Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
February 26, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Florida Participates in National Sweep to Stop Elder Fraud
Tallahassee, Fla––Attorney General Pam Bondi, the U.S. Department of Justice and National Association of Attorneys General announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud abuse in history. These schemes targeted one million American citizens resulting in more than $600 million in victim losses and led to charges being brought against 250 defendants.
As part of the national sweep, the Florida Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint against a Broward County home health agency for allegedly operating a scam that is believed to have swindled approximately 50 seniors out of more than a quarter of a million dollars for supposed home health services. This complaint alleges that these consumer funds were used for defendants’ personal expenses such as mortgage payments and home improvement projects.
Consumers who purchased services from Christopher Kydes or Senior America Home Care, Inc., can file a complaint with Attorney General Bondi’s Office by clicking here.
The complaint alleges violations of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, Home Health Services Act, Home Solicitation Sales Act, and Future Services Contract Rule. To view the complaint, click here.
Between 1990 and 2010, the number of Americans age 65 and older grew from less than five million to more than 40 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Florida is home to 3.2 million seniors that is eight percent of the total elder population in the U.S.
Since June 2017, NAAG’s presidential initiative has been Protecting America's Seniors: Attorneys General United Against Elder Abuse. It is a concentrated effort working with attorneys general around the country to help all states gather expertise and build capacity to fight elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.