Category Archives: Fraud

April 6, 2017

San Gabriel Valley raids target scammers who helped wealthy Chinese get U.S. visas, feds say

Some of the investors, for example, are on a Chinese government list of most-wanted fugitives, accused of bribery and other crimes, according to the affidavit.

After years of sleuthing, federal agents Wednesday raided San Gabriel Valley homes and an office that investigators have linked to an alleged multimillion-dollar immigration and finance scam that allowed wealthy Chinese investors to obtain U.S. residency.

The suspects in the case are accused of collecting $50 million from scores of Chinese nationals, who were granted permission to live in the United States in exchange for investing the money in development projects that authorities say never occurred.

The money, investigators claim in court records, fueled a luxurious life of multimillion-dollar homes and high-priced cars for the alleged masterminds of the scheme — Victoria Chan, an attorney; Tat Chan, her father; and Fang Zeng, the father’s friend.

The raids come as money has poured into the San Gabriel Valley in recent years from China, causing home values to soar and fueling a boom in upscale development catering to wealthy visitors from the mainland.

Investigators said Wednesday’s searches targeted a scheme that exploited a little-known type of immigration visa reserved for high-end investors that has been beset by poor oversight and claims of fraud.

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April 4, 2017

Illegal alien indicted for $12 million tax refund and voter fraud

According to the indictment, Williams had refund checks issued in the names of people from whom he stole IDs and had blank check stock and debit cards delivered to his residence.

A previously deported illegal alien from Nigeria living in Missouri was indicted Wednesday for a sophisticated stolen identity fraud scheme that sought more than $12 million in tax refunds.

In addition, he has also reportedly voted in two U.S. presidential elections.

Kevin Kunlay Williams, aka Kunlay Sodipo, a Nigerian citizen who is a resident of St. Louis, Missouri, was charged with mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud, illegal reentry, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Williams and others allegedly used public school employees’ identifications stolen from a payroll company to electronically file more than 2,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns. Williams also allegedly stole electronic filing identification numbers (EFINs) to secure bank products that allowed him to print refund checks and instruct the IRS to forward refunds to prepaid debit cards.

According to the indictment, Williams had refund checks issued in the names of people from whom he stole IDs and had blank check stock and debit cards delivered to his residence.

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April 1, 2017

Rahm Emanuel Invents New ID to Ensure Illegals Get Their Welfare

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has moved forward with plans for a Chicago-only identification card specifically designed to ensure illegal aliens in the city can receive welfare benefits with minimal risk of repatriation.

The new program was unveiled at a Chicago City Council meeting on Wednesday, and it protects illegal aliens from federal oversight by not collecting any copies of identification documents presented when illegals apply for the identification card.

“Applicants bring in the documents to prove someone’s identity. They hand them over to specially trained individual who can review the documents and then hand them back … It’s going to capture just the name and the date of birth. It’s not going to capture an address,” a source close to those officials told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Emanuel, once President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, has been one of the loudest voices decrying Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s efforts to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities like Chicago that refuse to cooperate in the enforcement of immigration laws.

The “Municipal ID” plan is Emanuel’s latest bid to resist the effort of the Justice Department and remain what he has called a “welcoming city.” Emanuel’s new City Clerk Anna Valencia’s website describes the Municipal ID as “an optional, valid, government-issued ID that they can then use to access a range of services from both the private and public sectors. ”

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March 28, 2017

Islamic Market Guilty of Food Stamp Fraud Gets a Pass

Citing hardship for area Muslims, Obama admin declined to suspend law-breaking halal grocery.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage is objecting to a break the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Obama administration gave a halal market that made fraudulent food stamp transactions.

But federal officials told LifeZette the decision is final.

The case involves Sindbad Market in Portland. According to the Agriculture Department’s Office of Inspector General, the market made four fraudulent transactions with three ineligible customers. Because the owner was personally involved in one of the transactions, that ordinarily would trigger a one-year suspension of the ability to accept food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

But an attorney for Sindbad Market asked for and received an exemption in September on grounds that suspension would cause a hardship for Muslim food stamp recipients, who rely on the market for its preparation of halal meat, in accordance with Islamic law. The federal government agreed to impose a $33,000 fine instead.

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March 14, 2017

Immigrant millionaire’s wife busted for massive welfare fraud

Police said Agbapuruonwu was charged with “felony welfare fraud and document forgery.”

A 42-year-old mother of four in Arlington, Virginia, has been charged with allegedly falsifying welfare applications despite the fact that her husband made $1.5 million annually, according to The Daily Caller.

