Released Date 1/31/17

Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott announced today that the office’s Elderly Victims Crime Unit (EVCU) secured convictions resulting in sentences totaling 120 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections during 2016, and more than $105,500 in restitution to elderly victims was ordered during the year. In addition, offenders committing crimes against the elderly who did not go to prison were sentenced to serve a total of 598 days in the Macon County Jail.

Protecting Senior Citizens, who are disproportionately targeted for financial crimes nationwide, has been a priority of the office since Scott established EVCU in January 2013. Assistant State’s Attorney Lindsey Shelton supervises the unit, and Investigator David Cook and Victim Advocate Kim Tarvin assist with prosecution. Scott and Sheriff Thomas Schneider continue to monitor calls daily on the Elder Fraud Hotline (217-615-7582).

“Lindsey, David and Kim are doing a tremendous job going after the people who prey on our Senior Citizens,” Scott said. “The success they’ve had is a direct result of their passion for protecting the elderly. Macon County is very lucky to have such dedicated public servants working hard for them every day.”

Jay Scott
Macon County State’s Attorney