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30 laws in 30 days: State cleans up definition of pyramid scheme and toughens penalty

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 22nd in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — The state is beefing up the possible fine for an illegal pyramid scheme violation from the current fine of $500 to $10,000. The new law goes into […]

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New investigation into possible voter registration fraud

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police are investigating another case of possible voter registration fraud after thousands of dates of birth and first names were changed. “At this time, my office is not sure why these records were changed, but we have evaluated the Statewide Voter Registration System and have found no indication […]

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Voter registration fraud investigation expands to 57 counties

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than half the counties in Indiana are now a part of a state police investigation into voter registration application fraud. Detectives expanded their investigation Thursday from nine counties to 57 counties. They’re looking into a group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project. Detectives served a search warrant Tuesday at the […]

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Investigation into voter registration fraud expands

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Police investigation into fraudulent voter application information is larger than originally thought. Hundreds of voters may have had their registrations altered. In August detectives started looking into a group called the Indiana Voter Registration Project and their actions in Marion and Hendricks counties. Now the state police […]

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Voter registration fraud found in Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Fraudulent voter registration applications have been found in Indiana, according to the secretary of state’s office. A group by the name of the Indiana Voter Registration Project is accused of turning in forged voter registration applications. The secretary of state’s office said the group altered the addresses of voters who […]

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Scammers take no break between tax seasons

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is urging Hoosiers to stay vigilant when it comes to identifying IRS scams and impersonation. Despite the end of tax season, the AG Office said consumers are still targeted. “The IRS impersonation scam is now the most common scam targeting Hoosiers,” said Attorney General […]

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Beware of “free” trips and other security advice for summer travel

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS­ ­— Summer is finally here, which means flights are being booked and destinations are being decided on for family trips. In order to plan a safe and stress-free vacation, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Office released tips to make sure fraud and criminal activity do not make the trip with you. […]

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Attorney General urges caution when donating to help Orlando victims

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning Hoosiers to be careful as they offer aid to Orlando victims—particularly when it comes to donating money. Early Sunday morning, a gunman entered a bar and opened fire killing and injuring more than four dozen people. The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting […]

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Legislation aims to prevent scam artists from targeting distressed homeowners

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana government officials hope legislation passed this session will prevent property owners from falling victim to tax sale fraud. “Since our economy has improved over the last few years, it is all too easy to forget that there are still people that are struggling to maintain their homes,” Attorney […]

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Pair facing more than 90 felony counts after an investigation reveals food stamp fraud

Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — An investigation has ended in the arrest of two Indianapolis residents accused of running a scheme that defrauded the state’s food stamp program. Tarita Vaughner and Reginald McGraw were arrested and charged with more than 90 felony counts. Vaughner, who was an employee of Xerox, which administers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance […]

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