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I Live in NYC And have Great Anxiety About My Debt. – Jessica

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“Dear Steve, In the scheme of things, my situation is probably not as bad as others but it still calls me great anxiety. I’m 25 years old with a 50k income and 10,000 debt on one credit card. I live in NYC and have an expensive rent. I was hoping you could help me figure out the best way to ... Read More »

Return-A-Pet Scam Preys On Victims Of Lost Pets

It’s annual pet scammer week! That’s a lie. But it sure feels like it. Eric Stein was charged with running an investment scam through Return-A-Pet LLC. Return-A-Pet was a New York company that allegedly facilitated the return of lost pets to their owners. Stein was out on supervised release for a previous investment fraud scheme and netted at least $500,000 ... Read More »

New York City Offers Deals to Get Taxes Done

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New York City is offering residents these deals to help you get your taxes completed for free or low cost. If you have an annual income of $57,000 or less you can do your own taxes online for free. Use this link. If your income is $50,000 or less (with children) or $18,000 or less (no children) you can get ... Read More »

Computer Programmer Charged With Stealing Software Code From Federal Reserve Bank

A complaint unsealed last Wednesday in Manhattan federal court charged Bo Zhang, a computer programmer, with stealing proprietary software code from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where Zhang worked as a contract employee. Janice Fedarcyk, FBI assistant director-in-charge, stated: “Zhang took advantage of the access that came with his trusted position to steal highly sensitive proprietary software. His ... Read More »

Romanian Citizen Busted For $1.5 Million Fraud Ring Of HSBC Customers

Last Thursday it was announced that Laurentiu Ilian Bulat was arrested yesterday for allegedly participating in a fraud ring that stole at least $1.5 million from HSBC customer bank accounts by installing “skimming” devices on more than 40 ATMs in Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester, New York. According to the Complaint since May 2011, the U.S. Secret Service, together with ... Read More »

Lebanese Financial Institutions Linked to Hizballah Allegedly Wired Over $300 Million Into The United States In Money Laundering Scheme

Announced earlier last week was the filing of a civil money-laundering and in rem forfeiture complaint alleging a massive, international scheme in which Lebanese financial institutions, including a bank and two exchange houses linked to Hizballah, used the U.S. financial system to launder narcotics trafficking and other criminal proceeds through West Africa and back into Lebanon. As part of the ... Read More »

East Coast Credit Card Fraud Ringleader Gets 12 Years In Prison

An identity thief was sentenced earlier this month to 12 years in prison for managing and east coast credit card fraud ring. Jonathan Oliveras, used counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen account information up and down the East Coast of the United States and has been sentenced for this crime. In addition to his 12 year prison term, Oliveras must ... Read More »

Fraud Scheme Related to the World Trade Center Site Clean-Up

A trucking company’s owners have been indicted on embezzlement, tax evasion and million dollar fraud charges related to the World Trade Center site clean-up. A thirty-one count indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn this month charging trucking company owners Gerardo P. Fusella and Vincent J. Fusella, Jr., with crimes including embezzlement, mail fraud and tax charges. As alleged ... Read More »

Men Behind New Jersey Fake Hedge Fund Management Charged For Defrauding Victims

Two men running a fake hedge fund scheme have been charged in New Jersey for the alleged $3.5 million fraud. The men, George Sepero and Carmelo Provenzano, claimed to run Jersey based hedge funds using a secret computer program to invest in foreign currency were charged for defrauding victims and spending the investments on high-end vehicles, luxury travel, and five-figure ... 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 President And Finance Director Of The Speculated US Posterscope Accused Of A $20 Million Accounting Fraud

Earlier this month it was announced that the former president and finance director of one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies (speculated to be US Posterscope), have been accused of engaging in a five year long $19.75 million accounting fraud. Allegedly the men made it appear that their company was meeting certain performance targets when it wasn’t so that ... Read More »

$78 Million Mortgage Fraud “Dream Home” Scheme Owner Convicted

Andrew Hamilton Williams, Jr., was convicted last week in Maryland of fraud conspiracy, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection to a massive mortgage fraud scheme. The scheme, entitled “Metro Dream Homes” promised to pay off homeowners’ mortgages on the homes of their dreams but instead left them high and dry. According to evidence presented at the ... 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 »

Former Employee Defrauds United Nations

Jeffery Armstrong was found guilty on nine counts of wire fraud in over $100,000 of salary payments by holding concurrent jobs at both the National Labor Relations Boards (NLRB) and the United Nations (UN). Back in June of 2011 Armstrong was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud for his scheme to defraud the UN and the NLRB but was ... Read More »

New York City Residents of Color, Poor and In Debt Likely to be Targeted for Collection Abuse.

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Debt buying companies – a fast-growing segment of the debt collection industry – engage in systematic debt collection abuses that particularly target low-income New Yorkers and people of color, according to a report issued today by The Legal Aid Society, MFY Legal Services, Inc., NEDAP, and Urban Justice Center. The report finds that debt buyers in New York City routinely ... Read More »

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