Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Feds Arrest 120 in drug take down

According to the feds, 120 persons in New York were arrested today in a drug sweep. They will probably be housing these persons at MCC,MDC and other locations. There lives will forever change. However, in the war on drugs, it is a drop in the bucket.

In my journey through federal prison,  I came across a lot of drug dealers. Some are doing a very long time. It depends in their involvement and how much money was involved. The ones on the top of the pyramid will obviously do more time, unless they take down bigger fish. That is how the feds work.

To see what they will face in federal prison, go here....

Dennis Hastert gets 15 months prison sentence

According to news reports, Dennis Hastert, former speaker of the House of Representatives, has been sentenced to 15 months federal imprisonment. He will most likely end up in a low institution like Fort Dix, where he may have to sit around 6-9 months before he is eligible for halfway house/home confinement. As a chomo, his life will be in danger.

Is it a fair sentence? I have seen similar cases with 23 years imprisonment so obviously he got away with what he did.

To see what he can expect in Federal Prison, go here...

Friday, April 22, 2016

wheelchair fraud, not the kind you think....

According to the US Attorney out of Salt Lake City,....   – "Jacob J. Kilgore, a former owner of a Salt Lake City durable medical equipment company, will serve 60 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud as a part of Medicare fraud scheme involving power wheelchairs. Three company sales representatives were sentenced Thursday, two receiving prison terms, for their role in the fraud scheme.
          Kilgore, 36, of Fruit Heights, was the co-owner of and employed as the vice president, and later, president of Orbit Medical, a Utah- and Indiana-based national supplier of durable medical equipment that specialized in power wheelchairs.  Orbit maintained three Utah offices in the Salt Lake City area.  Kilgore acted as sales manager for Orbit’s western region sales territory which included offices in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.  The case was investigated by the agents of the FBI, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
          U.S. District Judge David Nuffer imposed the 60-month sentence for Kilgore last week. Kilgore will be on supervised release for 36 months following the completion of his federal prison sentence.  As a part of the resolution of the case, Kilgore has agreed to pay $4 million in restitution in the case over the next eight months. The first installment of $1 million was paid at his sentencing.  A second $1 million payment is due by June 1, 2016, with a final payment of $2 million due by Dec. 31, 2016 on the date of his sentence Kilgore also must forfeit $776,001, the amount of his personal gain from the criminal conduct.
          In a sentencing memorandum submitted to the court as a part of the sentencing hearing, federal prosecutors told the court the fraud scheme was driven by money and drove the imposition of a monthly quota demanding each sales representative sell 10 power wheelchairs per month. “While the genesis of the quota remains unclear, Jake Kilgore enforced it relentlessly throughout Orbit Medical’s western regional offices, at times threatening sales reps with probation and, if low sales persisted, termination,” federal prosecutors wrote in the sentencing memorandum.  Prosecutors said that pressure to perform and to reach unrealistic sales heights caused sales reps to alter physician charts to meet Medicare’s stringent medical necessity requirements.
          “This was a serious offense.  It was not a crime of opportunity.  It involved significant planning and an undaunted, selfish desire by a durable medical equipment company executive to maximize his company’s bottom line at the expense of compromising the values and morals of scores of Orbit sales reps,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum.  To his credit, prosecutors wrote, “Jake Kilgore takes full responsibility for his actions.”
          Federal prosecutors told the court that the sales reps were not innocent victims.  “Many were young, inexperienced, hungry for success, and as is common in the sales industry, driven and competitive.  Jake Kilgore knew that.  He used commissions to entice sales reps, to encourage them, and, sadly, to corrupt them,” they wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court.
            “Kilgore’s pressure to perform and close power wheelchair sales never let up, and over time, caused sales reps to pursue more shortcuts, essentially ramping up the fraud and deception. Rather than facilitating mobility evaluations and obtaining proper chart notes, sales reps instead requested a signed prescription and any recent chart notes.  With genuine physician chart notes in hand, sales reps chiseled away (electronically or via cut-and-paste), creating mobility evaluations that never occurred, concocting medical findings never made, and adding a physician signature never signed,” federal prosecutors said.
            While noting that Hartman, Evans, and Workman have taken responsibility for their misdeeds and sought to make amends, “falsifying physician chart notes cannot be defended, sugar-coated, or swept under the rug,” federal prosecutors said.
          Three sales representatives of the company, Hunter Hartman, age 31, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., David Evans, age 38, of South Jordan, and Morgan Scott Workman, age 37, of Farmington, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Judge Nuffer imposed sentences on the three sale representatives Thursday morning.  Hartman was sentenced to 4 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release. He must pay $585,786.62 in restitution in the case, an obligation he shares with Kilgore.  Evans received a 6-month sentence and will be on supervised release for 36-months following his release from prison.  He was ordered to pay $957,055.77 in restitution, a responsibility he shares with Kilgore. Workman was sentenced to 36 months of probation.  He shares an obligation with Kilgore to pay $230,910.80 in restitution. "

