When Attorney General Beshear was sworn in as Kentucky's 50th Attorney General, he had a clear mission to prevent child abuse, protect seniors, seek justice for victims of sexual assault and find workable solutions to our drug epidemic.
The work the Office of the Attorney General does to safeguard Kentucky families is broad and expands across many areas, including scam prevention, utility rate intervention and consumer protection actions.
Investigating and Arresting Those Illegally Prescribing Opioids
The office’s Drug Investigations Branch investigates the illegal distribution and over prescribing of prescription drugs by doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacies. Our detectives not only seek out illegal practices in Kentucky but all over the country, where there is illegal over prescribing of opioid medications to our Commonwealth citizens. The branch works closely with multiple local, state and federal agencies and manages the Appalachian HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Rx Diversion Task Force based in Southeast Kentucky. This branch also has detectives assigned to the DEA Task Force in Lexington, which focuses on illegal prescribing of medications and the heroin epidemic that have ravaged communities across Kentucky.
Shielding Kentuckians from Scam with Scam Alerts
More than 22,000 Kentuckians have enrolled in the office's
Scam Alerts program, which directly alerts Kentuckians via text message or email when con artists are on the attack.
Defending Felony Convictions in State and Federal Court
The Office of Criminal Appeals represents the Commonwealth of Kentucky in defending felony convictions, including those in which the death penalty has been imposed, when those convictions are attacked in state or federal court. While initial felony prosecutions are handled by the local Commonwealth's Attorneys, under Kentucky law our office is charged with preparing briefs and presenting arguments in front of any state or federal court hearing a challenge to a felony conviction. This Office works with local prosecutors to see that justice is served in these cases and to insure that lawfully imposed sentences are carried out. The citizens of Kentucky and the families of the victims deserve no less.
Protecting Kentuckians from Bad Business Practices
The office protected
Kentucky families from being ripped off, taking action against more than 75
national, regional or local companies, including Volkswagen, Johnson &
Johnson and Hyundai-Kia, Bryant Heating and Air, and Sunrooms & More for
deceptive business practices.
Watching out for Kentucky Rate Payers
Office of Rate Intervention has fought to reduce proposed utility company rate increases
and saved Kentucky businesses and families approximately $1.2 billion in increases to their utility bills. The office of serves as a watchdog for consumers in matters relating to health insurance, natural gas, water, sewer, electric and telephone rates.
Fighting Against Medicaid Fraud
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit works to investigation and prosecute Medicaid provider fraud. The office has secured
civil settlements and obligations of criminal restitution that will return over
$46.5 million to taxpayers through recoveries of state and federal Medicaid
Returning Funds to State General Fund
Beshear's Consumer Protection
efforts have returned over $10.5 million to the Commonwealth’s General Fund
through civil litigation and settlements. To learn more read our 2017 Biennial Report.
Returning Funds to Kentuckians
Settlements from the
office’s consumer protection actions have resulted in potential restitution
that could exceed more than $92 million, representing amounts paid to consumers
or amounts Kentuckians are eligible to receive, and the value of credits and
warranty extensions made available to Kentuckians.
Helping Local Prosecutors Fulfill Their Mission
The Prosecutors Advisory Council (PAC) within the Office of the Attorney General administers the budget of the Unified Prosecutorial System and oversees the training of the Commonwealth’s prosecutors. The nine-member council is appointed by the governor and includes the attorney general, three commonwealth’s attorneys, three county attorneys and two citizen members. The attorney general serves as chair. A complete list of Commonwealth's and County Attorneys and their contact information can be found here.