updated: 2/15/2012 12:51:20 PM

Zoeller Tapped For National Task Force

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has been selected to serve on a national consumer protection panel aimed at fighting financial fraud. The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force also includes representatives from the FBI, Department of Treasury and U.S. Secret Service.

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February 15, 2012

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is only one of three state attorneys general selected to serve on a consumer protection working group aimed at combating financial fraud.

“I am honored to be selected to serve on the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and look forward to working with the federal government, law enforcement and fellow attorneys general,” Zoeller said. “Investigating and prosecuting financial crimes from mortgage scams to tax fraud is critical to protecting all consumers. I look forward to enhancing and developing best practices in the area of consumer protection and sharing these ideas with state and local officials.”

The task force, chaired by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, will work across federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and with state and local partners, to strengthen efforts to address consumer-related fraud. Zoeller said targeted scams will include those against vulnerable populations, such as the unemployed, those in need of payday loans, and those suffering from the burden of high credit card and other debt. The working group will also focus on scams that exploit prospective students, active-duty military personnel and veterans.

According to the task force website, www.stopfraud.gov, the group was created in order to “hold accountable those who helped bring about the last financial crisis as well as those who would attempt to take advantage of the efforts at economic recovery.”

During a meeting last week, members set priorities and discussed taking collaborative steps to continue to seek out and prosecute consumer fraud as well as protect consumers from fraud before it happens through outreach and education. Abby Kuzma, who serves as director of the Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, attended the meeting and gave an update on Indiana’s efforts. The working group plans to establish a best-practices tool kit, legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives and an information sharing structure.

The task force includes representatives from the Department of Treasury, FBI, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, U.S. Secret Service, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Trustee Program, the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve Board and the National Credit Union Administration. Other state attorneys general include Lisa Madigan from Illinois and Roy Cooper from North Carolina.

Source: Office of Indiana Attorney General

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