Fighting Elder Fraud

Creating a Financial Abuse Specialist Team


By Dana Gouge

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The Financial Abuse Specialist Team is a collaboration of concerned community members – teaming with the district attorney, law enforcement, and social agencies – to address the growing problem of financial abuse of elders.

Predators lurk the streets searching for the most vulnerable people in our communities. These criminals aren’t looking for victims in alleyways; they worm their ways into the lives of the elderly and sick to get what they want. However, new programs for elder crime fighting are cropping up to help combat elder fraud.

As the deputy chief of investigations for the Office of the District Attorney Nola Foulston in the 18th Judicial District of Kansas, my duties include collaborating with law enforcement and other agencies that investigate fiduciary abuse of elders and other white-collar crimes. Our office created the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) – a specialized fraud unit for a comprehensive law enforcement and community approach.

The FAST is a collaboration among concerned community members and the district attorney, law enforcement, and social agencies to address the growing problem of financial abuse of elders.


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By Maynard
Excellent article.