Recently, the Wisconsin Bankers Association was invited to participate as a member of a task force dedicated to the problem of Elder Abuse in Wisconsin. Attorney General Brad Schimel held a listening session with stakeholders on how our state can better protect older adults and other adults at risk. The purpose of the listening session was to help the Attorney General and his staff better understand the broad variety of issues that exist related to older adults including financial exploitation, physical abuse and neglect, awareness of existing public programs, Medicaid fraud, and other related topics.

The Attorney General wanted to hear from the experts in the field on where DOJ is succeeding, what gaps exist, and how can they work together to improve outcomes. There were a broad set of views at the meeting and DOJ hired a professional facilitator to help run the meeting.

Attending on behalf of WBA were Dave Gorr, VP Investigations and Corporate Security at Johnson Financial Group and representing WBA's Financial Crimes Task Force, and Jon Turke, Director –Government Relations.

Have thoughts on how the industry can help combat this problem? Please send them to Jon Turke at via email or by calling 608-441-1215.