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U.S. Attorney Kicks Off Elder Fraud Prevention and Response Network Convening

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan served as the keynote speaker for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Elder Fraud Prevention and Response Network Convening in Burlington, Vermont. Speaking last week to an audience comprised of Federal, State, Local and Private Sector stakeholders, U.S. Attorney Nolan emphasized the commitment of her office to protecting the elderly from any kind of abuse, financial or physical. 

U.S. Attorney Nolan stated, “Society should be judged by how it protects its most innocent and vulnerable members.  Elder abuse is a despicable crime that is already far too common.  Protecting the elderly is a deeply rooted American ideal.  As a country, we give the elderly special social and medical protections, as we should.  The elderly should likewise receive special focus from our investigative and prosecutorial bodies.  The Department of Justice will not stand for elder abuse or elder financial exploitation.  At a nationwide level, we are doing more than ever to warn communities about ongoing scams, and to investigate and prosecute those who seek to exploit our seniors.  And we are doing more in Vermont.” 

The Convening was part of a nationwide effort by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Older Americans to create or bolster local Elder Fraud Prevention and Response Networks.  Convening participants engaged in a group exercise to brainstorm the successes and challenges of addressing Elder Financial Exploitation in Vermont.  The Convening also included presentations from Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Gilman, Elder Justice Coordinator for the District of Vermont U.S. Attorney’s Office, Vermont Assistant Attorneys General Jamie Renner and John Waszak of the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Elder Protection Initiative, and Captain Frank Koss, President of the Vermont Chiefs of Police Association.

U.S. Attorney Nolan expressed her thanks to all who attended and helped organize the convening, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Older Americans, the Financial Abuse Specialist Team of Vermont, the Vermont Bankers Association, and the Association of Vermont Credit Unions.

If you have information concerning elder abuse, please contact law enforcement.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office may be reached at 802-951-6725.

Updated April 15, 2019

Topics
Community Outreach
Consumer Protection
Elder Justice