BPPE at KCRA3’s Call 3: Cash for College Day

It’s not too late to get your higher education financial aid questions answered. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education is taking your phone calls at KCRA 3’s Call 3: Cash for College going on now.

If you’re in the greater Sacramento area, call (916) 447-2255 until 7:00pm with your student financial aid questions.

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has joined the California Student Aid Commission to answer questions about financial aid requirements, application deadlines and resources available to students.

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DCA Investigator Honored

Division of Investigation (DOI) Investigator Frank Root received honors from DCA Director Denise D. Brown and the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board for his work in the investigation and arrest of San Luis Obispo hearing aid dispenser Aaron Marquis and his wife, Anja, last October.

DOI had received a complaint from the Board alleging that Marquis was falsely advertising that he held a PhD in Audiology. The complaint also alleged that Marquis was also practicing as an Audiologist and was illegally billing for his services.

Over a period of three years, Root served subpoenas, search warrants, and temporary restraining orders, and worked with informants, victims and allied agencies. The investigation uncovered fraud that exceeded $500,000, involving numerous insurance providers and more than 140 patients—many of them senior citizens

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Root’s investigation led to the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office filing charges on  22 felony counts and two enhancements on both Marquis and his wife. The two were convicted of felony violations of grand theft and a pattern of related felony conduct and insurance fraud, which included private insurance companies, Medi-Cal and Medicare insurances. In addition, Marquis was sentenced to 365 days in jail and five years’ probation, and his wife was sentenced to 13 days in jail and five years’ probation.

Need Money for College? Check Out KCRA 3’s Call 3: Cash for College Day

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If you’re thinking about attending a postsecondary school, community college or university you’ve probably asked yourself, “How am I going to pay for it?”

If so, and if you’re in the greater Sacramento area, you won’t want to miss KCRA 3’s Call 3: Cash for College Day on January 29. Tune in throughout the day to learn about student financial aid.

The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education will join the California Student Aid Commission to answer questions about requirements, application deadlines and resources available to students.

Cemetery and Funeral Bureau revokes Delano Funeral Establishment and Funeral Director licenses

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SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cemetery and Funeral Bureau has revoked the licenses associated with the Lane Family Funeral Home in Delano.

The licenses of the funeral home, and of Funeral Director Padraic C. Lane, were revoked as the result of an investigation which found fraud, misrepresentation, false and misleading advertising, and failure to provide printed price lists.

As a result, Lane Family Funeral home does not have the valid licenses required by the state to conduct business. All activity was ordered to cease as of December 16, 2013. Consumers should be aware that neither the funeral home nor Mr. Lane may operate legally in California as of that date.

Consumers who have questions or concerns about Mr. Lane or the Lane Family Funeral Home should contact the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau at (800) 952-5210.

Consumers should always verify the license of a funeral establishment before doing business with it. To verify a license or to file a complaint, visit www.cfb.ca.gov or call us toll free at (800) 952-5210.

The Cemetery and Funeral Bureau advocates consumer protection and licensee compliance through proactive education and enforcement of laws and regulations of the death care industry.

Welcome to The DCA Page!

The California Department of Consumer Affairs is excited to announce the launch of The DCA Page. The DCA Page is the first of its kind for the department and is your one-stop shop for the latest news, stories, photos and videos. This is the perfect place to get the latest from the Department of Consumer Affairs. We still recommend you visit our main website for official business.