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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, January 24, 2014

Officer Accused of Elder Abuse Is Given Sergeant Status

GoodwinA police officer was taken to civil court for allegedly exploiting an elderly woman to inherit her estate. Despite these allegations, the Police Commission voted and granted officer Aaron Goodwin permanent status as sergeant. The vote took place during a 13 minute Police Commission meeting. Goodwin’s trial is scheduled to begin in January of 2015. Goodwin is accused of taking advantage of Geraldine Webber who died at age 93 with dementia. Webber left her home, stocks, bonds, and vehicle to Goodwin. Webber changed her primary beneficiary just seven months before she died. Attorney for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Society and The Shriner's Hospital for Children, David Eby, claims that Goodwin befriended Webber specifically for her to revisit her estate plan. According to Eby many of the attorneys refused to draft a new estate plan for her due to Webber's capacity.  Goodwin has denied “any and all allegations of any wrongdoing concerning Geraldine Webber.”

See Elizabeth Dinan, Officer Accused of Expoiting Elderly Woman Granted Sergeant Status, Sea Coast Online,  Jan. 23, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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