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Adult Baby Continues To Receive Social Security Benefits – Fraud Allegations Dropped

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Stanley Thornton, Jr. was featured, not too long ago, on an episode of National Geographic’s television show, “Taboo” where his life of living as an Adult Baby was showcased. When I first came across this news story I immediately thought of an episode of CSI I had seen once of an adult man living his life as a baby due ... Read More »

Infant Funeral Scam Hits The Streets Of California

Any scam is a bad scam. But, any scam that uses an infant’s funeral as their backbone is no good, downright horrible and loathsome scam. Californian police announced that a street-corner panhandler scam has swept their streets as a woman and three accomplices attempt to raise money for the funeral of an infant… that doesn’t exist. This scam has been ... Read More »

Beware Of Breast Cancer… And Breast Cancer Scams

It’s that time of the year folks; charity walks, pink ribbons and women posting obscure Facebook status updates in honor of, you guessed it, Breast Cancer Awareness month! Due to the awareness (and sometimes re-awareness) of this cancer and month charities and foundations usually see a spike in donations during the month of October for Breast Cancer research and treatment. ... Read More »

Reebok Owes $25 Million Settlement And Customer Refunds For EasyTone Shoes

A few years ago my life used to revolve around shoes. No, not pretty, girly, snazzy shoes but legitimate, athletic, training shoes. There’s no business like shoe business! Back then, I could tell you anything you wanted to know about any shoe on the market. Around the time that I stepped down from the industry the Reebok EasyTone shoes were ... Read More »

BBB Warns Of Unapproved Funds Directly Withdrawn By Funds Direct

Yesterday the Better Business Bureau (BBB) put put a warning of an “instant cash” Las Vegas company, Funds Direct, that are allegedly debiting consumer’s accounts $30 without authorization. Complaints filed by consumers are saying that their accounts are having direct withdrawals taken but that they have never had any contact or even heard of Funds Direct until their money was ... Read More »

Federal Government Job Scam Halted

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has halted a countrywide scheme that falsely promised consumers help to get federal government jobs through exclusive listings. According to the FTC, Frontier Publishing, doing business as American Data Group, targeted and charged consumers for information pertaining to federal government jobs (jobs that the federal government provides for free) but did not give them enough ... Read More »

Free Government Grants, Diet Pills and Credit, Oh My!

Looking for free government grants endorsed by President Obama and Vice President Biden? Dietary supplements supported by scientific research and endorsed by Oprah? How about exclusive credit offers? …Keep looking. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has halted an operation called, the “Grant Connect” program, that allegedly deceived and mislead consumers about bogus products and services with unsubstantiated claims. The complaint ... Read More »

True Cradle Robbers – Stealing Credit From The Cradle

It’s often not a parent’s first thought to check the credit report of their minor child, however, it may now become a necessity. Not because a child may fraudulently be using credit without their parents’ knowledge but because scammers may have stolen their unused Social Security number and identity. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) put out a warning last week ... Read More »

Nine More Charged In Fraud Of Holocaust Survivor Programs

Charges have been announced against nine more participants in a scheme that defrauded programs that were established to aid survivors Holocaust survivors of of Nazi persecution out of over $57 million. Thus far, 30 have been charged in connection with this scheme and the nine newly announced fraudsters include: Henry Gordin, Genrikh Kolontryrskiy, Viktor Levin, Ella Voskresenskiy, Zlata Blavatnik, Pytor ... Read More »

Food Stamp Fraud Results In 5 Years Of Prison

Talib Kadhim of Connecticut, has been sentenced to 15 months of prison and three years of supervised release for one count of food stamp fraud for defrauding the Food Stamp Program out of $94,049.59. Apparently, from January of 2008 until March of 2009, Kadhim fraudulently redeemed food stamps for cash and other ineligible items at a market that he in ... Read More »

Treasury Reports An 88 Percent Increase In Mortgage-Fraud Since 2010

Banks are re-examining loans that took place during the housing boom and are now finding problems which has resulted in a large jump of reported mortgage-fraud. Reports are showing an 88 percent jump in the second quarter according to the Treasury Department. “Most of the mortgages suspected of fraud closed during the height of the real-estate bubble, the financial-crimes division ... Read More »

Is Your Child A “Bieliber”? Parents Bieberware: Justin Bieber Twitter Scam!

Justin Bieber, @JustinBieber, has nearly 13.5 million followers on popular micro-blog site, Twitter.com, and he follows just over 116 thousand accounts. If your child has been hit with “Bieber Fever” chances are you’ve heard ALL about Bieber’s updates and happenings in his life. You should “bieberware” (that’s “beware” in the cryptic language of Bieber-nease) though because a new Twitter scam ... Read More »

Homeowners In Financial Distress Lose Over $1.2 Million To Mortgage “Rescue” Fraud

To the tune of a MasterCard commercial: $4.7 million in fradulent mortgage loans… $944,224 lost by lenders…. $1.2 million lost in equity to homeowners…. Shameful. Mary Ann Dean and Charles Donaldson pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme of Sunset Mortgage Company. Dean was a loan originator and operator ... Read More »

Another MetLife Employee Strikes Again!

Just a few days ago I reported on how former MetLife employee, Mark Edward Salyer of Tennessee, was responsible for the investment fraud scheme to the tune of $6 million between June of 2005 until June of 2007. Three days later, on October 6, 2011, Pensylvannia resident John Wosotowsky pleaded guilty to two counts (mail fraud and filing a false ... Read More »

No Excuses For Sloppy Mortgage Foreclosure Practices

President Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force strikes again! The task force was assembled to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive efforts to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. Personally, I think there are too many “force”s in the interagency’s title. Perhaps it works in their favor, because this week the force is strong! On October 6, 2011 the United States ... Read More »

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