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Mortgage Fraud a Growing Problem in South Florida

Mortgage Fraud a Growing Problem in South Florida

Mortgage fraud is becoming a growing problem in South Florida. Law enforcement is cracking down and conducting thorough investigations around home buying. With today’s economic climate, people are more likely to commit mortgage fraud than ever. Unfortunately, innocent people get swept up in these fraudulent schemes without even realizing it. If you have been accused of committing mortgage fraud and you had no intention to do so, contact a criminal defense lawyer and you could even get your case dismissed. Palm Beach County Mortgage Fraud According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, four Palm Beach County residents and one Port Saint Lucie man were charged last week in a mortgage fraud scheme federal investigators said involved $8 million in loan proceeds and 17 homes. If they are convicted,… […]

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Can You Be Forced to Decrypt Your Computer?

Can You Be Forced to Decrypt Your Computer?

According to an article posted on CNet, a federal judge in Colorado ruled in January that American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their hard drives to allow police room for more thorough investigations when acting on search warrants for cases that involves things like wire fraud or child pornography. This ruling could truly set precedents in terms of privacy and is encouraging people to argue the Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment in Question According to the article, Judge Robert Blackburn ordered a Colorado woman accused of being involved in a mortgage scam to decrypt the hard drive of a laptop computer. She was charged with bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering in an attempt to falsify court documents to illegally gain titles to homes near Colorado Springs. Blackburn,… […]

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Fraud in Palm Beach County School District

Fraud in Palm Beach County School District

In the state of Florida, fraud is charged as a very serious crime. A person who commits fraud can be charged with anything from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony depending on the amount of money taken by fraudulent means. Unfortunately, fraud and theft commonly happen in all areas of life. A story about a Sun coast High School band leader made the news recently after he turned himself in for fraudulently using school funds for his personal expenses. Fraud in Palm Beach County According to an article in WPTV News, Ernest Brown, 51, turned himself into authorities yesterday evening. The high school band leader had been indicted on charges of fraud and misconduct for allegedly using school funds for himself, his family, and his friends to travel to… […]

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Ponzi Scheme in South Florida

Ponzi Scheme in South Florida

Ponzi schemes are investment fraud schemes that generally show up on the news. These fraudulent investments attract an abundance of media attention because they generally involve very wealthy people or people commonly known to the general public. In this case, Scott Rothstein and his uncle were co-conspirators in a $1 billion Ponzi scheme that is now coming to a close. What is a Ponzi Scheme? The definition of a Ponzi scheme according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is an investment fraud that involves the payment of falsified returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi schemers find investors by promising exceptionally high returns with little or no risk. They use money from new investors to pay the previous ones, without engaging in any legitimate investment… […]

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Crackdown on Counterfeit Merchandise

Crackdown on Counterfeit Merchandise

Counterfeit consumer goods, commonly called knock-offs, are counterfeit or imitation products offered for sale. The spread of counterfeit goods has become global in recent years and the range of goods subject to infringement has increased significantly. According to estimates by the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (CIB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), counterfeit goods make up 5 to 7% of world trade.[1] A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states that up to $200 billion of international trade could have been for counterfeit and pirated goods in 2005,[2] and around $250 billion in 2007.[3][4] Other estimates conclude that a more accurate figure is closer to $600 billion lost, since the OECD estimates do not include online sales or goods counterfeited and sold within the same country.[3]… […]

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Ponzi Scheme in Fort Lauderdale

Ponzi Scheme in Fort Lauderdale

One of two Ponzi scheme suspects has been freed from jail on bond after he and his alleged accomplice were arrested on charges they defrauded more than a dozen investors out of more than $6 million, records show. Victor Brown, 54, of Hollywood, posted $150,000 bond for his release from Broward’s Main Jail on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, his business partner, Roger Green, 78, of Stuart, remained jailed on the same bond amount. Both men were taken into custody Wednesday on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit first-degree racketeering, authorities said. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating the men and their Fort Lauderdale company, Military Air Parts International, after people claiming to have been victimized stepped forward with complaints, a probable cause affidavit said. From 2004… […]

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How Common is Counterfeit Money During the Holidays?

How Common is Counterfeit Money During the Holidays?

As Thanksgiving fast approaches, there is a holiday buzz in the air. Everyone is preparing to shop and spend greater amounts of money in the coming month than they do all year. South Florida store owners need to keep a sharp eye as counterfeit money is unfortunately extremely common in the area, and Secret Service is seeing a spike in the amount of counterfeit bills in circulation already. Counterfeit Money in South Florida According to WPTV News, South Florida is one of the top areas in the country for counterfeit money. Ron Remer with the Secret Service counterfeit division in Miami stated in an interview: “This week we’ve almost hit $85,000 in counterfeit currency, and we’re not even at Black Friday yet.” Counterfeiting money is a very serious type of… […]

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How a Fort Lauderdale Man was Arrested for $11 Million Fraud

How a Fort Lauderdale Man was Arrested for $11 Million Fraud

Fort Lauderdale is a premium area for investors. Unfortunately, with the amount of money flowing through the city in investments and ventures, there is a significant amount of crime that follows suit. Organized scheme to defraud is a crime that seems to be a common white-collar crime that makes South Florida headlines. Thursday, a Fort Lauderdale man was arrested for running an $11 Million fraud. Fraud and Grand Theft According to Florida Law, theft of more than $100,000 by fraud is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years and a $10,000 fine. The sentencing also varies depending on the type of fraud committed such as mortgage fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, tax evasion, or organized schemes to defraud. Fraud in Fort Lauderdale A Fort Lauderdale business man was… […]

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Update: Fort Lauderdale Cops Surrender and Criminally Charged

Update: Fort Lauderdale Cops Surrender and Criminally Charged

It seems that we are hearing about cops committing crimes more often these days. It has been rumored that when police officers are charged with crimes, they suffer sentences that are much less severe than those of average citizens. This is evidenced by the fact that even when law enforcement officers are on leave after the crime surfaced, they are still paid. Fort Lauderdale Cops Criminally Charged Last week, WPTV News reported that at least two Fort Lauderdale police officers accused of stealing cash and drugs from pain clinic clients, kidnapping a man and lying about cases were expected to be criminally charged this week. Detectives Billy Koepke and Brian Dodge turned themselves in at the Broward Main Jail Thursday night. Koepke and Dodge, both members of the Street Crimes… […]

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What is Immigration Marriage Fraud?

What is Immigration Marriage Fraud?

Potential fraudulent marriages, also known as sham marriages, are under intense scrutiny by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS targets couples the organization is suspicious of getting married specifically so the foreign national spouse can obtain a permanent residence. The USCIS has stated that over a third of the permanent resident petitions resulting from marriage are in fact, sham marriages. The government will generally scrutinize marriages that bode suspicion and intensely interview the couple. Bona Fide Marriage vs. Fraudulent Marriage According to the law, a bona fide marriage is considered a marriage entered into with the goal of creating a true marital relationship. If the government suspects that the marriage was created with the intention to acquire immigration benefits, then the marriage will be investigated and the… […]

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