92.7 WOBM News Flash Briefing: September 8
Equifax is hit with a class-action lawsuit, filed in Oregon, within hours of disclosing the cybersecurity breach affecting possibly 143,000,000 Americans or more that company executives knew by late July, and traced back to mid-May. Consumer Reports, among others, has compiled a list of precautions for customers. Equifax created a designated web site to help consumers determine if their personal data is at risk, and to obtain free credit file monitoring and identity theft protection for a year.
Starting September 12, for three months, Ocean Countyans who took Medicaid benefits illegally can admit it, and avoid prosecution. The arrangement by the New Jersey Comptroller's Office with the cooperation of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, requires admitted violators to repay Medicaid in full, pay civil penalties, and disconnect from Medicaid for a year. It follows 26 Medicaid fraud arrests in Lakewood during Summer.
The latest about Hurricane Irma is that she is now stepped down one degree to Category Four, and is responsible for at least 19 deaths in the Caribbean. Evacuations continue from Florida through southern coastal Georgia, and warnings are up for the Carolinas.
TD Bank branches in New Jersey, today only, collect spare change for Hurricane Harvey relief. The bank will add $175,000 to the total raised in all branches by close of business.
Hurricane Harvey victims will get help also from Toms River teachers and students. Dress codes will relax on Jeans Day, September 15, in return for five-dollar donations that will be given to the United Way of Greater Houston.
A former Edison cop from Manalapan heads to prison for at least 17 years, for firebombing his supervisor's house. Prosecutors contended that Michael Dotro was angry about a transfer and a psychological exam he was required to take.