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Idaho attorney general got $3M in consumer restitution last year

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Statesman reporter Zach Kyle wagers $10 on a FanDuel football contest and explains how daily fantasy works.
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Statesman reporter Zach Kyle wagers $10 on a FanDuel football contest and explains how daily fantasy works.

The Idaho Attorney General’s Office received nearly 791 complaints in the 2016 fiscal year.

Complaints ranged from Idaho businesses taking money from consumers and then closing their doors, to continued telephone calls from fraudsters posing as Internal Revenue Service employees.

The office took 22 enforcement actions.

$2.96 million The amount of consumer restitution resulting from Idaho Attorney General’s enforcement actions in fiscal year 2016

“This year, we had a number of successes,” Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden wrote in his office’s annual report. “We obtained $2 million from Apple for Idaho consumers, resolving our lawsuit alleging the company engaged in price fixing in the sale of e-books. We stopped deceptive telemarketers. We addressed anti-competitive mergers. We resolved constitutional problems involving hospital districts and the St. Luke’s Health System.”

The latter case involved St. Luke’s taking over hospitals that had belonged to hospital taxing districts, under deals in which the taxes continued to be collected and passed on to St. Luke’s. The health system agreed to return ownership of the hospitals back to their districts but to continue operating them.

Wasden’s office also negotiated agreements with DraftKings and FanDuel that required the fantasy-sports companies to cease doing business in Idaho. The attorney general said the companies’ services consituted gambling under Idaho law.

Audrey Dutton: 208-377-6448, @IDS_Audrey

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