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Bob Ferguson

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that his office has recovered more than $2 million from nearly three dozen debt adjusters who preyed on student borrowers. These entities engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, including unlawfully charging tens of thousands of dollars in excessive fees to thousands of Washingtonians. 
Following the National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools on Saturday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today the five members of his office’s Truth & Reconciliation Tribal Advisory Committee. The committee will study how Washington state can address the harms caused by the government’s historical role in the shameful legacy of Indian boarding schools.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson is urging the Biden administration to take action to protect student loan borrowers as payments resume nationwide for the first time since March 2020.
The Attorney General’s Office announced today it has filed 48 total criminal charges of animal cruelty against two individuals and their organization, Neo’s Nation Animal Foundation, which previously managed the Pasco shelter. 
SEATTLE — A King County Superior Court judge today ordered a Seattle business preying on new immigrants to pay restitution, interest and civil penalties as a result of Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit. The office estimates this could total up to nearly $230,000. 
YAKIMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement today after a federal judge in Yakima rejected an attempt by the Silent Majority Foundation to block Washington’s ban on the sale of high-capacity magazines:
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that an innovative fraud recovery initiative netted a total of $42 million in stolen funds from 26 financial institutions. 
TACOMA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a petition today urging a Pierce County Superior Court judge to civilly commit a sex offender to McNeil Island, preventing his release into the community.
YAKIMA — A Yakima County jury on Monday convicted Veniamin N. Gaidaichuk of Everett of felony attempted second-degree child rape and communication with a minor for immoral purposes, following a criminal prosecution by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a consumer protection lawsuit today against Gator’s Custom Guns and its owner, Walter Wentz, for unlawfully selling high-capacity magazines. It is the second lawsuit filed to enforce the ban on sales of magazines with capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.