January 31, 2011 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Gold mine scam alleged ? The presidents of two companies have been indicted, accused of fleecing investors of millions of dollars through two schemes, including one in which they allegedly made false promises of potential profits through an Alaskan gold mine, the FBI said in a news release. William C. Lange, president of Harbor Funding Group Inc., and Joseph Pascua, president of Black Sand Mine Inc., were also accused of pocketing more than $9 million they charged real estate developers in advance fees for real estate loans that were never funded, the FBI said.
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December 12, 1997 |
A Palm Springs man arrested this week in connection with a suspected credit-card fraud had a mini fraud factory in his car, authorities alleged. Joseph B. Riley, 61, was arrested in Thousand Oaks on Tuesday on suspicion of using stolen credit card accounts and counterfeit checks to make purchases from mail-order companies throughout the United States, according to the county Sheriff's Department.
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March 9, 1991
Secret Service and other authorities raiding the house of a woman suspected of credit card fraud shot and wounded her boyfriend in a gunfight Friday, authorities said. Tony Ray Louden was shot after he pointed a gun at Long Beach police and agents from the Secret Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who were serving search warrants on a house in the 700 block of Atlantic Avenue at 7:25 a.m., Special Agent Clint Howard said. Louden was taken to St.
August 25, 1999 |
A Santa Monica lawyer who represented accused swindler Kenneth H. Taves early in his case may have assisted Taves in the operation of his Cayman Islands accounts in violation of a court order, according to a report in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
November 18, 2004 |
PetCo Animal Supplies Inc. falsely assured its online customers that their credit card numbers were secure when they were actually vulnerable to common computer hacking attacks, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday. The San Diego-based company, the nation's second- largest pet supply chain, with more than 670 stores, told users of its Petco.com website that their data were encrypted and secure.
January 19, 1996 |
An Orange County lawyer has been accused of ignoring discrepancies in his clients' bankruptcy claims--discrepancies that enabled them to engage in a widespread credit-card scheme centered in Westminster's Vietnamese community. Timothy J. McCandless, a previously disciplined Costa Mesa lawyer, is awaiting word on whether he will be sanctioned by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. Sanctions can range from a reprimand to a stiff fine or a ban from practicing before the court.