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Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Pennsylvania Has Joined Anti-Robocall Litigation Taskforce

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that Pennsylvania has joined an Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force of 50 attorneys general to investigate and take legal action against the telecommunications companies responsible for bringing a majority of foreign robocalls into the United States. This bipartisan nationwide Task Force has one goal: to cut down on illegal robocalls.

Attorney General Shapiro Charges Insurance Agents with Stealing $114,000 from Clients and Selling Fake Policies in Western PA

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 […]

Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Consumer Financial Protection Unit

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

AG Shapiro Gets $1.6 Million Back for Consumers Issued Illegal Car Title Loans

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a settlement with Kevin Williams and Mark Williams, owners of Dominion Management of Delaware, which operated as CashPoint, a now defunct auto title loan business. CashPoint made thousands of unlawful loans to Pennsylvania borrowers at annual interest rates exceeding 200%. As a result of this settlement, Kevin Williams and Mark Williams will refund more than $1.5 million in unlawful interest charges to consumers who fell victim to their scheme. These refunds are in addition to the $3.2 million in debt cancellation victims already received as a result of an October 2021 court order. AG Shapiro initially filed suit against the defendants in 2018 and 2020.

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.

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 $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 […]

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.

PA Attorney General Files Suit Against NY-Based Fluent for Their Role in the Illegal Distribution of Robocalls to PA Consumers

HARRISBURG– Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that his office filed a lawsuit against New York-based Fluent, Inc. – a company that connects advertisers to potential new customers through the consumers’ personal data – for their and their subsidiaries’ role in allegedly causing hundreds of thousands of unwanted robocalls to be placed to Pennsylvania consumers. Fluent and its subsidiaries Fluent LLC, CAC, American Prize Center, LLC, Deliver Technology, LLC, Rewardzone USA, LLC, and Samples & Savings USA, LLC, collected personal information, including telephone numbers, and that was then sold to telemarketing companies. This included the personal information of thousands of consumers on Pennsylvania’s Do Not Call List.

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