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  • Ex-Fresno IRS employee charged with ID theft of co-workers

    07/23/2014 9:33:11 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 22, 2014 | Bee Staff and News Services
    Federal prosecutors say a former Fresno IRS employee stole the identities of her co-workers and opened credit cards to go on shopping sprees with friends. U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said Tuesday that 30-year-old Viririana Hernandez and three others stole $1.2 million from 160 people, many of them IRS employees. Prosecutors say they bought home goods, jewelry and clothes. A grand jury on Friday indicted the four Fresno County residents on 23 counts, charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say the alleged identity theft unfolded from June 2012 to January 2014. Prosecutors say Hernandez, who had...
  • Who is Ed Mezvinsky? [Can Anyone Verify This?]

    05/21/2013 2:10:15 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Email | 5/21/13
    Edward "Ed" Mezvinsky born January 17, 1937, is a former Democrat congressman. As a Democrat, he represented Iowa 's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for two terms, from 1973 to 1977. He sat on the House Judiciary Committee that decided the fate of Richard Nixon. He and the Clinton's were very politically intertwined for years. In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. He was sentenced to 80 months in (Federal) prison. Ed Mezvinsky embezzled more than $10 million...
  • 'Qaeda 7' attorney gets NYC job: Fed prosecutor gig ('Terrorist sympathizer')

    01/09/2011 4:12:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 8, 2011 | Michael Maddux
    An embattled former Obama administration appointee -- who was part of a group of attorneys accused of being terrorist sympathizers for defending "enemy combatants" -- has been hired for a post at the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, officials confirmed today. Tali Farhadian was one of several private attorneys who created a rift between Republicans last spring when the Obama Administration assigned them to posts within the Justice Department. Although Farhadian was handling unrelated matters in Attorney General Eric Holder's office, a political watchdog group accused Obama of overloading the agency with officials sympathetic to enemy combatants. Their appointments even...
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • Former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski dead

    08/11/2010 1:03:44 PM PDT · by xzins · 39 replies
    UPI ^ | 11 Aug 10
    UPI) -- Former U.S. Rep Dan Rostenkowski, who rose to be chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and went to prison in disgrace, died Wednesday. He was 82. Rostenkowski died at his summer home in Powers Lake, Wis., after a long battle with cancer, the Chicago Tribune reported. A onetime Washington political insider and power broker, Rostenkowski represented his Chicago 5th Congressional District in Congress for 36 years, rising to head the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee that rewrote the 1986 U.S. tax code. The son of 32nd Ward Democratic Alderman Joseph Rostenkowski, Daniel was first elected...
  • Extradited Hacker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Masterminding First-Ever Hack....

    09/28/2010 12:39:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies
    Newark.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | September 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Extradited Hacker Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Masterminding First-Ever Hack Into Internet Phone Networks Defendant Also Ordered to Pay Over $1 Million in Restitution NEWARK, NJ—The first individual ever charged with hacking into the networks of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and reselling hacked VoIP services for a profit was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Edwin Andres Pena, 27, transmitted over 10 million minutes of unauthorized telephone calls over the victims' networks. Pena, a Venezuelan citizen, fled the United States...
  • 2 Men Plead Guilty to Impersonating U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers...

    09/13/2010 12:21:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | September 8, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: September 8, 2010 2 men plead guilty to impersonating U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in advance fee fraud scheme MIAMI - Saleumsak Khammungkhune, 57, of San Diego, and David Johnson, aka Ukoha Eke, 39, a Nigerian national residing in Upper Marlboro, Md., pleaded guilty to conspiring to impersonate U. S. officers and to commit wire fraud following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). David Johnson pleaded guilty earlier today before U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas to conspiracy to impersonate a federal officer and to...
  • INTERNATIONAL HACKER ARRAIGNED AFTER EXTRADITION Elaborate Scheme Stole over $9.4 Million...

