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A-G candidate wants senior advocate added to Justice Department


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- One of the three Democrats seeking the Attorney General’s seat wants to crack down on crimes against senior citizens. Jon Richards believes the Department of Justice needs a senior citizens advocate position.  “I’m calling for the creation of a senior citizen advocate in the Department of Justice. A senior citizen advocate will be able to work with local law enforcement to make sure that we catch and punish people who are preying on our seniors.”

Richards says the crimes against seniors involve one or more perpetrators, and can take a long time to investigate and prosecute.  “There are many sophisticated financial scams where seniors are roped in, sometimes on computer, sometimes in person, and they are very sophisticated operations, sometimes over many years that can wipe out a person’s nest egg that they’ve worked a lifetime to build up.”

Every candidate for Attorney General has said local District Attorneys are severely understaffed. Richards says now more than ever, we need to have strong support for our senior citizens at the Department of Justice.  “The cases are very paperwork-intensive. Sometimes they involve very complex financial transactions, and they take time to prosecute, and DA’s offices are already understaffed.”

Richards is in a three-way Democratic primary next month against Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne. The winner will be on November ballot against Republican Brad Schimel.