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On The Nature Of Self-Defeating Convictions : Phil Rockstroh Hits All the N
2012-04-04 00:12:00
 Withal, the act of carrying the burden of denial in a marathon flight from feelings of angst and despair is the force that exhausts one's energy and demoralizes one's spirit."This is why such a large number of those whose lives have been degraded by the deprivations of the present economic order will not focus their anger at Wall Street grifters: If capitalism, by the very nature of the system, allows a swindlers' class to not only legally exist -- but to thrive -- then it follows that there must be something flawed about the nature of capitalism itself.'You have spent your life as an accessory to your own robbery.'Accordingly, a depressing revelation waits at the margins of Vince's (and other downtrodden true believers in the existence of free market fairy dust) sense of awareness: that the energies of one's life have been devoted to the maintenance of an elaborate lie; not only have your labors been for naught -- but your sacrosanct convictions have laid the groundwor...
Russian Orthodox Church Turns From Kremlin Ally to Critic ?
2012-01-01 16:25:00
Patriarch Kirill is by no means the only religious critic of the government since the elections, and certainly not the toughest. “People of the most varied convictions are now gathering on the square, but they are united by one thing, their unwillingness to live like this any longer,” Archpriest Aleksei Uminsky, a popular Moscow priest ...
Michigan couple found guilty in mortgage fraud case
2009-09-02 20:45:00
In the following press release Donald A. Davis, United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan announced that defendants Patricia L. VanderZwaag, 37, and Daniel Lee VanderZwaag, 36, of Holland, Michigan, were found guilty by a federal jury in Kalamazoo of one count each of mail fraud and wire fraud. Patricia L. VanderZwaag was also convicted on one count of financial institution fraud and one count of money laundering. The defendants are the owners of Mad Jac Corporation, also known as B & J Towing. They provided false documentation and information to mortgage companies to obtain loan proceeds.[Editor note - they obtained two first liens on the same property - see below]. Defendant Patricia VanderZwaag also used false information and documentation, including the Social Security Number of another person, to obtain a mortgage loan from National City Bank. She then transferred $16,000 of one of the mortgage company loans to another bank to launder the funds.___________...
Pension Laws Allow "Mafia Cops" to Keep Tax-Free Income Despite Convictions
2009-03-10 01:01:00
A side door swung open, and the two retired police detectives, dressed in shapeless prison scrubs, walked into the courtroom. They looked as if they had been shipwrecked.Nearly three years ago, the...
Bill Faith Lack Faith of His Convictions
2008-11-14 03:18:00
After repeatedly pinging Bill ?The Parrot? Faith, the Executive Director of the Coalition on Homeless and Housing in Ohio, to answer three simple questions regarding payday loans, the sum total of his reponse was, ?Why don?t you find some other parasitic business to invest in and let Ohioans govern themselves?? This comes as no surprise, of ...
Florida woman sentenced to over 4 years in fraud scheme
2008-05-10 00:17:00
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Florida AG announces conviction of 2 mortgage brokers
2008-05-07 05:29:00
In the following press release Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that two Hillsborough County men have been convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering for their involvement in a mortgage fraud scheme. David E. Tuggle, Jr. and Eric S. Steinhauser pleaded guilty today in Polk County and could face up to five years in prison when sentenced in September. As part of the plea agreement, neither man may be employed in the mortgage, title, or real estate industries. The men were prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.Tuggle, 31, and Steinhauser, 29, were part of a criminal enterprise which submitted fraudulent mortgage loan documents to Argent Mortgage Company through Brandon-based Sunstate Mortgage Company. From 2003 through 2005, Tuggle and Steinhauser submitted more than 300 mortgage loan applications to Argent Mortgage. Of those 300 applications, more than 280 were funded and collectively valued at more than $34 million. Inves...
DC man guilty in forged deed scam
2008-04-29 05:44:00
In the following press release U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor, Joseph Persichini, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, C. André Martin, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, Washington, D.C. Field Office, and Thomas E. Hampton, Commissioner of the District of Columbia’s Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking announced that a 35-year-old District of Columbia man, Duane McKinney, most recently of 1000 10th Street, NE, Washington, D.C., was found guilty today by a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on charges of fraud, theft, and monetary transactions. Specifically, McKinney was found guilty of four counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, three counts of first degree theft, and two counts of monetary transactions. McKinney is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15, 2008, before the Honorable Judge Reggie B. Walton. At sentencing, McKinney faces ...
