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Elderly woman bilked out of almost half-million

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

The Brillion News

OSHKOSH – Criminal charges were filed on Friday, September 11, against Terry Lynn Culver, 58, of Oshkosh in relation to the theft of over $427,000 from a 92-year-old resident of a nursing home.

The charges are the result of a joint elder abuse and tax fraud investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) and Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). “Reports of elder abuse in Wisconsin have been rising for years,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “We must continue working to fight elder abuse both through prevention and by holding offenders accountable.”

According to the criminal complaint, Culver acted as power of attorney for the female victim.

She was forced to move into a nursing home, Culver removed over $427,000 from the victim’s bank accounts and spent the money on home improvements and at bars, restaurants, and casinos as far off as Las Vegas.

The complaint also alleges that Culver sold multiple pieces of the victim’s real estate, took possession of the victim’s house through a quit claim deed, and filed false and fraudulent tax returns with the Department of Revenue for five years. To read the entire criminal complaint, look here: As in any criminal proceeding, Culver is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The case is being investigated by the DOJ Division of Criminal Investigations, the DOR Office of Criminal Investigations, and prosecuted by DOJ Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse Unit Assistant Attorney General Daniel P. Lennington. DOJ is also providing victim services. Wisconsinites can help fight patient and elder abuse by reporting abuse at and 1-833-586-0107.


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