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Amanda Miller

What Happens When (Alleged) Greed Takes Over Your Life?

Earlier this month it was announced that John Voloshin was arrested for operating multiple alleged fraud schemes. According to allegations in court documents and statements made in court, Voloshin has represented himself to be in the business of real estate development. In approximately 2006, Voloshin asked an individual to loan him $500,000. Voloshin indicated that he was in contract to ... Read More »

    Mid-2000s Multimillion Dollar Fraudster Finally Gets Sentenced

    In the mid-2000s Clarence Allen Rice, owner of C & J Leasing Corporation, ran a complex, multimillion dollar wire fraud scheme to which he was just sentenced to a term of 70 months in prison for earlier this month. Trial and sentencing evidence showed that Rice suffered over $800,000 in day trading losses in the early 2000s using his company’s ... Read More »

      Three Plea Not Guilty In Skimming Scam Across Southern New England

      Three New York residents were charged last week with an indictment charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud and identity theft offenses related to an alleged participation in an ATM “skimming” scheme across southern New England. Gabriela Graham and two citizens of Turkey, Mehmet Aydin and Ahmet Cilek, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, six ... Read More »

        Former Owner And President Of Allied Health Care Sentenced For $135 Million Phony Lease Scheme

        Former owner and president of Allied Heath Care Services, Charles Schwartz, was sentenced last week to 195 months in prison (16.25 years) for organizing and executing a $135 million phony lease scheme that losses of more than $80 million and victimized over 50 financial institutions. In April Schwartz pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud but has been in ... Read More »

          Home Start America CEO And Founder Sentenced To 50 Months In Prison For Role In $1.5 Million Fraud Conspiracy

          CEO and founder of alleged real estate investment firm Home Start America (HSA), Michael Kaufman, was sentenced to 50 months in prison last week for his role in a long-running, large scale wire fraud conspiracy with loan officer David Wynn. According to documents filed and statements made in court: Kaufman founded HSA in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and at one time ... Read More »

            Refunds Now Being Sent To Victims Of Express Consolidation Debt Management Services

            Four years after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a case against Randall Leshlin and his debt management services company, Express Consolidation, the FTC is mailing out refund checks to almost 3,000 consumers across the country that fell victim to worthless debt management services. The reimbursement stems from a February 2009 contempt finding against Florida attorney Randall L. Leshin, and ... Read More »

              If At First You Don’t Succeed, Commit Fraud and Fail Again : Defrauding From Behind Bars

              Three defendants have been sentenced to federal prison on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft; one man committing fraud from prison. According to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: In late January 2011, Samantha Johnson stole the wallet of a 93-year-old woman while she was shopping at a retail establishment ... Read More »

                Embezzled, Diverted And Stolen Funds Used To Pay For Adult Entertainment

                The guilty plea of vice present and co-operater of Coral Mortgage Bankers Corporation’s University City office, Matthew Kent, was announced earlier this month by the United States Attorney’s Office. According to court documents, between May 2007 and December 31, 2010, Kent, his partner in Coral Mortgage, David Rubin and Joshua Gould, formerly of Woodbury Financial, embezzled approximately $1,500,000 from a ... Read More »

                  Mother Sentenced To Almost 6 Years Jail Time In Family Fraud Affair

                  Earlier this year Janice Edwina Demmitt was convicted of the federal felony offenses charged in a 27-count indictment against her and her son, Timothy Fry. At trial, Demmitt was convicted on on one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, eight counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of money laundering. Her son, Fry, whom plead guilty to one count ... Read More »

                    Defendants Arrested In Conjunction With $700,000 Health Care Fraud

                    Earlier this month three people, Ovsanna Agopian (aka Joanna Ovsanna / Joanna Smbatyan / Ovsanna Agopian), Boghos Babadjanian and Tolulope Labeodan, were charged in a federal indictment with various offenses related to their involvement in the operation of Euless Healthcare Corporation. The 10-count indictment charges each defendant with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and nine substantive ... Read More »

                      CPA Pleads Guilty In Connection With $670 Million Fraud Scheme

                      Certified public accountant (CPA) and alleged outside auditor for Provident Capital Indemnity (PCI), Jorge Luis Castillo, plead guilty last week for his role in a $670 million fraud scheme effecting victims across the country and abroad. Castillo plead guilty to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. According to a ... Read More »

                        Missouri Mayor Sentenced For Fraud, Embezzlement And Witness Tampering

                        Earlier this month the United States Attorney’s Office announced that Kinloch, Missouri’s Mayor Keith Conway was being sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $62,429 on charges of using the city’s funds to pay personal expenses, fund personal travel, purchase a Florida vacation condo timeshare (sorry, no jail clause in those puppies!), and attempting to ... Read More »

                          Hacking, Blackmailing And Idiocy: How Not To Get A Job From Marriott

                          Did you hear the one about Hungarian who hacked Marriott’s computers and demanded employment? No? It’s a real doozy. Hungarian citizen, Attila Nemeth, has plead guilty to transmitting a malicious code to Marriott International Corporation (Marriott) computers and threatened to reveal confidential information obtained within the company’s computers unless Marriott offered him a job. I’m not sure how job interviews ... Read More »

                            FTC Continues TSR Crack Down

                            As part of its ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal pre-recorded robocalls, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking action against an operation that allegedly helped clients make illegal robocalls, call phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and mask Caller ID information, in violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. This conduct generated tens of thousands ... Read More »

                              The Misbranding of Vioxx Results In A Nearly $1 Billion Resolution

                              Last week the Justice Department announced that Merck, Sharp, & Dohme, an American pharmaceutical company, has agreed to resolve criminal charges and civil claims in relation to their promotion and marketing of the painkiller, Vioxx (rofecoxib) by paying $950 million. Yes, you read that right; just shy of $1 billion. Under the resolution terms, Mereck will plead guilty to a ... Read More »

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