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December 5, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the winter heating season approaches, Attorney General Tom Miller and a group of Iowa utilities and utility associations are warning Iowans about the prospect of scammers posing as utilities or government representatives in order to gain access to personal information from utility customers. [Click here...

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December 4, 2012

90,000 Iowans affected, more than 1 million nationally (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller cautioned current, recent and potential Nationwide Insurance and Allied Insurance customers that computer hackers accessed the personal information of more than 91,000 Iowans, which could include Social Security numbers, according to a company disclosure to...

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December 3, 2012

(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) A Linn County judge this afternoon sentenced a former Cedar Rapids investment advisor to ten years in prison and ordered him to pay more than $363,000 to dozens of victims. In August, Noah Aulwes, 56, pleaded guilty to securities fraud, first-degree theft, and money laundering. From March...

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November 20, 2012

Exclusion estimated to save $1.3 billion over two years (DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller today urged Congress to extend tax relief for consumers who have mortgage debt canceled or forgiven because of financial hardship or a decline in housing values. In a bipartisan letter Miller and 41 attorneys...

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November 15, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa) Attorney General Tom Miller and 37 other attorneys general today reached a $90 million settlement with GlaxoSmithKline LLC to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully promoted its diabetes drug, Avandia (Rosiglitazone). The attorneys general alleged that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) engaged in unfair and deceptive practices by misrepresenting Avandia’s...

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November 8, 2012

(DES MOINES, Iowa) A Cedar Rapids used car dealer has agreed to refund more than $30,000 to consumers and stop what Attorney General Tom Miller alleged were excessive late fees, loan disclosure violations, and illegal consumer loan contracts. In an agreement with the Consumer Protection Division, called an Assurance of...

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November 2, 2012

In first case, July lawsuit alleged "Action Point" boosted sales through telemarketers falsely claiming to be disabled veterans (DES MOINES, Iowa) A Polk County judge today barred a Phoenix company from soliciting Iowans after Attorney General Tom Miller alleged that the for-profit company tried to boost sales of high-priced products...

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October 17, 2012

Patrick Madigan a key negotiator in $25 billion national mortgage settlement (DES MOINES, Iowa) U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today awarded an assistant Iowa attorney general the U.S. Department of Justice’s second highest award for employee performance. At a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) headquarters, Holder awarded...

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October 12, 2012

(HAMPTON, Iowa) A Franklin County judge this week penalized the owner of a Latimer salvage yard, after the judge ruled the owner committed solid waste, storm water discharge, and hazardous condition violations. District Court Judge DeDra Schroeder assessed Jerry Passehl, 57, owner of The Junkyard, more than $40,000 in civil...

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October 10, 2012

New plan consisting of six multi-county service areas proposed in an effort to combat funding cuts while maximizing services to victims of crime NOTE (PARTICULARLY TO MASON CITY-AREA MEDIA): This morning (10/11/2012) the location of the Mason City public meeting on 10/24 changed from the Mason City Public Library to...

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