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A list of news releases related to consumer protection and education.

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  • Commerce Department Takes Action against Scam Mortgage Company
    March 24, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Mortgage Investors Corporation, also known as Veterans Information Department, www.usmilitarymortgage.com, www.verteranhomeloans.com, and www.veteransmtg.com for allegedly engaging in fraudulent, deceptive, and dishonest practices to refinance veterans’ residential mortgage loans in violation of Minnesota law.
  • Department of Commerce, BBB warn of salespeople pitching energy savings from radiant barriers
    March 21, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota have issued an alert to consumers who are considering the purchase of radiant barriers in their attics. Both Commerce and the BBB have received numerous reports of salespeople pitching the radiant barrier product at free dinners throughout Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Recognizes Flood Awareness Week, Commerce Reminds Consumers to Plan Ahead to Weather the Storm
    March 20, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The first day of spring signals the beginning of severe weather season – floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Consumers who have experienced the devastation of a natural disaster, forcing families and businesses to clean up and file insurance claims, understand the importance of planning ahead.
  • Commerce Department Files Statement of Charges in Senior Fraud Swindle Case
    March 19, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Late yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Barbara Stark and Susan Walker, former Ameriprise Financial Services agents. The outcome will determine civil penalties and other disciplinary actions. The statement of charges alleges that Stark and Walker financially exploited vulnerable adults and elderly consumers by engaging in a willful pattern of stealing the retirement accounts of their victims to fund a lavish lifestyle that included multiple vacations, payments for a Lexus, private school tuition and rent.
  • Commerce provides tips to consumers on health insurance coverage, reminder that minimum essential coverage needed by March 31 to avoid tax penalty
    March 13, 2014 - The Department of Commerce issued a consumer alert today to remind Minnesotans that Open Enrollment will be ending on March 31, 2014 and if you have put off purchasing health insurance, now is the time to explore your options and purchase coverage.
  • Policy Mill Scam results in Aggravated Forgery charges for woman after Commerce Fraud Bureau Investigation
    March 04, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN — A Minnesota Department of Commerce Fraud Bureau criminal investigation resulted in halting a policy mill scam out of Brooklyn Center. Late yesterday, Arlesia Shannell Robinson was criminally charged with two counts of Aggravated Forgery in Hennepin County District Court for perpetrating an insurance policy mill scheme on unwitting consumers. The criminal complaint alleges Robinson, using an alias of Amelia Hall, claimed she was a representative of Esurance and sold fake automobile insurance policies beginning in at least October 2013
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce, BBB offer advice on Credit Repair
    March 04, 2014 - As part of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place March 2 – 8, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) are partnering to offer consumers advice on companies offering credit repair services.
  • Commerce Department Reminds Minnesotans to Stay Safe About Heating and Carbon Monoxide During the Prolonged Cold Weather
    February 27, 2014 - With continued bitterly cold weather – the coldest winter three decades – not only has it taken a toll on home budgets, but also homeowners may look to alternate heat sources to stay warm. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, however, urges Minnesotans to be safe about space heaters and carbon monoxide as the deep freeze continues across the state.
  • Commerce Commissioner releases “Top Five Things You Need to Know about Money” Podcast
    February 19, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – According to the 2012 Financial Capability study, a majority of adults do not have adequate savings in the event of a financial emergency or to meet long-term goals such as college or financial security in retirement. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is providing tips to Minnesotans to help them protect their finances and gain control of their money.
  • Commissioner Rothman enlists CPAs in his annual letter to help stop financial abuse of seniors
    February 18, 2014 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, for the third year, issued a letter to more than 9,600 licensed CPAs in Minnesota to remind tax preparers of the signs of senior financial abuse. As CPAs prepare tax returns for their senior clients, the Commissioner urges tax professionals to use their expertise to help spot elder fraud and financial abuse.
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