Star sentenced to 3 years for tax convictions
2008-04-26 05:45:00
Action star Wesley Snipes was sentenced today (April 25) by a federal judge to the maximum three-year sentence on tax charges in Ocala, US. Prosecutors had requested the three year sentence, one year for each of Snipes’ convictions of willfully failing to file a tax return.Snipes’ lawyers offered three dozen letters from family members, friends and even fellow actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington attesting to his good character. They argued he should get only probation, because all three convictions were misdemeanours and the actor had no previous criminal record.But US District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a "history of contempt over a period of time" for US tax laws. "In my mind these are serious crimes, albeit misdemeanours," Hodges said. Snipes apologized while reading from a written statement for his "costly mistakes," but never mentioned the word taxes. "I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-se...
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New Insights on the MB Convictions in Egypt
2008-04-21 18:08:00
A few days ago Jeff Breinholt, my colleague on the Counterterrorism Blog noted a valuable new web resource, the Global Muslim Brotherhood Report, open to responsible researchers who are willing to provide a name and institutional affiliation. Today the site gives a rundown on an extremely interesting case in Egypt, where five leaders of the international Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced in abstentia to10 years in prison for terrorism and money laundering. Those convicted include some of the oldest...(read more)
Few Rape Convictions In West Australia
2008-04-11 09:36:00
Only one percent of all alleged sexual asaults committed in West Australia result in a conviction according to a study by a parliamentary committee. The committee was investigating decisions by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to proceed with charges of asault or sexual offences during the past five years. There was considerable evidence ...
Youth and Wrongful Convictions - Start a School Group or Community Organiza
2008-04-11 03:43:00
News From The Innocence ProjectYouth are affected by wrongful convictions ? and also have unique power to spark change in our criminal justice system. By organizing at your high school, college or university, or in your community, you can raise awareness about wrongful convictions and engage more people in pursuing reforms to prevent injustice.If your campus or community already has an organization dedicated to preventing wrongful convictions, the tools and ideas in this section can help expand your reach and impact. If you are interested in forming a group, this section can help you get started.There?s no right or wrong way to start an organization. Every high school, college, university and community is different, and you should gauge the local culture to get a sense of what will attract other students to your organization and how you can make sure the group has a lasting presence on campus or in the community.Here aresome general tips: Innocence - Start A GroupThe Inn...
Mike Huckabee: My Convictions
2008-02-21 14:57:00
My candidacy is, and always has been, about convictions ? and the issues and core values that are critical to our country?s future, such protecting traditional marriage, the sanctity of life,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Huckabee Hopes Wisconsin Citizens "Vote Their Convictions Tuesday"
2008-02-18 16:47:00
Huckabee driving hard in Wisconsin Milwaukee Journal Sentinel MILWAUKEE ? He can pick up a spare but can he pick up the state? --> That... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Dutch court overturns terror convictions
2008-01-24 10:49:00
The seven were associates of Mohammed Bouyeri, who is serving a life sentence for the 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. The killing - van Gogh was shot and his throat was slit on an Amsterdam street - was found to be an act of terrorism.
