As parents age, and the circle comes complete, the children become the caregivers. The last thing you want to worry about, as you work to provide comfort and peace of mind for your loved ones or yourself, is untrustworthy persons taking advantage. At the AME Church (the first African-American church in LA), unsuspecting senior community members lost hold of thousands of dollars, preyed on by a supposedly trusted friend, Constance Gail Fortune, age 61, a licensed insurance agent.
Fortune built friendships and gained the trust and affection of elderly members in the church community. She held gatherings centered around her insurance services, selling policies without actually purchasing the coverage. She provided statements on faux-official letterhead, offered bogus business cards—creating an entire theatrical façade for her scam. Continue Reading →