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Second Annual Small Business Saturday Could Mean Deal For American Express Cardholders

November hosts Small Business Saturday! Never heard of it? Me either. But apparently in honor of the day which is dedicated to small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to support the day and attempting to spread awareness. “For the second year in a row, American Express OPEN has ... Read More »

Former Chief Accountant Of Beazer Homes Convicted Of Fraud

Last Friday former chief accounting officer, Michael Rand, for Beazer Homes was convicted for seven crimes relating to an accounting fraud conspiracy at Beazer over a seven year time span along with document destruction and obstruction of justice. The government has been investigating Beazer for just over 3 and a half year (since March 2007) and in July of 2009 ... Read More »

27 Year Old Charged With Wire Fraud

Locust Offshore Management and Locus Offshore Fund operator Andrey Hicks was charged last week in a complaint with wire fraud at the ripe, young age of 27. The complaint alleges that since March 2011, Hicks has obtained more than $1.6 million from at least nine individuals and two entities for investment purposes using the two Locust entities, which operated from ... Read More »

North Carolina Man Is Seventh Convicted Of $40 Million Black Diamond Ponzi Scheme

It was announced last week that Bryan Keith Coats of Clayton, North Carolina plead guilty to his role in connection with the Black Diamoind Ponzi Scheme Investigation that resulted in a $40 million investment fraud conspiracy. Coats admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit commodities, securities, and wire fraud and one count of promotional money laundering conspiracy. According to ... Read More »

Is It Prescription Harvesting Season Again? Sixteen Arrested In Conjunction With Operation “Psyched Out”

I love the names investigators attach to investigations. For example, last week 16 arrests in conduction with Operation “Psyched Out” were made. Operation “Psyched Out”! Love the name, not the act. Apparently sixteen people affiliated with the Manor Medical Imaging Clinic and pharmacies in and around the San Gabriel Valley in California participated in “prescription harvesting” related to an $18 ... Read More »

New Jersey Fraudster Faces A Possible 1,100 Year Sentence

After running an investment fraud scheme and causing at least $200 million in losses, Eliyahu Weinstein was indicted last week with 45 charges. Weinstein has been charged one one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 29 counts of wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud while on pretrial release, one count of bank fraud and 12 counts of money ... Read More »

Black Market Organ Sales Poses Threat Towards Public Health

Last Thursday, Levy Izhak Rosenbaum (Isaac Rosenbaum), an Isralei citizen living in New York, admitted to brokering three illegal kidney transplants for payments of more than $120,000. He has been charged with three counts of acquiring, receiving and otherwise transferring human organs for valuable consideration for use in human transplantation; and one count of conspiracy to do the same. While ... Read More »

Bank Of America Backs Off $5 Debit Card Fees After Anti-Fee Petition Skyrockets

Tell Bank Of America No Debit Card Fees

Just one month ago I wrote about the implementation of debit card fees coming into play for big banks such as Chase, Wells Fargo and most notably Bank of America. Due to the change in a new government regulation that caps what banks can charge merchants for debit transactions they announced plans to implement a monthly debit card fee to ... Read More »

BBB Warns of StubHub E-mail Scam

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) announced last week that a new phishing scam could be hitting an e-mail inbox near you! False e-mails are being sent from what appears to be ticketing sales site, StubHub (you know, the Ryan Secrest endorsed ticket site), and are tricking many victims into turning over personal information. Apparently it’s been reported that the e-mail ... Read More »

All Aboard The Fraud Express! $1 Billion Ticket To Ride!

There’s not many fraud stories that cross my desk now that make me drop my jaw. I mean, really, a scam is a scam is a scam. But this doozy, oh this one has me sitting here looking like the kid from the Home Alone movies: hands flat on the sides of my face, jaw dropped and eyes wide. Charges ... Read More »

Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Not So Friendly After Deputy Chief Embezzles Federal Funds

When I hear the mention of Alabama’s Friendship Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) my mind immediately jumps to the thought of a sweet, small, benevolent, rural community; and not necessarily to fraud and theft. ::Sigh:: Thank you cruel world for shattering my optimistic thoughts, yet again. It was announced last week that the Deputy Chief, Angelia Curran, of the Friendship Volunteer ... Read More »

Commonwealth Temporary Services Owner Sentenced For “One Of The Most Egregious Tax Evasion Schemes”

It was announced on October 26, 2011 that Michael Powers, former owner of Commonwealth Temporary Services, a temporary employment agency, has been sentenced to seven years in prison in “one of the most egregious tax evasion schemes” the sentencing judge had ever come across. The former temp agency apparently ran a $30 million under-the-table payroll scheme and avoided more than ... Read More »

FTC Asks To Restrict Pay-For-Delay Deals To Lower Consumers’ Health Care Costs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a report of data pertaining to the 2011 fiscal year which showed that pharmaceutical companies continued an anticompetitive trend of paying potential generic rivals to delay the introduction of low-cost prescription drug alternatives for American consumers. If you’re like me, generic pharmaceutical drugs save my life, not only literally but fiscally as well. ... Read More »

Economic Birth Control : Steady Decline In Births Since Start Of Recession

A new study out by The Pew Research Center shows a correlation between a decline in the economy and birth rates. Apparently since 2008 there has been a sharp decline in not only our economy but also fertility rates in the United States. In 2007 the United States hit 4,316,233 births, a record high number, but since that time the ... Read More »

Former Employee Defrauds United Nations

Jeffery Armstrong was found guilty on nine counts of wire fraud in over $100,000 of salary payments by holding concurrent jobs at both the National Labor Relations Boards (NLRB) and the United Nations (UN). Back in June of 2011 Armstrong was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud for his scheme to defraud the UN and the NLRB but was ... Read More »

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