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Making A Difference For Our Elders

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Texas Attorney General Logo

AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert on
Social Security Scam

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans to beware of calls from scam artists pretending to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and attempting to fool unsuspecting people into giving them their Social Security number and money.

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received a large number of complaints from consumers targeted by the Social Security scam.  Crooks tell the would-be victim that their Social Security number has been used in a crime and they must pay a fee to reactivate it or to get a new number.  During the call, the person is asked to give out their Social Security number.

In other instances of the scam, individuals are told that their bank accounts have been seized and they should transfer their money to the caller for safe keeping, or that they could lose their Social Security benefits because their Social Security number was used to apply for credit cards.

Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division reminds Texans that the Social Security Administration will never call and ask for a person’s Social Security number, request money, or threaten someone’s benefits.  Be sure to follow these tips from the FTC:

  • Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you.  Don’t confirm the last 4 digits.  And don’t give a bank account or credit card number to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
  • Don’t be fooled by caller ID showing the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213).  Computers make it easy for scam artists to show any number on caller ID, a technique called spoofing.
  • Remember that anyone who calls and tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card or send cash is a scammer, no matter who they say they are.

If you get an unsolicited call from someone who claims to be from the SSA, get off the phone.  Then call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213.  Or, if you’ve detected a scam, file an online complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint or with the Texas attorney general’s office at:
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint

HHS-CPS Violating Freedom Of Religion

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HHS(CPS) is violating Our guaranteed Freedom Of Religion

AG Paxton Urges HHS to Repeal Rule that
Violates the Religious Liberty of Texas’
Faith-Based Foster Care and Adoption
Service Providers

AUSTIN, TX  –  In a letter today to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Attorney General Ken Paxton urged prompt repeal of an Obama-era rule that violates the religious liberty of Texas’ faith-based foster care and adoption service providers by requiring them to abandon their core religious beliefs as a condition of receiving federal funding under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.

“People of faith should not be required to forfeit their sincerely held religious beliefs as a condition of helping Texas’ most vulnerable children,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “We’re asking HHS to repeal its unlawful rule on child welfare funding or, alternatively, grant the state of Texas an exemption from the rule.”

Attorney General Paxton, in his letter to Lynn Johnson, the assistant secretary at HHS’s Administration for Children and Families, pointed out that the rule on Title IV-E funding exceeds statutory authority, violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and conflicts with Texas law.

Last session, the Texas Legislature enacted House Bill 3859, which protects the religious liberty of child welfare organizations and prohibits the state from granting or refusing to grant funding to such organizations because of their religious beliefs, including the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Texas’ share of Title IV-E funding is administered by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) through its Child Protective Services, which works with secular and faith-based communities to find loving homes for children removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

Some faith-based providers who receive Title IV-E funding through DFPS require potential foster care or adoptive parents to share a particular religious faith, be a member of a congregation, or agree to the provider’s statement of faith.  But the federal rule requires those organizations to abandon their deeply held religious beliefs as a condition of receiving funding. 

From Bad To Prison Time

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Lindsey Michelle Smith, 38

Police: Mom charged with abuse tried to
have child kidnapped

RALEIGH, NC  –  A North Carolina woman already charged with child abuse is accused of trying to convince someone to abduct her daughter from her foster home and hide her in Florida until she turns 18.

The News & Observer reports 47-year-old Russell Jay Smith and 38-year-old Lindsey Michelle Smith were charged earlier this year with child abuse for inflicting “serious mental injury” on their pre-teen daughter for more than two years.

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Russell Jay Smith, 47

They were accused of putting her through “extreme isolation,” forcing her to remain standing for hours, forbidding her from speaking to her siblings and failing to provide her with adequate education.

Lindsey Smith is now charged with soliciting someone to commit a felony and felony obstruction of justice.  She’s been ordered held without bail.

The report didn’t include comment from her.

TX Law Enforcement Investigating ExNurse

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The mother of one 2-month-old boy said he now has several fractured bones.

McKinney daycare worker suspected in at
least three Child Abuse cases

MCKINNEY, TX  –  New police documents show a former McKinney day care worker arrested for child abuse is suspected of hurting three infants.

Records show while police were investigating the first complaint against Jessica Wiese and looking at daycare surveillance video, they discovered two more possible cases that the babies’ parents didn’t even know about.

McKinney daycare worker arrested after baby goes home with broken bones

Six-month-old Henry is one of the babies former Joyous Montessori McKinney worker Jessica Wiese is accused of injuring.  His mother agreed to talk to FOX 4 as long as her face was not shown.

“I don’t know what to do, you know?  I don’t know what the next steps are.  This is all new to him.  This is what he thinks life is,” she said.  “And I can’t bear to think that anyone could hurt a precious baby.”

Henry’s mother said he has been in Wiese’s care since he was 8 weeks old.  Since then, she’s noticed him with a scratch.

“They said they would look into the video,” she said.  “I come back from work to pick him up.  ‘Oh, that’s not on the video.  There’s no video.’”

The first-time mom said on other occasions Henry came home with bruises and a bit of a black eye.

“At the time in my thinking, yeah he could’ve just grabbed the toy and hit himself,” she thought.

After another mother complained about bruises on her child, police investigated and arrested Wiese Monday for injury to a child.  The next day, Henry’s mother was contacted by Montessori management, Child Protective Services and police.  She said she was asked to watch video footage from the daycare to identify her son.

“It was her slapping the back of his head.  But that’s all I wanted to watch,” Henry’s mother said.  “I can’t watch any more than that.  It was pretty, pretty rough.”

An arrest warrant affidavit states that Wiese was caught on camera slapping Henry, “causing him to cry out in pain,” and then “slamming his head into the changing table” and finally covering his face “pressing down, crushing [his] face downward.”

Another affidavit states that Wiese was captured on camera that same day injuring another child by “body [slamming]” that baby onto the changing table.

Records reveal Wiese used to work as a labor and delivery nurse in North Texas but she had her license revoked for stealing and using drugs.

Henry and his mother spent part of Thursday at the hospital, getting a full body scan that will tell them whether he has any fractures as a result of her care.

“Just to think that someone has the nerve to hurt an innocent newborn baby,” she said.  “I can’t even put into words what should happen to her.”

The daycare said Wiese is no longer an employee.

McKinney police are still wanting to talk to the parents of any children who have been at Joyous Montessori since May 2016.

TN Woman Accused Of Rape, Child Sex Battery

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Ashley Thomas is charged with child neglect, criminal responsibility for rape of a child, and sexual battery.

Pregnant mother indicted on charges of
sex abuse against child

TIPTON COUNTY, TN  –  A pregnant Millington mother was indicted on 13 sexual abuse charges against a minor.

Ashley Thomas is charged with child neglect, criminal responsibility for rape of a child, and sexual battery.

The charges stem from a case involving her boyfriend David Henson.

Earlier this year, Henson was sentenced to more than 25 years for rape and sexual exploitation.

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