Friday, August 19, 2016

Illinois Rep. Criticizes Legislation Over Exploitation Of Elderly

State Rep. Gary Forby says legislation that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law will extend statutes of limitations on crimes that financially exploit the elderly, according to the Associated Press.

Forby tells The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan that the law extends statues of limitations from three to seven years, which means charges can be brought up against individuals accused of financially exploiting seniors or the disabled for seven years instead of three years. 

Forby, a Democrat from Benton, was a co-sponsor on the legislation. He says the legislation is important because such crimes can put victims "in dire financial situations, robbing them of their savings." 

The voters on the legislation were unanimous in both the Illinois House and the Senate. 

Information provided by the Associated Press

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