After one year of operation, the Seniors v. Crime program in St. Lucie County has been a great success, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“This excellent program handled 223 cases in one year, with more than $95,000 in value recovered by seniors,” Sheriff Mascara said. “Four dozen cases were referred to law enforcement agencies.”
This program operates from an office provided by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in the South St. Lucie County Courthouse Annex in St. Lucie West on Country Club Drive. It is supported at the state level by the Florida Attorney General’s Office.
Seniors v. Crime works to recover money spent by seniors for services or products they didn’t receive. In most cases, a satisfactory settlement can be negotiated. When that is not possible, the program can refer cases to law enforcement agencies for criminal investigations.
“The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office provides some staff support, but the work is done by a dedicated group of volunteers,” Sheriff Mascara said. “We can always use more volunteers.”
Those who want more information are asked to call 871-5303.