Elder Fraud Initiative

Elder Fraud Initiative

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Consumer Protection Branch prosecutors and investigator awarded The Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention

Fraud schemes targeting older Americans are despicable crimes.

Robbing victims of hard-earned savings and security, elder fraud schemes prey on victims’ trust and ruin lives.  The Consumer Protection Branch is committed to stopping such schemes.  The Branch is the Department of Justice’s leader in prosecuting elder fraud crimes, using all tools available to halt ongoing schemes and bring culpable persons to justice. 

Specifically, the Branch coordinates the Department’s Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force, working with six United States Attorneys’ Offices and law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute scams run by transnational criminal organizations, including:

                                   

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The Branch also leads efforts to prosecute those individuals and entities that offer criminally inadequate and fraudulent care to nursing home residents.  In all these efforts, the Branch is aided by its investigative partners, including the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, FBI, Federal Trade Commission, and FinCEN.

The Branch also serves a critical role in coordinating multi-district and international initiatives, and in advising and training the Elder Justice Coordinators in each U.S. Attorney’s Office.  Department leadership also regularly seeks the Branch’s guidance on relevant policies and proposed legislation.  In addition, Branch personnel serve on key Department, interagency, and international working groups, helping to devise new approaches to combat elder fraud.  Much of this work is done in coordination with the Department’s Elder Justice Initiative.

The links on this page offer information on the Branch’s work against elder fraud schemes and resources for reporting such schemes and dealing with their effects.

 

Press Releases

 

September 28, 2020
Press Release
List Brokerage Firm Pleads Guilty To Facilitating Elder Fraud Schemes

September 3, 2020
Press Release
Three Peruvian Men Sentenced To Significant Terms Of Incarceration For Overseeing Call Centers That Threatened And Defrauded Spanish-Speaking U.S. Consumers

September 1, 2020
Press Release
Four Charged For Multi-Million Dollar Elder Fraud Schemes

August 26, 2020
Press Release
District Court Enters Permanent Injunction Shutting Down Telecom Carriers Who Facilitated Hundreds of Millions of Fraudulent Robocalls to Consumers in The United States

August 12, 2020
Press Release
Justice Department Acts To Shut Down Fraudulent Websites Exploiting The Covid-19 Pandemic

August 12, 2020
Press Release
Defendant Pleads Guilty In Multi-Million Dollar Prize Notification Scam Affecting Elderly Victims

June 24, 2020
Press Release
British Man Sentenced To 70 Months In Prison For Fraud Scheme That Victimized Hundreds of Thousands of U.S. Consumers

June 15, 2020
Remarks
Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks at White House Summit on Protecting Seniors

May 1, 2020
Press Release
Peruvian Man Pleads Guilty to Overseeing Call Centers that Threatened and Defrauded Spanish-Speaking U.S. Consumers

March 27, 2020
Press Release
District Court Orders Injunctions against Two Telecom Carriers Who Facilitated Hundreds of Millions of Fraudulent Robocalls to Consumers in the United States

March 13, 2020
Press Release
List Broker Indicted for Facilitating Elder Fraud Schemes

March 3, 2020
Remarks
Attorney General William P. Barr Announces the Results of the Department of Justice's 2020 Elder Fraud Sweep and New Nursing Home Initiative

March 3, 2020
Press Release
Department of Justice Charges Unprecedented Number of Elder Fraud Defendants Nationwide and Launches Hotline

January 28, 2020
Press Release
The Department of Justice Files Actions to Stop Telecom Carriers Who Facilitated Hundreds of Millions of Fraudulent Robocalls to American Consumers 

January 15, 2020
Press Release
Two Peruvians Plead Guilty to Overseeing Call Centers that Threatened and Defrauded Spanish-Speaking U.S. Consumers

December 6, 2019
Press Release
California Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Million Dollar Scheme Targeting Thousands of U.S. Servicemembers and Veterans

December 4, 2019
Press Release
Justice Department Announces Landmark Money Mule Initiative

November 21, 2019
Press Release
California Resident Pleads Guilty to Telemarketing Conspiracy to Defraud U.S. Consumers

October 31, 2019
Remarks
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Leadership 

Gustav W. Eyler
Director

 

Richard Goldberg
Alan Phelps

Deputy Directors for Litigation

 

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