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What is an Organized Scheme to Defraud?

What is an Organized Scheme to Defraud?

Fraud occurs in just about every aspect of life that involves monetary transactions. In many cases, fraud occurs in organizations where the treasurer, or person responsible for organizing earned and paid revenues, is aligned with the person allegedly stealing money. Most of the time when the scheme unravels, both parties are prosecuted for organizing a scheme to defraud. Fraud in Palm Beach County Schools Two men who are former employees of the Palm Beach County school district are facing theft and fraud charges. According to a WPTV News report, former part-time adult education teacher Richard Russo, 63, was arrested on charges of grand theft and official misconduct. Administrators at the school became suspicious that he was submitting payroll sheets for hours he had not worked, according to the probable cause… […]

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What is the Penalty for Wire or Mail Fraud?

What is the Penalty for Wire or Mail Fraud?

Fraud is a criminal act and form of intentional deception perpetrated for gaining profit or personal gain. There are several different kinds of fraud and so Florida legislature has responded with a new act. The Florida Communications Fraud Act is a consolidation of former fraud statutes that considers it to be a crime to defraud another individual through mail, internet, fax, phone, or any form of communication. Florida Fraud in Boston According to the Associated Press, four Florida men have been indicted in Boston in a $3 million scheme in which they used application packages nearly identical to a free federal application to scam struggling homeowners out of hundreds of dollars at a time. The men arrested were 42-year-old Christopher Godfrey of Delray Beach, 40-year-old Dennis Fischer of Highland Beach,… […]

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How Problematic is Day Care Fraud in Palm Beach County

How Problematic is Day Care Fraud in Palm Beach County

Day care fraud is not a crime commonly talked about. It is the act of lying about your current salary in order to receive government assistance to send your child to day care. Even though it is not a crime that commonly makes headlines, it is still a problem in Palm Beach County. Day Care Fraud According to WPTV News, last year, 16 Palm Beach County parents were forced to pay back nearly $70,000 in stolen money. In one recent case a mother of three admitted she lied about her salary, submitting a dozen bogus employment letters so she could rake in more than $40,000 in day care subsidy cash. In another recent case, a mother failed to mention she worked for the government when she used the government to… […]

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How do Ponzi Schemes in South Florida Work?

How do Ponzi Schemes in South Florida Work?

A Ponzi scheme is a specific type of fraudulent investment. It is the act of using money received from investors to pay off other investors and personal expenses. Ponzi schemes are tactically organized to avoid using real profit for payments. Usually when a Ponzi scheme makes the news, it involves short-term returns that are abnormally high – making the perpetrator more noticeable. Ponzi schemes only work if there is an increasing flow of money from investors. Without an increasing amount, the plan will eventually collapse in on itself if the money flowing in is not enough for return payments to the investors involved. Ponzi Schemes in South Florida A South Florida real estate talk show host was arrested last week and accused of creating a Ponzi scheme. Anthony F. Cutaia… […]

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Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are faced with criminal charges, make sure you have a criminal defense lawyer you can trust. In the case of a major mortgage-fraud trial of a former Plantation police officer and his brother, defense attorney Michael D. Walsh has apparently abandoned his defendant. A runaway criminal defense lawyer? According to the Palm Beach Post, a federal judge Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for defense attorney Walsh after he failed to show up for the start of the trial. He was supposed to represent Joseph Guaracino, the main defendant in the case, in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Monday. He also failed to show up for a “show case” hearing Tuesday morning on why he should not be held in contempt of court for failing to appear. The mortgage-fraud… […]

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How Fraudulent Checks are Caught

How Fraudulent Checks are Caught

A Wellington man has been arrested for forgery, organized scheme to defraud, and grand theft. The article in WPTV News describes a man who is sorry for his actions, but wanted to use the money to put his children through college and has every intention to pay back the $30,000 he stole. The following article is featured in WPTV News Channel 5: The Case After police questioned him as to why he stole more than $30,000, 56-year-old Celestino Cruz said he was using the money to pay for his children’s college tuition and hasn’t eaten or slept since. Cruz, of Wellington, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on 34 counts of uttering a forged instrument and forgery, organized scheme to defraud, and grand theft. Cruz, employed by Apogee Business Service as a… […]

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What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

What to Learn from Delray Principal’s Arrest

The crime of the day involves six different criminal charges including fraud, grand theft, and official misconduct. According to a recent article in WPTV News, the principal of Plumosa Elementary School in Delray Beach has been arrested on these charges. Priscilla Maloney is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of school furniture for a local business. Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe stated that she stole and misused school property. She allegedly stole a projector for her own personal use. McAuliffe also said Maloney submitted false paperwork to be fraudulently reimbursed. Her crimes add up to one charge of organized scheme to defraud, two counts of grand theft, two counts of official misconduct, and one count of petit theft. The Palm Beach County School District has since released… […]

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How Restitution Can Resolve Fraud Charges

How Restitution Can Resolve Fraud Charges

An article in WPTV News shows the continuation of serious fraud crimes throughout the state of Florida. A property manager allegedly fooled two elderly members of condo boards into signing checks for “cash,” pulling more than $2 million dollars from the condos. Grace Cushman Cromwell, 52, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of grand theft, organized scheme to defraud, and several other counts. According to the article, Cromwell worked for a property management company that managed two condo associations in West Palm Beach, Park Place (369 South Lake Drive) and Melbourne House (227 Australian Avenue). There are bank records showing hundreds of checks, made out to cash, were deposited into personal bank accounts of Cromwell between January 2006 and February 2010. Two members of the board were victims of the… […]

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How To Deal With Fraud Charges

How To Deal With Fraud Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a 34-year-old woman faces felony charges after St. Lucie County sheriff’s investigators determined more than $40,000 was stolen from a business where she worked as an office manager, according to recently released records. Misty Dawn McCoy was arrested Nov. 27 on organized fraud and second-degree grand theft charges following the incidents relating to Teacher’s Place day care in the 3300 block of South 25th Street. A Teacher’s Place representative told sheriff’s investigators in September she suspected McCoy, the office manager, of stealing. She said she knew of at least $520 missing from recent deposits. Teacher’s Place representatives confronted McCoy about the missing money. McCoy said she “stole the money,” using it to pay her bills. McCoy, who said she took the money “over… […]

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What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Food Stamps Fraud

What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Food Stamps Fraud

According to the Palm Beach Post, an 18-month investigation called “Operation Easy Money,” concluded on Thursday with the arrests of 48 people, all food stamp recipients from Palm Beach County. Another 21 people are being targeted for this food stamp fraud, allegedly forging purchases and turning their food stamps into cash. Amos Rojas Jr., special agent in charge of the FDLE said that the recipients treated the benefits cards like a “personal bank account.” The money retrieved would be split in half, between the store owner and food stamps recipient. Perry Borman, regional director of the state Department of Children and Families, said the amount of food stamp money provided in Palm Beach County has increased 46 percent in the past year and currently totals $20 million. More than 81,000… […]

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