CLEVELAND - The Cuyahoga County Council voted to create a consumer division within the Weights and Measures Department. Inspectors already check scales and equipment at stores and gas stations. Now, some employees will help consumers with issues, educate them on ripoffs, and warn the public about troubling new trends that could cost you money.
County Executive Ed Fitzgerald said it will work like the Inspector's General Office. If the consumer division finds a case or problem that should be investigated by authorities, the information will be forwarded to the appropriate authorities whether it be the prosecutor, attorney general, or federal authorities.
The agency will cost $200,000 a year to run.
Several nearby counties already have a unit like this, but it's the first of its kind in Cuyahoga County.
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