A BRISBANE woman has been charged with defrauding her own mother of her $200,000 trust fund.
The 55-year-old woman also sold a property belonging to her 80-year-old mother and used the proceeds to pay off her own personal debts and to purchase properties for herself in Western Australia and Queensland.
The daughter also placed her mother in a nursing home with no means of financial support for accommodation, living and medical expenses.
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The matter came to light when Centrelink referred the matter to the Adult Guardian and Public Trustee who in turn contacted the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group.
The 55-year-old Petrie woman is to appear before the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on Friday October 9, 2015.
“The actions of the woman constitute elder abuse and it is important Queenslanders report their concern if they believe a friend, family member or neighbour is experiencing this type of abuse,” Acting Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group said.
‘Sadly elder abuse does exist and the most common forms in Queensland are financial and psychological abuse. Those people who have worked hard all of their lives should be entitled to enjoy their later years without harm and neglect and in the comfort they are respected, loved and cared for,” he said.
The Queensland Government has classified any act within a relationship of trust which results in harm to an older person as elder abuse. The most common forms of elder abuse include emotional abuse, financial abuse, physical abuse and neglect.