The rule of nature says that when you make money dishonestly , you will lose it. See Jeremiah 17:11
To see what  Mr. Kilgore can expect in jail, go here...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

30 million dollar health care fraud

According to the US Attorney in Louisiana,,,"U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced the return of a 31-count Superseding Indictment against fourteen individuals charging approximately $30,252,906 in Medicare fraud.
Specifically, HENRY EVANS, age 71; MICHAEL JONES, age 46; PAULA JONES, age 45;SHELTON BARNES, age 62; GREGORY MOLDEN, age 60, SUPRENIA WASHINGTON, age 59;ERICA EDWARDS, age 31; ZELLISHA DEJEAN, age 37, LARRY TAYLOR, age 69; CAREN BATTAGLIA, age 49; SHEILA HOPKINS, age 62; and VERINESE SUTTON, age 63, all of New Orleans; and JONATHON NORA, age 28, of River Ridge;  and JEFFREY KOON, age 43, of Lockport, were indicted for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States and to receive and pay health care kickbacks, and health care fraud. BARNES was also charged with obstruction of a federal audit.
The Indictment is the second one involving many of the same parties who were originally indicted in March of 2015. Ten individuals and/or companies have already pleaded guilty to charges associated with the original Indictment and a related Bill of Information involving RHONDA MABERRY. In this Superseding Indictment, three new defendants were added including LARRY TAYLORDR. GREGORY MOLDEN, and JEFF KOONTAYLOR is charged only in Count 2, the kickback conspiracy along with MOLDEN, who also is charged with the health care conspiracy and two individual counts of health care fraud.  KOONis charged in the health care conspiracy and four individual counts of fraud. MICHAEL JONES andBARNES were also charged with nine and two additional counts of health care fraud, respectively. Additionally, BARNES was also charged with one count of obstructing a federal audit.
This Superseding Indictment is related to the Indictment returned in March 2015, charging LISA CRINEL and others, some of whom have entered guilty pleas. According to the Superseding Indictment, the defendants participated in a criminal organization for the purpose of fraudulently billing Medicare for medically unnecessary home health services for patients who were not homebound. DRS. BARNES, BARNESEVANS, MOLDEN and MICHAEL JONES, known as “House Doctors,” ordered home health services for Medicare beneficiaries who had no legitimate medical necessity.  The House Doctors falsely signed home health orders regardless of the beneficiary’s needs, homebound status, or diagnoses.  In return, DRS. BARNES, EVANS, and MOLDEN received monthly payments fraudulently characterized as medical consultant or director fees for which they provided no services other than fraudulently certifying Medicare beneficiaries for unnecessary home health services.  Instead of receiving monthly payments from the home health agency, Abide hired PAULA JONES, DR. MICHAEL JONES’ wife and, thereafter, inflated salary payments to PAULA JONES represented MICHAELJONES’ fees for fraudulently certifying home health for ineligible Medicare beneficiaries. Abide also paidLARRY TAYLORMICHAEL JONES’ patient recruiter/driver and, in return, MICHAEL JONESagreed to send Abide Medicare patients for home health. 
Marketers contacted JONATHAN NORA and others to confirm that the person fraudulently referred for home health was a Medicare beneficiary. Once NORA determined the referred individual was a Medicare beneficiary, NORA scheduled a physician visit, usually with an Abide House Doctor, well knowing that the individual referral to Abide was by a Marketer, instead of the beneficiary’s own health care professional.
Registered nurses, including EDWARDS, WASHINGTON, DEJEANHOPKINS and KOON were assigned to go to the homes of Medicare beneficiaries to complete assessments that determined the necessary level of care required for the beneficiary and the reimbursement rate for the claims made by Abide. When EDWARDS, WASHINGTON, DEJEANHOPKINS, and KOON completed these assessments, they routinely and fraudulently included a group of diagnoses that were unrelated to the needs of the beneficiaries and included items suggesting the need for assistance with different activities of daily living in order to falsely inflate the reimbursement rates paid by Medicare to Abide. EDWARDS, WASHINGTON, HOPKINSDEJEAN and KOON also fraudulently included other items in the assessment to falsely document the beneficiary’s homebound status.
After assessments were completed, Abide generated plans of care reflecting the falsely created assessments.  The plans of care were given to DRS. BARNES, EVANS, MOLDEN and MICHAEL JONES to falsely certify and recertify medically unnecessary episodes of home health.  Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) assigned to beneficiaries, including BATTAGLIA, performed skilled nursing visits usually once a week and BATTAGLIA routinely falsified documentation of visits to support the ongoing fraudulent billing by PAULA JONES, on behalf of Abideof medically unnecessary home health services."

