ATLANTA – Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine joins the entire Department of Justice to observe the 16th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Department echoes voices around the world condemning elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

“One of the Department of Justice’s top priorities is investigating and prosecuting elder abuse, as well as helping to educate the public on these issues.” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “Financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse and is estimated to cost older adults up to $36 billion annually.”

Combatting elder abuse and financial fraud targeted at seniors is a key priority of the Department of Justice. Elder abuse — an intentional or negligent act that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to an older adult — is a serious crime that affects at least 10 percent of older Americans every year. The Department of Justice is steadfastly committed to combatting all forms…

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