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For Immediate Release: Monday, June 28, 2021 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein is taking action to protect North Carolinians struggling to make their mortgage payments from unlawful debt adjusting and mortgage relief scams. He filed a lawsuit against California debt adjuster Michael Grinnell and his businesses, Home Relief Services and Amstar Services, and a second […]

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 NCDOJ Contact: Nazneen Ahmed (919) 716-0060 USAO MDNC Contact: Lynne Klauer 336-333-5351 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein and Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina Sandra Hairston today announced a $330,000 settlement to resolve allegations that Dr. George Osei-Bonsu, M.D., Palladium Primary Care, P.A., […]

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to address the public health and economic challenges that have devastated communities across North Carolina. The North Carolina Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice is sponsoring technical assistance sessions to provide assistance on three funding solutions that address both criminal justice reform and COVID-19-related mitigation and behavioral health […]

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 11, 2021 Contact: Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Stein today announced a multistate settlement with Retrieval-Masters Creditors bureau, doing business as the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), to resolve an investigation into a 2019 data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 7 million people, including […]

Attorney General Stein is deeply concerned about addressing our criminal justice system’s shortcomings. That is why he is co-leading the state’s Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice and why he works to ensure we achieve ‘equal justice under law.’ Mr. Ochsner’s recent story about the State Crime Lab’s testimony about its microscopic hair […]

For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 4, 2021 Contact: Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein, along with the Federal Trade Commission and 46 agencies from 38 states and the District of Columbia, today shut down a massive telefunding operation by Associated Community Services (ACS) and a number of related defendants that bombarded 67 […]

Author: Cami Marshall-Anthony, Tanya Rivera Published: 5:03 PM EST February 23, 2021 Updated: 7:13 AM EST February 24, 2021 GREENSBORO, N.C. — In 2020, the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Department of Justice received 31,019 consumer complaints. More than 10,000 of them were robocall and do not call complaints. Since so many scams originate through […]

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 Contact: Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein announced that Maryland resident Christian Anthony Ekberg was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for health care fraud by Chief United States District Judge Richard E. Myers II in United States […]

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 4, 2021 Contact: Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today announced that he has reached a $573 million multi-state settlement with one of the world’s largest consulting firms, McKinsey & Company, resolving investigations into the company’s role in advising opioid companies how to promote their drugs and […]

For Immediate Release: Friday, January 15, 2021 Contact: Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484 (RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today urged leaders in the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives to address our state’s digital divide – especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – when they appropriate the $13,426,560 he won in a settlement from Dish […]