SAN FRANCISCO – David L. Chatfield, president and CEO of theCalifornia Credit Union League, received the Leadership Award fromthe Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) at the group's secondannual “Call to Action” luncheon on November 5. “EFPN's success isowed to the significant contributions of partners like the League,”said Jenefer Duane, EFPN CEO and executive director. “We applaudDave, the League and California credit unions for theirextraordinary efforts in the fight against elder financial abuse.”Chatfield was one of several public and private sector officials –including California Attorney General Bill Lockyer – recognized fortheir efforts in the fight against elder financial abuse. “TheCalifornia Credit Union League and indeed all credit unions inCalifornia are committed to the protection of our members fromfinancial elder abuse,” Chatfield said. “Credit unions across thestate are working to prevent elder financial abuse. As a result ofsuch efforts, crimes have been averted, saving potential victimshundreds of thousands of dollars.” He also praised the efforts ofseveral credit unions for taking a leadership role in fightingelder financial abuse, including Altura Credit Union in Riverside,Calif.; Spectrum Federal Credit Union in San Francisco; and StarOne Credit Union in Sunnyvale, Calif. The program also featured apreview of EFPN's new “Be Wise” online program to train financialinstitution employees to recognize warning signs of possiblefinancial abuse of elder consumers. The Elder Financial ProtectionNetwork, a non-profit corporation based in Novato, Calif., isdedicated to the prevention of financial exploitation of seniorsand dependent adults through community outreach, public awarenessinitiatives, and coordination of training for financial institutionpersonnel to recognize and report suspected financial abuse. -

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