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Faked Emails Favoring Dominion's Scana Bid Spark State Probe

  • Emails were sent in name of residents without their knowledge
  • Dominion is seeking to purchase utility for $7.9 billion
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Authorities are investigating a flurry of allegedly phony emails sent to South Carolina lawmakers in support of Dominion Energy Inc.’s $7.9 billion takeover bid for troubled Scana Corp.

The form emails were made to look as though they were sent by South Carolina citizens and came via a website operated by Consumer Energy Alliance, a Houston-based trade group representing Dominion and other energy companies.