State bills target elder abuse, theft

SAN DIEGO — San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and two local state senators Monday urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign three bills aimed at helping to prevent elder abuse, including financial elder abuse.

“The changes to the law included in these bills will make a real difference as our Elder Abuse Unit works to hold defendants accountable when they abuse senior citizens in our community,” Dumanis said.

She was joined by Sens. Mark Wyland, R-Carlsbad, and Joel Anderson, R- San Diego, in encouraging the governor to sign the legislation.

SB 543, which is sponsored by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, would ensure that theft from an elder is a “qualifying prior offense” when sentencing a person to prison, removing an ambiguity in the law to treat elder theft with the same seriousness as any other form of theft.

“My mother was a victim of financial fraud, so this issue is personal to me,” Wyland said. “One of the most meaningful things we can do as legislators is to strengthen laws to protect the vulnerable in our communities from people who would take advantage of them.”

According to Anderson, “SB 543 will ensure criminals who commit crimes against our grandmas and grandpas will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

“I believe, by signing this bill into law, Governor Brown will be sending a clear message to seniors,” he said. “California will not tolerate senior abuse and we are committed to protecting these cherished members of our society with all our might.”

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4 Responses to “State bills target elder abuse, theft”

  1. Thelma Says:

    I hope this works against fiduciaries who breach their trust.

  2. Norma Says:

    Looks like CA is paving the way to reform.

  3. Bendigo Banksters Says:

    In realty California is becoming a world leader in the recognition and prosecutions of Elderly Abuse Cases.They truly are leading the way and taking the point position, working with what laws they already have thinking outside of the box.It's been 18 years that Assistant District Attorney Paul Greenwood was told by his boss, to go get the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and he has done so with remarkable success.This is a remarkable and brave new step to show the world what has been going on and how to combat it..!!

  4. Alyece Says:

    California has always been one state that is progressive with their thinking and I agree thoughly with Bendigo banksters California steps outside the box.Hopefully, other states will adoptCalifornia's laws. Why reinvent the wheel?

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