Three Charged in Mortgage Modification Scheme

Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the unsealing of charges against Ped Abghari, a/k/a “Ted Allen,” Dionysius Fiumano, a/k/a “D,” and Justin Romano for engaging in a mortgage modification scheme that defrauded over 8,000 … Read more

U.S. Attorney Plans More Criminal Actions in Debt Relief Industry

NY officials vow attack on predatory debt-fixing (via The Dispatch)

Federal authorities announced a crackdown Tuesday on predatory businesses that cheat “desperate and vulnerable” people harmed by the 2008 financial crisis with phony promises to consolidate their debt. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a news conference that charges were brought against the owner and…

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U.S. Attorney Charges Wells Fargo With Mortgage Fraud

A loyal reader sent in a tip about a recent suit by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney against Wells Fargo Bank over mortgage fraud. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Helen Kanovsky, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), and David A. Montoya, Inspector … 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

Corrupt Criminal Club: Member’s Only

On Wednesday of last week word broke about the largest insider trading scheme involving single stock charged to date. Three defendants have pled guilty and are cooperating with the government’s investigating a scheme that allegedly netted more than $61.8 million in illegal profits. Charges were announced against seven investment professionals, who worked at three different … Read more

Computer Programmer Charged With Stealing Software Code From Federal Reserve Bank

A complaint unsealed last Wednesday in Manhattan federal court charged Bo Zhang, a computer programmer, with stealing proprietary software code from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where Zhang worked as a contract employee. Janice Fedarcyk, FBI assistant director-in-charge, stated: “Zhang took advantage of the access that came with his trusted position to steal … Read more

Elaborate Scheme Leaves 180 With Over $1 Million In Fraudulent Purchases

Charges were announced last Thursday against seven members of an identity theft ring that allegedly used stolen identities of more than 180 people at major New York City retail stores including Home Depot, Sears, Kmart and Kohl’s, among others. The ring of fraudsters resold merchandise and gift cards for a profit after purchasing them under … Read more

Fraudster Sentenced After Defrauding Victims In Investment Fraud

James DeAngelis was sentenced last week to 57 months in prison for participation in a fraud investment scheme where he defrauded more than 15 victims out of $800,000. In May of 2011 DeAngelis pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, wire fraud, ad conspiracy to structure financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. … Read more

Four Israeli Residents Charged With Phony Lottery Prize Scheme Extradited To US

It was recently announced that four defendants have been extradited from Israel on charges relating to their participation in multiple lottery telemarketing fraud schemes. The schemes targeted elderly victims in the United States and netted millions of dollars in profits. In July of 2009 three of the extradited defendants, Avi Ayache, Yaron Bar, and Ian … 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 President And Finance Director Of The Speculated US Posterscope Accused Of A $20 Million Accounting Fraud

Earlier this month it was announced that the former president and finance director of one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies (speculated to be US Posterscope), have been accused of engaging in a five year long $19.75 million accounting fraud. Allegedly the men made it appear that their company was meeting certain performance targets … 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

Nine More Charged In Fraud Of Holocaust Survivor Programs

Charges have been announced against nine more participants in a scheme that defrauded programs that were established to aid survivors Holocaust survivors of of Nazi persecution out of over $57 million. Thus far, 30 have been charged in connection with this scheme and the nine newly announced fraudsters include: Henry Gordin, Genrikh Kolontryrskiy, Viktor Levin, … Read more

Liberty Title Agency President Sentenced Jail Time For Embezzlement

Brian Madden, former president and co-founder of Liberty Title Agency LLC (“Liberty Title”), was sentenced to 20 months in prison on September 20, 2011. Madden misappropriated and embezzled escrow and other client funds from his company to two other insurance agencies that he controlled and operated in New York. Last December he pled guilty to … Read more