- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) - An elder law attorney in Atlantic County and the owner of an in-home senior care company are accused of preying on elderly clients and stealing their life savings.

Attorney Barbara Lieberman of Northfield and “A Better Choice” owner Jan Van Holt of Linwood are charged with money laundering, conspiracy and theft by deception. Van Holt’s sister and a former employee also are charged in the case.

State prosecutors say Lieberman and Van Holt stole more than $2 million from at least 10 people in Atlantic and Cape May counties and used the money to pay for two Mercedes, a Florida condominium, homes in California and credit card bills for extensive travel.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said at a news conference that the suspects targeted elderly clients with substantial assets who typically did not have any immediate family members nearby. He said they also provided legitimate services to clients, including their victims.

Hoffman said nine of the 10 identified victims have died, and that in some cases, one of the suspects was an executor of their will and kept taking money from the victims even after they died.

Authorities are checking to see if there are additional victims.

Van Holt and Lieberman are each held on $300,000 bail. It’s not known if they have legal representation.

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