January 16- Elder consumer fraud topic of law enforcement training co-sponsored by Stetson Law

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Gulfport, Fla. – Consumer fraud and exploitation of senior citizens is a building concern. To help law enforcement and related personnel learn how to detect, investigate and prepare for a successful prosecution in these areas, experts will present “Elder Abuse and Exploitation: America’s Growing Crimes” Thursday, Jan. 22.

The day-long seminar is co-sponsored by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Office of the Florida Attorney General and Stetson University College of Law.

“We’ve been training senior citizens on how to avoid becoming the victims of financial scams and exploitation, now we want to train the professionals who can help seniors if they do become a victim,” said Nick Cox, professor and head of Stetson’s Elder Consumer Protection Program.

“Law enforcement wants to help and we want to provide them the tools,” he said.

Professor Cox will speak along with state and federal prosecutors, representatives from the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department and the Attorney General’s office.

Session topics will cover investigation of consumer fraud cases, preparation for prosecution, current trends/scams and issues affecting elderly citizens such as cyber crime and identity theft.

The seminar is part of a continuing effort of Stetson Law to team with local organizations to fight consumer fraud.

“Consumer fraud is an issue that can strike anyone and we at Stetson want to help,” said Dean Darby Dickerson. “We want to educate not only our students, but community around us as well.”

The forum is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, 4211 N. Lois Ave., Tampa, FL 33614. The seminar is free to law enforcement, prosecutors and adult protective services personnel. Those interested in attending should call the Operations Center at (813) 878-7300 to reserve space.