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Scammers Spoofing FBI Denver Phone Numbers To Fool Victims

22 Mar 10:07 | U.S. News

The FBI Denver Division is warning the public about a phone scam that spoofs, or fraudulently displays, the FBI’s real telephone number on the victim’s caller ID.read more »

Jury Delivers Verdicts In Second Oregon Standoff Trial

14 Mar 10:04 | U.S. News

A federal jury has delivered its verdicts against four defendants charged with conspiracy, possession of firearms on federal property, and depredation of government property during the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.read more »

Innocent African-Americans More Likely To Be Wrongfully Convicted

9 Mar 2017 | U.S. News

African-American prisoners who were convicted of murder are about 50 percent more likely to be innocent than other convicted murderers and spend longer in prison before exoneration, according to a new report. read more »

Legal Marijuana Sales Creating Escalating Damage To The Environment

22 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Marijuana sales have created an economic boom in U.S. states that have fully or partially relaxed their cannabis laws, but is the increased cultivation and sale of this crop also creating escalating environmental damage and a threat to public health?read more »

Two Synthetic Drug Wholesalers Sentenced To Over 40 Years In Federal Prison

17 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

Two men who acted as wholesalers for synthetic drugs across the Midwest, including Iowa, have been sentenced to a total of more than 40 years in federal prison.read more »

Man Admits Scheme To Defraud Women Over Telephone Dating Services

16 Feb 2017 | U.S. News

An Atlantic County man who was previously sentenced in 2007 in connection with a scheme to defraud women over telephone dating services and in 2015 for violating the conditions of his federal supervised release has admitted to traveling in order to launder money in connection with a similar scheme.read more »

Agency 'Alarmed' By Uncertainty Facing Refugees In The Process Of Being Resettled In US

31 Jan 2017 | U.S. News

The head of the United Nations refugee agency said he is “deeply worried” by the uncertainty facing thousands of refugees around the world who are in the process of being resettled to the United States after the country suspended its refugee programme last week.read more »

Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Charged With Misleading Investors

25 Jan 2017 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission says Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Citigroup Global Markets have agreed to pay more than $2.96 million apiece to settle charges that they made false and misleading statements about a foreign exchange trading program they sold to investors.read more »

FBI Warns Of Dramatic Increase In Business E-Mail Compromise Scams

21 Dec 2016 | Business

The FBI Boston Division is warning of a dramatic rise in business e-mail compromise scams or BECs, which target businesses of all sizes and types and have resulted in massive financial losses in Boston and other cities. read more »

Switching To Daylight Saving Time May Lead To Harsher Legal Sentences

15 Dec 2016 | U.S. News

Judges in the United States tend to give defendants longer sentences the day after switching to daylight saving time compared with other days of the year, according to research.read more »

Securities Traders Charged In Scheme That Netted $26 Million In Illicit Profits

14 Dec 2016 | Business

Two New Jersey-based securities traders have been arrested and charged with orchestrating a massive, long-running market manipulation scheme that netted them more than $26 million in illegal profits between 2014 and 2015.read more »

FTC Puts An End To Data Broker Scam THat Took More Than $7 Million From Consumers

6 Dec 2016 | Business

The Federal Trade Commission has closed the book on a data broker operation that the agency alleges got personal information from people who thought they were applying for payday loans online, and sold it to a scam that tapped consumers’ bank accounts and credit cards without their consent.read more »

A Dark Web Vendor of Stolen Information, IcyEagle, Sentenced To Prison

5 Dec 2016 | SciTech

Aaron James Glende a.k.a. IcyEagle has been sentenced to four years and two months’ imprisonment for access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. read more »

Four Conspirators Convicted For Defrauding Dating Site Victims Of Millions Of Dollars

30 Nov 2016 | U.S. News

A federal jury has convicted four people for conspiracies to commit wire fraud and money laundering arising from a scheme to defraud vulnerable victims of millions of dollars.read more »

Fourth Conspirator In SnappzMarket Mobile App Piracy Group Convicted

22 Nov 2016 | U.S. News

A fourth member of the SnappzMarket online piracy group has been convicted for his role in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android mobile device applications.read more »

SEC Issues $20 Million Whistleblower Award

15 Nov 2016 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an award of more than $20 million to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move quickly and initiate an enforcement action against wrongdoers before they could squander the money.read more »

