The elderly in the United States are bilked out of nearly $3 billion a year through scams, theft or greedy family members. Here in the metro, police deal with more than 100 cases each month in which the elderly are victims of some type of scam.
On Friday afternoon, the Nebraska Department of Human Services honored Omaha Police Detective Richard Belik for his work in pursuing those people who financially victimize the elderly.
Camas Steuter, with the Department of Human Services, said, “It gets underreported because people don’t think about abuse and neglect on an adult. They think about it more when it comes to a child but so many adults by being elderly or vulnerable for so many reasons can be abused, neglected and financially exploited in many ways.”
If you know of any elderly people who are being taken advantage of financially, you can call the statewide hotline in Nebraska. That number is 1-800-652-1999.