FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 15, 2017
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605) 773-3215
PIERRE, S.D. – In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today, Attorney General Marty Jackley would like to highlight the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation Subdivision and the work they have done over the past year.
“Providing extra protections for South Dakota seniors is the role of the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation Subdivision,” said Jackley. “Seniors are all too often a target for financial exploitation and our investigators and prosecutors are working hard to provide those much needed protections.”
The Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation Subdivision was created by the Legislature during the 2016 legislative session and is comprised of one full-time investigator and one full-time prosecutor and primarily investigates and prosecutes cases involving theft of assets from the elderly in South Dakota.
The Subdivision received over 400 tips during their first year. In addition to the investigative and prosecutorial work this Subdivision does, they provide education to seniors and their families on the seriousness of elder financial abuse. The Subdivision conducted 100 outreach events with over 2,600 attending as part of the educational component over the last year. Organizations are encouraged to call the Attorney General's Office at (605) 773-3215 to schedule an outreach event.