Thinking of stealing money from the feds? First, meet Jeff Grant, an ex-con who committed loan fraud
Thinking about stealing the government loan money you received in pandemic help?Before you do, listen to Jeff Grant’s story.After his opioid addiction, his theft of U.S. loan funds, and a federal prison sentence, Grant’s life as a lawyer and business professional was over.But according to him, his new life was just beginning. And for small business owners feeling desperate — enough to steal — he’s created a safe place to talk anonymously and seek guidance.Now clean and sober, remarried and out of prison, Jeff Grant, 64, co-founded the online organization Progressive Prison Ministries, what cou...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Former ally of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein arrested after 2 years on the lam
MIAMI — Authorities Tuesday arrested a former associate of imprisoned Fort Lauderdale Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein who had been on the lam since he was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison in absentia in 2018.Eddy Marin, 58, had been a fugitive from justice since July 23, 2018, when he was supposed to show up for a court hearing to explain why he had been caught using cocaine while he was free on bond and awaiting sentencing for securities fraud.Federal prosecutors said the “pump and dump” stock fraud made more than $1 million for Marin and his associates in Broward County.For now, Mar...
Elliott Broidy, fundraiser for Trump and RNC, is charged with illegal lobbying
A prominent fundraiser for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party has been charged with leading a “back-channel” effort to lobby the White House on behalf of a fugitive Malaysian businessman.Elliott Broidy was charged in the felony fraud case this week, two years after he stepped down as a deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee and admitted he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair.In charging documents unsealed Wednesday, federal prosecutors alleged Broidy met with accused Malaysian money laundering mastermind Jho Low in Thaila...
New York Daily News
NY appeals judges seem doubtful of Manhattan DA's tossed mortgage fraud case against Paul Manafort
NEW YORK — State appeals court justices seemed sympathetic Friday to the idea that Manhattan prosecutors are seeking to try ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort twice for the same crime.Manafort was sentenced to 71/2 years in prison in March 2019 on federal charges that he hid millions of dollars in offshore accounts and then lied to get loans after income dried up from his work for pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians.The day Manafort was sentenced in a Virginia federal courtroom, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced his office would try the former lobbyist on state fraud charges ba...
New York Daily News
Why “AI” Is a Fraud
Who will be crowned the world’s first trillionaire? Mark Cuban says there’s one disruptive trend that’ll bring a whole new meaning to the word “rich.”Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreYou likely know Cuban as a star investor on ABC’s Shark Tank. The billionaire also owns the Dallas Mavericks. His big call? “The world's first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI.”Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most hyped up trend on the planet. The core idea of AI is a machine that learns and thinks just like you or me. Most importantly, it learns all by itself, withou...
Trump seizes on conservative group's claim of fraud in Minneapolis election
MINNEAPOLIS — President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers in Minnesota called for an investigation Monday into a conservative activist group’s allegations of illegal mail-in ballot “harvesting” in a special Minneapolis City Council election this summer.A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department said the department was “in the process of looking into the validity” of the group’s statements. Meanwhile the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office said they were made aware of the allegations in the media but had received no information or cases involving so-called ballot harvesting in any elec...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Giuliani's associates slapped with new 'Fraud Guarantee' charges, bringing case closer to ex-mayor
NEW YORK — Lev Parnas and David Correia, two of Rudy Giuliani’s associates, were slapped with new charges in Manhattan Federal Court alleging they used more than $2 million of Fraud Guarantee investors’ money on personal expenses while promising the money would only be spent on the business. Fraud Guarantee is an insurance company founded by Parnas and Correia.Parnas, a Ukraine-born businessman living in Florida, allegedly spent some of the money on his home and luxury cars.Giuliani, who is reportedly under investigation in connection with the case but has not been charged, was paid hundreds o...
New York Daily News
Appeal Court Reserves Judgment In Shekarau, Aminu Wali’s Alleged N950m Fraud
The Court of Appeal in Kano on Thursday reserved judgement in an interlocutory appeal filed by a former governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau challenging the ruling of the Federal High Court in Kano which upheld that EFCC has a case against him regarding a N950 million election fraud linked to him and two others.Mallam Shekarau, who was arraigned alongside a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Bashir Wali and Mansur Ahmad, appealed the ruling of Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court Kano which overruled no case submission of the three defendants and ordered...
Lawsuit: Real estate firm linked to Jared Kushner illegally collected rent in NYC buildings without sprinklers
NEW YORK — A real estate firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s son-in-law illegally collected more than $4 million in rent from tenants in four New York City apartment buildings while failing to maintain working fire sprinkler systems, says a lawsuit filed Tuesday.Tenants in the Kushner Companies’ four adjacent East Village tenements say the firm has filed false documents with the city, endangering the lives of residents with illegal construction aimed at maximizing company profits.The Kushner Village residents want a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to block the company from collecting rent...
New York Daily News
Brother of ex-Poway synagogue leader pleads guilty in fraud scheme
SAN DIEGO — The brother of former Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to evading taxes by hiding $700,000 in a bank account controlled by the organization, a sign that the stunning fraud case unveiled in July against the religious leader is not over.Mendel Goldstein, 63, owner of a videography business in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges. He entered his plea in front of U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant in San Diego Monday afternoon.Prosecutors said he worked with his brother from 2012 to 2018 to conceal more than $700,000 in income f...
The San Diego Union-Tribune