YachtOne Fraudster Pleads Guilty To Yacht-Investment Scam

On January 6, 2012, Alton Milton pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a yacht-investment scam and could face between 27 and 33 months in prison with three years of supervised release and ordered to pay over $886,000 in resitution. Milton admitted the details of his crime before the Judge last week. In approximately … Read more

Investment Advisor Defrauds Clients Out Of Retirement Funds

Apparently an Illinois investment advisor, Steven Salutric, engaged in an investment fraud that swindled the retirement savings of 10 elderly clients to lose more than $4.26 million. Salutric was charged with one count wire fraud in a criminal information filed in late December of 2011. Apparently Salutric diverted clients’ funds to his personal business associates … 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 … Read more

Former Inmate Sentenced To More 12 Years For Schemes From Behind Bars

And AGAIN, a criminal thought he could commit the same crime he had already committed and gotten jailed for. Former inmate, Danwine Dewayne Renard, was sentenced to a 144 month term in prison following his plea of guilty to participating in an identity theft scheme while incarcerated. Renard has also been ordered to pay 122,943.72 … Read more

Jade Capital & Investments Indicted In Alleged $37 Million Fraud

Jade Capital & Investments and its owners Joon Park (aka Joon Pak / Joon Paik) and his brother Loren Young Park (aka Loren Young Park / Yong Park) have been indicted on charges in connection to a scheme to fraudulently obtain business loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Allegedly, this scheme resulted in … Read more

Hope Now Schemers Officially Out Of The Mortgage Business

It’s official! The last remaining defendants in an allegedly fraudulent mortgage modification scheme called “Hope Now” have settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that will permanently ban them from the mortgage assistance and relief business. They will also be forced to return any fraudulent-earned gains to consumers. The settlement with Michael Kwasnik and his … Read more

What Makes A Scam WISE?

In conjunction with a $15 million fraudulent investment scheme Duane Allen Eddings was found guilty of wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion. Talk about a financial mess! According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, on February 26, 2009, Eddings and co-defendant Robert Cephus Brown Jr., were indicted on charges that, … Read more

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 … Read more

Ding-Dong The Grant Connect Is Dead! FTC Wins $29.8 Million

Last month I wrote about the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and their halting of the operation “Grant Connect” which was a program that deceived and mislead consumers about bogus products and services with unsubstantiated claims. The program marketed free government grants endorsed by President Obama, dietary supplements endorsed by Oprah, fake work-at-home opportunities and exclusive … Read more

New Defendant Named In $105 Million Ponzi Scheme

A pending federal case investigating a $105 million “ponzi” scheme has charged a new defendant in the case. Newly added defendant, Alfred Gerebizza, is alleged that he and co-defendant Daniel Spitzer engaged in a ponzi scheme that resulted in losses of around $34 million after fraudulently obtaining over $105 million from over 400 victims. On … Read more

New Jersey Commodity Pool Operator And Day Trader Faces 55 Years For Two Separate Schemes

Victor Cilli pleaded guilty on October 3, 2011 to an Information charge against him with one count of securities fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of tax evasion. Cilli was a commodity pool operator and day trader in New Jersey and directed two schemes to defraud investors and financial … Read more