TOPEKA – Kansas has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice as one of eight locations across the country to host training for law enforcement on investigating financial crimes against seniors.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office applied in June to host one of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) Financial Crimes Against Seniors seminars offered in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative. The NW3C will provide training in the eight selected locations to enhance the ability of state and local law enforcement to respond effectively to complex elder fraud cases.
“Financial elder abuse cases can be particularly challenging to investigate and prosecute, especially in smaller jurisdictions," Schmidt said. "This high-quality training will allow us to build capacity to combat elder abuse throughout our state and will have a substantial positive impact on our statewide and national conversation on this important topic.”
Last year, Schmidt reorganized the Kansas attorney general’s office to establish a new Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division that focuses, in part, on elder abuse. That division houses the statutory Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Unit established by the Legislature and also the prosecution of financial crimes involving insurance or securities. By law, the Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division also coordinates closely with the consumer-protection and Medicaid fraud and abuse enforcement work in the attorney general’s office.
Schmidt, who was elected in June to a one-year term as president of the National Association of Attorneys General, announced earlier this month that his presidency will focus on helping states gather expertise and build capacity to fight elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The members of the association are the 56 state, territorial and District of Columbia attorneys general.
The training seminar awarded today will be held in Topeka. A specific date and location for the seminar will be announced at a later date.
The announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice can be found here: http://bit.ly/2wSY05F.