SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed lawsuits
against two mortgage rescue scammers that target struggling homeowners
in Washington state.
Spokane – A Spokane woman stands accused of raking in more than
$100,000 in disability benefits while working with her husband to
operate his motel, and their nightclub and apartment building.
SEATTLE—Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a
lawsuit today against the makers of 5-hour ENERGY®, the popular energy
drink. The AGO alleges they misled consumers with ads claiming that
doctors recommend 5-hour ENERGY®, by implying the product is safe for
teenagers and claiming that the product causes ‛no sugar crash’ when the
companies’ own study showed it triggers a caffeine crash.
SEATTLE — An unregistered contractor must serve 30 days in jail
for scamming homeowners who paid him thousands of dollars for home
improvement projects that he never finished.
OLYMPIA – Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson joins
other government agencies, advocacy organizations and private sector
groups today, July 16, 2014, in commemorating the second annual Military
Consumer Protection Day.
OLYMPIA—Negotiators from Washington state and the federal government have agreed to extend the dispute resolution period by 70 days, ending on Sept. 5.
OLYMPIA— Prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Sexually Violent
Predator Unit (SVP) begin trial this week in Lewis County Superior
Court to determine whether a repeat sex offender should remain confined
to the State’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy has reversed a key portion of a decision approving Puget Sound Energy’s multi-year energy rate plan, which could roll back automatic rate increases for PSE customers.
A Seattle contractor faces charges that he defrauded homeowners
who paid him more than $45,000 to upgrade their bathrooms and kitchens,
and do other home renovation projects.
SEATTLE—A Washington State Attorney General’s Office lawsuit has
stopped deceptive business practices and will return money to over
11,000 Washington state consumers. These consumers purchased worthless
food handler certificates from eFoodhandlers, Inc. that do not comply
with Washington state law.
The Attorney General’s Office this week filed suit in King County
Superior Court against Mandatory Poster Agency (MPA), doing business as
Corporate Records Service, and its top corporate officers, for unfair
and deceptive business practices in violation of Washington’s Consumer
Protection Act after the company duped more than 2,900 Washington businesses into paying $125 each to comply with a phony government requirement.
The Attorney General’s Office will recover roughly $36,200 from a
Snohomish couple who claimed to be collecting funds for charity but
instead pocketed more than half of the money.
OLYMPIA, WA — A Cowlitz County jury has decided that repeat sex
offender Ivan Walkowski is a dangerous predator and must remain confined
to the State’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. In the
interest of public safety, prosecutors from the Attorney General’s
Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit have been fighting since late 2012
to prevent Walkowski from being released into the community.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson has secured full restitution for consumers
who lost money doing business with the now defunct Gill’s Furniture, a
retail store formerly located in Tacoma, Washington.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Washington homeowners
will share in $550 million secured for homeowners nationwide through a
legal action against SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. by 49 states, the District
of Columbia and the federal government.
Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller today ruled the
state’s case against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) could
move forward, rejecting the GMA’s motion to dismiss the case in its
entirety on constitutional grounds.
Negotiators from Washington state and the federal government have
agreed to extend the 40-day dispute resolution period triggered under a
2010 court order to clean up high-level radioactive and chemically
hazardous waste at Hanford.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Insurance Commissioner
Mike Kreidler and Human Rights Commission Executive Director Sharon
Ortiz today released a joint letter
to Washington state employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding healthcare benefits.
“My sympathies go out to the victims of the SPU shooting, their friends, families
and classmates. On behalf of our community, we appreciate the efforts of
those who apprehended the suspect and saved lives.”
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced that legal action by Washington along with 44 other states has resulted in drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (GSK) paying the states $105 million to resolve claims of deceptive marketing and promotion of non-approved uses of certain drugs.
Attorneys from the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit of the Attorney
General’s Office were successful in persuading a Tri-Cities jury to
prevent the release of a Franklin County sex predator who has been
confined to the state’s Special Commitment Center for the past 13 years.
OLYMPIA—The Washington Attorney General’s Office started trial
this week in Cowlitz County Superior Court seeking to civilly commit a
Cowlitz county sex offender and prevent his release into the community.
