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Lawmaker proposes crime bill giving special protection to elderly

February 17, 2000
By: Laetitia Thompson
State Capital Bureau

A Missouri lawmaker says the state's elderly are being exploited and he wants to give them special protection.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the state capitol.

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Mexico Senator Joe Maxwell says Missouri's senior citizens are being taken advantage of in a wide variety of ways.

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OutCue: "IN OUR COMMUNITY."
Contents: MAXWELL SAYS CASE AFTER CASE ITS BECOME A REGULAR CALL TO HIS OFFICE THAT SOME SENIOR CITIZEN HAS BEEN TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF.

Maxwell says Missouri needs to join other states by updating its elderly protection laws.

Maxwell has proposed a new crime bill creating harsh penalties whenever someone intimidates, misuses money or commits fraud against a senior citizen.

From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.


Each year con artists invade Missouri to exploit the elderly. One lawmaker says he wants to protect the elderly with a new crime bill.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from Jefferson City.

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According to Mexico Senator Joe Maxwell the elderly fall victim every summer to con artists posing as construction workers.

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OutCue: "THEY SCAM THEM."
Contents: MAXWELL SAYS THAT INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING SHODDY CONSTRUCTION WORK TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SENIOR CITIZENS AND SCAM THEM.

Maxwell has introduced a comprehensive bill specifically aimed at protecting senior citizens from fraud and exploitation.

Maxwell says unconnected individuals commit the vast majority of these summer scams but some are occasionally a part of larger organized efforts.

From the state capitol, I'm Laetitia Thompson.


A Missouri lawmaker says he wants to give the elderly special protection in a new crime bill introduced to the senate.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the state capitol.

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Mexico Senator Joe Maxwell says Missouri needs harsher penalties for crimes specifically targeting the elderly.

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OutCue: "WALKS OF LIFE."
Contents: MAXWELL SAYS JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE GET OLD SHOULDN'T MEAN THEY OUGHT TO FEAR THAT INDIVIDUALS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM.

According to Maxwell the elderly fall victim to crimes ranging from relatives mishandling money to construction work scams.

Maxwell's bill carries a penalty of one to five years in jail.

From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson.