How to Steal an Election

In the old days, nobody needed help from a foreign country.

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James Randi, Magician Who Debunked Paranormal Claims, Dies at 92

Known professionally as the Amazing Randi, he dedicated his life to exposing seers who did not see, healers who did not heal and many others.

#alvarez-jose-artist, #deaths-obituaries, #frauds-and-swindling, #geller-uri, #magic-and-magicians, #psychics-and-fortune-tellers, #randi-james, #zwinge-randall-james-amazing-randi

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Rapper Nuke Bizzle Is Arrested After Bragging About Unemployment Fraud in Video

Fontrell Antonio Baines, who performs as Nuke Bizzle, illegally obtained $1.2 million in jobless benefits intended for workers idled by the coronavirus pandemic, the authorities said.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #las-vegas-nev, #nuke-bizzle, #rap-and-hip-hop, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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When Your Last $166 Vanishes: ‘Fast Fraud’ Surges on Payment Apps

People are getting defrauded as they turn to Square’s Cash App and PayPal’s Venmo to do more online banking in the pandemic.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-reviews, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-relations, #e-commerce, #frauds-and-swindling, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #paypal, #security-and-warning-systems, #square-inc, #zelle-early-warning-services-llc

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2 Former Bridgeport City Officials Plead Guilty to Rigging Hiring Process

Armando J. Perez, a former police chief of Bridgeport, Conn., and David Dunn, a former acting personnel director, admitted to fixing the hiring process to ensure that Mr. Perez got the job.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bridgeport-conn, #dunn-david-1948, #frauds-and-swindling, #perez-armando-j-1955, #police, #police-department-bridgeport-conn

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Unemployment Claims Fraud Exploits Weak Spots in System

Pandemic programs have lowered the barriers to collecting benefits, and the usual security methods haven’t kept up.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

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For the Sake of Democracy, Cancel the Trump-Biden Debates

The president is maneuvering to steal the election. Why help him?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #commission-on-presidential-debates, #debates-political, #democratic-party, #frauds-and-swindling, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why We Let White-Collar Criminals Get Away With Their Crimes

In “Big Dirty Money,” Jennifer Taub, a law professor, shows how the justice system caters to wealthy white-collar criminals at the expense of American taxpayers.

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Prosecutors Target Ex-Audi Chief in First VW Emissions Trial

Rupert Stadler is accused of continuing to sell cars with illegal software even after Volkswagen’s cheating scandal came to light.

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Man Spent Donations to Black Lives Matter on Himself, Prosecutors Say

“There is no cause, no tragedy, and no event that fraudsters won’t seek to exploit,” prosecutors said in accusing a man of diverting funds from a group he ran that took in more than $450,000.

#atlanta-ga, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-lives-matter-of-greater-atlanta, #frauds-and-swindling, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #page-sir-maejor, #philanthropy, #toledo-ohio

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Mary Trump Sues President Trump and Family, Claiming Fraud

Two months after she claimed in a tell-all book that her family cheated her out of her inheritance, Ms. Trump made similar allegations in a civil suit in Manhattan.

#frauds-and-swindling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #trump-mary-l, #trump-robert-s-1948, #wills-and-estates

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American Consumers Have Lost $145 Million to Coronavirus Fraud

More than 200,000 complaints of scams and fraud have been filed so far this year, data from the Federal Trade Commission shows.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #rumors-and-misinformation

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Banks Suspected Illegal Activity, but Processed Big Transactions Anyway

A leak of thousands of “suspicious activity reports” that banks filed with regulators shows the widespread nature of illicit money flows.

#bank-of-america-corporation, #bank-of-new-york-mellon-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #buzzfeed-inc, #deutsche-bank-ag, #financial-crimes-enforcement-network-treasury-department, #frauds-and-swindling, #international-consortium-of-investigative-journalists, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #money-laundering, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #standard-chartered-bank-plc

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Hoverboard-Riding Dentist, Found Guilty of Fraud, Is Sentenced to 12 Years

In their case against Seth Lookhart, Alaska prosecutors included video of the dentist on a hoverboard and pulling a tooth. Mr. Lookhart was convicted in January of fraud, unlawful dental acts and other charges.

