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Even in Death, Student Loans, the Debt That Keeps on Giving

The unfolding tragedy of student loan debt in America took an interesting turn recently with an article published in the Baltimore Sun and then repeated in the ABA Journal. Thanks to a reader that sent in the tip on the article we get a glimpse into reason 198 why you should never cosign for student loans. Roswell Friend attended Temple ... Read More »

    Detroit-Area Doctor Charged for Role in Alleged $40 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

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    According to a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Dr. Hicham Elhorr, 45, masterminded a $ 40 million scheme involving the submission of fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare for services that were medically unnecessary and/or never provided through House Calls Physicians (HCP), a physician home visiting service he owned and operated. Read the full story at ... Read More »

      Bullshit Platinum Credit Card Selling Leads to Millions Paid in Fines to FTC

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      The operators of a Philadelphia-based telemarketing scheme will pay more than $7.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they peddled bogus “platinum” credit cards and illegally debited consumers’ bank accounts. Under a settlement with the FTC, Blake Rubin, Chase Rubin, and Justin Diaczuk — the individuals allegedly behind the Platinum Trust Card and Express Platinum Card scam — ... Read More »

        Alabama Defendants Sentenced in a Multi- Million Dollar Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

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        Three defendants involved in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme were sentenced today in the Middle District of Alabama, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Chiquanta Davis received a prison term of 66 months, Terrence Davis was sentenced to 18 months in jail and Laurekshia Blakely received a six month prison sentence. All three were ... Read More »

          How to Borrow From a 401k in a Make Sense Way

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          Borrowing from a 401k is a major decision. It is important you make certain considerations before borrowing from your 401k, so that your loan doesn’t negatively impact your retirement. The key aspect to borrowing from a 401k vs withdrawing from one, is you won’t have to pay taxes or penalties unless you default on your loan or in some circumstances ... Read More »

            Are You a Great Bankruptcy Attorney or Do You Know of One? We Want to Know.

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            We’ve recently launched our new bankruptcy attorney directory at bankruptcy.getoutofdebt.org. Our hope is that we can make it easier for bankruptcy attorneys to be found by readers and that we can feature one attorney in each city. Filing bankruptcy is most often a nerve wracking experience. It’s less because of the actual process and more because of the uncertainty or ... Read More »

              Fidelity Land Trust, Heritage National Land Trust, and Sunshine State Land Trust Company in the News

              Previously I wrote a couple of articles about Fidelity Land Trust, that appeared to be selling a service to consumers where the consumer would deed their property over to the land trust company, for a fee. In the past few days Fidelity Land Trust and others have resurfaced in the news, specifically in the Palm Beach Post. Kimberly Miller of ... Read More »

                Ed Cherry, Edward Tudor and Growth Capital Partners “Where is the Gold” Lawsuit

                A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a copy of a lawsuit filed by Edward Tudor, which is a fictitious name registered by Ed Cherry, of Hess Kennedy fame. The suit was filed on behalf of Growth Capital Partners as well, a company we’ve talked about before. In September of 2011 a suit was filed against Susanna Andrea ... Read More »

                  Dave and Marie Show – How Dave Burke Turns His Troubled Debt Relief Past Into Something Else

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                  Readers keep sending me information about Dave Burke. Burke is the discredited gent from Colorado who turned radio advertorial shows into selling advanced fee, no refund debt coaching to a lot of people. When people were unable to come up with the rest of the coaching fee, they were sent to collections. Under a settlement reached with the Colorado Attorney ... Read More »

                    Russia Credit Card Marketing Picking Up Speed With Tinkoff Credit Systems

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                    I was just in St. Petersburg, Russia and noticed that credit cards were not accepted everywhere, but yet enough places to separate me from my money. Had I known about Tinkoff Credit Systems when I was in St. Petersburg I would have dropped in to talk to them. It seems that Tinkoff Credit Systems has been generating a lot of ... Read More »

                      California Mass Joinder Attorney Anthony Kassas Fails to Show Up for His Own Trial

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                      From the State Bar of California. A Diamond Bar, California attorney accused of a massive loan modification scam that victimized more than 50 distressed homeowners is facing disbarment by default. Anthony J. Kassas, 35, [Bar # 227647] was the subject of the most extensive disciplinary charging document in recent State Bar history – 285 counts of misconduct involving 56 clients, ... Read More »

                        Consumer First Legal Group Concerns Raised by Reader

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                        We recently received a tip from a reader that made some claims about Consumer First Legal Group. The tipster (send in your tips here) said: “im sure you already have the jump on a few things. but in case you dont LHDR – The Mortgage Law Group now go by “Consumer First Legal Group”. They are playing the shell game ... Read More »

                          Watch Out and Warn Others About Twitter Identity Theft on Tvivvter.com

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                          I just received the following Twitter message. When I clicked on the link it took me to a page for a site that spoofs the Twitter site and asks you for your credentials. Entering your Twitter information here (http://tvivvter.com/log%20in/bh/?&session_timed_out) will lead to it being given over to a spoofer. As you can see, if you are not careful, you might ... Read More »

                            I Left London and Moved Out of the UK But My Roommate Never Paid the Rent. – Liliana

                            “Dear Jon, I was living in london for a year, after I came back to my country, I knew that my room mate never paid the rent to our land lord, i was in the warranty´s papers How I can know if i am in a list for debtors in London??? Liliana” Liliana, There really isn’t one place where people ... Read More »

                              Mortgage Modification Scammers Rounded Up by Law Enforcement

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                              This announcement by the folks at the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program should make anyone that feels like they’ve been screwed by a mortgage modification company, get a half smile. Federal agents this morning arrested 10 defendants who worked at a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.,-based business that allegedly offered bogus loan modification programs to ... Read More »

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