New Mexico

State officials announce plan to protect the elderly from fraud

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - State officials have announced a move intended to protect the elderly and other vulnerable adults. 

Friday, the State Supreme Court joined the Auditor's Office to talk about changes strengthening the state's adult guardianship requirements. 

One aspect of the new system, it lets judges order audits of caretakers when they see red flags. 

"Sometimes you see expenditures by a guardian or conservator where they've purchased things like an automobile, and you know the protected person doesn't have the capacity to drive. That's a red flag," Judge Shannon Bacon said. 

The new rules are designed to prevent fraud, and make sure elderly people's finances are being managed responsibly. 



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