#alaska, #anesthesia-and-anesthetics, #embezzlement, #frauds-and-swindling, #lookhart-seth, #malpractice, #sedatives, #self-balancing-two-wheeled-boards, #teeth-and-dentistry

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Lev Parnas, Giuliani Associate, Faces New Fraud Charges

Mr. Parnas, who participated in a campaign to dig up dirt on the president’s political rivals, is accused of swindling investors.

#campaign-finance, #correia-david-p-1975, #fraud-guarantee, #frauds-and-swindling, #fruman-igor, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #parnas-lev, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine

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A Job That Isn’t Hard to Get in a Pandemic: Swindlers’ Helper

Criminals are increasingly using people like Denise Newton to move their money, just as many have lost their jobs and are vulnerable.

#better-business-bureaus, #careers-and-professions, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #money-laundering, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

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Unemployment Benefits Program Has Issues With Fraud and Math

An emergency federal program faces growing issues with spurious claims, and the flood of applicants may have led to overcounting the unemployed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #labor-department-us, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Police Chief Cheated to Get His Job, and Officers Helped, U.S. Says

Armando J. Perez, the police chief of Bridgeport, Conn., and another official were charged with conspiring to rig the hiring process to ensure Mr. Perez got the top job.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bridgeport-conn, #connecticut, #corruption-institutional, #dunn-david-1948, #frauds-and-swindling, #ganim-joseph-p, #local-government, #perez-armando-j-1955, #police, #police-department-bridgeport-conn

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Unemployment Claims Send Another Worrisome Note

Filings for benefits reflect continued layoffs and a sluggish recovery. “The numbers are going in the wrong direction,” one economist said.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Joshua Bellamy, Ex-Jet, Fraudulently Took $1.2 Million in Covid-19 Aid, U.S. Says

Federal prosecutors said that Mr. Bellamy, 31, who was cut from the team on Tuesday, used the proceeds from a Paycheck Protection Program loan to buy luxury goods from Gucci and Dior.

#bellamy-joshua, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #florida, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-york-jets

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Justice Dept. Announces Dozens of Fraud Charges in Small-Business Aid Program

Fifty-seven people were charged with trying to steal more than $175 million from the Paycheck Protection Program, law enforcement officials said.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #justice-department, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Twitter Hack May Have Had Another Mastermind: A 16-Year-Old

On Tuesday, federal agents served a Massachusetts teenager with a search warrant. He appears to have played a significant role in the July 15 Twitter attack, investigators and fellow hackers said.

#bitcoin-currency, #clark-graham-ivan, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #massachusetts, #phishing-computer-fraud, #search-and-seizure, #social-media, #twitter

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Spotting $62 Million in Alleged P.P.P. Fraud Was the Easy Part

Investigators have charged big spenders with cheating the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. But more fraud lies below the surface, and it’ll be harder to find.

#federal-aid-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #inspectors-general, #paycheck-protection-program, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #treasury-department

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N.Y.S. A.G. Investigates Whether Trump Organization Improperly Inflated Property Values

The New York State attorney general is investigating whether the president and the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of his holdings.

#appraisals-and-valuation-property, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #deutsche-bank-ag, #frauds-and-swindling, #james-letitia, #morgan-lewisbockius, #real-estate-commercial, #tax-evasion, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #trump-eric-f-1984, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

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After Another Week of Setbacks, Trump Looks to Change the Story Line

The president heads into the Republican National Convention after a string of bad news, including the arrest of a former top aide and a damning reminder of Russia’s interference in the last election.

#bannon-stephen-k, #frauds-and-swindling, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lori Loughlin to Be Sentenced in Admissions Case

The admissions scandal has forced change to admissions rules, yet some observers say the shifts weren’t as sweeping as they might have been.

