While responding to an everincreasing list o challenges in a trying year or Ohioans, my staf andI committed ourselves to use the power o this o ceto stand up or the interests o ordinary citizens andto battle the ills that weaken our society.
Ohioans ace threats rom amultitude o individuals andentities that can best be describedas predators. These are not justviolent criminals. Predators alsoare unscrupulous businesses ordeceitul scammers who try toenrich themselves at the expenseo hardworking citizens.In 2009, my o ce identiedpredators and predatory practicesand then worked to combat them.We ound them on Wall Street,where wrongdoing by some hascontributed to misery or manyand where Ohioans who rely onthe health o their retirementinvestments were harmed. Theywere in our homes, masqueradingas a group that collects moneyor veterans in need or as ahome improvement companypromising work it never intendedto complete. And they were in ourcommunities, testing our local lawenorcement agencies and puttingour amilies at risk. This 2009 annual report describesour eforts on multiple rontsto conront those who threatenOhioans’ livelihoods. It also outlinesthe vital work we do as the state’slegal advocate.As Attorney General, I believe inapplying the o ce’s resources sowe do well by those we representin court as well as by everydayOhioans who deserve to havesomeone stand by their sideand ght to protect them. Thissummary o our work illustrateswhat I see every day — thededication and hard work o theemployees o an o ce that I amhonored to lead.
Richard CordrayOhio Attorney General
From the Desk Of TheOhio Attorney GeneralDear Ohioans,