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Australia Power of attorney allegedly used to defraud elderly woman of nearly $3 million

13:45  09 october  2019
13:45  09 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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File image of an  old woman hand© Getty Images File image of an old woman hand A woman accused of using an enduring power of attorney to fleece an 85-year-old woman out of almost $3 million has faced a Brisbane court on fraud charges.

Police are alleging that between February 2018 and January this year, the 77-year-old woman illegally obtained about $2.86 million from the victim, who the ABC understands was incapacitated after suffering a stroke.

The accused allegedly made a number of withdrawals from the older woman's account, including depositing $297,000 into the bank account of a male co-accused.

Detectives alleged the money was used for the pair's personal benefit.

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United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said of the case, “This defendant, an attorney formerly He entered into trust agreements with the defrauded clients, many of whom were elderly , and As the result of BAIN’s fraud, this victim lost nearly million and was no longer able to pay for her assisted

The ABC understands it allegedly included hundreds of thousands of dollars that was spent at casinos.

Police launched an investigation in July following information from the Office of the Public Guardian and the Public Trustee, culminating in State Crime Command detectives raiding two homes at Coorparoo in Brisbane's south-east.

Detective Acting Superintendent Vince Byrnes of the Financial and Cyber Crime Group urged the community to be vigilant against this type of offending.

"Misuse of an enduring power of attorney is a serious offence, and the alleged offending in this case could be considered a form of elder abuse and a grave abuse of trust," he said.

"Our investigation and these arrests demonstrate the Queensland Police Service's commitment to pursuing this type of offending and those responsible for the alleged exploitation of vulnerable members of our community.

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A power of attorney (POA) or letter of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal, grantor, or donor (of the power ).

He had co- power of attorney for the woman and was co-personal representative for her estate, according to court documents. Insurance payments added about .1 million to the value of the estate. He allegedly stole more than ,000 from the victim between June 1, 2010, and Dec.

"This investigation was assisted by concerned parties observing and reporting warning signs, and we would encourage members of the public to continue to report suspicious activity to police.

"It is also timely to remind community members of the importance of seeking independent legal and financial advice when considering the appointment of a power of attorney."

The 77-year-old woman was charged with two counts of fraud involving dishonest application of property greater than $100,000.

She faced the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where she was granted bail.

Her case is due to return to court next month.

A 49-year-old male was charged with one count of fraud, two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count of possessing a utensil.

His case will be heard again on October 29.

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