By David Madden
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (CBS) — Authorities in New Jersey have charged an Atlantic County attorney and the owner of an elderly home-care service with bilking at least ten elderly clients out of more than $2 million over a seven-year period.
Lawyer Barbara Lieberman is alleged to have teamed up with Jan Van Holt, the owner of “A Better Choice,” to target a few of their clients for special attention, siphoning off lifetime savings even after the victims died.
“One common denominator was that almost all of these victims had virtually no family around that were taking care of them and looking after their wellbeing and their assets,” notes NJ acting attorney general John Hoffman.
Both women were being held in lieu of $300,000 cash bail, and efforts were underway to seize their bank accounts and other assets in the hope of permitting some restitution.
Only one of the alleged victims is still alive, although Hoffman can’t rule out that others may also have been taken.
Two other alleged accomplices — Sondra Steen (Van Holt’s sister) and Susan Hamlett — were charged earlier in connection with the same case.