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Attorney General’s Complaint Form for Live Nation and Ticketmaster Investigation

Date
May 23, 2024

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is investigating Live Nation and Ticketmaster for maintaining a monopoly and stifling competition in the ticketing industry. If you have a complaint about high ticket prices, excessive fees or poor service provided by Live Nation or Ticketmaster, please complete the below complaint form.

Click here to fill out a complaint form.

St. George Resident Arrested for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material & Voyeurism

Date
May 22, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Christopher Newhall, 38, of St. George, Vermont, was arraigned today on three felony counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material, two felony counts of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance, and two misdemeanor counts of Voyeurism. The charges brought against Mr.

Milton Resident Arrested for Voyeurism

Date
May 21, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Jason Heath, 53, of Milton, Vermont, was arraigned today on one misdemeanor count of Voyeurism. The charge brought against the defendant is the result of a criminal investigation conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), Homeland Security Investigations, and the Milton Police Department.

New York Resident Sentenced to Jail for Heroin Possession in Decade-Old Case

Date
May 17, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Maleek S. Drummond, 43, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced today in Vermont Superior Court, Addison County, Criminal Division, after pleading guilty to one felony charge of Possession of Heroin of 2 grams or more. The Court, Judge John W. Valente presiding, sentenced the defendant according to the parties’ plea agreement to serve a sentence of 10 to 11 months of incarceration.

Burlington Resident Arrested for Attempted Luring a Child

Date
May 16, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Robert Charbonneau, 50, of Burlington, Vermont, was arraigned today on one felony count of Luring a Child. The charge brought against the defendant is the result of an undercover criminal investigation conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC) and the Hartford Police Department during which Mr. Charbonneau initiated contact online via Kik messenger with a Hartford Investigator posing as a 14-year-old minor.

Attorney General Clark Thanks Legislature for Explicitly Criminalizing Nonconsensual ‘Deepfake’ Pornography

Date
May 14, 2024

Attorney General Charity Clark today thanked the Legislature for explicitly codifying the crime of nonconsensual “deepfake” pornography. The change, contained in bill H.878, was added to Vermont’s Revenge Porn Statute and will be making its way to the Governor’s desk. Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to alter photos, videos, or audio to make it look like someone is doing something they are not. Sometimes, so-called “nudification” apps are used to create deepfakes.

Fairfax Resident Arrested for Luring Children

Date
May 9, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Nicholas Badger, 20, of Fairfax, Vermont, was arraigned today on four felony counts of Luring a Child, and one felony count of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance. The charges brought against the defendant are the result of a criminal investigation, conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC) and the Essex Police Department, and including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.

Vermont to Receive $67,000 from Settlement with Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T

Date
May 9, 2024

Attorney General Charity Clark today announced Vermont’s participation in a multistate settlement with a coalition of wireless carriers AT&T Mobility, Cricket Wireless, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and TracFone Wireless, Inc. The settlement resolves investigations into deceptive and misleading advertising practices. Vermont will receive $67,237 through this settlement and, nationwide, 50 jurisdictions will receive a total of $10.25 million.

Attorney General Clark Recognizes National Small Business Week

Date
May 3, 2024

As National Small Business Week comes to a close, Attorney General Charity Clark is reminding Vermont’s small businesses of the resources available through her office. Vermont businesses are covered by our state’s consumer protection laws, and the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) can be a helpful resource available to businesses. Through CAP’s free complaint mediation service, the office can help businesses resolve consumer issues. CAP’s Small Business Advocate can also help businesses respond to scams and navigate government programs.

Attorney General Clark Announces $24 Million from Ongoing Settlement with Tobacco Manufacturers

Date
May 1, 2024

Attorney General Charity Clark today announced that Vermont received $24,885,098.40 from tobacco manufacturers under the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Annually, Vermont receives monies from tobacco manufacturers from the MSA, which resolved the State’s lawsuit filed in the 1990’s. The settlement funds are credited to the State’s Tobacco Fund, and the legislature determines how they are spent.

Attorney General Clark Announces ‘Winner’ of Fourth Annual Earth Day Essay Challenge

Date
April 22, 2024

In celebration of Earth Day, Attorney General Charity Clark today announced the conclusion of the fourth annual Earth Day Essay Challenge for Vermont’s fifth and sixth graders. The annual event began in 2021 with the Attorney General’s Office inviting students to submit essays on the environment and Earth Day. This year’s essay challenge began in February and ran through mid-April.

