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Senator wants to extend statute of limitations for financial exploitation of elderly, disabled

5/27/2016, 12:07 p.m.
The bill, which has been sent to the governor for approval, would extend fraud protections for the elderly.

A proposal to extend the timeframe when someone could be prosecuted for financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person was passed out of the Illinois Senate today by State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood).

Under current law, prosecution for financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person must occur within three years of the offense being committed. Bertino-Tarrant’s plan would increase the statute of limitations for this type of offense to seven years.

“Financial exploitation against someone who is disabled or a senior should not be tolerated,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “My initiative gives victims the time needed to recognize and report the crime so that the prosecutor can bring charges and hold perpetrators accountable.”

In general, most states allow individuals to be prosecuted for financial exploitation of a senior or disabled person longer than three years after the offense occurred.

Bertino-Tarrant co-sponsored a similar measure that passed out of the Senate. However, when it became uncertain that the House would vote on it, Bertino-Tarrant moved forward with her own proposal.

House Bill 5805 will now go to the governor for final approval.