State Rep. Peter Lucido this week testified before the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee in support of two bills that would provide for stricter penalties and sentencing guidelines for exploiting vulnerable adults.
Financial abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults is reaching epidemic proportions. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported a 160 percent increase in the number of complaints of people taking advantage of vulnerable adults from 2006 to 2015.
“Seniors are the greatest generation that has ever lived,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “It is the seniors that actually pave and set the way for all of us. The bills would protect individuals who have been taken advantage of.”
Lucido said current penalties are not a strong enough deterrent to prevent our parents, grandparents, and neighbors from becoming victims of this intolerable behavior. People are living longer than ever so we must ensure that seniors are protected once they are unable to live independently.
Lucido’s bills would double the fines and most sentences, the amount and length of which are based on the amount stolen.
House Bills 4885 and 4886 remain under consideration by the House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee.