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Making A Difference For Our Elders

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AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert on
Social Security Scam

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned Texans to beware of calls from scam artists pretending to be with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and attempting to fool unsuspecting people into giving them their Social Security number and money.

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received a large number of complaints from consumers targeted by the Social Security scam.  Crooks tell the would-be victim that their Social Security number has been used in a crime and they must pay a fee to reactivate it or to get a new number.  During the call, the person is asked to give out their Social Security number.

In other instances of the scam, individuals are told that their bank accounts have been seized and they should transfer their money to the caller for safe keeping, or that they could lose their Social Security benefits because their Social Security number was used to apply for credit cards.

Attorney General Paxton’s Consumer Protection Division reminds Texans that the Social Security Administration will never call and ask for a person’s Social Security number, request money, or threaten someone’s benefits.  Be sure to follow these tips from the FTC:

  • Never give your Social Security number to anyone who contacts you.  Don’t confirm the last 4 digits.  And don’t give a bank account or credit card number to anybody who contacts you asking for it.
  • Don’t be fooled by caller ID showing the SSA’s real phone number (1-800-772-1213).  Computers make it easy for scam artists to show any number on caller ID, a technique called spoofing.
  • Remember that anyone who calls and tells you to wire money, pay with a gift card or send cash is a scammer, no matter who they say they are.

If you get an unsolicited call from someone who claims to be from the SSA, get off the phone.  Then call the real SSA at 1-800-772-1213.  Or, if you’ve detected a scam, file an online complaint with the FTC at www.ftc.gov/complaint or with the Texas attorney general’s office at:
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint

Elder Abuse Child Abuse Ignored

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Doug Dorsey, Former Assistant State Attorney

Former Assistant State Attorney:  Elderly, Child Abuse cases were being ignored

JACKSONVILLE, FL  –  Before resigning, a former assistant state attorney said he and another employee informed his supervisors that elderly and child abuse cases were being ignored.

Doug Dorsey told News4Jax that he resigned from his 16-year career as a prosecutor on May 9 because he was being pressured by staff to campaign for his boss State Attorney Angela Corey’s re-election.

The state attorney’s office denied the accusation.

But when Dorsey spoke with News4Jax Thursday, he also referenced a number of cases of elderly abuse that he says were being ignored.

“This is a battle with the situation of elderly abuse and child abuse cases and the mismanagement of those cases were my primary concern.  And it wasn’t just my concern,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey said he and the other employee first told his supervisor when a victims’ advocate, who works for the state attorney’s office, found the files that appeared to be ignored or forgotten.

“She had a found a bunch of cases that go back to 2012 and they involve the elderly abuse victims, and they were just siting in a box. And she was pretty devastated about it,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey said a number of emails inquiring about those cases were sent to supervisors.

“Reports blew my mind.  There were some unbelievable allegations in the reports.  And I wondered how this could’ve been going on since 2013, 2014.  I just want to make sure someone was looking into the stuff,” Dorsey said.

News4Jax has made a public records request for those files to see exactly what cases are involved and the status of those investigations.  News4Jax also contacted the Department of Children and Families and Adult Protection Services to see if those agencies were aware of the status of the cases.

Corey spoke with News4Jax about those files and notifications.  She said the minute she learned about them, she held meetings to get on top of it.

“I don’t know specifically what Mr. Dorsey was referring to.  I did not have a conversation with him.  I brought in everybody I knew that had a concern about it and they told me they were basically notifications.  And I believe our staff were satisfied that we were on top of the ones to which he was referring and we were better able to stay on top of things that come in the future,” Corey said.

Dorsey said when he was trying to follow-up and meet with executive staff about the situation several months ago, he was threatened with his job.

“Instead, we got stonewalled.  It blew my mind and (I) got called into a meeting, where I was told if I push this issue any further, if she pushes the issue any further, it’s going to bring me down.  And then I was told they we’re going to circle the wagons if necessary.  Those were their words,” Dorsey said.  “And I walked back, I left that meeting and said, ‘Do you really think you’re going to threaten me? There’s no way.'”

News4Jax has not yet received the requested files.  Corey said they are making changes in the way the notifications are handled and it will all be electronic and other meetings are set for the future.

Thursday, Patricia Dodson, managing director at the state attorney’s office, said Dorsey’s work performance was being investigated.  She said he would miss work and court dates.

Dorsey denies those charges.