AG Jennings Announces $30-million Order Against Student Lender for Illegal Practices

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A Delaware bankruptcy court has approved a stipulated judgment that will require bankrupt student lender Prehired to provide over $30-million in relief to student borrowers nationwide. Delaware AG Kathy Jennings says Prehired made false promises of job placement, trapping students with income share loans that violated the law and resorted to abusive debt collection practices…

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Former Camden Mayor Accepts Plea Deal after Confrontation

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The now former mayor of Camden has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and hindering prosecution and no contest to offensive touching after a physical confrontation with two teens at a car wash owned by 41 year old Justin King. The confrontation occurred in late February when King confronted two 19 year olds who King claimed…

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Former DE Corrections Officer Indicted in Death of K9 Lux

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A former Delaware Correctional Officer and K-9 handler has been indicted on charges related to the death of 4-year old K-9 Lux. Officials in the Attorney General’s office say the DOJ’s Division of Civil Rights & Public Trust indicted 45 year old Darrel Wiley for leaving Lux confined and unattended in an official vehicle while…

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DOJ/Milton PD Looking for Assistance in Child Porn Case

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Milton Police and the Delaware Department of Justice need your help in the prosecution of a Sussex County pastor who is charged for soliciting child pornography. Officials indicted 62 year old Leonard Eley in November on one count each of sexual solicitation of a minor and theft by false pretenses and two counts of possession…

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DE AG’s Office Issues Cease & Desist Orders in ‘Pig Butchering Scam’

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The Attorney General’s office has issued a cease and desist order against 23 entities and individuals involved in a “pig butchering scam.” The AG’s office describes this as a cryptocurrency scam where victims are groomed over time to make investments using cryptocurrency only to find what they thought what was a safe investment was a…

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Magnolia Man Convicted of Serial Sexual Abuse of 2 Juveniles

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After one week of trial, a Kent County jury convicted a Magnolia man of 77 felony offenses in connection with the serial sexual abuse of two juvenile children. Richard Haines, 59, faces a 462-year minimum mandatory sentence and will be required to register as a Tier III sex offender.  “Nothing matters more than our kids,” said Attorney…

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Three Kent County Men Sentenced after Joint State/Federal Investigation

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Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced Friday that the Department of Justice secured drug and firearms sentences in February against three Kent County men who were arrested in connection with the joint state/federal Operation Rise-N-Shyne investigation. “Justice called for robust sentences in these cases,” said Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “Each of these defendants demonstrated a disturbing disregard for…

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DOJ makes $850 million available to public safety agencies amid coronavirus outbreak

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced that it is making $850 million available to help public safety agencies respond to the challenges posed by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump, will allow eligible state, local, and tribal governments to…

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UPDATED: Sussex Family Court to Reopen after Employee Became Ill

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UPDATED – 4:15pm – Precautionary measures have been lifted at the Family Court building in Georgetown after an employee fell ill Friday morning with symptoms consistent with coronavirus.  It has been determined that the employee did NOT have coronavirus.  The building was cleared and all court calendars suspended and employees were sent home while the…

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Delaware DOJ urges consumers to report price gouging

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Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings wants consumers to stay vigilant about businesses illegally raising prices to take advantage of the public’s anxiety during the State of Emergency over the coronavirus outbreak. “We will not tolerate preying on people’s fear and uncertainty in a public health emergency,” said Attorney General Jennings. “More than ever, we need…

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Delaware DOJ warns residents of coronavirus-related scams

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In light of ongoing developments related to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impact on financial markets, the Delaware Department of Justice’s Consumer and Investor Protection Units are reminding consumers and investors in Delaware to beware of con artists seeking to capitalize on fear and uncertainty. “Con artists see opportunity in people’s anxieties,” said…

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Bridgeville Man Sentenced for Murder

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A Bridgeville man has been sentenced in a May 2018 murder.  A jury found 30 year old McArthur Risper guilty last month in the murder of 41 year old Corey Bailey of Bridgeville.  Bailey was talking with a friend on Mill Park Drive when Risper got out of a car and shot him.  Risper has…

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Seaford Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Shooting Incident & Drugs

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A Seaford man arrested last July during a drug investigation in Bridgeville was found to be a fugitive wanted for a shooting incident on Park Avenue in Seaford in November of 2018.  Officials say 33 year old Teron West initially gave a false name when he was arrested in July when police discovered large quantities…

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Dewey Beach Police Officer Indicted by Grand Jury after August Incident

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The Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights & Public Trust announced Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted Dewey Beach police officer Gregory Lynch, Jr. in connection to an August 10 incident near Bellevue Road.  The DOJ alleges that police and EMTs were dispatched on August 10 to assist a victim who had lost…

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Lincoln Man Sentenced for Assault

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A Lincoln man faced 3 years in prison for assaulting a woman who was staying with him and his wife.  DOJ officials say 44 year old Toussaint Jones began arguing with the woman but then struck her in the face – causing a fracture.  Jones pleaded guilty to 2nd degree assault in August and was…

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Seaford Man Sentenced After Dragging Trooper During Traffic Stop

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A Seaford man who tried to avoid arrest by driving off from a traffic stop in June of 2018 with the trooper hanging onto his vehicle has been sentenced to 4 years in prison.  A trooper stopped 30 year old Brandon Showell for running a stop sign, but as the officer approached Showell’s SUV, Showell…

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Delaware to receive $1.3 million in settlement with Suboxone pharma distributor

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Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced that Delaware and other states have reached an agreement with pharmaceutical distributor Reckitt Benckiser Group (“Reckitt”) to settle allegations that the company, either directly or through a subsidiary, improperly marketed and otherwise promoted the drug Suboxone, resulting in improper expenditures of state Medicaid funds. Suboxone is a drug product…

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DOJ wants a specialized DUI court in Sussex County to deal with arrests

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The Delaware Department of Justice (DOJ) wants a specialized DUI court in Sussex County to deal with the “disproportionately and unacceptably high” rate of DUI arrests. DOJ prosecutors and department officials have been concerned that DUI arrests are disproportionately high in Sussex County compared to Kent and New Castle, which already have specialized DUI courts.…

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Laurel Man Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder

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A Laurel man has pleaded guilty in the death of another Laurel man in September of last year.  The body of 19 year old Isaac Hatton was found along side a pond near Portsville Road – he had been shot.  The investigation led Delaware State Police to 22 year old Traevon Dixon of Laurel and…

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