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The Thunder Bay Police Service has charged a Calgary woman following an investigation into suspected elder financial abuse.

The investigation began in May 2020 after a concerned family member reported suspicious banking activity to the Thunder Bay Police Service.

As a result of a six-week investigation, a TBPS Crimes Against Seniors investigator learned the suspicious banking transactions of more than $82,000 occurred over a five month period. Police also learned the 82-year-old victim was defrauded of nearly $20,000 by other fraudulent means.

Police identified a suspect to be another family member.

As a result of the investigation the accused, a 56-year-old Calgary woman, turned themselves in to police on Thursday, June 11, 2020. She is charged with:

• Fraud Over $5,000
• Theft Over $5,000
• Criminal Breach of Trust
• Theft by Person Holding Power of Attorney

The accused has a scheduled court appearance in Thunder Bay on Aug. 28, 2020.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Thunder Bay Police are taking this opportunity to help raise awareness about Elder Abuse.

Elder Abuse can be psychological, emotional, sexual, physical and financial. For more information on Elder Abuse please see the following links: can help navigate through any social services they may be required or call 2-1-1

In recognition of this day, the lights at Thunder Bay City Hall will shine purple.
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