Texas AG cracks down on Veterans Support Organization for deceptive marketing

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced today that Veterans Support Organization (VSO) and four of its principals (Richard Vanhouten, Michelle Vanhouten, Steven Casella and Robert Cruz) were charged with unlawfully soliciting charitable contributions and misrepresenting to Texas donors that the the money it raised would benefit local veterans in need. The state filed court documents alleging…

Texas Attorney General charges Austin-based contractor Castro Property Restoration with deceiving Texas homeowners

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recently charged an Austin-based construction contractor with deceiving Texas homeowners and falsely representing available funding sources for home repairs and restoration. The state’s enforcement action names Castro Property Restoration, its owner Victor James Castro and his business associate Allen Lloyd Kinman (aka Jonathan Allen and Ziggy Allen) as defendants. According to…

Texas AG slams cellphone crammers with a lawsuit

You know those text message services that offer horoscopes, celebrity gossip, ringtones and the like? Better beware. You could end up with unexpected charges “crammed” onto your cellphone bill. Fortunately, government and state agencies are onto the scheme. This week, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed an enforcement action  against four text-messaging content providers and their billing…

AG’s office files action to halt practices of Beaumont-area dating service

Restraining order and asset freeze names Matchmaker and Sagejax Inc. It hasn’t been long since BBB warned the public to watch out for dating scams. Now it seems the Attorney General’s office has been on the case, investigating a specialized dating service that  targeted senior citizens, disabled Texans and veterans–and falsely claimed to have Better Business…