DHHS urges elderly victims of fraud to come forward

DHHS urges elderly fraud victims to get active.

LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A welfare fraud investigation ended with the arrest of a woman who allegedly stole more than 150 thousand dollars from 12 victims in Androscoggin County, most of them elderly. Officials are now asking the public for help in identifying more victims that may be associated with this case.

The Department of Health and Human Services' fraud department says Tanya Boutelle established relationships with elderly residents and created scenarios where she needed to borrow money. She also stole items from their homes. 
 
DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew says cases like this are why the Financial Abuse Specialist Team, or FAST, was created.The group is urging other elderly Mainers who may have been involved in similar situations to come forward.
 
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be a victim of financial exploitation, you can call the Maine Adult Protective Services hotline 24 hours a day. That number is 1-800-624-8404.
 

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