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SEC Halts ICO for Fraud 'Decentralized Bank' Endorsed by Boxing Legend: “This is the first time the Commission has sought the appointment of a receiver in connection with an ICO fraud. We will use all of our tools and remedies to protect investors from those who engage in fraudulent conduct in the emerging digital securities marketplace,” said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the …: Google Alert – Fraud

US regulators are investigating a major cryptocurrency exchange, raising suspicions of fraud: The CFTC has gotten more aggressive about prosecuting cases of cryptocurrency fraud in the past month. In several cases, it has filed a federal court enforcement action against people and companies that it has accused of misappropriating funds, preying on customers interested in bitcoin and litecoin, …: Google Alert – Fraud

Former Florida congresswoman begins 5-year sentence for fraud: report: 29) began serving a five-year prison sentence for fraud and other crimes related to a purported charity for poor students that she used as a personal slush fund, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Brown, a Democrat who represented the Jacksonville area for 24 years in Congress before her defeat in 2016, …: Google Alert – Fraud

Miami Police Officer Charged With Costa Rica Property Fraud: The Miami U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release Tuesday that 41-year-old Officer Dermis Hernandez is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prosecutors say Hernandez falsely promised investors big profits by putting their money into loans for people buying property in Costa Rica.: Google Alert – Fraud

Ex-political consultant for Newark Watershed admits fraud scheme: Dianthe Martinez Brooks, 42, of West Orange, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark to one count of wire fraud. Martinez Brooks submitted false and inflated invoices to the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. for her political consulting company …: Google Alert – Fraud

State employee charged with fraud: Kimberly Jones, 35, of South Pearl Street, Albany, was charged Tuesday with grand larceny, welfare fraud, criminal possession of a forged instrument and offering a false instrument, all felonies, the agency's office said. Leahy Scott said Jones repeatedly filed false documents with the Albany County …: Google Alert – Fraud

Hamburg man gets prison time for .7 million fraud: Christopher F. Venti says he was simply trying to help his family and, along the way, made a very big mistake. A mistake that resulted in three separate fraudulent investment schemes and a $ 7.7 million loss to the victims, here and across the world, who trusted the former Hamburg man. Venti, 49, now a …: Google Alert – Fraud

High-profile immigration activist battles to set aside NJ fraud conviction: He had been a lawful permanent resident before he was charged and convicted in New Jersey of wire fraud in 2000 in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme. After serving his sentence, Ragbir was ordered deported in 2006, but released on supervision while he fought the order for his removal in …: Google Alert – Fraud

New broker rules aim to curb elder fraud: Brokers will soon have a couple new weapons to battle financial fraud targeting older Americans. First, a rule from securities regulators goes into effect on Feb. 5 that allows brokers to put a temporary hold on a requested account withdrawal if financial exploitation is suspected. "A lot of times advisors …: Google Alert – Fraud

Ex-prison officer accused of helping notorious inmate commit fraud inside federal lockup: A former prison officer at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami has been charged with helping notorious conman Jimmy Sabatino commit a massive fraud from behind bars. Michael Mazar is accused of smuggling several cellphones into the federal lockup for Sabatino and helping to …: Google Alert – Fraud