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12/31/02

Agreement curbs deceptive telemarketing appeals to First USA Bank customers

12/20/02

New Jersey company and its vice president sentenced for radiation violations in Maryland

12/20/02

Attorneys General announce $51.5 million nationwide settlement with The Ford Motor Company

12/19/02

Attorney General announces agreement with BP Amoco to curb tobacco sales to minors

12/19/02

Housekeeper charged with stealing from elderly Galena man

12/18/02

Two former MTA employees charged with stealing over $100,000

12/17/02

Maryland settles with Household Finance, Md. consumers to receive over $12.8 million

12/16/02

Woman convicted in '99 counterfeit check ring gets balance of 10 yr. sentence for violating probation

12/10/02

Deputy Attorney General Carmen M. Shepard departing AG's Office for private practice

12/10/02

Howard County moving company reaches settlement with Attorney General's Office

12/04/02 Attorney General offers advice for online holiday shoppers
12/04/02

Prince George's County woman charged with unlawful dumping and storing of tires

12/03/02

Two Baltimore women charged in Oxycontin prescription fraud scheme

11/26/02 Former company bookkeeper charged with felony theft
11/26/02

Owner of carpet cleaning business sentenced for water pollution violation

11/25/02

Baltimore County woman charged with practicing nursing without a license

11/25/02

Baltimore brick washer sentenced for controlled hazardous substance and water pollution violations

11/22/02

Curran, eight other AGs to sue Bush administration for weakening Clean Air Act

11/21/02 Caregiver sentenced for striking 81-year-old
11/21/02 Calvert man convicted of insurance fraud
11/15/02 Lutherville insurance agent convicted of insurance fraud and felony theft
11/13/02

Curran's Environmental Crimes Unit charges Essex man

11/12/02 Former state employee charged with felony theft
11/01/02

Former Chimes employee charged with neglect and reckless endangerment

11/01/02

Concrete plant operator fined $100,000 for water pollution crimes

10/29/02

Former pharmacist sentenced to six months for fraud scheme

10/28/02

Baltimore woman charged with filing false state tax returns

10/28/02

Buying a used car? Tips for getting a good one

10/25/02

Attorney General's Office orders "flipping" conspirators to pay millions for restitution and penalties

10/25/02

Curran charges caregiver with abusing vulnerable, developmentally disabled adults

10/24/02

Baltimore County man convicted of illegally possessing machine gun and short-barreled shotgun

10/24/02

Voters again reminded how to obtain absentee ballots

10/23/02

Boonsboro propane gas supplier reaches settlement with Attorney General's Office

10/22/02

Voters reminded to obtain authorized absentee ballot application from State Elections Board

10/22/02

Curran gets a second conviction against imposter social worker

10/18/02

Nurse imposter sentenced in Montgomery for practicing nursing without a license

10/18/02

Nursing assistant pleads guilty to assaulting 98-year-old wheelchair-bound resident

10/17/02

Attorney General Curran hosts elder abuse town hall meeting at College of Notre Dame

10/17/02

Curran's Securities Division issues order against unregistered financial adviser

10/11/02

Curran announces $484 million multistate settlement with Household Finance; Maryland to receive more than $10 million

10/09/02

Attorney General Curran obtains changes to Amazon.com privacy policy

10/09/02

Curran announces antitrust lawsuit settlement with makers of George Foreman Grills

10/09/02

Prince George's man charged with illegally dumping and storing tires

10/08/02 New law gives consumers more protection in disputes with moving companies
10/07/02 Statewide anti-drug initiative announced
10/07/02

Columbia stock broker pleads guilty to stealing $125,000 from Medicaid

10/04/02

Furniture retailer reaches settlement with Consumer Protection Division over advertising

10/04/02

Maryland's cable TV industry, Attorney General's Office and State Department of Education announce new public service initiative

10/04/02

Curran to speak at Domestic Violence Awareness month event at Shock Trauma

10/04/02

Baltimore brick washer indicted for unlawful storage and disposal of controlled hazardous substance

