Tag Archives: fraud

Secretary Betsy DeVos Dismantles Fraud Probes Of For-Profit Colleges Where Her Top Staffers Used To Work

The New York Times reports: Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned or instructed to focus on other matters, according to current and former employees. The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top ...

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Focus On The Family: We Had To Get Reclassified As A “Church” In Order To Protect The Privacy Of Our Donors

The Christian Post reports: Focus on the Family is defending its decision to have the Internal Revenue Service officially reclassify the Christian nonprofit as a “church,” denouncing the efforts of some to ascribe “sinister” intentions to the change. An article published in February by the liberal group People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch site documenting Focus on the ...

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Christian Hate Group Won “Church” Status By Claiming All 600 Of Its Staffers Are Ministers AND Congregation

Miranda Blue reports at Right Wing Watch: We reported in February that Focus on the Family, the influential Religious Right organization founded by James Dobson, is now classified as a church by the IRS, meaning that it does not have to file publicly available tax documents like most nonprofits do. In response to our request, the IRS sent us copies ...

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Christian College President Pleads Guilty In Kickback Scheme Involving State Grants Pushed By GOP Reps

Arkansas Online reports: Oren Paris III, former president of Ecclesia College in Springdale, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a fraud charge in a kickback scheme involving state grants for his school. Paris was scheduled to go to trial Monday alongside former state Sen. Jon Woods (R) of Springdale and consultant Randell G. Shelton Jr., formerly of Alma but currently of ...

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FLORIDA: Rick Scott Teases US Senate Announcement

Politico reports: Florida Gov. Rick Scott is set to make a “major announcement” on April 9 amid long-running rumors he will run for U.S. Senate, according to Jackie Schutz Zeckman, Scott’s outgoing chief of staff. If Scott runs for Senate, it will set up what will be a nationally-watched race in a state with notoriously razor thin statewide election results. ...

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Multiple Sex And Corruption Scandals Rock Catholic Church: Child Molestation, Sadistic Child Porn, Fraud

It’s been another stellar week for the Catholic Church. Here’s a roundup of just five of the separate crimes that hit my inbox in the last few days. From the National Catholic Reporter: A Saginaw, Michigan, diocesan priest, previously cleared of accusations of sexual abuse of a minor, has been caught in a police sting operation and charged with criminal ...

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Weeping Pharma Douche Sentenced To Seven Years

A federal judge in Manhattan just sentenced infamous pharma douche Martin Shkreli to seven years in prison. Before the judge issued the sentence, Shkreli sobbed and begged for mercy. The Associated Press reports: “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli cried in court Friday as he apologized for defrauding investors while being sentenced by a federal judge. Shkreli, his cocky persona nowhere to ...

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Pharma Douche Ordered To Forfeit $7.3M In Assets

CNBC reports: Convicted fraudster Martin Shkreli will have to forfeit $7.36 million to the federal government as part of his upcoming criminal sentence, a judge ruled Monday. Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said that in order to satisfy that award amount Shkreli — who was said to be completely cash-broke last year by his lawyer — must forfeit his interest in a ...

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Things Get Worse For Jailed Pharma Douche

Reuters reports: Former U.S. drug company executive Martin Shkreli will be held responsible for $10.4 million in financial losses when he is sentenced for defrauding investors, a federal judge ruled on Monday, rejecting his argument that he did not cause any losses because his investors eventually came out ahead. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto could mean more ...

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California Bill Would Classify Ex-Gay Torture As “Fraud”

Courthouse News reports: Aiming to protect victims of “treatments” that promise a cure to homosexuality or gender identity issues, California lawmakers are pushing the state to declare conversion therapy a fraud. The proposal, sponsored by the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, would bring conversion therapy under the state’s consumer-protection laws and allow individuals to sue practitioners. It’s already illegal in California ...

