CHARLESTON, W.Va. — United States Attorney Mike Stuart has announced his commitment to ending elder abuse with a couple of big steps.
Stuart said with the signing of the bipartisan Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (EAPPA) into law, President Donald Trump and his administration placed a renewed focus on those who prey on the elderly.
According to Stuart’s office, approximately one in ten Americans aged 60 and over have experienced some form of elder abuse in the last year.
In a released statement, Stuart said, “I will do everything within my power to protect West Virginia’s seniors and elderly. I have made it a priority to prosecute those who defraud them.
“My office fully embraces Attorney General Barr’s and the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative. We will be working closely with our law enforcement partners to file both criminal and civil cases against fraudsters, lowlifes and scammers that target the elderly. This is a priority for which you will be reading headlines in the coming months. I will seek maximum sentences and penalties in every case of elder abuse.”
Stuart’s office encourages anyone who is or knows a victim of elder fraud/exploitation to reach out to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia at 800-659-8726 (USAO).