APS provides assistance to protect elders

APS provides assistance to protect elders

LUBBOCK, Texas -

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says criminals defraud senior citizens for about three billion dollars each year. He calls it a national and international problem. 

Last year, the Texas Adult Protective Services investigated nearly three thousand cases in Lubbock County. 

Zach Tarver, with APS, says exploitation is more common than it should be. 

"This person comes in and it seems like they are going to save the day, but they are trying to get power of attorney over these people, and take their life savings away. We deal with a lot of that as well," Tarver said. 

Tarver said one of the biggest problems facing seniors is not reporting the crime. 

"People don't have a lot of people in their lives to see these types of things. They are embarrassed. Maybe they don't want to say 'I'm 85-years old and someone has come in and taken my money.' There's a little bit of pride and shame in that," Tarver said. 

Marvel icon Stan Lee claims he suffered abuse at the hands of a personal adviser. Keya Morgan is accused of taking advantage of Lee's impaired vision, hearing and judgment. Then kept his friends, family and business partners from reaching him. 

"I think it's a huge spotlight for him being a huge deal and pop icon creating all of 'The Avengers' and all of that kind of stuff. It sheds light that it can happen to anybody," Tarver said. 

If you have a loved one at home, be cautious. 

"Just because you have a relative in a home, doesn't mean you don't need to check in on them as much and follow up on them. That's the thing to remember, we need to be on the lookout for our elderly and check in on them from time to time," Tarver said. 

If you're concerned about a loved one getting exploited or abused, call the Adult Protective Services hotline: (800)-252-5400

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