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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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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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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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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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