When you make money dishonestly, it will come to haunt you.

2 hackers get 9 and 15 year prison sentences

Aleksandr Panin, sentenced to 9 years in a US Prison

According to the US Attorney," Two international computer hackers; Aleksandr Andreevich Panin, a/k/a Gribodemon, of Russia, and Hamza Bendelladj, a/k/a Bx1, of Algeria, have been sentenced to a combined 24 years, six months in prison for their roles in developing and distributing the prolific malware known as SpyEye, which caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses to the financial industry around the world.
“It is difficult to over state the significance of this case, not only in terms of bringing two prolific computer hackers to justice, but also in disrupting and preventing immeasurable financial losses to individuals and the financial industry around the world,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn.  “The outstanding work by our law enforcement partners, both domestically and internationally, as well as terrific cooperation from the private sector, serves as a blueprint on how to combat complex cyber-crime syndicates around the world.”
“Through these arrests and sentencing, the risk the public unknowingly faced from the threat posed by the imminent release of a new highly sophisticated version of SpyEye was effectively reduced to zero.  The FBI led investigation that brought one of the world’s most nefarious malware developers to justice and significantly disrupted the prolific SpyEye botnet demonstrates the power of focused investigations that combine the skills and talents of global law enforcement and private industry partners.  Furthermore, the arrests and sentences serve as a strong deterrent to future malware developers and their customers, regardless of where they are located,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.
According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: Until dismantled by the FBI, SpyEye was the preeminent malware banking Trojan from 2010-2012, used by a global syndicate of cybercriminals to infect over 50 million computers, causing close to $1 billion in financial harm to individuals and financial institutions around the globe. 
SpyEye was designed to automate the theft of confidential personal and financial information, such as online banking credentials, credit card information, usernames, passwords, PINs, and other personally identifying information. The malware facilitated its theft of personal and confidential information by secretly infecting victims’ computers, enabling cybercriminals to remotely control the infected computers through command and control (“C2”) servers.  Once a computer was infected and under their control, cybercriminals remotely accessed the infected computers, without authorization, and stole victims’ personal and financial information through a variety of techniques, including “web injects,” “keystroke loggers,” and “credit card grabbers.”  The victims’ stolen personal and financial data was then surreptitiously transmitted to the C2 servers, where it was used to, among other things, steal money from the victims’ financial accounts.
Panin was the primary developer and distributor of SpyEye.  Panin developed SpyEye as a successor to the notorious Zeus malware that had, since 2009, wreaked havoc on financial institutions around the world.  In November 2010, Panin allegedly received the source code and rights to sell Zeus from Evginy Bogachev, a/k/a Slavik, and incorporated many components of Zeus into SpyEye.  Bogachev remains at large and is currently the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminal.
Operating from Russia between 2009 and 2011, Panin conspired with others, including co-defendant Hamza Bendelladj, to develop, market, and sell various versions of SpyEye and component parts on the Internet.  Panin allowed cybercriminals to customize their purchases to include tailor-made methods of obtaining victims’ personal and financial information, as well as marketed versions that targeted information about specific financial institutions, including banks and credit card companies. 
With the assistance of Bendelladj, a/k/a Bx1, Panin advertised and promoted the SpyEye malware on online, invite-only criminal forums, such as and other exclusive Russian-based criminal forums.  The arrest of Bendelladj in January 2013 was a contributing factor that ultimately led to the dismantling of through a coordinated law enforcement effort involving 20 countries in July 2015."

