Elder Justice Task Force formed to protect elderly Iowans from financial fraud

Published: Jun. 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM CDT
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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa is leading a new Elder Justice Task Force, which is part of a national effort to curb financial fraud like lottery and sweepstakes scams and ensuring nursing homes provide quality care for elderly residents.

“We have a number of cases we’re already investigating but this task force will allow us to strengthen our numbers going forward,” said U.S. Attorney Kevin Techau.

The task force will allow for four additional staff members dedicated to cases that deal with the elderly. Partnerships with local, state and federal agencies will work together to investigate and prosecute cases, but much of that work also relies on help from the public.

“Many of our investigations are initiated off of a tip,” said FBI Agent Gabriel Poling. “If anybody has suspicion that an elder in their lives is possible being victimized, we'd love to hear about it.”

The Northern District of Iowa is one of just ten districts nationwide chosen to form an Elder Justice Task Force. Other states involved include California, Georgia, and Kansas.