#college-admissions-scandal-2019, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #giannulli-olivia-jade, #loughlin-lori, #sat-college-admission-test

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Arrest Disrupts Bannon’s Efforts to Stay Relevant After Leaving White House

Since leaving the Trump administration, the former senior adviser was caught up in federal investigations and lost command of the far-right arena he once ruled.

#bannon-stephen-k, #border-barriers, #breitbart-news-network-llc, #frauds-and-swindling, #guo-wengui, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Steve Bannon’s Art of the Grift

The big idea to build a wall on the southern border looks like a big con.

#bannon-stephen-k, #border-barriers, #frauds-and-swindling, #kolfage-brian, #trump-donald-j, #we-build-the-wall

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Trumpism Is a Racket, and Steve Bannon Knew It

In the MAGA movement, you’re either a predator or a mark.

#bannon-stephen-k, #breitbart-news-network-llc, #frauds-and-swindling, #presidential-election-of-2016, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #united-states-politics-and-government, #we-build-the-wall

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Steve Bannon is Arrested and Charged With Fraud in ‘We Build the Wall’ Campaign

Mr. Bannon and three others are accused in a scheme to use funds raised for construction to pay for personal expenses.

#badolato-andrew, #bannon-stephen-k, #border-barriers, #frauds-and-swindling, #immigration-and-emigration, #kolfage-brian, #manhattan-nyc, #shea-timothy-a, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #we-build-the-wall

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Group at Center of Bannon Indictment Used Private Funds to Build Border Wall

The criminal charges were the latest twist for We Build the Wall, which had drawn praise from top Homeland Security officials while causing controversy over its construction methods.

#bannon-stephen-k, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #building-construction, #defense-department, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #kobach-kris-w, #kolfage-brian, #philanthropy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #we-build-the-wall

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Steve Bannon Is Charged With Fraud in ‘Build the Wall Campaign’

The online fundraising effort raised $25 million, officials said.

#bannon-stephen-k, #frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #we-build-the-wall

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‘Lottery Lawyer’ Is Accused of Fleecing Winners in $107 Million Fraud

Prosecutors say the lawyer spent some of the stolen funds on a golf club membership, a Porsche and shopping sprees.

#colombo-crime-family, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #genovese-crime-family, #kurland-jason

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The N.R.A. and Wayne LaPierre’s Next Foe: One of Their Own

As New York’s attorney general moves to dissolve the gun group, a former top executive is releasing a tell-all about how the N.R.A. is “rife with fraud and corruption.”

#corruption-institutional, #embezzlement, #frauds-and-swindling, #gun-control, #james-letitia, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #powell-joshua-l, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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21 Charged With Filing Fraudulent Unemployment Claims While in Jail

Twenty-one inmates in the San Mateo County, Calif., jail filed for pandemic unemployment assistance, resulting in payments of at least $250,000, according to the district attorney.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #prisons-and-prisoners, #san-mateo-calif, #san-mateo-county-calif, #unemployment-insurance

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The Three Abductions of N.: How Corporate Kidnapping Works

When estranged parents take children across borders, a shadowy industry of “recovery agents” can get them back — for a fee.

#australia, #chaloemmeeprasert-atchariya, #chapman-colin-abduction-agent, #child-abduction-recovery-international, #child-custody-and-support, #child-recovery-australia, #children-and-childhood, #dempster-stuart, #families-and-family-life, #frauds-and-swindling, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #stilla-brad, #taylor-michael-private-security-contractor, #thailand, #whittington-adam-abduction-agent

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The Harvard Professor Who Told the World That Jesus Had a Wife

In “Veritas” Ariel Sabar tells the madcap story of the professor who was tricked by a Florida fraudster into announcing an extraordinary religious discovery.

#books-and-literature, #frauds-and-swindling, #harvard-theological-review, #jesus-christ, #king-karen-leigh, #sabar-ariel, #veritas-a-harvard-professor-a-con-man-and-the-gospel-of-jesuss-wife-book

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Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai Is Arrested Under National Security Law

The pro-democracy figure is the most high-profile figure detained under the sweeping law imposed by Beijing on the semiautonomous territory.

