As problems with guardianship of seniors citizens and incapacitated adults make headlines, Palm Beach County’s Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock has been held out as an innovator in combating fraud in the arena.
Now Bock has gone international.
The 4th World Congress on Adult Guardianship in Berlin, Germany to be held this weekend will recognize Bock for her Guardianship Fraud Program & Hotline.
“The three-day conference provides guardianship advocates from countries around the world a rare opportunity to share problems and solutions,” Bock’s office said in a news release.
“Organizers of this bi-annual, worldwide symposium encourage international exchange on the ideas, concepts and practices of the protection of vulnerable adults.”
Bock said the exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens is not only an issue in the United States.
“I have made it my mission to team up with leaders on a national and international level to strengthen guardianship laws,” she said.
Bock’s Division of Inspector General has audited and investigated more than 900 guardianship cases since the inception of the hotline in 2009, leading to the identification of more than $5.1 million in unsubstantiated disbursements, missing assets and fraud.
For more information about the Clerk’s Guardianship Fraud Program & Hotline, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/fraud or call 561-355-FRAUD (561-355-3728).