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Partnering With Faith Communities To Provide Elder Fraud Prevention, Intervention, and Victim Services

April 2006
Lisa Curtis

Contents

Message From the Director

Financial Fraud Committed Against the Elderly
The CASE Partnership is a program developed to address the significant problem of elder fraud.

Elder Fraud in Denver
This section identifies five characteristics that increase older adults' risk of victimization and six reasons elder victimization goes unreported.

Program Background
The CASE Partnership has five basic components including partner recruitment and monthly fraud alerts.

Program Staffing
Original staffing consisted of a project director, outreach specialist, and faith community advocate.

Success of the Denver Model
In its first year, the Denver CASE initiative offered 120 “Power Against Fraud” seminars and helped more than 200 older adults and caregivers with victim and fraud prevention assistance.

Project Evaluation
Approximately 900 surveys were distributed to evaluate the effectiveness of the CASE Partnership.

Conclusions
CASE effectively reached the elderly, provided followup reinforcement, and established a network to prevent and report fraud.

Lessons Learned
This section provides a comprehensive assessment of what worked and what did not work.

Metro Denver Replication Results
The CASE program has been replicated in three additional Colorado judicial districts.

National Program Replication Products and Training
The CASE Partnership has been selected as a national model for program replication, training, and assistance.

For More Information on CASE

About the Author

Acknowledgments

Notes

This document was prepared by the Denver District Attorney's Office under grant number 2002-LS-BX-0002, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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