charges of felony elder abuse and/or exploitation. Her bond is set at $5,000.