You Can Get Free Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring if You Are in The Military

Starting October 31, 2019, many members of the military will have access to free electronic credit monitoring, which can help them spot identity theft. In response to a new FTC Rule implementing a 2018 law, the nationwide credit reporting agencies—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—are providing free electronic credit monitoring services to active duty service members and … Read more

You Won’t Believe Who Just Got Caught for Food Stamp SNAP Fraud

It’s been quite a while since I wrote about welfare and benefit fraud. It is a very interesting topic. While so many people have stories about benefit fraud, when you dive deep into the facts the results are very interesting. In fact if you go back and read my original post you can compare the … Read more

Fraud in Money Transfers

You’ve won a prize! I’m in a foreign country, and I need cash. We’re temporarily unable to accept credit cards. Your dream apartment is available immediately at an incredible price! These are statements that get attention and often tempt the most reasonable, intelligent and trusting consumers into literally handing over their hard-earned dollars to complete … Read more

Beware of the Capital Currency Control Certificate Scam

Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and possibly other government entities, is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via e-mail, fax, or postal mail. Any document claiming that the OCC is involved in holding any funds for the … Read more

Real Housewife of New Jersey Star Posts Bail, Surrenders Passport, Oh My

Teresa Giudice, one of the stars from Real Housewives of New Jersy is back in the news again and in legal trouble. In 2009 Giudice and her husband “Joe” Giudice filed an unsuccessful bankruptcy. There were a lot of allegations of impropriety due to her bankruptcy filing and she never received the discharge of her … Read more

Consumers in Life and Money Trouble More Likely to be Scammed

Consumers who were more willing to take risks and those who had recently experienced a negative life event (such as a divorce, death of a family member or close friend, serious injury or illness in their family, or the loss of a job) were much more likely to have been victims of fraud and scams. … Read more

Fake Bankruptcy Attorney Caught in Maryland Running Scalia & Seidel

Michael mancini of Baltimore, Maryland was caught recently impersonating a bankruptcy attorney. it is reported he represented more than 50 consumers in bankruptcy before getting caught in his sham. Mancini, a high school graduate, was ordered by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge David Rice to pay $261,000 in fines and damages and close up shop. According … Read more

Tampa Man Charged with Organized Fraud

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, today arrested Demetrius Lewis, 37, of Tampa, for one count of organized fraud, five counts of Florida communications fraud and three counts of criminal use of personal information. Pursuant to … Read more

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

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 more

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

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 … Read more

Attorney General DeWine Reminds Ohioans of New Program to Help Identity-Theft Victims at Columbus Fraud Forum

Attorney General Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans today at the Central Ohio Community Fraud Forum that he has launched a new program to assist victims of identity theft. “Identity theft can be extremely damaging to victims and difficult to recover from,” said Attorney General DeWine. “We’ve created this program to help victims get their lives back … Read more

Mortgage Banker Faces Jail Time While Others Already Sentenced for TBW and Colonial Bank Fraud

Delton de Armas, a former chief financial officer (CFO) of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. (TBW), pleaded guilty today to making false statements and conspiring to commit bank and wire fraud for his role in a more than $2.9 billion fraud scheme that contributed to the failures of TBW and Colonial Bank. The guilty … Read more

Former Bishop Charged in Ponzi Scam

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut David B. Fein recently announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport, Conn., has returned an indictment charging Julius C. Blackwelder, 59, of Utah, formerly of Stratford, Conn., with nine counts … Read more

Return-A-Pet Scam Preys On Victims Of Lost Pets

It’s annual pet scammer week! That’s a lie. But it sure feels like it. Eric Stein was charged with running an investment scam through Return-A-Pet LLC. Return-A-Pet was a New York company that allegedly facilitated the return of lost pets to their owners. Stein was out on supervised release for a previous investment fraud scheme … Read more