Seniors vs Crime

A project of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, the primary goal of this initiative is to reduce the victimization of senior citizens who are often targeted for specific crimes based upon their age. Unfortunately, there are dishonest people who would like nothing more than to separate seniors from their money.

seniors2When reporting issues through this initiative, no problem is too large or too small. Each case is handled on an individual basis, and confidentiality is maintained in accordance with Florida Public Records Law.

Volunteers, known as "Senior Sleuths" are active in assisting local law enforcement and act as the eyes and ears of the Attorney General's Office by reporting on scams and conducting surveys in the community. Because seniors may be embarrassed about being victimized, the office uses the philosophy of "seniors helping seniors." Any case involving a criminal offense is turned over to Sheriff's detectives for investigation. If a senior feels that they have been taken advantage of, or has been cheated out of money, they should contact the Seniors vs Crime office today for assistance.

For further information, or to report an issue, please call:


Sarasota Office
Monday and Friday 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friendship Center
1888 Brother Geenen Way
Sarasota, FL 34236
Fred Gonet (manager)

Venice Office
Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Friendship Center
2350 Scenic Dr
Venice, FL 34293 
John McLaughlin (manager)

Please note! To report a crime that has already occurred and for general information about the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, or to otherwise speak with a Deputy Sheriff about a non-emergency situation, call 941.861.5800