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'Despicable' IRS scam still plagues state, Attorney General says

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 21, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey again is warning residents to be on guard against scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service representatives. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division continues to be contacted daily by residents who believe they’ve been contacted as part of this scam, which claims a person has an unpaid tax bill that must be paid off immediately.

AG's office sues Putnam Co. funeral home over preneed violations

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 18, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office has filed its own lawsuit against a Putnam County funeral home accused of violating the state’s Preneed Funeral Contracts Act. In the complaint, filed Sept. 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court, Morrisey’s office says Gatens-Harding Funeral Home of Poca and owners Chad and Billie Harding misappropriated money from consumers who were trying to prepay their funeral costs and did not register some preneed funeral contracts with the state

Kanawha judge sides with Morrisey in Gazette FOIA dispute

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 16, 2015

CHARLESTON – A Kanawha County judge has ruled in favor of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in a newspaper’s request for summary judgment in a FOIA case. In his final order dated Sept. 14, Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King granted Morrisey’s office’s Motion for Summary Judgment and denied one by The Daily Gazette Company and The Charleston Gazette. The Gazette, which recently merged with The Charleston Daily Mail had sought the release of some documents from Morrisey and his off

AG's office secures another $56K for Dirty Girl Mud Run refunds

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 16, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office has secured more than $56,000 from 100 LLC to repay registrants who have not yet received a refund for registration fees associated with the cancelled 2014 Charleston Dirty Girl Mud Run. “We are aware that there are still some people who signed up for the race that are awaiting their refund.

D.C. Circuit denies state AGs' petition to postpone Clean Power Plan deadlines

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 14, 2015

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court has shot down a petition, filed by a coalition of 15 state attorneys general, asking it to issue an emergency stay to postpone deadlines imposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The three-judge panel of the U.S.

Morrisey, other AGs ask Supreme Court to overturn court sovereignty ruling

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 11, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is leading a 44-state coalition asking the U.S.

Morrisey leads AG coalition to affirm Second Amendment rights

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 3, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office is leading a coalition of 24 states in asking the U.S.

Cabell woman wants Parole Board to turn over documents, more

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 2, 2015

CHARLESTON – A Huntington woman currently serving time for embezzling thousands from a former employer has asked a Kanawha County judge to order the West Virginia Parole Board to turn over a recording of her parole hearing, along with other requested documents. Plaintiff Leigh Ann Zappin filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court seeking the recording and documents, after she was denied parole by the board in May. Zappin argues that the board, including its chairwoman, Benita Murphy, is “delib

Judge tells AG, Gazette-Mail to meet about antitrust petition

By Chris Dickerson | Sep 1, 2015

WINFIELD – A Putnam County judge has told the state Attorney General’s office and the state’s largest newspaper to talk things over before coming back to his courtroom for the next hearing about a possible antitrust violation. Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers on Tuesday told attorneys from AG Patrick Morrisey’s office and lawyers representing the Charleston Gazette-Mail to meet soon to discuss Morrisey’s petition seeking an investigative subpoena looking into possible state Antitrust Act vi

AG transfers surplus antitrust funds to state's General Revenue Fund

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 28, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey on Friday announced plans to transfer more than $60,000 of surplus funds from his office’s antitrust activities to the state’s General Revenue Fund. “I’m proud to have a robust Antitrust Division that diligently works to ensure fair competition in our state’s markets,” Morrisey said.

AG's Eastern Panhandle office to help with free credit reports

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 27, 2015

MARTINSBURG – The West Virginia Attorney General Office’s Consumer Protection Division’s Eastern Panhandle Office has started assisting consumers in obtaining free credit reports every Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. Residents can visit the office, located at 269 Aikens Center in Martinsburg, for the assistance. “One of the best ways for consumers to ensure that they have not become an identity theft victim is to run an annual credit check,” Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement.

AG's office warns of U.N., government grant scam on Facebook

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 27, 2015

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is urging West Virginians to be cautious if they receive a Facebook message from someone claiming to have a United Nations and Government grant available. In this scam, a Facebook user will receive a message from someone that they believe is a Facebook friend.

You can't hold back the tide, Mr. Morrisey!

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 25, 2015

Some of us are old enough to remember when major American cities had multiple daily newspapers, all with different owners and different perspectives.

Why we're working to protect public meeting prayer

By Patrick Morrisey | Aug 25, 2015

CHARLESTON – Nearly 400 years ago, a small band of men and women set out across the Atlantic Ocean to create a place where they could freely express their faith without fear of government intervention or persecution.

AG tells students, parents of potential scholarship scams

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 24, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning students and their parents to be cautious of potential scams when applying for scholarships. “At this time of year, many high school seniors and their parents are beginning to evaluate colleges and how they will pay for them,” Morrisey said in a statement.

AG: Employment scams target college students

By Chris Dickerson | Aug 21, 2015

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey warns college students to be on guard for scams offering fake employment opportunities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation frequently has warned of email scams circulating around college campuses offering “work from home” opportunities specifically targeted toward college students.

Morgantown entrepreneur named 2010 W.Va. Small Business Person of the Year

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 26, 2010

CLARKSBURG–A Morgantown entrepreneur was named West Virginia's 2010 Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

FORENSIC FILES: Times are changing: Electronic evidence is different

By The West Virginia Record | Sep 11, 2009

Sammons HUNTINGTON -- Love it or hate it, electronically stored information (ESI) is becoming a major factor in courtrooms all across our country.

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