New Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force Announced

Washington, DC — June 14, 2019
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the Department of Justice announced the establishment of a new Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force. This joint law enforcement effort brings together the resources and expertise of the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Branch, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for six federal districts, the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and other organizations.

“Fraud against the elderly is on the rise,” said Attorney General William Barr. “One of the most significant and pernicious causes for this increase is foreign-based fraud schemes. The new Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force will bring together the expertise and resources of our prosecutors, federal and international law enforcement partners, and other government agencies to better target, investigate, and prosecute criminals abroad who prey on our elderly at home. The Department of Justice is committed to ending the victimization of elders across the country.”

 
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