Topic: Protecting Yourself and Loved Ones from Elder Fraud
Speaker: Sergeant Dana McCants, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Elder financial fraud and exploitation is the fastest growing form of elder abuse today. In 2015, it continues to be the “Crime of the 21st Century” and one that is often at the heart of other forms of elder mistreatment. As a growing, intolerable crime, elder financial abuse can decimate incomes both great and small, fracture families, and result in the loss of human rights and dignity.
Yet despite growing public awareness from recent high-profile financial abuse victims, elder financial abuse remains underreported, under-recognized, and under-prosecuted. In fact, only one in five elder financial abuse crimes are ever discovered or reported.
More than ever, state and local law enforcement are playing a significant role in protecting and combating the rising number of scams that are targeting seniors.
In today’s session, Sergeant Dana McCants of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will explore the dynamics of elder financial abuse from a civil and criminal perspective. Sergeant McCants will discuss what every professional advisor must know to protect their clients, their loved ones, and themselves, and he will demonstrate how to spot the warning signs, when and how to report abuse, and vital steps to prevent abuse in the future.
Sergeant Dana McCants has 31 years of experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and currently supervises the department’s real estate and elder fraud detective teams. His expertise on the subject of fraud relates to his service as an investigator and a detective sergeant assigned to his department’s fraud and cyber crimes bureau.
Sergeant McCants is a POST Master Instructor. POST stands for Peace Officer Standards and Training, a program established by the Legislature to set minimum selection and training standards for California law enforcement. Sergeant McCants has also developed course curriculum for the Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI) and has taught many of these courses since their inception to law enforcement personnel throughout California and Hawaii.
Sergeant McCants speaks regularly on behalf of his department, POST, and Keep Safe, to law enforcement personnel, merchants, civic groups, and the media. His presentations focus on topics pertaining to identity theft, forgery-fraud, real estate fraud, and financial elder fraud.