Protecting Arizona seniors from fraud and exploitation is an important priority for the Attorney General's Office. By 2020 it's estimated that one in four Arizonans will be over 60. Unfortunately, seniors and their money are often seen by scammers as easy targets. The Attorney General's Office works to protect Arizona's seniors by providing information about scams and fraud, taking legal action against those who prey on seniors and supporting legislation to toughen penalties against those who commit crimes against seniors.
The fight against Senior Abuse is of great importance to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. Among his first initiatives upon being sworn in was the creation of the Task Force Against Senior Abuse (TASA).
TASA MISSION STATEMENT:
- To establish a direct line of communication for anyone to call or contact the Attorney General’s Office seeking assistance with their concerns of senior abuse.
- To identify and open those cases which meet the criteria and are within the scope of the prosecutorial authority of the Attorney General’s Office involving crimes, Medicaid fraud and consumer fraud.
- To raise awareness within the community that everyone should do everything possible to prevent and report senior abuse and exploitation.
- To provide communication and coordination among statewide groups in order to embrace and promote local coalitions.
ADVISORY GROUP MISSION STATEMENT:
The Advisory Group, comprised of community, business and governmental leaders, is formed to:
- Advise Attorney General Horne and members of TASA in matters concerning the senior citizens of Arizona, including assisting the Attorney General in both identifying statewide senior abuse issues and establishing goals for TASA to combat the identified issues; and
- Encourage the development of a united voice through the formation of partnerships and alliances in communities around the state to identify the needs and concerns of our senior citizens, and to enhance their safety.