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Task Force To Address Crimes Against Seniors And Adults With Disabilities
October 29, 2003

TOPEKA, KANSAS--The Kansas Advocacy And Protective Services, Elder Law Clinic at Kansas University, AARP and several county departments have joined forces with the state's Vulnerable Adults Task Force to address the problems of abuse and exploitation of adults with disabilities and seniors.

According to the Lawrence Journal-World, the task force has received more than 400 complaints of abuse and fraud since it was formed in March.

Assistant Attorney General Stacy Jeffress said, that in addition to prosecuting crimes and filing lawsuits, the task force will educate the public and businesses on warning signs of abuse.

"We want to help others become eyes and ears of the community," Jeffress said.

Possible indicators of financial abuse include unusual bank withdrawals, failure to buy groceries or medicine, failure to pay bills, writing numerous checks to telemarketers, and buying unnecessary products or home repairs.

Related article:
"Task force targets elder abuse" (Lawrence Journal-World)

http://www.ljworld.com/section/stateregional/story/150187

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