If Panin was in Russia, he would still be there. He was picked up in Dominican Republic which cooperates with US in extradition/deporation proceedings.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

73 year old medical doctor gets 2 year prison sentence

facebook page of Gary Safier, MD

According to the US Attorney, "A doctor with a medical practice in Randolph, New Jersey was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, New Jersey, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Gary Safier, 73, of Randolph, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an information charging him with one count of accepting bribes and one count of filing a false tax return. Judge Chesler imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
Including Safier, 39 people – 27 of them physicians – have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies. It is believed to be the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a bribery case. The investigation has to date recovered more than $12 million through forfeiture. A 28th physician – Bernard Greenspan – was indicted in March. His trial is scheduled for September 2016.
According to documents filed in this and related cases and statements made in court:
Safier admitted that from August 2007 through March 2013, he accepted bribes in return for referring patient blood specimens to BLS. Initially, the bribes were paid under the guise of bogus lease and service agreements between BLS and his medical office. Later, BLS paid Safier in monthly cash payments that, at times, exceeded $10,000 per month. According to the information, the total amount of bribes paid by BLS to Safier from the sham agreements and cash payments exceeded $353,000."
In my opinion, he is too old to be in jail. If he sits , I hope he gets Otisville Camp where he will be out in one year as he can get up to 9 months of halfway house including 6 months of home confinement although the halfway house is probably rougher than the camp. This is the cruelness of this country, as they put away old people into jail. There has to be a more humane way.

The US Attorney recommends 15 year prison sentence for Sheldon Silver, former New York State Assembly Speaker

Sheldon Silver, courtesy NY Post

According to newspaper reports, the government prosecutors are recommending that Sheldon Silver, former speaker of the New York State Assembly, be handed a 15 year prison sentence. See article here...

The problem is that if he gets such a high sentence, he will not be eligible to be in a camp till he has 120 months left to serve. The next level is a low facility and those hold dangerous felons and his life will be in danger on a constant basis. It is as if everything this man has built is destroyed like a sand castle and he may have to pay back like 5 million dollars in forfeiture.

The man is 72 years old. Sending him away to jail for a long period is like a death sentence. Trust me, jail/prison/incarceration or whatever you want to call it is a nightmare.

The government really wants to bury this man. I do pray for him.

To read more about prison life, go here...

Police fly over for Jeremy Reichberg

Jeremy Reichberg, 42, leaned on his cop pals to arrange the bizarre gesture to impress nearly 100 people on the boat at some point last summer, sources said.
similar police chopper that did a flyover for Reichberg....Courtesy NY Daily News

According to the NY Daily News, Mr. Reichberg has so much "connections" to the NYPD that a police helicopter or two flew over a boat on the Hudson that Reichberg was entertaining. For some reason or another , some Chasidim are infatuated with the police. But if and when they end up behind bars, you will see that the police are not your friend.

This story is a huge chillul Hashem and the "love affair" that these "businessmen" had will soon come to an end, like everything else in life. Look at Alex Lichtenstein, he got his reality check and so will others who follow that dangerous route of power and glory.  Trust me, I went on that path and got burned.

Most people in the world are just out for themselves. I have been in prison, and the corrections officers are your not your friend. They are there to keep you away from your loved ones so remember that when you want to break the law. The feds are there to get you.

To read more of my story...

