As elder abuse continues to rise, people like Karen Webber, CPA, owner of Webber CPA, PLLC, are working to remedy the dire situation. Webber sits on one of the 23 New York State Enhanced Multi Disciplinary Teams addressing issues specific to the elderly.
The program, funded by a 2012 grant involves a team of professionals from diverse fields who try to triage cases brought to their attention and strategize solutions to protect the elderly from being taken advantage of.
A Brockport College internship with Lifespan of Greater Rochester when Webber was earning her master’s degree in forensics accounting, introduced her to the world of working with the elderly which she found to be rewarding and vitally important work. “My company specializes in financial exploitation within the community, especially against the elderly. We assist government agencies such as Adult Protective Services, police, and district attorney’s offices with determining how much was stolen, who did it and how, and then act as expert witnesses in related court proceedings. We go through thousands of pages of documents each week, analyzing transactions and patterns, then write up reports on what we find.”