HARRISBURG – A bill criminalizing “financial exploitation” of an older adult or care-dependent person by someone in a position of trust has passed the PA House. Under House Bill 1429, a person commits financial exploitation if they take or attempt to take money, assets, or property from the older adult or care-dependent person without their authorization. This includes obtaining or attempting to obtain control of their assets through deception, intimidation or undue influence or converting or attempting to convert such assets to deprive the rightful owner of them. A position of trust is defined as a family member, joint tenant or tenant in common, someone who holds a fiduciary obligation to the older adult, someone who receives compensation to provide care, neighbors and friends who have access to them, and intimate partners of the older adult or care-dependent person. The bill is now before the state Senate.