Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – On Nov. 13, 2022, the Alaska Office of Elder Fraud & Assistance won a $1.47 million judgment against defendants James Vernon and Carla Sigler, formerly of Yakutat, now living in the county of Bosque, Texas, for the financial exploitation of Yakutat resident Neva Ogle.
The Siglers took $700,000 in funds from Ms Ogle over the course of two years.
They used $380,000 of the funds to finance the cash purchase of a five-bedroom house with a pool for themselves in Texas and spent the rest of the funds on early retirement and buying a new truck and equipment. other items for themselves and their families. members.
Superior Court Judge Daniel Schally awarded $450,000 in punitive damages to the Siglers, saying the specific and general deterrence of elder fraud in Alaska is an important goal recognized by our Legislature .
“The deceptive financial abuse of Alaskan elders is corrosive to the values of our community as a whole. A message needs to be sent that the elder scam is offensive to this community. Protection of Alaskan elders is strengthened through deterrence and punishment of those who take advantage of these valuable and vulnerable citizens of our state.
The State of Alaska takes the exploitation of its elderly population seriously. This judgment sends a powerful message; If you defraud one of our elders, the Alaska Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance will prosecute you, even if you are outside of Alaska.
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