AG Cooper names new consumer protection chief
Release date: 10/14/2011
Raleigh: Attorney General Roy Cooper has named a new director to lead state efforts to protect North Carolina consumers from scams, frauds and unfair business practices.
Kevin Anderson will serve as Senior Deputy Attorney General of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division.
Anderson has worked in the Consumer Protection Division since 1998. During that time, he has served as the lead attorney on wide range of cases and investigations involving health care fraud, telecommunications, and financial issues. He helped negotiate one of the largest pharmaceutical settlements to date and teamed up with the Federal Trade Commission on a ground-breaking case to enforce Do Not Call
“In tough economic times, consumers need help fighting scams and fraud more than ever,” Cooper said. “Kevin’s years of experience make him the right person to lead our efforts to protect consumers from unfair business practices.”
As head of Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division
, Anderson will oversee a staff of 50 including attorneys, consumer specialists and investigators, and support personnel. The division handles complaints from North Carolina consumers, including more than 21,000 complaints last year alone. Common sources of complaints include health care, unfair loans, telemarketing fraud, and foreclosure and debt relief scams.
Specialists offer consumers tips and work to resolve complaints through mediation. Where there is a pattern of illegal business practices, attorneys can enforce the law on behalf of all North Carolina consumers. Over the past decade, Cooper’s consumer protection experts have helped thousands of consumers get more than $130 million back.
In addition to handling consumer protection, antitrust and telemarketing fraud cases, the Consumer Division also includes the Victims and Citizens Services, which oversees the Address Confidentiality Program
for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and organizes the department’s outreach efforts on topics like Internet safety and identity theft.
Anderson holds undergraduate and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill where he graduated with honors. He lives in Chapel Hill, where he is active in his community.
Contact: Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413