Four women accused of stealing millions from elderly clients they were supposed to help likely have victimized others, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
The office has received numerous calls concerning potential victims after Thursday’s announcement that a Northfield attorney and the owner of an in-home seniors service company were arrested on charges that they led an enterprise that stole more than $2.4 million from 10 people in their 80s and 90s.
Barbara Lieberman, 62, and Jan Van Holt, 57, are accused of using their positions to get elderly clients to trust them, then stealing their money and — in many cases — moving them out of their homes and into nursing homes.
Nine of the alleged victims have died, and one lives in Cape May Court House.
Lieberman and Van Holt were arrested Wednesday and taken to the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $300,000 bail. Despite $5 million in various assets being frozen by the state, Lieberman was able to make bail. Her attorney, Steven Feldman, said he had no comment on the case.
Attorney general spokesman Peter Aseltine said the office is following any leads it gets and expects there may be other victims. He would not comment on the possibility of additional arrests in the case.
Lieberman is an expert in elder law and held seminars to educate seniors. But she used at least one of those to gain a client she is accused of robbing, according to the charges.
Van Holt had worked for Atlantic County Adult Protective Services but quit in 2006 to open her own senior-care business. The two women referred clients to one another, then signed over thousands of dollars to themselves using various tactics, including forging power of attorney and setting up fake accounts, the charges claim.
Allegedly aiding them were Van Holt’s sister, Sondra Steen, 56, who lived with Van Holt in Linwood, and Susan Hamlett, 55, who worked for Van Holt as an aide. But Hamlett’s attorney, Stephen Funk, said his client was the one who alerted investigators to the illegal actions and is not a criminal.
Anyone who believes they or a loved one may have been a victim is asked to call the Division of Criminal Justice’s toll-free tipline at 866-TIPS-4CJ or 866-847-7425.
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