Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna is again reaching out to Chinese-American community leaders to help protect residents from fraud and unfair business practices.
McKenna, working with Chinese-American community leaders, will host a free public forum focused on consumer protection issues from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 29, at the Attorney General’s Seattle office, 800 5th Ave. Suite 2000.
“I’m eager learn about issues that impact the Chinese-American community and to share information about new consumer protection resources our office has to offer,” McKenna said.
The event is follow-up to a July 2009 forum at Bellevue City Hall where McKenna met with Chinese-American leaders. The forum will be moderated by Consumer Protection Division Chief Doug Walsh and Peterson Zhou, chairman of the Overseas Chinese Scholars Association and past director of the National Asian American Affairs Association in Issaquah.
The Attorney General’s Office is aware of scams targeting the Chinese-American community, including individuals who offer immigration services but instead cost victims money, their jobs and the chance to live legally in the United States.
Immigrants are frequently reluctant to report that they are victims of fraud or unfair business practices, particularly if they are undocumented. But complaints are necessary for law enforcement and government regulators to build a case against lawbreakers.
The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about resources and services available from the Attorney General’s Office, including new Chinese-language educational materials available in print and online. Leaders will also be able to inform McKenna about other issues affecting the community.