Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning consumers about a scam that exploits his office's work as a collection agency for state departments.
DeWine says the scam is not new but his office has noticed an increase in such reports over the past few months.
DeWine says scammers posing as Attorney General's employees or state Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents try to trick consumers over the phone into providing personal information or payments for bogus debts. Scammers often demand that people pay the debt immediately using prepaid money cards or face arrest.
Ohio lawmakers and state Attorney General Mike DeWine are promoting legislation to stop the financial exploitation of older Ohioans.
The proposals to be discussed today come at a time when experts estimate as many as 2 million older Americans are abused in various ways each year, ranging from physical assault to the misuse of a person's money, property and assets.
The proposed Ohio bill would also ensure that the life savings and homes of senior citizens are protected.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office is investigating the alleged rape of a teen girl in Steubenville. The case has made headlines in recent days after the video of the alleged rape surfaced on the internet. DeWine says two defendants are set to face rape charges in juvenile court.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he wants to give teachers the tools they need to prevent or deal with school shootings.
"The truth is that while we train first responders, the real first responders in these tragedies are teachers. They are the ones who are there," says DeWine. "They are the ones who make the life and death decisions. They are the ones who are going to do what they can do to save lives. By the time the first responders get there, we may have a number of children killed."