A married couple is facing a number of charges alleging they exploited the elderly and infirm and stole more than $250,000 from up to 50 men and women. Christopher and Lauren Kydes, through their attorney, claim they were selling prepaid home health care services through an agency.
According to the police reports, the couple would target elderly men and women at home, approaching them directly to sell these in home health care services, such as bathing, going shopping, and helping with other errands. However, they claimed the seniors were not allowed to use those services for the first six months and allegedly provided little actual support.
The couple’s attorney stated that what they did was legitimate and not against the law, though the agency they claimed to operate is unlicensed. Their unlicensed agency was called Senior America Home Care, Inc.
According to the Sun Sentinel news blog, Couple exploited at least 50 seniors in home health care scam, officials say, written by Erika Pesantes:
“Sanford Topkin, the Kydes’ attorney in the civil suit, on Thursday said the business his client runs is legitimate.
“My client has a totally legal business; he sells prepaid home health hours,” Sanford said. “He’s done nothing wrong and we look forward to litigating the case to trial.”
The Kydes were most recently arrested in Pembroke Pines and charged in connection with the exploitation of the 87-year-old woman from whom they stole more than $135,000, police said. The Kydes bonded out of jail on June 15, jail records show.
According to police, Christopher Kydes, 57, befriended the Pembroke Pines woman and ultimately moved her out of her Century Village condo and into an assisted living facility in Deerfield Beach after obtaining power of attorney over her.”
Court records submitted by the authorities stated that the couple used this money to pay off their mortgage and to make home improvements. Prosecutors did admit they refunded money to one elderly client who complained, before charges were filed, but had no record that other moneys were returned to other clients.
In one particular case, an aging senior paid $4,000 for services that were never used, but again was charged $6,000 months later. The later charges were double the hourly rate she paid the first time around. In another case, the couple convinced a senior to move out of her condo into assisted living, obtained power of attorney over her, and then sold her condo.
The Kydes were released on bond and await their next court appearance.