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By DAN THANH DANG | January 13, 2008
The Federal Communications Commission is warning businesses that people posing as hearing-impaired consumers have been misusing the Internet-based telecommunications relay service (TRS) to commit fraudulent business transactions. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and FCC regulations require that calls made using TRS be "functionally equivalent" to telephone calls. Reaching a specially trained communications assistant on TRS and instructing them to make a call is, in effect, the same as receiving a dial tone.
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NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 10, 1995
LIMA, Peru -- President Alberto Fujimori appeared to be on his way to a landslide re-election victory yesterday, but the balloting was questioned by opposition candidates who alleged massive fraud leading up to Peru's presidential vote.Mr. Fujimori, who imposed one-man rule three years ago but also succeeded in crushing hyperinflation and a violent rebel insurgency, won 62 percent of the vote, according to an exit poll by the CPI firm. He took 60 percent, according to a poll by the Apoyo firm.
BUSINESS
By Los Angeles Times | June 19, 1993
NEW YORK -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan has begun a federal criminal investigation of Prudential Securities and suspected fraud by brokers and managers, sources close to the inquiry said.Launched over a month ago, the probe was broadened within the past week to include the firm's huge limited partnership program, which took in $6 billion from investors in the 1980s and resulted in big losses.The sources said that federal prosecutors were looking into the possible payment of kickbacks and attempted bribes to senior Prudential Securities officials by outside companies that managed individual partnership programs.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | October 15, 2004
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - The former chief executive officer and former chief financial officer of Royal Ahold NV, the Dutch food retailer that inflated profit for three years, were charged with fraud yesterday in a court here. Former CEO Cees van der Hoeven and Michiel Meurs, one-time finance chief, were charged after a judge rejected their objections to the criminal case, said Anthony Jagroop, a spokesman for the prosecutor. Former board members Jan Andreae and Ronald Fahlin also were charged, Jagroop said.
NEWS
September 21, 2007
A Woodstock man pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to participating in a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicaid for more than $4 million in services that were never performed, according to the Maryland attorney general's office. Guy Anthony Bell, 44, of the 2700 block Tallow Tree Road was the chief financial officer from October 2002 until April 2004 for the Bridges Project, which provides psychiatric rehabilitation and therapy for children and adults in Baltimore, according to prosecutors.
BUSINESS
By DAN THANH DANG | September 25, 2007
Denise Stanco was desperate. Trying to stop a theft from her checking account in progress, the 54-year-old information technology specialist frantically e-mailed her last hope - in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In three e-mail messages, the Catonsville resident explained that someone swiped her debit-card number, faked a passport in her name and purchased two tickets worth $1,201 on Bahrain's Gulf Air. Stanco pleaded with someone, anyone to help her. Everyone she turned to thus far had disappointed her, since she'd learned from a credit-monitoring service that someone had used her debit-card number to purchase Gulf Air tickets, Birkenstocks and Asian Air tickets.
FEATURES
By Karen Croke and Karen Croke,New York Daily News | January 22, 1991
NEW YORK -- Four years ago, a Scottish school teacher paid $3,000 for a bride. It wasn't a dowry. It was a down payment on a green card.A marriage of convenience "seemed an easy way to stay in the country," says the teacher, 28, whose student visa had expired. An intermediary arranged for him to marry a gay woman from Brooklyn.In the film "Green Card," Gerard Depardieu plays a Frenchman who weds a Manhattan botanist (Andie MacDowell) for the same reason: to get a green card, which will entitle him to live and work in the United States.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | March 31, 1993
NEW YORK -- The state bribery and fraud trial involving the defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International began yesterday in a small crowded courtroom in Manhattan, and opening statements by prosecution and defense lawyers made it clear that Clark M. Clifford, the former defense secretary and adviser to presidents, would be prosecuted, in effect, in absentia.Mr. Clifford is in a hospital in Washington recovering from heart bypass surgery. But his co-defendant and law partner, Robert A. Altman, faced the jury as the 2-year-old scandal involving the internationally political and influential bank finally reached a courtroom.
NEWS
By BRIAN SULLAM | January 31, 1999
BY OPENING a telephone hot line to report "waste, fraud and abuse," Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens hopes to improve the management of government.I have no problem with county employees reporting their suspicions about wrongdoing. Who better would know if a fellow employee is stealing equipment, office supplies or money from the county till, or throwing a contract to an in-law?My concern is that by guaranteeing anonymity to the callers, the county investigators may be overwhelmed with useless information rather than useful tips on corruption.
BUSINESS
By Lorene Yue and Lorene Yue,Your Money | February 13, 2005
Lots of buyers and sellers have discovered the fun and profit of dealing with Internet auction sites. Unfortunately, so have plenty of crooks. Fraud represented 61 percent of the more than 635,000 consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission last year. Fraud related to any type of Internet activity dominated, while problems specifically tied to Internet auctions (nondelivery, lower value than promised, delays) ranked highest among complaints. Experts recommend a thorough reference check before doing business with an unknown seller, avoiding wire transfer services for making payment and being leery of escrow services suggested by the seller.
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