36 Drug Dealers charged by the feds....

According to the news report..."Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and William J. Bratton, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced the unsealing today of two Indictments charging a total of 36 members of two rival Manhattan-based drug trafficking organizations for narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses (the “Washington Houses Indictment” and the “East River Indictment”).  These two drug trafficking organizations operate out of three New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”) developments in East Harlem: the President George Washington Houses (the “Washington Houses”), the East River Houses (“East River”), and the Metro North Plaza (“Metro North”). 
The Washington Houses Indictment charges 20 members of the Washington Houses Drug Trafficking Organization (“DTO”) in the case of United States v. Hasoan Alto, a/k/a “Hass,” et al., which has been assigned to United States District Judge Victor Marrero.  The East River Indictment charges 16 members of the East River DTO in the case of United States v. Charles Kenyatta, a/k/a “Charlie Cee,” et al., which has been assigned to United States District Judge Alison J. Nathan.  Of the 36 defendants charged in both the Washington Houses and East River Indictments, 29 are currently in custody, including 26 defendants who were arrested earlier last night and today as part of a coordinated takedown between the FBI and NYPD.  The defendants already in custody will be presented today before United States Magistrate Henry B. Pitman. 
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said:  “For far too long, NYCHA residents have had to live with drug dealing and violence as part of their everyday lives.  With the arrests of 36 alleged members of violent drug trafficking groups, we seek to stem the flow of drugs and the cycle of violence plaguing the Washington Houses, East River Houses and Metro North Plaza.  As the indictments allege, these defendants trafficked in all types of drugs, including heroin, crack cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana; peddled in all areas in and around the housing projects, including near schools and in city hospitals; and protected their lucrative businesses with guns and violence.  Residents of public housing – like all residents of New York City – deserve safe streets, free of drugs and violence.  I thank our partners at the FBI and NYPD for their work in this investigation and for their commitment to making our city and our housing projects safer and drug free.”
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez said:  “Today we carried out a coordinated operation to arrest more than 30 members of two drug trafficking organizations who violently carried out their illegal business dealings in the East Harlem area.  Getting those who bring guns and drugs in to our neighborhoods, schools, and hospitals is the only way we can get violence off the city streets that affects everyday citizens. The FBI will continue our partnership with the NYPD to investigate and bring those who are part of such criminal organizations to justice.”
Commissioner William J. Bratton said:  "For years the residents of East Harlem have been subjected to the violence and fear associated with the rampant illegal narcotics activity in this area. Today's arrests with the FBI and prosecution by the office of the US Attorney for the Southern District will undoubtedly result in a safer East Harlem community."
Will this stem the flow of drugs? Obviously not. When I was in prison, drug dealers are a dime a dozen. They are like worker ants. 
In my humble opinion, there needs to be more grass roots involvement here and in countries across the world. I met these drug dealers in prison.Some of them are highly intelligent. Some do it for business, some do it because they are addicted. The war goes on....
To read more of my prison story go here..

Monday, April 18, 2016

another chilul Hashem (desecration of God's name)

Alex Lichtenstein bailing out from Federal Court, courtesy NY Post   

Every time an orthodox Jew commits a crime or an alleged crime, we call it a chilul Hashem. In this story, we learn that Alex Lichtenstein, a leader of the Boro Park Shomrim protection society,  got arrested by the Feds for bribing cops to issue gun permits for his clients that he allegedly charged up to $18,000.00. See article in NY Post...

According to the Feds, he is facing up to 15 years in jail. See story here..

What was this guy thinking, that he would never got caught? Actually, Talmud Yoma goes into the psychology of the human brain and people who commit errors and sins tend to rationalize that it is legitimate so in his brain he thought he was just making a business and making good money. Now whatever he made out of this story he will lose it if it he did not already spend it.

What about the 150 guys he allegedly helped get gun permits? Will they be arrested too? Will they be testifying of Lichtenstein goes to trial? Why was this case brought to the feds? Is it because you are dealing with Federal Alcohol , Tobacco and Firearms? When the feds get involved, they are like pit bulls that don't release their jaw bite till there is an indictment or conviction.