U.S. v. Muntasser et al - The Evidence Behind the Convictions
2008-01-12 00:13:00
In what can only be described as a major victory for the U.S. Department of Justice, a Massachusetts jury today returned guilty verdicts on seven of eight criminal charges filed against three defendants in federal district court--convicting Emaddedine Muntasser, Muhamed Mubayyid, and Samir al-Monla of tax code violations, making false statements, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. The convictions on these charges carry with them possible prison terms and thousands of dollars in fines. The...(read more)
Boston Charity Convictions - Quick Reminder, Quick Glimpse
2008-01-12 00:10:00
As Andy Cochran notes in his post below, Care International officials have just been convicted in US District Court in Boston of Federal fraud and related charges. The crux of the case, as presented by the Government, stemmed from the officials of the so-called charity concealing material facts from the US Government, primarily the Internal Revenue Service, to obtain tax exempt status for the organization, concerning the background and origins of the organization itself. That background related to...(read more)
Quotable convictions
2008-01-01 14:43:00
One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests. – John Stuart Mill
Recommendations for Avoiding Wrongful Convictions
2007-12-18 02:37:00
NEW RESOURCES: The Justice Project recently released two policy reviews that provide suggestions for preventing wrongful convictions in criminal trials. Using research and data from past exonerations, the new reports, Expanded Discovery in Criminal Cases and Jailhouse Snitch Testimony, point to the places and situations in the criminal justice system where a wrongful conviction can be easily prevented.Expanded Discovery in Criminal Cases stresses the importance of full evidentiary discovery in criminal cases. ?Discovery? refers to how the prosecution must disclose all non-privileged information that is relevant in the criminal case before it goes to trial.The Justice Project notes, ?All other aspects of our constitutional system, such as due process and assistance of counsel, depend on complete discovery.? Amongst other solutions, they recommend that uniform, mandatory, and enforced discovery laws be put in place to prevent wrongful convictions.Jailhouse Snitch Testimony highlights ...
Another Terrorism Mistrial, But Overall Far More Convictions Than Acquittal
2007-12-13 23:07:00
From the Associated Press : "One of seven Miami men accused of plotting to join forces with al-Qaida to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower was acquitted Thursday, and a mistrial was declared for the six others after the federal jury deadlocked. Federal prosecutor Richard Gregorie said the government plans to retry the six next year." This joins other terrorism-related trials which ended with underwhelming results for the government prosecutors: Holy Land Foundation; Sami al-Arian; Benevolence International...(read more)
2007-12-03 13:38:00
Convictions Purposing to follow the commands of Scripture, whatever the cost. “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8)
Barbara's Journey Toward Justice Wrongful Convictions Blogs and Articles
2007-11-28 16:10:00
A Quick PlugIf you have any interest in wrongful convictions in The United States, you have to check out Injustice Served Blog.Injustice Served is a new wrongful conviction blog that has articles, case summaries, and resources for those interested in learning more about wrongful convictions in the United States.With links to some of the best wrongful conviction website and blogs.Some are:Faces of Wrongful ConvictionTruth In JusticeJustice Denied and I would like to Thank Injustice Served for adding mine Barbara's Journey Toward JusticeBe sure to check it out and add it to your RSS feed!
Disbarred Illinois attorney sentenced in land fraud scheme
2007-11-27 01:47:00
Ray Gibson reports for the Chicago Tribune that Phillip Radmer, a disbarred Berwyn attorney who created phony corporations and invented board members to steal the properties of poor churches, nonprofit groups and businesses, was sentenced on November 20th 2007 to 12 years in prison. “Mr. Radmer has ruined a lot of people’s lives in this case,” Cook County Circuit Judge Stanley Sacks is reported to have said in imposing the sentence for theft and forgery. Representatives of six churches told the judge that the scheme forced them to spend scarce resources to untangle the mess left behind by Radmer over who rightfully owned the properties. In a series of fraudulent real estate deals, Radmer created dozens of phony corporations and individuals in a plot to steal more than 60 vacant lots, a Tribune investigation found last year. He netted at least $655,000 from the sale of four properties owned by the First Presbyterian Church on the city’s South Side. Assistan...
Owner of a North Carolina Title Agency sentenced to 67 months in prison
2007-11-27 01:36:00
Ryan Cook reports for the Dayton Daily News that former Springboro football standout W. Brad Lamb began serving a 67-month sentence this month after pleading guilty in federal court to bank fraud, money laundering and filing a false tax return, according to Internal Revenue Service spokeswoman Nancy Hatfield. Between May 2004 and May 2005, Lamb, 40, of Huntersville, N.C. attempted to obtain more than $1 million in money and property by falsifying loan documents, transferred more than $21,000 from the business to his personal account, and filed a false tax return in 2004 by failing to report about $459,000 of income, according to the charges against him. Facing up to 43 years in prison, Lamb pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C. Lamb had worked for a local Nations Title Agency, and in 2000 was promoted by Nations Title Agency and transferred to North Carolina, where he moved with his family. In 2001 Lamb and two others founded Light...
