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AG Cooper names new head of consumer protection division

Attorney General Roy Cooper has named a new director for the state's Consumer Protection Division.

Adam Hartzell, 40, will begin serving as senior deputy attorney general of the Consumer Protection Division in May.

Hartzell is currently the executive director of Interact, a non-profit agency that serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  He previously practiced law in Wake County and worked as a journalist covering Wall Street.  

“This tough economy makes avoiding scams and spending wisely even more important for North Carolina consumers,” Cooper said in a news release. “Adam will help us continue our fight against unfair business practices on behalf of North Carolinians.”

Hartzell will oversee a staff of more than 50 that includes attorneys, consumer specialists and investigators, and support personnel. The division handled more than 22,000 complaints from North Carolina consumers last year.

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