Archive for January 2013

BULLETIN: Prosecutor Shot Dead Outside Of Texas Courthouse

BULLETIN: Prosecutor Shot Dead Outside Of Texas Courthouse

BULLETIN: (UPDATED 1:36 P.M. ET U.S.A.) A prosecutor has been shot dead in an ambush outside a courthouse in Kaufman County, Texas, multiple media outlets are reporting. Two gunmen may be on the loose, and police are treating the shooting as an attack on the criminal-justice system, according to early reports. The prosecutor, an assistant […]

BULLETIN: Receiver Says $12 Million In Zeek Money Located ‘In An Eastern European Country’ — But Has Not Been Returned

BULLETIN: Receiver Says $12 Million In Zeek Money Located 'In An Eastern European Country' -- But Has Not Been Returned

BULLETIN: (2ND UPDATE 8:47 P.M. ET U.S.A.) The court-appointed receiver in the Zeek Rewards Ponzi-scheme case says he has located $12 million in receivership assets held in an unspecified “eastern European country” — but the funds have not been returned. “This account is owned and was used by a payment processor outside the United States […]

DEVELOPING STORY: Standoff Ensues In Alabama After School-Bus Driver Shot And Killed; Suspect Reportedly Holed Up In Private ‘Bunker’ After Taking 6-Year-Old — And Drama Plays Out During Senate Hearing

DEVELOPING STORY: Standoff Ensues In Alabama After School-Bus Driver Shot And Killed; Suspect Reportedly Holed Up In Private 'Bunker' After Taking 6-Year-Old -- And Drama Plays Out During Senate Hearing

DEVELOPING STORY: A standoff with police is occurring in southeastern Alabama, amid reports that a school-bus driver was shot and killed yesterday after he refused to submit to the demands of an armed man who wanted to remove two children from the bus. The suspected shooter then allegedly fled with a six-year-old and now is […]

UPDATE: Purported Louisiana ‘Sovereign’ Implicated In Utah False-Liens Case Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison

UPDATE: Purported Louisiana 'Sovereign' Implicated In Utah False-Liens Case Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison

Robert Clifton Tanner, the purported Louisiana “sovereign citizen” implicated in a cross-border plot to file bogus financial judgments against state-court judges and others in Utah, has pleaded guilty to federal charges of mail fraud and has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. One of the documents was styled “Petition for Agreement and Harmony in […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Alarming New Allegations Surface In Cook/Kiley Scheme; Receiver Accuses Associated Bank Of Aiding And Abetting Massive Ponzi Amid Allegations That Mysterious Jordanian Trader Linked To Fraud Has ‘Disappeared’

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Alarming New Allegations Surface In Cook/Kiley Scheme; Receiver Accuses Associated Bank Of Aiding And Abetting Massive Ponzi Amid Allegations That Mysterious Jordanian Trader Linked To Fraud Has 'Disappeared'

UPDATED 9:56 A.M. ET (JAN. 30, U.S.A.) In a heavily redacted complaint, the court-appointed receiver in the Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme has accused Associated Bank of Green Bay, Wisc., of aiding and abetting the massive caper that has led to jail sentences for Cook and multiple Cook pitchmen. Associated Bank also operates branches in Minnesota, […]

BULLETIN: Now, An Affinity-Fraud Scheme Targeting Lebanese And Druze Communities, SEC Says; Agency Seeks Asset Freeze Against Firas Hamdan And FAH Capital Partners

BULLETIN: Now, An Affinity-Fraud Scheme Targeting Lebanese And Druze Communities, SEC Says; Agency Seeks Asset Freeze Against  Firas Hamdan And FAH Capital Partners

BULLETIN: The SEC has gone to federal court in Houston, alleging that Firas Hamdan was conducting an affinity-fraud scheme targeted at the Lebanese and Druze communities. The agency is seeking an asset freeze against Hamdan and his unregistered company, FAH Capital Partners Inc. The scheme is alleged to have gathered about $6 million over five […]

FTC, 3 State Attorneys General Move On Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) Amid Pyramid Allegations; MLM Site Now Resolves To Court-Appointed Receiver’s Page

FTC, 3 State Attorneys General Move On Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) Amid Pyramid Allegations; MLM Site Now Resolves To Court-Appointed Receiver's Page

BULLETIN: The FTC and attorneys general for the states of Illinois, Kentucky, and North Carolina have moved against Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM), alleging it is a pyramid scheme. A federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois has appointed a receiver and ordered an asset freeze. FHTM’s website at FHTM.com now resolves to a site […]

‘American Greed’ Producing Episode On Trevor Cook Ponzi Fraud; Seniors, People Of Faith Fleeced By Cook And His Pitchmen

'American Greed' Producing Episode On Trevor Cook Ponzi Fraud; Seniors, People Of Faith Fleeced By Cook And His Pitchmen

CNBC’s “American Greed” will be in Minneapolis today to begin filming an episode on the massive Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme that was targeted at senior citizens and conservative Christians and rendered some victims penniless, a source told the PP Blog. Cook’s scheme gathered about $194 million. It collapsed in 2009. Money that potentially could go […]

OBAMA IN VIDEO: ‘You Don’t Want To Mess With Mary Jo’; President Announces Nomination Of Mary Jo White To Lead SEC

UPDATED 5:56 P.M. EDT (U.S.A.) President Obama formally introduced Mary Jo White to the American people today. White, 65, is Obama’s choice to lead the SEC. “You don’t want to mess with Mary Jo,” Obama said. White is the first woman ever appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Today marked another […]

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Mary Jo White, Famed Terrorism And Financial-Crimes Prosecutor, Gets Nod From President Obama To Head The SEC

URGENT >> BULLETIN >> MOVING: Mary Jo White, Famed Terrorism And Financial-Crimes Prosecutor, Gets Nod From President Obama To Head The SEC

UPDATED 12:53 P.M. ET (U.S.A.) In a move that may signal that the White House sees the SEC as an agency that is playing an increasingly important role in matters of national security and economic security, President Obama is set to nominate famed attorney and former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White to head the SEC. […]

3 GOP State Senators In New York Propose Bill In Response To False Liens Filed By ‘Sovereign Citizens’ And Targeted At Public Officials, Police Officers

3 GOP State Senators In New York Propose Bill In Response To False Liens Filed By 'Sovereign Citizens' And Targeted At Public Officials, Police Officers

If you file a false lien against public officials and police in New York, you’d be committing a felony under a proposed new law sponsored by three Republican state Senators. The Senators have proposed that violators of the new law be punished by a fine of up to $10,000 per instance or serve up to […]