Man Pleads Guilty to Threatening the President of the United States

9 Nov 2016 | U.S. News

Oregon man John Martin Roos, 62, has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill the President of the United States in posts on Twitter.read more »

Creator of Online Extortion Software Sentenced To Prison

8 Nov 2016 | U.S. News

Brandon Bourret, age 41, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been sentenced to 29 months in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, access device fraud, identification document fraud and wire fraud. read more »

Jury Convicts Former Police Officer Of Revealing An Ongoing Investigation

7 Nov 2016 | U.S. News

A jury in Austin has convicted 24–year-old former Temple police officer Erick French of lying the federal authorities about divulging the existence of an ongoing investigation.read more »

Former CEO Sentenced For Bribery and Fraud Involving Red Light Camera Contracts

4 Nov 2016 | U.S. News

A former CEO of a traffic light enforcement camera vendor was sentenced to 14 months in prison for her role in a multi-year bribery and fraud scheme.read more »

Eight Men Charged Over Theft Of 23,000 iPhones from Miami International Airport

31 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

Eight men have been arrested and charged by indictment with two separate conspiracies involving the April 2, 2016 theft of over 23,000 Apple iPhones valued at approximately $6.7 million from the Miami International Airport, LAN Storage facility. read more »

President Of Telexfree Pleads Guilty To Billion Dollar Pyramid Scheme

26 Oct 2016 | Business

The President of Telexfree, Inc., a pyramid scheme that was disguised as an internet telecom company, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Worcester. read more »

Former Chicago Building Inspector Pleads Guilty To Soliciting Bribe From Property Owner

25 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

A former building inspector for the City of Chicago admitted in federal court that he solicited a $300 bribe from a property owner in exchange for allowing renovation work without a permit.read more »

Man Charged With Stealing Employer's 'As Seen On TV' Trade Secrets

19 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

An employee of a privately-held corporation that distributes “As Seen On TV” products has been arrested and charged with theft of trade secrets and wire fraud.read more »

Former Chief Of Los Angeles Port Police Sentenced To Two Years In Federal Prison

18 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

The former Port of Los Angeles Chief of Police has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for tax evasion and for lying to FBI Agents who were investigating his acceptance of a bribe in connection with the development of an official smart phone app to be marketed to other law enforcement agencies. read more »

Hedge Fund Firm And Supervisor Charged With Failing To Prevent Insider Trading

14 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that a hedge fund advisory firm and a senior research analyst have agreed to settle charges related to their failures to detect insider trading by one of their employees.read more »

"Chief" Sentenced For Selling Membership In Fake Indian Tribe

13 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

A former Brownsville man, now living in Waco, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of selling membership in a non-recognized Indian tribe. read more »

Reports That Yahoo Aided US E-mail Surveillance Draw Concern Of Human Rights Expert

10 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

A top expert of free expression said reports that Yahoo complied with United States intelligence demands by searching the e-mails of hundreds of millions of customers “raise serious human rights concerns.”read more »

Court Imposes Record $1.3 Billion Judgment Against Defendants Behind AMG Payday Lending Scheme

6 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

A federal court has found that racecar driver Scott A. Tucker and several corporate defendants in a Kansas City-based payday lending scheme violated Section 5 of the FTC Act and has ordered them to pay $1.3 billion for deceiving consumers across the country and illegally charging them undisclosed and inflated fees.read more »

Best Buy Agrees To Pay $3.8 Million Civil Penalty For Selling Recalled Products

4 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Best Buy has agreed to pay a $3.8 million civil penalty for distributing and selling previously recalled consumer products.read more »

Former Wireless Phone Company Employees Charged With Selling Customer Information

4 Oct 2016 | U.S. News

Federal prosecutors have charged a Birmingham man with selling private customer information, including customer cell phone records, that he obtained from his work computer at AT&T. read more »

Police Violence Against Unarmed Black Men Negatively Impacts On Crime Reporting: Study

29 Sep 2016 | U.S. News

A new study shows that publicized cases of police violence against unarmed black men have a clear and significant negative impact on citizen crime reporting, specifically 911 calls.read more »

Children’s Charity Treasurer Sentenced to Federal Prison

19 Sep 2016 | U.S. News

Robert Lonardo, 67, of Burrillville, treasurer of the Rhode Island Association for Cardiac Children (RIACC), was sentenced to 6 months in federal prison and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service for converting nearly $186,000 from the charity for his own personal use. read more »

