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Campaign to curb sex trafficking during Memorial Weekend launches in Indy

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – With less than two weeks until the 100th running of the Indiaapolis 500, the state is taking steps to curb sex trafficking with an effort called Not Buying It. “Indiana’s Not Buying It shares the message that commercial sex is not harmless; it is serious, dangerous and leads to the […]

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Police, tourism industry to fight human trafficking during Indy 500

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The crime is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry worldwide, and experts say it will likely happen in Indianapolis during the Indy 500. “We pride ourselves on Hoosier hospitality, and that does not include anything about the commercial sex industry,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. According […]

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Spring storms can bring an influx of home improvement scams

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the spring storms season approaches, Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning Hoosiers to watch out for home improvement scammers. Zoeller said when storms damage someone’s property, the damage often needs to be repaired immediately to avoid further harm. Scammers may try to use the time crunch or discounts to […]

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Bogus cancer charities shut down

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission and agencies from all 50 states are working to dismantle two nationwide bogus cancer charities and ban their president from profiting from any charity fundraising in the future. Cancer Fund of America Inc., Cancer Support Services Inc. and their leader, James Reynolds, […]

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Political campaigns warned about the use of robocalls

By Gary Qi TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the primary election approaches, Indiana General Attorney Greg Zoeller is warning politicians to follow the state telephone privacy laws. Zoeller sent reminder letters directly to the state chairmen of three parties to help Hoosiers avoid prerecorded, auto-dialing calls. The law restricts the use of technology that automatically dials […]

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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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Hoosiers warned about the top 10 consumer complaints

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Unwanted calls have again topped the consumer complaint list for Indiana residents. March 6 through 12 is National Consumer Protection Week that aims to educate the public about fraud, scams and strategies to avoid becoming a victim. “Certain industries, like auto and home repair, are notoriously rife with scammers, and […]

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Unclaimed savings bonds total thousands of dollars

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana officials are trying to find rightful owners of unclaimed savings bonds. Saving bonds used to be a popular way to save for the future or as gifts for children and grandchildren. The total, matured value of these decades-old bonds is $722,266.99. A list of 840 owners of the bonds […]

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Indiana joins lawsuit against Affordable Care Act fee

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is one of six states to join a lawsuit against a multimillion-dollar fee connected to the Affordable Care Act. The states argue the Health Insurance Providers Fee, which state governments must to pay the federal government in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, violates the Constitution and several statutes. […]

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Lawsuit over child protection worker’s caseload dismissed

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A Marion County court Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the state claiming a child protection case manager’s caseload was illegal. State law prohibits caseworkers from taking on more than 17 children at a time. The lawsuit, filed in July last year, said Mary Price had 43 children under her supervision […]

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