The Lee County Sheriff's Office was selected in Spring of 2006 to be an affiliate and model site of the CASE Partnership, Communities Against Senior Exploitation. The program is designed to combat telemarketing and other elder fraud through alliances made between prosecutors and law enforcement agencies and faith communities. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is the only law enforcement agency selected in the country and one of 23 total law enforcement agencies and prosecutors' offices selected to become affiliates of this program by the Denver District Attorney's office which began the program in 2002.
On January 31, 2007, Stacey Payne, Lee County C.A.S.E. Coordinator and Manager of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Practitioners, made a formal presentation about the C.A.S.E. partnership to the Florida Sheriff’s Association. Her presentation resulted in a unanimous vote by the Association to endorse the program as a statewide initiative with Lee County Sheriff’s Office as the pilot agency for the State of Florida.
|"Older adults are more likely to be targeted for scams and fraud. The CASE
Partnership gives older consumers the tools they need to empower and protect
themselves." Mike Scott,
CASE provides a faith-based program for elder fraud prevention, crime detection and reporting, and victim support. In the case of LCSO, program components include:
By involving the faith community, CASE builds an alliance that reaches a large and broad audience of older adults, their families and caregivers, as well as clergy and other community leaders. The CASE Program is a successful community partnership that uses the trust and compassion associated with faith communities to effectively educate and empower, protect and assist older adults.