What’s in Your Go Bag? Are You Prepared for the Next Unexpected Emergency? Start with Small Savings.

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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein Units be advised we are receiving a 911 call of a subject wearing dark clothing, sunglasses, carrying a rifle and entering the mall…the radio is silent, but you know everyone and their mother in en route to that … Read more

Despicable “Charity” Talks People Out of Money That Was Supposed to Help Injured Hero Law Enforcement Officers

I’ve been dealing with financial misfortunate so long that you would think I would get used to scammers doing horrible things. This complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday against a charity, disgusts me. The FTC states the Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation (DPSF), The American Police and Sheriffs Association, Police Officers Safety … Read more

I’m in Law Enforcement And Getting Nowhere With My Federal Student Loans

Question: Dear Steve, I graduated college in 2007. After years of financial hardships and the lack of knowledge of student loans and deferments/forbearances, my loan and interest has risen to $66,000 at a 7.4% interest rate. I’ve tried getting lower rates with negative results. I apply for IBR which brings my monthly payments from about … Read more

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force – StopFraud.gov

The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force website, which can be found at StopFraud.gov, is comprised of senior-level officials from a broad number of federal financial and criminal investigative agencies. While this is not a brand new agency, with the continued focus on consumers and financial fraud, it’s one that you should be aware of. With … Read more

Arkansas DEA Extortion Scam Alert!

The Eastern District of Arkansas put out a scam alert this week to inform residents that impersonators are contacting citizens in the Little Rock district posing as DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents and extorting them. Anyone that receives a telephone call from a person claiming that they are a DEA special agent or other law … Read more

FTC And CFPB Pledge To Work Together To Protect Consumers

It was announced today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to protect consumers in an effort to avoid duplication of federal law enforcement and regulatory efforts. The memorandum of the two agencies’ understand can be viewed here. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street … 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 … Read more

Witness Murdered Over $513,563 Bank Fraud Scheme

From May 2009 through November of 2011 it’s been alleged that two men, Tavon Dameon Davis and Bruce Eric Byrd, among others were involved in a scheme to steal money orders and checks from rent deposit boxes at apartment complexes, then deposit the funds into fraudulent business savings, checking and payroll accounts at banks. The … Read more

Rome Wasn’t Counterfeited In A Day

At the ripe young age of 25 Atlanta Georgia’s Vincent Gerome Rome Jr., pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit $100 bills along with being a felon in a charge of a possession of a firearm. Over an approximately two-year period ending in August 2011, Rome created over $1.2 million in counterfeit $100 bills by removing the … Read more

If You’re Catering To Criminals, You’re Probably A Criminal

I’ve never really thought or paid much mind to where a criminal would buy a car. Have you? I mean, think about it, you’d figure if someone was hiding from the police or the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that they’d probably buy a car in cash and pay off a dealer to keep it off … Read more

Is It Prescription Harvesting Season Again? Sixteen Arrested In Conjunction With Operation “Psyched Out”

I love the names investigators attach to investigations. For example, last week 16 arrests in conduction with Operation “Psyched Out” were made. Operation “Psyched Out”! Love the name, not the act. Apparently sixteen people affiliated with the Manor Medical Imaging Clinic and pharmacies in and around the San Gabriel Valley in California participated in “prescription … Read more

Whistle Blower Is Rewarded For Uncovering Medicare Fraud

Dr. Steven Stern and his Kentuckiana Center for Better Bone and Joint Health (KCB) practice have agreed to pay $349,860 to settle an overfilling of Medicare allegation. Suzette Sewell-Scheuremann, a former employee of the Kentuckiana Center for Better Bone and Joint Health, alleged that Stern and his practice billed Medicare for infusing Infliximab which is … Read more