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State & Local Consumer Agencies

State and local consumer protection offices mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, license and regulate a variety of professionals, promote strong consumer protection legislation, provide educational materials and advocate in the consumer interest. To save time, call the office before sending in a written complaint. Ask if the office handles the type of complaint you have, and if complaint forms are provided.

State Offices
William Oemichen,
Administrator Division of Trade and ConsumerProtection
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
2811 Agriculture Dr., P.O. Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708
608-224-4976
Toll free in WI: 1-800-422-7128
Fax: 608-224-4939

Margaret Quaid, Regional Supervisor
Division of Trade and Consumer Protection
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
3610 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire, WI 54701-7754
715-839-3848
Toll free in WI: 1-800-422-7128
Fax: 715-839-1645

Judy Cardin, Regional Supervisor
Division of Trade and Consumer Protection
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
200 North Jefferson Street, Suite 146A
Green Bay, WI 54301
920-448-5110
Toll free in WI: 1-800-422-7128
TDD: 608-224-5058
Fax: 920-448-5118

Elmer Prenzlow, Regional Supervisor
Consumer Protection Regional Office
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
10930 W. Potter Road, Suite C
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3450
414-226-1231
Toll free: 1-800-422-7128

County Offices
Frederic Matestic
Assistant District Attorney
Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office
Consumer Fraud Unit
821 West State Street, Room 412
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2485
414-278-4585
Fax: 414-223-1955

James Dehne
Consumer Fraud Investigator
Racine County Sheriff's Department
717 Wisconsin Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
414-636-3125
Toll free: 1-800-242-4202, ext. 3125
Fax: 414-637-5279

State Banking Regulators

The officials listed below regulate and supervise state-chartered banks. Many of them handle or refer problems and complaints about other types of financial institutions as well. Some also answer general questions about banking and consumer credit. If you are dealing with a federally chartered bank, check the listing of Selected Federal Agencies.

Richard Dean
Secretary, Department of Financial Institutions
345 W. Washington Ave 5th Floor P.O. Box 7876
Madison, WI 53707-7876
608-261-9555
Toll free in WI: 1-800-452-3328
Fax: 608-264-7968
Web site: badger.state.wi.us/agencies/dfi

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State Insurance Regulators

Each state has its own laws and regulations for all types of insurance, including car, homeowner and health insurance. The officials listed below enforce these laws. Many of these offices can provide you with information to help you make informed insurance buying decisions.

Randy Blumer
Acting Commissioner of Insurance
121 E. Wilson Street (53702)
P.O. Box 7873
Madison, WI 53707-7873
608-266-0103
Toll free in WI: 1-800-236-8517
Fax: 608-261-9935
TDD/TTY toll free: 1-800-947-3529
E-mail: pdavalt@mail.state.wi.us
Web site: badger.state.wi.us/agencies/oci

Back to the top Sources include the Consumer's Resource Handbook, U.S. General Services Administration. We welcome updates and corrections. Please address the Webmaster.

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