Video, Mike Huckabee Speaks On Selling Out Your Convictions
2007-11-20 14:53:00
Not sure who is conducting this interview but this newly posted video on YouTube is Mike Huckabee explaining what happens when Christians choose not to support a candidate that comes from them. This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Man Rehired After Being Fired for Having 22 Criminal Convictions
2007-11-16 18:53:00
Jerome Felske, a Chicago city worker, was fired when the city found out he had 22 criminal convictions. More specifically, he was fired because he lied on his application when he claimed to only have 6 convictions. Of course, that didn’t stop his lawyer from being able to get him rehired after taking ...
Two sentenced in Idaho fraud scheme
2007-11-07 18:25:00
In the following press release Thomas E. Moss United States Attorney for the District of Idaho announced that Charles Drake Cazier, 53, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in a bank fraud scheme. Cazier and his wife, Carmen Leann Wright, 33, earlier admitted that they made false statements to Mountain West Bank on a loan application. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Cazier to pay a $3,000 fine and $5,539 in restitution. He will serve five years on supervised release following his prison term. Wright was sentenced earlier this months to time served plus three years supervised release and 50 hours of community service. She, too, will be responsible for the restitution. The false statements occurred in August 1999, after Wright applied to Mountain West Bank in Coeur d’Alene for a loan of $92,150 in order to purchase property in Spirit Lake. Wright overstated her monthly income on the loan application, and with Cazier’s assistance submitt...
Religious society?s tax convictions are overturned
2007-11-03 01:45:00
When the three members of the Restored Israel of Yahweh were convicted in 2005, experts considered them the only tax protesters in recent history to face prison time for their religious beliefs.
Gujarat riot convictions - Justice in Modi country
2007-10-30 17:04:00
Who says there is no hope forjustice in Gujarat for the 2002 riot affected ? The PTI reports: Eight persons were sentenced to life while three others were awarded three years imprisonment by a Godhra sessions court in the 2002 Eral massacre case that left seven people dead in the aftermath of the Godhra riots. However, 29 ...
Reinstatement of Mafia Cops Convictions Sought by US
2007-10-22 06:01:00
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — known as RICO — was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon in October 1970. Wielded mainly, though not exclusively, as a sword against the Mafia, it holds in its most basic terms that a person or group of people who commit certain crimes as part of a conspiracy or criminal enterprise can be charged with racketeering. The law has
New York Leads Nation In Wrongful Convictions
2007-10-21 01:13:00
New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty www.nyadp.orgAbolitionists! As if we needed another reason to oppose the death penalty in New York State?Please watch for coverage in your newspapers and get letters into the editor and to your State Senator/Assemblyperson! Go to to find their contact information. INNOCENCE PROJECT REPORT SHOWS NEW YORK LEADS NATION IN WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS (and your Senators have done nothing to prevent it)By David Kaczynski:Today?s report by The Innocence Project detailing New York?s shameful record as a national leader in wrongful convictions must give pause to anyone who thinks our state should reinstate the death penalty.We are the national leader in DNA-based exonerations of people convicted of murders they did not commit in this decade. Worse than Texas. If that doesn?t give us pause, what will?Six of the seven wrongfully convicted in this decade could have faced the death penalty were it in effect at the tim...
2007-10-17 13:31:00
Convictions Purposing to follow the commands of Scripture, whatever the cost. “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8)
Marijuana convictions: Kicked out of school but welcomed into Iraq
2007-10-16 23:33:00
In what's being called the "Drug War Draft," President Bush's policies deny financial aid to students with drug convictions but make it easy for them to enlist in the military. A group of college students made this video that points out the hypocrisy of the Drug War more | digg storyLiberty Central- Conservatism's Blog of Choice
Police admit at least four months of speeding convictions could be wrong
2007-10-12 19:40:00
Kent Police has dramatically admitted that people caught speeding with handheld laser guns during at least the last four months may have been wrongly convicted. The admission came after details were revealed yesterday on this site of an internal force email sent to all south Kent Police officers instructing them that use of all laser speed guns had been suspended. The email stated: ‘Following a court case at Folkestone yesterday and in liaison with the Criminal Justice Unit (traffic) a review of speed enforcement policy is to be made regarding the use of all laser speed guns in South Kent. ‘Pending this review, NO further FPN’s [fixed penalty notices] or summons should be issued.’ A source has told MCN the action is force-wide.’  The email was dated October 4 and said it was hoped the review would be completed within two weeks. It said officers would be notified of ‘any changes in policy required before any further enforcement takes place’.  Kent Police...
