The Ohio House of Representatives today passed legislation strengthening protections for elderly Ohioans from identity theft and abuse.
Under Senate Bill 158, individuals who commit offenses such as forgery, misuse of credit cards, identity fraud and selling or distributing forged identification cards against the elderly can be penalized up to $50,000.
State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield) voted in favor of the legislation during today’s House voting session and became a co-sponsor of the bill.
“We have an obligation to honor the contributions of our elders in the state of Ohio and to protect them from deceitful criminals who continue to target them. As the elected representative of thousands of seniors, I was proud to support and co-sponsor Senate Bill 158,” Koehler said.
Beginning September 2019, the bill requires securities dealers, salespersons and other investment adviser representatives to report to county job and family services boards if they believe an adult is being abused, neglected or exploited.
The bill now heads back to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.