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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 »

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 »

Direct Funding Service – Consumer Complaint – 10-31-2011

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Date This Problem Happened: October 28, 2011 State You Live in: Alabama Race/Ethnicity: Black or African American Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $60 Company Name: Direct Funding Service Company Address: Gen X Marketing Group, LLC 2519 McMullen Booth RD Suite 510-121 Clearwater, Florida 33761 Company Telephone Number: 888-467-4349 Website of Company: DirectFundingService.com Consumer Statement: Basically, i was ... Read More »

DJR Group – Consumer Complaint – 10-31-2011

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Date This Problem Happened: October 14, 2011 State You Live in: Tennessee Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $90 Company Name: DJR Group, LLC Company Address: Company Telephone Number: 855-284-7794 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: Got my information and deposited money in my account without my authorization. Then they took $90.00 dollars out of my account. ... 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 »

Avid Law Center – Consumer Complaint – October 26, 2011

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Date This Problem Happened: October 26, 2011 State You Live in: California Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $5,000 Company Name: Avid Law Center Company Address: Company Telephone Number: Website of Company: AvidLawCenter.com Consumer Statement: Avid law center scamed me out of 5 thousand dollars, they promise everything, but manipulates u and record u after sayings ... Read More »

Consumer Advocates Group – Consumer Complaint – 10-27-2010

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Date This Problem Happened: March 21, 2011 State You Live in: Kentucky Race/Ethnicity: Black or African-American Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $2,195 Company Name: Consumer Advocates Group Company Address: 11901 SANTA MONICA BLVD SUITE 574 LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 Company Telephone Number: 866-214-0750 Website of Company: consumer-advocates-group.com Consumer Statement: I contacted Consumer-Advocates-Group concerning Forensic audit and modification ... Read More »

Direct Funding Source – Consumer Complaint – 10-27-2011 (3)

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Date This Problem Happened: October 25, 2011 State You Live in: California Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: Direct Funding Service Company Address: Company Telephone Number: 888-467-4349 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I was already ovedrawn om my bank account. They added .03 cents and then took it away 1 penny at a time ... Read More »

Direct Funding Service – Consumer Complaint – 10-27-2011 (2)

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Date This Problem Happened: October 25, 2011 State You Live in: California Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: Direct Funding Service Company Address: Company Telephone Number: 888-467-4349 Website of Company: directfundingservice.com Consumer Statement: They put .01 in my account 3 times and then took it back , causing me to have 3 NSF fees ... Read More »

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