Former Settlement Company Employee Sentenced to Two Years For Bank Fraud
2007-10-04 02:20:00
In the following press release United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announced that on October 1, 2007 U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Rebecca Biglow, age 35, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, yesterday to 24 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for bank fraud. According to her guilty plea, Biglow used her employment as a loan funder at a settlement company in Greenbelt from June 2005 to May 2006 to gain access to settlement files and find checks payable to the creditors of the company’s clients that had not been negotiated or cleared. She would then void the checks, and reissue new checks in the same amounts drawn on a company account and made payable to herself or her creditors. For example, on April 28, 2006, Biglow caused a $301,037.34 check to be drawn on a company escrow account to pay off her personal mortgage loan on her residence. Similarly, on June 22, 2005, Biglow caused a $294,097.77 check to be ...
Staten Island dentist found guilty in New Jersey mortgage fraud case
2007-09-28 02:47:00
In the following press release U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Christopher J. Christie (pictured left) announced that a Staten Island, N.Y., dentist was convicted by a federal jury today for operating a scheme in which he fraudulently obtained $1.36 million in mortgages and spent the proceeds on luxury items including the purchase of a 46-foot yacht, a North Carolina residence and a GMC Yukon Denali. After less than two hours of deliberations today, a jury convicted Terrance D. Stradford, 46, a.k.a. “Wayne Sellers,” of all 24 counts contained in a Superseding Indictment. Stradford was convicted on one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and tax evasion. Stradford was also convicted of three counts of wire fraud and 18 counts of money laundering. Stradford also consented to the entry of a criminal forfeiture order in the amount of $720,000, which the government sought as property derived from proceeds of th...
Dayton, OH man sentenced in mortgage fraud scheme
2007-09-20 21:57:00
In the following press the FBI in Cincinnati, Ohio announced that Nicholas St. Nichols, age 54, of Dayton, was sentenced in United States District Court here to one year and one day in federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme to sell homes at inflated prices to a buyer who believed she was merely selling him her credit. Nichols was also fined $4,000 and ordered to pay restitution to victims. Gregory G. Lockhart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and J. Mark Batts, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Division, announced the sentence handed down yesterday by Senior United States District Judge Walter H. Rice. St. Nichols and Todd Armstrong, a 43 year old Bellbrook resident sentenced in July to twelve months and one day imprisonment, were originally indicted for the scheme in July 2005. Eventually, each entered guilty pleas to one count of mail fraud. The victims in both cases included financial in...
Duke Law School New Wrongful Convictions Clinic and Innocence Project
2007-09-20 04:21:00
Duke University will invest $1.25 million over the next five years for its law school to establish a center devoted to the promotion of justice in the criminal justice system and the training of lawyers to fight against wrongful convictions, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Wednesday.Duke to Establish Justice CenterAP via SFGate ^ 9/19/7Durham, N.C. (AP) -- In the wake of the now-debunked rape case against three lacrosse players, Duke University will establish a center devoted to justice and training lawyers to fight wrongful convictions, president Richard Brodhead said Wednesday.Duke will invest $1.25 million over the next five years for the project at the law school, which will also expand its Wrongful Convictions Clinic and Innocence Project. The clinic and the Innocence Project investigate claims of innocence by the state's convicted felons and raise awareness of problems in the criminal justice system.(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.comMore From Campus NewsAddressing prob...
Will Family Secrets Mob Trial Convictions Doom Chicago Mob?
2007-09-12 16:14:00
Does Monday's conviction of four top mobsters mean the end of the Chicago Outfit? Hardly. The Outfit long has controlled illegal gambling operations -- from sports betting to video poker -- and has financed Chicago-area drug dealing, said Chicago Crime Commission President James Wagner, a former top FBI mob fighter. Money from those ventures often is invested in law-abiding businesses because "
Stop Wrongful Convictions in California
2007-09-09 00:38:00
The three most common causes of wrongful conviction are mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions, and false testimony by informants. Modern DNA evidence has proven that innocent people are sent to prison for crimes they did not commit far more often than we think. But we can change that.The California State Senate created the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice to review the causes of wrongful conviction and wrongful execution in California. The Commission has issued three interim reports recommending legislative changes to prevent the most common causes of wrongful conviction in California: mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions and the use of jailhouse informants.Three bills have been introduced to implement the Commission's recommended reforms:Senate Bill 511 (Alquist) will require the electronic recording of police interrogation in cases involving homicides and other serious felonies.Senate Bill 756 (Ridley-Thomas) will requir...
