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RSN™ Guide: U.S. Elder Justice Initiative

The Elder Justice Initiative

On February 22, 2018, in response to a coordinated sweep of elder fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. cases, President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated:

“The Justice Department and its partners are taking unprecedented, coordinated action to protect elderly Americans from financial threats, both foreign and domestic …”

He went on to state: “When criminals steal the hard-earned life savings of older Americans, we will respond with all the tools at the Department’s disposal – criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. prosecutions to punish offenders, civil injunctions to shut the schemes down, and asset forfeiture to take back ill-gotten gains … I have directed Department prosecutors to coordinate with both domestic law enforcement partners and foreign counterparts to stop these criminals from exploiting our seniors.

The mission of the Elder Justice Initiative is to support and coordinate the Department’s enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect and financial fraud and scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. that target our nation’s seniors. We engage in this work by focusing on the following mission areas:

Building Local, State, And Federal Capacity To Fight Elder Abuse:

Providing targeted training and resources to elder justice professionals including: prosecutors, law enforcement, judges, victim specialists, first responders, civil legal aid employees and multi-disciplinary teams to enhance their ability to respond to elder abuse efficiently and effectively.

Promoting Justice For Older Americans:

Investigating and prosecuting financial scams targeting older adults. Promoting greater local, state, and federal coordination to resolve cases where long-term care entities provide grossly substandard care to their residents or patients.

Supporting Research To Improve Elder Abuse Policy And Practice:

Promoting foundational research into elder abuse and financial exploitation in order to transform the practice of professionals in ways that positively impact the lives of older adults.

Helping Older Victims And Their Families:

Connecting older adults and their families or caregivers with appropriate investigative agencies, as well as empowering them with information about abuse and recovering from its effects.

Further information is available at the DOJ Elder Justice Initiative website:

The US Senate Special Committee on Aging provides additional information in their publication, “Fighting Fraud: Senate Aging Committee Identifies Top 10 Scams Targeting Our Nation’s


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SCARS, though its relationships with the U.S. Department of Justice and elected officials as active in helping to guide the future legislation on this issue. In addition, our SCARS Member Debbie Montgomery has appeared before Congress to give testimony on this topic of so much concern to all.

Politics 2018

We encourage all seniors to recognize that it has been this CURRENT administration that has made real progress in the last two years on global online fraud.

Please keep in mind that the Trump Administration has made a huge commitment to stopping cybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks., The previous party in power permitted no re