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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Vermont Attorney General's Elder Protection Initiative

The Mission of the Elder Protection Initiative (EPI) is to promote the safety and security of older Vermonters through enforcement actions, legislative advocacy, public education, and collaboration with stakeholder agencies and organizations. The EPI consists of staff from the Attorney General Office’s Criminal, Public Protection & Human Services Divisions.

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Attorney General Donovan Warns Vermonters: Grandparent Scam Is on The Rise

Contact: Lisa Jensen, Assistant Director, Consumer Assistance Program, 800-649-2424 While the grandparent scam has long plagued older Vermonters, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a new twist that scammers are exploiting. Scammers, posing as the grandchildren of unsuspecting grandparents, call and pretend to be in the hospital, in jail, or stranded

July 24, 2020

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Attorney General Donovan Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 Today, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “Supporting and protecting older Vermonters is a priority for my office,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan. “We encourage all Vermonters to share in this effort, particularly as so many older Vermonters

June 15, 2020

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EPI Testifies Before VT Senate Committee to Strengthen Protections for Long-Term Care Residents

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Assistant Attorney General Jamie Renner, EPI Chair, testified in support of H.635 before the Vermont Senate Health & Welfare Committee. H.635 would strengthen protections for state long-term care residents. For example, under the bill, if a long-term care facility causes its residents “mental harms,” the state may

June 3, 2020

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Attorney General’s Office Continues to Protect the Environment, Seniors, And Consumers in the Face of COVID-19

Actions taken by the AG during the week of April 27 – May 1 Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 The Attorney General’s Office has been hard at work this week protecting the rights of Vermonters and standing up for the environment. “During these uncertain times, our mission and dedication to protecting Vermonters …

May 1, 2020

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Judge Grants Injunction in Attorney General Donovan’s Price Gouging Lawsuit

Contact: Christopher J. Curtis, Chief, Public Protection Division, 802-828-3171 Chittenden Superior Court Judge Helen Toor today granted a preliminary injunction to stop a price-gouging scheme involving surgical masks. Attorney General T.J. Donovan filed a lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction against Big Brother Security Programs and its owner

April 27, 2020

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Attorney General Sues to Stop Price-Gouging Scheme

Contact: Christopher J. Curtis, Chief, Public Protection Division, 802-828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that he filed a lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction to stop a price-gouging scheme involving surgical masks. The State of Vermont alleges Big Brother Security Programs, whose primary business is to own and operate public and

April 14, 2020

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Executive Order 01-20, Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19 and National Guard Call-Out.

On Friday, March 14, 2020 Governor Phil Scott issued a Declaration of State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19 and National Guard Call-Out, click here to view the Executive Order.    

March 15, 2020

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Vermont Settles Allegations of Neglect and False Claims with Three Genesis Healthcare Nursing Homes

CONTACT:    Elizabeth Anderson, Director, Medicaid Fraud & Residential Abuse, 802-828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan today announced a settlement with three Genesis Healthcare subsidiary-operated nursing homes in Vermont – Burlington Health & Rehab, St. Johnsbury Health & Rehab, and Berlin Health & Rehab – resolving allegations of

February 20, 2020

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EPI Testifies in Support of Strengthening VT’s Long-Term Care Laws

Last week, EPI Chair Jamie Renner testified before the House Human Services Committee in support of H.635, a bill that would strength Vermont’s long-term care laws. Specifically, H.635 would strengthen the State’s ability to request and obtain court-appointed “receivers”—or, interim managers–over long-term care facilities when necessary to

February 12, 2020

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EPI Highlights Caregiver Hotlines

While caregivers are daily lifelines for so many older Vermonters, serving as a caregiver to a family member or loved one can be a challenging, stressful and thankless task. For caregivers who are feeling burnout, depression, exhaustion, stress, and/or need additional information or local resources, there are several hotlines available, including one

January 15, 2020

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Top Scams of 2019 Released by Attorney General’s Office

Contact:  Lisa Jensen, Assistant Director, Consumer Assistance Program, 1-800-649-2424   In 2019, Vermonters filed 5,447 scam reports with the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP). As old scams persisted, new scams emerged. According to the Attorney General’s list of top 10 most commonly reported scams of the year, the Social

January 7, 2020

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Attorney General Donovan Settles with Former Manager of Spring Village Over Consumer Protection Violations

Contact: Jamie Renner, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3171 Consumer Guide to Long-Term Care Facilities Launched Attorney General T.J. Donovan today announced that his office has reached a settlement with Maryland-based Woodbine Senior Living, LLC, for violations of Vermont’s Consumer Protection Act. Woodbine was the manager of a 56-bed residential

