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Palm Beach County Division of Inspector General Joins Forces With Guardianship Fraud Auditors To Yield First Arrest

Palm Beach County Division of Inspector General Joins Forces With Guardianship Fraud Auditors To Yield First Arrest

A father charged with using more than $58,000 from his daughter’s guardianship account to fuel his lavish spending – including a 2007 Jaguar XK and a flat-screen TV – is behind bars after an investigation by my Guardianship Fraud Program. Willie E. Lockridge of Nashville, TN, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on January 25, after he was arrested by Nashville police. He faces charges of grand theft and organized scheme to defraud of more than $20,000. My accredited  Division of Inspector General began their investigation into Lockridge, 41, in August 2012. They received a tip of some unusual activity in a guardianship account, and their investigation found that Lockridge convinced his brother – the guardian for Lockridge’s daughter – to cash a $58,866.61 check designated for deposit… […]

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Florida State With The Highest Incidence Of Fraud

Florida State With The Highest Incidence Of Fraud

More than 30 different categories of complaints were recorded in 2011. Identity theft was the most common one, representing 15 percent of all complaints. Many other categories relate to a growing number of Americans in debt as a result of the recession and the housing crash. Debt collection fraud was the second most common category, defined by the FTC as consumers reporting abuse by both legitimate debt collectors and those pretending to be. Other categories included banking and lending scams, as well as scams arising from promises of relief from mortgage debt (source). From 24/7 Wall St.: When times are hard, fraud often gets worse. Americans are under great financial pressure, and there is no shortage of criminals waiting to take advantage of it. According to the most recent report… […]

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Aggravated Identity Theft Charges

Aggravated Identity Theft Charges

A U.S. Marine who violated the trust of members of his unit in Afghanistan was sentenced Friday to nearly five years in prison for stealing their identities so he could commit tax refund fraud. Jobson Cenor, of North Miami, had been stationed in Afghanistan when he got the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of more than 100 Marines, many of them from his own unit. He sent the personal information to a Coral Springs woman who agreed to use it to file false tax refunds and split the money with him. The plot unraveled when Cenor’s accomplice, Dorothy Boulin, talked to a FBI informant about filing fake tax returns. When Boulin was arrested in February, she began cooperating with the FBI and placed a recorded phone call to… […]

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Accused of Ponzi Scheme

Accused of Ponzi Scheme

Donald R. French Jr. a resident of Rome who lives in Boca Raton and attended Florida Atlantic University, is facing federal wire fraud charges. He was charged last week by information, an indication that he is now working with investigators (source). It was a “classic ponzi scheme,” an FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint outlining French’s business. He was arrested this past September while on one of his Vegas trips, court documents show. French raised about $10 million from about 50 investors from Florida, Massachusetts and Michigan, and while he may have invested a little of the money, he spend most of it on himself, the complaint says. The 25-year-old has admitted to his scheme and told investigators that he knew what he was doing was illegal. With money… […]

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Six South Florida Residents Indicted On Charges Operating A Major Identity Theft Ring

Six South Florida Residents Indicted On Charges Operating A Major Identity Theft Ring

The investigation began in March with the discovery that 49 Aventura police officers and six other people connected to the city government were victims of identity theft and tax fraud in the 2011 income tax season, authorities said. On Tuesday, the inquiry led to six South Florida residents being indicted on charges they operated a major identity theft ring out of a Pompano Beach home on the 1200 block of Northeast Fifth Street. The four men and two women are accused of using the money to do everything from make child support payments online to take vacations in Orlando and rent BMWs at Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami airports. Brothers Jeffery McCarthy and Christopher McCarthy, their girlfriends Marysol Hernandez and Teresa Calderon, cousin Floyd Harper, and friend Brian… […]

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Tax Fraud Take down in South Florida

Tax Fraud Take down in South Florida

Tax fraud is generally described as the avoidance of paying taxes owed by illegal means. Tax evasion can be committed by individuals, businesses or corporations in regards to federal, state or local taxes. The IRS and tax laws consider many actions tax fraud, from scams to deceitful bookkeeping. Individual Tax Fraud Tax fraud may be committed by individuals that purposefully use deceitful means to avoid paying income taxes. These tax crimes can take many forms. The following actions may constitute income tax evasion (source): Deliberately under-reporting, omitting or concealing incomes Overstating the amount of deductions False deductions Claiming non-existent dependents Deceptive record keeping Claiming personal expenses as business expenses Hiding or transferring assets or income Failure to file tax returns Using a false social security number Concealing or destroying records… […]

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Wire Fraud, Charges and Penalties

Wire Fraud, Charges and Penalties

A false representation of a matter of fact—whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of what should have been disclosed—that deceives and is intended to deceive another so that the individual will act upon it to her or his legal injury. Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. In the U.S. legal system, fraud is a specific offense with certain features. Fraud is an independent criminal offense, but it also appears in different contexts as the means used to gain a legal advantage or accomplish a specific crime. For example, it is fraud for a person to make a false statement on a license application in order to engage in the… […]

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Fraud Crime and Criminal Charges

Fraud Crime and Criminal Charges

Fraud is commonly understood as dishonesty calculated for advantage. A person who is dishonest may be called a fraud. In the U.S. legal system, fraud is a specific offense with certain features. Fraud is most common in the buying or selling of property, including real estate, Personal Property, and intangible property, such as stocks, bonds, and copyrights. State and federal statutes criminalize fraud, but not all cases rise to the level of criminality. Prosecutors have discretion in determining which cases to pursue. Victims may also seek redress in civil court. Fraud must be proved by showing that the defendant’s actions involved five separate elements: (1) a false statement of a material fact,(2) knowledge on the part of the defendant that the statement is untrue, (3) intent on the part of… […]

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Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Felony fraud is a type of criminal act. Essentially, fraud is using deceptive actions to harm another party or to benefit personally. For example, a person who uses the postal service to illegally obtain money from another party may be guilty of fraud. Felony fraud is the most serious type of fraud; it often involves government agencies, large sums of money, or very valuable assets and carries higher penalties than more minor fraud offenses. Minor fraud cases may be referred to as misdemeanor offenses. One of the types of fraud that many people are familiar with is check fraud. For example, a person may commit check fraud if he passes off a bad check to a merchant, creates a fake check, or forges someone else’s signature on a check. Different… […]

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What is White Collar Crime?

What is White Collar Crime?

White collar crime is a term coined to describe the crimes committed involving fraud, embezzlement, lying, cheating, stealing, etc. A white collar crime is often a scam to defraud another of a significant amount of money. While it may not seem like it, these crimes always have a victim. A major scam can completely destroy a company, families, or cost people millions of dollars. These are not crimes to be taken lightly simply because they do not involve violence – a white collar crime is complex and requires the skills and experience of a criminal defense lawyer. Fraud In criminal law, fraud is an intentional deception made to gain profits or benefits over another, or even to damage another individual. While most of the time, fraud is a white collar… […]

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