Police reports said after several months of investigating, it was discovered that Helen Agbapuruonwu collected food stamps and Medicaid benefits from 2010 to 2016 amounting to more than $100,000 in benefits.

The woman’s husband, Fidelis Agbapuruonwu was earning $1.5 million as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. at the time, according to NBC News 4.

Police said Agbapuruonwu was charged with “felony welfare fraud and document forgery.”

Fidelis Agbapuruonwu, a Nigerian immigrant, has a LinkedIn page that currently says he works for the D.C. firm Mayer Brown. However, on Monday, the firm told NBC 4 he is no longer employed there.

NBC 4 reports Agbapuruonwu, who is one of eight children in his family, had received the Paul and Daisy Soros Scholarship to help him kick off his career in law. The Soros scholarship is specifically awarded to immigrants.

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March 11, 2017

Coulter: We Must Stop Immigrants Who ‘Rip Off Government Programs’ (Video)

“They absolutely want to take [Attorney General] Sessions out because they want to keep this dump of the third world going on America,” she said of her ideological opposition. “How many [immigrants] are committing crimes, what kind of crimes, and how much does that cost the country?”

Author Ann Coulter said that immigration authorities should concentrate their efforts to stop the immigration of people who “rip off government programs.”

Coulter said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that there should be a way to stop certain immigrants “whose specialty is committing crimes against our entitlement programs.”

“There’s a specialty in computer hacking and credit card stealing and ripping off government programs,” she said.

Coulter said it is difficult to track statistics involving crimes committed by immigrants, and that it is “telling” that advocates for strong border enforcement like herself are “always” the ones wanting the stats.

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March 2, 2017

Former Harvard Admins Accused Of Stealing $110K From Disabled Students To Buy Sex Toys, Gadgets

“Hearing this is just outrageous and extremely upsetting. I really hope this is a wake-up call for Harvard to take better account of where the money is going.”

Harvard University police have accused two former administrators of Harvard Law School of embezzling over a hundred thousand dollars from a fund for disabled students.

The Harvard Police Department alleges that Meg DeMarco and Darris Saylors used the approximately $110,000 in stolen money to buy iPads, laptops, jewelry, DVDs, and some X-rated items, according to CBS Boston.

DeMarco and Saylors resigned from their Dean of Students office capacities during a police investigation following a Harvard Law budget manager’s discovery of some inconsistencies in the department’s finances.

An Apple subpoena tracked the purchased items to the two administrators’ homes, as well as the residences of Saylors’ family and friends.

“It was a big job and I made mistakes,” acknowledged DeMarco to CBS Boston. “I never intended to harm the university. I’m very sorry and will do everything in my power to rectify the situation.”

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March 1, 2017

Wells Fargo Hit With Film-Finance Fraud Suit

The fraud resulted from “systemic defects” in how the bank treats employees, according to the suit.

Wells Fargo is facing a multimillion-dollar film-finance fraud lawsuit, capping off a 2016 of legal woes for the banking giant.

British financiers Vandermolen Film Co. and Bridgeworks Media Capital claim Wells Fargo employees conned them into funding bridge loans and they’re owed at least $14 million, according to a complaint filed in Florida state court last week.

“Upon information and belief, the brazen and repeated acts of fraud, theft, conversion, and negligence on the part of the WELLS FARGO DEFENDANTS detailed in this Complaint are the result of systemic defects in the way the WELLS FARGO DEFENDANTS manage, train, supervise, hire, reward, and punish their employees,” writes attorney Roy Altman in the complaint.

The suit notes that earlier this year Wells Fargo made headlines when it was revealed its employees had opened more than 2 million accounts that may not have been authorized by customers in order to meet sales goals. That resulted in $185 million in fines and a $5 million payout to customers.

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February 16, 2017

Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics registered to vote

Trump plans task force to focus on inaccurate voter registration rolls.

A large number of non-citizen Hispanics, as many as 2 million, were illegally registered to vote in the U.S., according to a nationwide poll.

The National Hispanic Survey provides additional evidence for use by anti-voter fraud conservatives and bolsters an analysis by professors at Old Dominion University who say non-citizens registered and voted in potentially large numbers.

President Trump has announced he will appoint a task force on voter fraud headed by Vice President Mike Pence. He says he wants the investigation to focus on inaccurate voter registration rolls, which are maintained by the states and the District of Columbia.

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January 19, 2017

Orson Welles on Cold Reading (Video)

Orson Welles discusses the nature of ‘cold reading’, a type of analysis used by many phony psychics and fortune tellers to trick their customers into thinking they indeed do have special powers, and how some can become so skilled at it that they actually trick themselves into believing they are truly psychic.