p. 316.660-3600toll free. 800.432.6878
535 N. Main
Wichita, KS 67203
In 2008 the District
Attorney’s Office in Sedgwick County created the
Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST). This
is a specialized fraud unit, working with concerned
members of the community, to address the growing
problem of financial abuse of the elderly.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports
the nation's 65-and-older population grew from 44.7
million in 2013 to 46.2 million in 2014. The
dependency ratio, or the number of people 65 and older
to every 100 people of traditional working ages, is
projected to climb rapidly from 22 in 2010 to 35 in 2030.
The expected steep rise in the dependency ratio over the
next two decades reflects the projected proportion of
people 65 and older climbing from 13 percent to 19
percent of the total population over the period, with
the percentage in the 20 to 64 age range falling from 60
percent to 55 percent.
Statistics from the U.S. Census
Bureau also show the nation's 90-and-older population
nearly tripled over the past three decades, reaching 1.9
million in 2010. Over the next four decades, this
population is projected to more than quadruple.
The National Council on Aging says up to 5 million older
Americans are either physically or financially abused
every year, and the annual loss by victims of financial
abuse is estimated to be at least $2.6 billion.
The NCOA reports one study found only 1 in 14 cases of
abuse are reported to authorities. While likely
underreported, elder financial abuse costs older
Americans $2.9 billion per year.
FAST is a network of
specialists from law enforcement, the banking
Kansas Dept. for Children and Families (DCF,
formerly SRS) along with private attorneys and
mental health specialists. Many of these
organizations have workers who are on the front
lines of elder abuse investigations and can notify
law enforcement when they see fraud or abuse.
The formation of FAST led
to a three-tiered approach: consultation, assistance
and public education. FAST meets once a month in
FAST successful brings
different agencies and the private sector together
to uncover cases of elder abuse and take remedial
measures to either preserve the financial resources
of the elderly victims and/or hold perpetrators
In the event financial
abuse or any type of abuse is suspected, please
immediately contact the following :
Wichita Police, dial 911 in case of emergency or imminent safety
issue, or contact the case desk 316-268-4221 to file
an incident report.
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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