- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine regulator will appear before a U.S. Senate committee in Washington to discuss the problem of financial exploitation of seniors.

Judith Shaw, Maine’s administrator of the Office of Securities, is planning to testify before the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins, chairwoman of the committee, invited Shaw to Washington.

Collins’ office says there are 14,000 reports of senior abuse in Maine each year. Officials say that in most of the cases, the abuse is being carried out by a family member or friend.

The hearing Wednesday will discuss the scope of the problem and what can be done to prevent it.

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