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Havre hears presentation on financial fraud

Auditor Downing gives tips on awareness, preventing fraud and reducing stigma

Montana Auditor Troy Downing was at North Central Senior Citizens Center Thursday to give a presentation on common forms of financial fraud, part of a 14-stop tour aiming to promote awareness, improve prevention and reduce the stigma around people who are victimized by fraudsters, especially senior citizens.

Downing said his role in Montana is to regulate the insurance and securities industries, and a big part of that is going after financial fraud, but that isn't quite the purpose of this presentation.

"We don't want to put more people in jail, we want to prevent these crimes from even happen...

 

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