Par Funding threatened violence, trashed reputations after businesses took out loans at brutal interest rates, borrowers say
When two beefy men cornered Dwayne Stewart in a Wawa parking lot in Pennsauken, N.J. last year, he was worried. But he never dreamed it could be related to his business loan.In 2019, he and his partner had borrowed roughly $50,000 from a Philadelphia cash-advance lender, Par Funding, to keep their small transportation business afloat.When the lender said they fell behind in payment, the firm declared them in default and unexpectedly froze $29,000 in his partner’s business bank account. Sums of $200 to $300 a day began disappearing from Stewart’s own accounts, withdrawn by Par Funding without h...
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Private jet loaded with weapons and cash stopped from leaving for VenezuelaFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Learjet loaded with weapons and cash was stopped from leaving the U.S. for Venezuela over the weekend.Seized at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were 18 assault/bolt actions rifles with optics, six shotguns, 58 semi-automatic pistols and $20,312 in cash and $2,618.53 in endorsed checks, a news release said. Air and Marine Operations in Fort Lauderdale seized the plane and a vehicle.Two Venezuelan nationals were arrested but not identified by Homeland Security Investigations.Accor...
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Dave Hyde: His big summer canceled, here's a stay-safe card to Jimmy Johnson
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Jimmy Johnson’s on the phone:“Isn’t this crazy?” he says.He’s feels like most of us right now.“The whole world’s crazy,” he says.He’s feeling it personally, too, at 77, with asthma and two heart stents, and staying sheltered at his ocean-side home in the Keys during the COVID-19 pandemic.“I bet I haven’t left the house a half-dozen times in like five months other than going out on the boat,” he says. “Both (wife) Ronda and I are high risk. We’ve been extremely careful. I’ve got a couple of buddies I’ve taken temperatures of and taken out a couple of times (on the boat)....
Finding their voices: One-time national contestants, Kat Perkins and Nicholas David have come home to lasting success in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — He’s a Bible-quoting hippie dad, a 6-foot-2 kaleidoscope of colors, layers and wizardly beard.She’s a spunky 4-foot-11 rock ‘n’ roller, all tattoos, leopard patterns and jet-black hair.He lives with his wife and three kids in their St. Paul home. She’s single in a rented house in suburban Minneapolis.Nicholas David and Kat Perkins seem to have about as much in common as mystical rocker Father John Misty and pop powerhouse Lady Gaga. But David and Perkins are indelibly linked — Minnesotans who won the hearts of America on NBC’s “The Voice” and then became bankable stars in their h...
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