Washington, DC – In the wake of another breach of a major health insurance provider’s records, Attorney General Karl A. Racine today alerted District residents to be vigilant about their personal information.

Premera Blue Cross recently reported that a security breach it discovered in January meant that the personal information (including names, Social Security numbers, banking information and medical records) of as many as 11 million of its customers and business associates might have been exposed.

The news comes shortly after a similar reported

Washington, DC – Today, in response to a court filing by Mayor Muriel Bowser stating that she was departing from her predecessor’s view on the legality of the DC Budget Autonomy Act, Attorney General Karl A. Racine underscored his position – shared by Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey DeWitt – that the Act is invalid under federal law and should not be enforced or implemented.

An appeal of U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s ruling in the case, brought by the DC Council against then-Mayor Vincent Gray and CFO DeWitt, is currently pending before the U.S.

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine was the keynote speaker this weekend for the Haitian Lawyers Association’s 17th Annual Scholarship Gala and Awards Ceremony in Miami. The organization – which has previously given Mr. Racine its Leadership Award – promotes excellence, professionalism, equality and diversity in the legal profession as well as the general welfare of the Haitian-American community and other minority residents.

The Attorney General, who is Haitian American, linked Haiti's historic independence from French colonial rule with the

Washington, DC – With deadlines for filing District and federal income taxes approaching, Attorney General Karl A. Racine today cautioned District residents to be on the lookout for scams common during tax season. In particular, he singled out “Six Scams to Avoid” – fraudulent schemes that consumer-protection experts in the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) note often crop up during tax-filing season.

“Scam artists are seeking to defraud District residents of their hard-earned dollars all year long – but there are some scams that crop up more frequently

Washington, DC – Michelle Suggs, a former Central Intelligence Agency employee, pled guilty today in DC Superior Court to two charges in connection with her ownership of rental property in the District, Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt announced. Ms. Suggs, of Upper Marlboro, Md., was sentenced by Judge John McCabe to 24 months of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay $4,509.80 to the District in restitution.

Ms. Suggs was arrested last November. The case originated in 2009, after she was dismissed as a

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine outlined ways he plans to better protect the District’s consumers and enforce the District’s affordable-housing laws in a speech at Women in Housing and Finance’s monthly Policy Lunch yesterday.

“According to the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, between 2000 and 2010, the District lost half of its low-cost rental units and 72 percent of its low-value homes,” Attorney General Racine said.“If our dramatic growth in both population and housing prices continues, it’s easy to imagine a District where not only poor

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma Marches with a call for all Americans – and particularly for District residents – to bring renewed urgency to the cause of voting rights.

“I recently heard a story about an African-American who, in the years before the Voting Rights Act, was attempting to prove in a Southern court that he had been illegally disenfranchised,” Attorney General Racine said. “But, because he was black in an era when many states barred African Americans from testifying in court

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine delivered testimony this week before the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on the Judiciary citing the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) many successes from Fiscal Year 2014 through the present. He further emphasized that OAG could be even better advocates for the District and its residents if provided with additional resources, and he underscored the clear need – supported by an overwhelming majority of District voters when they approved of creating an independent Attorney General – for OAG to

Washington, DC – Attorney General Karl A. Racine today joined a coalition of states in filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Constitution requires marriage equality nationwide.

The states’ brief argues that the continued refusal by some states to license or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples inflicts widespread harm on these couples and their families, including those living in the District and other states with full marriage equality. Major life decisions made by married same-sex couples –

Attorney General Racine's Testimony on FY14 to FY15 Performance Oversight

March 4, 2015
Room 500
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.