DECATUR, Ill. – As criminals look to prey on unsuspecting consumers this holiday season, state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, is reminding seniors about legislation she helped pass into law to protect them from fraud.
“Unfortunately, scammers target seniors and the number of these types of incidents is on the rise,” Scherer said. “Seniors often live on fixed incomes and when their livelihood is stolen from them, the perpetrator should be held accountable.”
Earlier this year, Scherer helped pass House Bill 5805, which expanded the statute of limitations on financial crimes against seniors and disabled persons from three to seven years.
“Every instance of fraud or financial exploitation cannot be prevented, but when these crimes do occur there should not be a time limit when prosecuting the criminal,” said Scherer. “I will continue to fight to protect seniors, and help to make our laws more reflective and accountable to their needs.”
For more information, please contact Scherer’s constituent service office at 217-877-9636 or by email at StateRepSue@gmail.com. Scherer represents the 96th District, which includes portions of Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties.