FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT PREVENTION
FRAUD occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally conceals, misrepresents, and makes a false statement to either deny or obtain some monetary benefit, or otherwise profit from the victim. The key to conviction is proving in court that the suspect knowingly or intentionally made the misrepresentation or concealment.
REAL ESTATE FRAUD can involve the unlawful transfer or forgery of titles or deeds, adverse possession of abandoned or vacant property and loan fraud.
ELDER ABUSE / FIDUCIARY FRAUD typically involves a caretaker, an acquaintance or even a family member. By legal definition an "elder" is a person 65 years of age or older. Protected by law under the same statute are "dependent adults" who are between 18 and 64 years of age with physical or mental disabilities that make daily living difficult. The suspect gains control over the victim's financial assets. Once in control, the suspect will usually drain the victim's accounts and transfer the assets to themselves.
Click here to download the Victim's Guide to Fraud tri-fold brochure
Click here to download the Victim's Guide to Real Estate Fraud quad-fold brochure
You may contact any of the specialized units of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Commercial Crimes Bureau at the follow-ing numbers:
Fraud Detail, (562) 946-7217
Real Estate Fraud, (626) 946-8250
Elder Abuse Consultant, (562) 906-5412