Attorney General Investigators Arrest Idaho Falls Men for Alleged Sexual Crimes against Children

Date: November 9, 2017

Attorney General Investigators Arrest Idaho Falls Men for Alleged Sexual Crimes against Children

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced investigators with his Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit arrested two Idaho Falls men Wednesday for alleged sexual crimes against children.

35-year-old Bryon Lee Moore and 33-year-old Brandon Jay Rydalch were booked into the Bonneville County Jail. Moore was arrested for alleged Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Lewd Conduct with a Minor Child Under 16. Rydalch was arrested for alleged Sexual Exploitation of a Child.

An investigation began in June 2017 when investigators discovered Moore allegedly downloading child pornography over peer-to-peer networks. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Moore’s Idaho Falls residence and executed the warrant Wednesday morning.

The ICAC Unit was assisted by the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children is encouraged to contact local police, the Attorney General’s ICAC Unit at 208-334-4527 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

The Attorney General’s ICAC Unit works with the Idaho ICAC Task Force, a coalition of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, to investigate and prosecute individuals who use the internet to criminally exploit children.

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Attorney General Lawrence Wasden Announces Idaho’s Participation in $220 Million Multistate Settlement with Deutsche Bank over LIBOR Manipulation

Date: October 25, 2017

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden Announces Idaho’s Participation in $220 Million Multistate Settlement with Deutsche Bank over LIBOR Manipulation

(BOISE) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden today announced a $220 million settlement with Deutsche Bank for its alleged fraudulent manipulation of LIBOR. LIBOR – an acronym for London Interbank Offered Rate – is a benchmark interest rate that affects financial instruments worth trillions of dollars and has a global impact on markets and consumers.

Affected governmental and non-profit entities will be notified if they are eligible to receive a distribution from a settlement fund of $213.35 million. The rest of the settlement funds will be used to pay costs and expenses of the investigation and for other uses consistent with states’ laws.

“The LIBOR manipulation represents one of the largest financial scandals ever,” Wasden said. “It hurt entities in Idaho, which affected taxpayers around the state. What Deutsche Bank did was very wrong, but this settlement is a step towards making amends for those transgressions.”

LIBOR is used to establish interest rates on all types of loans worldwide, which means the rate can impact municipal financial investments and bonds, adjustable rate loans, mortgages and student loans.

Forty-five state attorneys general participated in the investigation that revealed that Deutsche Bank manipulated LIBOR several ways. Bank employees improperly made internal requests for LIBOR submissions to benefit Deutsche Bank’s trading positions. They also attempted to influence other banks’ LIBOR submissions in a way meant to benefit Deutsche Bank’s trading positions. Employees also received communications from inter-dealer brokers and external traders attempting to influence Deutsche Bank’s LIBOR submissions. At times, Deutsche Bank LIBOR submitters and supervisors acknowledged the requests and indicated they would work to implement them.

Given this conduct, Deutsche Bank LIBOR submitters and management had strong reason to believe that Deutsche Bank’s and other banks’ LIBOR submissions did not reflect their true borrowing rates. They also had reason to think the LIBOR rates submitted by the banks did not reflect the actual borrowing costs of Deutsche Bank and other banks.

The investigation also revealed that Deutsche Bank employees did not disclose these facts to the governmental and non-profit entities with whom Deutsche Bank executed LIBOR-referenced transactions, even though these rates were key parts of the transactions. Government entities and non-profit organizations throughout the U.S., including in Idaho, were defrauded millions of dollars when they entered into swaps and other investment instruments with Deutsche Bank, unaware of the LIBOR manipulation.

Deutsche Bank is the second of several LIBOR-setting banks under investigation by state attorneys general to cooperate with investigators and settle allegations against it. The first settlement – with British bank Barclays – totaled $100 million and occurred in August 2016. The investigation into the conduct of several other banks is ongoing.

The settlement can be viewed here.

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Wasden Announces Idaho’s Portion of $120 Million Multistate Settlement with General Motors over Defective Ignition Equipment

Date: October 19, 2017

Wasden Announces Idaho’s Portion of $120 Million Multistate Settlement with General Motors over Defective Ignition Equipment

(BOISE) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced today a $120 million settlement with General Motors Company (GM) over allegations it concealed ignition safety problems in its vehicles.

The automaker reached the settlement with attorneys general of 49 states and the District of Columbia. It concludes a multistate investigation into GM’s failure to disclose known safety defects in several vehicle models and model years.

“General Motors and other automakers should keep their customers’ safety at the forefront of everything they do,” Wasden said. “And when there is a problem, car companies must be transparent and act quickly. Automakers should recognize that if they fail in this regard, states will be ready to take action.”

