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Online merchants group files lawsuit against Kentucky Attorney General over internet sales

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A group representing online merchants has filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Daniel Cameron, alleging Kentucky’s ban on price-gouging is unconstitutional when it comes to internet sales. 
The Online Merchants Guild filed the suit against Cameron at U.S. District Court in Frankfort. They say their members are making important goods available for purchase during...

Kentucky Attorney General releases joint PSA regarding fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites

Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Friday joined U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Rob Duncan and U.S. Attorney for the Western District Russell Coleman to release a joint public service announcement regarding fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites. The 60-second PSA alerts Kentuckians to the dangers of fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites and urges them to work with a licensed healthcare provider if...

Daniel Cameron: Consumer Protection part of frontline effort to address public safety challenges

When I was elected Attorney General, I committed to putting every resource I have behind our core mission to protect Kentuckians and defend the Commonwealth. In my estimation, there is no greater purpose or requirement of government than the protection of its citizens. As your Attorney General, it is my responsibility to further public safety in every corner of the Commonwealth by defending the laws...

Kentuckians left in election fog as Secretary of State prepares for Nov. 14 recanvass of gubernatorial vote

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Preparations continue for the recanvass of the votes in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, where unofficial results show Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, captured a razor-thin win over incumbent Republican Matt Bevin. Those results showed Beshear had a margin of 5,189 out of 1.4 million votes cast, although the GOP candidates handily swept the rest of the constitutional...

Attorney General releases Charitable Giving Guide in recognition of Charity Fraud Awareness Week

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today In observance of Charity Fraud Awareness Week, Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a charitable giving guide to help Kentuckians avoid falling victim to charity scams. According to figures from the Attorney General’s office, Americans donate approximately 2% of their disposable income to charity each year. In 2017, Americans gave $410 billion to charities. (Click...

AG Office warns of Social Security scam after Lexington woman loses $30k over fake IRS debt

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Fayette County woman has lost $30,000 to a Social Security scam, prompting Attorney General Andy Beshear to issue a Scam Alert. 

According to the Attorney General’s office, the suspended social security scam, which usually includes the scammer asking for confirmation of a social security number, has been reported nearly 90 times in 36 counties this year.

After...

KY Supreme Court overturns lower court, rules that legislature can reject Attorney General’s contracts

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision Thursday, finding a contingency fee contract the Attorney General’s office signed with an outside law firm to represent the state in lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors is subject to legislative approval. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a Request for Proposals for law firms in September...

Andy Beshear: Progress made in fight to stop scam calls; sophisticated methods create new challenges

As your attorney general, I have made it a top priority to protect Kentuckians from scammers and stop annoying and illegal scam phone calls. A recent opinion article published in many local newspapers called on my office to “see what can be done to get a ‘no call’ list that actually works.” While the National Do Not Call Registry effectively protects against telemarketing sales calls for...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...

Scam Alert: AG warns about home repair scammers; if it sounds too good to be true, it is

Now that warm weather is here, the Attorney General’s office is warning Kentuckians that it also brings out seasonal home repair scammers who go door-to-door, offering to do work at prices that are too good to be true. 
Over the past two years, the AG’s office has received nearly 400 home repair scam complaints from Kentuckians in 25 counties, including Boone, Caldwell, Fayette, Franklin, Grayson,...

AG’s initiative testing backlog of rape kits results in ninth indictment in cold cases

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A ninth indictment was returned Friday on rape charges stemming from the testing of all rape kits that had been part of a backlog, according to the Kentucky Attorney General’s office. 
The case was investigated by the AG’s Sexual Assault Kit initiative cold case unit. DNA from the case’s rape kit matched that from one of the 5,000 of backlogged kits, leading to...

AG’s office warns ‘Sweetheart Scam’ reports total nearly $300,000 in losses for KY victims this year

As Valentine’s Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be wary of online dating scams that have already caused four victims in Campbell, Jefferson and Wayne counties to report losses of nearly $300,000 this year. In each case, a “sweetheart scammer” used legitimate online dating websites Match.com and eHarmony to lure victims into a fake online relationship. The...

Al Cross: AG’s race shapes up as most interesting; Republican side rests on McConnell’s involvement

The filing deadline has passed, so let’s make up the scorecard for this year’s statewide elections, starting with the party labels and the top job on the ballots. Republicans are at real risk of losing the governorship, mainly due to Gov. Matt Bevin’s self-inflicted wounds. Al Cross But the Kentucky Democratic Party, after decades of decline, risks being shut out of statewide office. Its best...

Filing briefs: Stumbo files for AG, Democrat; Schroder files for AG, Republican; Henry for Sec. of State

Greg Stumbo only democrat for Attorney General Greg Stumbo, a former Kentucky attorney general and House speaker, filed with the secretary of state’s office on Friday seeking to return as attorney general. Greg Stumbo Stumbo said he plans to continue the message he held while in the office before. “We’re going to talk about opioids. We’re going to talk about protecting people’s rights. We’re...

State Senator Whitney Westerfield withdraws name as candidate for Kentucky attorney general

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The field of Republican candidates for Attorney General has dropped by one, as State Sen. Whitney Westerfield has withdrawn from the race. Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, withdrew his name from the Attorney General race in Kentucky. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) Secretary of State’s office received word from Westerfield on Friday saying, “I hereby state...

Former House Speaker Greg Stumbo announces he will be a candidate for attorney general

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Former Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has become the first Democrat to declare himself a candidate for attorney general, a position he previously held before running unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor a decade ago. Stumbo made the announcement on Lexington’s WKYT-TV on Saturday. Greg Stumbo (LRC photo) Stumbo, who lost his re-election bid for state representative...

Lawmakers call Andy Beshear’s renewed push for expanded gaming in Kentucky ‘disappointing’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear is banging the gambling drum again in Kentucky. He sent a two-page letter to lawmakers on Monday with a repeated call for expanded gaming as a way to fund the state’s ailing pension system. Beshear, who made a similar plea in July when he announced his run for governor, faces an uphill battle in the General...

Andy Beshear: From coffee grounds to opioid disposal pouches, Kyians join fight against addiction

Over the years, you have heard me say that in order to tackle our state’s opioid epidemic, it’s going to take all of us coming together as a community. That everyone has a role in building a better future. Andy Beshear One of my efforts to build that future is the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program, which provides drug deactivation pouches to help Kentucky families safely dispose of the dangerous...

AG says deposit scam leaves victims repaying the bank; Franklin County resident lost $10,000

A new scam warning has been issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear after a mobile deposit scam left a Franklin County resident with a $10,000 bank tab. Andy Beshear Beshear said reports from legitimate local banks and Kentuckians indicate scammers are succeeding in their efforts to put a new twist on the old counterfeit check scam. “Falling victim to a counterfeit mobile deposit scam often results...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...