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Intimidating scam artists take $2,400 from Billings woman

Nearly a week after being victimized by a scam that cost her $2,440.25, Billings resident Julia Standish is healing from the pain of being taken in by telling the world about it.

September 04, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Better Business: Beware of companies' claims about products' environmental benefits

If being green keeps your business in the black, then you will want to keep a close eye on your environmental marketing claims. Recently the Federal Trade Commission has filed claims and settled with two plastic lumber manufacturers, whose products are used in decking, fencing and outdoor fu…

August 01, 2014 12:00 am

Better Business: Exercise caution when developing sales leads for telemarketing

For businesses selling services direct to consumers, telemarketing is likely a key component of their sales plan and ultimate success. Several avenues exist to gain leads, including referrals from current customers, partnerships and customer information sharing with businesses in a similar i…

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FTC grants approval for dam purchase – but PSC approval still needed

FTC grants approval for dam purchase – but PSC approval still needed

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy said Tuesday it has received approval from the Federal Trade Commission for its proposed $900 million purchase of 11 hydroelectric dams in Montana.

April 29, 2014 5:32 pmLoading…

Better Business: Don't redial that call or you could fall prey to phone cramming scam

A few months ago, I heard my cellphone ring in my purse. As I was fishing it out, the ringing stopped. It seemed curious and I wondered if it could have gone to voicemail so quickly. So I looked to see who was calling. The number was from “Unknown” and wasn’t one that I recognized. I went th…

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Have You Heard: Mary's Health Foods opens cafe

The West End is awash in places to eat. But that hasn’t stopped a local health food store from competing.

January 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

NorthWestern Energy warns of collection scam

NorthWestern Energy is warning residential and business customers about an attempted scam involving collection on allegedly overdue utility bills.

January 06, 2014 5:45 pmLoading…

Man accused in bogus phone bill scheme indicted

HELENA — A Montana man being sued by the federal government over $70 million in charges to unsuspecting phone customers’ bills nationwide is now facing criminal counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

September 19, 2013 2:44 pmLoading…

Man accused in bogus phone bill scheme indicted

HELENA — A Montana man being sued by the federal government over $70 million in charges to unsuspecting phone customers' bills nationwide is now facing criminal counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

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Have You Heard: 1 of 2 Billings Nursery locations closed until fall

Family-owned Billings Nursery & Landscaping, which has been selling trees, plants and more since 1952, has closed one of its two nurseries for the season.

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Montana family accused of bogus phone charges seeks delay

HELENA — A Montana family accused of tacking $70 million in unauthorized charges onto phone bills nationwide is asking a judge to delay court proceedings while they try to negotiate a settlement in both a civil lawsuit and in a criminal investigation against them.

July 08, 2013 12:26 pmLoading…
Have You Heard? The Copper Colander is closing

Have You Heard? The Copper Colander is closing

Retirement beckoned, and Sharon Culbertson couldn’t find anyone who wanted to take over her business based on her personal passion for cooking. So starting Thursday, she’s liquidating all her Copper Colander inventory and closing the business she started in November 2002.

July 07, 2013 12:15 amLoading…

Powell teens to face off in world robotics contest

POWELL — For the second year in a row, Panther Robotics will test their metal against the world's best.

April 14, 2013 3:00 pmLoading…

Tallying the fraud

Two million Americans reported falling victim to financial fraud last year, according to the latest data released Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission.

March 03, 2013 12:15 amLoading…
Phony sweepstakes taking a toll on senior citizens

Phony sweepstakes taking a toll on senior citizens

During two decades of fighting elder abuse, Paul Greenwood has personally prosecuted more than 500 fraud cases.

March 03, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Lolo man sentenced on medical-marijuana charge

Lolo man sentenced on medical-marijuana charge

HELENA — A man accused of placing $70 million in unwanted charges on phone bills nationwide has been sentenced to four years' probation on a separate charge related to a federal medical marijuana crackdown.

February 26, 2013 5:59 pm Related Loading…

Montana family disputes phone charges allegation

HELENA — Montana family members and an accountant accused of tacking $70 million in bogus charges onto phone bills across the nation say they had a system in place to check that their customers actually wanted the services being offered.

February 20, 2013 2:00 pmLoading…

Lawyer defends Montana family accused in $70M phone scam

HELENA — The lawyer for a Montana family accused of cramming $70 million in bogus charges on phone bills nationwide says his clients followed industry standards.

January 22, 2013 4:12 pmLoading…
Montana family accused of $70M bogus phone charges

Montana family accused of $70M bogus phone charges

HELENA — A Montana family and their accountant are accused of tacking $70 million in bogus charges onto customer phone bills nationwide, then funneling some of that money through a religious organization to buy land and pay for the husband's legal bills.

January 21, 2013 11:10 amLoading…

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