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We Will Give a Loan to Anyone Who Can Fog a Mirror

“We will give a loan to anyone who can fog a mirror.” That quote comes from former Countrywide Financial Services executive, Michael Winston. Winston later became a whistleblower against Countrywide and its successor, Bank of America. He is but one of many heroes in the battle to root out in greed and fraud in our [...]

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Court Orders Arbitration for False Claims Act

Courts are increasingly upholding arbitration agreements, especially those that stem from employment agreements. It is a growing trend nationwide and one that usually benefits big business. Have a dispute with your credit card company? You probably can’t sue them. Ditto if your stockbroker steals money from your account. Employment claims have long been the subject [...]

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If They Steal from Mom, What Will They Do to You – Stockbroker Fraud Post

Stockbroker fraud is a rampant problem in America. If you have money, somebody else wants to take it. Are all stockbrokers evil? Of course not. Only a few are evil while many more are honest (although being honest still doesn’t mean you know what you are doing.) The following story highlights just how evil some [...]

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Tax Fraud Send New York Couple to Prison

For some people cheating on tax forms, here and there, and for insignificant amounts, may be acceptable conduct. However, the IRS has recently sent some clear signals that it has a zero tolerance policy for tax fraud. Jeffrey and Marla Stein were successful professionals. They lived in a posh home in Manhattan´s Upper East Side, [...]

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The Long Arm of the IRS (Tax Evasion Post)

Uncle Sam has become quite adept at ferreting out foreign bank accounts. Get caught with an unreported offshore account and you could even wind up in prison. One man in Kentucky thought he could outsmart the IRS by hiding his money in a Swiss account. Today that man, Peter Canale, is awaiting his fate when [...]

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Elder Scam Results in Arrest for Medicare Fraud

Despite almost daily Medicare fraud arrests, greedy crooks still haven’t figured it out. They are going to get caught. Henry Smilie of Lake Zurich, Illinois is the latest person to get a rude wake up call by gun toting federal agents. Smilie was arraigned last week for federal Medicare fraud. At this point he is [...]

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Associated Bank on the Hook in Lender Liability Ponzi Case

Associated Bank has been in the news a lot lately. None of it good. While it doesn’t have the problems like the “too big to jail” superbanks (e.g. Bank of America), it has been in trouble lately for running afoul of federal anti money laundering laws. Those violations, however, are helpful to victims of fraud [...]

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Unauthorized Trading Lands Star Broker on Curb

Unauthorized trading is a hallmark of sleazy stockbrokers. We expect this behavior from boiler room operations, not Merrill Lynch. In March, Merrill Lynch canned Thomas Buck after allegations that he failed to discuss pricing alternatives with customers and also for “providing inaccurate information to firm management during account reviews.” If you cut through the jargon, [...]

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More Swiss Banks Reach FATCA Deal with US

Post by Veronica Pamoukaghlian, Senior Tax Writer Only one week after the Department of Justice announced that PKB Privatbank AG, Falcon Private Bank AG, and Credito Privato Commerciale in Liquidazione SA had reached resolutions under the Swiss bank program, a new official press release revealed that Privatbank Reichmuth & Co., Banque Cantonale du Jura SA, [...]

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Our Lady of the Bottom Line – Medicare Fraud Post

Established in the 1920′s as the Franklin Boulevard Community Hospital, the hospital is a long standing member of Chicago’s medical community. Things changed in 1998 when private interests acquired the hospital. Now owned by Ed Novak, the hospital’s future is in limbo. Novak was sentenced to 54 months in a federal prison. Many others associated [...]

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