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      NY AG to discuss scam targeting Fort Drum soldiers

      New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be in the North Country to make an announcement regarding a scam that targeted soldiers serving at Fort Drum.

      Schneiderman will be at his Watertown office this afternoon to discuss and answers questions about his investigation of a company accused of defrauding hundreds of soldiers serving at nearby Fort Drum, home to the Army's 10th Mountain Division.

      Earlier this year, Schneiderman announced that Buffalo-based debt collector Stephanie Lowinger had pleaded guilty to charges of scheming to defraud military families and was permanently banned from future debt collection activities.

      Investigators said Lowinger and collectors she employed falsely told members of military families that those on active duty faced arrest by military police and a dishonorable discharge if they didn't pay alleged debts.

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