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Task Force to Fight Elderly Abuse

 

Last updated 3/13/2019 at 8:51am

Financial exploitation and physical abuse of senior citizens is a growing concern in Florida. Attorney General Ashley Moody has announced Florida's Senior Protection Team, an intra-agency group of experts working together to fight fraud and abuse that impacts Florida's older citizens.

The team is comprised of leading members from the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution, Consumer Protection Division and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Seniors v. Crime and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will also actively assist the team with investigations and outreach efforts.

The goal is to bring attorneys and investigators specialized in fighting civil, criminal and health care fraud together to develop strategies to protect Floridians 60 and older. The team is already meeting with experts and stakeholders across the state to develop aggressive ways to combat fraud against seniors.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody

"This team of highly-skilled attorneys and investigators is laser focused on identifying, investigating and eliminating fraud and abuse harming Florida seniors," said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. "More than five million seniors call Florida home. Many of these great Americans have served our country and economy in countless ways. We owe it to them to make sure they can enjoy their golden years free from the threat of financial exploitation and physical abuse."

The Senior Protection Team also will attempt to identify emerging scams, spot trends and stay ahead of changes in technology used to prey on seniors. For more information about how to tell if a senior may be a victim of financial fraud and how to guard against senior scams, click here.

To report an emergency please call 911. To report any nonemergency scam or abuse, please call (866) 9NO-SCAM or file a complaint by clicking the button below:

http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Citizen_Services

 

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