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Attorney General DeWine Takes Criminal, Civil Action Against Synthetic Drug Crimes

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that state and local law enforcement served five search warrants in three counties this morning as part of an intensified effort to stop the sale of synthetic drugs.

2/1/2013

Ohio Unsolved Homicides: Officer Kevin Brame

Officer Kevin Brame joined the Dayton Police Department in 1993 and was shot to death while he was off-duty in November 1999.  He was only 31-years-old.

1/31/2013

Attorney General DeWine Announces $120 Million Multi-State Settlement with Lender Processing Services, Inc.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that he and 45 other Attorneys General have reached a $120 million multi-state settlement with Lender Processing Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries, LPS Default Solutions and DocX, resolving allegations that the Jacksonville-based company "robo-signed" documents and engaged in other improper conduct related to mortgage loan default servicing.  

1/31/2013

Attorney General DeWine Issues Scam Alert for Businesses

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Businesses should be wary if they receive emails that look like they are from the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warned today. The FTC has advised that scammers have sent thousands of these phony emails that appear to be from the commission with the claim that consumers have filed complaints about their businesses.

“Just as scams targeting citizens are unacceptable, so are those that aim to harm Ohio businesses,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Everyone needs to be informed and alert to prevent themselves from becoming victims.”

1/30/2013

Attorney General DeWine Announces Agreement with Auto Parts Manufacturer to Safeguard Village Wastewater Treatment System

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that a Consent Order was entered Thursday in Morrow County Common Pleas Court that directs Cardington Yutaka Technologies (CYT) to alert the village of Cardington and the Ohio EPA about significant changes to discharges from its West Main Street facility and to pay a $500,000 civil penalty for violations of state water pollution laws.
 
"We are glad that this Consent Order is in place and that it will help to ensure the protection of the village of Cardington's wastewater treatment system and Whetstone Creek," said Attorney General DeWine.

1/29/2013

Attorney General DeWine's Synthetic Drug Training Begins

Today's training took place this morning at Owens Community College just outside of Toledo.  Instructors include members of the Attorney General's special prosecutions unit as well as a forensic scientist from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

1/28/2013

Attorney General DeWine Announces Mother and Son Convictions

A judge sentenced Joyce Balin Fried, of Beachwood, to two years of community control, with a suspended sentence of one year, on a felony charge of Medicaid Fraud.  Her son, Harold Fantl was convicted and sentenced last month on a misdemeanor charge of falsification.

1/28/2013

Attorney General DeWine Seeks Restitution for Consumers Harmed by Home Improvement Company

Attorney General Mike DeWine today sought restitution for consumers in the filing of a lawsuit against Jacob Wagers and James Sasser, of Trenton, Ohio, doing business as Ohio Insurance Assessments, with an office in Hamilton, Ohio. The roofing and siding company failed to deliver work on several occasions and did not provide refunds to consumers, according to the lawsuit.

1/28/2013

As Data Privacy Day Approaches, Attorney General DeWine Warns of Tax-Related Identity Theft

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – In observance of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is encouraging consumers to protect their personal information to avoid tax-related fraud and identity theft. Recent reports suggest that criminals are stealing personal information from legitimate taxpayers to obtain fraudulent tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
 
"Helping Ohio consumers with information to help protect their identities and hard-earned dollars is a priority of the Attorney General's Office," said Attorney General DeWine. "We want to help consumers be aware of the necessary precautions to file taxes securely and keep their personal information safe."

1/25/2013

Attorney General DeWine Seeks Restitution for Consumers of Shoe Customization Company Based in Cleveland Area

(CLEVELAND) – Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit today seeking restitution for consumers harmed by C.O.O.L. LLC, PMK Customs LLC., and owner/operator Andre Scott, of Maple Heights. Consumers paid for but did not receive products or refunds from the shoe customization companies, according to the lawsuit.

"Consumers deserve to get the performance and quality products they pay for," said Attorney General DeWine.

1/23/2013
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