This guy looks like another shvitzer who crossed the line. Is this story related to the other two shvitzers, Reichberg and Rechnitz in the Mayoral campaign funding scandal? Here we find another guy trying to corrupt the police department. Was it the same police?  Is this what the Jews were doing in Europe too before the holocaust? You seem to wonder as history repeats itself and then Hashem sends us a reality check where we learn that when we get too cozy with the goyim, it backfires. It is like the Esther and Mordechai story all over again. Jews get power, we get corrupted, G-d sends a Haman to destroy us aka Hitler, Yemach Shemo and then we do Teshuva and are spared.

Where is the coordination amongst the Orthodox Rabbis to stop this reckless behavior?

Mr. Lichtenstein was definitely humbled and got a reality check when he was brought to Federal Court. I went through same humbling experience.

If he goes to trial and loses, he will get hammered. If he takes a plea and takes down other big fish like senior police officers who helped him obtain gun permits, then he may get a 5K1 cooperation letter and could even end up with probation. It is too early to tell right now. The problem with this guy is that he bragged about his connections. The Government does not like to hear that because it undermines respect for the people in power and the rule of law. If he ends up in jail, he would fit in at the Satellite camp in Otisville, although BOP may consider this a violent crime due to the involvement with guns and then they would send him to a low. At least in Otisville, he would have nice Sabbath meals unlike the other places of hell.

To learn more about prison life, go here..

Houston deluged by rain

Houston flooding, courtesy Washington Post  

According to the Washington Post, it says that Houston has been inundated with rain. See above picture and attached article...

Is flooding an act of God or some random event, like global warming. In my opinion, it is an act of God done to mete out punishment.

Here is my take on this...

Google Books is coming soon

Google just won a major court battle by something not happening, in that the Supreme Court refused to change the lower court decision allowing Google to copy books from authors from all over the world. See story here..

Google, when I will hear from you?.....

To read the rest of my book, go here...

The fight for Justice on behalf of Jonathan Pollard

Convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard departs U.S. District court after a hearing with his wife Elaine Zeitz in the Manhattan borough of New York December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Pollard with his wife, leaving Federal Court, courtesy

According to news accounts,  "US director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s support for strict parole conditions for Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard faced mockery by his attorneys, in a letter that was revealed over the weekend. See article here..

The US District Court in the Southern District of New York granted Pollard’s request Tuesday to reopen his appeal against the parole conditions. The terms, which were set ahead of his November 20 parole after 30 years in prison, require him to be monitored by a GPS device that forces him to violate Shabbat and holidays and his computers to be monitored, which has prevented him from being employed.

It just shows you how Orwellian the government can be and to see that there is no real justification to having such strict parole requirements on Mr. Pollard. 

I was on the bracelet like Jonathan for like 6 months and let me tell you that it is extremely inconvenient. If you don't wear double socks you can literally rip your skin. 

I pray that the parole restrictions are lifted. The man did 30 years of imprisonment. In my humble opinion, there is nothing there useful anymore. This is beyond the point of ridiculousness. Just ask the average human being walking on the street and they will tell you the same thing. Like we learned in ancient Egypt, let my people go, today, today, today, let Jonathan go.

To read what I endured in the hell of prison, please go here....


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Is our beloved mayor in trouble?

Mayor De Blasio is a New York state of mind, courtesy NY Daily News 

The news is everywhere. They say that our mayor is now in the cross hairs of the US Attorney, as players in the chess game of the police department are shifted and demoted.

According to the NY Daily News, the issue is the campaign donations and how different agencies are being influenced to take care of the donors. The former mayor, Bloomberg, did not have this problem as he self financed his election as he is one of the richest persons in the world. Not so De Blasio. He had to rely on the nitty gritty local politicians and their underlings to help him out and now there may be a price to pay. See article here...

We learn how the honest Mr. Silver has been exposed as not only being convicted by trial by jury but now an alleged adulterer. It cannot get any worse for him.

So that is why you see the mayor in such a reflective state. It will take a lot of soul searching and probing to come out of the mess he is in.

I went through similar hell when my former office was raided by ICE and every other agency in the government and at the end of the day, I got 60 months prison sentence and fined 2.5 million dollars. My former immigration law practice was perhaps the biggest in the nation and when I fell, I took  a lot of people down with me. It was no walk in the park either. My life was in danger in the hands of the B.O.P. All of my connections were destroyed so now I need to start from scratch.

