Charges: Man Stole Hundreds Of Thousands From Ill GrandmaA White Bear Lake man was charged Tuesday with stealing thousands of dollars from his grandmother after relatives contacted police with suspicions of fraud. The Minnesota Department of Commerce says Dennis Lee Olson, 42, is charged with theft by swindle from Betty Jane Braun between 2008 and 2013, when she passed away.
Fmr. Viking Accused Of Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi SchemeTwo Minnesota men, including a former Minnesota Vikings tight end, are charged with running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of millions of dollars. The U.S. Attorney's office says 66-year-old Stu Voigt and 61-year-old Jeffery Gardner face several criminal charges in connection to a real estate scheme between 2005 and 2007.
300,000 Minnesotans Reportedly Affected By Anthem Data BreachThe Minnesota Department of Commerce says that health insurer Anthem, Inc. has reported that the social security numbers of more than 200,000 Minnesotans and the personal information of another 100,000 have been compromised.
Farmington Couple Charged In ‘American Girl’ SwindleA Farmington couple face felony theft by swindle charges after buying discounted American Girl merchandise from an online retailer, then fraudulently returning the items at the Mall of American for a full refund. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says Jennifer Jo Cho, 37, and Henry Lim Cho, 34, returned over 134 items without a receipt to the American Girl store at the Mall of America – reaping $5,374 in the process.
U Of M Hosts 4th Annual Cyber Security SummitCyber security experts are calling the last twelve months "the year of the large scale breach." With companies like Target and Home Depot being hacked, leaders in the business and technology communities are teaming up to end cyber security crime.
Mpls. Couple Has Insurance Warning For HomeownersA Twin Cities couple calls their experience with an insurance company a lesson that all homeowners should learn. David Hettlinger and his wife are still trying to recover from a storm two summers ago.
Legislature Sends Heating Aid Bill To Dayton A sudden vote Thursday left a bill containing $20 million in emergency heating assistance one step from Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who could have it on his desk by day's end. The Senate voted 65-0 to send a revised measure back to the House.
Minn. Sues BP For $25M For Cleanup Of Leaky TanksThe state of Minnesota is suing British Petroleum for $25 million, alleging the company double dipped when it sought state funds on top of insurance payments to clean up contamination from leaking petroleum storage tanks. The Department of Commerce and Minnesota's Petrofund Board filed the suit Monday. It alleges that from 1988 to 2012, BP received hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance claims to clean up polluted properties statewide.
Reality Check: Gov's Decision To Continue MNsure EnrollmentMinnesota has rejected President Obama's offer to delay some canceled insurance policies for a year under the new health law. The President was trying to make good on a promise that "if you like your policy, you can keep it." Now, millions are finding themselves in limbo, including here in Minnesota.
Commissioner: MNsure Plans Boast Lowest Avg. Rates In U.S. Minnesotans learned on Friday how much they can expect to pay for health insurance on the state's new online exchange, and the numbers suggest Minnesota will have the lowest average rates in the country with the plan. On Friday, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman revealed the individual policy premium rates. MNSure is part of the new federal health care law that requires insurance by January 1, 2014.
Deserted Collectables, Coins Up For Minn. Auction Autographed baseball cards, other sports memorabilia, rare coins, notable artwork and vintage jewelry taken from abandoned safe-deposit boxes are up for grabs at an auction being staged by the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
Minn. Commerce Dept. Holds ‘Listening’ Session To Discuss Health Insurance ChangesThe Minnesota Department of Commerce held a "listening" session Monday for people who will have to change their health insurance coverage when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on Oct. 1. The video conference included questions from a number of people from 38 counties in the state. Tim Vande Hey is the deputy commissioner of the Commerce Department’s insurance division.