Tag: consumer protection

Southern California Audiologist Ordered to Cease and Desist Practice

Thousand Oaks audiologist is accused of murder SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Audiologist Bryn Spejcher was ordered by a Ventura County Superior Court judge to cease and desist practicing audiology after the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board filed a request pursuant to California Penal Code section 23. This provision of the law allows…

Southern California Men Face Felony Charges in Huge Engineering Fraud Case

Case reinforces importance of using licensed professionals and verifying credentials SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two men were charged with 487 felony counts including identity theft, grand theft and forgery after allegedly preparing fraudulent engineering documents using the name and logo of their former employer, Palo Verdes Engineering, a legitimate Rolling Hills Estates-based company, in one of…

New Shop Posting Requirements Simplify Consumer Message, Save Costs

Salon patrons may remember walking into their favorite establishments and seeing a long, text-heavy poster detailing the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s health and safety regulations hanging in the lobby. Not ringing a bell? You’re not alone. Turns out customers weren’t really reading it if they noticed it at all. That meant that the “Message to…

Tarzana Audiologist Ordered to Cease and Desist Practice

Southern California audiologist arrested for indecent exposure at a theme park; more victims sought as additional charges are brought SACRAMENTO, CA – Audiologist Hershel Korngut was ordered by the Los Angeles Superior Court to cease and desist practicing audiology upon request of the Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board pursuant to California Penal…

New Video Explains How Salons and Barber Shops Can Avoid Fines

The inspection of barbering and beauty establishments by California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology inspectors is part of the board’s mission to ensure the health and safety of California’s consumers. Board licensees should be aware that at some time in their career, they are likely to be visited by an inspector, as board inspectors have…

McDonald Hearing Aid Centers Settlement Agreements Reached

Company to pay civil penalties and restitution to consumers; owner and others surrender licenses SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Department of Consumers Affairs’ (DCA) Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board has announced a settlement in a civil complaint filed against McDonald Hearing Aid Center Inc., its owners, and eight other defendants. “The settlement…

Is Your Salon Safe?

Many of us visit barbershops and salons for pampering and grooming services without realizing there could be risks. In reality, our health depends on the safety and infection control procedures used by the barbers, cosmetologists and other salon service professionals to whom we entrust the care of our hair, skin and nails. The Board of…

Copy That: Your Eye Prescription Belongs to You

Did you know that if you have an eye exam or a fitting for contact lenses, the eye doctor must give you a copy of your prescription—without you having to ask for it—free of charge? It’s your right—and it’s enforced by the Federal Trade Commission via the Eyeglass Rule and the Contact Lens Rule. Having…

Don’t Get Tripped Up Exiting a Timeshare

Getting rid of a timeshare isn’t easy, and, unfortunately, some cons are taking advantage of that predicament. Timeshare scams have been operating for some time; the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) began warning consumers about this type of fraud back in 2012 and updated their warning in 2013. Although the idea of renting or…

A Sweetheart of a Scam: Online Dating Fraud

Online dating can be complicated. It entails sifting through loads of profiles, getting a dialogue going, deciding if you want to meet, going on a date, and eventually figuring out if you’re actually compatible. Now to make the process even trickier, you also need to take precautions against online dating fraud. Online criminals use dating…

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