AG Reyes Extends Gratitude to Those Who Have Sacrificed for Our Freedom

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"As we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the privileges of this singular nation, we extend our gratitude to those who have sacrificed their lives to protect our country and to keep it free. May we never forget those that have paid the ultimate price that we may all enjoy the liberty and prosperity with which we have been blessed. As we also remember family and loved ones, please be careful and travel safely.”

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AG Reyes Salutes Peace Officers During National Police Week

“Throughout the year, I pray for the safety of Utah law enforcement officers in Utah and nationwide. I am deeply grateful for the day-to-day service they render and for the sacrifices they and their families make. As we kick off National Police Week, I extend my sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all of the men and women of law enforcement across the state for their dedication and continued sacrifice on behalf of Utah citizens. Our team at the Utah Attorney General’s Office is proud to serve with them.

“Please join me in recognizing Peace Officer Memorial Day on May 15, 2016 in remembrance of the fallen who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.  May God watch over and keep safe our men and women in uniform as they continue to protect our citizens and the freedoms we enjoy in our great state and nation.”

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Utah Republican Assembly Unanimously Endorses AG Reyes In 2016

The Utah Republican Assembly (URA) held simultaneous Endorsing Conventions on Wednesday night, April 13, 2016, at the Crystal Inn in Murray and at the Washington County Commission Chambers in St. George where dozens of grassroots conservative activists and members gathered to listen to a number of statewide elected officials and candidates in addition to candidates for the Utah State Legislature. Utah Attorney General Reyes along with 21 other candidates were unanimously endorsed for the 2016 election cycle with praise extending from northern to southern Utah. This critical endorsement also carries with it the endorsement of the URA’s parent organization-- National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA). 

AG Reyes had kind words for the URA, stating, “I had the privilege of addressing officers, delegates and members of the Assembly who braved the weather tonight at its Endorsing Convention…Thank you to the Utah Republican Assembly for its unanimous endorsement.”

URA National Director David Pyne added, “We intend to do everything we can to help our endorsed candidates win. I believe that they are all very principled and courageous conservatives and we are pleased to give these outstanding public servants and candidates our full support in the 2016 elections."

 

 

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The Atlantic Asks AG Reyes: Why Is Utah the First State to Have a White-Collar Crime Registry?

The state’s large Mormon community is particularly vulnerable to various financial schemes.

On Monday, Utah became the first state in the U.S. to have an online registry for white-collar crime offenders. The registry, which was approved by Utah legislature last year, will include a recent photo of criminals convicted of second-degree felonies involving fraud in the last 10 years in Utah, similar to other criminal registries. Although this information is already publicly available, Utah’s Attorney General Sean Reyes said that the user-friendly nature of the database is an important tool for consumer protection, especially in light of the state’s financial vulnerability to a certain types of fraud known as affinity fraud.

Why is Utah so particularly vulnerable to these sorts of schemes? The perpetrators of affinity fraud pray on groups with strong social ties, such as religious and ethnic communities. Usually, it involves a fraudster being, or pretending to be, a member of the group, and subsequently exploiting the trust of that community to run a Ponzi scheme. As Lisa Fairfax, a law professor at George Washington University, wrote, the scam is based on the premise that “You can trust me because I’m like you.” It works—well. The most famous affinity-fraud case in recent years is that of Bernie Madoff, who scammed his (mainly Jewish) clients of nearly $50 billion dollars.

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Attorney General Reyes Named Among Top 50 Most Influential Latino American Republicans

The Spanish were here long before any other Europeans, founding St. Augustine, Florida, more than 50 years before the Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock, and their political influence is still felt strongly across America today.

Democrats might claim they own the Latino vote, but America is filled with influential Latinos who also happen to be conservative Republicans. Two even happen to be the leading Republican presidential candidates.

In 2004, George W. Bush scored an estimated 44 percent of the Latino vote, helping him edge out John Kerry. That number dropped to 23 percent for Mitt Romney in 2012.

With more than 13 million Latino votes up for grabs in November — and huge representations concentrated in states like Texas and Florida — many GOP strategists have said that the key to a Republican victory is the Latino vote.

