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Ex-Tennessee consumer protection official arrested in telemarketing scheme |

Ex-Tennessee consumer protection official arrested in telemarketing scheme

| Tuesday, June 9, 2015 6:35 p.m.

An attorney who formerly handled consumer complaints for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office ran a telemarketing scheme that stole thousands of peoples’ identities and siphoned millions of dollars into a Huntington National Bank account in Pittsburgh, according to Pittsburgh federal court documents.

The case was unsealed Tuesday following the arrest of Glenn Erikson, 49, of Tampa, Fla. There was no attorney listed for Erikson in court documents.

Erikson, who also goes by the last name Aaronson, had telemarketers claim to be employees of Medicare or another medical insurer, FBI Special Agent Sean Langford says in the affidavit for Erikson’s arrest.

“The caller would then convince the victim that the victim had to provide the caller with certain information relating to the victim’s bank account, or some negative result would occur,” Langford said.

Erikson then had an amount ranging from $379 to $446.91 withdrawn from the victim’s bank account, he said. He targeted people across the country in the scam, Langford said.

He told the bank as well as several legitimate businesses he ensnared in the scheme that he was selling identity theft protection and discount medical benefits products to the victims. Between March and May of 2013, he batch processed electronic “checks” that stole more than $3.3 million from victims’ accounts.

Huntington National Bank froze the account in May 2013 while investigating numerous consumer complaints about the withdrawals, Langford said.

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