The 10 States With the Most Money Stress

Among the many reasons Hawaii would be a pleasant place to live, people there are pretty content with their financial situations. Living on the Hawaiian islands is by no means cheap — it costs a lot to import all the essentials — but in spite of that, Hawaiian residents feel the best about their ability … Read more

Georgia Payday Lenders Are Illegal. How Do I Get My Money Back? – James

“Dear Steve, I have discovered the online payday lenders are not licensed to loan money to Georgia residents. Therefore, all online payday loans are considered illegal in Georgia. However some Georgia residents received loans because the companies stated they were sovereign entities. However the State attorney office of Georgia states it is still illegal. Some … 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

Holy Fraud, Batman! Literally…

Yesterday, an Ohio resident was indicted for allegedly engaging in a fraud scheme that promised to fund more than $500 million in mortgage loans to around 20 churches and a dozen small businesses across the country. The man, Jamal Lawson, fraudulently obtained more than $300,000 in advance fees that he used for personal expenses instead … Read more

Fraudster Deported Back To United States To Face $3.2 Million Fraud Charges

This past New Year’s weekend Joseph Randall Medcalf was deported by Panama officials back to the United States after being charged with defrauding investors of $3.2 million. Medcalf fled the country back in 2008 after filing for personal bankruptcy in 2007 in order to discharge debts related to his scheme. According to the indictment, between … Read more

University of Georgia Ph.D. Student Sentenced For Fraud And Identity Theft

In early December, Carlton Lewis, a former Ph.D. student was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in an identity theft and credit card fraud conspiracy. Throughout the conspiracy, Lewis, who was enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, provided credit and debit card skimming devices to waitresses working in … Read more

McDonald’s Manager Selling Stolen US Citizen Identities To Employees

A former manager of a McDonald’s restaurant in Savannah, Georgia was sentenced last month to 32 months in prison for her role in a scheme to sell the stolen identities of United States citizens to employees within the McDonald’s restaurant chain. The former McDonald’s manager, Eva Ramos’, guilty plea and sentencing hearings revealed that Ramos, … Read more

Another Adoption Scam?!? Come On…

Roxanne Janel Jones, of Kansas City, had pleaded guilty to running an adoption scam where she pretended to be pregnant with twins and willing to let them be adopted in return for money and gifts. Jones pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud along with one count of aggravated … Read more

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Commit Fraud and Fail Again : Defrauding From Behind Bars

Three defendants have been sentenced to federal prison on charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft; one man committing fraud from prison. According to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: In late January 2011, Samantha Johnson stole the wallet of a 93-year-old woman while she was … Read more

Couple Faces Serious Jail Time For Their $25 Million Nationwide Telemarketing Fraud Scam

Kara Singleton Adams, from Georgia, was found guilty last week on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, and structuring financial transactions, relating to a $25 million nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme. Already convicted in this scheme are three co-defendants including Adams’ husband, Jason James Eyer, James Adolph Schoenholz, and Brittany Dunphy. All three pleaded guilty to related … Read more

$78 Million Mortgage Fraud “Dream Home” Scheme Owner Convicted

Andrew Hamilton Williams, Jr., was convicted last week in Maryland of fraud conspiracy, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection to a massive mortgage fraud scheme. The scheme, entitled “Metro Dream Homes” promised to pay off homeowners’ mortgages on the homes of their dreams but instead left them high and dry. According … Read more

Six Involved In AFLAC Scam Don’t Get Parole

In the middle of June 2011 36 people were charged in a number of indictments for their roles in a scheme designed to defraud the American Family Life Assurance Company, better known as AFLAC (AFLAC!!). The people defrauded millions of dollars by filing thousands of false injury claims and to date 28 of the 36 … Read more

Debt Relief USA Ordered Out of Georgia and Must Pay Over Half a Million in Refunds and Fines

Joe Doyle, Administrator of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), announced that the agency has entered into a settlement with Debt Relief USA, Inc., a debt adjustment company, over allegations that it violated Georgia’s Debt Adjustment Act. The company agreed to refund all fees it has received from its Georgia clients, a total of … Read more