While assigned as a fraud detective, David Barr led the investigation of two exceptional cases of elderly fraud and abuse. Detective Barr was able to bring the perpetrators to justice while showing great compassion to these victims, offering them encouragement and training so they will not become victims again. In fact, his work was so highly regarded he received a letter of commendation from one of the victim’s attorney, a seasoned federal prosecutor. The details of the cases are as follows:
In February 2007 a report was filed with the Seal Beach Police Department indicating that an elderly Leisure World resident had over $111,000 dollars taken from them by a “trusted” family friend. During the course of the investigation it was determined that the actual loss was well over $350,000 over a period of 7 years. The suspect assisted the victim in rewriting the victim’s Living Trust naming himself as the Sole Trustee and heir to the estate. The suspect was ultimately arrested, convicted and sentenced to State Prison.
In October 2007 a report was filed with the Seal Beach Police Department indicating that an elderly Leisure World resident had given over $16,000 to a care giver hired by the victim after a recent hospital stay. During the course of the investigation it was determined that the actual loss was over $50,000 and multiple care givers were involved. As a result of the quick reporting by the victim’s attorney, all of the victim’s money was ultimately returned and no permanent loss was suffered. Due to the swift return of the victim’s money and property and extenuating circumstances no prosecution was initiated.