On Mar. 7, DoJ coordinated largest-ever elder fraud sweep.
- AG Barr of Justice Department said it coordinated largest US elder fraud sweep.
- Cases during this sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around globe
- Defendants victimized more than two million Americans, most of them elderly.
- DoJ took action in every federal district across country in criminal or civil cases.
- List of elder fraud cases pursued by DoJ can be seen using an interactive map.
- In total, the charged elder fraud schemes caused alleged losses of millions of
dollars more than last year; losses were over three fourths of one billion dollars.
- Since enacted bipartisan Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (EAPPA),
DoJ has participated in hundreds of enforcement actions, training and outreach.
Types of Fraud
- Actions include tech-support fraud, transnational mass mailing elder fraud cases.
- Plus money mule networks through mail, electronically, that facilitate elder fraud.
- DoJ benefited from work of International Mass-Marketing Fraud Working Group.
- IMMFWG agencies in Belgium, Canada, Europol, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, UK.
- As part of state, federal, and international crackdown on tech support scams, FTC
said temporarily shut down Utah-based scheme duping consumers into believing
their computers were infected with viruses and to sell them costly repair services.
- US judge issued temporary restraining order against Elite IT Partners and founder.
- FTC action is part of DoJ elder fraud initiative and its focus on tech-support scams.