Here, Newsmax has gathered a list of the top 50 most influential Latino Republicans. From state governors, representatives, and mayors, to businessmen and women, pundits, and commentators, this collection of people truly demonstrates what rich flavor Latino Republicans add to our country's political scene.

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Utah AG plans to sue EPA as local regulators say feds didn’t share info on water contamination

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill. For full story, see ABC News report. 

 

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Attorney General Mourns Loss of Officer Douglas Barney In Holladay Shooting

“Annually, we stand as a law enforcement community in our nation's capitol to remember local heroes like Sgt. Cory Wride, Sgt. Derek Johnson and Trooper Aaron Beesley for their courage and ultimate sacrifice while serving as peace officers in Utah communities. After almost two years of respite from such loss in our state, we sadly add 18-year veteran Officer Douglas Barney to that hallowed list. We pray for the complete recovery of Officer Jon Richey, who was also shot in the line of duty today.

The Office of the Attorney General and I, personally, mourn for all who are impacted by the loss of Officer Barney to our Utah law enforcement family. We express our deepest sympathy and gratitude to his family and pray they will find some peace in his valor and distinctive service as he and Officer Richey today protected citizens and their fellow officers from what could have been an even more widespread and senseless tragedy. 

We will have opportunities in the coming days, weeks and years to pay tribute to Officer Doug Barney for his ultimate sacrifice and Officer Richey for his own valiant sacrifice. Today, we simply offer our prayers for Officer Richey's recovery and our deep regret for the premature end of Officer Barney's watch, which fell on what should have been a peaceful Sunday morning.” 

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AG Reyes Supports Utah Charity Camp Kostopulos on Guinness World Record Attempt

12 Cities, 24 Hours and One Good Cause

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will support Utah’s Camp Kostopulos and partner ABC 4 Utah today in their Guinness World Record title attempt for “Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours (multiple cities)” done to raise funds for Camp Kostopulos and awareness for people with special needs.  General Reyes will attend multiple Utah concerts in the series today.

“Camp K and its partners are using this record breaking opportunity not for personal recognition, but to raise awareness of the many families and children fighting to overcome challenges presented by their disabilities,” said Attorney General Reyes.  "The positive attitude of these children and their families is inspirational. I congratulate Camp K on this monumental attempt, which is a reminder for us all to take action and give back to our communities.”   

To meet the Guinness World Records criteria, Camp K will host a concert in 12 different cities, at 12 different venues in 24 hours to benefit the Kostopolus Dream Foundation. ABC 4 Utah has been chronicling the lead up and will cover the event. A bus and helicopter will be employed to transport the team in order to challenge the record.

The concert series began last night, Nov. 30, 2015, in San Diego at 9p.m., and ends tonight in Salt Lake City, with concert stops also in St. George, Cedar City, Provo, Tooele, Logan, and Ogden, Utah. Attorney General Reyes will attend multiple concerts including the final concert, which will be held at the Grand Theatre at Salt Lake Community College at 9 p.m. (MST). 

Attorney General Reyes has shown ongoing support for Camp Kostopolus. Most recently, on Sept. 10, 2015, he met with families impacted by Prader Willi Syndrome as they took part in therapeutic recreation at the camp.  On that same day, approximately 150 employees of the LDS church were on sight completing Camp K improvement projects. 

Camp K is a charity that works to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing therapeutic recreation, education and growth experiences to those it serves. For more information please visit http://www.campk.org/

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Attorney General Recognized with Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility's 2015 Leadership Award

Over the past year, it's been an honor to support and advance alcohol responsibility especially as we deal as a society with how to prevent DUIs and underage drinking. I was humbled to receive the leadership award this week from Brandy Nannini at the foundation and hope that more Utahns will support the effort to advance awareness for the cause among youth and family members alike. 

 

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Happy Veteran's Day to Utah's Military Heroes

It was an honor to spend some time in Payson today at the Central Utah Veterans Home. I was truly honored and humbled to be able to speak and share stories with so many incredibly courageous military heroes. 

 

 

 

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