Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Lawyer, Owner Charged in Senior Citizen Scheme

A prominent Atlantic County attorney and the owner of an in-home senior care company have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to steal the life savings of elderly clients, the Attorney General’s office announced Thursday.

The two women reportedly stole more than $2 million from at least 10 victims.

Barbara Lieberman's law office in Northfield, Atlantic County
Barbara Lieberman’s law office in Northfield, Atlantic County (Office of the Attorney General)

Attorney Barbara Lieberman of Northfield and Jan Van Holt of Linwood have been charged with first-degree money laundering, second-degree conspiracy and second-degree theft by deception.

The victims were elderly Atlantic and Cape May County residents with substantial assets and typically no immediate family, according to an official press release.

“The defendants allegedly took control of the finances of their victims by forging a power of attorney or obtaining one on false pretenses. The defendants then added their names to the victims’ bank accounts or transferred the victims’ funds into new accounts they controlled,” the press release stated.

The defendants then, allegedly, siphoned the money to pay for personal expenses such as Mercedes cars, a Florida condo and veterinary bills. One victim died in a nursing home because she could not live in her own home after the defendants supposedly put a reverse mortgage for $195,000 on the property.

“We’re supposed to honor our elders, but these women heartlessly exploited them, allegedly stripping them of their life savings and their ability to live out their final days in comfort, peace and dignity,” said Acting Attorney General John Hoffman.

Van Holt’s sister and a former employee were also charged.

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!