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Attorney General Seeks Expanded Authority to Charge Scammers

Mike DeWine (R-OH) (no longer serving)

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is fulfilling a campaign promise by seeking a legal change that would allow him to subpoena computer and phone records to hunt scammers.

The AG’s office has authority to pursue only civil cases. To press criminal charges, the office must partner with one of the state’s eighty-eight county prosecutors.

H.B. 223 would give the AG’s office the tools it needs to build criminal cases against internet and phone scammers. Once the case is developed, the AG’s office would hand it off to a county prosecutor willing to file charges.

The bill would also stiffen criminal penalties for cyber scams and phone scams.

Via Cleveland.com.

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