John Green/San Mateo County Times
Mentally impaired senior Norman Roussey lost his home in San Mateo, Calif., and nearly $700,000 after his closest friend, Ronald Brock, took it from him. Prosecutors used a novel definition of theft in their case against Brock.
Jason Dearen with the San Mateo County Times contributed to this report.
To report suspected abuse, you must call the state where the elder lives.
Though California has some of the strictest elder abuse laws in the country, few cases of financial abuse are actually prosecuted. But a local district attorney is testing a novel legal strategy to put perpetrators of financial abuse in jail. And the case may have far-reaching impact. Judy Campbell of member station KQED reports.