Attorney General Chris Carr Provides Update on Fight Against Robocalls

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr, today released an update on telecom companies’ progress in implementing the Anti-Robocall Principles he signed onto in 2019. Since September 2019, companies that agreed to these Principles have identified more than 52 billion spam or spoofed numbers calls, authenticated the caller ID numbers of hundreds of billions of calls, and blocked more than 32.5 billion spam, spoofed, or illegal calls. There is more work to do, however. Already this year, 391,453 Americans have filed reports with the FTC about robocalls, reporting totals of at least $356 million in losses. These numbers underscore the need to continue to fight back against the scourge of robocalls.

Carr: Georgia Doctor indicted in Hall County, charged with one count of Medicaid Fraud and one count of False Statements

ATLANTA, GA – The Office of the Attorney General today announced that the office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has indicted Dr. Guy Jordan for Medicaid Fraud and for False Statements.  The Hall County Grand Jury returned the indictment on September 15, 2021.

Carr: Coalition Voices Opposition to Biden Administration’s Illegal and Counterproductive Private Sector Employer Vaccine Mandates

Atlanta, GA - In a letter to President Joe Biden, Attorney General Chris Carr, along with 23 other state attorneys general, voiced opposition to the announcement that the Department of Labor, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”) will mandate that most private sector employees would be required by their employer to get a COVID-19 shot, submit to weekly testing, or be fired.

CONSUMER ALERT:  New Twist on Grandparent Scam

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is warning Georgians about the latest version of the grandparent scam. The scam still starts with a phone call from someone pretending to be your grandchild, one of his/her friends, a lawyer or a law enforcement officer. The caller then describes an urgent scenario requiring that thousands of dollars be sent immediately, e.g. your grandchild will go to jail if you don’t send bail money or he or she became ill while traveling in a foreign country and needs money to come home.

Carr: Human Trafficking Unit Indicts Two Individuals on Charges of Human Trafficking, Aggravated Child Molestation, Statutory Rape, and Cruelty to Children

ATLANTA, GA —Attorney General Chris Carr today announced that the office’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit has indicted two individuals on an indictment including charges of human trafficking, aggravated child molestation, statutory rape, and cruelty to children.  A Clayton County Grand Jury returned the indictment on September 14, 2021.

Attorney General Carr Joined 15-State Amicus Brief Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Allow Virginia Church to Define Its Religious Beliefs  

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr joined a 15-state coalition led by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the First Amendment right of a Virginia church to define who is a minister under its own religious doctrine. New Life in Christ Church is seeking Supreme Court review of a recent ruling by a Virginia state court that denied a tax exemption to the church’s parsonage based on the government’s interpretation of the church’s religious doctrine.

Carr Announces Indictment of Chattahoochee Circuit District Attorney Mark Preston Jones in Muscogee County on Various Felony Charges

ATLANTA, GA —Attorney General Chris Carr today announced the indictment of Chattahoochee Circuit District Attorney Mark Preston Jones on charges of 2 counts of Influencing Witnesses, 2 Counts of Bribery, 2 counts of Violation of Oath by Public Officer, 2 counts of Attempted Violation of Oath by Public Officer, and 1 count of Attempted Subornation of Perjury.  As alleged in the indictment, these charges are all alleged to have occurred in the course of Jones’ employment as the District Attorney.

Carr Joins 17 States in Supreme Court Brief Supporting Religious Charity’s Right to Hire People Who Share Its Faith

ATLANTA, GA— Attorney General Chris Carr joined 17 states Thursday in filing a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court to support the First Amendment rights of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.  The Mission is seeking Supreme Court review of a recent ruling by the Washington State Supreme Court that denied the faith-based charity’s First Amendment right to hire employees who share its faith.

 

Carr Warns of Fake Change-of-Address Websites

ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr is cautioning Georgians who are planning a move to look out for fake change-of-address websites.

Carr Announces Indictment of former Brunswick DA for Violation of Oath of Public Officer and Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer

ATLANTA, GA —Attorney General Chris Carr today announced the indictment of former District Attorney Jackie Johnson on charges of Violation of Oath of Public Officer and Obstruction of a Police Officer. As alleged in the indictment, these charges are related to the investigation surrounding the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.