U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Southern West Virginia issued the following announcement on March 9.
United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced his commitment to ending elder abuse. Approximately one in ten Americans aged 60 and over have experienced some form of elder abuse in the last year. The abuse can be physical, psychological, or financial. Financial scams result in seniors losing billions each year.
With the signing of the bipartisan Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (EAPPA) into law, President Trump and his administration placed a renewed focus on those who prey on the elderly.
“I will do everything within my power to protect West Virginia’s seniors and elderly. I have made it a priority to prosecute those who defraud them,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “My office fully embraces Attorney General Barr’s and the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative. We will be working closely with our law enforcement partners to file both criminal and civil cases against fraudsters, lowlifes and scammers that target the elderly. This is a priority for which you will be reading headlines in the coming months. I will seek maximum sentences and penalties in every case of elder abuse.”
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