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Crooks are boosting their online fraud game: Online shopping fraud is on the rise. And the pretty good news is that New York is only the ninth-riskiest state when it comes to this sort of criminal behavior. Experian, a consumer credit reporting agency, said online fraud increased 30 percent in 2017. And 53 percent of those fraudulent transactions took …: Google Alert – Fraud

Ex-CFO ends lawsuit against the Batmasians that alleged fraud: The former chief financial officer for real estate moguls James and Marta Batmasian has dropped his lawsuit against the couple, putting an end to his explosive allegations that the Batmasians' Boca Raton empire was a “financial crimes enterprise.” On Monday, Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge …: Google Alert – Fraud

The abject fraud of presuming to 'pardon' Jack Johnson: The very notion of “pardoning” Johnson is an abject fraud. You pardon the criminal. You apologize to the victim and expunge the slander from official records. Pardons are better reserved for the hundreds, if not thousands, of people now languishing in U.S. jails and prisons, either because they were …: Google Alert – Fraud

Former CEO accused in multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme: A man accused of running a multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme appeared in court for his preliminary hearing Monday. Jacob Cooper was the CEO of Total Wealth Management in San Diego. Prosecutors allege Cooper received a referral fee for placing clients' money in certain funds. In many …: Google Alert – Fraud

Free Tools to Avoid Online Fraud: The Sorrento family's vacation plans almost were ruined when a phony landlord tried to get thousands of dollars out of them for a beach rental in Florida. Now they're using their experience to help others avoid a similar mistake. It's a scheme we've reported on time and again – people renting homes they …: Google Alert – Fraud

Concert promoter sentenced for .7 million fraud: LOS ANGELES (AP) – A concert promoter who bilked investors, performers and other promoters out of at least $ 1.7 million has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison. Gabriel Reed was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. He pleaded guilty last fall to wire fraud. Reed, a former Malibu …: Google Alert – Fraud

Concert promoter sentenced for .7 million fraud: The Associated Press. LOS ANGELES (AP) — A concert promoter who bilked investors, performers and other promoters out of at least $ 1.7 million has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison. Gabriel Reed was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. He pleaded guilty last fall to wire fraud.: Google Alert – Fraud

Fraud, deceptive practices alleged in civil lawsuit against Jim Glover and others in sale of dealership: Fraud, deceptive practices alleged in civil lawsuit against Jim Glover and others in sale of dealership … Buyers of a Jim Glover auto dealership are suing him and others, raising claims that include fraud, breach of contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets and deceptive trade practices in the roughly …: Google Alert – Fraud

Feds accuse St. Augustine woman of FEMA fraud: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 66-year-old woman who is active in St. Augustine civic organizations and who once ran for City Commission has been indicted for theft of government funds and false claims in connection to what federal prosecutors call was a false claim that her home was damaged by …: Google Alert – Fraud

Erie auto dealer Adam Weaver gets prison in fraud case: The government charged that the fraud generated profit by inflating the price of vehicles at the Rick Weaver dealership through the use of straw buyers like Miller, and then defaulting on the loans, leaving lenders unable to recoup the cost of the loans. U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone also ordered …: Google Alert – Fraud