I Lost My Job, My Husband Died, and I’m Drowning in Debt

Question: Dear Steve, I am 60 years old, lost my job 1 1/2 yrs ago and subsequently started my own business. I was receiving 1/2 of my ex-husbands military pension, and paying down my debt and remodeling my home. Then the bottom fell out. My house was flooded by a faulty hot water heater and … 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

Franklin Drywall Cheats The Law And The Law Won

The owner and president of Franklin Drywall was sentenced in federal court last week for one count of providing false statements to two labor union pension and benefit funds. These acts by this Little Canada-based union sheet-rocking company was part of a scheme to underpay employees for overtime and underpay the union for pension and … Read more

All Aboard The Fraud Express! $1 Billion Ticket To Ride!

There’s not many fraud stories that cross my desk now that make me drop my jaw. I mean, really, a scam is a scam is a scam. But this doozy, oh this one has me sitting here looking like the kid from the Home Alone movies: hands flat on the sides of my face, jaw … Read more

I Want to Borrow From My Pension to Pay Off a Credit Card Debt. – Debra

“Dear Steve, I am 57 year female, gainfully employed. I am married, have a 13 year old son and live in Park slope Brooklyn. My husband is also empolyed but in really bad debt – to credit card compaines. My credit is fine his is not. Because of his debt i have incurred about 15 … Read more

My Husband Died and My House Was Destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. – Sandy

“Dear Steve, My husband passed away 4 years ago and the following year hurricane Katrina severely destroyed my house. I FINALLY sold my house May 2008 for peanuts, but had to live off that money due to being unemployed since Feb. 2008. I draw a pension from my late husband which is exempt from any … Read more