To read more of my story go here....

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Scammer ripped off the wrong person

no more beach for this Quincy man

A Massachusetts man scammed a law firm out of money but the law firm had the last laugh. read on..
"A Quincy man was arrested today for using counterfeit cashier’s checks to defraud victims, including law firms, of at least $1 million.
Manuel Ponce Vazquez, 59, was arrested this morning and charged by complaint with one count of mail fraud.
As alleged in the complaint, beginning in August 2013, Vazquez defrauded law firms and other victims by sending them counterfeit cashier’s checks, then convincing them to forward a portion of the checks’ supposed value to a bank account he opened using an alias.  Once the checks were discovered to be fraudulent, the victims’ bank accounts were debited, and the victims were left with thousands of dollars in losses, having unwittingly forwarded their own money to Vazquez.
In one scam described in the complaint, Vazquez or a co-conspirator allegedly posed as a member of a London architectural firm seeking to retain a California law firm to help him collect a debt. Before the law firm took any action to collect the supposed debt, it received a cashier’s check, ostensibly from the debtor, fully repaying the debt.  At the direction of Vazquez or his co-conspirator, the law firm deposited the check, kept a small portion as a fee, and forwarded the remainder—$97,035—to a bank account Vazquez had opened in an assumed name.  Within a day of receiving the money, the complaint alleges, Vazquez had withdrawn almost all of it from bank branches in and around Braintree. When the law firm’s bank discovered that the cashier’s check was fraudulent, the bank debited the value of the check from the law firm’s account. 
The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss involved in the scam, and restitution.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors."

My cousin told me someone wanted to pull off the same scam where he sends you an alleged money order and you put it in the bank and you send him the difference but the problem is that the money order is counterfeit.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Banker and Real Estate Developer indicted on Bank Fraud

Shaun Hayes

According to the US Attorney, "Shaun Hayes and Michael Litz were indicted on bank fraud charges relating to Excel Bank, which was closed by regulators in 2012.
The indictment was returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury in St. Louis. Hayes, from Frontenac, was arrested late Thursday. Litz, from Ladue, is expected to turn himself in early next week.
Hayes had ownership in and other associations with a number of banks in the St. Louis area.  Litz was an owner of major real estate businesses in the area, Eighteen Investments and Bellington Realty. According to the indictment, Eighteen Investments was facing serious financial difficulties in 2009.  At that time Hayes was the majority shareholder of the holding company through which Excel Bank operated.  Through his efforts, Excel Bank opened up a loan production office in Clayton which Hayes controlled.  (Excel Bank had its main office in Sedalia, Missouri, and principally served the western Missouri area.) Hayes and Litz were also co-owners of McKnight Man I LLC, through which they were attempting to develop property at the intersection of Manchester and McKnight Roads in St. Louis County.
Both Eighteen Investments and the McKnight Man entity were delinquent on loans at Centrue Bank, which, in June 2009, sued Eighteen Investments and Litz.  Centrue Bank also threatened to sue Hayes and Litz as guarantors on a delinquent McKnight Man loan. These loans totaled over $4 million. The indictment charges a scheme in which Hayes used his status as an insider at Excel Bank to cause Excel Bank to buy the pool of delinquent Eighteen Investments loans at a discount, but hid that purchase from the bank’s board of directors.  According to the indictment, Hayes and Litz then caused Excel Bank to issue a loan of approximately $3.3 million to a straw party only identified as LS.  According to the indictment, some $2.4 million of the loan proceeds were used to pay Centrue Bank for the pool of Eighteen Investments loans purchased by Excel Bank, and $906,000 of the loan proceeds were used to pay off the McKnight Man loan at Centrue Bank, thereby relieving Hayes and Litz of that liability. According to the indictment, the purpose of the loan to LS was to benefit Eighteen Investments, Hayes and Litz, but the loan was set up in the name of a straw party to conceal that from bank officials, as well as federal and state bank regulators.    
The indictment charges that federal bank regulators later adversely classified the loans to LS and other straw parties as substandard.  The indictment refers to these as "friends of Shaun" loans, which were pushed through the bank due to Hayes’ influence and without adequate underwriting safeguards for the bank.  These loans were, in effect, additional loans to Eighteen Investments which was already delinquent on loan payments and real estate taxes on many properties securing the loans.  According to the indictment, these loans far exceeded the lending limit allowable by regulators for loans by Excel Bank to Eighteen Investments and the use of straw parties was designed to conceal that fact.   
According to the indictment the use of $906,000 of the LS loan proceeds to pay the McKnight Man loan at Centrue Bank constituted a misapplication of Excel Bank funds and unlawful self-dealing by Hayes, an insider who exercised substantial control over the loan transactions at Excel Bank’s loan production office in Clayton.  The Excel Bank records relating to the payment on behalf of McKnight Man made no reference to McKnight Man or any liability of McKnight Man to Excel Bank.  As a result, there was no loan to McKnight Man shown on the Excel Bank books and, accordingly, Hayes and Litz made no payments to Excel Bank for McKnight Man.
"The abuse of public funds by trusted banking officials is a serious crime which the FBI will diligently investigate with our law enforcement partners to bring justice for American taxpayers," said Steve D’Antuono, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI St. Louis Division.
“Insider deals regarding pools of mortgage loans place risk on the housing/mortgage industry and the economy.  This indictment is proof that matters involving insider deals and fraud concerning mortgage loans are being dealt with seriously,” stated Barry McLaughlin, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspector General, Federal Housing Finance Agency Mid-Western Region.
“Excel Bank lost millions of dollars from Hayes’ alleged crimes, did not repay the taxpayers’ $4 million TARP investment in the bank and did not make 11 dividend payments to Treasury, which lost nearly $5 million when the bank failed," said Special Inspector General Christy Goldsmith Romero of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).  "SIGTARP stands united with our law enforcement partners to bring justice to bank officials and their associates who commit bank fraud."
When you make money dishonestly, the rule of nature will make you pay, as noted in Jeremiah 17:11.
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Two Brazen Tax Preparers sentenced to Federal Prison

