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ANTI-FRAUD CONFERENCE THIS SATURDAY

The Honolulu Department of Community Services will co-host an anti-fraud conference this Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Protecting our seniors from fraud and unscrupulous criminals who would exploit them is extremely important,” Mayor Mufi Hannemann said. “This conference will bring together anti-fraud experts to help ensure seniors and others are informed and protected.”

Health care fraud, investment fraud, mail scams, identity theft, and other types of financial exploitation are on the rise and cost seniors a staggering $40 billion annually in the United States.

The conference will provide information on how to detect fraud, how people may protect themselves, and how and to whom fraud may be reported.

The keynote speaker for the conference will be Mary Twomey from the Center of Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect at the University of California at Irvine. There will also be three breakout sessions to choose from, with speakers from the FBI, U.S. Postal Service, Better Business Bureau, HMSA, Hawaiian Telcom, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Department of the Attorney General, Executive Office on Aging, University of Hawaii Elder Law Project, Honolulu Police Department and Elderly Affairs Division of the City and County of Honolulu.

Conference sponsors include Honolulu’s Elderly Affairs Division, the State Executive Office on Aging, and Senior Medicare Patrol Hawaii. To register by phone for the conference, please call 586-7291 or 768-7700. Conference fees are $10 for seniors 60 years and older, and $30 for non-seniors.

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Contact:  Karen Miyake, 768-7708, kmiyake@honolulu.gov