10/03/02 Waldorf man convicted for failing to file state taxes
10/03/02 Former nurse pleads guilty to neglect
10/03/02 Third member of stolen gun "ring" charged
10/01/02 Maryland, 41 other states settle compact disc suit
10/01/02 Curran gets conviction against imposter social worker
09/27/02

New Jersey company and its vice president are indicted for radiation violations

09/25/02 Former state employee convicted of felony insurance fraud
09/25/02 Baltimore dentist guilty of insurance fraud
09/23/02

Consumer Protection Division issues cease and desist order against Virginia homebuilder

09/23/02

Drowning in debt? Choose a debt repayment plan carefully

09/17/02 Former state employee charged with 9/11 bomb scare
09/17/02

Baltimore County woman sentenced for attempting to illegally purchase a handgun

09/13/02

Prince George's man sentenced for hazardous waste violation

09/12/02

Insurance agent charged with insurance fraud and felony theft

09/10/02

Carroll County man indicted for illegal possession, transfer of gun used in New York City homicides

09/06/02

Dental hygienist sentenced in Calvert County for practicing without a license

09/03/02 Contractor arrested for defrauding the state
08/30/02

Frederick man sentenced for attempting to obtain a gun while subject to a protective order

08/28/02

Curran's Securities Division cracks down on investment fraud scheme, returns investors' money

08/28/02

Dry cleaning operator sentenced for water pollution violation

08/26/02

Former Lansdowne pharmacy owner pleads guilty to felony insurance fraud, theft

08/26/02

Howard County insurance agent pleads guilty to insurance fraud

08/26/02

Baltimore pharmacist charged with illegal distribution of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone

08/23/02

Temp employee of state agency gets six months for stealing agency's credit card number

08/22/02

Owings Mills tax protester charged with forgery; 60-year-old woman contends slave descendants not subject to taxation

08/15/02

Court affirms order to two companies to stop making sham "sale-leaseback" loans

08/15/02

Worcester County man charged with illegal possession of machine gun, sawed-off shotguns, handguns, and illegally selling firearms

08/13/02

Attorney General Curran announces agreement with ExxonMobil to curb tobacco sales to minors

08/08/02

Curran gun unit busts up stolen gun "ring"; two charged on 92 counts, others pending; guns believed stolen from Virginia security company

08/05/02

Man charged in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties with practicing social work without a license

07/31/02

50 Attorneys General call for reconsideration of Pledge of Allegiance decision

07/30/02

Washington County man convicted for attempting to illegally purchase handgun

07/26/02 Incarcerated tax cheat sentenced on new tax fraud charges
07/26/02 Ex-insurance agent gets 10 years in prison for stealing from senior citizens
07/25/02

Frederick man charged with failing to pay sales and use taxes

07/22/02

Attorney General files brief to ensure AT&T complies with state consumer laws

07/19/02

Ex-professor sentenced for stealing $43,000 from University of Maryland

07/19/02 Wicomico County man charged with illegal tire dumping
07/19/02

75-year-old Finksburg man sentenced for cashing dead mother's Social Security checks for 6 years

07/17/02

Curran, 10 other state Attorneys General press Bush administration on climate change

07/16/02

Calvert County woman charged with practicing dental hygiene without a Maryland license

07/16/02

Attorney General Curran calls on FDA to regulate new "tobacco candy" product

07/15/02

Attorney General Curran hosts Elder Abuse Town Hall Meeting in Largo

07/11/02

Attorney General Curran warns homeowners about predatory home equity lending

07/11/02

Former group home employee charged with neglect and reckless endangerment

07/10/02

Operation Crime Gun convicts Washington County man of attempting to illegally purchase handgun

07/09/02 Property management company reaches settlement with Attorney General's Office
07/08/02 Attorney General helps Verizon Wireless kick off Project Hopeline
07/05/02

Curran orders Kent furniture builder to refund customers' money

07/03/02

Consumers: Beware telephone scam touting phony class action award

07/01/02 Howard insurance agent charged with insurance fraud
07/01/02 Calvert man charged with insurance fraud
06/27/02 Baltimore man pleads guilty to illegally dumping wastewater
06/27/02 Former medical office billing clerk charged
06/25/02 Elmer Cook, A.K.A. "Singing Dentist," sentenced on insurance fraud and theft charges
06/25/02

