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Panel To Discuss Financial Scams


Sidney-Action for Eastern Montana, Richland County Commission on Aging, Crestwood, the Montana Area Agencies on Aging Association (M4A) and Montana SMP are spearheading a campaign to educate the public and talk about the growing problem of senior financial fraud.

Lisa Sheppard, current president of the M4A, said, the goal of “Face it-Senior Financial Fraud Happens!” is to help prevent financial exploitation of more Montana seniors.

In Sidney, older adults, their families and caregivers are invited to view a free documentary film titled “Fleeced” and hear from expert panel members on June 29 at 2:30 p.m. how seniors can protect themselves from financial exploitation. The free event will be held at Crestwood located at 410 3rd Ave. SW.

Members of the panel will include: Richland County Sheriff John Dynneson; Claudette Manson, regional supervisor, Adult Protective Services; Veronica Melby, Wells Fargo Bank; Jodi Berry, coordinator, Richland County Commission on Aging; and Heather Handran, Senior Medicare Patrol Volunteer coordinator.

Handran will also give a brief overview of what that statewide program does to help prevent Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse.

The film screening and panel discussion are free and open to the public, but to guarantee seating for all who wish to attend, please contact Heather Handran at 406-345-2120.


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