Carr: Georgia Leads States in Reaching Settlement with Equifax, Secures $425M in Consumer Restitution

Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that a coalition of 50 attorneys general, including 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into the 2017 data breach. Georgia played a leading role in this investigation which found that Equifax’s failure to maintain a reasonable security system enabled hackers to penetrate its systems, exposing the data of 56 percent of American adults—the largest-ever breach of consumer data. The attorneys general secured a settlement with Equifax that includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million, a $175 million payment to the states and injunctive relief, which also includes a significant financial commitment. This is the largest data breach enforcement action in history.

Carr: Illegal Credit Repair Operation to Pay $1M Penalty

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today announced a $1.75 million settlement with Financial Education Services, Inc. (FES) and its owners Michael Toloff and Parimal Naik, alleging that they violated the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act by operating an illegal credit repair business and using unlawful and deceptive practices in their multi-level marketing structure.

Carr Announces Prosecutor to Lead Human Trafficking Unit

ATLANTA, GA - Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that Cobb County Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Hannah Palmquist has been hired to lead the Georgia Department of Law’s newly-created Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit – effective July 1, 2019. 

Carr Announces $4.1 Million in Debt Relief for Hundreds of Former Georgia ITT Tech Students

ATLANTA, GA - Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that Georgia has secured an agreement to obtain $4,171,314.43 in debt relief for 471 former ITT Tech students in Georgia as part of a multistate settlement. Together, attorneys general from 43 states and the District of Columbia participated in this multistate settlement. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for 18,664 former ITT students. The settlement is with Student CU Connect CUSO, LLC (“CUSO”), which offered loans to finance students’ tuition at ITT Tech, the failed for-profit college. ITT filed bankruptcy in 2016 amid investigations by state attorneys general and following action by the U.S. Department of Education to restrict ITT’s access to federal student aid. The CUSO loan program originated approximately $189 million in student loans to ITT students between 2009 and 2011.

Carr: U.S. Supreme Court Rules World War I Veterans Memorial Cross Can Stay

ATLANTA, GA - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the presence of a World War I memorial cross on public land in Maryland does not violate the Establishment Clause, and that in fact, destroying the nearly century-old memorial “would not be neutral and would not further the ideals of respect and tolerance embodied in the First Amendment.” This ruling impacts monuments all across the nation – including a 12-foot cross dedicated to a messenger who fell while delivering a message between Union generals found along the trail of the Chickamauga Battlefield in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and a stone cross honoring Georgia’s own World War I veterans that sits on a median between two streets in Augusta, Georgia.

Marion Wilson Jr. Executed This Evening for Murder

The lawfully ordered execution of Marion Wilson, Jr. for the 1996 murder of Donovan Corey Parks was carried out this evening at 9:52 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Georgia. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Wilson’s request for a stay of execution.

AG, GBI and PAC Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The Office of the Attorney General, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia (PAC) are joining together to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is a tragic and evolving problem in our state and these groups are working closely together to go after those who seek to perpetrate crimes against our at-risk adults.

Execution Date Set for Marion Wilson Jr., Convicted of Murder

ATLANTA, GA – An execution date for Marion Wilson, Jr. has been set for June 20, 2019. Attorney General Chris Carr offers the following information in the case against Wilson for the 1996 murder of Donovan Corey Parks.

Carr Calls for Automatic Discharges of Student Loans for Disabled Veterans

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today joined a group of 51 Attorneys General in urging the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to automatically forgive the student loans of veterans who became totally and permanently disabled in connection with their military service. The bipartisan coalition issued its letter as the country prepares to honor fallen troops on Memorial Day. 

Private Company Named “Federal Safety Compliance Center, Inc.” to Pay Restitution over Allegations of Illegal OSHA Poster Sales

Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that Federal Safety Compliance Center, Inc. (“FSCC”) and its owner, Samantha Cherry, have entered into a settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act through deceptive marketing and sales of Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) workplace posters.