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Cook County Opens New Elder Justice Center

September 6, 2013

CHICAGO (CBS) – Senior citizens in Cook County who need help navigating the court system, or fighting fraud and abuse, now have one place to turn for information.

WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the Cook County Elder Justice Center is the brainchild of Chief Judge Timothy Evans, and is located on the lower level of the Daley Center.

Presiding Judge Patricia Banks said volunteers and staff at the center can answer questions about financial exploitation, scams, and the like. “We don’t give legal advice,” she said. “No legal advice, or legal representation; but we do want seniors who have issues, who have questions about the court system, who have questions about paperwork that they might have that they don’t quite understand – we welcome them to come in. To the extent that we can help them, fine. If we can’t help them, we’re going to refer them to someone who can.”

Banks said she and Evans noticed seniors have become a growing part of the court system.

“They’re living longer, and they’re in need … because of all types of legal issues: consumer issues, the scams, we have also elder abuse and neglect,” she said. “That’s a very big issue, because of elder abuse, and neglect, and financial exploitation, we’re hearing stories everyday about seniors.”

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Fighting Financial Abuse

July 4, 2013

The frustrations of financial abuse for the elderly received help from the Governor today.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 102 to amend a section in the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to the reporting of elderly financial abuse. The most significant change is for financial institutions to report possible abuse to state human services as well as county police. The original statute required reports only to human services. Immediately after receiving a report, police must begin a criminal investigation.

“It’s gonna fill a gap that’s really needed,” Honolulu Police Department Lieutenant John McCarthy said. “We’re seeing an explosion in elder financial fraud cases. It’s really sad because these people lose real dollars. There’s no one to replace it. There’s nowhere to replace it. We have to get out to these complaints immediately to try and track the money and save or recover what’s there.”

“WE’RE SEEING IT EVERYWHERE”

After a case gets reported to the county police department, they then contact the prosecutor’s office to work on the report and take it to trial. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scott Spallina explained that these fraud incidents are not only originating in Hawai`i.

“Unfortunately we’re seeing it everywhere,” Spallina said. “It’s not just a local crime. We have criminals coming from the mainland praying on our local victims here – our local kupuna – and taking the money out of state. It’d be one thing if they committed crimes here and the money stayed here but no, they’re taking it out of state – not only to the mainland but also Nigeria – other countries where the law is not as strict as they are here.”

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