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A list of news releases related to our enforcement activities.

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  • Commerce Commissioner orders Legal Helpers to pay $187,500 in restitution to Minnesota consumers
    June 30, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce consent order signed recently requires Chicago-based Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, LLC (LHDR) and its subsidiaries to pay Minnesota consumers $187,500 in restitution for unauthorized and unregistered debt settlement in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Commerce Department Settles with Fourth Oil Company to Return Money Back to the State
    June 09, 2014 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today finalized the fourth settlement agreement as part of an investigation of improper insurance claims made by oil companies to clean up contaminated sites. The $100,000 settlement with Sunoco and the previous settlements Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and ConocoPhillips total $7.525 million to be returned to Minnesota’s Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Fund (Petrofund).
  • 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,,, and for allegedly engaging in fraudulent, deceptive, and dishonest practices to refinance veterans’ residential mortgage loans in violation of Minnesota law.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce and Petrofund Board pursue $25 million lawsuit against British Petroleum
    February 10, 2014 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman in conjunction with Minnesota’s Petrofund Board filed a $25 million lawsuit against British Petroleum (BP) to recover money for claims paid to the company to clean up contamination from leaking petroleum storage tanks at service stations across the state.
  • Commerce Fraud Bureau Investigation Results in Insurance Fraud Charges for Former Chiropractor and City Council Member
    January 28, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN — Today, 42-year-old former chiropractor and Cambridge City Council Member David James Schornstein has been criminally charged with three counts of insurance fraud in Isanti County District Court for fraudulent billing practices involving his chiropractic clinic. The criminal complaint alleges that from January 2011 through December 2011, Schornstein fraudulently billed an insurance company for chiropractic and massage-therapy services.
  • Filing an Insurance Claim on a Not-Yet-Purchased Ring Results in Insurance Fraud, Theft-by-Swindle Charges, and an Airport Arrest
    December 18, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN — Today, in Ramsey County District Court, Maurice Culpepper was criminally charged for allegedly engaging in an elaborate fraud scheme he devised in an attempt to exploit an insurance company. The criminal complaint charged him with one count of Insurance Fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and $100,000 fine.
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce Reminds Investors to Research Investment Opportunities
    October 18, 2013 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced the 2013 list of financial products, practices and services that are the greatest potential threats that trap unsuspecting investors. The 2013 list includes investment scams that also impact small business owners.
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