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Attorney General Shapiro Fights to Stop Illegal Robocalls that Plague Consumers

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 […]

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Wins Restitution For Harmed Pennsylvanians Seeking Home Ownership

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the Office of Attorney General has won $500,000 in restitution for Pennsylvania residents scammed by Harbour Portfolio Capital, LLC, affiliated Texas companies, and their leader, Charles A. Vose III. Citizens were deceived by Defendants through entering into unfair and unlawful “for sale by owner” purchases of uninhabitable family homes.

AG Shapiro Files Suit against Former Mercer County Timeshare Reseller

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that his Office has filed a lawsuit against former Mercer County timeshare reseller Groupwise, Inc. and its former officers, Derek J. McGuire and Andrew J. Harkins. The suit alleges that the defendants violated the Consumer Protection Law by failing to honor the terms of their service agreements. The Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has received 88 complaints to date against Groupwise, alleging a pattern of misconduct.

AG Shapiro Stops Online Ticket Scammer, Secures $10k for Defrauded Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a settlement with Ticket Victory, a business owned by Brian Plowcha and based in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Ticket Victory operated from 2015 until 2018 and repeatedly scammed consumers by offering ticket sales to events and concerts without sending the consumer what they paid for.

PA Attorney General’s Office Has Saved $1.65 Million For Consumers During COVID-19 Pandemic

HARRISBURG―Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that his office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has saved nearly $1.65 million for Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 crisis. The Bureau of Consumer Protections focuses on mediating complaints from Pennsylvanians who, among other things, have been cheated out of services or products they never received, and during the COVID-19 pandemic were also tasked with assisting consumers who had paid for events, vacations, and camps that were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Josh Shapiro Sworn In as Pennsylvania Attorney General

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 […]

CASE UPDATE: Former Uniontown Funeral Home Owner Admits Guilt in $500,000 Insurance Fraud

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Fayette County District Attorney Richard Bower today announced a guilty plea by the former Uniontown, Fayette County, funeral home director who pocketed approximately $500,000 worth of pre-need funeral policy payments from 80 victims over a 12-year period. Stephen Kezmarsky, 51, of Uniontown, pleaded guilty Tuesday to Theft by Deception, Theft by Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds, Forgery and Insurance Fraud.

Financial Planners or Scammers

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 […]

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Lawsuit Against Pike County Home Improvement Business

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that his Bureau of Consumer Protection filed a lawsuit against T.E.N., LLC, Erika Sherlock, and Torrie Kolb, on claims they failed to perform home renovations or performed the work in a substandard manner after entering into contracts to perform home improvement services for renovations to consumers’ homes.

Attorney General Shapiro: Philadelphia men used Instagram to help steal $50,000 from banks

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, […]

AG Shapiro Announces Joint Effort of Attorneys General and Telecom Companies to Fight Illegal Robocalls

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a coalition of 51 attorneys general reached an agreement with 12 major phone companies to fight illegal robocalls. The companies—AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Windstream—have agreed to adopt eight principles targeted at improving prevention and enforcement of illegal robocalls.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces $8 Million in Restitution for Pennsylvania Consumers and Agencies

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 […]

In One Week, Entire Attorney General’s Office Signs Code of Conduct

A Pledge to Pennsylvanians to Ensure Integrity and Fairness in Every Action HARRISBURG — In just one week, the entire staff of the Office of Attorney General has signed a new Code of Conduct to ensure the highest standards of integrity guide every action taken by the office. The code was introduced and signed last week by […]

AG Shapiro: LuLaRoe Will Honor Its Refund Policy

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a settlement imposing injunctive relief and a monetary payment of $110,000.00 against California-based clothing company, LuLaRoe, LLC and LulaRoe, Inc. This legal action is the result of numerous complaints from Pennsylvanians owed overdue refunds for returned merchandise.

Attorney General Shapiro Sues Gillece Services For Misleading SWPA Consumers

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that his office has filed a lawsuit against Gillece Services,Thomas Gillece (owner of Gillece), James F. Hackwelder (a former service manager for Gillece), and Joseph A. Nikoula (a field supervisor for Gillece) for allegedly misleading Pennsylvania consumers into paying for unnecessary home improvement work, including the unnecessary replacement of sewer pipes. The office seeks to return lost money to Pennsylvania consumers, get civil penalties, and ban Gillece from the plumbing industry.

AG Shapiro Files Action to Stop ‘Bad Actor’ Cumberland County Motor Vehicle Dealer, Salesman

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced a new legal action today against a Cumberland County used-car dealer who has repeatedly violated automotive and consumer laws. The motion for contempt, filed in Cumberland County Court, says New Kingstown Auto, Mechanicsburg, and its sole owner and salesman, Harry D. Laughman, have continued their long history of non-compliance with Pennsylvania dealership laws and should be shut down.

AG Shapiro Announces Charges against Pittsburgh Lobbyist for Stealing $100,000 from Small Businesses

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced charges against a Pittsburgh lobbyist for stealing more than $100,000 from Pennsylvania small businesses. Joseph Kuklis, 48, of Pittsburgh, was charged with Corrupt Organizations, Deceptive or Fraudulent Business Practices, Forgery, and Theft by Deception on Monday. The defendant is a lobbyist who operates a Pittsburgh government consulting firm called Wellington Strategies.

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