In times of financial calamity, fraudsters come out to take your last dollar. This afternoon U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will host a consumer financial fraud summit (agenda) at Georgetown Law School near Union Station bringing together enforcers from the DOJ, FTC, state agencies and consumer groups. I’ll be on a panel discussing business opportunity frauds. Other panels will be on elder fraud and tax scams. The event is free and open to the public and will be webcast.
More details from the agenda:
Consumer Protection Working Group Hosts Summit to Inform and Empower Consumers
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder, and Consumer Protection Working Group Co-chairs Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California André Birotte, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection for the Federal Trade Commission David Vladeck, and Director of Enforcement for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Kent Markus will deliver remarks at the Consumer Protection Summit hosted by the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force’s Consumer Protection Working Group, TOMORROW, FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012, at 2:15 p.m. EST.
Following the remarks will be three sessions on consumer protection. The first (at 230pm) will focus on fraud on the elderly, and will be moderated by Director of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch Michael Blume. The second presentation (at 320pm) will focus on common tax scams and will be presented by Civil-Criminal Coordinator for the Tax Division Carol Ide and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Director of Operations Sallie Cooper. The last panel (at 340pm) will highlight business opportunity scams, and will be moderated by the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Deputy Director Charles Harwood.
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F St., N.W.
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program, U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Ed oversees U.S. PIRG’s federal consumer program, helping to lead national efforts to improve consumer credit reporting laws, identity theft protections, product safety regulations and more. Ed is co-founder and continuing leader of the coalition, Americans For Financial Reform, which fought for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, including as its centerpiece the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He was awarded the Consumer Federation of America's Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award in 2006, Privacy International's Brandeis Award in 2003, and numerous annual "Top Lobbyist" awards from The Hill and other outlets. Ed lives in Virginia, and on weekends he enjoys biking with friends on the many local bicycle trails.