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Elder Fraud Wars

Case Histories from an Enforcement Attorney

By recounting actual court cases, this book examines the multi-billion-dollar elder fraud industry, the special vulnerabilities of those it targets, and the ease and frequency with which it obtains hundreds of thousands of dollars per victim. Les mer
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By recounting actual court cases, this book examines the multi-billion-dollar elder fraud industry, the special vulnerabilities of those it targets, and the ease and frequency with which it obtains hundreds of thousands of dollars per victim. It also reveals successful strategies for combating that industry and the important contributions to that effort by concerned bankers, doctors, reporters and others in the private sector.

The cases reveal an increasingly sophisticated global industry that targets each victim with a series of repeat "hits." This tactic--criminals call it "reloading"--sets the elder fraud industry apart from groups that defraud younger individuals. Twelve key age-related fraud vulnerabilities are illustrated in the cases. So, too, are the scammers' skills in mapping their target's unique combination of vulnerabilities and then tailoring their narratives to exploit each one. Most of the cases highlight actual victims, scam artists or fraud fighters. Their individual stories range from inspiring and sometimes comical to frustrating and deeply disturbing. Readers with aging parents, law enforcement officials, medical professionals, members of the financial industry and others who work with older adults will find it particularly useful.

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Introduction: The Elder Fraud Industry Marches Through Town
Part One. Before We Even Called It "Elder Fraud"
1. Will Garrett's Morning Run
2. Three Early Cases
3. Generating Obsession: The Fire Alarm Salesman and Three Grandmothers
4. Sweepstakes and Lottery Scams: The Cases of Mrs. B and Mrs. D
Part Two. Will, Bill and the War Against the Home Repair Fraud Gang
5. "Something big and sinister"
6. Road Trip to Rocky Mount
7. Without Something Else, These Cases Were Going to Be Hell to Prosecute
8. Special Agent Will Garrett Comes to Raleigh
9. Tucker Seeks Out "the Colonel"
Part Three. Victim Mindsets and Vulnerabilities
10. Mrs. S and the Twins
11. As Little as $1400 Can Be Devastating
12. "I found the Colonel!"
13. Twelve Key Victim Vulnerabilities and One Myth
14. Our House-Mazza Posse Gets Mired in the Mud
15. Call the Doctor!
Part Four. Payoff
16. The AG Calls Channel 11 Troubleshooter Jennifer Julian
17. "We need to go check on the Colonel!"
18. " Boom-Boom!!!"
Part Five. The Losses Are Seldom Just Financial
19. You Can't Assign a Dollar Figure to It
20. "Reloading" and the Cycle of Fraud
21. Lewis the Elder Orphan
22. Will We Save the Elder Orphan?
23. George Love, Elder Fraud Fighter
Part Six. Judgment Day
24. "What were you trying to run on my grandmother yesterday?"
25. House-Mazza: "Soon, every day will be Saturday!"
26. "Frog" and the Habitual Felons
Part Seven. Going International
27. Whack-a-Mole Leads to the "Means and Instrumentalities" Approach
28. Canada Calls-FBI Special Agent Joan Fleming Answers
Part Eight. Miracles and Grace
29. On a Muggy July Afternoon ... the McPhauls' Case
30. Miracle Just Off US 1 North
31. McPhaul Miracle Postscript
Part Nine. Money Mules, "VAP" and Scam Jams
32. Charles and Miriam Parker
33. VAP and the Retired Fortune 100 Company Exec
34. Justice for the Parkers?
35. What Are Scientists Saying About All This?
36. We're Scam Jammin'!
Part Ten. King Tommy Won't Relinquish His Throne
37. Tommy C, King of the Driveway Paving Scammers
38. Tommy C Is Back
39. Cat and Mouse with Tommy C
40. Famous Last Words About Tommy C
Part Eleven. More and More
41. Romance Scams: What Percy Sledge Said
42. Threats
43. "Bahkah?"
44. Barker Wasn't the Only One
45. Retired Fortune 100 Exec: The Rest of the Story
Conclusion: The Rewards of Fighting Elder Fraud
Chapter Notes
Bibliography
Index