Department of Financial Institutions - All Headlines

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  • Consumers Should Use Caution at ATMs, Gas Pumps
    Monday, November 16, 2015
    It’s a common practice today to use a credit or debit card to purchase gas or withdraw money from an Automated Teller Machine or ATM. But beware; criminals may have installed devices called skimmers to steal consumer information that results in unauthorized account access.
  • Beware the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Investing
    Friday, November 13, 2015
    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) today issued an advisory reminding investors to be cautious when considering investing in three products recently making news: marijuana-related investments, binary options and digital currency. The advisory, located at http://kfi.ky.gov, includes information on each of these products, including their risks.
  • Hopkinsville-Area Seniors Get Information at Scam Jam
    Thursday, October 15, 2015
    More than 85 seniors from five Kentucky counties and also Tennessee learned how to recognize and avoid financial fraud at a Senior Scam Jam seminar today.
  • Financial Institutions Board to Hold Annual Meeting
    Wednesday, October 07, 2015
    The Board of the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown. The board will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time in the Great Hall.
  • Seniors Invited to Free Fraud Prevention Event in Hopkinsville on Oct. 15
    Friday, October 02, 2015
    Hopkinsville-area seniors are invited to the Senior Scam Jam, a free workshop in Hopkinsville to learn how to protect themselves from financial fraud and scams. The event is being held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. Register now by calling 800-223-2579 or sign up online at http://kfi.ky.gov/public/Pages/scam.aspx.
  • New Report Details Community Bank Challenges
    Thursday, October 01, 2015
    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) joins other state bank regulators, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors and the Federal Reserve System to announce the release of Community Banking in the 21st Century, a new report that details conditions facing today’s community bankers. Competition and the economy continue to be concerns for Kentucky bankers. The report can be found at https://www.communitybanking.org/.
  • California Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme in Kentucky
    Thursday, October 01, 2015
    On Sept. 8, a federal judge sentenced a California man to 13 years in federal prison for his role in an oil investment scheme in Kentucky that defrauded over 200 investors, nationwide, out of more than $3 million. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove sentenced Henry Irving Ramer, 76, for mail fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy to launder money.
  • DFI Reports a Successful Year
    Thursday, October 01, 2015
    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) released its 2014 Annual Report. In addition to summarizing the status of state-chartered banks, credit unions, lenders and investment firms in Kentucky, the report also highlights thoughts from DFI employees on the importance of financial services industry regulation and why they value working at DFI.
  • Prestonsburg-Area Seniors Invited to Free Fraud Prevention Event
    Friday, August 21, 2015
    Area seniors are invited to Senior Scam Jam, a free workshop in Prestonsburg to learn how to protect themselves from financial fraud and scams. The event is being held from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20. Registered participants will be provided with lunch, take-home materials and a chance to win door prizes. Topics include cybercrime, mail fraud, reverse mortgages, identity theft, medicare fraud and investment fraud.
  • Prestonsburg-Area Seniors Get Information at Scam Jam
    Thursday, August 20, 2015
    More than 50 seniors from Floyd and Johnson counties learned how to recognize and avoid investment fraud at a Senior Scam Jam seminar today. The Senior Scam Jam is designed to raise awareness about the techniques con artists use, so seniors can recognize the tactics and protect themselves from fraud.
  • Cincinnati Man Sentenced to Three Years Imprisonment For His Role in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme in Kentucky
    Tuesday, July 21, 2015
    A Cincinnati man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to his role in a Kentucky oil investment scheme that defrauded over 200 victims nationwide out of more than $3,000,000. Sentenced for mail fraud, Michael Hicks opened bank accounts, cashed investor checks and mailed money to his co-defendants in California. He is the first of our defendants in this case to be sentenced. The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) assisted in the investigation. The Office of the U.S. Attorney prosecuted the case.
  • California Man Convicted for Role in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme in Kentucky
    Monday, May 18, 2015
    A federal jury in Frankfort, Ky., convicted Henry Irving Ramer, of Encino, Calif., for his role in an oil investment scheme in Kentucky that defrauded over 200 investors, nationwide, out of more than $3 million.
  • Seniors Get Information at Bowling Green Scam Jam
    Thursday, April 30, 2015
    An estimated 120 Bowling Green-area seniors learned how to recognize and avoid investment and financial fraud at a Senior Scam Jam seminar today.
  • Seniors Invited to Free Fraud Prevention Event April 30 in Bowling Green
    Monday, April 20, 2015
    Bowling Green area seniors are invited to a free workshop to learn how to protect themselves from financial fraud and scams. Participants who register at http://www.kfi.ky.gov/public/Pages/scam.aspx or by calling 800-223-2579 will be provided with lunch, take-home materials and a chance to win door prizes. Topics include: cybercrime, mail fraud, reverse mortgages, identity theft, Medicare fraud and investment fraud.