    08/07/2010 4:01:49 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text SNIPPET is a quote: International Hacker Arraigned After Extradition Elaborate Scheme Stole over $9.4 Million from Credit Card Processor ATLANTA, GA—SERGEI TŠURIKOV, 26, of Tallinn, Estonia, has been extradited to the United States. TŠURIKOV appeared today and was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge E. Clayton Scofield III, on federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, computer fraud, and aggravated identity theft. TŠURIKOV was indicted by a federal grand jury on these charges on November 10, 2010, along with VIKTOR PLESHCHUK, 29, of St. Petersburg, Russia; OLEG COVELIN,...
  • CHELSEA'S WEDDING PANIC

    07/27/2010 9:10:47 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 154 replies · 8+ views
    CHELSEA CLINTON in full meltdown mode after severe panic attacks - that new hubby will be a cheater. Panicky bride-to-be Chelsea Clinton is secretly undergoing emergency prenuptial counseling ordered by her mom Hillary, insiders say. "Chelsea is a nervous wreck as her wedding approaches. She's terrified that she'll disgrace herself and her family," a Clinton family friend told The ENQUIRER. The 30-year-old former first daughter is set to wed Wall Street-er Marc Mezvinsky in a $1 million dream wedding on July 31 at the Astor Courts, a 50-acre private estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y. But now she's having second thoughts. "Chelsea...
  • Innospec Agent Pleads Guilty to Bribing Iraqi Officials and Paying Kickbacks Under the Oil...

    06/25/2010 4:28:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Innospec Agent Pleads Guilty to Bribing Iraqi Officials and Paying Kickbacks Under the Oil for Food Program WASHINGTON—Canadian/Lebanese dual national Ousama M. Naaman pleaded guilty today to participating in an eight-year conspiracy to defraud the United Nations Oil for Food Program (OFFP) and to bribe Iraqi government officials in connection with the sale of a chemical additive used in the refining of leaded fuel, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. Naaman, 61, of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, was originally indicted on Aug. 7, 2008, in U.S. District...
  • ...Regarding the Joran van deo Sloot Investigation [FBI STATEMENT]

    06/10/2010 3:42:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 920+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Joint Statement by United States Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley Regarding the Joran van der Sloot Investigation In April of this year, the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office in Birmingham, Alabama initiated an investigation into allegations of criminal conduct by Joran van der Sloot related to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba five years earlier. Prior to law enforcement's involvement in the situation, Van der Sloot offered to provide information to an individual regarding the location of Natalee Holloway's remains and the circumstances of her...
  • Breaking - jurors reported they have reached a verdict on 3 of 4 charges in Palin hacking trial

    04/29/2010 12:07:13 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 243 replies · 8,612+ views
    knoxville news ^ | April 29, 2010 | Jim Balloch
    KNOXVILLE - Federal court jurors reported today they have reached a verdict on three of four charges against former University of Tennessee student David C. Kernell, accused of illegally accessing the private e-mail account of 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. But they also reported they are deadlocked on the first count, a charge of identity theft. Without asking what their verdict is on the other counts, U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips sent them back to the jury room to continue deliberating the first count. In their written communication to the judge this afternoon, the jurors said: "Some...
  • Resident of India Pleads Guilty in International Online Brokerage "Hack, Pump and Dump" Scheme

    02/05/2010 4:57:05 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 459+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, February 5, 2010 Resident of India Pleads Guilty in International Online Brokerage “Hack, Pump and Dump” Scheme WASHINGTON - A resident of India pleaded guilty today to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges arising from an international fraud scheme to "hack" into online brokerage accounts in the United States and use those accounts to manipulate stock prices, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Deborah K.R. Gilg of the District of Nebraska. Jaisankar Marimuthu, 35, a native of Chennai, India, pleaded guilty...
  • Two Foreign Nationals Sentenced for Roles in International Money Laundering Scheme...

    12/04/2009 2:24:37 AM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 398+ views
    US DOJ.gov - Justice.gov ^ | December 3, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 3, 2009 Two Foreign Nationals Sentenced for Roles in International Money Laundering Scheme Involving Online Sales Two Bulgarian nationals have been sentenced in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia for their roles as money launderers for a transnational criminal group based in Eastern Europe, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. Ivaylo Vasilev Pletnyov, 39, of Svishtov, Bulgaria, was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman for conspiracy to commit money laundering. Pletnyov was...
  • West Coast Man Charged with Developing and Distributing Cable Network Hacking Tools

    11/03/2009 2:36:21 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 1,160+ views
    Boston.FBI.gov - DOJ Press Release ^ | November 2, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: West Coast Man Charged with Developing and Distributing Cable Network Hacking Tools BOSTON, MA—Charges were unsealed in federal court against an Oregon man and the company he founded, TCNISO, alleging that they developed and distributed products that allowed users to modify their cable modems and obtain internet access without paying for it. Acting United States Attorney Michael K. Loucks, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer and Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division, announced today that RYAN HARRIS, age 26, of San Diego,...
  • Bank of America Cuts Ties With ACORN

