Ed's Blog

Consumer fraud summit today will be webcast

By Ed Mierzwinski
Consumer Program Director

UPDATE: LINK TO C-SPAN WEBCAST ARCHIVE (My PANEL here and entire event here.)

In times of financial calamity, fraudsters come out to take your last dollar. This afternoon U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will host a consumer financial fraud summit (agenda) at Georgetown Law School near Union Station bringing together enforcers from the DOJ, FTC, state agencies and consumer groups. I'll be on a panel discussing business opportunity frauds. Other panels will be on elder fraud and tax scams. The event is free and open to the public and will be webcast.

More details from the agenda: 

Consumer Protection Working Group Hosts Summit to Inform and Empower Consumers

           WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder, and Consumer Protection Working Group Co-chairs Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California André Birotte, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection for the Federal Trade Commission David Vladeck, and Director of Enforcement for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Kent Markus will deliver remarks at the Consumer Protection Summit hosted by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Consumer Protection Working Group, TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012, at 2:15 p.m. EST.

           Following the remarks will be three sessions on consumer protection. The first (at 230pm) will focus on fraud on the elderly, and will be moderated by Director of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch Michael Blume. The second presentation (at 320pm)  will focus on common tax scams and will be presented by Civil-Criminal Coordinator for the Tax Division Carol Ide and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Director of Operations Sallie Cooper. The last panel (at 340pm) will highlight business opportunity scams, and will be moderated by the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Deputy Director Charles Harwood.

WHERE:
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F St., N.W.
Washington, D.C.
OPEN PRESS

Priority Action

The overuse of antibiotics on factory farms is threatening the effectiveness of lifesaving antibiotics. Call on the Obama administration to put an end to the worst practices.

Support Us

Your donation supports U.S. PIRG’s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.

Consumer Alerts

Join our network and stay up to date on our campaigns, get important consumer updates and take action on critical issues.