AG Shapiro Testifies before U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging; Takes Joint Action with Senator Casey against Certain Kinds of Robocalls WASHINGTON, DC – Attorney General Josh Shapiro and U.S. Senator Bob Casey took joint action today to protect Pennsylvania seniors and consumers from robocalls disguised to hide or mask where they come from. Attorney […]
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today encouraged Pennsylvania consumers to sign up for a new text alert system through his Bureau of Consumer Protection to raise their awareness about how to avoid becoming a victim of scams.
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the arrest of a Jamaican man believed to be a ringleader in the Jamaican Lottery Scam. The victims of this scam thought they were paying taxes on their winnings in the lottery – their money was actually being routed to scam artists in Jamaica.
PITTSBURGH — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the arrest of a Pittsburgh woman on charges that she played a key role in bilking senior victims throughout the country out of $295,000 in a Jamaican Lottery Scam. The victims thought they were paying taxes on their winnings in the lottery; instead, their money was being […]
HARRISBURG — On Valentine’s Day, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning Pennsylvanians of romance scammers who entice people into online relationships, then ask for money and scam them. Online romance scams, commonly known as “catfishing,” are increasingly taking place in Pennsylvania and across the United States.
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a Philadelphia jury has found two men guilty of swindling thousands of dollars from an elderly victim through a hoax known as the “Grandparent Scam.” The case began following a complaint from the victim, who was scammed after receiving a phone call indicating his grandson needed bail […]
HARRISBURG — As tax season gets underway, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is warning consumers about fraudulent calls and scams from criminals impersonating IRS agents – and telling recipients they need to send money right away or risk arrest by the IRS.
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today alerted consumers to mortgage modification scams taking place across Pennsylvania and announced restitution for consumer victims of Michael Rabel, an attorney who scammed consumers in Western Pennsylvania
Attorney General Josh Shapiro Calls on Consumers to File for Restitution from Western Union for Wire Transfer Scams
Yancey Taylor is charged with using a Mafia hoax investment scheme to steal $159,000 from a 69-year-old career teacher; other victims may be out there LANCASTER — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the arrest of a Washington County man charged with using an investment scheme to steal approximately $159,000 from a 69-year-old Lancaster County […]
Office of Attorney General Among Most Active in Successful Lawsuit Showing Merger Would Harm Seniors with Medicare Advantage Plans HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro hailed a decision by a Federal judge that blocked health insurer Aetna Inc.’s acquisition of rival insurer Humana Inc., a merger which the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General opposed along […]
What should I know about estate planning offers? Pennsylvania consumers, particularly senior citizens, are receiving an increasing number of solicitations from so-called experts offering financial and estate planning services. Consumers need to be aware that these individuals are often nothing more than sales agents looking to sell living trusts or investments that are of questionable […]
Planning in advance for the distribution of assets at death is a good idea. While there are many ways to do this, in order to make the right decision the smart consumer needs to explore every option and consider the type of estate planning that’s appropriate for them. One device is a living trust which […]
Attorney General Shapiro and Senator Casey Commend FCC for Heeding Call to Let Phone Companies Block Illegal Robocalls
HARRISBURG —Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced felony charges against 2 insurance agents in Allegheny and Westmoreland County for insurance fraud. In one case, an agent stole $26,247 from eight clients, including their life insurance proceeds, auto insurance premiums and even a loan. In the other case, the agent submitted 252 phony Medicare supplement policy […]
AG Shapiro to FCC: “Block these illegal robocalls” HARRISBURG — In a comment to the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and a bipartisan coalition of 29 other attorneys general are asking the federal government to adopt rules that will let telephone providers block illegal robocalls being made to consumers in Pennsylvania […]
PITTSBURGH — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today kicked off the Office of Attorney General’s participation in Consumer Protection Week by hosting a forum featuring three western Pennsylvania residents who were victimized by scams – but received restitution with the help of the Office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Shapiro and the local residents were joined at […]
UNIONTOWN — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced charges against a Fayette County funeral home director for stealing $284,393 from his clients — senior citizens who had pre-paid for their own funerals. Shapiro announced the charges at a news conference at the Fayette County Courthouse in Uniontown with District Attorney Rich Bower, whose office investigated […]
HARRISBURG — Leading a bipartisan coalition of 34 Attorneys General, Attorney General Josh Shapiro today called on the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules to allow telephone service providers to block more illegal robocalls being made to unsuspecting consumers in Pennsylvania and across the country.
WASHINGTON, Pa. — Today, Attorney General Josh Shapiro detailed an array of charges against a Washington County funeral home director charged with stealing $340,000 from her elderly clients in part to support her gambling habit. The arrest of Lynn S. Taucher, 56, of Burgettstown, revealed that over a 9 ½ year period, she collected advance […]
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today he is creating a Consumer Financial Protection Unit to better protect Pennsylvania consumers from financial scams, and appointing an experienced consumer protection attorney to lead the initiative. Attorney General Shapiro announced the appointment of Nicholas Smyth, who helped create the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), as […]
The People’s Attorney General Vows to Ensure Integrity, Protect Consumers, Combat Heroin Epidemic, and Safeguard Pennsylvanians’ Rights HARRISBURG, PA – Josh Shapiro was sworn in today as Pennsylvania’s 6th elected Attorney General, vowing to ensure integrity, safeguard Pennsylvanians’ rights, health and safety, and tackle the heroin and opioid epidemic in a comprehensive way. “While I […]
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced charges against three Philadelphia men accused of taking part in a bank fraud scheme involving the use of Instagram that resulted in the theft of more than $50,000 from various financial institutions, including the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union. Shakour S. Smith, 26, Ikeem M. Starks, 25, […]
HARRISBURG — At a press conference today in Southwest Philadelphia, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced his Bureau of Consumer Protection is settling a case against a Philadelphia tow company after an investigation that found cars were illegally towed from various locations throughout the city.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania consumers are receiving $3 million and Commonwealth agencies will receive an additional $5 million in restitution following the settlement of two consumer protection cases, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today. “One of my most important responsibilities is fighting to protect Pennsylvania consumers,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. “The Office of Attorney […]
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced criminal charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in a major organized crime ring that fraudulently obtained more than a thousand Pennsylvania license plates and used them to fuel a massive criminal enterprise involving automobiles in multiple states. By illegally renting the license plates in […]
HARRISBURG — The Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro publicly posted its 2017-2018 budget request online, one week after testifying in front of the Pennsylvania Senate and House Appropriation committees. “My budget will let the agents, investigators and prosecutors in the Attorney General’s office shake off the problems of the past and take on the […]
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that a Philadelphia behavioral specialist and mobile therapist charged with Medicaid fraud of more than $210,000 involving three different facilities has pleaded guilty in Delaware County Court. As part of the scheme, the therapist falsified the medical records of autistic children and submitted fake claims for reimbursement.
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced felony charges against six people who used fake businesses to fraudulently siphon more than $336,000 in grant funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Guaranteed Free Training Program.
Pa. Consumer: “I appreciate Attorney General Shapiro for standing up to this corporation and protecting Pennsylvania consumers like me.”