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NASCAR Driver Scott Tucker Arrested On Fed Charges Related To PayDay Loans (Kansas City.com) - Two Kansas City-area payday lenders long accused of collecting outrageous interest fees now face federal charges — and demands that they forfeit to the government billions of dollars in business proceeds. The indictments against Richard Moseley Sr., 68, and Scott Tucker, 53, a professional race car driver, were unsealed Wednesday in New York, after both men had been arrested in the Kansas City area.
Ex-LA County Sheriff Pleads Guilty In Jail Scandal (LA Times) - Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators, a stunning reversal for the longtime law enforcement leader who for years insisted he played no role in the misconduct that tarnished his agency. Baca’s plea in a downtown courtroom capped a string of prosecutions that began with low-ranking officials and worked up the chain of command.
Man Sentenced to 17 Years For Investment Fraud (New Haven Register) - A man found guilty of conspiracy and wire fraud in relation to a scheme that defrauded more than 40 people out of an estimated $4.5 million was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Janet Arterton in New Haven, according to U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly’s office. David Jackson, 54, formerly of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland, was found guilty by a federal jury in September of conspiracy and wire fraud in relation to the scheme. Some of the victims of the scheme were Connecticut residents, according to court documents.
The Life Of A White Collar Fugitive Not All It's Cracked Up To Be (Forbes) - Those who aspire to a life of white collar crime, and there are always a few misguided business-people out there, believe they have a full-proof scam that will go undetected. Even in the unlikely event that their crime is discovered, they have an escape plan that includes some exotic, warm destination where they will live happily ever after. At least, that is how it is supposed to play out in the movies. Reality looks a bit different.
Hotel Owner Convicted Of Illegal Hiring (NTV) - Kearney businessman Paul Younes has been convicted of breaking federal law in the “unlawful hiring of aliens.” A news release from Nebraska U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg also states Younes' business, Kearney Hospitality Inc., faces charges of “harboring an alien in violation of Title 8.” According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the subsection that was violated states that it’s “an offense for any person who -- encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.”
Miami Physician Pleads Guilty To Medicare Fraud (Beckers Hospital Review) - Henry Lora, MD, the former director of a Miami-area medical clinic, has pleaded guilty for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that cost the government more than $20 million. Dr. Lora served as the medical director of Merfi Corp., a medical clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. The clinic employed physicians and other medical professionals who wrote prescriptions for home health services, according to the Department of Justice.
Maersk, MSC And 13 Others Offer To Settle EU Pricing Probe (CNBC) - Leading shipping container groups Maersk, MSC and 13 other companies have offered to change their pricing practices to settle an EU antitrust probe and stave off possible fines, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The case is being closely watched by other sectors such as supermarkets and chemical firms which use similar methods to announce future price hikes to enable customers choose the best rates.
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