Fomer attorney saentenced to prison in mortgage fraud case
2007-09-07 03:19:00
In a press release Chuck Rosenberg, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia announced that Leslie W. Lickstein, age 54, of Fairfax, Virginia, was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison following his conviction in May 2007 of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Lickstein was also ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution. Chuck Rosenberg, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Joseph Persichini, Jr., Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington Field Office, made the announcement after the sentencing today by United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. The charge against Lickstein, a former bankruptcy attorney, and the first President of the Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association, arose from his conduct in July 2002 as a settlement attorney in the sale of a property located in Great Falls, Virginia. According to court documents, Lickstein acknowledged that he prepared and filed a false [HUD-...
Three sentenced in Georgia mortgage fraud case
2007-09-06 20:30:00
In press release United States Attorney David E. Nahmias (Northern District of Georgia) announced that DONNA RENAE WOODS LAWRENCE, 43, of Decatur, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Beverly B. Martin on charges of conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud and bankruptcy fraud. United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said, “This defendant was trusted as a ‘gatekeeper’ for HUD’s guaranteed mortgage loan program. Betraying that trust, she was responsible for hundreds of fraudulent mortgage loans, including some obtained using stolen identities, the erasing of prior security interests, and seven fraudulent bankruptcy filings to stay foreclosures on fraudulently acquired properties. Her misuse of the United States Bankruptcy Court system is of grave concern, especially now while so many lenders need access to their security and legitimate distressed homeowners are seeking second chances through bankruptcy protection.”LAWRENCE was sentence...
Former Salvation Army employee sentenced in fraud cases
2007-08-24 23:42:00
In a press release from Anchorage, Alaska United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen announced on August 23, 2007, that Tequisha M. Johnson, a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to 37 months in prison for her conviction on one count of forgery, one count of computer fraud and one count of bank fraud. Additionally, Johnson is ordered to pay $160,846.68 in restitution and serve five years of supervised release upon her release from prison. United States District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline imposed the sentence on Johnson, age 31. According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Tom Bradley, Johnson admitted committing forgery to steal from the Salvation Army; using computer fraud to steal from Easter Seals; and committing bank fraud by lying to Wells Fargo Bank in an attempt to obtain a home mortgage. She was an employee of the Salvation Army and Easter Seals when she stole from them. In imposing sentence,...
Crown Heights man gets 3 to 9 years in prison in mortgage fraud scheme
2007-08-24 00:15:00
In the following press release from Brooklyn, NY the Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the sentencing of Delbert Baptiste, 45, to three to nine years in prison for a mortgage fraud scheme totaling more than two million dollars. Baptiste had previously pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. Baptiste used the property at 600 St. Marks Place in Crown Heights to defraud several mortgage companies. He repeatedly recruited acquaintances to pose as purchasers and allow their credit to be used in order to obtain mortgages in their names. These individuals were merely straw buyers and Baptiste, in fact, retained control of the property and resold it several times at inflated values, thus realizing a profit. For their participation in the scheme, straw buyers received a payment from Baptiste. Between June 1 and October 29, 2003, Baptiste arranged to obtain a $512,000 loan from US Mortgage property and purchase the property. The straw buyer earne...
Petition to Investigate Wrong Doing That Leads to the Wrongful Convictions
2007-08-10 01:32:00
My blog"Barbara's Journey Toward Justice", does not give legal advice and is a nonprofit blog. I do not fill it up with money making ads, and make no profits from it of any kind. I also do not have an Amazon Wish List, which is a blogger's gift registry on Amazon. The purpose of my blog is to bring about awareness of issues in Dennis Fritz's book Journey Toward Justice I do have a "Barbara's Journey Toward Justice Wish List", and the top of that list is, STOP WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS! Fifty percentage of letters I receive are for help with a petition of some kind. Out of those letters, seventy five percent are for wrongful convictions. I am not a lawyer and cannot give any legal advice. However, I can help people who have a need for a petition. Here is where you can add a petition of any kind on the internet. There is no charge to have a petition on line. Below is a petition to Investigate Wrong Doing That Leads to the Wrongful Convictions. Petition to President, Attorney General, H...
