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FTC Settles Charges Against Children’s Social Media Network After Collecting Personal Information Without Parental Consent

The operator of SkidEKids.com has settled charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after collecting children’s information without parental consent. The website, SkidEKids.com, has been marketed and advertised as a website similar to Facebook or Myspace but for children, providing for them a safe and educational place on the internet. According to the FTC, Skid-e-kids is a social networking site ... Read More »

Mother Daughter Fraud Team Pleads Guilty After Five Days Of Trial

Mid-trial a mother and daughter fraudster team, along with an accomplice from Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to participating in a mortgage fraud scheme that lead to more than $1.9 million in mortgage loan losses to lenders. Mother, Patricia Smith, pleaded guilty to Counts Four and Five of the Superseding Indictment, which charged her with wire fraud. Daughter, Jamilah Smith, pleaded ... Read More »

Franklin Drywall Cheats The Law And The Law Won

The owner and president of Franklin Drywall was sentenced in federal court last week for one count of providing false statements to two labor union pension and benefit funds. These acts by this Little Canada-based union sheet-rocking company was part of a scheme to underpay employees for overtime and underpay the union for pension and benefit contributions required by collective ... Read More »

Newspaper Deliveryman Makes Amanda Miller’s List Of “People I Wouldn’t Suspect Of Fraud”

Amanda Miller’s list of “People I Wouldn’t Suspect of Fraud” just keeps on growing week in and week out! Amongst the already listed TSA employee, postal carrier, United Nations employee and firefighter I now introduce to the list: a newspaper deliveryman. A guilty plea was announced last week by Andre Tyler, a Maryland newspaper deliveryman, to unauthorized use of an ... Read More »

First Ever Central Florida Law Firm To Be Forced To Resign From BBB

KEL law firm, formally Kaufman, Englett & Lynd, has been forced to resign from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Florida. The resignation of this Orlando based law firm marks “the first area law firm to be ousted in the business-rating agency’s 27-year history.” Apparently the BBB has complained that over the past year KEL has failed to resolve ... Read More »

Defendants Lose The Weight Of Their Assets In “Hoodia” Weight Loss Case

In April of 2009 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged makers of a “Hoodia” weight loss supplement with deceptive advertising. The companies, Nutraceuticals International, Stella Labs and key company players and controllers David Romeo, Deborah Vickery, Craig Payton, and Zoltan Klivinyi claimed that using their product would lead to weight loss and appetite suppression. In its complaint, the FTC alleges ... Read More »

Escorts.com To Pay $6.4 Million With Money Laundering Charges

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It was announced yesterday that the filing of a criminal information against corporations, R.S. Duffy and National A-1 Advertising, was issued charging them with money laundering and criminal forfeiture allegations including a plea agreement calling for the forfeiture of $4.9 million and a $1.5 million fine. According to the Information filed it’s alleged that the corporate defendants operated an Internet ... Read More »

Two Liberian Nationals Arrested In Black Money Scheme

Two Liberian nationals have been arrested on criminal complaints charging them after allegedly defrauding a man out of $100,000 in a “black money” scheme. According to Affidavits in support of the Criminal Complaints, it is alleged that Anthony Chadheen and Alvin Pennue persuaded their victim to provide them with $100,000 in cash to purchase chemicals and supplies to process large ... Read More »

Online Shopping Tips For The Holiday Shopping On The Horizon

I feel it’s safe to assume that since Halloween is now over we can officially label this time of the year as the Holiday Season! Which I am super excited about! I love Thanksgiving and December’s holidays – mostly for the food – but often find the obligation and burden of buying gifts a heavy strain on my wallet, as ... Read More »

Transcontinental Warranty Fake Auto-Service Warranties Lands Execs In Prison

After pitching $40 million in fake auto-service warranties two former telemarketing executives are sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000 each. Christopher Cowart and Cris Sagnelli of Florida pleaded guilty last December to federal fraud charges arising out of the telemarketing sales practices of Transcontinental Warranty, a Florida company selling so called “auto warranties” through robo ... Read More »

New Defendant Named In $105 Million Ponzi Scheme

A pending federal case investigating a $105 million “ponzi” scheme has charged a new defendant in the case. Newly added defendant, Alfred Gerebizza, is alleged that he and co-defendant Daniel Spitzer engaged in a ponzi scheme that resulted in losses of around $34 million after fraudulently obtaining over $105 million from over 400 victims. On October 26, Gerebizza pleaded not ... Read More »

135 Month Sentence For $45 Million Medicare Fraud

Houston, Texas doctor, Christina Joy Clardy, was sentenced to just over 11 years (135 months) in federal prison for a monumental health care fraud conspiracy the resulted in Medicare and Texas Medicaid programs to be billed $45,039,230 over a 30 month period. Clardy is the third defendant to be sentenced in this matter. Last week Umawa Oke Imo, the owner ... Read More »

Did You Win $2.5 Million And A Mercedes Benz From The BBB? I Didn’t Think So…

If you receive a phone call claiming that you’ve won $2.5 million and a Mercedes Benz from a “representative” of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) be wary and hang up! The BBB put out a warning today “cautioning businesses and consumers about a website and phone calls that are purporting to be from BBB about sweepstakes’ winnings. This is a ... Read More »

Glenn Beck-Endorsed Goldline Charged With Fraud

If you’re familiar with those old television ads with the likes of Glenn Beck and other conservative political figures endorsing the company Goldline you’re more than likely aware of the deals they offered for consumers to buy gold in order to protect families in these rough economic times. Over a year ago ABC Good Morning America’s Brian Ross started an ... Read More »

Chimney Sweep Scams Sweeping The Country

You know, I moved to the South in an attempt to prolong warm weather enjoyment and avoid winter and cold weather, however, this year like many others I’ve found an early winter and cold autumn nights. In an attempt to boycott the cold weather I refused to turn the heat on in my house until absolutely necessary. I was determined ... Read More »

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