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Justice Department Coordinates Largest Ever Elder Fraud Sweep:

Justice Department Coordinates Largest Ever Elder Fraud Sweep:

260 Global Defendants said to have Targeted 2 Million Americans, Mostly Elder

On March 7th, federal and state enforcement agencies announced they had embarked on a massive crackdown on financial fraud directed at seniors. As part of the “sweep,” the Justice Department reported the filing of criminal or civil charges against hundreds of alleged offenders as well as the launch of targeted public education efforts throughout the country. According to the United States Attorney General, the coordinated actions reached into every federal district across the country and served to underscore the government’s efforts to protect a vulnerable population and address this complex and widespread problem.

In our last post, Bates Research highlighted the CFPB's analysis of five years’ worth of SARs data relating to elder financial exploitation. The use of the information contained in these filings represents an attempt by regulators to create and use data to better understand the scope of the problem and to inform enforcement and public education efforts. In this article, we look at current efforts on the enforcement side, as represented by the actions undertaken last week.

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Bates News and Events This Week

This week at Bates Group: CEO Jennifer Stout is recognized by the Florida Securities Dealers Association in their March Member Spotlight, Managing Director Alex Russell is quoted in an Investment News article about 529 plan costs, and Susan Harper will be hosting a chat with the Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, at the NYSBA Women in Law Section's inaugural Trailblazer event on March 13, 2019. Bates Group will also be exhibiting at the 2019 IAA Compliance Conference March 14-15 in Washington, D.C.

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Alert: FINRA Releases FAQs with Important Information About Its 529 Plan Share Class Initiative

Alert: FINRA Releases FAQs with Important Information About Its 529 Plan Share Class Initiative

FINRA’s 529 Share Class Initiative self-reporting deadlines have been pushed back one month to allow firms additional time to review their supervisory systems, procedures and past transactions to identify sales of 529 plan share classes. The extension also allows firms more time to consider additional information made available by FINRA (FAQs) and to determine whether to self-report.

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