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State lawmakers pushing bill targeting phone scams

MADISON, WI (WKOW)– Two state lawmakers want to strengthen Wisconsin’s laws dealing with phone scams.

Republican Assemblyman Rob Hutton (R) wrote the bill targeting white collar crimes; things like phone ransom scams and money laundering.

“I think most criminals are cowards at heart and going to prey on those that are least able to defend themselves,” Hutton said. “In many cases, those are the seniors in our communities.”

Under the new bill, any scam topping $10,000 could mean up to 10 years in prison. Anything over $100,000 means up to 12 1/2 years.

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