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Local Social Security Disability Advocate Qualifies as Accredited Disability Representative

Lake Isabella, CA - Diana P. Wade, a disability advocate was notified by the National Association of Disability Representatives that effective February 13, 2009 she is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR).

Ms Wade had to pass a stringent examination which tested her knowledge of the Social Security Administration's rules and regulations concerning their Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability benefit programs, as well as the most recent developments in Social Security Administration and court decisions. Prior to taking the examination she was required to possess specifically delineated professional qualifications (experience and education), pass a criminal background check, and submit proof of current liability insurance.

The ADR designation also requires participation in continuing education about Social Security Administration claimant representation, rules, regulations and policies. Affirmation of acceptance of the Code of Ethics and accept…

Two Individuals Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

Two men have been arrested and charged in an indictment unsealed today with crimes related to sex trafficking, Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King of the Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Jane W. Duke announced.

Tommy Handy, aka "Tom Tom" and his nephew, Everett Cooney, aka "Bear," were indicted by a federal grand jury in Little Rock, Ark., for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking for their roles in using force, fraud and coercion to cause juvenile girls and adult women to engage in commercial sex acts. Handy and Cooney allegedly benefitted financially from the conspiracy, which took place from January 2002 to May 2008. Handy was also charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. If convicted, Handy and Cooney both face a maximum sentence of life in prison and fines of more than $1 million.


Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his office has secured $275,000 from LA Weight Loss Centers, Inc. in order to provide refunds to thousands of customers across the state who paid for but never received services after the now defunct company closed its doors in January 2008.

Statewide thus far, the Attorney General’s Office has identified more than 100 consumers who were affected by the closures and will receive restitution as part of the agreement. “As more companies fall victim to the harsh economy, they still have an obligation to abide by the law and be forthright with their patrons,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “Many New Yorkers who paid for and never received services from LA Weight Loss now have some vindication, and my office will continue to seek recourse for consumers who are defrauded across the state.”