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Financial Exploitation

The Maricopa County Public Fiduciary sees as his responsibility the investigation of situations warranting possible Court inquiry into alleged financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. The exploitation of vulnerable adults is endemic in our society, often involving family and friends of the targeted adult. Under Title 46, Chapter 4, Article 1 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, a person in whom a vulnerable adult has placed trust and confidence may only use the vulnerable adult’s assets for the benefit of the vulnerable adult. A person who violates this principle may be found liable for damages up to twice the amount proved.

Most often, a referral for investigation into possible financial exploitation comes to the Public Fiduciary from a Judicial Officer, the Attorney General, the County Attorney, law enforcement, the Arizona Office of Human Rights, or Adult Protective Services. As Guardian/Conservator, the Public Fiduciary has an obligation to report to the Court the exploitation of a vulnerable adult. (A.R.S. § 46-454(A)) When a referral is accepted, the Public Fiduciary will pursue the alleged exploiter in compliance with his fiduciary obligations to the vulnerable adult or to the vulnerable adult’s estate. The Public Fiduciary has successfully sought and recovered sizable assets for the estates of exploited individuals and has turned over a number of cases to the County Attorney for prosecution and to professional licensing agencies for appropriate action.

View A.R.S. Title 46 - Welfare

Financial Exploitation Investigation
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Phone: 602.506.5801 (24/7)
Fax: 602.506.2495
Hours of Operation
8 AM to 5 PM
Monday through Friday
except holidays
Call Adult Protective Services (Arizona)
or area law enforcement (911) if the person appears to be at risk, or suffering from loss or harm.