This was a simple case of a senior whose gut instinct was that the people who scammed him were scamming a lot of people. The senior's gut instinct turned out to be correct - and his actions landed the scammers in Federal Court charged with multiple felonies.

The FBI and a Senior Sleuth - 
A recent success story - A few years ago a Senior Sleuth investigated a case where a senior was referred by a Sheriff's Deputy to the Seniors Vs Crime Project because based on the initial evidence, it was a civil case. The senior was very observant of activities in his neighborhood. He felt he had been scammed, and strongly suspected that some of his senior neighbors had been scammed as well. Insurance had paid so he was not out-of-pocket cash because the insurance company had paid for his loss, but he just had a gut instinct that something crooked was happening.

The senior provided the
Senior Sleuth with his neighbors names and phone numbers.  After making several calls, the Senior Sleuth concluded that the senior was correct in his suspicions. To him, it appeared to be an insurance scam. The Senior Sleuth began collecting documentation from everyone who had been scammed, seniors and non-seniors. The Senior Sleuth and the Sheriff's Deputy verified that other neighborhoods had reported the same incidents. After several weeks of accumulating information, the Senior Sleuth realized that this needed to be investigated as criminal fraud because he had written evidence that the same exact scam was conducted against a long list of seniors and non-seniors in local neighborhoods. He knew that fraud conducted in an organized manner against a number of individuals most often results in a criminal violation under state and/or Federal Law. He presented his findings to the law enforcement agency sub-station that hosted the Seniors Vs Crime Project Office, and they immediately forwarded the evidence to the Sheriff Detectives who were assigned to investigate fraud crimes.

The Fraud Crimes Detectives continued the investigation using the material provided by the Senior Sleuth. They validated that it was almost a certainty that the same scam was being conducted in multiple states, so it was a Federal crime. The Detectives contacted the FBI and the FBI agreed that they would take over the case. At the Detective's request, the Sheriff's Deputy and the Senior Sleuth briefed the FBI Agents at the local FBI office and all documentation was transitioned to them. The FBI's investigation validated that the case was national in scope and pursued the scam perpetrator(s) for violation of Federal Fraud laws.

The Senior Sleuth was recognized by the Sheriff and the FBI in a formal ceremony for the outstanding work of collecting evidence, analyzing it, demonstrating that a criminal law was broken, transitioning all of that material to the host law agency, and supporting the process until the FBI had launched a nationwide investigation.