    09/28/2009 3:55:27 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 11 replies · 543+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/28/2009 | Mike Volpe
    This broke earlier this morning. Bank of America Corp. is suspending its work with the housing affiliate of embattled community organizing group ACORN. The decision comes as three Republicans in Congress ask Bank of America and 13 other financial institutions to give Congress a complete accounting of their dealings with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or its affiliates.
  • Taxpayer-Owned Citigroup Still Bankrolling ACORN

    09/28/2009 9:10:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 813+ views
    NLPC ^ | September 27, 2009 | Peter Flaherty
    Taxpayer-Owned Citigroup Still Bankrolling ACORN Submitted by Peter Flaherty on Sun, 09/27/2009 - 18:59   Now that taxpayers are Citigroup’s biggest shareholder, owning 36% of common stock, it is time for the company and its foundation to end its relationship with ACORN and its affiliates.Citigroup has received $45 billion in taxpayer TARP funds. In addition, taxpayers are on the hook for the lion’s share of losses on the company’s $335 billion loan portfolio.According to the 2008 annual tax return of the Citi Foundation, it provided the ACORN Institute, Inc. with grants of $500,000 for each of the years 2006, 2007...
  • Rats deserting a sinking ACORN

    09/26/2009 4:03:02 AM PDT · by jersey117 · 100 replies · 6,976+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/26/09 | Opinion
    Like rats deserting a sinking ship, ACORN's many enablers over the years are racing for the exits as the scope of the organization's shenanigans come to light. Even leftist fellow-traveler -- and, until now, stalwart ACORN defender -- Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is squirming. What took them so long? We've been warning about the group for ages.
  • New ACORN Scandal:Illegal use of Funds

    09/25/2009 5:31:41 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 27 replies · 1,109+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | 7/25/09 | The Lid
    More bad news for the Democratic Parties Favorite community organizing group, ACORN. While Harry Reid continues to get heat at home for refusing to allow Senate hearings on ACORN, Senator Grassley had his staff do a little investigation of their own. According to the Capital Research Center, Grassley (R-Iowa), asked the IRS to probe ACORN – and asked that the group be dropped from the Combined Federal Campaign (a charitable program for government workers). This is not the first time the Senator has gone after the ACORN criminal enterprise, in 2006 he asked the IRS to investigate ACORN for voter...
  • GOP aides: ACORN misusing contributions

    09/24/2009 4:46:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 845+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/24/09 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON – The embattled community activist group ACORN appears to be collecting charitable contributions through affiliate organizations that it then uses for impermissible lobbying and political activity, says the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee. The assessment, in a memo to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, further fuels the controversy surrounding ACORN, formally known as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The GOP staff memo says ACORN-affiliated charities are being used to raise money which is then funneled to other charities or other organizations for purposes other than what a donor may have intended. In response, ACORN chief...
  • IRS Throws ACORN Under the Bus

    09/24/2009 1:36:52 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 14 replies · 1,324+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 9/24/2009 | Connie Hair
    The IRS yesterday severed its ties with ACORN, the profoundly corrupt community organizing group embroiled in a seemingly never-ending string of controversies, criminal investigations and voter registration fraud charges.  Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau also severed ties with the group. The latest controversy is over the series of videos covertly taped by new media journalists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles.  In these videos, O’Keefe and Giles, posing as a pimp and prostitute, are given tax advice by ACORN representatives in different cities across the country.   The tax advice included listing “performance artist” as the prostitute’s employment code in...
  • Mortgage Mess -- Did ACORN run a home loan racket? (JOHN FUND VIDEO)

    09/22/2009 8:08:01 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 13 replies · 912+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 09-21-09 | Fox News
    Did ACORN run home a loan racket? View article...
  • City of Miami Police Officer and Two Others Charged in Crime Stoppers Scam

    08/26/2009 4:49:29 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 395+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | August 26, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Florida
    Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Michael J. Folmar, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, and Robert Parker, Director, Miami Dade Police Department, announced that City of Miami Police Officer Wayne Fortella and two civilian associates, Kurt Burgess and Ainsworth Stanley, were charged in a Criminal Complaint with wire fraud and conspiring to commit wire fraud by scheming to collect Crime Stoppers rewards to which they were not entitled, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343 and 1349. Fortella and Burgess made their...
  • US hacker charged with stealing 130m credit card IDs

