Man charged for exploiting neighbor

By Matt Lasley mlasley@civitasmedia.com

July 5, 2014

William Hudson, 48, was recently charged for making fraudulent use of an elderly neighbor’s debit card.

Hudson allegedly befriended an elderly neighbor, whose identity has not been released, and obtained access to the neighbor’s debit card, with which he made a number of fraudulent purchases between May 29, 2014 and June 11, 2014, said Detective Kevin Smith, with the Leitchfield Police Department.

Hudson allegedly used the debit card to obtain cash and other items from multiple locations, and the estimated value of the theft was $4,000, Smith said.

Hudson was thereafter charged with Knowingly Exploiting an Adult in Excess of $300, a Class C Felony according to Kentucky Revised Statute 209.990 (5).

Hudson was incarcerated in the Grayson County Detention Center on other charges when the aforementioned charge was served, Smith said.

Situations of elder abuse and exploitation occur “a lot more frequently than we find,” said Smith.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (KCFHAFS) said, “Elder abuse is often a silent crime.”

The KCFHAFS’s 2013 Kentucky Elder Abuse Report states that in 2013, 571 cases of exploitation among adults aged 18-59 were investigated by Adult Protective Services in Kentucky, and there were 132 cases in which evidence gave substantial proof of exploitation.

Among adults age 60-plus in 2013, Adult Protective Services investigated a total of 1,244 cases of exploitation, 298 of which resulted in substantial evidence of exploitation.

The 2013 Kentucky Elder Abuse Report and previous Elder Abuse Reports are available online at the KCFHAFS website.

According to the KCFHAFS, “If you suspect elder abuse, you are legally required to report it. You can report abuse at the 24-hour toll-free hotline 1-800-752-6200, calls can be made anonymously.”