Authorities are calling it one of the region’s worst cases of financial exploitation of a senior. Kathy A. Garman.Lower Swatara Township police. On Monday, Dauphin County’s Elder Abuse Task Force will hold a press conference about the arrest of a couple accused of stealing more than $153,000 from an 86-year-old family member. The Lower Swatara Township Police charged Chester “Rob” Garman III, 54, and Kathy Alice Garman, 62, of Hocker Drive, Swatara Township, on Oct. 12 with felony theft and access device fraud following an investigation that began in January. The Garmans are accused of using a 86-year-old family member’s credit card, accessing his bank accounts and using his bank cards without his knowledge. This is the fourth largest sum of money in a financial exploitation case since the elder abuse task force was formed in 2004. On Monday, task force members, including Dauphin County commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick III, District Attorney Fran Chardo and Area Agency on Aging director Bob Burns, will discuss the case. Elder abuse reports, especially cases involving financial exploitation, are on the rise, and the task force will lay out increased efforts to investigate such crimes, which includes hiring a detective focused solely on elder abuse. County officials say in 2016, 1,564 reports of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of those 60 or older came in. That number rose to 1,836 in 2017 – a 17 percent increase. The press conference is set for 10 a.m. Monday.