Sunday, July 13, 2014
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Tracking predators

Frances Lowry with neighbor Attiya Ross, who alerted authorities about the elderly woman’s plight.
Frances Lowry with neighbor Attiya Ross, who alerted authorities about the elderly woman’s plight. DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

THE ELDERLY and the mentally disabled are among society's most vulnerable people.

The Daily News is examining how this fragile - and growing - population can fall victim to predators who abuse them and steal their Social Security disability benefits.

If you suspect someone is being mistreated or defrauded by a caregiver, contact Barbara Laker at lakerb@phillynews.com or 215-854-5933, or Wendy Ruderman, rudermw@phillynews.com or 215-854-5924. You can also contact: the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging at 215-765-9040; Social Security's Office of Inspector General Fraud Hotline, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 1-800-269-0271; or the Philadelphia Police Department's Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3265.

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