The Washington Attorney General’s Office started trial today in Spokane
County Superior Court seeking to civilly commit a Spokane area sex
offender and prevent his release into the community.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson applauded new rules announced by
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today
setting strong emission limits on existing fossil-fuel power plants to
reduce pollution in the U.S.
Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Jay Roof today ruled in favor of the
Attorney General’s Office as it sought to keep a Kitsap County sex
predator confined at Washington’s Special Commitment Center for sexually
The Attorney General’s Office today filed charges against a former
Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) employee for
allegedly using his access to confidential state databases to commit
identity theft and steal more than $150,000 in unclaimed property
through the Department of Revenue’s (DOR) ClaimYourCash.org website.
Personal stories of NW families struggling to make ends meet and avoid foreclosure highlight the need for community involvement and support
1880 Western Wear to refund approximately 117 consumers nationwide, at least 5 from Washington state.
An inmate at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CBCC) pled not guilty
Friday to charges filed by the Attorney General’s Office, accusing him
of repeatedly stabbing a corrections officer with a 4- to 5-inch metal
A Pierce County landscaper must serve one year on probation and perform
community service for failing to provide workers’ compensation coverage
for an injured employee.
Identity theft is a growing problem nationwide, and
Washington is no exception. In early March 2014 the Seattle Archdiocese learned
that volunteers and employees at parishes and schools became victims of a
tax-identity fraud scheme.
Today, the Washington Supreme Court held that the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for their employee’s religious practices.
Two Mount Vernon-area women, who provided interpretation services for Spanish-speaking injured workers, must repay the state thousands of dollars from a false billing scam.
The Attorney General’s Office is hosting a discussion with distinguished panelists regarding state Rep. John Goldmark’s 1962 “red-baiting” attack, and the historic lawsuit that followed.
The Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) recently secured guilty pleas against four healthcare providers in four separate Medicaid fraud cases around the state, bringing more than $137,000 back to the state’s Medicaid program.
Three defendants from Tacoma, East Wenatchee and Idaho have been sentenced for cheating the Washington state system that helps injured workers.
At the request of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the King County Superior Court has issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) requiring foreclosure trustee Cal-Western of Washington to halt its allegedly unfair and deceptive business practices.
Attorneys from the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit of the Attorney General’s Office are in the Tri-Cities fighting to prevent the release of a Franklin County sex predator who has been confined to the state’s Special Commitment Center for the past 13 years.
Press release courtesy of Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries
Eleven workers underpaid for their effort on an Auburn activity center will share nearly $43,000 in wages owed to them under a settlement between the state and the construction company involved.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today stood behind Governor Jay Inslee’s decision to cancel parole for Jerry Lain who shot Richland police officer Mike Fitzpatrick in 1982 while in Washington on parole from Iowa.
Thousands of Washington state consumers to be refunded approximately $18.95 each.
Today in King County Superior Court, a former Renton man pleaded not
guilty to charges by the Attorney General’s Office that he illegally
abandoned roughly 40 barrels of hazardous waste on property from which
he was evicted in 2012.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson offered the following statement regarding the news that Billy Frank, Jr. died today.
Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson awarded law enforcement officers with Washington state’s highest law enforcement award: The Medal of Honor. The medal is given to officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, who were seriously injured in the line of duty or who have displayed exceptionally meritorious conduct.
Two Tacoma business owners entered guilty pleas today in Pierce County
Superior Court after Attorney General Bob Ferguson leveled multiple
charges against them for selling substandard asbestos worker training
courses and certifications through their business, Environmental
Management Training Services LLC. (EMT).
Release courtesy of Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Wash. – Bryan Gilbert Robb, 35, today pled guilty in Spokane County
Superior Court to one felony count of insurance fraud for filing a false
insurance claim. Robb was sentenced to seven days in jail, a $1,000
fine and $800 in other court costs.
Consumers who financially backed a failed crowdfunding project are finally getting some backing of their own. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed the first consumer protection lawsuit in the nation involving crowdfunding.
In response to allegations that it knowingly overbilled the state over
an eight-year period, a Tacoma-based physician group will pay $259,649
to the state’s Medicaid program.
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is warning homeowners and businesses to steer clear of scam artists offering to pave driveways and resurface parking lots.
The fraudsters are at it again. Members and non-members have reported receiving texts that appeared to come from Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) stating their card had been deactivated or suspended. If you received this text, DO NOT respond.
