About the Division
The Fraud and Consumer Protection Division protects the public from securities fraud, consumer fraud, Medicaid provider fraud, antitrust violations, white collar crime and misleading or deceptive business practices. It addresses patient abuse, neglect and mistreatment in facilities that accept Medicaid patients. It also has a role in issues involving manufactured homes, in common interest communities like homeowner associations and in ongoing enforcement of some provisions of the tobacco settlement with cigarette manufacturers. The Fraud Division is divided into three major, statewide units: The Consumer Protection Unit, the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Investor Protection Unit. The Division is led by the Fraud Division Director, Matthew Lintner.
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Units of the Fraud & Consumer Protection Division
The Consumer Protection Unit (CPU) is responsible for enforcing Delaware consumer protection statutes and protecting the general public from consumer frauds and scams. In addition to pursuing enforcement action against those who violate our consumer protection laws, the CPU also participates in community outreach and consumer education events, engages in consumer advocacy, and actively contributes to coordinated state and federal consumer protection investigations and initiatives.
The Investor Protection Unit (IPU) has civil and criminal jurisdiction over the sale of securities and the activities of investment professionals within the State of Delaware. As set forth in the Preamble of the Delaware Securities Act, the Unit “prevent[s] the public from being victimized by unscrupulous or overreaching broker-dealers, investment advisers or agents in the context of selling securities or giving investment advice, as well as [remedies] any harm caused by securities law violations.” This Unit investigates and prosecutes security fraud and licensing violations. Further, the Unit registers investment professionals and securities, and collects related fees.
The State of Delaware and the Federal Government have designated the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) to investigate and prosecute illegal acts relating to Medicaid funds. Created in 1980, the MFCU, which is housed within the Delaware Department of Justice, is designed to protect the Delaware residents who receive Medicaid and the taxpayers who support the program. The MFCU is also responsible for investigating and prosecuting patient abuse, neglect, mistreatment, or exploitation which occurs in Delaware’s health care facilities. The MFCU has a professional staff of prosecutors, investigators and auditors who review allegations.
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