The Maine Attorney General Task Force Final Report on Financial Exploitation of Elderly was released on March 11, 2015. Like the Massachusetts October 23, 2014 Special Commission Report on Elder Protective Services, the Maine Task Force identifies the lack of training and staffing in handling financial crimes against the elderly.
The Maine Task Force Report, however, goes even further, noting that cases of financial crimes against the elderly are not being investigated and prosecuted as they should be, too often viewed as “private family matters or civil issues rather than crimes.”
The Task Force includes the Judiciary in the need for training and recommends timely judicial case management of these elder financial exploitation cases. “There is a pervasive lack of training for all professionals in the system, including law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and court personnel.”