Tuesday, June 2, 2015

AZ Attorney General Mark Brnovich TCOB

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(Phoenix, AZ)-- Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning businesses to be cautious of the “invoice scam” that seems to be recirculating. Some of the common “invoice scams” include fraudulent charges for printer toner, directory listings and compliance services. Scammers are sending invoices to businesses hoping they will pay the invoice without verifying its legitimacy.  
“At the Attorney General’s Office, we are fighting every day to protect hardworking Arizona taxpayers,” said Attorney General Brnovich. “If you get an invoice for a product or service you did not request, please call my office and file a consumer complaint.”

(Phoenix, AZ)— Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the attorneys general of 30 other states announced today a major settlement with the three largest national credit reporting agencies— Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc., and TransUnion LLC. An assurance of discontinuance was reached to settle concerns that the credit reporting agencies engaged in conduct that violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The settlement is the result of a multi-state investigation initiated in 2012 by a group of state attorneys general. The investigation, which Arizona was a part of, focused on consumer disputes about credit report errors, monitoring and disciplining data furnishers (businesses or creditors that provide credit reporting information to credit reporting agencies), accuracy in consumer credit reports, and the marketing of credit monitoring products to consumers who call the credit reporting agencies to dispute information on their credit report. 

All 50 States, D.C. and FTC File Lawsuit Against Phony Cancer Charities
 (Phoenix, AZ)-- Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, along with law enforcement partners in every other state in the nation, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), jointly filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona against four phony cancer charities and their operators, who allegedly scammed more than $187 million throughout the country. 

(Phoenix, AZ)-- Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that Arizona will receive approximately $450,000 from national lawsuits against Sprint and Verizon. Brnovich, along with the Attorneys General from 49 other States and the District of Columbia, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Federal Communications Commission, reached settlements with Sprint Corporation and Cellco Partnership DBA Verizon Wireless totaling $158 million. The settlement resolves allegations that Sprint and Verizon placed unauthorized charges for third-party services on consumers’ mobile telephone bills, a practice known as “mobile cramming.”  
Consumers who have been “crammed” often have charges, typically $9.99 per month, for “premium” text message subscription services (also known as “PSMS” subscriptions) such as horoscopes, trivia, and sports scores that the consumers have never heard of or requested. 

(Tucson, AZ)—Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today that 65-year-old Charles Arthur Cagle has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for committing 15 felonies. The Tucson Police Department and the Arizona Attorney General’s Special Investigations Section executed a search warrant on Cagle’s apartment on September 27, 2012 where they found nearly $10,000 in methamphetamine, more than 12 firearms, and numerous knives.