Tag Archives: scams

NJ Man In Infamous GoFundMe Scam Gets Five Years

The Daily Beast reports: A New Jersey man who raised $400,000 on GoFundMe with a fake story about a homeless man has been sentenced to five years in prison. Mark D’Amico, who pled guilty to misapplication of entrusted property in 2019, will serve time in New Jersey state prison concurrent with his previous 27-month federal sentence, county prosecutors said Friday. …

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All 50 State AGs Form “Anti-Robocall Task Force”

Ars Technica reports: Attorneys general from all 50 states have created an Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force “to investigate and take legal action against the telecommunications companies responsible for bringing a majority of foreign robocalls into the United States,” they announced yesterday. In the task force’s first action, it “issued 20 civil investigative demands to 20 gateway providers and other entities …

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U.S Bank Fined $37M Over Unauthorized Accounts

Via press release: Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against U.S. Bank for illegally accessing its customers’ credit reports and opening checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and lines of credit without customers’ permission. U.S. Bank pressured and incentivized its employees to sell multiple products and services to its customers, including imposing sales goals as part of …

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Christian School Chain Accused Of Bilking Vets Of $7M

The Christian Post reports: A nonprofit organization called the House of Prayer, a chain of schools that students branded as a cult, has been accused of recruiting veterans and active service members and then bilking them out of more than $7 million in GI Bill benefits and disability checks to pay for Bible classes that were not accredited. On June …

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FCC Orders Block On Scam Auto Warranty Robocalls

Bloomberg News reports: The Federal Communications Commission has ordered phone companies to stop carrying traffic related to robocalls about scam auto warranties. US voice service providers must now “take all necessary steps to avoid carrying this robocall traffic,” or provide a report outlining how they’re mitigating the traffic, the FCC’s Robocall Response Team said in a statement on Thursday. The …

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Pharmacist Gets 11 Years In $27M COVID Fraud Plot

Courthouse News reports: A Southern California pharmacist was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison after a jury convicted him of trying to seek $27 million in pandemic relief loans for companies that had no employees. Robert Benlevi, 53, of Encino was given a 135-month sentence Tuesday. He had been found guilty this past March of multiple counts …

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DOJ: Major New York Trump Donors Ran $27M Real Estate Scam, Sold Foreign Nationals Access To Trump

From the Justice Department: A criminal complaint was unsealed today in Brooklyn federal court charging Sherry Xue Li and Lianbo Wang with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and conspiracy to defraud the United States by obstructing the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) administration of campaign finance laws. Li and Wang, both naturalized U.S. citizens, were arrested earlier today in Oyster …

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Major Cryptocurrency Outfit Files For Bankruptcy

Reuters reports: U.S. crypto lender Celsius Network said on Wednesday it had filed for bankruptcy in New York, becoming the latest victim in the cryptocurrency sector of a dramatic plunge in token prices. New Jersey-based Celsius froze withdrawals last month, citing “extreme” market conditions, cutting off access to savings for individual investors and sending tremors through the crypto market. In …

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Real Housewife Pleads Guilty To Scamming Millions

NBC News reports: Jen Shah, the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star charged with running a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday morning, reversing her previous plea. In front of Judge Sidney Stein shortly after 10:30 a.m., Shah entered into an agreement with federal prosecutors, changing her plea to guilty to a count of conspiracy …

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Trump To Cultists: Stop Using My Name In Money Begs

The Washington Post reports: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has spent months groundlessly telling Republicans that they can be on “Trump’s Team” or “Endorse Trump for President in 2024” by giving to his U.S. Senate campaign. “Are you turning your back on Pres. Trump?” one Brnovich fundraising ad asked last year. “Renew your 2022 membership before it is too late.” …

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Florida Pastor And Family Sought In $8M COVID Scam

NBC News reports: The Edwardses were Christian missionaries from Canada who lived in Turkey for many years and moved to Florida in 2019. On paper they ran a faith-based charity with a high-minded mission: to “communicate Christian love in doctrine and service to the poor.” But by the fall of 2020, the family of four — dad Evan; mom Mary …

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FBI Seeks “Crypto Queen” Behind $4 Billion Scam

Axios reports: The FBI has offered a $100,000 reward in its search for Ruja Ignatova, the so-called “Cryptoqueen” who allegedly helped defraud investors out of $4 billion with a cryptocurrency scam. Ignatova was added to the FBI’s list of the 10 most-wanted fugitives this week. The FBI is asking for any information about the alleged fraudster, who disappeared in 2017. …

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New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Pesticides He Marketed As COVID Preventives, Faces Up To 20 Years

From the Justice Department: A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from his sale of more than $2.7 million worth of various unregistered pesticides to numerous victims based on false representations that these products were registered pesticides with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and on EPA’s “List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2” that EPA deemed to …

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Famous Liar And His Spawn To Be Grilled For Up To Seven Hours Each In Class Action Ponzi Scheme Suit

Bloomberg News reports: Donald Trump and three of his children agreed to be questioned under oath for up to seven hours each in a class-action lawsuit over their yearslong promotion on “Celebrity Apprentice” of a troubled multi-level marketing company. The former president, along with Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, are among more than a dozen people who …

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DOJ: Florida Man Gave Us Fake Pardon From Trump

From the Justice Department: United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Alexander Leszczynski (22, North Redington Beach) with wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. If convicted on all counts, Leszczynski faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Leszczynski that the United States intends to forfeit $337,000, …

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Candace Owens Named In Crypto Class Action Lawsuit

The Daily Beast reports: A new class-action lawsuit filed by an investor in Trumpworld’s favorite “Let’s Go Brandon” meme coin claims that some of the token’s key players orchestrated a pump-and-dump scheme. A number of former President Donald Trump’s most loyal fans bought into the crypto hype, only to see the value of their investments plummet. Ultimately, the 79-page suit …

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Man Gets 27 Months In Infamous GoFundMe Scam

The Associated Press reports: A New Jersey man who conspired with his then-girlfriend to cook up a feel-good story about a helpful homeless man and then used the lie to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations online was sentenced in federal court Friday to more than two years in prison. Mark D’Amico will also have to serve three …

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Bannon’s Private Border Wall Cronies To Plead Guilty

Law & Crime reports: In the twilight of his administration, Donald Trump pardoned Bannon for charges that he conspired to commit wire fraud and money laundering in connection with a crowdfunded effort to construct a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border, but the former president left Bannon’s accused co-conspirators twisting in the wind on similar accusations. Now, two of the three …

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California City Lost $600K To Online Phishing Scam

The Fresno Bee reports: Fresno’s loss to an online phishing scam totaled more than $600,000, was part of a larger scheme targeting multiple municipalities nationwide and the FBI has identified an American suspect, Mayor Jerry Dyer announced in a news conference at City Hall. Some details Dyer reported differed from information he shared the day prior. Dyer said he spoke …

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Melania Trump To Media: Stop Reporting On My Scams

The Independent reports: Melania Trump on Friday lashed out at the press for reporting on a Florida investigation into whether a charity organisation she purportedly raised funds for was properly registered with authorities, accusing reporters of “canceling the hopes and dreams of children by trying to cancel me”. Earlier this week, The New York Times reported Ms Trump’s “Fostering the …

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