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:7 PageTen N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, February 21, 2019 Older Iowans Warned About Offers of 'Free Government Benefits' Older Iowans who receive official-looking mailers with "FREE government benefits" in large print should beware: A private company might be fishing for your information and trying to sell you insurance. An Arizona printing company and a Missouri insurance agency must stop sending deceptive mailers to Iowans as a result of separate consent judgments. The Iowa Attorney General's Office had alleged that the companies had violated the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act and the Older Iowans Act. The mailers were sent to at least 61,750 Iowans. The front of the mailers had an illustration of the U.S. Capitol and below it said "Official Business" and "Important information about your government benefit". The envelopes also said "Receive your FREE Government Benefits Information Brochure" with "Free Government Benefits" in larger type. Inside, the mailer offered a "Senior Final Expense Program" that would "pay 100% of all funeral expenses not paid by Social Security, up to $15,000 for each senior covered. To see if you qualify, mail this postage paid card today." The addressee was asked to provide name, address, phone, age, and spouse's age and name. In small type at the bottom of the page, the card read "Not affiliated with or endorsed by any government or Medicare program." The Attorney General's investigation showed that the mailers were targeted to Iowans as old as 85 and with annual incomes as low as $15,000. More than 1,000 Iowans responded to the mailer. The mailers were sent by Countrywide Printing and Mailing Services, LLC, of Tempe, Arizona, at the direction of McAfee and Associates of Hannibal, Missouri. In a consent judgment entered by Fifth District Chief Judge Arthur Gamble in November, Countrywide and its owner, Troy V. Fish, are barred from engaging in printing and mailing services aimed at Iowa consumers. They also must pay $10,000 to the Consumer Fraud Enforcement Fund and destroy any names or other personal information of Iowans. Fish also agreed to cooperate with the Attorney General's investigation. In a consent judgment entered by Polk County District Judge Celene C. Gogerty, McAfee and Associates and its representatives - John A. McAfee of Hannibal; Alexander Chasteen of West Des Moines; Clay Walters of Grimes, Iowa; Justin Roberts of Waukee; and Rachael Edmondson of Kansas City, Mo. - are barred from sending mailers to Iowans that, among other things, "create a false impression that the mailer is sent from any government entity or department." The mailers also must say that McAfee and Associates is a for-profit insurance business. The defendants must pay $5,000 total to the state. McAfee and its agents denied that they were involved in the design of the mailers. If the defendants violate the consent judgment, they could be subject to fines of up to $5,000 per day of the violation under Iowa's Consumer Fraud Act. B.usinesses that commit fraud against the elderly can face additional civil penalties under the Older Iowans Act. Seniors are frequent targets of scammers, according to a U.S. Senate report released in January. The Special Committee on Aging found that older adults lose an estimated $2.9 billion each year to financial scams. Among the top scams are people posing as representatives of government agencies. If you receive questionable mailings or calls, contact the Iowa Attorney General's Office at www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov, consumer@ag .iowa.gov, or 515-281-5926 (outside the Des Moines area, call toll-free: 888-777-4590). constructors &engineersM,c, CONSTRUCTION HELP NEEDED!! Gleeson is accepting applicatiOnS for the following positions: Laborers Carpenters Ironworkers Concrete Finishers $17.00-$19.00 Szt.oo- $z4.oo $Zl.OO- $z4.oo $21.oo- $z4.oo PRIOR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! Please apply online: www.gleesonllc.com Email Resume: ptabbert@gleesonllc.com In person at the jobsite trailer, located at: Job site Trailer- (515) 344-8665 c/o: Michael Foods, Inc. 101 Delaware Street Norwalk, IA 50211 Must be able to pass pre-employment physical * Post Offer Pre-Employrnent Drug Testing & E-Verify Required Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, L.L.C. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AA Employer). Have a news item for the paper? Send it to us by email at news@norwalk newspaper.com Norwalk Easter Public Library Hours of Operation Monday- Thursday I0 a.n - 8p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 6p.m. Salurday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 4 ]zra. 1051 North Avenue Sole Mates and Surgery By Dorothy Rosby I used to keep the partners of every sock my family ever lost on the off chance that someday their sole mates would return. It was wishful thinking, considering some of them probably went missing while we were living in our last house, and we left there more than 20 years ago. Then an acquaintance needed socks for a craft project, so I gave her some and tossed the rest, and it felt good to be rid of them. But it's a law of the universe, as reliable as gravity, that shortly after you finally dispose of something, even something you haven't used in years, you'll suddenly wish you had it. I had foot surgery in December. It wasn't serious. I did start getting uh cold feet right before the procedure but it turned out to be fairly easy. In fact, I slept right through it. Recovery was harder - especially for my husband. I needed to keep my foot up for a few days and yelling for help every time I needed something was inconvenient for him. But it wasn't an easy time for me either. Showering was a challenge. Several times, while I was maneuvering in an out of the shower, trying to keep my bandaged foot dry, I almost broke my leg. And getting a pant leg over the bandages was so hard that I was tempted to wear pajamas my first day back to work. Naturally, I also needed socks. Fortunately, I have some sleep socks that are big enough to fit over the bandages and into my surgical shoe. Unfortunately, they're too big to fit into my other shoe. And that's when my bag of widowed, separated, and divorced socks would have come in handy. You're probably wondering why I didn't just wear a sock one day and its partner the next. How naive. Anyone who thinks it's that simple probably also thinks socks only go missing in the dryer. Those of us who have studied the phenomenon of missing socks know that the minute a sock is left alone, it's in danger. I've had socks go missing from the laundry basket and from the heap of dirty clothes beside the laundry basket. I've had them wander away from the pile of clean, unfolded laundry on the couch. I've even had them go missing while I've been sitting on my bed, putting on their partner. And now, they're disappearing off the top of my dresser, which is where I've been keeping them while I wear their mate and they wait their turn. At least I thought that'swhere I was keeping them. Eventuallyi' I got my bandages off. You have to be pretty impressed by medical staff who can remove bandages from a foot that hasn't been washed in weeks. I was excited about washing it again that I thought about having a little celebration, maybe inviting some people over to watch. I didn't, but I thought about it. They could have helped me look for my socks: " i I'd hoped tl at once I got the bandages off, life would return normal for me and my sock drawer. But my foot isn't quite ready to jam into a real shoe yet, so I'm s{ ill wearing my surgical shoe and mismatched, flocks. And once again, I have a big collection of single socks. Not only that; I'm missing a shoe. Iowa Scholarship for the Arts The Iowa Schols/rship for the Arts is bffered annually to Iowans who will graduate from an Iowa high school this' year and be accepted as a full-time undergraduate student at a fully accredited Iowa college or university with a major in animation, architecture, dance, fashion, fine arts education, folk and traditional arts, graphic design, literature, media arts, music, theater, or visual arts. This year's recipientswill receive $1,500 toward his or her 2019-2020 academic year expenses. Applicants must submit an application, write an essay about their artistic vision and career goals, and provide work samples and one letter of recommendation. The application deadline is March 1st. Scholarship recipients will be invited to an award ceremony in April at the State Capitol. Contact Jennie Knoebel at jennie.knoebel@iowa.gov for more information. Administered by the Iowa Arts Council, the Iowa Scholarship for the Arts was established in conjunction with a benefit concert by world-renowned opera singer Simon Estes for the state of Iowa's Homecoming '86 celebration. Two years later, the Iowa Arts Council established an endowment to guarantee perpetual funding of the program. The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. More information is available at iowaculture.gov.