    08/17/2009 5:05:50 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 1,048+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 18, 2009 | Ed Pilkington
    A serial hacker has been charged with carrying out the largest theft of credit card identities ever recorded in the US, in a sophisticated scam in which he and accomplices allegedly stole at least 130m accounts from big retail companies. Albert Gonzalez, 28, of Miami, who once worked with the US secret service, is accused of working with two unidentified Russian conspirators to hack into the databases of retail chains, selling the information around the world. According to a 14-page indictment, the hackers stole credit card numbers from Heartland, a New Jersey-based company that processes payments, from the store 7-Eleven,...
  • Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Scottrade Clients

    07/18/2009 9:27:08 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 3 replies · 374+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | July 16, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of Missouri
    St. Louis, MO: A Florida man has pleaded guilty to fraud charges involving his impersonation of Scottrade clients, Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap announced today. Christopher Maury admitted to fraudulently obtaining account information for a number of Scottrade clients. After obtaining identification information of a Scottrade client, Maury would call Scottrade and impersonate the client, ultimately convincing representatives of the brokerage house to liquidate client holdings and direct the proceeds to a bank account he controlled in Florida. Maury, 35, most recently of West Palm Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud. The guilty...
  • Smart Online CEO and Two Others Found Guilty of Manipulation of Company Stock

    07/07/2009 10:43:25 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 598+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Smart Online CEO and Two Others Found Guilty of Manipulation of Company Stock LEV L. DASSIN, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that DENNIS MICHAEL NOURI, the former Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and President of Smart Online, REZA ERIC NOURI, a former Smart Online employee and brother of the CEO, and stock broker ANTHONY MARTIN were found guilty today, after a three-week jury trial before United States District Judge DENNY CHIN. According to the Superseding Indictment and the evidence at trial: From May 2005 through July...
  • Former Quest Energy Partners Senior Executive Charged with Fraud (OK)

    06/17/2009 3:48:40 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 17, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Western District of Oklahoma
    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—Today, a federal grand jury in Oklahoma City returned an indictment charging DAVID GROSE, 56, of Edmond, Oklahoma, with three counts of wire fraud stemming from an alleged scheme to defraud Quest Energy Partners, L.P., of $1 million, announced John C. Richter, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Grose formerly served as the chief financial officer for Quest Energy Partners, L.P. ("Quest"), a publicly-traded oil and gas exploration and production business based in Oklahoma City. According to the indictment, Grose's responsibilities included supervising Quest's financial accounting and books, coordinating quarterly reviews and annual audits by...
  • Former Home Depot Employee Sentenced to Prison (Kickback Scheme)

    06/11/2009 3:43:35 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 2 replies · 322+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 11, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Northern District of Georgia
    ATLANTA—Anthony M. Tesvich, 42, of Atlanta, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Richard W. Story to serve over six years in federal prison on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing false tax returns, in connection with a scheme to defraud Home Depot. United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said, “This defendant and his co-conspirators inside Home Depot took payoffs from certain foreign vendors in exchange for giving those suppliers’ products an unfair advantage in the company’s many stores across the country. This corruption hurt competing vendors who played by the rules, Home Depot, and its...
  • Rapper Willie D Indicted in Wire Fraud Scam

    06/10/2009 4:34:51 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 4 replies · 707+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 9, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas
    HOUSTON—William James Dennis, aka Willie D, has been indicted by a grand jury on 15 counts of wire fraud, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. A summons setting a date for his arraignment on the charges is expected to issue in the near future. Dennis, 42, a rap music recording artist, has been indicted on wire fraud charges stemming from his purported sales of Apple iPhones through a company known as Texas One Wireless. Dennis, allegedly posing as an electronics salesman, used eBay to establish his credibility with international buyers. Once a buyer showed interest, Dennis directed them outside...
  • Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba...

    06/05/2009 4:00:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba for Nearly 30 Years Couple Allegedly Conspired to Provide Classified Information to Cuban Government A former State Department official and his wife have been arrested on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government. The arrests were announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Channing D. Phillips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Joseph Persichini, Jr.,...
  • Rapper Wille D Arrested and Charged in Wire Fraud Scam

    05/16/2009 7:25:56 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 3 replies · 478+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | May 14, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas
    HOUSTON—William James Dennis, aka Willie D, was arrested last night on charges of wire fraud, acting United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. A sealed criminal complaint charging Dennis, 42, a rap music recording artist, with wire fraud stemming from his purported sales of Apple iPhones through a company known as Texas One Wireless was unsealed following Dennis’ arrest last night by FBI agents at Bush International Airport. Dennis was returning from an overseas trip. Dennis is expected to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Houston later today at which time the United States expects to seek Dennis’ continued...
  • Concert Tickets Get Set Aside, Marked Up by Artists, Managers (bands scalping their own tickets)

