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Letter: Seniors can fight financial exploitation

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:17 am

We are inviting everyone to the free "Help Stop Senior Financial Exploitation" presentation on Oct. 22 from 1-3 p.m. at PORA Adult Learning Center in Sun City West (RSVP (623) 584-4288 ext. 415). We are abused and exploited seniors who have been fighting for our rights and for other seniors’ rights for over three years. Our efforts have been recently rewarded by the discovery that our former slumlord is a Medicare fraud felon. His termination has stopped him from continuing to abuse and exploit more seniors. Unfortunately, he was allowed to harm seniors for nearly eight years at a local senior living facility.

Our presentation will include the 10 top senior scams and 15 tips to avoid being a victim of elder abuse. We have just presented 14 ideas to our state representatives to improve and add to Arizona’s senior protection laws. Many of our state and federal lawmakers will be available at the presentation to listen to your senior protection law ideas.

Sen. John McCain, who is helping us with our HUD complaint, has been very instrumental in obtaining many of the handouts for this presentation. Our elder abuse private investigator, Jacob Mueller, will also be speaking at this presentation concerning the need of background checks on the in-home caregivers. The purpose of this presentation is to try to eliminate the criminal activities of elder abuse through education, prevention, and stronger senior protection laws.

Senior financial exploitation has been called the Crime of the 21st Century. Medicare fraud is estimated to be $75 billion a year. If all senior frauds were reported the estimated losses would exceed $130 billion a year. A senior is abused every five seconds in the United States. An average of 900 senior abuse cases, a 43 percent increase in two years, are being reported monthly to the Arizona Adult Protective Services of the DES. Elder abuse is an epidemic in our state because Arizona’s growth of reported elder abuse crimes is over three times faster than the national average growth of reported elder abuse crimes.

Mark and Carol Fairall

Sun City West

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