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Structured Notes – A Bad Idea Resurfaces

“Principal protection,” “capital guarantee,” “absolute return,” and “minimum return” are all terms used to describe structured notes. Unfortunately, many structured note products are anything but safe. To better understand this post, let’s try and first define a structured note. Perhaps the simplest definition is:  ”A structured note is a hybrid security that includes several financial products, typically [...]

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FINRA: Stockbroker Improperly Marketed Private Placement

The first line of defense for victims of stockbroker fraud is FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Although many people think that FINRA is a governmental agency, it is actually a private, self regulatory organization that operates under the auspices of the SEC. One of FINRA’s primary duties is to police the securities industry and [...]

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“Never Pay Tax!” – PPLI Post

“The World’s ‘Wealthy’ have a tax plan.  ’Never Pay Tax’! And South Dakota is teaching them how with virtual life insurance companies.   These companies (which are licensed and properly funded) provide a Private Life Insurance policy…” These were the opening words on an email I just received. The email is describing a private placed life insurance product or [...]

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Abusive Tax Shelters: Lawyers Have Higher Duty Than CPAs

This is a headline that will probably get me in trouble with my CPA friends. But according to a federal judge, it’s true.  To understand the ruling, some facts are needed. (Don’t worry, this isn’t a dry, boring post at all.) The Justice Department sought injunctive relief against two preparers in Texas. They wanted the [...]

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Trio Convicted of Medicare Fraud in Detroit

Medicare fraud is rampant. Tens of billions are lost each year in scams around the country. The victims of these scams are ultimately taxpayers and those truly needy people who are denied essential medical care. Because Medicare is a federally funded program, whistleblowers who report fraud can earn large cash awards from the government. The [...]

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SEC Warns Companies to Not Interfere with Whistleblowers

The SEC’s whistleblower program is still in its infancy. Created by the Dodd Frank Act in 2010, it has only paid out about a dozen awards, although last month the agency announced a whopping $30 million award. The IRS and federal False Claims Act whistleblower programs have been around for decades and have paid out [...]

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Stockbroker Fraud and “Selling Away”

The big news last week in the securities industry was the apparent termination of James “Jeb” Bradshaw, a legendary stockbroker  most recently employed by LPL Financial. Several years ago, Barron’s magazine ranked Bradshaw as the top financial adviser in Texas with a client portfolio of almost $4 billion. When we checked with FINRA last week, [...]

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PPLI Life Insurance Scam Still Making the Rounds

Back in May, we wrote about an abusive tax shelter masquerading as a sophisticated private placed life insurance (PPLI) product. One of the companies marketing the product, SwissPartners, entered into a non prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Except for any audits of the dozens of American clients who purchased their PPLI products, [...]

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Government Settles Record “Inadequate Care” Whistleblower Case

Extendicare Health Services, a Canadian nursing home conglomerate, has agreed to pay $38 million to settle a whistleblower suit claiming violations of the federal False Claims Act. The U.S. Department of Justice says the settlement is the largest ever for substandard care. The suit was brought by Tracy Lovvorn, a rehabilitation manager at the company. [...]

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Bankruptcy Trustee Sues BMO Harris for $27 Billion

We have been involved in several billion dollar lawsuits. Those numbers are still a rarity. So last months lawsuit by the bankruptcy trustee of Palm Beach Finance Partners seeking $24 billion against BMO Harris caught our attention. The case offers great insights into how banks often turn a blind eye towards criminal activity appearing right [...]

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