Former Bishop Charged in Ponzi Scam

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut David B. Fein recently announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport, Conn., has returned an indictment charging Julius C. Blackwelder, 59, of Utah, formerly of Stratford, Conn., with nine counts … Read more

Hells Angel Commits Mortgage Fraud For Marijuana Grow House

In September I covered a story about two leaders of the Hells Angels that had been accused of mortgage fraud. A mortgage broker in the San Francisco bay area was charged with conspiracy to arrange more than $10 million in fraudulent home loans including the two Hells Angels leaders. Raymond Foakes, former President of the … 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

102-Count Indictment Charges 10 Ohio Men To Fraud, Fraud And More Fraud

On December 13, 2011 it was announced that a federal grand jury returned a 102-count indictment against ten Ohio men (ages ranging from 21 to 33) with crimes of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Clifford J. Smith (“CJ”), Musa Nassar, Jon Foster, Donte Stewart, Billy St. Clair, … Read more

New Jersey Fraudster Faces A Possible 1,100 Year Sentence

After running an investment fraud scheme and causing at least $200 million in losses, Eliyahu Weinstein was indicted last week with 45 charges. Weinstein has been charged one one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 29 counts of wire fraud, two counts of wire fraud while on pretrial release, one count of bank fraud … Read more

DOE, A Deer? Or DOE, A-Scammed!

On September 3, 2011 a civil lawsuit was filed against George Peterson, Vice President of Kennewick Industrial & Electric Supply (KIE) for allegedly consciously engaging in two schemes including a kickback and fraud scheme. These schemes resulted in a big loss to the United State Department of Energy (DOE). The allegations regarding the first scheme … Read more

Western Union And MoneyGram Employees Now Have The Power To “Just Say No”

With wire fraud increasing money-transferring companies Western Union and MoneyGram are now giving their employees the right to reject transaction if they suspect customers are being scammed. Western Union instructs employees to look for people excited about a sudden windfall elderly citizens repeatedly transferring funds. Many are getting scammed right now because times are tough … Read more

Eric Farrington’s Wealth Building Seminars – BUSTED

Eric Farrington is but yet another in a long line of get rich quick promoters to wind up on the wrong side of the law. Farrington has a Dallas based wealth building seminar business where he brags that “While homeless himself, Mr. Farrington was able to take $750.00 and purchase a 1000 unit apartment complex.” … Read more