Manhattan Businessman Charged In Elder Abuse Case

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — A Manhattan businessman has been charged with grand larceny, forgery and other charges after stealing more than $330,000 from a 98-year-old semi-retired lawyer, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced Friday.

1010 WINS Stan Brooks with the story from the DA’s office

Harry Abrams, 76, allegedly began the financial abuse after the victim broke his hip in July 2009. According to a release on the Manhattan DA’s website, Abrams ran several companies from his office in Midtown and allowed the victim to use his office space “for a few legal matters he was handling for private clients.”

At a news conference Friday, Assistant DA Elizabeth Loewy said Abrams had access to the victim’s financial information and when he was hospitalized, Abrams “committed forgeries and cashed out and redeemed several CDs.”

WCBS 880 Reporter Irene Cornell with details from Loewy

The DA’s office said Abrams used a bank account under his deceased wife’s name to hide the movement of the funds. Abrams allegedly used the money to pay for a trip to Puerto Rico and other expenses at Jenny Craig, Costco and Lands’ End.

Vance Jr. said senior citizens were often victimized by criminals, who believed their crimes would go unnoticed. He also praised the work of the office’s Elder Abuse Unit.

“I think the importance of the case…reflects the work of the office and this unit in protecting especially particularly vulnerable victims,” Vance said.

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  1. daughters for mother says:

    Glad that NY city prosecutes for elder abuse and exploitation. In Washington State Pierce County our elder had over $300k stolen, banks accounts changed, beneficiaries changes and CD’s cashed with NO PROSECUTION. The family has a Democrat last name, well known, yet when it was referred to the police and prosecutors they look the other way. Read our story
    http://www.for-the-love-of-mother.com/

  2. KPMc says:

    Elder ABUSE??? Really???? I’m not condoning robbing or swindling anyone but using the term Elder Abuse at all, never mind in the headline, is extremely misleading.

    Is that really what the DA office’s Elder Abuse unit was created for? Shouldn’t this just fall under the heading of good old-fashioned grand larceny?

    1. GP says:

      Give me a break Targeting old folks and stealing from them is elder abuse, just like beating them up is elder abuse — and not just good old-fashioned assault.

    2. daughters for mother says:

      Our mother had over $300k stolen, checks written, beneficiaries changed, CD’s cashed and no prosecution in Washington State. Sibling who took monies was referred to the prosecutor and police to investigation. Result no prosecution. The family has a prominent Democratic last name. Read our story
      http://www.for-the-love-of-mother.com/

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