New Law Protects Senior Citizens From Financial Abuse

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- A report from the Kansas Attorney General's office says 342 adults were reportedly abused in 2013, most often involving seniors. And now a new law is in place in efforts to decrease this number.

60% were cases of financial abuse. This past spring, Kansas legislators created a new law of "mistreatment of an elder person."

This new law which took effect July 1st makes it clear that financial abuse of senior citizens is a serious crime.

The Attorney General's office recommends senior citizens to consult with an attorney before placing someone in position over finances.

If you suspect a senior citizen is being taken advantage of, report it by calling medicaid fraud and abuse hot line at 866-551-6328.