The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection and Office of Military and Veterans Affairs settled a case against a Pennsylvania woman, Kimberly Dunn, for allegedly scamming veterans by making misrepresentations in advertising services pertaining to long term health care, including Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Claims Benefit consultation and assistance. This was in violation of the Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
Attorney General Shapiro’s office claims advertisements for Veterans Resource Solutions, LLC stressed the importance of having a benefit consultant and specifically indicated that only trained Veterans Service Officers or VA accredited agents are able to navigate this long, tedious, and precise process. As a result of these advertisements, Kimberly Dunn, of Allegheny County, misrepresented herself and agents in her organization, Veterans Resource Solution, LLC, as being VA accredited agents able to apply for benefits on behalf of veterans according to the Attorney General’s office.
“Veterans deserve our greatest thanks and respect – they don’t deserve to be scammed,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “If you are a veteran who believes you have been victimized by a scam when filing a claim for benefits, please call or email my Office of Military and Veterans Affairs and file a complaint so we can help.”
In a post to Facebook the Attorney General, on January 13, 2019 accused stated:
Lied to veterans about fictitious healthcare services
Disguised herself as a VA-accredited agency
Scammed those veterans w/ costly service packages
Violated the *PA Unfair Trade Practices + Con. Prot. Law*
and will now
#PayUp for her crimes.
It should be noted the agreement is civil in nature and Dunn has not been charged with any crimes and the agreement states, “…this assurance of voluntary compliance shall not be considered an admission of a violation for any purpose.”(see page 9 of attachment)
Further the neither Dunn nor her corporate entity are paying the agreed settlement up front but in monthly payments presumably because she lacks the resources to immediately fulfill the agreement.