Making/receiving payments, sending money

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I am filing this on behalf of my mother, who is incapable of using the computer. My mother is the victim of identity theft. My mother has been sick and hospitalized over the past year and had been cared for by an aide with whom she became ” close ” with. She trusted the aide implicitly and gave her full access to her apartment. My mother is frail, has much trouble in XXXX, and is XXXX. Besides her physical problems she has been hospitalized several times when her XXXX XXXX spiked due to anxiety It was a shock when my mother was informed by the Bank of America in XXXX, 2015 that her account was overdrawn and there was a list of suspicious checks that did not seem to be hers. When I came down to help, I identified even more checks that were appeared to be forged. All of these checks were made out to the aide ‘s name or to ” Cash ”.
While I had numerous conversations with bank employees and filed reports of these checks since XXXX, the bottom line is that the bank denied our claim. Their explanation was ” timeliness and same wrong doer ”. According to the bank, the claim had to be first made within 60 days of the first suspicious check, which was in XXXX, 2015, as that would have prevented any of the other forged checks to follow.
The problem for us is that my mother had no reason to suspect foul play and had not looked at her statements. She was in a vulnerable state and just worried about her health, so she was not focused on her bank statements. She was trusting that everything in the part of her life was fine. No one in the family suspected the aide and this was a shock to all of us. This is not uncommon for victims of exploitation, and it is why we depend on banking institutions to compare signatures.

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