Albany N.Y-State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is trying to dismantle what he calls a system of creating false online reviews for products and services.
He has settled cases with 19 companies that included $350,000 in penalties.
Schneiderman says he found companies that filed false reviews on Yelp, Google Local, CitySearch and other websites. Many were written by people overseas for $1 to $10 per review.
One undercover agent was able to hire a company to create a false positive impression of a fictitious company