EDMONTON – The Edmonton Police Service’s Senior Protection Unit has laid fraud charges against a 53-year-old health-care aide in connection with two cases of alleged elder abuse.
In December 2018, a 75-year-old man contacted EPS to report an alleged fraud of close to $160,000, at the hands of his health-care aide. EPS Senior Protection Unit detectives subsequently launched an investigation into the allegations made against the complainant’s health-care aide.
During the investigation, EPS detectives identified a second elderly complainant that the accused is alleged to have financially exploited. In May 2016, the suspect provided care for an 86-year-old woman, whom she maintained contact with until June 2019. During this time, the accused allegedly defrauded the complainant of approximately $400,000.
Sofia Sharin Hafiz, 53, of Edmonton, has since been arrested and charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000. Investigators are also encouraging other seniors that may have had similar experiences with the accused, Sofia Sharin Hafiz, to contact EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.
Seniors subjected to elder abuse or their advocates with knowledge of incidents of elder abuse can also contact the Senior’s Abuse Helpline 780-454-8888 or the Elder/Senior Citizen Abuse Support at 780-477-2929