Idaho’s share of the settlement is just over $1,247,000.

In 2014, GM issued seven vehicle recalls in response to unintended key rotation-related and/or ignition switch-related issues, which affected more than nine million vehicles in the U.S. The recalls involved a defective ignition switch which, under certain conditions, could move out of the “Run” position to the “Accessory” or “Off” position. When this occurred, drivers experienced a loss of electrical systems, including power steering and power brakes. The problem could also result in a vehicle’s airbags failing to deploy.

State investigators have alleged that some GM employees knew as early as 2004 that the ignition switch posed a safety defect. However, GM personnel delayed issuing a recall. The company continued to market the reliability and safety of its vehicles which were equipped with the defective ignition switch.

Wasden alleged that these actions were unfair and deceptive and that the automaker’s actions violated Idaho’s Consumer Protection Act.

Under a consent judgment, which will be submitted to the Ada County District Court in Boise, GM shall:

  • Not represent that a motor vehicle is “safe” unless the company has complied with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards applicable to the motor vehicle at issue.
  • Not represent that certified pre-owned vehicles that the company advertises are safe, have been repaired for safety issues, or have been subject to rigorous inspection, unless the vehicles are not subject to any open recalls relating to safety or have been repaired pursuant to such a recall.
  • Instruct its dealers that all applicable recall repairs must be completed before any GM motor vehicle sold in the U.S. and included in a recall is eligible for certification and, if there is a recall on any certified pre-owned vehicle sold in the U.S., the required repair must be completed before the vehicle is delivered to a customer.

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Washington Woman Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

Date: October 16, 2017

Washington Woman Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced the successful prosecution of a former Idahoan accused of Insurance Fraud.

On Thursday, October 12, First District Judge Scott Wayman sentenced 32-year-old Nora Washburn of Spokane, formerly of Rathdrum, Idaho, after a jury convicted her of Insurance Fraud in June.

Judge Wayman sentenced Washburn to 1 ½ to four years in prison. She was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $4721, with $3697 to be paid to Progressive Insurance and $1024 to the Idaho Department of Insurance. Washburn will also be responsible for paying court costs.

An investigation determined the defendant purchased auto insurance from Progressive on January 29, 2016. Seven days later, she filed a claim due to an accident she said occurred on February 1. Investigators determined the accident actually occurred on January 2, approximately four weeks before the Progressive policy took effect. The crime occurred in Kootenai County.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General David Morse of the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Unit.

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Oregon Joins 11 States to Oppose Increased Fees at National Parks

Oregon joined a coalition of 11 state Attorneys General to send a letter to the National Park Service (NPS) opposing their proposal to dramatically increase entrance fees at 17 popular national parks. Under the proposal, the per vehicle entrance fees during peak season would increase to $70, from the current fee of $25 or $30. Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian fees would also increase.

See 2017-11-22 NPS Entrance Fees Letter.

Oregon Joins Lawsuit Against US Department of Homeland Security for Failing to Disclose Immigration Records

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that Oregon has joined nine other attorneys general in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for its failure to respond to a request for information relating to the detention and deportation of immigrants. The complaint, filed today in the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, says that the states are demanding records to which they have a legal right and that the federal agencies have not responded to the requests within the required time period.

“We value transparency in Oregon—and we should demand the same from the federal government,” said Attorney General Rosenblum. “Americans have the right to know how many immigrants have been arrested—and how many have been detained—and we should be able to review that critical information in an expedited manner.”

In June, the coalition of 10 attorneys general submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), seeking details regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) arrests and/or detentions of individuals at sensitive locations, and ICE or CBP detainer requests and databases. Sensitive locations can include schools, places of worship and hospitals.

The states involved in the lawsuit include: Massachusetts, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia.

Contact:

Kristina Edmunson, Department of Justice, Kristina.Edmunson@doj.state.or.us, 503-378-6002

Oregon Joins ACA Health Care Subsidies Lawsuit

Oregon joined a multi-state lawsuit against the Trump administration’s recent Executive Order that will stop certain ACA healthcare subsidies. In response to filing the lawsuit, AG Rosenblum said:

“Oregon, along with 18 other states, is joining California’s lawsuit against the President — defending ACA payments that help many families access affordable health insurance. Once again, the White House has made a rash, ill-conceived decision that will have a devastating impact on many vulnerable Oregonians. I refuse to sit by! The President should be in the business of helping—not wrecking– Americans’ financial bottom lines and access to quality health care. These ACA subsidies are a vital funding source that keep insurance premiums manageable. As we have been since January, state Attorneys Generals will work together to make sure this Executive Order does not cause absolute chaos for the American people and our health insurance markets. We deserve better from our leader.”