  • DFI Activities Promote Financial Literacy in April
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    To celebrate Gov. Steve Beshear’s proclamation that April is Financial Literacy Month, the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) will host free public educational events and other activities all month. “DFI believes strongly that financial literacy – the ability to manage financial resources effectively – is important for all ages,” said DFI Deputy Commissioner Marty Hammons. “That’s why our activities this April offer something for everyone in the Commonwealth, from elementary school presentations to adult learning workshops at libraries to a fraud prevention event for senior citizens.”
  • Local Oil Operator Admits Role In Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme
    Tuesday, March 10, 2015
    A central Kentucky oil operator has admitted to his role in a scheme that defrauded investors nationwide out of millions of dollars. On March 3, Mark Cornell pleaded guilty to securities fraud before U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove. The investigation started when investors submitted complaints to the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions, Division of Securities, an agency that helped investigate the case.
  • Judge Orders Salyersville Man, Woman to Repay Investors More Than $1.3 Million in Securities Fraud Case
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced restitution of more than $1.3 million was ordered to be paid to five victims in a securities fraud case in Magoffin County.
  • California Man Convicted of Running Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme in Kentucky
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    A federal jury convicted a California man of running a bogus oil production enterprise in Kentucky that defrauded investors, nationwide, out of millions of dollars. The jury convicted John G. Westine, Jr., 69, for 26 counts of mail fraud and one count each of conspiracy to launder funds and securities fraud.
  • Members Heritage Becomes State-Chartered Credit Union
    Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) today announced that, effective Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, Members Heritage Credit Union Inc. – formerly Members Heritage Federal Credit Union – will switch to a state charter.
  • DFI Provides Cyber Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers
    Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, ’tis the season for spending – and surveys show that more than half of shoppers plan to shop online this holiday season. The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and its Financial Cybercrime Task Force of Kentucky are warning consumers to beware of the ever-growing variety of scams that target online shoppers and email users.
  • Department of Financial Institutions Warns of Affinity Fraud
    Monday, November 24, 2014
    Today, the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) issued a warning regarding affinity fraud. Affinity fraud is a technique used by fraudsters to obtain the trust of an individual or a group of people under the perception of sharing common interests, religious beliefs or background. Once the trust is obtained, he or she uses it to exploit members of the specific group in an investment scam.
  • DFI Secures Guilty Pleas in Fraudulent Gas Investment Case
    Friday, November 21, 2014
    The new Prosecution Assistance Unit of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) secured two guilty pleas in Magoffin Circuit Court Thursday. This is the first case where DFI employees were appointed as assistant commonwealth’s attorneys and could prosecute.
  • DFI urges investors to check out sellers, products
    Thursday, November 20, 2014
    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) urges investors to verify the license/registration of their broker or adviser, as well as the investment products being sold.
  • Financial Institutions Board to Hold Annual Meeting
    Friday, October 17, 2014
    The Board of the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) will meet on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown.
  • Beware of ‘Shellshock’ Phishing, Apply Patches to Software
    Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    Today the Financial Cybercrime Task Force of Kentucky – a work group of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) – alerted the financial services industry about a software vulnerability known as “Shellshock.” The Task Force also urges businesses and consumers to apply patches to software as they become available and to be wary of phishing attempts.
  • Bankers Offer Insight on Changing Regulatory Environment
    Thursday, September 25, 2014
    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) joins other state bank regulators and the Federal Reserve System to release Community Banking in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives, a report that details conditions facing today’s community bankers. The report can be found at http://www.stlouisfed.org/CBRC2014/town-hall.pdf.
  • Owner of Bankrupt Young Oil Company Sentenced to 33 Months
    Thursday, August 21, 2014
    The owner of bankrupt Young Oil Company was sentenced to 33 months in prison today, by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell, for charges included in three separate indictments including failure to file an income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service, mail fraud in connection with the solicitation of investor funds for oil drilling partnerships, securities fraud, submitting false statements for the purchase of a firearm, and for the illegal possession of a firearm by a person addicted to controlled substances announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
  • Maysville Seniors Invited to Free Fraud Prevention Event in June
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 9, 2014) –Senior citizens from Maysville and the surrounding area are invited to a FREE workshop on Thursday, June 19, to learn how to protect themselves from investment fraud, lending fraud, mail fraud, identity theft and scams that target seniors. Participants who register by calling 800-223-2579 will be provided with lunch, take-home materials and a chance to win door prizes.