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Jim Bakker: I Can’t Preach The Gospel On My Show Because Those Who Hate God Want To Kill Me [VIDEO]

Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch: End Times prepper pastor Jim Bakker said on his television program today that there is so much hatred of Christianity in America that he cannot even preach the Gospel on his show because he could be killed for doing so. The people who hate God, Bakker said, “have beat back all opposition, they ...

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Pastor And Wife Found Guilty Of Scamming Millions Via Christian Micro-Lending Company To “Help The Poor”

The Washington Post reports: The Alexandria, Va., pastor told his parishioners they could benefit themselves while doing good if they invested in his Christian-based company lending small amounts of money to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Instead, a jury in Alexandria federal court agreed that Terry Millender and his wife Brenda Millender, who together ran Victorious Life Church, defrauded their friends ...

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Feds Seek To Revoke Bail For Pharma Douche After He Posts $5000 Bounty For Lock Of Hillary Clinton’s Hair

The Washington Post reports: Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager awaiting sentencing for defrauding his investors, should have his bail revoked after offering his Facebook followers $5,000 to grab a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair during her book tour, federal prosecutors say. Shkreli’s conduct since his conviction in early August has escalated and he poses a threat to the ...

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FLASHBACK: The Time Trump Claimed He Took $17M In Storm Insurance Money But Little Damage Reported

A reminder from Law Newz: As tropical storm Harvey batters its way through Texas, flooding the Gulf Coast at unprecedented levels, it might be interesting to look at President Donald Trump‘s own relationship with hurricanes, or the lack thereof. In October, The Associated Press reported that the then-candidate claimed to have taken $17 million in insurance money for storm damage ...

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Jim Bakker: People Who Speak Out Against Trump Are Possessed By The Spirit Of The Anti-Christ [VIDEO]

“It seems like there is a hatred among peoples and this is satanic. This is the White Horse of the Apocalypse. The White Horse of the Apocalypse is the first horse. It’s a horse of speech. It’s a horse of spirit. And the spirit of Antichrist is out now. This is what you’re seeing. You want to know what the ...

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Derelict Trump Casino Sold For 4¢ On The Dollar

The Associated Press reports: Donald Trump wrote “The Art Of The Deal,” but it was Florida’s Seminole Indians who made a truly amazing deal to buy the opulent casino built by the man who is now president. The Trump Taj Mahal, the Atlantic City casino that the real estate mogul built for $1.2 billion in 1990, went for 4 cents ...

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Jim Bakker: Millions Of Americans Are Possessed By Demons, Including Little Girls That Don’t Like Trump

Brian Tashman reports at Right Wing Watch: Yesterday, Jim Bakker continued to make the case that the people protesting Donald Trump are possessed by demons. Bakker told evangelist Billye Brim that he encountered “four rotten little girls” demonstrating against Trump during the president’s inauguration, asserting: “It was a possession, it’s the demons.” “What’s happening is we’ve had leaders who have ...

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ISRAEL: Attorney General Orders Criminal Investigation Into Netanyahu Over Bribery And Fraud Allegations

The Times Of Israel reports: Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit reportedly approved a full criminal investigation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into allegations of bribery and fraud. Netanyahu will be investigated by police for two separate cases and will be called in for police questioning in the coming days, Channel 10 reported on Wednesday. The Justice Ministry — under whose auspices ...

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Seth Meyers Rips Trump On “Scamilton” Dodge [VIDEO]

Mic reports: As Meyers notes, Trump’s apparent beef with Hamilton is a diversion from some of the president-elect’s other, more unsavory stories from over the weekend. Specifically, Meyers refers to Trump settling for $25 million over fraud lawsuits with Trump University. “As fun as it is to talk about this Hamilton feud, it’s just a distraction from a far bigger ...

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NEW YORK: Trump Organization Promises Not To Use Charity Funds To Pay Trump University Settlement

The New York Times reports: Donald Trump will use no charitable funds to pay off a $25 million settlement of fraud lawsuits against his defunct real estate seminar program, Trump University, an attorney for his business said Monday. Trump agreed Friday to pay the money to former customers of the program, settling two California lawsuits and one filed by New ...

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