Legislation sponsored by State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) that received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate would strengthen laws against the financial exploitation of the elderly or disabled.
“These are some of our most vulnerable citizens and we need to make sure criminal acts against them are not taken lightly,” said Sen. Connelly. “This legislation puts more teeth in existing law, and is part of a broader package of protections that have been enacted over the last several years.”
Furthermore, Senate Bill 1409 expands the venue for bringing prosecutions for financial exploitation cases. Sen. Connelly notes that t
here are frequent instances when the suspect lives in a different county or state from the victim and that has created an impediment to prosecution in many instances. This legislation addresses that technicality.
Senate Bill 1409 now heads to the House for a vote.