February 25, 2011 |
A fraternity loyalty ritual goes blazingly wrong in the jacked-up indie thriller "Brotherhood. " The film invests a lot of emotional energy in raising moral stakes for the kind of boorish male pranksters it's hard to feel sympathy for when one reads about them in newspaper accounts of fatal hazings and sexual assaults. In first-time feature director Will Canon's all-nighter scenario, co-written with Doug Simon, a frat house's carefully rigged scheme to make a pledge think he's robbing a convenience store leads to bullets flying, a wounded freshman, a kidnapped clerk and circumstances that get progressively worse, complete with the kind of shaky handheld camerawork and endless shouting matches that are the usual indie-movie distress signifiers.
March 9, 2012 |
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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December 12, 1987 |
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.
March 6, 2008 |
The Securities and Exchange Commission said Wednesday that it has sued the former chief executive of Merisel Inc. and others, accusing them of a scheme to loot the software distributor's assets in two separate self-dealing transactions. The agency alleged in a federal suit filed in Santa Ana that Timothy N. Jenson, 48, of Los Alamitos made numerous material misstatements in Merisel's SEC filings and in news releases as part of the scheme. Jenson resigned from the software licensing firm in 2004 as the New York company, then based in El Segundo, sued him and others.
August 28, 2009 |
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.
July 29, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Retirees bilked - A former Central California life insurance agent has been sentenced to six years in jail after her conviction on four charges of stealing from an elderly person, the California Department of Insurance said in a news release. Sharon Harrelson, 55, of Clovis was arrested after a two-year investigation by the Department of Insurance and sheriff's deputies in Fresno and Madera counties. Authorities said she defrauded customers of an insurance agency where she worked as an agent, telling them they needed to pay her a service fee that she was not entitled to collect.
May 8, 1989
Tax Shelter Promoter Gets Prison: A former tax shelter promoter, who was convicted for his role in a scheme that generated fictitious losses of more than $1.6 billion, was sentenced to 28 months in prison. Leonard Messinger, 48, of Hillsdale, N.J. was convicted in February for running a tax fraud scheme involving prearranged and bogus transactions in Treasury bills and other securities. Fictitious losses generated by the scheme allowed clients--including CBS President Laurence Tisch, and entertainers Woody Allen and Dick Cavett--to deduct more than $225 million on their tax returns.