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Judge Bloom Finds California-Based Internet Lender, CashCall, Abused West Virginia Consumers, Violated State Usury Laws. $15 Million Returned to WV

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In a much-anticipated ruling likely to have national implications, Kanawha Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom entered two lengthy orders yesterday finding in favor of the State on all its claims and ordering Internet lender, CashCall, of Anaheim, California, to pay $15 million in civil penalties, refunds, and cancelled debts for the 292 West Virginia consumers who obtained the loans and ... Read More »

A 25 Count Indictment For Investment Scheme Fraudster Announced

A federal grand jury in Pheonix returned a 25 count indictment against Gerald Lee Kelly on four counts of wire fraud, six counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of money laundering and five counts of structuring financial transactions to avoid federal bank reporting requirements. The indictment alleges that in 2006 and 2007, Kelly operated a business called Cornerstone Financial Holdings, ... Read More »

Ponzi Schemes Are The New Black

Thirteen days into the year and I feel like all I’ve written about is Ponzi-scheme after Ponzi-scheme after Ponzi-scheme. Today I bring to you the sentencing of Jenifer Devine, the woman who owned a purported wholesale merchandise broker and admitted to running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that resulted in over $2 million in losses to investors. Devine has been sentenced ... Read More »

YachtOne Fraudster Pleads Guilty To Yacht-Investment Scam

On January 6, 2012, Alton Milton pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a yacht-investment scam and could face between 27 and 33 months in prison with three years of supervised release and ordered to pay over $886,000 in resitution. Milton admitted the details of his crime before the Judge last week. In approximately May 2004, Minton entered into ... Read More »

Largest Recruiter Of Shapiro’s $930 Million Ponzi Scheme Sentenced

Sydney Jack Williams of Naples, Florida was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison for failing to report more than $12 million to the IRS in related commissions received in Nevin Shapiro’s $930 million Ponzi scheme. Williams previously plead guilty to an Information that charged him with one count of subscribing to a false tax return. During ... Read More »

Fraudster Sentenced After Defrauding Victims In Investment Fraud

James DeAngelis was sentenced last week to 57 months in prison for participation in a fraud investment scheme where he defrauded more than 15 victims out of $800,000. In May of 2011 DeAngelis pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, ad conspiracy to structure financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. According to the court documents ... Read More »

Houston Physician Gets 11 Years In Prison – AGAIN

Dr. Ira Klein, a physician in Houston, Texas, was sentenced in 2007 to federal prison for defrauding insurance companies of more than $10 million. He, like so many criminals before him, has appeared in federal court again for a re-sentencing hearing. A federal jury convicted Klein in November 2006 of 18 counts of mail fraud and 26 counts of health ... Read More »

Absolute Poker Payment Processor Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Brent Beckley, the director of payment processing for Absolute Poker, pled guilty this month in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to engage in unlawful internet gambling and conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud, in connection with a scheme to deceive U.S. banks and financial institutions, using them to process tens of millions of dollars in payments for Absolute ... Read More »

Mortgage Broker Pleads Guilty To Extortion Conspiracy Of Homeowners

In late November it was announced that New Jersey mortgage broker, Robert Cusic Jr., admitted that he conspired with a New Jersey attorney, Thomas Frey, and others to extort victims out of money and property by falsely stating they were the subjects of criminal investigations. Cusic plead guilty to an Information charging him with conspiracy to commit extortion under fear ... Read More »

What Makes A Scam WISE?

In conjunction with a $15 million fraudulent investment scheme Duane Allen Eddings was found guilty of wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion. Talk about a financial mess! According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on February 26, 2009, Eddings and co-defendant Robert Cephus Brown Jr., were indicted on charges that, from September 2005 to May ... Read More »

Adoption Scams Make Me Sick

In the business of reporting fraud and scams you often find similar situations, scenarios and stories across the huge array of scams in this world. Although I’ve heard, seen and read a lot of similar cases and continually question my faith in humanity there’s nothing like an adoption scam to get the blood boiling. A few months ago I wrote ... Read More »

135 Month Sentence For $45 Million Medicare Fraud

Houston, Texas doctor, Christina Joy Clardy, was sentenced to just over 11 years (135 months) in federal prison for a monumental health care fraud conspiracy the resulted in Medicare and Texas Medicaid programs to be billed $45,039,230 over a 30 month period. Clardy is the third defendant to be sentenced in this matter. Last week Umawa Oke Imo, the owner ... Read More »

$4.2 Million For Free Internet Download Software?

After a conviction last November following a seven-week trial David Moro was sentenced on October 5, 2011 to 10 and a half years (126 months) in prison for orchestrating and carrying out a $4.2 million broadcasting equipment lease and financing scheme which yielded a loss of more than $3 million to lenders. Moro was convicted of one count of conspiracy ... Read More »

Alleged Obstruction Of Justice Of Attorney And Client In $188 Million Fraud

At one point in time attorney, Fredrick Cuppy, represented the former owner and chief executive, Peter Rogan, of the bankrupt Edgewayer Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. Cuppy has now been arrested on federal charges flaming that he and his onetime client, Rogam committed perjury and obstruction of justice to prevent efforts by the government and a bank creditor to ... Read More »

Unstructured “Structuring” Scam

James Quirin has been charged with an alleged theft of government funds on September 29, 2011 for fraudulent unemployment insurance benefits. Apparently, Quirin applied for Unemployment Insurance benefits in February, 2009, even though he was a gainfully-employed businessman receiving significant income. Quirin and several of his businesses were sued in federal court. Just before he was ordered to post an ... Read More »

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