The Attorney General’s Office has charged a Franklin County corrections officer with two counts of custodial sexual misconduct in the first degree.
The state alleges Justin Thomas Husom had sexual contact with two separate female inmates at the Franklin County jail while serving as a correction officer at the facility.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced they
are triggering dispute resolution after the federal government Friday
formally rejected Washington state’s plan to amend a 2010 consent decree
governing the retrieval and treatment of high-level radioactive and chemically hazardous waste at Hanford
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced the state is rejecting the U.S. Department of Energy’s March 31, 2014 proposal to amend the 2010 consent decree
governing the retrieval and treatment of high-level radioactive and chemically hazardous waste at Hanford.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined a coalition of attorneys general from 13 states that sent a letter yesterday to the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. The letter objects to proposed changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) that would strip states of the power to protect their citizens from dangerous chemicals.
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office and Department of Social and Health Services today issued the following answers to questions about the status of the Rekhter v. Washington Department of Social and Health Services case:
Hundreds of thousands of Washington state consumers to receive full refund and additional benefits
After receiving consumer complaints the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation that led to resolution of alleged violations of the Consumer Protection Act by DISH Network.
Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis has ruled that a Clark
County sex offender is a sexually violent predator and should not be
released into the community.
In a trial starting this week in Clark County Superior Court, the
Washington Attorney General’s Office is seeking to civilly commit a
Clark County sex offender and prevent his release into the community.
Trial started Monday in Pierce County Superior Court in a case
where the Washington Attorney General’s Office is seeking to civilly
commit a Pierce County sex offender to prevent his release into the
The Attorney General’s Office has secured a guilty plea, full
restitution and $1,045 in additional investigative fees from a Douglas
County woman charged with embezzling $4,379 from the Waterville School
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that he is appointing Tanya Thorp to King County Superior Court. Thorp has worked for 12 years for the Attorney General of Washington as an Assistant Attorney General.
Stevens County Judge Pat Monasmith today sentenced former Colville Police
Officer Rex Newport to 29 months in prison and 36 months in community
custody after Newport pled guilty to several felonies and misdemeanors
AGO & BBB help consumers during
Financial Literacy Month
State Attorney General’s Office has teamed up with Better Business Bureau
serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington for Financial Literacy Month.
The Attorney General’s Office today filed charges in King County
Superior Court against a Federal Way man the state alleges fraudulently
obtained more than $15,000 from the state and federal government in
three different schemes involving Medicaid, food stamps and social
Trial starts today as the Attorney General’s Office seeks to keep a
Kitsap County sex predator confined at Washington’s Special Commitment
Center for sexually violent predators.
Issues proposed revision to 2010 Consent Decree
AGO joint release with the Governor's Office and Department of Ecology
Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson today issued new
demands to the U.S. Department of Energy to ensure timely Hanford
cleanup in the form of a proposed plan to revise the 2010 Consent
Decree. The proposal aims to prevent the federal government from
delaying cleanup of Hanford’s radioactive and hazardous tank waste.
Legal action taken by the Washington State Attorney General
(AGO) against foreclosure trustee Quality Loan Service Corp. of
Washington (QLS) has stopped unfair and deceptive business practices.
QLS is one of the largest foreclosure trustees in Washington state.
The Attorney General’s Office today released a formal Attorney General’s
Opinion regarding the impact of Initiative 1185 on the Transportation
Commission’s authority to set tolls and ferry fares.
Requires training for thousands of public officials to improve transparency and reduce lawsuits
Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s bill to strengthen Washington state’s
open government laws by requiring training for public officials was
signed into law today by Governor Jay Inslee with strong bipartisan
support. The law takes effect July 1, 2014.
New laws will help protect veterans against Pension Poacher scams and increase economic protections for military servicemembers
bills requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson to protect veterans
and military families were signed into law today by Governor Jay Inslee.
The bills received broad bipartisan support. The new laws will take
effect June 12, 2014.
phone scam called the largest of its kind is targeting taxpayers across the
country. Victims have reported threats of license suspension, arrest and
Shines light on dangers of mixing caffeine and alcohol
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that a multi-state
settlement has been reached with Phusion Projects, LLC., Jaisen Freeman,
Christopher Hunter, and Jeffrey Wright (collectively, “Phusion”).
