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Results of Elder Fraud Sweep Announced
US DOJ, Washington, D.C.

The FBI joined federal partners and Attorney General William P. Barr today in announcing the results of a yearlong targeted effort to capture and prosecute fraudsters who prey on the elderly. Coordinated law enforcement actions in the past year, they said, resulted in criminal cases against more than 260 defendants who victimized more than 2 million Americans, most of them elderly. Losses are estimated to have exceeded more than $700 million.

“The people involved are vulnerable, and because of their stage in life, they don’t have the opportunity frequently to recover. And so these losses are devastating to them,” Barr said during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.