Crimes Against the Elderly
are the fastest growing age group in the country and the third fastest growing
job is home care. Add these together, and you have a recipe for exploitation.
Sadly enough, it is not always strangers who take advantage of the
elderly. Sometimes it is a trusted friend or neighbor, or even a family
To keep these citizens safe, an Elderly Exploitation and Abuse Unit will function cooperatively with our Economics Crime Unit to focus on the crimes that affect this rapidly-growing segment of the Southwest Florida population.
The Elderly Exploitation and Abuse Unit will:
the U.S. Census Bureau reveals that 33.2% of the population within our five
counties is above age 50, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that our
elderly population is particularly susceptible to crimes motivated by economic
gain. Additionally, financial crimes are often difficult to investigate,
complex to prosecute, and there can be complicated jurisdictional boundaries
to navigate. Victims often have close ties to their offenders and may
even feel protective towards them. They may want to stop the exploitation
and recover their assets, but not want the offender punished. Victims also can
suffer from feelings of embarrassment and shame. This, coupled with a
fear others will think they cannot take care of themselves, may trigger
concerns about their ability to continue living independently.
these reasons, this office will always treat elderly victims with the utmost
respect. They should not be made to feel dependent when they are
victimized, and therefore every effort will be made to keep them actively
involved in the prosecution process.
Office of the State Attorney, 20th Circuit, will not only focus on what is
often the most important result for the victim -- the prompt recovery of
assets-- but also on punishing the offender to prevent a reoccurrence with
primary goal of the State Attorney’s Office is to hold the perpetrators of
these crimes accountable, while doing as much as possible to restore the
victim physically, emotionally and financially. By working closely with
victims and being sensitive to their needs, our prosecution unit will be able
to give these victims a voice in a court of law.
If you feel you are being victimized, please call one of the following Economic Crime Units in the location nearest to you: