Men accused of bilking woman, 91, out of $2.8M
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Joseph T. Carr
Joseph T. Carr
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Jeffrey T. Carr
Jeffrey T. Carr
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MARIETTA — A father and son from Gainesville remain in the Cobb County Jail after they allegedly swindled almost $3 million from a 91-year-old Marietta woman.

Jeffrey T. Carr, 39, and Joseph T. Carr, 65, were arrested Tuesday by investigators with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Fraud Unit on exploitation charges. Jeffrey Carr was also arrested on four counts of theft by taking and Joseph Carr on one count of theft by receiving stolen property.

Jeffrey Carr remains in the county jail on a $500,000 bond, and his father is held on a $100,000 bond.

According to warrants, Jeffrey Carr is accused of taking $2.8 million from the elderly woman by influencing her to sign over her power of attorney and accepting fees, rent payments, commissions, legal fees and other charges.

He is also accused of moving her to a rehab facility in Gainesville, “essentially isolating her from contact with her daughters and friends, despite the victim’s initial request to go to a facility close to her residence in Cobb County,” according to a release by the Sheriff’s Office.

Jeffrey Carr later took her out of the assisted living home in Gainesville and moved her into a bedroom in his parents’ home.

Joseph Carr is accused of accepting a total of $691,920 from the elderly woman’s accounts between 2011 and 2013.

Some of the money has been recovered by investigators while working with the Cobb District Attorney’s Office and Adult Protective Services through seizures of bank accounts in the name of Jeffrey Carr and the woman.

Search warrants executed by the county fraud unit resulted in investigators confiscating four Cadillacs and two Rolex watches, which they believe were purchased with the woman’s money.

Nancy Bodiford with the Sheriff’s Office said investigators can’t say exactly how much money has been confiscated, but they have frozen several bank accounts totaling $1.5 million.

She also said the case has been “extremely active and ongoing,” and information about the relationship between Carr and the elderly woman cannot be released.

Anyone with information on other exploitation incidents or the abuse of elders, can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (770) 499-4752.

Ways to avoid being scammed

Pat King with the Georgia Division of Aging said crimes like the ones Jeffrey and Joseph Carr were arrested for are “exploding.” And the elderly are particularly at risk because they are more often targeted by swindlers.

“We’re seeing more and more (cases),” she said Wednesday. “In fact, I’d say 90 percent of the crimes against the elderly are money driven.”

She said in the past cases involving elderly victims and their powers of attorney have been civil matters, but that doesn’t give an individual the authority to steal from someone.

King said predators can be clever in how they gain trust from a senior citizen.

“They will make friends with you and slowly but surely isolate you, gain your trust, and that’s when they start appearing on bank accounts, financial statements or assets,” she said. “We just need to start looking out better for our older population.”

King recommends taking these steps to avoid elder abuse or exploitation for the general public:

• Get on “Do Not Call” lists;

• Don’t sign any document just placed in front of you;

• Shred anything that comes in the mail with personal or banking information on it;

• Get caller ID;

• Get periodic credit checks;

• Never provide personal information to someone over the phone;

• Have a trustworthy person look over bank statements;

• Get an attorney who specializes in laws that apply to senior citizens; and

• Stay in touch with elderly family members.
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I knew it!
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June 22, 2013
Very complicated story and so many people involved...GOD WILL JUDGE THEM.
A guy
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May 03, 2013
What guy would do this. Think about these people's family's. I bet their wives didn't know a thing and when the police knocked on the door they were probably heart broken.
anonymous
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May 02, 2013
I hope these two greedy conniving evil doers get long long prison terms. They deserve a cold prison cell. Stealing from older seniors is the same as stealing from children or handicapped.

The newspapers must get it out to the public when they get caught & prosecuted, so others will get the picture of how the law does protect when evil is caught.
Pity and Shame
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May 02, 2013
I blame this lady's family completely and 100 percent for all of this. I think in all likelihood the family did not know the extent of this lady's wealth. How can you ignore someone that much, then cry when they are taken advantage of? This lady's family very, very clearly ignored her. While it is a tragedy how she was swindled, what is not a tragedy is that her neglectful family did not profit from her. This is not something that was going on behind the family's backs. How can you move an elderly person into your home without the family knowing that if the family is involved and comes to visit? How could this go on for over 2 years and more? Tell me who this 91-year-old woman is, and I will go sit by her side and read, comb her hair, sing, etc. every night for an hour. Just to let her know somebody truly loves her.
One that knows
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May 04, 2013
I know a lot about this particular situation... The family is not to be viewed with contempt. These two are solely responsible for what happened.
1legup
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May 02, 2013
I agree with "just wait". An elderly person of her means should not of had free access to all her attsets. Her family should not have allowed her to have been moved that far out of her own comfort zone. Given here means she could have hired live-in help and stayed in her own home.

Either way, it's good knowing GOD is the great equalizer, and that this duo of low-life and son will spend an eternity fanning the flames of hell!
thisisdespicable
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May 04, 2013
The older gentleman was teaching sunday school.
bobby20394
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May 02, 2013
What county are the civil cases in?
Ole Lady Money
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May 03, 2013
Cobb County. Google cobb county Civil lawsuit, and you can search by name, last name first.
Just Wait
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May 02, 2013
Such a pity that scum like this steal from the elderly. An even bigger pity that this ladies family ignored her to the point where something like this could happen in the first place.
Judge Not
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May 02, 2013
Why do you assume the - ladies (sic) - lady's family ignored her. A look at a pending civil suit against the same group shows they were bilked and lied to as well.
fredjaredj
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May 05, 2013
imagine....now they will use her stolen money to hire attorneys to defend themselves.....
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