Miami, Florida — Today, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Juan Antonio Gonzalez joins leaders from South Florida’s federal law enforcement community in observing the 16th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Each year, on June 15th, people across the world pause for a moment to reflect on the millions of older adults who have suffered abuse, neglect, and exploitation.  As part of the observance, the South Florida U.S. Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement partners affirm their ongoing commitment to combatting elder abuse in all its forms.  

“Seniors have a right to a safe and dignified life free from all forms of exploitation,”  said Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Juan Antonio Gonzalez. “Those who take advantage of South Florida’s seniors, whether through local criminal acts or through transnational fraud schemes, will be held accountable.”

“Elder fraud takes many shapes and sizes as criminal elements seek to take advantage of this vulnerable and growing population,” said George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Miami. “If you believe you are a victim of fraud, or know a senior who may be, regardless of financial loss, immediately report the incident to your local FBI field office or other law enforcement agency, or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or online at https://tips.fbi.gov.”

“It is the elderly that have paved the ways in our communities; therefore, we must strive together to…

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