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How a Group of Convenience Store Owners Were Arrested in One Sweep

How a Group of Convenience Store Owners Were Arrested in One Sweep

According to an article in WPTV News, a sweep of 13 convenience stores and service stations across South Florida resulted in 23 arrests on Thursday. Michael Driscoll of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said, “They identified this group that has been defrauding the state of sales taxes and other taxes.” The Florida Department of Revenue launched an investigation after detecting low sales on sales tax returns from the group. The investigation took three and a half years. Mohammed Khan, 53, of Delray Beach, is the alleged head of the scam along with his wife Jharna Kahn, 47. Khan’s number two man, Mansural Islam and his wife Pervin Begam were booked along with five suburban Boca Raton residents into the Palm Beach County Jail. “They would take the money in… […]

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Mortgage Fraud Arrests Keep Piling Up in Palm Beach County

Mortgage Fraud Arrests Keep Piling Up in Palm Beach County

Federal and state task forces are working overtime in Palm Beach County. The arrests for mortgage fraud are growing and the jail cells are filling up fast. In December, Jason Vitulano was arrested for mail and wire fraud. He was charged with falsifying the salaries of loan applicants to obtain huge home mortgages and commissions. He worked for the infamous TopDot Mortgage Company in Boca Raton, which has since been shut down. Four more people were added to the indictment this week, including a Palm Beach Gardens attorney, a former Boca Raton bank vice president and a man from Jupiter. The men charged are Joseph Miller, 63, a Palm Beach Gardens attorney, Peter Hartofilis, 33, of New York, Robert Hofler, 52, a former vice president of First Southern Bank in… […]

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Credit Card Fraud in Florida

Credit Card Fraud in Florida

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the cost of credit card fraud may be as high as $500 million a year. Consumer pay for the fraud through higher finance charges, annual fees and increased costs for law enforcement investigations and prosecutions. To protect yourself against credit card fraud, consider the following: Protect your bills and credit cards Unscrupulous scam artists often raid mailboxes or use “phishing” scams online to gather credit card account numbers and other financial information. If your cards or bills are late, contact your credit card company. Sign all credit cards as soon as they arrive. Keep a record of your credit card numbers in a secure place and include in that record the expiration date, phone number and address of the card issuer. Check… […]

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Mortgage Fraud – Big Business in Palm Beach County

Mortgage fraud consists of a wide range of crimes where people deliberately misrepresent the truth or conceal facts on a mortgage application. In federal courts, mortgage fraud is prosecuted as wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and money laundering – with penalties up to 30 years in prison. Mortgage fraud has grown dramatically over the last few years and many states have begun to enact their own penalties. The state of Florida along with cites and counties including Palm Beach County have established Mortgage Fraud Task Forces. Mortgage fraud is different from predatory mortgage lending, which occurs when a customer is misled or deceived by lenders, brokers or agents. However, these two types of crimes often go hand-in-hand. Types of Mortgage Fraud Income Fraud This is when a borrower overstates… […]

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White Collar Crime in Palm Beach County

Fraud – the art of deliberate deception for unlawful gain – is as old as history itself; but the term “white collar crime” is relatively new. It was coined in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland to describe a new kind of crime that was different from street crime or “blue collar crime.” Now it has become synonymous with a full range of frauds committed by businesses and government officials alike. The list of white collar crimes keeps growing each year; corporate fraud, health care fraud, bribery, insider trading, embezzlement, computer fraud, insurance fraud, hedge fund fraud, identity theft, and forgery – to name a few. It is estimated that it costs the United States more than $300 billion annually, according to the FBI. Today’s con artists are more sophisticated than ever,… […]

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