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Texas Bar Foundation makes grant to fight fraud of vulnerable adults

Written by Mindia Whittier

Older Americans lose an estimated $2.9 billion to financial exploitation schemes and scams annually.

The Texas Bar Foundation has awarded Guardianship Services, Inc. (GSI) a $10,000 grant to help strengthen efforts of the Financial Exploitation Prevention Center (FEPC), a groundbreaking alliance fighting fraud and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults in Tarrant County. The grant will also be used to help hire a new case manager.

GSI has provided guardianship and other services and supports that protect vulnerable adults in Tarrant County from abuse, neglect, and fraud or financial exploitation since 1985. The organization helps people who have been placed into guardianship through the Tarrant County Probate Court system and offers money management services for qualified applicants.

The FEPC was organized in 2016 to fight fraud and financial exploitation of aging and other vulnerable adults. FEPC services work to prevent these crimes, help victims recover, and hold wrongdoers accountable in cooperation the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office and allied agencies.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

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Mindia Whittier