Attorney General Curran orders medical supply company to cease violating the Maryland Consumer Protection Act

06/21/02

Supreme Court decision upholds consumers' right to external review of HMO decisions

06/20/02

Former Columbia broker sentenced to three years in jail for stealing from incapacitated father

06/20/02

Maryland Attorney General's Office joins state, federal law enforcers in sting of business opportunity, work-at-home scams

06/19/02

Baltimore County man charged with illegally possessing machine gun and short-barreled shotgun

06/19/02

Allegany nurse sentenced to jail time, probation and ordered to repay over $126,000 to State

06/14/02 Prince George's man convicted for hazardous waste violation
06/13/02

Former pharmacy owner charged with insurance fraud and felony theft

06/12/02

Former Catholic Charities caseworker sentenced for stealing over $73,000 from three vulnerable adult clients

06/10/02

Attorney General Curran hosts Elder Abuse town hall meeting at Montgomery College

06/10/02 Curran's office files charges against nine health clubs
06/06/02 Consumer Protection Division issues cease and desist order against Eastern Shore builder
06/04/02

States sue maker of breast cancer drug

05/30/02 Convicted tax cheat charged again
05/30/02

Environmental Crimes Unit charges Baltimore County man with unlawful discharge of pollutants

05/29/02

Consumer Protection Division orders $100,000 penalty against unregistered builder, and restitution for uncompleted home

05/24/02 Montgomery woman convicted of conspiracy to practice nursing without a Maryland license
05/23/02

Dorchester marine contractors convicted for wetlands violations

05/22/02

As summer driving season approaches, Attorney General Curran launches "Safe Trip" campaign

05/16/02

Former Banker's Title chief operating officer convicted of felony theft and insurance fraud charges

05/15/02

Church-based investment program and its promoters permanently enjoined from securities and investment advisor activities

05/14/02

Ex-insurance agent pleads guilty to theft from senior citizens

05/13/02

Curran orders Anne Arundel marine construction contractor to refund customers' payments