As donors consider contributing to relief efforts for the
Snohomish County mudslide tragedy, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and
Secretary of State Kim Wyman are urging consumers to be on guard against
scam artists who try to take advantage of the situation.
“On behalf of the Office of the Attorney General, my heart goes out to
the friends and families of those lost in the Oso landslide as well as
those who have not yet been rescued. We are grateful for our first
responders and for all who continue to work tirelessly to locate missing
residents and protect against future disasters.”
Fortune 500 company will adopt new policy effective April 1, 2014
After Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a petition
in court regarding its investigation of O’Reilly Automotive Inc.’s
policy of not providing healthcare benefits to the same-sex spouses of
its Washington employees, O’Reilly announced it will now extend
healthcare coverage to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington
and other states recognizing marriage equality. This new healthcare
policy is effective April 1, 2014.
O’Reilly refuses to provide records requested by the Attorney General
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office today filed a petition in King County Superior Court to enforce a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) issued to O’Reilly Auto Parts.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson made the following statement regarding his
meeting this morning with Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz and Governor Jay
Inslee regarding progress on Hanford cleanup.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Pension Poacher Prevention Act
today passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support. This
measure addresses the growing problem of “pension poachers” who try to
scam elderly veterans. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk to be
signed into law.
Requires training for public officials to improve transparency and reduce lawsuits
Bill now heads to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law
Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s bill to strengthen Washington state’s open government laws by requiring training for most public officials has passed the Legislature and is on its way to the Governor’s desk.
A bill jointly requested by Attorney General Bob
Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee to increase economic protections for
Washington’s military personnel and veterans passed the Legislature
today with strong bipartisan support. The Governor looks forward to
signing it into law as soon as it hits his desk.
Release compliments of the Dept. of Labor & Industries
A Bothell landscaper who claimed he was suffering from an on-the-job
injury has admitted to stealing state workers’ compensation benefits.
AGO offers multiple ways to help consumers
It is almost impossible not to be a consumer. Whether a purchase is
made online or in a store down the street, whenever you engage in some
kind of business transaction you are a consumer.
Vessel sunk near Finley, discharged fuel and oil into Columbia, cleanup exceeds $100K
General Bob Ferguson announced criminal charges today in Benton County
District Court against the owner of a former salmon fishing trawler who
abandoned his sunken vessel in the Columbia River near Finley, Wash. in
July 2013. This is the first state-initiated derelict vessel prosecution
in Eastern Washington.
Consumers encouraged to file claims to receive share of $310M settlement
Estimated $500,000 returned to Washington state agencies
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that consumers may now file claims to recover money from the manufacturers of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) computer chips. These consumer payments will settle multi-state antitrust allegations that the manufacturers conspired to fix prices.
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office and Better Business Bureau are partnering up for National Consumer Protection Week
, March 2-8. Both agencies are committed to providing Washingtonians with tools to protect themselves against growing scams and helping people make better purchasing decisions.
The Attorney General’s Office on Friday filed charges in Thurston
County Superior Court against a woman the state alleges billed
Washington Medicaid for more than $87,000 in healthcare provider
services while living in Nevada.
A new email phishing scam making the rounds nationwide has hit Washington state, and this one is disguised as a utility bill.
Colville Police Officer Rex Newport today pleaded guilty to multiple
felony and misdemeanor charges after several women accused him of sexual
misconduct while on duty.
The Attorney General’s Office will make opening statements today in a
trial to determine whether a Skagit County sex predator should remain
confined at Washington’s Special Commitment Center.
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is making opening statements this
afternoon in a trial to determine whether a Snohomish County sex
offender should be confined to Washington’s Special Commitment Center
The Attorney General’s Office has charged a Pierce County landscaper
with failing to pay workers’ compensation insurance after one of his
employees was injured on the job.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a $173 million global
settlement with Endo Pharmaceuticals. Endo makes the Lidoderm 5% patch
commonly used in treating shingles. Washington's share of the settlement
is more than $1 million, which will be split between Washington’s State Medicaid program and the federal government.
