Business and government leaders say some utility customers in Kentucky have been contacted regarding a phony scheme designed to steal the Social Security numbers of those who participate. Attorney General Jack Conway says victims are told that a new federal bail-out program will pay their utility bills for them, but no such program exists. Conway says the people behind the fraudulent activity are giving out false bank routing numbers in an attempt to get personal information from their victims.
Patriot Coal Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week as it deals with reduced demand for coal and rising costs. Patriot has three operations in Henderson and Union counties in western Kentucky.