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AG saves county consumer bureau
PITTSFIELD -- The Berkshire County Consumer Advocates Inc. office will close on July 1, but it will continue under the umbrella of the Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority. Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office recently awarded a $45,000 grant to allow the housing authority to expand its consumer mediation and education services, effective July 1.

 

06/11/2011   continue to article »
House approves bill on human trafficking
The arrest of a Dorchester man last month on charges that he kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and forced her into prostitution highlights a problem that has been addressed more aggressively in all but a handful of other states: human trafficking.  Yesterday, the Massachusetts House unanimously approved a bill that would have the state join 46 others in banning human trafficking.

 

06/02/2011   continue to article »
Malden St. Patrick's Day Breakfast
State Senator Katherine Clark received the award for Democrat of the Year at Malden’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast at the Irish American Club. The award from was presented to Senator Clark by last year’s recipient, Attorney General Martha Coakley, on behalf of her outstanding work in the community.
03/15/2011   continue to article »
Will Massachusetts Finally Make Human Trafficking a Crime?
Massachusetts is one of only five states in the country that doesn't have a law criminalizing human trafficking. As a result, pimps who recruit children for prostitution, families who abuse domestic workers, and employers who confiscate workers' passports often get off with a slap on the wrist. But all that might change as Massachusetts is finally considering making human trafficking a crime.
01/22/2011   continue to article »
Mass. AG Coakley Looking Forward to Second Term

In just the past week, Coakley has filed a bill cracking down on human trafficking, pushed another bill to overhaul the state's foreclosure laws, weighed in on Gov. Deval Patrick's decision to shake-up the parole board and pledged to continue a probe into the state probation department.

01/22/2011   continue to article »
Highlighting her strong record standing up for consumers and taxpayers and her work keeping people safe, six major daily newspapers representing communities across the Commonwealth have endorsed Martha Coakley for Attorney General. The newspapers endorsing her over the past two days include the Quincy Patriot Ledger, Brockton Enterprise, Springfield Republican, New Bedford Standard Times, Salem News, and Berkshire Eagle.
10/29/2010   continue to article »
Citing her strong record protecting consumers and public safety and her “strength of character” rebounding from the U.S. Senate election, the Lowell Sun and Lawrence Eagle-Tribune have endorsed Martha Coakley for re-election as Attorney General.
10/27/2010   continue to article »
Three indicted in alleged $488G jobless-insurance fraud
Boston Herald: A Bronx, N.Y., man, his mom and a co-worker have been indicted for multiple schemes to steal more than $400,000 from the state’s unemployment insurance fund and an additional $82,000 via dummy businesses two of them set up. “We’ve been trying to be very aggressive on unemployment insurance fraud,” said Attorney General Martha Coakley.
10/26/2010   continue to article »
AG rival looks to voter anger, Coakley runs on 1st-term record
Boston Globe: “I have 25 years in public service, and I’m proud of my record,’’ she said. “I think I have a very strong record.’’ She said her accomplishments as attorney general include helping investors and homeowners recover more than $440 million from Wall Street firms, helping 15,000 homeowners to stay in their homes. She also points to challenging proposed gas and utility price increases, saving rate payers more than $100 million, and negotiating a 10 percent reduction in proposed electricity rates for the Cape Wind project. She also cites her work with MySpace to make the social networking website safer for children and prodding Craigslist to remove its adult services section to reduce prostitution.
10/26/2010   continue to article »
Moratorium Talk Gives Bankers Jitters
Worcester Business Journal: Earlier this month, Attorney General Martha Coakley joined a group of 44 other attorneys general to find out whether mortgage servicers have pursued foreclosures based on inaccurate documentation.
10/25/2010   continue to article »
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