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NEWS
March 9, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A former Countrywide Financial Corp. loan officer has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges related to a nearly $40 million mortgage fraud scheme. Federal prosecutors alleged that Paige Kinney of Phoenix operated the scheme from 2005 to 2007, using “straw buyers” to apply for home loans they never intended to repay. She submitted altered documents, such as bank statements and pay stubs, to make the buyers appear more credit-worthy than they were, prosecutors said.
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BUSINESS
July 25, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Five Russians and a Ukrainian face federal criminal charges of hacking into the computers of major payment processors, retailers and financial institutions, stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. It is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States, federal authorities said in unsealing indictments Thursday in Newark, N.J., and Manhattan. Victimized firms ranged from 7-Eleven, Wet Seal and JetBlue to Visa Jordan, Diners Singapore and the Nasdaq stock market, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
The scheme at the center of "Nosotros los Nobles" is a flimsy one at best: When Mexican construction mogul Germán Noble (Gonzalo Vega) tires of his grown children's spoiled antics, he fakes an embezzlement scheme and "freezes" their assets. Party boy Javier (Luis Gerardo Méndez), princess Bárbara (the Amanda Peet-esque Karla Souza) and hipster Charlie (Juan Pablo Gil) all go into "hiding" in a rundown fixer-upper and must get real jobs for the first time in their lives - presumably where they could easily follow their family company's perfectly legal and solvent activities in the papers or through friends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A dozen employees in four of the region's most financially strapped school districts have been charged with helping steal thousands of textbooks for a book buyer, and in some cases the titles would be sold back to the same schools. A 37-page indictment unsealed Thursday details a book-selling scheme in which Long Beach businessman Corey Frederick recruited employees - including two librarians, a campus supervisor and a former warehouse manager - to take thousands of books from schools in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Lynwood and Bellflower.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
NEW YORK -- Scammers may be jumping into the weed business, Wall Street's regulator warns. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or Finra, issued an investor alert Tuesday cautioning  investors that some marijuana stock pitches bear the hallmarks of classic Wall Street "pump and dump" schemes. The investment pitches can come via email, Twitter, webinars or fax, the alert said. In such scams, promoters of thinly traded, low-price shares (or penny stocks) fuel investor demand by hyping the stocks' growth potential.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
Four men pleaded guilty Friday in Van Nuys Municipal Court to swindling people in a scheme police call the "Jamaican Switch." Authorities said one of the victims in the scheme was Los Angeles attorney James M. Epstein, who said he sniffed out the confidence game and was trying to set up an arrest when he lost $5,000. In the elaborate scheme that netted more than $33,000, at least three more victims each lost thousands of dollars in cash, police Sgt. Dennis E. Adams said.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
An elaborate identity theft scheme has reached the highest levels of the U.S. financial system, striking the personal bank account of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and his wife. According to a Washington, D.C., police report, Anna Bernanke's purse was stolen last August from a Capitol Hill Starbucks. From there, the Bernankes' checking account was swept up into a larger scheme, first reported Tuesday by Newsweek magazine.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2009
Re: "Madoff victims push for tax relief," April 27: The investors who gave money to Bernie Madoff did so in spite of the fact that he promised returns that were literally "too good to be true." Sure enough, his Ponzi scheme collapsed and some investors lost millions. In your article, Gordon Bennett, who lost $1.5 million, says, "I was victimized once by Mr. Madoff. I don't want to be victimized a second time by the state of California." Mr. Bennett, you were a victim of your own greed, and I fail to see why the taxpayer should pick up the tab for your poor judgment.
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