National elder fraud sweep ties together $750M in losses, 260 suspects

Mar 7, 2019

Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney James Kennedy have announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history, surpassing last year's nationwide sweep.

They say the cases during this sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around the globe who victimized more than 2 million Americans.

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy took part in nationwide elder fraud sweep.
Credit Michael Mroziak File Photo / WBFO News

Among them is Sheldon Hurley, 39, of Ontario, who has been charged locally with participating in a four-year scheme to obtain nearly $160,000 from hundreds of victims by operating websites for fictitious financial services companies.

The victims provided personal information, which was then exploited. An extradition request was sent to Canada, and Hurley was surrendered to the United States.

“Crimes against the elderly target some of the most vulnerable people in our society,” said Barr.

They said the total alleged losses tied to this year's sweep is more than $750 million.