Can I Consolidate My Private Student Loans in Puerto Rico?

Question: Dear Steve, I currently have Private Student Loans: Sallie Mae and American Educational Services, for total close to 158,000 I am searching for consolidation, but neither Sallie Mae nor American Educational Services offer any. I have searched in the internet and mostly what I have found is for FEDERAL student loan consolidation. Can you … Read more

Timeshare Telemarking Fraudster Sentenced

It was announced on January 9, 2012 that Jennifer Kirk was sentenced to 188 months (almost 16 years) in prison for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud when Kirk victimized consumers in a timeshare telemarking scam. Kirk will also serve five years of supervised release after the completion of her prison term, during which … Read more

The Best Way To Sucker A Timeshare Owner Into Something (Other Than A Timeshare) Is A Way OUT Of A Timeshare

Another Florida based telemarketing scam has arose under the name Universal Marketing Solutions and Creative Vacation Solutions targeting owners of timeshares throughout the United States. Last week, Joel Intravaia, of Florida was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years supervised release along as a result of his guilty plea to a one … Read more

On The Twelfth Count Of Mail Fraud My Scammer Gave To Me…

In November, Steven Folan, of Florida, pleaded guilty to a thirteen count indictment charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and twelve counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleged that Folan and others were involved in a telemarketing scam, operating in Florida, that bilked over 22,000 victims of … Read more

My Mother-In-Law Moved From Puerto Rico to the U.S. Does She Need to File a U.S. Tax Return? – Amy

“Dear Jim, My mother-in-law moved from Puerto Rico to the US and the only income she has is from a pension that she receives from a lifetime of teaching in PR. Even though she lives in the US, does she need to file a US tax return if she does not receive any US income? … Read more