Nearly $90,000 in Victim Restitution Recovered
Thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Department of Human Services, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the Polk County Attorney's Office, a victim of elder financial exploitation has recovered $89,400. The victim’s perpetrator was arrested, charged, and pled guilty to Dependent Adult Abuse – Financial Exploitation. The perpetrator was granted a deferred judgment and placed on probation.
In Iowa, a person that receives a deferred judgment must abide by all the terms of their probation, including paying Court fines and restitution, before their record is expunged. Through the diligence of the Polk County Attorney Collection Unit and the Restorative Justice Center, the victim in this case was made whole and received payment in full for restitution.
This case is an outstanding example of the steps taken to ensure that everyone involved received justice, including both the victim and the perpetrator. The perpetrator can feel a sense of satisfaction that she was able to successfully complete her probation and have her record expunged--no easy feat considering the amount of the restitution involved.
Although the emotional scars may still remain, it is rewarding to know that the victim has been financially restored to a pre-crime level.