The Indiana Attorney General is warning Hoosiers about a new phone scam where people claim to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service. More than two hundred Indiana residents have filed complaints in the last few weeks.
Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office says the scam has cost people $5 million nationwide this year alone.
Someone claiming to be from the IRS or the U.S. Treasury Department tells consumers they owe tax money and demands payment immediately, threatening to issue a warrant for their arrest otherwise.
Indiana will recoup nearly 40 percent of the money it lost this year in a dispute over a 1990s tobacco settlement. The money is used to help fund tobacco cessation programs, community health centers and the state’s children’s health insurance program.
Forty-six states reached a settlement with the four largest tobacco companies in 1998 that pays out more than $200 billion over 25 years. More than 40 other tobacco companies have since joined the settlement and part of the deal requires states to ensure those companies are paying the correct amounts into an escrow account.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Tuesday announced the creation of the Public Integrity Coalition, aimed at helping curb public corruption in Indiana.
Attorney General Zoeller describes his role in the coalition as a “force-multiplier,” facilitating efforts between groups such as the State Board of Accounts and the Association of Indiana Counties along with local government leaders to educate and train public officials and employees on best practices for handling taxpayer dollars.
Indiana’s attorney general will work with the state’s congressional delegation in the new year to try to secure more federal funding for police officers in schools. But some criminal justice advocates say hiring new school resource officers won’t necessarily make schools safer.