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Defendants In Payday Lending Case To Pay More Than $294,000 For Illegal Garnishment Of Consumers’ Paychecks

Defendants in a payday lending case have been ordered to pay more than $294,000 for illegal garnishment of consumers’ paychecks. A federal court has ordered, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of the individuals behind a payday lending scheme and two companies he controlled to pay $294,536 for illegally trying to garnish borrowers’ wages, and for ... Read More »

    Americall Will Pay $500,000 To Settle FTC Charges

    Americall, an Illinois-based telemarketing firm will pay $500,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it interfered with consumers’ requests to be placed on company-specific do not call lists and transmitted deceptive Caller ID names. The FTC alleged that Americall Group, Inc violated the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) in it’s efforts to prevent unwanted telemarketing calls. ... 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 »

        The Rapid Expansion of Internet Domain Name System Could Lead To More Online Fraud

        Earlier in December the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) expressing concern that the organization’s plan to dramatically expand the domain name system could leave consumers more vulnerable to online fraud and undermine law enforcers’ ability to track down online scammers. ICANN is the organization that oversees Internet domain ... Read More »

          Florida’s Foreclosure Solution Specialists Operators Charged With Fraud

          Earlier this month it was announced that Lisa Wright, Cathy Saffer and Carrington Coombs were all charged with fraud in a Florida foreclosure rescure scheme. Wright and Saffer were charged with conspiracy to defraud homeowners and banks in a foreclosure rescue scheme. Coombs, a certified public accountant, was also charged as a participant in the scheme. A federal grand jury ... Read More »

            Two More Charged In Rothstein Billion Dollar Fraud Scheme

            On the first of this month it was announced that two more Rothstein Associates were charged in connection with the billion dollar fraud scheme. Announced was the filing of charges against William Boockvor and Marybeth Feiss for conspiring to commit crimes through the operation of the former Fort Lauderdale law firm of Scott W. Rothstein, called Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler, ... Read More »

              102-Count Indictment Charges 10 Ohio Men To Fraud, Fraud And More Fraud

              On December 13, 2011 it was announced that a federal grand jury returned a 102-count indictment against ten Ohio men (ages ranging from 21 to 33) with crimes of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Clifford J. Smith (“CJ”), Musa Nassar, Jon Foster, Donte Stewart, Billy St. Clair, Adam Bailey, Tyme Hammond, Kevin ... Read More »

                Owner of Advertising Investment Companies Pleads Guilty To $6.2 Million Fraud Scheme

                In early December Edward Lawson pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a $6.2 million fraudulent investment scheme. According to his plea, Lawson was the president of “Automated Revenue Creation LLC” and “Guaranteed Results Advertising, LLC” (collectively, GRA). GRA’s investment literature stated that it was in the business of providing advertising through “Narrow Cast television commercials,” purportedly consisting of ... Read More »

                  Founder of Internet Consumer Electronics Company Sentenced For Fraud

                  Back in May of 2008 David Whitaker pled guilty to an information charging him with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering and commercial bribery to which Whitaker admitted to defrauding around 83 business account customers and a credit card processing company of over $10 million. Earlier this month he was finally sentenced to 70 months in federal ... Read More »

                    Multi-Million Dollar Stock Fraud Of Signalife

                    An attorney for South Carolina health care device company, Signalife, was arrested last week at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on charges related to his alleged role in a multi-million dollar market manipulation fraud scheme. The indictment charges Mitchell Stein with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, three counts of ... 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 »

                        United Way Employee Sentenced To Almost 4 Years In Prison For Stealing Donations

                        Earlier this month, Dorothy Shields Talbot, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud in connection with a scheme to steal over $375,000 in donations from her employer, United Way of Central Maryland. According Talbot’s plea agreement, the United Way of Central Maryland was a non-profit charitable organization located in Baltimore. ... Read More »

                          SaveMore.com – Consumer Complaint – 12-21-2011

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                          Date This Problem Happened: December 6, 2011 State You Live in: North Carolina Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $15 Company Name: SaveMore.com Company Address: Company Telephone Number: Website of Company: SaveMore.com Consumer Statement: I purchased 2 vouchers from Savemore.com. 1 for Accessoriesdirect.net and 1 for Subway. I charged an additional $10 on my credit card ... Read More »

                            Macey Bankruptcy Law / Legal Helpers – Consumer Complaint – 12-21-2011

                            Experienced Personal Bankruptcy Attorneys - We Fight For You! (20111221)

                            Date This Problem Happened: April 1, 2011 State You Live in: Montana Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $6,792 Company Name: Legal Helpers [Note: a visit to the website given shows the new name is Macey Bankruptcy Law] Company Address: PO Box 14010 Irvine, CA 92623 Company Telephone Number: 888-211-9942 Website of Company: LegalHelpers.com [Site redirects ... Read More »

                              New Life Consultants – Consumer Complaint – 12-20-2011

                              New Life Consultants (20111220)

                              Date This Problem Happened: December 19, 2011 State You Live in: Massachusetts Race/Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: Company Name: New Life Consultants Company Address: Company Telephone Number: 855-756-2444 Website of Company: NewLifeConsultants.net Consumer Statement: Luckly I was not scammed, but Beth Mitchell a consultant from New Life Consultant call me in offering a ... Read More »

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