Personal stories of NW families struggling to make ends meet and
avoid foreclosure highlight need for community involvement to help
Thurston County families stay in their homes
Washington State Attorney General’s Office and the Washington State
Department of Financial Institutions are pleased to announce the
screening of the foreclosure documentary American Winter in Olympia,
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO)
has recovered $20,000 from Rudy O. Corella, Jr., owner of Ultra Mega
Corp to resolve allegations that Ultra Mega Corp engaged in a number of
deceptive business practices in violation of the Washington state
Consumer Protection Act.
AGO, BBB and AARP partner to combat romance scams
more people go cyber to find love, the Washington State Attorney
General’s Office (AGO), the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and AARP warn
of an uptick in reports of romance scams. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center,
romance scam victims lost more than $55 million in 2012. To combat this
growing epidemic, consumer protection groups are spending Valentine’s
Day warning singles about the dangers of “catfishing.”
Constitution and state statutes grant the governor significant powers
over the fate of individuals sentenced to death,” Ferguson said.
The Washington Attorney General’s Office filed a petition in
Grant County Superior Court today seeking to civilly commit a Grant
County sex offender and prevent his release into the community. Rickey Powell, 29, has been convicted of three sexually violent offenses against young children since 1996.
Are you puzzled by a missed mobile call from Antigua, Barbuda,
Jamaica or other exotic locations? No, you have not won a trip to the
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has filed a lawsuit
against California company Labor Standards Compliance Office (LSCO) and
its principal, Fangliang Cui, for alleged violations of the Washington
State Consumer Protection Act (CPA).
Press release courtesy of the Department of Labor & Industries
An asphalt paver who went door to door in Snohomish County offering customers “a really good deal” now faces upset homeowners and criminal charges of failing to register as a contractor.
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and a special
assistant attorney general recovered $31 million for the State
Investment Board (WSIB) in a settlement announced today related to the
2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, Inc.—the largest corporate bankruptcy
After high-profile national data breaches, Attorney General’s Office encourages consumers to safeguard data
In recognition of Data Privacy Day, the Washington Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is urging businesses and individuals to take a moment to learn how to better protect information.
Consumers, keep an eye out for a post-holiday email scams carrying malicious malware disguised as a link to a helpful “change of address” form. Malware is software used to disrupt computer operation and gather sensitive information.
Attorney General warns to be wary of scams to follow
Neiman Marcus, a luxury specialty department store, has announced a payment card data breach. The store announced some of its customers’ payment cards were fraudulently used after making purchases at its stores.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed a motion to intervene in a
civil lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
King County woman was sentenced today to a month of community service and ordered
to pay full restitution after being convicted of First Degree Theft and four other
felony counts of Medicaid False Statement.
In response to a request from Sharon Foster, chair of the Washington State Liquor
Control Board, the Attorney General’s Office today released a formal Attorney
General’s Opinion regarding local ordinances affecting new marijuana businesses
Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter
Goldmark today announced two sets of criminal charges against the
separate owners of two derelict vessels that recently sank in Pierce and
Kitsap counties, dumping hundreds of gallons of fuel into Puget
Sound. The charges are the first environmental crimes involving
derelict vessels to be filed by the state of Washington in recent
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Jerry Costello will determine whether
there is probable cause to believe a local sex offender meets the
definition of a sexually violent predator (SVP) at a 1:30 p.m. hearing this Friday.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that he would vigorously
defend the constitutionality of Washington’s campaign finance disclosure
laws— and the enforcement of these laws— against a challenge filed by
the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) kicks off the first week of the Legislature’s 60-day session with six hearings on bills requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Ferguson and his staff will be testifying in favor of these bills throughout the week.
Target announced today that in addition to the payment card data breach
which affected approximately 40 million shoppers, 70 million shoppers
had other information taken--such as names, mailing addresses, phone
numbers and email addresses. The data breach occurred during the period
of November to December 2013.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Washington has joined
with other states and the federal government in a global settlement
with CareFusion, a manufacturer of medical and surgical supplies and
The Attorney General’s Office will make opening statements today in a trial to determine whether a Pierce County sex predator should remain confined at Washington’s Special Commitment Center.
Washington serves on settlement team, secures $98K for state Medicaid program
OLYMPIA — Washington state will receive a total of roughly $98,000 as part of a $15 million state-federal settlement with BioScrip, Inc., a pharmacy that provided prescription drugs to Medicaid patients.