Bloomfield Hills Woman Charged With Stealing $70K From Veteran

WWJ News
July 27, 2020 - 6:15 pm

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(WWJ) A Bloomfield Hills woman has been charged with embezzlement after allegedly taking more than $70,000 from a veteran. 

The Michigan Attorney General's Office charged 60-year old Margaret Risdon after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General showed she wrote checks from the victim's bank account to herself and her business called Electronic Creations. 

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It's alleged that, between Nov. 6, 2016 and July 20, 2017, Risdon allegedly wrote checks from the victim’s bank account to herself and her business, Electronic Creations, totaling nearly $56,800 and made ATM withdrawals totaling more than $16,000. Risdon would then deposit the checks into her bank account and withdraw the money in cash. 

The victim, who had been in a nursing home and the hospital, alerted Veterans Affairs that someone was stealing from him.  

Risdon was released on a $5,000 personal bond and due back in court for a hearing Thursday. 

Attorney General Dana Nessel says more than 73,000 older adults in Michigan are victims of elder abuse each year.

“My office is not only committed to enforcing the laws of this state, but to ensuring Michigan’s vulnerable populations are not taken advantage of,” said Nessel. in a statement. “Even before my time as Attorney General began, I understood the important role my office should play in protecting our senior populations. That’s why I helped to create the Elder Abuse Task Force – to advance protections for our senior citizens and advocate for real change and meaningful legislation to improve their lives well into the twilight years.” 

To learn more about the Elder Abuse Task Force and its initiatives, visit this link

To file a report of elder abuse, call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Adult Protective Services at 855-444-3911.