    03/12/2009 11:39:51 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies · 738+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 11, 2009 | By ETHAN SMITH
    Less than a minute after tickets for last August's Neil Diamond concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden went on sale, more than 100 seats were available for hundreds of dollars more than their normal face value on premium-ticket site TicketExchange.com. The seller? Neil Diamond. Ticket reselling -- also known as scalping -- is an estimated $3 billion-a-year business in which professional brokers buy seats with the hope of flipping them to the public at a hefty markup. ...the source of the higher-priced tickets was the singer, working with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc., which owns TicketExchange, and concert promoter AEG Live....
  • Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich

    12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 195 replies · 10,039+ views
    CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office: Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange...
  • Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe in Your PC

    12/06/2008 4:39:18 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 72 replies · 1,630+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/5/2008 | By JOHN MARKOFF
    SAN FRANCISCO — Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it. Despite the efforts of the computer security industry and a half-decade struggle by Microsoft to protect its Windows operating system, malicious software is spreading faster than ever. The so-called malware surreptitiously takes over a PC and then uses that computer to spread more malware to other machines exponentially. Computer scientists and security researchers acknowledge they cannot get ahead of the onslaught.
  • Grandparents lose $33,000, urge caution of new scam

    11/24/2008 11:30:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,203+ views
    The Muskegon Chronicle ^ | November 23, 2008 | Susan K. Treutler
    It started with a phone call from someone they thought was their teenage grandson. As the story went, he was in Canada with friends. He'd been caught fishing without a license. He needed $3,000 to pay the fine. And, by the way, he said: Please don't let his parents know he was in trouble. What followed was a series of phone calls — up to five or six a day over a six-day period — from "police," describing their "grandson's" escalating troubles. Before it was over, the elderly couple had wired $33,000 of their life savings to Canada, money they...
  • Area woman accused in international Internet scam

    07/24/2008 4:13:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 22 replies · 300+ views
    Johnson City (TN) Press ^ | July 24, 208 | John Thompson
    ELIZABETHTON — An Elizabethton woman has been indicted by a Carter County grand jury on charges she had participated in an international Internet scam. Investigators interviewed Ouchaib on Jan. 24, during which time she told the police she had been receiving money from all across the country and forwarding it to a man in Lagos, Nigeria, who was known by many names, but most commonly as Elinmian Jonathon Smith. She had been conducting the transactions since December 2006.
  • Latinos assail money-wiring fees

    08/08/2007 6:05:12 PM PDT · by dbwz · 87 replies · 3,319+ views
    NEW BRUNSWICK — City resident Jose Villanueva sends a portion of his monthly earnings to his family in Honduras every month. And each time he does, Western Union takes a chunk of that money. For every $300 Villanueva sends, the global corporation charges him $11 to $15 per wire transfer, he said at a forum — held in New Brunswick Tuesday — about Western Union's fees. "They should lower those fees and give some of that money to the community," Villanueva said. "When you think about the money they are making, most of it has to be from the Latino...
  • Abramoff to Be Sentenced for Wire Fraud (SunCruz Casinos fraud case)

    03/29/2006 10:30:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 434+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/29/06 | Curt Andersen - ap
    MIAMI - Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff arrived in court several hours early Wednesday, avoiding the media before his sentencing in a Florida fraud case. He and former partner Adam Kidan pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud stemming from the ill-fated purchase in 2000 of the SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet. They now face between just under six years and more than seven years in federal prison, though the sentences won't start immediately so they can continue cooperating in a Washington corruption investigation and a Florida probe into the murder of former SunCruz owner Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis. Before the hearing,...
  • Damage control at Black Rock

    01/12/2005 1:02:38 PM PST · by RatSlayer · 27 replies · 1,020+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2005 | Tony Blankley
    Let's start with the title of the CBS Panel: "Report of the Independent Review Panel Dick Thornburgh and Lewis D. Boccardi; Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, Counsel to the Independent Review Panel." My first question is from whom is the review panel and its hired lawyers independent? Who paid the law firm for its hundreds, probably thousands of hours of research? I assume CBS paid them. [snip] So, for example, if CBS's own hired lawyer, Mr. Thornburgh had found that the document in question was actually a fraudulent Department of Defense document, or that anyone at CBS subjectively believed...