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FTC Halts Fake News Sites About Deceitful Acai Berry Weight-Loss Products

We’ve covered the deceitful acai berry weight-loss products over the past year on our site (see here, here and here). It was announced on Wednesday that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stopped six operators from using fake news site that allegedly deceived consumers about this product. Six online marketers agreed to settlements with the Federal Trade Commission that will ... Read More »

    Raleigh Native Indicted In Connection With Fraud And Extortion

    The former President of Encap Golf Holdings LLC (“Encap”), William Gauger III, was indicted this week for his participation in a scheme to extort approximately $100,000 from a financial consultant and a fraudulent invoicing scheme relating to his work for a New Jersey-based management firm. Gauger allegedly hired his brother-inlaw Craig Groce, who was originally charged along with Gauger by ... Read More »

      How to Stop Collection by Universal Fidelity for Hollywood Video Movie Gallery

      Dear Steve, I received this debt collection notice. I don’t owe them anything. This is a fictitious debt. I posted on your website and you asked a previous poster for a copy of the letter. I found this [stipulation order]. It has an address for Hollywood video in Tigard, Oregon. The attorney general from my state of WA is on ... Read More »

        Pacific Debt – Consumer Complaint – 1-25-2012

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        Date This Problem Happened: April 9, 2010 State You Live in: California Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $3,250 Company Name: Pacific Debt Company Address: 715 J ST. #202 San Diego, CA 92101 Company Telephone Number: 877-722-3328 Website of Company: pacific Consumer Statement: I went to Pacific Debt for a debt settlement for initially 5 ... Read More »

          Nationwide Financial Consulting – Consumer Complaint – 1-25-2012

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          Date This Problem Happened: January 3, 2012 State You Live in: Iowa Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $250 Company Name: Nationwide Financial Consulting Company Address: 4952 Warner Ave Suite 100 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Company Telephone Number: 877-717-0940 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: These companies pray on the people they are supposed to be ... Read More »

            Whole Bakers’ Bread And Butter Is Fraud

            Whole Bakers owner, Patricia “Patty” Stewart, was sentenced yesterday to the statutory maximum of 60 months in federal prison for running an investment fraud scheme. The scheme defrauded investors, including elderly Texas citizens, of more than $2 million. According to documents filed in the case, from December 2005 through May 2010, Stewart, who owned and managed Whole Bakers, LLC 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 »

                Final MTA Debt Collection Fraudster Pleads Guilty

                The last defendant in the MTA debt collection scheme has pleaded guilty. Paul Anthony Vasquez pleaded guilty on January 17, 2012 to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering. Vasquez also agreed to pay full restitution and forfeit assets seized by federal agents, including over $950,000 in cash and a 1.5 carat diamond ring. If Vasquez’s name ... Read More »

                  Brookstone Law – Consumer Complaint – 1-24-2012

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                  Date This Problem Happened: January 23, 2012 State You Live in: California Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: 0 Company Name: Brookstone Law Company Address: 4000 MacArthur Blvd. Suite 110 Newport Beach, CA 92660 Company Telephone Number: 800-946-8655 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I’ve read 2 posts that make mention of Brookstone Law, ... Read More »

                    Universal Fidelity, LP – Consumer Complaint – 1-24-2012

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                    Date This Problem Happened: January 23, 2012 State You Live in: Colorado Race/Ethnicity: Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: Universal Fidelity, LP Company Address: P.O. Box 941911 Houstn, TX 77094-8911 Company Telephone Number: 281-647-4152 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: Received a “Confidential Message” from a company called Universal Fidelity LP claiming that I owe their ... Read More »

                      Talk Show Host And Financial Advisor Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme

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                      Wednesday marked the announcement that Anthony Cutaia was sentenced to 51 months in prison for mail fraud “Ponzi” investment scheme. Cutaia had pled guilty in July 2011 to Count 2 of a Criminal Information filed in June 2011, which charged him with mail fraud in connection with his participation in a real estate investment scheme from 2003 to 2006, in ... Read More »

                        ILENDER – Consumer Complaint – 1-24-2012

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                        Date This Problem Happened: December 6, 2010 State You Live in: Maryland Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $30 Company Name: ILENDER Company Address: Company Telephone Number: 866-210-1236 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I called the company several times and they keep saying 5-7 days my money will be returned. Now the phone number just rings ... Read More »

                          iLenderAst – Consumer Complaint – 1-24-2012


                          Date This Problem Happened: December 7, 2012 State You Live in: Mississippi Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $30 Company Name: iLenderAst Company Address: 2831 Saint Rose Pkwy Ste 200 Henderson, NV 89052-4841 Company Telephone Number: 888-475-9335 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: Money was taken out of my bank account for a pay day loan ... Read More »

                            Corrupt Criminal Club: Member’s Only

                            On Wednesday of last week word broke about the largest insider trading scheme involving single stock charged to date. Three defendants have pled guilty and are cooperating with the government’s investigating a scheme that allegedly netted more than $61.8 million in illegal profits. Charges were announced against seven investment professionals, who worked at three different hedge funds and two other ... Read More »

                              Investment Fraudster Defrauds Over 200 Out Of $14 Million

                              Bradley Stark, the fraudster defendant who represented himself at trail was convicted by a federal jury for deceiving investors about an investment scheme that involved more than 200 victims and more than $14 million. Following Stark’s five-day trial he has been convicted on all counts of an indictment charging him with seven counts of wire fraud and one count of ... Read More »

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