Countering Elder Exploitation in the Age of a Global Pandemic
This is the second in a series of articles about financial exploitation of older adults related to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about elder justice. The first article in this series was published in March 2021 and explored the most recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data on elder exploitation (through the fourth quarter of 2020). That…
Attorneys General Urge Congressional Support for Fraud and Scam Reduction Act
Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), on behalf of a bipartisan coalition of 47 state and territory attorneys general, is urging Congress to support the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act (H.R. 1215). The legislation, comprised of the Stop Senior Scam Act and Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2021, will assist stakeholders…
NAAG Endorses Fraud and Scam Reduction Act
H.R. 1215 provides much needed education and training for the employees most likely to be able to detect and report elder fraud and scams. The bill also provides a mechanism for vigorous monitoring of elder fraud, provides information on such schemes to the public, and coordinates reporting with law enforcement authorities. For these reasons, we strongly urge the Senate to take action and pass H.R. 1215.
Interpreting Elder Exploitation Data in the Age of a Global Pandemic
This is the first in a series of articles about financial exploitation of older adults related to the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about elder justice. The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world since early 2020 has claimed more than 500,000 lives in the United States, infected millions more in the country, and has transformed the way…
NAAG Endorses Edith’s Bill
Throughout the country, attorneys general are fighting senior fraud and abuse. In 2019, several state attorneys general partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal partners to conduct the largest-ever nationwide elder fraud sweep against perpetrators who had repeatedly targeted seniors, resulting in losses of over $750 million.
Bipartisan Coalition of Attorneys General Supports Legislation to Protect Victims of Elder Fraud
Washington, D.C. — In a letter sent today, NAAG urged Congress to include Edith’s Bill in COVID-19 relief legislation. Unfortunately, seniors are vulnerable targets of COVID-19 scams, such as providing personal information to fraudsters claiming to offer COVID-19 tests. The legislation would help senior victims recover financial losses as the result of fraud. The NAAG…
How the Oregon Attorney General’s Office Tackles Elder Abuse
The year-long presidential initiative for Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been a focus on innovative techniques that attorney general offices can use to serve their senior constituents. This article provides a road map as to how one state, the Oregon Department of Justice, is working to protect their citizens against elder fraud and abuse.
Media Advisory: Protecting America’s Seniors is Focus of Attorneys General Meeting
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is holding a one-and-a-half-day Presidential Initiative Summit in Manhattan, Kan. Hosted by NAAG President and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, it will focus on “Protecting America’s Seniors: Attorneys General United Against Elder Abuse.”
Attorneys General Endorse Federal Bill to Expand Authority of Medicaid Fraud Control Units
Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is endorsing federal legislation (H.R. 3891) that would improve states’ ability to combat abuse and neglect of Medicaid patients. Medicaid is a joint federal-state program that provides medical benefits to millions of Americans. Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs), the majority of which are in state AG…
State Attorneys General Announce Elder Fraud Sweep with Justice Department
Washington, D.C. — National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) President and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other law enforcement partners this morning in announcing the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history. The actions charged a variety of fraud schemes victimizing the elderly. Attorney General Schmidt highlighted state cases….