Nationwide, American seniors lose $2.9 billion a year to fraud, according to MetLife Mature Market Institute. The majority of those victimized are between ages 80 to 89, the study shows.
As evidenced by local police reports, local seniors have also been regularly victimized, both by predatory phone scammers and by loved ones who take advantage of them.
The Register talked with the four officials spearheading the task force. They include: Erie County Job and Family Services executive director Karen Balconi Ghezzi; Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter; Serving Our Seniors executive director Sue Daugherty; and Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth.
The four answered questions about their role in the task force and the severity and ramifications of elder financial abuse.
Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register to read what the officials had to say.