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Houston Physician Gets 11 Years In Prison – AGAIN

Dr. Ira Klein, a physician in Houston, Texas, was sentenced in 2007 to federal prison for defrauding insurance companies of more than $10 million. He, like so many criminals before him, has appeared in federal court again for a re-sentencing hearing. A federal jury convicted Klein in November 2006 of 18 counts of mail fraud and 26 counts of health ... Read More »

    Woman Sentenced For Stealing Identities Of Student Loan Borrowers

    Janika Fernae Bates, a resident of Alabama, was sentenced today in the Middle District of Alabama to 94 months in federal prison for stealing identities of student loan borrowers and providing them to a co-conspirator, who used them to file false tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. On Sept. 23, 2011, a jury in Montgomery, ... Read More »

      Six Required To Pay Millions From “U.S. Homeowners Relief” Scheme

      The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they are requiring “U.S. Homeowners Relief” defendants to pay millions in their settlement along with banning them from the debt and mortgage relief business. The FTC had charged six defendants (that have agreed to settle) in the participation of a fraudulent mortgage modifications and foreclosure relief scheme. The settlement orders require five defendants to ... 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 »

          Nationwide Financial Consulting – Consumer Complaint – 12-28-2011

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          Date This Problem Happened: December 8, 2011 State You Live in: South Carolina Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $750 Company Name: Nationwide Financial Consulting Company Address: 4952 Warner Ave Ste 100 Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Company Telephone Number: 877-717-0940 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: Nationwide Financial Consulting took $750 for assist to help restructure ... Read More »

            Marketers Banned Of So-Called “Hydro-Assist Fuel Cell” From Selling Fuel Economy Products

            The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement putting a stop to the phony claims of marketers who told consumers their fuel economy device could boost automobile gas mileage by at least 50 percent and “turn any vehicle into a hybrid.” The settlement bans marketers of the so-called “Hydro-Assist Fuel Cell” from selling fuel economy products. According to the FTC’s complaint ... Read More »

              Absolute Poker Payment Processor Pleads Guilty To Fraud

              Brent Beckley, the director of payment processing for Absolute Poker, pled guilty this month in Manhattan federal court to conspiracy to engage in unlawful internet gambling and conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud, in connection with a scheme to deceive U.S. banks and financial institutions, using them to process tens of millions of dollars in payments for Absolute ... 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 »

                  Precision Law Center – Consumer Complaint – 12-28-2011

                  Precision Law Center, California Law Firm, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business Litigation (20111228)

                  Date This Problem Happened: November 14, 2011 State You Live in: New Jersey Race/Ethnicity: Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $1,000 Company Name: Precision Law Center Company Address: Company Telephone Number: Website of Company: Consumer Statement: We were told that after completing all the info they needed a packet would be sent to our lender .Well after ... Read More »

           INT’L NETWORK SALES CO LTD – Consumer Complaint – 12-28-2011

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                    Date This Problem Happened: November 30, 2011 State You Live in: Australia Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $22 Company Name: INT’L NETWORK SALES CO LTD Company Address: Company Telephone Number: Website of Company: Consumer Statement: I paid the company $22.00(U.S) for runescape gold, they said they have it. So i paid with paypal ... Read More »

                      Telelmarketers Charged With Illegal Robocalling By FTC

                      The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against a telemarketing operation that allegedly made illegal robocalls, called phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and masked Caller ID information, in violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. The FTC’s complaint seeks to make the defendants pay civil penalties and stop the illegal calls. The action is part of ... Read More »

                        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 »

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