https://www.flickr.com/photos/130391835@N08/ Chuck Creighbaum Has Learned This: The abuse, exploitation and neglect of the elderly in Florida is a disgrace. As the average age of the population continues to rise, the "dirty little secret" of elder abuse has quietly become a national epidemic. Each year, more cases of elder abuse and neglect occur, and it is estimated that only 1 in 14 cases are reported. It is the responsibility of the State, the judicial system, law enforcement, health care providers, social service agencies, and our communities to protect the health and welfare of this vulnerable group. Often it is a crime. In many cases abusers break the law and can be charged with a criminal offense. Victims of elder abuse know their abusers. Most victims of elder abuse depend on the people who hurt them. Elder abuse also includes financial exploitation, or misuse of property by fraud, trickery, duress, or force. If someone close to an older person convinces him or her to sell personal property, or steals money, pension checks, or possessions, this is elder abuse. Theft, fraud, forgery, extortion, and the wrongful use of Personal Property can also be elder abuse, and are likewise crimes under the law. It is Virtually Impossible to report Financial Abuse Suffered by a Disabled Elder in the State of Florida…Tallahassee has passed laws against it, but there are NO VENUES to Report the Crime to in Pasco or Pinellas! State Attorney Bernie McCabe needs to be VOTED OUT OF OFFICE! As far as we know or are able to determine, there are zero cases in Florida involving the crime of misprision of felony. Such offense is not proscribed by the statutes of Florida, but was a crime at common law, and I suspect it’s a crime in many States. On 3/8/2013, Henry B. Case made many false statements in a PETITION FOR INJUNCTION FOR PROTECTION AGAINST REPEAT VIOLENCE, case 13-2942-FD. I, personally would like to see Henry B. Case PROSECUTED for filing that false statement against me. Florida Law Stinks when a ripoff Artist like Henry Bradford Case is allowed to use a Domestic Violence law to Prevent me from continuing to beg with hat in hand for Monthly Payments from him like I was forced to do for eight or ten years! I informed the Judge at that hearing that Henry B. Case was Lying, and that I was VERY UNHAPPY that I was not able to present MY SIDE of the case at all. The Judge in that case was adamant in refusing to allow me to present my side…The side of a 74 year old cripple, with X-Rays on my evidence table of a broken back, bad knees, bad hips, and too winded from smoking for 50 plus years to walk more that a few steps without having to stop and rest…How that cripple with no fingers could pose any danger at all to a six foot four muscular man in the prime of his life…A man with almost twice the boxer’s reach and fists to match. Irene and I had finally been able to assemble enough information to file a civil suit against Henry B. Case, and I was on Savannah Ave in readiness to point Henry B. Case out to my process server so he could be served. There was No Truth in the man, during this period either. Henry B. Case LIED TO THE POLICE, by telling them that he would accept service. We have affidavits from multiple process servers, and there were reports made by Deputy Charles Gilmore of the Pinellas Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Deputy Gilmore later apologetically served me with the summons for the above. 13-2942-FD. Historically, in the state of Florida there have been problems with cooperation and coordination between Adult Protective Services (APS) and the law enforcement agencies when they respond to elderly complaints. APS investigates abuse, neglect and exploitation and provides social services to protect vulnerable adults from harm. The law enforcement agencies conduct the formal criminal investigation that could potentially lead to arrests of predators. When complaints were ignored or mishandled, both parties would often complain of either an improper or lack of response by the other. In 2002, the Florida legislatures ordered the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, OPPAGA, to report on the progress of the signing of the agreement that was mandated back in 2000. OPPAGA is simply a staff unit of the legislature that examines and reports on agencies and programs to improve services. In 2003, several years after the initiative began, OPPAGA reported that only 129 of the 346 law enforcement agencies had signed the agreement. As a result, the legislature placed a deadline of March, 2004 for all law enforcement agencies to sign the agreement. Finally, by October of 2004, 342 of the 346 agencies signed this contractual agreement of interagency cooperation and OPPAGA released a report titled, “Most Adult Protection Working Agreements Signed, But Have Had Limited Effectiveness (Report No. 04-73)”-Chuck Creighbaum does not believe that neither Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco or Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri have even heard of this document, much less agreed to do anything about it. Is that you, Bernie McCabe State Attorney Pinellas and Pasco Counties Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida The report begins with an introduction that states,“Several problems relating to a lack of coordination between the program and local law enforcement continue to delay the provision of APS and/or hinder criminal investigations.” Put simply, this means, “They signed it, but they’re not doing it.” OPPAGA then recommended,“…increased training, written local protocols and periodic meetings to improve the effectiveness of working agreements.” Blunt translation, “We recommend that the agencies do what they agreed to do in the first place.” | Welcome to FLORIDASTATELAW.INFO