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Sorrell, Welch warn: avoid student loan scams

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Student Assistance Corp., Congressman Peter Welch and Attorney General William Sorrell are warning about offers from financial companies that promise student loan "relief."

They say state and federal authorities are raising concerns over companies that promise to help student-loan borrowers ease their financial burden but charge hefty fees for unnecessary services.  Go to full article

Audit: special ed contractor overbilled state

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new audit suggests a New York City special education contractor overcharged the state by more than $875,000.

The audit released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says TheraCare Preschool Services Inc. overbilled the state between 2008 and 2011.

TheraCare provides special education services to preschool-aged children in New York City and three nearby counties.  Go to full article
Scammers are posing as Microsoft representatives. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonz/2684705796/">Ton Zijlstra</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Scammers are posing as Microsoft representatives. Photo: Ton Zijlstra, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

AG warning New Yorkers about Microsoft scam

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is issuing a warning that scam artists posing as Microsoft representatives are targeting New Yorkers for credit card information.

The thieves contact people by phone and try to talk them into giving remote access to their computers, claiming that they have a virus. Victims are then asked for credit card, bank or PayPal account information.  Go to full article

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The company promises loans regardless of credit history, but fails to provide any services once the victim has wired money.

State Attorney General issues fraud alert in Watertown

The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today issued an alert about a phone scam targeting residents of Watertown. A spokesman says three victims so far have contacted the office and have each lost between $300 and $700 to the scam. Joanna Richards reports.  Go to full article

Comptroller probes "widespread" corruption in state Corrections Department

Investigators say a New York prison official skipped Friday work shifts for 17 years and fraudulently collected pay for the time off. A report released yesterday says Howard Dean, now retired as director of the food processing center at the Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, filed bogus time sheets and travel documents that cost taxpayers $500,000. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Inspector General Joseph Fisch also say prison management looked the other way. Mary Foley has more.  Go to full article

Comptroller finds fraudulent Medicaid claims cost state millions

The New York State Comptroller has found close to $100 million dollars in Medicaid fraud, through a series of audits. Tom DiNapoli says more needs to be done to combat waste in the system, especially during tight economic times. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki, Spitzer: Increase Staff to Stop Medicaid Fraud, Waste

Governor Pataki's second in command at the state health department says he's working hard to combat Medicaid fraud. He blamed a newspaper and members of the legislature for the perception that his agency is letting billions of dollars in fraud go undetected. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State Sues 'Loan Shark' Preying on Soldiers

Last week New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced a lawsuit against a North Country lending firm for being a loan-sharking operation that preys on cash-strapped military families. The suit alleges a company called JAG NY has defrauded hundreds of people of thousands of dollars by offering loans at illegally high interest rates. The company operates three stores called New York Catalog Sales, one in Queensbury and two near Fort Drum. David Sommerstein spoke with Attorney General spokesperson Christine Pritchard about the case. She says New York Catalog Sales takes advantage of military families with limited incomes. The complaint number is 800-771-7755.  Go to full article

Tribe Uncovers Tobacco Tax Scheme

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has uncovered a cigarette tax fraud scheme that defrauded the tribe of 3 million dollars. As David Sommerstein reports, two local print shops have been producing counterfeit tobacco tax stamps for a year.  Go to full article

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