Saturday, November 14, 2009

Om de afaceri din Texas a cauzat 50 de milioane de dolari pierdere clientilor sai

LUBBOCK, TX—Benny Lee Judah, 50, a businessman from Lubbock, Texas, was remanded into federal custody this afternoon following his guilty plea to felony offenses stemming from his defrauding at least 250 investors of more than $50 million, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas (NDTX). U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings ordered a pre-sentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set upon the completion of that report.

Specifically, Judah, who operates numerous restaurants and related businesses, including Excel Lease Fund, Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of sale and delivery after sale of unregistered securities. The money laundering count carries a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; the securities count carries a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. As part of the plea agreement with the government, parties agree that the loss in the case is $50,162,707 and that the restitution owed is $48,394,207.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Files Civil Action Seeking Forfeiture of Alavi Foundation's Interest in Fifth Avenue Office Tower Controlled by Iran

PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today the filing of an amended civil Complaint seeking forfeiture of the Alavi Foundation's interest in a 36-story office tower located at 650 Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan (the "Building"). The Building is owned by 650 Fifth Avenue Company, a partnership between the Alavi Foundation and Assa Corporation. The original Complaint, which was filed in December 2008 and amended today, sought forfeiture of Assa Corporation's interest in the Building.

The amended Complaint alleges that the Alavi Foundation has been providing numerous services to the Iranian Government and transferring funds from 650 Fifth Avenue Company to Bank Melli, a bank wholly owned and controlled by the Government of Iran.

Duo Charged with Stealing Nearly $13,000,000 in Embezzlement Scheme

NEW ORLEANS, LA—DONNA WHITE, age 46, a resident of Avondale, Louisiana, and DANIEL KINNEY, age 44, a resident of Whitesville, Kentucky, were charged in a one-count bill of information with mail fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, DONNA WHITE was employed by John W. Stone Oil Distributor, L.L.C., a midstream and dock fueling business in the Port of New Orleans, from 1995 until October 29, 2007. WHITE’s duties including reviewing payments received by customers, including the companies Vastar, Apex, Harper, and Kiesel, and to match them with invoices for work performed. WHITE also was tasked to reconcile overpayments by these customers. DANIEL KINNEY is the long time boyfriend of WHITE’S sister.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fugitive Former General Motors Executive Returns to U.S.; Pleads Guilty to Metals Fraud and $6.5 Million Kickback Scheme

CHICAGO—A former General Motors Corp. executive who was a fugitive abroad for more than a year returned to the United States yesterday and pleaded guilty today to federal charges relating to a kickback and fraud scheme involving GM’s sale of bulk aluminum to third parties. The defendant, Daniel J. Bealko, GM’s former global commodity manager for lightweight metals, also pleaded guilty to federal income tax evasion, admitting that he concealed from the IRS approximately $6.5 million in kickbacks he received from his co-defendant, a Chicago area businessman who was engaged in metal brokerage and commodity trading businesses and who previously pleaded guilty in the case.

West Suburban Man Charged with Defrauding 60 Investors of $28 Million in Alleged “Ponzi” Scheme

CHICAGO—A west suburban man is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly luring at least 60 victims to invest approximately $28 million in a business that he falsely represented purchased used high-speed commercial printers that were re-sold for a substantial profit and using the money instead to make “Ponzi-type” payments to earlier investors. The defendant, Matthew Scott, was charged with mail fraud in a criminal information filed today, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Friday, November 6, 2009

FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending November 6, 2009

1.  Tampa: Mortgage Fraud Surge Investigation Nets More Than 100 Individuals
A nine-month mortgage fraud surge investigation resulted in charges against more than 100 defendants and involves allegations concerning more than $400 million in loans procured by fraud and more than 700 properties.  There are currently mortgage fraud-related charges pending against approximately 500 defendants in federal mortgage fraud cases around the nation.  The cases concern both mortgage schemes designed to defraud mortgage lenders and “foreclosure rescue schemes” which prey on distressed homeowners. Full Story
2.   New York: Former Pro Football Player Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud
Clyde "Peter" Hall pleaded guilty to charges arising out of a scheme in which Hall conspired to file serial,

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Capurat de FBI

Daniel Bonilla arrested.