Sunset District Man Arrested Twice in Two Months on Similar Charges of Mail Theft, Elder Abuse

A man was arrested in San Francisco last week for allegedly stealing mail and elder abuse less than two months after he a prior arrest on similar charges, police said today.

Giovanni Lauretta, 30, of San Francisco, was first arrested on June 14 on suspicion of nine counts of mail theft, identity theft, burglary, receiving stolen property and elder abuse after a search warrant was served at his San Francisco home, police said.

He was released on his own recognizance but allegedly continued to commit similar crimes, police said.

He was re-arrested last Friday on suspicion of 20 more counts of mail theft, possession of stolen property and elder abuse.

Lauretta remains in custody on $500,000 bail, according to San Francisco sheriff’s officials.

Investigators have found that Lauretta is allegedly linked to defrauding more than 40 victims in the Sunset District, police said.

Anyone who may have been a victim is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department’s Taraval Station at (415) 759-3120 or (415) 759-3145.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • During my 16 years in England, I spent three years (1995-98) caring for elderly people suffering from advanced dementia. Living with clients’ in their respective homes and working long hours to look after them, I found myself surprised by how few checks are in place to discourage and prevent carers from neglecting and abusing clients.

    Specifically, both of my live-in assignments (one three months the other nine months) were characterized by infrequent visits and telephone calls from family, health professionals and from my own employment agency supervisor. All visits, meanwhile, were confirmed days in advance. And I was startled to discover also that my agency didn’t require me to undergo a police check before it placed me in my first assignment.

    As such, I personally am unsurprised that elder abuse and neglect is increasingly in the news. Elderly people under care are much more vulnerable than most of us realize – especially when you consider how confused dementia leaves its victims, and how poorly paid care work tends to be. The stories we read are probably only the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps we ought to think twice before we outsource our elderly loved ones to people who don’t necessarily love them?

    Raising awareness
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    Scott Nelson
    Halifax, Nova Scotia