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A cross section of news releases from all areas of our department that are of interest to a general audience.

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  • Commerce Department Files Statement of Charges in Senior Fraud Swindle Case
    March 19, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Late yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Barbara Stark and Susan Walker, former Ameriprise Financial Services agents. The outcome will determine civil penalties and other disciplinary actions. The statement of charges alleges that Stark and Walker financially exploited vulnerable adults and elderly consumers by engaging in a willful pattern of stealing the retirement accounts of their victims to fund a lavish lifestyle that included multiple vacations, payments for a Lexus, private school tuition and rent.
  • Commerce announces options for residents, businesses to help protect budgets from energy cost spikes
    March 18, 2014 - The colder-than-normal winter has made for a rough heating season for all Minnesotans, especially those using propane. The Minnesota Department of Commerce wants consumers to know there are several options to help reduce their heating costs, such as financial assistance to help low-income people pay their heating bills, energy-saving programs to reduce heating costs, and secondary heating systems to supplement existing systems.
  • Commerce provides tips to consumers on health insurance coverage, reminder that minimum essential coverage needed by March 31 to avoid tax penalty
    March 13, 2014 - The Department of Commerce issued a consumer alert today to remind Minnesotans that Open Enrollment will be ending on March 31, 2014 and if you have put off purchasing health insurance, now is the time to explore your options and purchase coverage.
  • Commerce Department Recommends 80 Percent Reduction in Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation’s Rate Request
    March 04, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce today recommended an $11.4 million reduction to the $14.2 million rate increase proposed by Midwest Energy Resources Company (MERC) for natural gas service in 2014. Over 214,000 customers in 165 communities across Minnesota receive natural gas service from MERC and would be impacted by the rate increase. After an analysis of the rate request, the Department concluded that the recommended reductions of $11.4 million, or 80 percent of the proposed increase, will still fully allow MERC to provide safe, reliable service.
  • Policy Mill Scam results in Aggravated Forgery charges for woman after Commerce Fraud Bureau Investigation
    March 04, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN — A Minnesota Department of Commerce Fraud Bureau criminal investigation resulted in halting a policy mill scam out of Brooklyn Center. Late yesterday, Arlesia Shannell Robinson was criminally charged with two counts of Aggravated Forgery in Hennepin County District Court for perpetrating an insurance policy mill scheme on unwitting consumers. The criminal complaint alleges Robinson, using an alias of Amelia Hall, claimed she was a representative of Esurance and sold fake automobile insurance policies beginning in at least October 2013
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce, BBB offer advice on Credit Repair
    March 04, 2014 - As part of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place March 2 – 8, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) are partnering to offer consumers advice on companies offering credit repair services.
  • Commerce Department Reminds Minnesotans to Stay Safe About Heating and Carbon Monoxide During the Prolonged Cold Weather
    February 27, 2014 - With continued bitterly cold weather – the coldest winter three decades – not only has it taken a toll on home budgets, but also homeowners may look to alternate heat sources to stay warm. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, however, urges Minnesotans to be safe about space heaters and carbon monoxide as the deep freeze continues across the state.
  • Commerce Department to join parents and children at the Northtown Library to recognize Minnesota Saves Week
    February 24, 2014 - BLAINE, MN – To illustrate the importance of saving early, the Minnesota Department of Commerce will join the University of Minnesota Extension, Center of Family Development, in an educational activity during “Story Time” at the Northtown Library in Blaine.
  • Commerce Commissioner releases “Top Five Things You Need to Know about Money” Podcast
    February 19, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – According to the 2012 Financial Capability study, a majority of adults do not have adequate savings in the event of a financial emergency or to meet long-term goals such as college or financial security in retirement. The Minnesota Department of Commerce is providing tips to Minnesotans to help them protect their finances and gain control of their money.
  • Commissioner Rothman enlists CPAs in his annual letter to help stop financial abuse of seniors
    February 18, 2014 - Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, for the third year, issued a letter to more than 9,600 licensed CPAs in Minnesota to remind tax preparers of the signs of senior financial abuse. As CPAs prepare tax returns for their senior clients, the Commissioner urges tax professionals to use their expertise to help spot elder fraud and financial abuse.
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