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Alaska Office of Elder Fraud & Assistance Secures Largest Judgment of Elder Fraud in State’s History 


December 04, 2022

(SitNews) - On November 13, 2022, the Alaska Office of Elder Fraud & Assistance won a $1.47M judgment against Defendants James Vernon and Carla Sigler, formerly of Yakutat, now living in Bosque County, Texas, for the financial exploitation of Yakutat resident Neva Ogle. The Siglers took $700K in funds from Mrs. Ogle over the course of two years. They used $380K of the funds to fund a cash purchase of a five-bedroom home with a swimming pool for themselves in Texas and spent the rest of the funds to retire early and to purchase a new truck and other items for themselves and their family members.  

Superior Court Judge Daniel Schally granted punitive damages in the amount of $450K against the Siglers, stating that the specific and general deterrence of elder fraud in Alaska is an important goal recognized by our legislature. “The deceitful financial maltreatment of Alaskan elders is corrosive of the values of our community at large. A message must be sent that the swindling of elders is offensive to this community. The protection of Alaskan elders is strengthened through deterrence and punishment of those who take advantage of these valuable and vulnerable citizens of our state.” 

The State of Alaska takes the exploitation of its elderly population seriously. This judgment sends a powerful message; If you defraud one of our elders, the Alaska Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance will come after you, even if you are outside of Alaska. 

If you have information about elder abuse or fraud, you can submit anonymous tips to the Office of Public Advocacy, Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance at: Phone (907)334-5954, Fax (907) 269-1071, E-mail

Edited /Published By: Mary Kauffman, SitNews

Source of News:

Alaska Dept of Administration
Alaska Office of Public Advocacy, Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance



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