TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy announced that Jan Van Holt, the owner of an in-home senior care company in Atlantic County, plead guilty to allegedly participating in a scheme with her sister and a lawyer to steal millions of dollars from elderly clients.
“Van Holt and her sister conspired with an attorney to systematically siphon away the assets of elderly clients, who typically had no family to look after them and trusted their caregivers to treat them honestly,” Lougy said. “The treatment these vulnerable victims received was anything but honest; it was devious and heartless.”
Van Holt formerly owned A Better Choice. The company provided in-home care and legal finance planning to elderly consumers in the county. Van Holt and the other defendants would purportedly look for elderly clients that had significant assets but no immediate family. The defendants would offer non-medical help, like household chores, errands, budgeting and paying bills. The defendants would then siphon money from the clients, according to the claims.
“One of our most fundamental duties in law enforcement is to protect the vulnerable in society from criminals who would seek to exploit them,” Director Elie Honig said. “We rightfully reserve some of the harshest penalties for those who prey on children and the elderly. In this case, we have secured prison sentences of 10 years or more for the three women at the heart of this scheme.”