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Category Archives: White Collar Crimes

Palm Beach Defense Lawyer: State Offers No Love to 18 Year Old Who Played Doctor

The Office of the State Attorney wants Malachi Love Robinson to accept a plea bargain that would put him in jail for three years for operating his clinic. Andrew D. Stine, West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney reports that Malachi Love Robinson, the 18 year old who “played doctor,” according to the Office of the State Attorney in and for Palm Beach County Florida has again been the center of many national news sources. Malachi Love Robinson, also known as Dr. Love, was in court this week and the assistant state attorney announced that the State of Florida is requesting that Dr. Love plead guilty in exchange for 3 years in the Florida Department of Corrections with 5 years of probation to follow the prison sentence. The State believes they… […]

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Receiving a Subpoena from the SEC

Receiving a Subpoena from the SEC

As a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer, located in West Palm Beach, FL; I am asked to review facts regarding white collar crimes on a regular basis. South Florida is froth with White Collar criminals, like Bernie Madoff and Scott Rothstein, as all remember when both of their criminal cases made worldwide news. But what about innocent individuals, who find themselves in trouble because of dumb mistakes regarding business associates or business partnerships. Should we treat those people the same under the law? The answer to the question is NO! Federal laws do treat different wrongs, with different punishments. Recently, the Law Office of Andrew D. Stine has been representing individuals involved with a financial scam labeled JCS Enterprises Services, Inc. (“JCS”), T.B.T.I. Inc. (“TBTI”), and My Gee Bo, Inc. (“Gee… […]

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South Florida Sees Cases of ID Theft and Tax Fraud

South Florida Sees Cases of ID Theft and Tax Fraud

South Floridians Accused of ID Theft and Tax Fraud A Parkland man is among three South Floridians convicted in a $2.2 million identity theft tax refund fraud scheme, federal prosecutors said on Friday. A federal jury convicted Frantz Pierre, 33, and two others, Terry Pierre, 29, and Christmanie Bissainthe, 33, both of Miami, on 12 counts including conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government and aggravated identity theft. Pierre and the others used identities stolen from prisoners to seek $2.2 million of illegal refunds from the IRS which ultimately paid $1.9 million fraudulent claims, government attorneys said. Source IRS Steps to Combat Identity Theft and Protect Taxpayers The IRS is taking action to protect taxpayers from identity theft and helping victims of tax-related identity theft Over the past several years, the IRS… […]

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Criminal Cases With Overturned Conviction

Criminal Cases With Overturned Conviction

A Texas appellate court has overturned the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) for allegedly scheming to influence Texas state elections with corporate money. A three-judge panel voted 2-1 to overturn the conviction, calling the evidence “legally insufficient,” according to court papers released Thursday. The decision formally acquits DeLay of all charges, but it could still be appealed by the government. Just hours after the ruling was announced, DeLay visited Capitol Hill for a long-scheduled lunch meeting with members of the Texas Republican congressional delegation. Before the meeting, DeLay told reporters that he was at the “C Street House,” or National Prayer Center, Thursday morning when he heard the news. “We were all basically on our knees praying and my lawyer calls and says, ‘you’re a free man,’”… […]

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Financial Institution Fraud-Criminal Case In South Florida Involving Attorney

Financial Institution Fraud-Criminal Case In South Florida Involving Attorney

A 55-year-old Lake Worth attorney, who turned himself into the FBI in June after spending roughly three months on the lam, has apparently reached a tentative plea deal with federal prosecutors for allegedly taking at least $7.2 million from clients. Appearing in court this morning, Timothy McCabe pleaded not guilty to five counts of fraud on a financial institution. He also waived indictment on the charges. In federal court, that typically signals that a plea deal is in the works. He remains in jail without bond. “He took the money and ran,” said Nancy Buchanan, a 70-year-old Lake Worth resident, who said she lost about $76,000 to McCabe. “He either spent it or stashed it.” She said she came to court today just to see the tall, heavy set man… […]

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Florida Mortgage Fraud Cases

Florida Mortgage Fraud Cases

Mortgage fraud schemes employ some type of material misstatement, misrepresentation, or omission relating to a real estate transaction which is relied on by one or more parties to the transaction. These schemes include: Foreclosure rescue schemes Loan modification schemes Illegal property flipping Builder bailout/condo conversion Equity skimming Silent second Home equity conversion mortgage Commercial real estate loans Air loans There are two types of Mortgage Fraud Fraud for Property Fraud for Profit Fraud for Property, also known as Fraud for Housing, usually involves the borrower as the perpetrator on a single loan. The borrower makes a few misrepresentations, usually regarding income, personal debt, and property value, or there are down payment problems. The borrower wants the property and intends to repay the loan. Sometimes industry professionals are involved in coaching… […]

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Staged Accident Fraud in Palm Beach County

Staged Accident Fraud in Palm Beach County

Authorities said today they charged 33 people and arrested 26 in a staged-accident ring in Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. Seven people are fugitives, including two alleged ringleaders that officials say have fled to Cuba. “Staged accident fraud has become the largest source of healthcare fraud in Palm Beach County,” said Marcus Christian, executive assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Sixteen of 21 chiropractic clinics involved are based in Palm Beach County. It’s the latest phase of a multi-agency operation that has been going on for more than three years and resulted in charges against 92 people. The defendants are accused of staging auto accidents and billing insurers for amounts officials said exceeded $20 million. (source) According to the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, staged car crashes are… […]

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Criminal Charges For Money Laundering

Criminal Charges For Money Laundering

It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. Elvis Rafael Rodriguez and Emir Yasser Yeje, two of those charged in Brooklyn on Thursday, posed in March with approximately $40,000 in cash that the authorities say they were laundering. In New York City alone, the thieves responsible for A.T.M. withdrawals struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours starting on Feb. 19, withdrawing $2.4 million. The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating financial information with the stroke of a few keys, as well as common street criminals, who used that information to loot the automated teller machines. On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment… […]

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On Trial for Fraud, Ponzi Scheme

On Trial for Fraud, Ponzi Scheme

Frail ex-Delray commissioner on trial for alleged Ponzi scheme says she never intended ‘not to pay back the money’ Former Delray Beach City Commissioner Charlotte Durante took the stand in her own defense Friday, vehemently denying prosecutors claims that she stole an estimated $1.8 million from people who came to her believing she would pay them big returns on their investment. “It was never my intention, never a thought in my mind, not to pay back the money,” she insisted. Further, she said, all of the 83 investors knew she was using their money to help her daughter establish the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion history. When prosecutor Ryan Kelley pointed out that none of the 26 investors who testified during the three-day trial said they ever heard of the… […]

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Political Ties, Money Laundering and Fraud Charges in South Florida

Political Ties, Money Laundering and Fraud Charges in South Florida

A powerful Delray Beach developer once tasked with helping appoint local judges also has ties so close to the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office that it is backing away from handling his prosecution for allegedly cheating a sandwich mogul out of more than $1 million. Anthony Pugliese and his business manager, Joseph Reamer, are fighting charges of conspiracy to commit organized scheme to defraud, money laundering and grand theft. Investigators say Pugliese, with Reamer’s help, created fake companies and phony invoices to steal $1.2 million from Subway founder Fred DeLuca. DeLuca at the time was working with Pugliese on Destiny, a failed $111 million, 41,000-acre “green” community planned just south of Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County. Pugliese, 65, and Reamer, 54, turned themselves in to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s… […]

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