Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General's Disaster Fraud Task Force Aids Storm-damaged Communities, Consumers

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 07, 2012  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway and officials with Kentucky Emergency Management are encouraging storm-damaged communities to implement the Attorney General's Disaster Fraud Task Force and Contractor Registration program to deter fly-by-night contractors from preying on storm victims.

"Our Disaster Fraud Task Force alerts potential victims to the possibility of fraud and lets storm chasers and fly-by-night contractors know that crimes against disaster victims will not be tolerated in Kentucky," General Conway said. "The task force also helps communities establish a contractor registration program to combat fraudulent contracting."

The Attorney General's Disaster Fraud Task Force recommends that a registration mechanism be set up to identify and require the registration of potential contractors. The program prevents fraudulent contracting by:

  • Requiring all potential contractors to submit to register and provide identifying information.
  • Requiring all contractors to display registration certificates at work sites.
  • Publicizing program requirements to alert consumers to demand only registered contractors.

The Disaster Fraud Task Force provides local communities with sample documentation, including certificates, registration forms, ordinances and consumer flyers. If requested, the Attorney General's office will also provide staff to assist in implementing the program.

Kentucky Emergency Management distributed information about the availability of the task force and contractor registration program to local officials and emergency responders across Kentucky following the heavy storms and deadly tornadoes that struck Kentucky on March 3.

"I commend the Attorney General's swift action to help prevent fraud. Our citizens have suffered so much and are vulnerable, as it is," Kentucky Emergency Management Director, John Heltzel said. "Hopefully this action will curtail criminal fraud and punish those attempting to take advantage of a terrible situation".

Disaster Fraud Hotline

Consumers and officials are encouraged to report suspicious contractors or price gouging by calling the Attorney General's Disaster Fraud Hotline at 1-855-450-5645 or emailing their complaints to disasterscams@ag.ky.gov

Information on the disaster recovery, relief efforts, safety tips and other important information is available at www.kyem.ky.gov

The Commonwealth Joint Information Center is available for media inquiries from 7:30 a.m. ET to 11:00 p.m. ET, until further notice.