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A Double Dose Of Commodities Scams In North Carolina

Two completely separate men were charged in two completely separate Ponzi schemes in one completely same city of Charlotte, North Carolina on September 23, 2011. Both defendants plead guilty to commodities fraud. Apparently they both promised victims enormous profits from trading in the Charlotte, North Carolina commodities futures market. Mitchell Brain Huffman was charged with a criminal bill of information ... Read More »

Kentucky’s Shiloh Baptist Community Get More Bad Press

Former grant administrator, Yvette Crayton Goodwin, of Shiloh Baptist Community Renewal Center (SBCRS) has been sentenced to a year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $831,742.56 in restitution after being part of a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department. Goodwin pleaded guilty in September of 2009 to charges of a conspiracy to ... Read More »

Do You “Like” To Travel? Southwest Ticket Scam Hits Facebook Again

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I always know that a year has passed, not by the months on a calendar or the weeks in a year but by when the “Two Free Southerwest Airline Tickets” scam hits Facebook. I believe it was this time last year when the scam circulated via a mass tag of names on a photo advertising the “deal.” They’re at it ... Read More »

DOE, A Deer? Or DOE, A-Scammed!

On September 3, 2011 a civil lawsuit was filed against George Peterson, Vice President of Kennewick Industrial & Electric Supply (KIE) for allegedly consciously engaging in two schemes including a kickback and fraud scheme. These schemes resulted in a big loss to the United State Department of Energy (DOE). The allegations regarding the first scheme are that Mr. Peterson engaged, ... Read More »

New Jersey Commodity Pool Operator And Day Trader Faces 55 Years For Two Separate Schemes

Victor Cilli pleaded guilty on October 3, 2011 to an Information charge against him with one count of securities fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of tax evasion. Cilli was a commodity pool operator and day trader in New Jersey and directed two schemes to defraud investors and financial institutions out of about $2 ... Read More »

Amanda Miller’s Rant On Scammers

I don’t understand why people scam people. I don’t understand why people defraud companies. It just doesn’t make much sense to me. Can’t we all just be honest? And hug it out? With a heavy sigh I bring to you today the report of Dinesh Sethi who pled guilty in federal court on September 22, 2011 to one count of ... Read More »

BBB Warns Of Gift Card Scam

It looks as if the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning the country yet again of gift card scams. Once back in July and again in September the BBB put out warnings that consumers should be very wary of the winning of gift cards. It is especially important for people to take caution if they receive an unsolicited phone call ... Read More »

Where’s The Best Place To Get Information To Scam Financial Aid? Jail Of Course!

Student Loan Fraud Is Stupid A former inmate at Leath, Correctional Institution in South Carolina, Michelle Owens, was sentenced on September 28, 2011 for violations of federal student financial aid and mail fraud. Let me start this article off with a small tidbit of information for all of you scamming or thinking about scamming federal student financial aid – don’t. ... Read More »

The Clean, Green, Defrauding Machine!

Clean Green Fuel’s Rodney Hailey was charged in a criminal information filed on October 3, 2011 with wire fraud, money laundering and a violation of the Clean Air Act in connection with a scheme where he allegedly sold $9 million in renewable fuel credits allegedly produced by his company. According to reports Hailey owned Clean Green Fuel and kept several ... Read More »

Are Unemployed Computer Programmers Hacking Your Bank Account?

The term “white collar criminals” always sounded so fancy to me. You know? There’s something that just sounds glamourous about it. But fact of the matter is, there’s nothing glamorous about it – it’s just the same low life scam… in a pretty shirt. Apparently Australia is seeing a surge in white collar crimes due to the world wide financial ... Read More »

Six Involved In AFLAC Scam Don’t Get Parole

In the middle of June 2011 36 people were charged in a number of indictments for their roles in a scheme designed to defraud the American Family Life Assurance Company, better known as AFLAC (AFLAC!!). The people defrauded millions of dollars by filing thousands of false injury claims and to date 28 of the 36 involved and plead guilty. On ... Read More »

A&O Resource Management Executives Sentenced To Jail Time

A&O Resource Management Ltd ‘s co-founder and part-owner were sentenced this past week in federal court for their roles in a $100 million life-settlement fraud scheme. Part-owner, Adley Abdulwahab (pictured below), was sentenced to 60 years while co-founder, Christian Allmendinger got a 45 year sentence. Apparently, the two men took place in selling “bonded life settlements” which guaranteed 10 to ... Read More »

How To Tackle Global Fraud Pandemic: Share And Care

In Australia police are saying that 76 percent of e-mail investment scam victims continue to send money even after police warn them that they’re being deceived. The most common e-mail frauds and scams are those that request money to unlock a promised inheritance payment or to reap rewards from a business opportunity. One of the more famous e-mail scams that ... Read More »

The “King of Infomercials” Found Dead Days Before Fraud Trial

The “King of Infomercials”, Don Lapre, was found dead in his Arizona jail cell early Sunday October 2, 2011. Lapre was known for being an early morning television infomercialist (is that a word? It is now) selling a product called “The Greatest Vitamin in the World.” The vitamins were a big scam and Lapre was facing 41 counts of conspiracy, ... Read More »

Fake Debt Collectors Rip Off Thousands

Recently two New York residents, Timothy Arent and Neil Wieczkowski, were convicted of mail fraud and tax evasion for their roles in a debt collection scheme. From October 2006 through October 2009, Arent and Wieczkowski engaged in a fraudulent debt collection scheme. The two illegally purchased debtor information from two former employees of a Buffalo debt collection business and used ... Read More »

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