What to do if a family member is stealing money from 87 year old grandma, who has Alzheimers?

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What to do if a family member is stealing money from 87 year old grandma, who has Alzheimers?

I have power of attorney. iI want to pursue criminal charges but don’t necesarily want family member in prison for 10-20 years. Do I have a choice once/if criminal proceedings begin? How to proceed?

Asked on December 5, 2012 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

No, you do not have control over the criminal proceedings once initiated: once you report the crime, the authorities (police, prosecutors) will decide what charges to pursue. They may take your request or recommendation into account, but are not obligated to do so.

Another option is to sue this person in civil court for the return of the money; as someone with the power of attorney, you have the authority to do this.


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