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Financial abuse, fraud focus of program

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

The Adult Abuse Coalition of South Central Tennessee is sponsoring the ninth annual statewide campaign to educate and inform all Tennesseans about fraud and financial abuse of seniors and disabled adults.

Governor Bill Haslam is set to sign the official proclamation to designate October as Fraud & Financial Abuse Awareness Month in Tennessee.

In recognition of Fraud and Financial Abuse Awareness Month, the Coalition will be coordinating several events and distributing publications across the south central Tennessee region during the month of October.

As part of the Fraud and Financial Abuse Awareness month activities, Coalition members will present an educational program on fraud and financial abuse at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Senior Citizen’s Center on Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

The signing of the official county proclamation will also take place in conjunction with the educational program, with local mayors, law enforcement, state legislators and other local community leaders being invited to attend.

In 2010, there were over 950,000 fraud and identity theft complaints in the U.S., with more than 20,875 victims reported in Tennessee, resulting in Tennesseans losing more than $8.5 million dollars to these crimes.

If you would like more information on the Fraud and Financial Abuse Awareness Month Activities or would like to request a Fraud and Financial Abuse Program to be presented to your group or agency, contact the Coalition office at 698-7346, or email gporterfield@sctdd.org.