Rutland Resident Arrested for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Materials

Date
April 12, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Edward A. Curran, 39, of Rutland, Vermont, was arraigned today on five felony counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material. The charges brought against Mr. Curran are the result of a criminal investigation, including the execution of a residential search warrant, conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.

South Burlington Man Sentenced to Probation

Date
April 2, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Quang Le, 60of South Burlington, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday in Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Criminal Division, after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of Disturbing the Peace by Use of Telephone or Other Electronic Communications. The Court, Hon. Kevin Griffin presiding, sentenced the defendant by agreement to a 10-year term of probation with conditions that restrict his access to the internet and contact with minors.

Addison County Resident Arrested for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

Date
April 1, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Robert E. Bowdish, 77, of Weybridge, Vermont, was arraigned today on seven felony and two misdemeanor counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material. The charges brought against Mr. Bowdish are the result of a criminal investigation, including the execution of search warrants conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), which included personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and Vermont State Police.

Bennington County Resident Arrested for Prescription Fraud

Date
March 18, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Dr. Catherine A. Cech, 64, of Arlington, Vermont, was arraigned today on one felony count of Prescription Fraud. The charge brought against Dr. Cech is the result of an investigation, including the issuance of subpoenas and interviews conducted by the Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Vermont Joins Lawsuit Against Amazon for Illegally Maintaining Monopoly Power

Date
March 15, 2024

Vermont has joined the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its state partners in the lawsuit against Amazon.com. The lawsuit, which was initially filed in September 2023 and yesterday amended to include Vermont, alleges that the online retail and technology company is a monopolist that uses a set of interlocking anticompetitive and unfair strategies to illegally maintain its monopoly power.

Windsor County Resident Arrested For Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

Date
March 15, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Paul Frasca, 58, of Chester, Vermont was arraigned today on seven felony counts of possession of child sexual abuse material. The charges brought against Mr. Frasca are the result of a criminal investigation, including the execution of search warrants conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), and included personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Hartford Police Department, and Chester Police Department.

Sex Offender Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Aggravated Sexual Assault on a Child and Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

Date
February 29, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Edwin Read, 31, formerly of Royalton and Barre, Vermont, was sentenced today in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division, after previously pleading guilty to one count of felony Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, one count of felony Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material  – Second Offense, one count of misdemeanor Failure to Comply with Sex Offender Registry, and one count of misdemeanor Unlawful Mischief. Mr.

Attorney General Clark Announces Fourth Annual Earth Day Essay Challenge

Date
February 27, 2024

Essay Challenge for Vermont’s 5th and 6th Graders

Attorney General Charity Clark wants to hear young Vermonters’ thoughts on the future of environmental advocacy. For the fourth year in a row, the Attorney General’s Office is holding an Earth Day Essay Challenge for fifth and sixth graders to submit essays on the environment.

Attorney General Clark Leads Coalition in Asking EPA to ‘Pump the Breaks’ on Vehicle Emissions Settlement

Date
February 21, 2024

Attorney General Charity Clark has led a coalition of state Attorneys General in filing public comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) latest vehicle emissions settlement regarding “defeat devices” installed in a group of RAM truck models. These devices cause the vehicles to emit much higher levels of air pollution than permitted by the State’s vehicle emissions regulations, giving rise to a series of consumer and environmental claims against the manufacturer, Cummins Inc. The EPA’s $1.5 billion proposed settlement with Cummins Inc.

Waterbury Resident Arrested for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

Date
February 8, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Christopher Camp, 32, of Waterbury, Vermont was arraigned on six felony counts and one misdemeanor count of possession of child sexual abuse materials. The charges brought against Mr. Camp are the result of a criminal investigation conducted by the Vermont State Police (VSP) and Vermont’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), which includes personnel from the Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.

Attorney General’s Office Sues Logger for Consumer Fraud

Date
February 5, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit to hold a logging business accountable for violations of the Vermont Consumer Protection Act. The Attorney General’s Office alleges that Codling Brothers Logging and David, Joe, and Paul Codling have conducted fraudulent business practices in logging in the State of Vermont. In the Complaint, the State alleges that the Codling Brothers used unfair and deceptive practices with at least five Vermont landowners.

