Cameron University Department of Social Sciences to present “Combating Crimes Against the Elderly: the Forgotten Victims”

The Cameron University Department of Social Sciences will present “Combating Crimes Against the Elderly: The Forgotten Victims,” the sixth presentation of the department’s “Justice For All Series.” Guest speakers Julie Bays and Mykel Fry, both from the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General, are the featured speakers. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, at 2 p.m. in the CETES Conference Center. The event is open to the public at no charge.

The elderly population - individuals 60 and over - are target by criminals more frequently than any other age group. The crimes targeting the elderly usually include physical abuse, theft or fraud. The criminals tend to find the elderly are easier to confuse, are more trusting than other potential victims, and are unlikely to report the crime. Many of the crimes are committed by people the victims trust such as caregivers and family members. Assistant Attorney General Bays and Assistant Attorney General Fry will speak on the strategies their respective units at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office leverage to combat these types of crimes.

The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office is part of the National Association of Attorneys General’s (NAAG) presidential initiative “Protecting America’s Seniors: Attorneys General United Against Elder Abuse”.  This initiative fights against elder abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly.

Julie BaysSince joining the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office in April 2002, Bays has successfully prosecuted consumer fraud, civil antitrust and charitable trust cases.  In January 2013, she was appointed Chief of the Consumer Protection Unit.  Her responsibilities include enforcing the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits deceptive or unfair conduct in the course of consumer transactions.  She handles non-profit issues such as proper charity registration, non-profit oversight and reviewing requests to revise charitable trusts.  She also deals with the complex issues involving the privacy concerns of Oklahoma citizens such as data breaches and internet safety.

Mykel FryFry joined the Attorney General’s Office as an advisor to the Multicounty Grand Jury in 2009.  In 2011, she was appointed to lead the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. She is the past President of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.  Fry began her legal career in the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted felonies including general felonies, drug offenses, youthful offenders, gang related offenses and capital murder.

The Justice for All series is made possible through the GEO Group Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice and Sociology and the Cameron University School of Arts and Sciences.