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This was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit 

According to the US Attorney...."The owners of a tax preparation business that filed fraudulent tax returns on behalf of inmates at various New Jersey prisons were sentenced today to multi-year prison sentences, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division announced. 

Kamal J. James, a/k/a “Bro Messiah Aziz El,” 34, of Seaford, Delaware, and Crystal G. Hawkins, a/k/a “Sis. Crystal Gabri El,” 39, of Laurel, Delaware, were sentenced to 96 and 48 months in prison, respectively. They were previously charged in a superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy, 16 counts of making false claims and three counts of mail fraud. They were convicted on all counts following a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan, who imposed the sentences today in Trenton federal court.
According to the superseding indictment and the evidence at trial:
Between October 2011 and October 2013, James and Hawkins operated Release Refunds, a purported tax preparation business – previously based in Brick, New Jersey, and in Seaford – through which they solicited current and former New Jersey prison inmates as clients and then filed fraudulent tax returns on their behalf. The company is no longer in business. 
James and Hawkins sent Release Refunds “promotional” flyers to inmates at various New Jersey prisons and halfway houses offering tax return preparation services. The pair asked inmates interested in Release Refunds’ services to provide basic identification information and to sign income tax returns and other IRS documents, but not to include any information about their income or withholdings. James and Hawkins then filled in the missing income information on the return forms, fabricating the inmates’ earnings to trigger fraudulent and inflated refunds.
During the course of the investigation, an undercover IRS-Criminal Investigation agent posing as an inmate in a New Jersey prison submitted a completed Release Refunds form and sent it to James and Hawkins. They then sent the “inmate” blank income tax forms and other IRS documents and instructions to sign the documents. James and Hawkins did not request any financial information from the undercover agent before preparing three fraudulent tax returns – including false income information that James and Hawkins provided – to be filed on behalf of the agent for tax years 2010 through 2012. The fraudulent returns resulted in several thousand dollars in refunds and a $1,485 fee for the defendants."
At the end of the day, they won't enjoy the money they fraudulently made and will forever regret stealing from the government. 
According to one flyer, it said,“Whoever thought being in prison could get you some cash!” it asked.
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