State of New York

INDICTMENTS AGAINST 22 INDIVIDUALS FOR ALLEGEDLY OPERATING COCAINE AND HEROIN TRAFFICKING RINGS IN THE CAPITAL REGION

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Multi-Agency Crackdown, Code-Named ‘Operation June Bug,’ Leads To Indictments Charging Defendants With Distributing Heroin And Cocaine In Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington Counties; Drug Sources In Brooklyn, Queens, Connecticut And New Jersey Cocaine Ring Allegedly Conducted Transactions Near The Historic Belmont Horse Track In Queens NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the unsealing of three indictments charging 22 individuals with 159 criminal counts for their alleged roles in two loosely-related narcotics rings that distributed cocaine and heroin throughout the Capital Region. The indictments were unsealed in Albany County Court before the Honorable Peter Lynch. State and…

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SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH EMBLEMHEALTH TO BOOST COVERAGE FOR PREVENTIVE SERVICES

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Affordable Care Act Requires Expanded Access To Preventative Care Without Cost-Sharing For Patients Enforcement Effort Will Remove Barriers To Patients Getting Preventative Colonoscopies, Provide Nearly $400,000 In Reimbursements To Patients NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an agreement with EmblemHealth, Inc., requiring Emblem to cover anesthesiology services provided in connection with an in-network preventive colonoscopy, without any cost-sharing by the member. Emblem has also issued refunds to hundreds of Emblem members who paid a copayment, coinsurance, or deductible for such anesthesiology services. An important provision…

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SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES INDICTMENT OF 33 INDIVIDUALS IN CROSS-STATE HEROIN DISTRIBUTION NETWORK

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Dozens Charged With Conspiracy In Four Related Pipelines That Funneled Heroin And Cocaine From NYC And Massachusetts Into St. Lawrence County AG’s OCTF, State Police And Local Law Enforcement’s “Operation 315” Includes Seizure Of $1.1 Million Worth Of Street Drugs; More Than $100,000 In Cash; 13 Guns, Of Which Three Were Assault Rifles; Results In 109-Count Indictment A.G Schneiderman: We Will Put People In Prison For Pushing Drugs To Our Kids WATERTOWN –Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the indictment of 33 individuals charged with conspiring in four loosely-related drug distribution networks that funneled heroin and cocaine across state…

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Emails Reveal Lobbyist Had Undisclosed Role In Cuomo Financial Crisis Investigation

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Howard Glaser, a lobbyist and longtime confidant to Andrew Cuomo, previously denied he was involved in the then-attorney general’s investigations. Newly obtained emails show otherwise. by Justin Elliott ProPublica The Albany Times Union co-published a version of this story. Previously undisclosed emails by a mortgage industry lobbyist doubling as a consultant for then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo show the lobbyist played a self-described “critical role” in one of Cuomo’s signature financial crisis investigations. The emails from 2007 and 2008 detail how the lobbyist, longtime Cuomo confidant Howard Glaser, was involved in an investigation of mortgage industry players that included Glaser’s…

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SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES THAT PRESIDENT OF KOREAN SOCIAL SERVICE CENTER IS HEADING TO STATE PRISON FOR STEALING MORE THAN $200,000 FROM IMMIGRANTS

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Ock Chul Ha Was Sentenced To 1-3 Years State Prison, Banned From Performing Social Service Work, Faces Possible Deportation, And Is Required To Pay Restitution To The Victims Ha Posed As A Social Worker, Made False Promises Of Low-Income Housing In Exchange For Thousands Of Dollars In Fees  Schneiderman: Fraudsters Who Take Advantage Of Vulnerable Citizens Will Be Prosecuted To The Fullest Extent Of The Law. This Perpetrator Is Going To Jail And Is Banned From The Nonprofit Social Services Sector For Good NEW YORK - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the sentencing of Ock Chul Ha, President…

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GUILTY PLEA OF AN ONEIDA COUNTY INDIVIDUAL WHO ENGAGED IN SCHEME TO DEFRAUD MEDICAL CARE PROVIDERS

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Between 2010 And 2015, Jonathan Bronson Repeatedly Visited Numerous Upstate New York Hospitals And Misrepresented Facts To Obtain Prescription Medication, Payout From His Insurance Company UTICA – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott today announced the guilty plea of Jonathan Bronson, 39, of Westernville, NY, for having engaged in a lengthy scheme to defraud numerous medical care providers from August 1, 2010, through February 11, 2015. Mr. Bronson pleaded guilty to one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a Class E felony, for which he has been promised a sentence of six…

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SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING CONSUMER PROTECTION SETTLEMENT WITH THE THREE NATIONAL CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES

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Experian, Equifax, And Transunion, Which Maintain Consumer Credit Information On 200 Million Americans, Have Agreed To Increase Protections For Consumers Facing Credit Report Errors; Provide Second Free Annual Credit Report To Consumers Agreement Increases Protections For Consumers With Medical Debt; Reforms Process For Correcting Report Errors; Improves Accuracy Of Reports A.G. Schneiderman: This Agreement Will Reform The Entire Industry And Provide Vital Protections For Millions Of Consumers Across The Country NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with the nation’s three leading national credit reporting agencies, Experian Information Solutions, Inc., (“Experian”), Equifax Information Services, LLC…

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GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF ADDITIONAL HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE

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Applications for HEAP accepted through March 27 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that those in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off can now apply for a second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The additional assistance is being made available in light of the prolonged cold weather and additional federal funding awarded to the state. “This year’s severe winter has left many families struggling to pay their heating bills – but a second round of emergency assistance will help people stay warm and safe through the end of…

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SCHNEIDERMAN & DiNAPOLI ANNOUNCE SENTENCING OF FORMER MET COUNCIL INSURANCE BROKER

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Joseph Ross Sentenced To 18 Months In Jail For Crimes Committed Against The Publicly Funded Social Services Group NEW YORK –Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that Joseph Ross, the former insurance broker for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (“Met Council”), has been sentenced to 18 months in jail. Ross also paid $534,000 in restitution to Met Council and agreed to a judgment against him in the amount of $956,000 in favor of Met Council. The joint investigation revealed that Ross, together with former Met Council CEO William Rapfogel and other co-conspirators,…

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$2 MILLION JUDGEMENT AGAINST PAPA JOHN’S FRANCHISEE THAT UNDERPAID EMPLOYEES

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Court Holds Franchisee New Majority Holdings And Owner Operator Ronald Johnson Liable For Wages Owed To Hundreds Of Workers At Five Papa John’s Pizza Restaurants In Manhattan Today’s Judgment Follows $800K Judgment Last Month In A Separate Papa John’s Franchisee Case NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has obtained a judgment against New Majority Holdings, LLC (New Majority) a Papa John’s pizza franchisee, and its owner and operator Ronald Johnson for underpaying hundreds of delivery workers at five Harlem pizza restaurants. “Within the last two months, courts have found that…

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