Supervisor Benoit To Address Identity Theft, Elder Abuse, Senior Scams In Thousand Palms Thursday

News Release


Jan 13

Supervisor Benoit To Address Identity Theft, Elder Abuse, Senior Scams In Thousand Palms Thursday

THOUSAND PALMS – Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit will be addressing a community presentation on identity theft prevention, senior scams, and elder abuse at the Thousand Palms Library (31-497 Robert Road) Thursday, January 14 at 10:30 AM.  The free seminar, hosted by the Riverside County Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (C.A.R.E.) Program, will also cover consumer fraud and county services for victims of elder abuse.

“With an aging population in California, scams targeting the savings and respect of vulnerable adults will unfortunately continue to grow,” said Fourth District Supervisor John J. Benoit.  “ Over the years, I have built a strong working relationship with the C.A.R.E. program, educating people of all ages to be aggressive in protecting their personal information.”

In the Legislature, Benoit authored legislation (AB 1158, 2008) that allowed seniors who cannot otherwise appear in court to testify via teleconference, and to enhance the licensing inspections and enforcement of senior nursing facilities (AB 978, 2008).  Benoit also introduced a measure (AB 484, 2005) increasing penalties for caretakers who are convicted for subsequent counts of theft, embezzlement, forgery, or fraud against an elderly adult.

For more information about Thursday’s seminar, please contact Geri Crippen-Richardson, Fourth District C.A.R.E. Program Coordinator, at (760) 863-7661.


Supervisor John J. Benoit represents the Fourth District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.  Stretching from the Palm Springs area south to the Salton Sea and east to the Colorado River, it is the largest geographical district in the county.

Please note: Supervisor Benoit’s Office will be closed every Friday through June 30, 2010 per order of the Board of Supervisors on 7/21/2009.  Benoit’s regular office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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