3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office

C . A . S . E

C.A.S.E (Communities Against Senior Exploitation)
JUNE 2010 VOL. 4 ISSUE 13

New Law Gives Remedies To New Mexicans To Fight ID Theft
On May 16, New Mexico became the most progressive state in the country as it protects the rights of individuals victimized by Identity Theft. Currently, citizens are nearly powerless to fight to clear their records after they have been victimized by criminal Identity theft. The consumer must spend, on average, 200 work hours to prove that they are not “guilty”. However, NM now recognizes that it is a right to be presumed not guilty of the wrongdoing until, and unless, proven before a neutral third party, usually a Court. Under the new law, a citizen may DEMAND that an erroneous credit bureau notation be removed from his credit bureau file by the on line filing of a Declaration of Removal, and the payment of a $5 fee. Within five days the credit bureau MUST remove the entry, without notation or comment of any kind. The entry is GONE! In order for a person who claims the debt to put the entry back into your file, the accuser must sue and win a judgment against you in your home county, not some far away place like California. Only then can the entry be returned to your file.
Local Phone Numbers
♦ Adult Protective Services: 1866-654-3219 ♦ Las Cruces Police and Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Dept. non-emergency dispatch (575) 526-0795 ♦ C.A.S.E. Program Coordinator (575) 524-6370

Carlos Brad ♦ Attorney General’s Office Cates, currently an (575) 526-2280 Assistant District Attorney in the Third Judicial DisInside this issue: trict Attorney’s Office, was instruNew Law for New Mexi- 1 mental in recans To Fight ID Theft searching, writing, and promoting this • Elder Abuse The Silent 2 Epidemic new legislation. • Help Color Las Cruces Mr. Cates has a Purple On June 15th long and distin• The Heat is Here, guished record of Tips to Keep Safe public service, Daytime Home Burglaries 3 having worked as Spike an Assistant U.S. Attorney and an (Editors Note: The Assistant Attorney credit bureaus are General, in addisuing the State in tion to having Federal Court to served as a New block implementa- Mexico State Legtion of the new islator. law. Until this suit is heard, the provisions of the law Susana Martinez cannot be utilized District Attorney by citizens).

slapped. Call 911 immediately! If possible.Page 2 VOL. neighbors and family often. Stop any strenuous activities immediately. Phone: (575)524-6370 Fax: (575) 647-8584 E-mail: vbaeza@da. or mistreated. They cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their basic needs. thousands of older persons are abused. passes out. 4 ISSUE 13 ELDER ABUSE THE SILENT EPIDEMIC THE NEW MEXICO COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPORTS: • Each year. frail. If you would like a copy of the New Mexico Coalition Pamphlet on Elder Abuse" The Silent Epidemic” Please contact Virginia Baeza at (575)524-6370 ext:1161. • • • Signs and Symptoms of Physical Abuse Bruises. has hot dry skin. Many victims are often older. • Wear light. and internal injuries/bleeding • Broken eyeglasses/ frames. If someone becomes disoriented.us .nm. you • • may be suffering from heat exhaustion. The color purple is the official color for (WEAD). stops sweating. Check on elderly friends. begins to feel tired and flushed and begin to sweat excessively. It is very easy to become dehydrated in our desert climate without realizing it. Help protect our elderly population of this horrific epidemic. • Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages. move them to a cooler location. • Sprains. dislocations. Elders are generally more susceptible to heatrelated illness. especially dur- • • • ing the early morning. punctures. Open wounds. neglected and exploited by family members and others. drink more water. welts. most often victim’s adult child or spouse. “GROWING OLDER SHOULDN’T HAVE TO HURT” SAVE THE DATE JUNE 15TH WEAR PURPLE LAS CRUCES Protecting your Money. Please join the Third Judicial District Attorneys Office and the County of Dona Ana in coloring Las Cruces purple. Bone skull fractures Sudden change in behavior. It was established in 2006. and find a cool place to rest. or even worse. Both increase stress on the body and actually accelerate dehydration. On June 15th wear purple to show support of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. TIPS TO KEEP SAFE Heat safety tips recommended by the National Weather Service: • Drink plenty of water. HELP COLOR LAS CRUCES PURPLE ON JUNE 15th June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAD). Take advantage of air conditioning when possible. If you. • Self-report of being hit. • Shift strenuous outdoor activities too cooler parts of the day. Why don't they tell? Some abused elderly are ashamed of what happened or afraid that if they do speak out. or someone you’re with. lacerations. We need to make everyone aware of the serious crime of Elder Abuse. • Caregiver refusal to allow visitors to see an elder alone.state. • Stay out of the sun. Finding ways to keep your money safe THE HEAT IS HERE. loose-fitting clothing. Many homes in southern Arizona still use evaporative cooling (swamp coolers) which are much less effective during the monsoon. Who are the Abusers? It is estimated that two-thirds of all elder abuse perpetrators are family members. they will be removed from the home and be placed in a nursing home. black eyes. and vulnerable. and signs of being restrained. untreated injuries in various stages of healing. physical signs of being subjected to punishment. kicked. that person is probably experiencing heat stroke – a serious medical condition. cuts. Provide plenty of water and shade for pets.

