Missouri House to debate expansion of elder abuse law

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 9:56 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation adding financial exploitation to crimes covered by Missouri's elder abuse law is ready for debate in the Missouri House of Representatives.

The bill would make it a crime for certain people in authority to take advantage of the state of mind of someone 60 years or older for financial gain. The provision would apply to people who have guardianship, power of attorney or some other financial management role for seniors.

If money stolen from a person of that age had been meant for nursing home expenses, under the bill a judge could order the money sent to the home.

The bill was sent to the House on Tuesday after clearing committee review. The Senate has already approved the measure.


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