#china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #frauds-and-swindling, #hong-kong, #lai-jimmy, #law-and-legislation

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Trump’s Bank Was Subpoenaed by N.Y. Prosecutors in Criminal Inquiry

The subpoena, sent to Deutsche Bank, suggests that the inquiry into President Trump’s business practices is more wide-ranging than previously known.

#aon-corp, #cohen-michael-d-1966, #corporate-taxes, #deutsche-bank-ag, #federal-taxes-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #mazars-usa, #subpoenas, #supreme-court-us, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

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Another Man Used Covid Relief Money to Buy a Lamborghini, Prosecutors Say

A Houston man who received more than $1.6 million bought a 2019 Lamborghini Urus, prosecutors said. Last week, a Miami man bought a Lamborghini Huracán, according to the authorities.

#automobili-lamborghini-spa, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #frauds-and-swindling, #hines-david-t, #houston-tex, #price-lee-iii

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President Trump and his Company Investigated for Possible Fraud, Filing Suggests

The office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., made the disclosure in a new court filing arguing Mr. Trump should turn over his tax returns.

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From Minecraft Tricks to Twitter Hack: A Florida Teen’s Troubled Online Path

The teenage “mastermind” of the recent Twitter breach, who had a difficult family life, poured his energy into video games and cryptocurrency.

#bitcoin-currency, #clark-graham-ivan, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #robberies-and-thefts, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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U.S. Identifies Some of the Mysterious Seeds Mailed From China

The 14 varieties identified include common ones, such as hibiscus, morning glory and lavender. Still, experts warned recipients not to plant them.

#animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #china, #flowers-and-plants, #frauds-and-swindling, #gardens-and-gardening, #herbs, #invasive-species, #seeds

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Florida Teen Arrested in Twitter Hack

The authorities arrested a 17-year-old who they said ran a scheme that targeted the accounts of celebrities, including former President Barack Obama and Elon Musk.

#bitcoin-currency, #clark-graham-ivan, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #frauds-and-swindling, #social-media, #twitter

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Australia Says Chinese Students Are Targets in ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Scams

Recent cases reveal the evolution of a crime that often exploits worry over family members abroad with digital savvy and old-fashioned coercion.

#australia, #china, #extortion-and-blackmail, #frauds-and-swindling, #kidnapping-and-hostages

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Najib Razak, Malaysia’s Former Prime Minister, Found Guilty in Graft Trial

The trial was the first of several related to the pilfering of billions from the 1MDB fund, a national scandal that led to the ouster of Mr. Najib’s party in 2018.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #corruption-institutional, #decisions-and-verdicts, #frauds-and-swindling, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #malaysia, #money-laundering, #najib-razak, #politics-and-government, #united-malays-national-organization

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Florida Man Bought Lamborghini With Coronavirus Aid, U.S. Say

David T. Hines, 29, was arrested and charged with three felonies after spending relief money on the $318,497 car, clothes and jewelry, federal prosecutors said.

#automobiles, #frauds-and-swindling, #shutdowns-institutional

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He Might Have Been Able to Fake His Death, if Only He’d Spell-Checked

Officials said they determined that a Long Island man had forged his death certificate after noticing that he misspelled “regsitry.”

#frauds-and-swindling, #nassau-county-ny, #new-jersey, #singas-madeline

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Big Business in Bangladesh: Selling Fake Coronavirus Certificates

A hospital owner was arrested trying to flee in disguise after selling certificates saying that migrant workers were coronavirus-free. Most were never tested.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #frauds-and-swindling, #italy, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #tests-medical

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Louis Colavecchio, Master Counterfeiter, Is Dead at 78

A former jewelry maker, he crafted fake slot machine coins that even officials had a hard time telling from legitimate ones under a microscope.

#casinos, #colavecchio-louis, #counterfeit-money-and-financial-instruments, #deaths-obituaries, #frauds-and-swindling

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