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Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Verdict in Junkyard and Auto Repair Shop Case

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced a verdict against junkyard and auto repair shop Progress Auto Salvage, Inc., and owner and operator Emeka K. Oguejiofor, for violating Pennsylvania consumer protection laws. Oguejiofor, along with his business, accepted deposits and advances payments from consumers and failed to do the agreed-upon work.

AG Shapiro Secures Settlement with Online Ticket Resellers, Full Refunds for Eligible Pennsylvanians

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced today that his office has entered into a settlement agreement with online ticket seller RYADD, Inc., for alleged violations of Pennsylvania’s consumer protection laws. RYADD sells tickets through the websites TicketsOnSale and OnlineCityTickets for events in and outside of Pennsylvania. Early on in the pandemic, when most if not all concerts and events in Pennsylvania were canceled, RYADD changed their refund policy without notice and against Pennsylvania law.

AG Shapiro Secures Settlement With Indra Energy to Stop Telemarketing Violations

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that his office entered into an agreement that will put an end to illegal telemarketing practices by Indra Energy. The settlement is with retail energy suppliers PalmCo Energy PA, LLC and PalmCo Power PA, LLC, which do business in Pennsylvania under the name Indra Energy. The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s investigation revealed that Indra Energy engaged in a wide range of violations relating to its telemarketing operations in Pennsylvania.

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.

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 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.

Attorney General Shapiro Protects Consumers by Taking Legal Action against 31 Unregistered Home Improvement Contractors

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the filing of 31 legal actions against home improvement contractors who failed to register under Pennsylvania law. Home improvement contractors who earn more than $5,000 a year are required to register every other year under Pennsylvania’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (HICPA). The legal actions – […]

Attorney General Shapiro: Major organized crime ring fraudulently obtained thousands of PA license plates in schemes spanning multiple states

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 […]

Attorney General Shapiro Launches New Office of Public Engagement

HARRISBURG – Following through on a commitment to restructure the Office of Public Engagement, making it more available and accessible to the public and to every Pennsylvanian in a way that addresses community safety and well-being, Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the creation of a new Office of Public Engagement that will be led […]

CASE UPDATE: Behavioral Health Worker Charged with $211K in Medicaid Fraud Involving Autistic Children Pleads Guilty

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.

Former Northumberland County Prothonotary Charged with Theft

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that the former Northumberland County Prothonotary is facing multiple charges of theft, receiving stolen property, tampering with public records and related crimes following an investigation by the Office of Attorney General after a referral by the Northumberland County District Attorney.

AG Shapiro Charges Former Head of Lancaster County Drug Task Force With Theft

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the Forty-Ninth Statewide Investigating Grand Jury today announced charges against John Burkhart, the former Officer in Charge of the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, for stealing more than $200K from the Task Force from 2015 to 2020, and depositing at least $170K into his personal bank account. Defendant was arrested and preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Bruce A. Roth.

Attorney General Shapiro, US Attorney’s Office Announce Charges Against Eleven People, Nine Businesses in Connection with Treatment Center Insurance Fraud

PHILADELPHIA — Today at a press conference at the Office of Attorney General in Philadelphia, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Jennifer Williams announced state and federal criminal charges against eleven people and nine businesses in connection with an elaborate insurance fraud scheme involving treatment centers. The state charges include corrupt organizations, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, criminal conspiracy, insurance fraud, and identity theft. The federal charges are conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

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