Manchester Resident Arrested for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

Date
February 2, 2024

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Michael Holden, 35, of Manchester, Vermont, was arraigned today on six felony counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material – Second Offense. The charges brought against the defendant are the result of an investigation conducted by the Bennington Probation & Parole Office and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office.

Attorney General Clark Announces Vermont Will Receive $1 Million in Settlement with Marketing Firm Publicis Over Role in Opioid Epidemic

Date
February 1, 2024

Attorney General Charity Clark today announced that Vermont will receive $1,079,000 as its share of a $350 million national settlement with Publicis Health to resolve investigations into the global marketing and communications firm’s role in the prescription opioid crisis. In agreeing to the terms of the settlement, Publicis recognized the harm its conduct caused.

Attorney General Clark Recognizes “Data Privacy Day,” Joins Legislative Leaders in Promoting Data Privacy Bill

Date
January 26, 2024

Attorney General Charity Clark announced the January 28, 2024 celebration of Data Privacy Day, an international effort to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. She praised legislative leaders for taking up H.121, a comprehensive data privacy bill, initially spearheaded by her office. H.121 will codify every Vermonter’s right to control the buying, selling, and processing of their personal data, including biometric data.

State Reaches $2.3 Million Settlement to Fund Investigation and Remediation of Former Dry Cleaner Property in Hartford

Date
January 22, 2024

Attorney General Charity Clark today announced a $2,350,733 settlement with the estate of a former owner of a dry cleaner site, resolving over a decade of litigation with the State. The settlement resolves claims brought by the Attorney General’s Office on behalf of the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) for remediation of hazardous materials emanating from a former dry cleaner site at 7 Union Street in Hartford, Vermont.

Attorney General Clark Releases Top 10 Scams of 2023

Date
January 11, 2024

Scam reports to the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) totaled 3,212 in 2023. The “computer tech support” scam took the number one spot on the list, totaling almost 25 percent of the top scams reported. Phishing scams involving financial institutions, where a scammer tries to lure victims into clicking malicious links or tricking them into providing sensitive information which can be used to steal money, took the number two spot, accounting for a little more than 11 percent of the top scam reports in 2023.

Attorney General Clark Announces Environmental Highlights of 2023

Date
January 9, 2024

Attorney General Charity Clark today announced highlights from the Office’s Environmental Protection Unit during her first year in office.

“Vermont’s natural environment and natural resources are part of who we are as a state. I am proud of my office’s role in upholding Vermont’s environmental laws and protecting our environment for future generations,” said Attorney General Clark.

Fair Haven Police Detective Will Not Be Prosecuted for Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

Date
December 22, 2023

The Attorney General’s Office today announced the conclusion of their independent review of the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on June 19, 2023, in Fair Haven, Vermont. Attorney General Charity Clark has declined to prosecute Fair Haven Police Detective Shaun Hewitt for charges related to the use of deadly force in a shooting incident involving Kenneth Barber, Jr. The Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office also declined to prosecute the case after completing its own independent review. 

Gurung Sentenced for First-Degree Murder and Attempted Second-Degree Murder

Date
December 20, 2023

The Attorney General’s Office today announced that Aita Gurung, 40, has been sentenced to 35 years to life, with 27 years to serve, for the murder of Yogeswari Khadka, and 20 years to life, to run concurrently, for the attempted murder of Tulasa Rimal. Mr. Gurung was found guilty of the charges by a jury on November 3, 2022, following a four-week trial. The Court, Judge John Pacht presiding, sentenced Mr. Gurung following a two-day hearing.

Attorney General’s Office Resolves Allegations of Neglect and Fraud Against Green Mountain Support Services

Date
December 15, 2023

Attorney General Charity Clark today announced that her office’s Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit (MFRAU) has entered into a civil settlement with Green Mountain Support Services (GMSS), a state-designated special service agency that provides crucial support to developmentally disabled Vermont Medicaid recipients.

Montpelier Resident Arrested for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

Date
December 14, 2023

The Attorney General’s Office announced that Jeffrey Coolidge, 58, of Montpelier, Vermont, was arraigned today on two charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. The charges brought against the defendant are the result of a criminal investigation, including the execution of a residential search warrant, conducted by the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (VT-ICAC), including personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, and Montpelier Police Department.

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