December 23- Crist donates to Stetson for Elder Fraud

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Gulfport, Fla. – Stetson University College of Law’s Elder Law Center received $300,000 from Attorney General Charlie Crist Friday, Dec. 19, the final installment of $700,000 to support Stetson’s statewide program to educate elderly residents to avoid consumer fraud.

“This award is a significant complement to our Center for Excellence in Elder Law. It will allow us to increase our efforts to help protect our elderly residents and the community around us,” said Dean Darby Dickerson.

Stetson received $700,000 of a $950,000 settlement reached in November 2002 between the Attorney General’s Office and a Delaware-based firm that faced allegations of deception. The announcement was made by then-Attorney General Bob Butterworth.

“Fraud concerning the elderly continues to be a serious and growing problem in Florida,” said Professor Rebecca Morgan, director of Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Elder Law.

Professor Morgan is also the Boston Asset Management Faculty Chair in Elder Law at Stetson. A national leader in the field of elder law, Morgan has spearheaded unique partnerships with the Attorney General’s Office, AARP and the legal community to increase public awareness of consumer fraud against senior citizens.

“The most effective way to fight consumer fraud is through education, and this support from the Attorney General puts us well on our way to having a more educated community,” she said.