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Spokane Valley man charged in scheme to get painkillers by using Seahawks players' last names

March 3, 2015 - 18:29

This release is compliments of the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries

SPOKANE — A Spokane Valley man has been charged with faking on-the-job injuries and using the last names of Seahawks players to obtain narcotics and other prescription drugs.

Jeffory Leonard Mock Jr., 34, faces 12 felony charges alleging he obtained controlled substances and prescription drugs by fraud. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday, March 4.

Gov. Jay Inslee's statement on today's House passage of bills to increase the state minimum wage, enact paid sick and safe leave

March 3, 2015 - 18:19

“Today the House passed two modest, measured and much-needed bills to give an economic lift to thousands of Washington’s lowest-wage workers.

Open government training workshops scheduled for March

March 3, 2015 - 15:35

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Archives has announced a series of open government training workshops throughout Washington in March in support of a state law that was introduced by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office and passed in 2014.

The Open Government Trainings Act requires training for public officials, public disclosure officers and state-appointed records officers.

Spokane Valley man charged in scheme to get painkillers by using Seahawks players' last names

March 3, 2015 - 15:14

A Spokane Valley man has been charged with faking on-the-job injuries and using the last names of Seahawks players to obtain narcotics and other prescription drugs.

Insurance Commissioner offers considerations about sharing economy

March 3, 2015 - 14:53
Forbes estimates up to one quarter of the population participates in some form of the sharing economy, whether it be ridesharing, renting out your home or sharing something you already have to make money.

We put together some information and tips for entrepreneurs and consumers alike to consider before they participate in the sharing economy. You can find that information here. 

Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.

Continuity of Operations Planning bill passes state House

March 3, 2015 - 11:43
Legislation mandating state agencies to establish continuity of operations planning requirements was approved by the state House of Representatives on March 2.

Gov. Inslee statement on Senate approval of transportation package

March 2, 2015 - 14:39

“I’m glad to see the Senate act on transportation today. I've been pushing for a transportation investment package since my first day in office.

Protecting insurance consumers all year round

March 2, 2015 - 14:31
This week is National Consumer Protection Week and the OIC is one of the many government agencies that helps protect consumers from financial harm.
So what does that mean for Washington consumers?

Consumer protection is part of the OIC’s mission, which is reflected in the way we do business. Our consumer advocates can help:
In 2014, our consumer advocates fielded 6,135 consumer complaints and helped recover more than $9.5 million in insurance billings, refunds and other claims-related issues for Washington citizens. Read more about the ways we helped consumers in 2014.

We share information of interest to insurance consumers on this blog and through our social media channels. Many of our blog posts are generated by questions our consumer advocates receive from Washington citizens.

More resources for consumers:

Consumer advocates Andy and Barb helping consumers on the phone.   

15-007 State Boating program acquires boat for public education, law enforcement training

March 2, 2015 - 14:31
The state’s Boating Program today launched its newly acquired 23-foot boat, which will be used to teach boating and water safety to youth and adults, to promote Washington State Marine Parks and to train marine law enforcement officers.

AGO, BBB celebrate National Consumer Protection Week

March 2, 2015 - 13:03

Agencies Arm Consumers Against ID Theft and Fraud

SEATTLE — Better Business Bureau is partnering with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office for National Consumer Protection Week, March 1-7. Both agencies are committed to providing tools and tips to protect consumers from scams and to help them make better purchasing decisions.

AG prosecutors seek to prevent release of Yakima-area sex offender

March 2, 2015 - 11:25

YAKIMA — The Attorney General’s Office announced today that trial has begun in Yakima County Superior Court in the case of State of Washington vs. David Ramirez, a sexually violent predator civil commitment proceeding.

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