Georgia Attorney General issues warning about seniors, stimulus checks
SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV) – Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr is warning elderly citizens and adults with disabilities to be on guard as new stimulus checks are underway. His office says seniors and their caregivers should be on the lookout for signs of financial abuse.
“Georgia has a comprehensive elder abuse law that covers financial abuse,” Carr said in a press release. “The law also contains unique protections for people residing in retirement homes and assisted living facilities, as well as for adults with disabilities. We are looking for individuals and organizations who take advantage of elderly and disabled adults for their stimulus checks. “
Carr says the Consumer Protection Division, Prosecution Division and Medicaid Fraud Division within his office will work with law enforcement agencies to prosecute anyone who attempts to take advantage of a vulnerable adult.
Seniors and their loved ones should be aware that someone may be trying to take property or money, which may include taking a social security or economic stimulus check without consent. Exploitation can also include attempting to have a power of attorney or other documents signed without the victim knowing or understanding what they are signing.
To report abuse, neglect and exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult who lives in a private residence, contact your local police and Adult Protective Services at 1-866-552-4464 – Press “3” or www.aging.ga.gov then click on the Report Elder Abuse tab.
To report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of an elderly person, disabled adult, or facility resident, contact Health Care Rules: 1-800-878-6442.