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Laxalt, Others Launch Taskforce To Protect Elderly From Scams

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt and law enforcement officials from around the state are joining forces to stop legal guardians who swindle the disabled and elderly clients they're hired to protect.

Laxalt's office formally announced a joint guardianship and elder exploitation task force on Thursday, although it's been working quietly since last summer to investigate abuse cases.

The move follows Las Vegas Review-Journal articles last spring about wards who lost their life savings to professional, private guardians appointed by courts to help manage their financial affairs.

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The attorney general's office is now dedicating an employee to investigate the cases full-time alongside Las Vegas police.

The Nevada Supreme Court is also working to correct flaws in the guardianship system through a commission that's expected to recommend changes later this spring.