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Don’t let tax scammers get away with it

Consumer Education Specialist, FTC

tax identity theft awareness week logoTax season is getting close — and for some people, so is an experience with tax identity theft or IRS imposters. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You usually find out something’s wrong after you file your tax return.

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FTC racks up charges against unscrupulous debt collector

If you’re behind in paying your bills, you may be contacted by a debt collector, but that doesn’t mean a collector can treat you unfairly. Under federal law, debt collectors — including collection agencies, lawyers who collect debts on a regular basis, and companies that buy delinquent debts and then try to collect them — can’t use abusive, deceptive or unfair practices to collect from you. But not all debt collectors play by the rules. Case in point:

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Former Mayor Charged with Wire Fraud

Richard L. Frey, 83, a Former Mayor Charged with Wire Fraud for Using Campaign Contributions for His Own Personal Benefit

A former mayor of Dunkirk, New York, was indicted today for engaging in a scheme to defraud his mayoral campaign and supporters by stealing campaign contributions for his personal benefit, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. of the Western District of New York.

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$1,528,000 in Bribes Paid to a Honduran Official

Department of Justice Seeks Recovery of Approximately $1,528,000 in Bribes Paid to a Honduran Official

The Department of Justice filed today a civil forfeiture complaint seeking the forfeiture of nine properties worth approximately $1,528,000 that were allegedly purchased with funds traceable to a $2 million bribe paid by a Honduran information-technology company to the former Executive Director of the Honduran Institute of Social Security.

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$1 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

Four Portland Residents Plead Guilty to $1 Million Tax Fraud Scheme

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Larry J. Wszalek for the Department of Justice’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney S. Amanda Marshall for the District of Oregon and Chief Richard Weber for the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) announced that Jheraun Dunlap, Ernest Bagsby, Jermaine Moore and Brandi McCall pleaded guilty today to a $1 million federal tax refund fraud scheme.

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$97 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Physician Owners of Mental Health Clinic Sentenced for $97 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

The two physician owners of a Houston-area mental health clinic were sentenced today to 148 months and 120 months respectively for their roles in a $97 million Medicare fraud scheme. A group home owner who sent residents to the clinic in exchange for kickbacks was also sentenced to 54 months in prison for her role.

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SEC Announces Charges Against Attorneys and Auditors in Microcap Scheme Involving Purported Mining Companies

Washington D.C., The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against attorneys, auditors, and others allegedly involved in a microcap scheme the agency stifled last year when it suspended the registration statements of 20 purported mining companies being used for sham offerings of stock to investors.

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SEC Charges UBS Subsidiary With Disclosure Violations and

Other Regulatory Failures in Operating Dark Pool

Washington D.C., The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a subsidiary of UBS with disclosure failures and other securities law violations related to the operation and marketing of its dark pool.

UBS Securities LLC agreed to settle the charges by paying more than $14.4 million, including a $12 million penalty that is the SEC’s largest against an alternative trading system (ATS).

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SEC Adopts Rules to Increase Transparency in Security-Based Swap Market

Commission Also Proposes Additional Security-Based Swap Transaction Reporting Rules and Guidance

Washington D.C., - The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted two new sets of rules that will require security-based swap data repositories (SDRs) to register with the SEC and prescribe reporting and public dissemination requirements for security-based swap transaction data.  The SEC also proposed certain additional rules, rule amendments and guidance related to the reporting and public dissemination of security-based swap transaction data.  The new rules are designed to increase transparency in the security-based swap market and to ensure that SDRs maintain complete records of security-based swap transactions that can be accessed by regulators.

 

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SEC Charges Canadian Man With Conducting Fraudulent Trading Scheme

Washington D.C., - The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a man living in Ontario, Canada, with orchestrating a lucrative market manipulation scheme that relied on “layering” in which a trader places orders solely to trick others into buying or selling U.S. publicly traded stocks at artificially inflated or depressed prices.

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