A new Illinois law is cracking down on people who steal from the elderly. It increases penalties for financial crimes, making it a Class One or Class Two felony depending on how much money is involved. In most cases, the bandits are usually family members who steal social security checks, force the seniors to sign checks, or forge checks themselves.

AARP Illinois reports it's a widespread problem that targets nearly three-billion seniors a year nationwide. Most cases go unreported.

(Metro News)