Stop Wrongful Convictions Take Action Here
2007-07-21 23:51:00
Help End Wrongful ConvictionsThe California State Senate created the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice to review the causes of wrongful conviction and wrongful execution in California. The Commission has issued three interim reports recommending legislative changes to prevent the most common causes of wrongful conviction in California: mistaken eyewitness identification, false confessions and the use of jailhouse informants.Three bills have been introduced to implement the Commission?s recommended reforms:Senate Bill 511 (Alquist) will require the electronic recording of police interrogation in cases involving homicides and other serious felonies.Senate Bill 756 (Ridley-Thomas) will require the appointment of a task force to draft guidelines for the conduct of police line-ups and photo arrays to increase the accuracy of eyewitness identifications.Senate Bill 609 (Romero) will require the corroboration of testimony by jailhouse informants.TAKE ACTION: Urge y...
Man sentenced in drug money laundering case involving broker and lawyer
2007-07-18 22:47:00
In the following press release the Jeffrey C. Sullivan, United States Attorney for the District of Western District of Washington announced that JOSHUA MACKE, 35, of Bellevue, Washington has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle to six years in prison, and three years of supervised release for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana and Conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering. As part of his plea agreement of March 24, 2007, MACKE will forfeit to the government three late model vehicles, nearly $1 million in currency and investments, and his home. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez noted “this was an extensive organization with large amounts of illegal drugs and money.” MACKE was arrested in May 2006, following an investigation of his drug trafficking activities. MACKE was distributing pound quantities of B.C. Bud marijuana in the Seattle area. The marijuana was being transported into Washington State from Canada. MACKE was one of some 40 defendant...
Pratibha Patil versus Shekhawat - Convictions blur into Abstentions
2007-07-18 06:20:00
? OffStumped For All Things Right of Center, Bringing a Right of Centre Reality Check to Indian Politics, News Media Reporting and Opinion now in Hindi ?? ?? ?? ???? ????? ??. ? The campaigning has ended and the battle royal between the UPA, CPI-M, CPI Nominee and former Rajasthan Governor Pratibha Patil and the NDA Nominee and ...
Woman convicted of theft from a Michigan title agency
2007-06-29 21:04:00
In the following press release Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox today announced that Nicole Athey, a 38-year-old businesswoman from Greenville, Michigan, was convicted of racketeering and embezzlement involving more than $1 million that was taken over four years from the Crowne Title Agency. “People in positions of trust owe a duty to those who entrust them with their money,” said Cox. “Let today’s sentence be a reminder that when trust is betrayed, they will be prosecuted.” From July 2002 through February 2006, Athey was a partner in the Crowne Title Agency located in Greenville, Michigan. During the time that Athey was a partner in the agency, she was responsible for maintaining the escrow account which contained the money used by clients of the agency to purchase and sell real estate. The investigation, led by the Michigan State Police and the Attorney General, revealed that Athey used her position of trust to take money from the escrow account...
One guilty, another aquitted in Michigan mortgage fraud case
2007-06-04 22:23:00
In a press release United States Attorney Stephen J. Murphy announced that Safi Sobh, 34, of Dearborn, Michigan, was found guilty today of conspiring to commit bank fraud by submitting false documents in support of mortgage loan applications, and of aiding and abetting bank fraud. Co-defendant Amed Shami, 25, of Dearborn, was acquitted of the same charges.  Murphy was joined in the announcement by FBI Special Agent in Charge Andrew Arena, of the Detroit Division. The jury deliberated for about five hours before returning the verdicts, concluding a three-week trial before United States District Patrick J. Duggan. The evidence presented during the trial showed between July 2002 and December 2005, Safi Sobh was the leader of a conspiracy that successfully corrupted the system of checks and balances that lending institutions rely upon to determine how much money they can safely lend on a property, and whether a particular borrower is likely to repay the loan. Ohio Savings Bank,...
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