Attorney General Zoeller Looks To Consumer Complaints For Legislative Suggestions

Sep 30, 2014

Zoeller will primarily ask the Indiana General Assembly to crack down on scammers.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Attorney General Greg Zoeller plans to tackle some of Indiana’s top consumer complaints with his legislative proposals for the 2015 session. 

The Attorney General’s office received nearly 1,000 complaints about home repair or construction scams last year, the third-largest consumer complaint category. 

Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he’s proposing legislation that would establish a voluntary registration system for what he calls the “good actors” – contractors who put up a bond with the AG’s office.

He says the public could then see the list of those contractors.

“We’re not trying to make it harder for legitimate businesses; we’re trying to make it easier for consumers to identify the legitimate businesses,” Zoeller says.

Zoeller’s proposals would also expand the Senior Consumer Protection Act, which enhances penalties for scammers who intentionally prey on seniors.  The law would include greater fines for those who target veterans, spouses of deceased veterans and Hoosiers with disabilities.