Ex-scammer shares his playbook in Michigan

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Former scam artist Frank Abagnale spent May 16 in Michigan sharing his unique expertise in a teletown hall, during media interviews and at a two-hour event attended by hundreds at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Abagnale, whose exploits were made famous in the movie “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, spoke during his Michigan tour about his checkered past and how to avoid becoming a victim of scams and fraud. Here are some highlights: “Before I was old …

AARP remains steadfastly opposed to health bill

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WASHINGTON, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond reiterated AARP’s opposition to the health bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would harm American families who count on access to affordable health care:  “AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill. The bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American families  with health insurance, forcing many to lose coverage or pay …

Volunteers reach thousands in Flint

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AARP Michigan volunteers and staff have reached out to nearly 4,000 Flint residents this spring to let them know they need to sign consent forms in order to get their lead-tainted water service lines replaced. More than 50 red-shirted volunteers canvassed Flint neighborhoods on Saturday with an assist from members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity of mid-Michigan and Triumph Church, which served as home base for the volunteers. So far this spring, 3,866 Flint residents have been reached door-to-door or …

Ex-Scam Artist Shares His Exploits, Expertise in Metro Detroit

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Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network – to arm people of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams. Frank Abagnale knows all the scams from the inside. Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airplane pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. His exploits were depicted in the movie ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio. …

AARP Michigan crews return to Flint to aid with pipe replacement

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AARP Michigan is helping Flint rebuild from the water crisis. AARP volunteers last fall visited more than 500 homes in city neighborhoods to get consent forms signed so water service lines can be replaced. Red-garbed AARP volunteers and staff will pick up where they left off in Flint starting today, and into May. The goal this year is to knock on doors at 6,000 homes. “We are back in Flint neighborhoods going door to door to collect consent forms that must …

AARP Michigan shares lunch, policy talk with legislators, aides

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They came for sandwiches, potato salad and iced tea, and they came away with a better understanding of AARP Michigan’s legislative agenda for this year. The 2017 AARP Michigan Legislative Luncheon at the colorful Mackinac Room in the Anderson House Office Building on April 18 drew lawmakers and aides from both parties, representing 47 legislative districts. About 90 branded volunteers were on hand for State Lobby Day to help with the festivities and meet with the legislators. Some sat and talked …

Take a look: AARP Michigan 2017 State Legislative Agenda

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From ensuring health care access and affordable utilities to fighting fraud and supporting veterans, AARP Michigan advocates on policy issues that matter the most to Michigan residents age 50 and over and their families. AARP staff and volunteers work on both state and federal legislative issues. In our state legislative advocacy efforts, AARP relies on more than 200 AARP Michigan volunteers, a state office headquartered in Lansing, and our 1.4 million Michigan members. Each year, AARP Michigan publishes its State …

Shred Events slated for Grand Rapids, Lansing

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Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. So if you don’t think it can happen to you, you’re wrong. Identity thieves routinely search through dumpsters and trash cans, looking to find confidential information. As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Michigan is sponsoring these two free “Shred Fest” events this spring: Grand Rapids April 29, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Western District Members Credit Union, 201 36th St., Grand Rapids No …

MMAP wins Gools Award for Social Change

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The Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program – a free, comprehensive health care coverage counseling and advocacy service offered statewide — is the winner of the 2017 Stephen J. Gools Award for Social Change. MMAP, with its hundreds-strong corps of staff and trained volunteer counselors, impacts every Michigan county. In 2015 alone they served well over 100,000 beneficiaries, banking over $90 million saved back to the pockets of seniors and persons with disabilities. The Gools Award is given annually to the individual, …

AARP applauds withdrawal of health care bill

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Washington, DC — In a statement today, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond applauded the withdrawal of the House health care legislation that would have harmed millions of older Americans and their families:  “The leadership’s decision to withdraw the bill from consideration proves that the voices of Americans are very powerful. This harmful legislation would have added an Age Tax on older Americans and put vulnerable populations at risk.  “Instead of this harmful bill, we encourage Congress to focus on …