Senator Manning: Senate Stands Up To Cyber Crime
By State Senator Gayle Manning
January 05, 2012
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In so many ways, technology has helped to simplify our lives. Up-to-the-moment news, books, and useful cooking recipes have all been made readily available to us through the World Wide Web. But, despite its many benefits, the sophistication and complexity of advanced communication has made many Ohioans vulnerable to a new form of crime. Cyber fraud is the name given to fraudulent activity that is conducted by way of the internet or means of telecommunications. Too often, online predators target society's most vulnerable citizens, such as the elderly and the disabled. Thus far, millions of consumers throughout the United States have suffered various thefts and scams perpetrated through E-commerce sites such as eBay and Craigslist. Without question, this relatively new wave of crime warrants an aggressive response. However, I am happy to report that Senate members recently took a major step toward combating this growing problem. In December, our chamber offered unanimous, bipartisan approval to Senate Bill 223. An innovative attempt to ward off online predators, the bill provides law enforcement entities the necessary tools to protect consumers who utilize the convenience offered by shopping and conducting business online. The measure also gives the Ohio Attorney General's Office the ability to exercise subpoena power over phone records, payment information, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Additional criminal penalties have also been created for use against those offenders who knowingly target elderly or disabled residents of Ohio. Under Senate Bill 223, the Attorney General will also be permitted to draw on resources from the Telemarketing Fraud Enforcement Fund for expenses needed to investigate and prosecute suspected cases of cyber fraud. Sponsored by my colleague, Senator Kevin Bacon (R - Minerva Park), the bill received the full support of Attorney General Mike DeWine. Following passage in the Senate, the bill now awaits approval in the Ohio House. The General Assembly deals with a variety of issues that affect our citizenry, but none are more important than preserving the safety and best interests of all our residents. I can say with certainty that this proposal is necessary in achieving that. As always, I am eager to continue working on issues such as this and I look forward to serving the vital interests of all our friends and neighbors. Tip of the Month: If you or someone you know has been targeted by an act of cyber fraud, be sure to file a complaint with the Ohio Attorney General's Office by calling 1-800-282-0515 or online at
Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties and eastern portions of Seneca County. Her office can be reached by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mailing
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