January 6, 2020

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Attorney General Donovan Opposes Proposed Cuts to Federal Food & Nutrition Benefits for Older Vermonters

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan submitted comments in opposition to the Trump Administration’s third proposal in the past year to cut benefits from SNAP, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT. The latest proposal threatens to cut over $25 million in benefits to Vermonters by changing the way in which utility

December 2, 2019

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Older Vermonters Act Working Group Submits Report to Legislature

Today the Older Vermonters Act Working Group, which included the AGO’s EPI as a member, submitted its final report to the legislature. The report recommends that the legislature pass an Older Vermonters Act that would, among other things, establish a coordinated system of supports and protections for older Vermonters. To read a copy of the …

November 25, 2019

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EPI Joins VT Elder Abuse Research Advisory Group

Supported by a grant from the United States Department of Justice and Vermont Department of Public Safety, the Vermont-based Crime Research Group is undertaking a one-year study on the victimization of, and criminal justice response to, vulnerable adults and the elderly in Vermont. The EPI will serve as an advisory group member to this important …

November 1, 2019

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Registered Nurse Charged with Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult & Obtaining a Regulated Drug by Deceit

CONTACT:  Elizabeth L. Anderson, Director, Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit, (802) 828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that Dermot Hanna, 59, of Rutland, Vermont, was arraigned on September 30, 2019, on two counts of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult and two counts of Obtaining a Regulated Drug by Deceit in Vermont Criminal Court,

October 1, 2019

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EPI in the News: Scams & Other Financial Exploitation

This month, the EPI spoke with the Rutland Herald about scams and other forms of financial exploitation impacting older Vermonters. It shared data on these subjects from the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program. To read the article, click here or visit:

May 14, 2019

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The Attorney General’s Efforts to Address the Opioids Crisis Can Benefit Older Vermonters

Nationally, older individuals are uniquely impacted by the opiate crisis. They are housing, taking care of, and helping to financially support opiate-addicted adult children. They are helping raise grandchildren whose parents are struggling with addiction. Some are victims of drug diversion. Some are victims of financial exploitation by opiate-addicted

March 26, 2019

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Attorney General Donovan Urges Congress to Take Action Against Robocalls

Contact: Christopher Curtis, Chief Public Protection Division, 802-828-3171 Attorney General T.J. Donovan urged the U.S. Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, legislation to curb illegal robocalls and spoofing. A coalition of 54 attorneys general sent a letter to the U. S. Senate Committee on

March 6, 2019

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“Respect and Protect Our Elders” – Op/Ed By Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan

Just as young parents rightly prioritize the health and well-being of our children, at mid-life we also begin thinking more about the health and well-being of our own parents. By 2030, Vermont will be one of the oldest states – if not the oldest state – in the country.   Forty percent of Vermonters will be …

February 1, 2019

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Attorney General’s Office Warns of Increased Hypothermia Risk for Vulnerable Vermonters; Heating Assistance Available

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 With extreme cold hitting Vermont, Attorney General T.J. Donovan is warning that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to hypothermia. Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in core body temperature. It caused 16 deaths in Vermont last year. The Attorney General’s

January 31, 2019

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State Prevails in Receivership for Pillsbury Senior Communities

Contact: Clayton Clark, Director of the Division of Licensing and Protection Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, 802-241-0345   A Vermont court has ruled that a “receiver” is needed to run the Pillsbury residential care homes in South Burlington and St. Albans. On Friday, January 25th, the court ruled that the current

January 28, 2019

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Top Scams of 2018 Released by Attorney General’s Office

Contract: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171 Vermonters filed 5,471 scam reports with the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) in 2018 according to the Attorney General’s list of top 10 most commonly reported scams of the year. This amounts to a 4.55% increase in scams from 2017. As new scams emerged, old scams …

January 7, 2019

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Attorney General, Secretary of State Announce Public Meetings on Proposals to Regulate Home Improvement Contractors

CONTACT:    Chris Curtis, Chief, Public Protection Division, 802-828-3171 The Attorney General’s Office and the Secretary of State’s Office announced a series of joint public meetings to hear feedback and ideas from the public on the home improvement industry. In January 2018, the Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation produced a

November 20, 2018

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State Negotiates to Include Harborview in Temporary Receivership

Contact: Clayton Clark, Director of the Division of Licensing and Protection Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living 802-241-0345 MONTPELIER, Vt.– The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), on behalf of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), has entered into a stipulation that will allow temporary

November 14, 2018

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