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Senior Citizen Sues Daughter for Elder Abuse

Law enforcement and advocates for the elderly often state matter-of-factly that many cases of elder financial abuse are committed by the senior citizen’s relatives.

In the Ventura County suburb of Newbury Park, the daughter and son-in-law of 88-year-old June Untalan have been found liable for elder abuse by a jury. The judgement, which will be entered January 22, may result in the couple being ordered to give up their home and pay more than $30,000 in damages.

June Untalan sued Marie and Charles Gutierrez after the couple refused to transfer title to the home she had made payments on since 1985 and for which the Gutierrez’ had loaned her the down-payment. The down-payment was repaid in 1992 and the Gutierrezes subsequently transferred the property from their names into a family trust that omitted June.

In December 2012, a jury  found Marie and Charles Gutierrez liable for elder abuse. They awarded June Untalan the house, now worth about $500,000, $25,000 for emotional suffering and $9,000 for economic damages, and attorney’s fees, said Untalan’s attorney Christoph Nettesheim.

A local resource for elderly victims is the Ventura County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST). They can be reached at (805) 407-5886 or

Read the original article in the Thousand Oaks Acorn.

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