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So, A Fraudster, Arsonist And Drug Dealer Walk Into A Bar…

So, A Fraudster, Arsonist And Drug Dealer Walk Into A Bar… OUCH. The last of the six defendants in an indictment charging mortgage fraud, arson, marijuana trafficking and money laundering has entered a guilty plea in federal court in Michigan as of last week. The following defendants entered guilty pleas before United States District Judge Sean Cox: Linda Abdullah, aka ... Read More »

Home Repair Scheme Targeted Elderly Homeowners

Last week a jury convicted two brothers in Chicago after running and operating a home-repair scheme that targeted elderly victims on the south and west sides of Chicago. At their trial six victims testified that they were swindled out of tens of thousands of dollars by fraudulently promising to perform expensive home repairs, convincing them to refinance their homes to ... Read More »

FTC Gives APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Thumbs Up For Consumer Information Protection

Yesterday, President Obama and representatives from other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies met to discuss consumer cross-border data privacy protection at a meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting focused on the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules, a new initiative to harmonize safe data sharing across country borders and enhance the protection of consumer data that moves between the United States and ... Read More »

Two Of America’s “Most Wanted” Sentenced

Two of America’s “Most Wanted” health care fraud fugitives were sentenced in Florida last week. Two sisters, Caridad Guilarte and Clara Guilarte, owned a fraudulent medical clinic near Detroit that lead to a $9.1 million Medicare fraud scheme. Each of the sisters face 14 years in prison. In August the sisters plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit ... Read More »

FTC Settles Charges Against Children’s Social Media Network After Collecting Personal Information Without Parental Consent

The operator of SkidEKids.com has settled charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after collecting children’s information without parental consent. The website, SkidEKids.com, has been marketed and advertised as a website similar to Facebook or Myspace but for children, providing for them a safe and educational place on the internet. According to the FTC, Skid-e-kids is a social networking site ... Read More »

Defendants Lose The Weight Of Their Assets In “Hoodia” Weight Loss Case

In April of 2009 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged makers of a “Hoodia” weight loss supplement with deceptive advertising. The companies, Nutraceuticals International, Stella Labs and key company players and controllers David Romeo, Deborah Vickery, Craig Payton, and Zoltan Klivinyi claimed that using their product would lead to weight loss and appetite suppression. In its complaint, the FTC alleges ... Read More »

Escorts.com To Pay $6.4 Million With Money Laundering Charges

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It was announced yesterday that the filing of a criminal information against corporations, R.S. Duffy and National A-1 Advertising, was issued charging them with money laundering and criminal forfeiture allegations including a plea agreement calling for the forfeiture of $4.9 million and a $1.5 million fine. According to the Information filed it’s alleged that the corporate defendants operated an Internet ... Read More »

Two Liberian Nationals Arrested In Black Money Scheme

Two Liberian nationals have been arrested on criminal complaints charging them after allegedly defrauding a man out of $100,000 in a “black money” scheme. According to Affidavits in support of the Criminal Complaints, it is alleged that Anthony Chadheen and Alvin Pennue persuaded their victim to provide them with $100,000 in cash to purchase chemicals and supplies to process large ... Read More »

Transcontinental Warranty Fake Auto-Service Warranties Lands Execs In Prison

After pitching $40 million in fake auto-service warranties two former telemarketing executives are sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000 each. Christopher Cowart and Cris Sagnelli of Florida pleaded guilty last December to federal fraud charges arising out of the telemarketing sales practices of Transcontinental Warranty, a Florida company selling so called “auto warranties” through robo ... 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 »

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 »

Bank Of America Backs Off $5 Debit Card Fees After Anti-Fee Petition Skyrockets

Tell Bank Of America No Debit Card Fees

Just one month ago I wrote about the implementation of debit card fees coming into play for big banks such as Chase, Wells Fargo and most notably Bank of America. Due to the change in a new government regulation that caps what banks can charge merchants for debit transactions they announced plans to implement a monthly debit card fee to ... 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 »

FTC Asks To Restrict Pay-For-Delay Deals To Lower Consumers’ Health Care Costs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a report of data pertaining to the 2011 fiscal year which showed that pharmaceutical companies continued an anticompetitive trend of paying potential generic rivals to delay the introduction of low-cost prescription drug alternatives for American consumers. If you’re like me, generic pharmaceutical drugs save my life, not only literally but fiscally as well. ... Read More »

Economic Birth Control : Steady Decline In Births Since Start Of Recession

A new study out by The Pew Research Center shows a correlation between a decline in the economy and birth rates. Apparently since 2008 there has been a sharp decline in not only our economy but also fertility rates in the United States. In 2007 the United States hit 4,316,233 births, a record high number, but since that time the ... Read More »

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