05/09/02 Frederick man pleads guilty to handgun violations
05/08/02 Registered nurse pleads guilty to Medicaid Fraud and reckless endangerment of dialysis patients
05/07/02 Former state employee charged with insurance fraud
05/06/02 Attorney General: Cecil County consumers should be wary of tornado-related scams
05/01/02 California man indicted for asbestos removal violations at Montgomery County school
04/30/02 Attorney General: Consumers should be wary of tornado-related scams, representative of the AG will be in Waldorf to assist consumers
04/29/02 Dry cleaning operator indicted for unlawful disposal of controlled hazardous substance
04/26/02 Nursing assistant charged with striking 81-year-old dementia patient in the face
04/25/02 Attorney General Curran holds Youth Forum in Garrett County tomorrow
04/25/02 Attorney General's Office accepting complaints from members of two closed health clubs
04/25/02 Nursing assistant guilty of abuse of a 98-year-old deaf, mute Alzheimer's patient
04/24/02 Attorney General Curran to meet with Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge Thursday
04/24/02 Gun trafficking unit charges Washington County man with attempting to illegally purchase handgun
04/24/02 Curran orders credit repair business to cease deceptive and illegal practices
04/23/02 Don't get taken by an e-mail scam, Attorney General warns consumers
04/23/02 Prince George's tire dumper sentenced to jail
04/18/02 Garrett County mobile home park owner agrees to let residents remain through April 2003
04/17/02 Former financial advisor Monica Coleman pleads guilty to securities fraud charges
04/17/02 Attorney General Curran holds Youth Forum in Baltimore Thursday, Mayor O'Malley to attend
04/15/02 Waldorf man charged with failing to file state taxes
04/12/02 Laurel brothers convicted of illegal commercial dumping in Prince George's County
04/12/02 Acupuncturist sentenced for practicing without a Maryland license
04/11/02 Court affirms order requiring aloe company to cease miracle cure claims, pay restitution and $3.7 million penalty
04/10/02 Finksburg man sentenced for hazardous waste crime
04/10/02 Former Laurel adult daycare counselor sentenced for punching disabled man in the face
04/09/02 Curran orders Prince George's County company to cease unfair and deceptive trade practices
04/09/02 Dorchester marine contractors charged in wetlands violations
04/03/02 Curran settles action versus viatical settlement provider; promoters agree to repay $750,000 to investors
03/27/02 State employee indicted for doing business with wife's firm
03/26/02 Allegany nurse pleads guilty to Medicaid Fraud
03/26/02 Anne Arundel company and its president convicted of hazardous waste violations
03/19/02 Prince George's man gets jail for illegal dumping and weapons charges
03/15/02 Former toll collector who stole toll monies violated probation, sentenced to serve three years
03/15/02 Hecht's agrees to refrain from unfair debt collection practices
03/11/02 Participant in Prince George's counterfeit check scheme convicted
03/08/02 Former Howard County broker/dealer convicted of theft, misappropriation
03/07/02 Curran responds to disclosure of compensation packages for Carefirst execs
03/01/02 Beltsville man sentenced for insurance fraud
03/01/02 Curran orders Nevada health product retailer to cease sending false medical recall notices
03/01/02 Attorney General Curran advises consumers: "Don't get burned when a store goes out of business"
02/28/02 Agreement curbs deceptive telemarketing appeals to Citibank customers
02/27/02 Washington County man charged with attempting to illegally purchase handgun
02/27/02 Unregistered home builder charged with multiple violations
02/26/02 Baltimore printing company GM convicted of misappropriation of employee benefits money
02/26/02 Former Catholic Charities caseworker admits stealing over $73,000 from three vulnerable adult clients
02/25/02 Burtonsville woman sentenced for role in supplying handguns to drug dealers
02/21/02 Long distance carriers agree to disclose extra costs and fees to consumers
02/21/02 Former nursing assistant found guilty of abusing elderly resident, sentenced to three years in prison
02/19/02 Nursing assistant pleads guilty to punching 80-year-old resident
02/19/02 Riverdale man convicted of illegal dumping in Prince George's County
02/15/02 College Park professor pleads guilty to theft; sentencing scheduled for April
02/15/02 Baltimore man sentenced as part of Operation Tire Track initiative
02/15/02 Former welfare workers sentenced for stealing welfare benefits
02/13/02 Walgreens joins Curran's efforts to thwart sale of cigarettes to MD youth
02/13/02 Baltimore man charged with stealing "insurance premiums" from seniors
02/11/02 Attorney General warns consumers about "black inheritance tax refund" scam
02/05/02 $100 million antitrust settlement approved; Maryland consumers, agencies to get refund
02/04/02 Safeguarding privacy is theme of National Consumer Protection Week
02/04/02 Attorney General warns consumers to be wary of advance-fee loan scams
02/01/02 Montgomery County couple charged with conspiracy to practice nursing without a Maryland license
02/01/02 Baltimore County woman charged with attempting to illegally purchase handgun
01/30/02 Attorney General lists top consumer complaints of 2001
01/30/02 Laurel caregiver charged with abuse of developmentally disabled man
01/30/02 Harford nursing assistant charged with abuse of a 76-year-old nursing home resident
01/24/02 Former toll collector found guilty of stealing toll money
01/24/02 Owner of adult day care center charged with felony theft and Medicaid fraud
01/16/02

Credit repair company penalized $164,500 for illegal practices

01/15/02 Dorchester man sentenced for open burning
01/15/02 Nursing assistant charged with hitting a nursing home resident
01/14/02 Nursing assistant sentenced for spraying foam into the face of an 88-year-old nursing home resident
01/11/02 Curran announces statewide mentoring recruitment effort, goal: "2002 Mentors in 2002"
01/09/02 Bridgestone/Firestone tire restitution notices in the mail
01/09/02 Baltimore County dentist guilty of insurance fraud
01/08/02 Coalition of Attorneys General warns Bush administration not to gut Federal Clean Air Act
01/07/02 Attorney General's Office raises 1,500 books, Curran challenges others to follow suit
 

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