Ten Eastern California Real Estate Investors Sentenced For Roles In Bid-Rigging

15 Sep 2016 | Business

Ten Eastern California real estate investors have been sentenced for their participation in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Eastern California.read more »

Nevada Stock Promoter Admits Role In $33 Million Microcap Stock Manipulation Scheme

14 Sep 2016 | Business

A Henderson, Nevada, man has admitted his role in a stock market manipulation scheme that artificially inflated the stock price of four publicly traded companies through manipulative trading and other fraudulent means.read more »

Man Who Set Fire To Somali Restaurant In North Dakota Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

8 Sep 2016 | U.S. News

Matthew Gust, 26, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for setting fire to a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, North Dakota.read more »

Executives Of Maryland Telemarketing Business Facing Federal Indictment In $50 Million Office Supply Scam

8 Sep 2016 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury has indicted telemarketing executives over a nationwide fraudulent telemarketing scheme designed to ship unwanted and vastly over-priced light bulbs and cleaning supplies to thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations. read more »

International Fugitive Extradited To U.S. To Face Charges Over Investment Fraud Scheme

7 Sep 2016 | Business

A former Monterey-area man, Manoel Antonio Errico, has been extradited to the United States from Argentina to face fraud charges brought against him in September 2009.read more »

Miami Student Sentenced For Cyberstalking On Facebook And Instagram

2 Sep 2016 | U.S. News

A Miami student has been sentenced to 22 months in prison for cyberstalking on Facebook and Instagram. read more »

Romanian Hacker "Guccifer" Sentenced To Prison

2 Sep 2016 | U.S. News

Marcel Lehel Lazar, aka “Guccifer,” 44, of Arad, Romania, a hacker who unlawfully accessed the private online accounts of at least 100 Americans and caused the public release of this information on the Internet, has been sentenced to 52 months in prison for unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft. read more »

14 Retailers Facing Federal Indictment For $16 Million Food Stamp Fraud

1 Sep 2016 | U.S. News

A federal grand jury has returned nine separate indictments charging a total of 14 retail store operators for committing food stamp fraud and wire fraud in connection with schemes to illegally redeem food stamp benefits in exchange for cash. read more »

Former Madison Police Officer Sentenced For Public Corruption Crime

30 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

Andrew Pullum, 31, Madison, Wis., has been sentenced to two years of probation for stealing government property while a police officer with the Madison Police Department.read more »

Commodities Trader Admits Investment Scam Caused a Loss To Clients Of More Than $3 Million

26 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

A southern California commodities trader has pleaded guilty in federal court in Chicago to pocketing a portion of his clients’ money after falsely promising a 200% return on investment. read more »

Controller Embezzled Money At Direction Of Person He Met Through Online Dating Site

24 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

A former Pennsylvania resident who now lives in Mississippi pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of wire fraud for stealing money at the direction of a person he met through an online dating website.read more »

U.S. Servicemember Who Took Illegal Photos Inside Nuclear Sub Sentenced to Prison

23 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

Kristian Saucier, 29, of Arlington, Vt., has been sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally retaining photos taken inside a nuclear submarine and impeding the investigation of the matter. read more »

Bay Area Woman Arrested On Federal Stalking and Hacking Charges Related To Kris Jenner

22 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

California nurse’s assistant has been arrested on federal cyberstalking and hacking charges related to harassment and threats targeting television personality Kristen Jenner, members of her family and two assistants.read more »

Owner Of Bankrupt Berkeley Wine Shop Pleads Guilty To Running Wine Ponzi Scheme

18 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

John E. Fox, the owner of Premier Cru, a now-bankrupt wine shop based in Berkeley, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for running a wine ponzi scheme.read more »

Man Pleads Guilty To Lying About Travelling To Fight For Terrorists

17 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

A Dearborn, Michigan, man pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents involving terrorism.read more »

New York Man Sentenced For Fake Lottery Scam

16 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

A New York man has been sentenced in connection with his role in a bogus lottery scheme in which the victims were told they had won millions of dollars in lotteries and must first pay the taxes in order for their winnings to be released to them.read more »

Real Estate Investors Plead Guilty To Rigging Bids At Public Home Foreclosure Auctions

15 Aug 2016 | U.S. News

Two Georgia real estate investors have pleaded guilty for their roles in bid-rigging and fraud conspiracies committed at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia. read more »

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