Bacon's Cyber Fraud Bill Gets Final Legislative Approval
Ohio consumers to gain added protection through bill
February 15, 2012
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Columbus - 
Both the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives have approved legislation  that will crack down on cyber fraud offenders and provide added protection to online consumers.    Senate Bill 223, sponsored by State Senator Kevin Bacon (R - Minerva Park), grants law  enforcement agencies with the tools necessary to investigate and prosecute crimes of cyber fraud.  

Following its initial passage in the Senate and House, the bill was sent to conference committee  where final details were agreed upon.  The idea for the legislation was brought to Senator Bacon  by Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has strongly advocated for the measure since its  introduction. 

The plan will provide the Attorney General's office with proper authority to investigate potential  criminal violations of telecommunications fraud.  It also allows the Attorney General to issue  subpoenas and compel witness testimony in relation to these criminal proceedings. 

"As crime evolves due to modern technology, so must the tools used to prevent and punish it.  I  am confident this bill will keep our most vulnerable Ohioans safe from these predators." said  Bacon.  

The legislation also allows the Attorney General to use the Telemarketing Fraud Enforcement  Fund for expenses related to the investigation or prosecution of cyber fraud.

Senate Bill 223 now awaits the signature of Governor John Kasich for enactment. 
Senator Kevin Bacon represents Ohio's 3rd Senate District which contains part of Franklin County. He serves as Chairman of the Insurance, Commerce, and Labor Committee.
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