along with Law Enforcement (including Adult Protective Services) are working to make this county a safe place for our Seniors to live. Organization If you have any information on the perpetrators of these home burglaries you are asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or send a tip via text message to LCTIPS (528-477).S.A.E. gram Coordinator at 575524-6370.3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office The CASE Partnership Project’s purpose is to combat telemarketing and elder fraud through faith-based alliances. 2010 the Las Cruces Police Department has taken 52 reports of daytime home burglaries where the front door of a residence was kicked in.us The Las Cruces Police Department has investigated an increased number of daytime burglaries over the past few months where a perpetrator has kicked open the front door to gain entry to a home. community membership and law enforcement with prosecutors. Proeven when you’re at home.S. Program Manager (575) 524-6370. Closing the doors on Fraud and Exploitation in Dona Ana Daytime Home Burglaries Spike Protecting Seniors from Exploitation through Partnership with the 3rd Judicial District attorney’s office. • • • Keep residential doors and If you have any questions windows locked at all times. Phone: (575)524-6370 Fax: (575) 647-8584 E-mail: vbaeza@da. • • If you have a topic you feel others might benefit from contact the C.A. ings can be scheduled.E.E. Program coordinator with your ideas and a training/ Utilize an audible home seminar can be designed alarm system that is actiand presented to all who vated by motion or when an want to attend. District Attorney) and the County of Dona Ana. All of the home-invasion burglaries in question were committed during daytime hours and. keys and small electronics. Since April 1. This is a co-project between the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Susana Martinez . Some of the items stolen included wallets. iPods.E. entry door is ajar.A. Dona Ana County and the communities of Dona Ana County. Las Cruces Police are reminding residents of some basic safety rules that may keep you from becoming a victim of such a crime.nm. Keep a cell phone or landline phone handy. cell ordinator. or suspicious behavior. televisions and adjusted to fit your organiother valuables . Both the DA’s Office and Dona Ana County. in your neighborhood.S. in nearly all incidents.out of zation and your schedule. view from windows or Evening and weekend trainscreen doors. and nearby. only relatively small items were taken during the burglary. • Seminars are free and open to the public. Please contact the C. ule a training for your organization. when you’re at home. Program Coas purses. purses.S. please contact Keep valuable items—such the C. Trainings can be phones. The Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office also has investigated a number of similar crimes and has reported a 25 percent increase in home burglaries over the past three weeks.A. Be a good neighbor and immediately report suspicious activity. Use a deadbolt lock in addition to a traditional springIf you would like to schedbolt lock on entry doors. keys. . please call the C.state.