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A Boca Raton woman was sentenced to four years and three months in prison for submitting fraudulent student loan applications online.

According to investigators, the 31-year-old tricked nursing students at the Coral Ridge Training School into giving out their personal information, which she then used to sign up for loans without their consent.

At the time, the woman was an employee at the school, officials said.

Many students found out about the unauthorized loans when they started receiving letters from the loan servicing companies.

Wire Fraud is a very serious criminal offense under federal law. A conviction usually results in stiff fines and lengthy time behind bars. There are 2 major factors that outline if wire fraud was committed:

  • The accused willfully intended to devise a scheme or means to defraud another person of money or property with the intent to defraud.
  • The accused committed the scheme through the use of interstate wire facilities, such as telephone, television, email or the Internet.

If you are being investigated for or have been arrested for wire fraud it is vital to the outcome of your case to obtain legal help right away. These types of crimes are usually investigated over a solid period of time by police as they build their case. It is not uncommon for police to reach out to those suspected of committing wire fraud to try and gather more evidence against the accused. If you are under investigation for wire fraud or have already been charged, let our South Florida Wire Fraud Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton help you with your defense. We will make sure your rights are protected.

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A man convicted of conspiring to defraud more than 30,000 Americans out of about $31 million was sentenced on Thursday to 16 years in prison.

The California man was also ordered to pay $11.9 million in forfeiture and restitution.

The man was convicted of running a mortgage scheme  from November 2011 through May 2014, causing more than 60 homeowners to lose their homes.

The man apparently oversaw about 65 telemarketers and managers in his role as general manager of sales at the company.

Prosecutors claim that the Irvine-based company persuaded homeowners in dire financial shape to modify the terms of their mortgages to make them more affordable.

Four other people convicted in the scheme are awaiting sentencing.

With the housing market where it is currently, prosecutors are going after anyone accused of mortgage fraud to the fullest extent of the law. Rest assured that they will stop at nothing to achieve a conviction for this white collar crime. Their ultimate goal is to make sure that anyone accused of mortgage fraud is proven guilty.

Loan and mortgage fraud can be complicated, and most of these cases are unique. Our South Florida Fraud Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can comb through every shred of evidence in your case to filter fiction from fact, so that we establish the most powerful defense on your behalf. We can aggressively attack the prosecution’s case and make sure your rights are protected.

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A South Florida doctor will spend more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to falsely diagnosing hundreds of patients in a Medicare fraud scheme.

Court records show the 57-year-old Delray Beach doctor was also ordered Wednesday by a federal judge to pay more than $2.1 million in restitution to the government. The man previously pleaded guilty to health care fraud.

Authorities claim the man falsely diagnosed 387 patients enrolled in the Medicare Advantage program with a rare spinal condition. The patients were enrolled in a Humana Inc. health plan that was reimbursed for each diagnosis by Medicare.

The federal program paid out $2.1 million in excess benefits, 80 percent of which went to the doctor. Almost none of the patients actually had the rare spinal condition, according to reports.

Medicare and Medicaid fraud is taken quite seriously on local, state and federal levels. It is important to note that these cases are heavily investigated before charges are brought forth. With that said, you will most likely know about the possibility of being charged long before an indictment is filed against you.

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The Florida Supreme Court amended the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure last week, stripping Florida state prosecutors of their discretion to disclose information about informants.  Under a new rule that lifts the curtain on the jailhouse snitches who long have been the source of false testimony in criminal cases,  juries will be provided a more complete picture of the context of an informant’s testimony.

The Innocence Commission estimates that as many as 15 percent of convictions later overturned by DNA testing involved false testimony by informants at trial and that informant perjury was a factor in nearly 50 percent of wrongful murder convictions and in 46 percent of exonerations for death row inmates.

New Procedure rules protect defendants from self-serving informant testimony

New Procedure rules protect defendants from self-serving informant testimony

Three men– a native Russian and two Latvians–were recently arrested by Federal Agents who say that the men were using skimming devices on ATMs in Palm Beach County.

Reports say that the men were charged with conspiracy to knowingly use with intent to defraud one or more counterfeit access devices and knowingly possessing with intent to defraud device-making equipment.

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 3.37.38 PMAccording to the federal complaint, the men’s apprehension started with an investigation by Customs and Border Protection officers who fell upon a package originating from Turkey at a mail hub in Kentucky. The package contained a “flexible shaft machine,” and 15 skimmers or similar devices used to capture credit card information.

On Saturday, dozens of soldiers and police officers descended on a condominium tower in Mazatlán, Mexico, acting on a tip that Joaquín Guzmán Loera — a notorious drug kingpin known as El Chapo— was hiding out in the complex.

El Chapo had eluded such raids for 13 years since escaping from prison, by many accounts in a laundry cart. With an army of guards and enforced loyalty, he reigned over a worldwide, multibillion-dollar drug empire that supplied much of the cocaine and marijuana to the United States.

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Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel is considered the largest and most powerful trafficking organization in the world, with a reach as far as Europe and Asia, and has been a main combatant in a spasm of violence that has left tens of thousands dead in Mexico.

Real Housewives of New Jersey Reality Star Theresa Guidice and her husband “juicy” Joe Guidice are charged in U.S. District Court with Bankruptcy Fraud, Mortgage Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Wire and Mail Fraud.

The defendants’ motion for separate trials is at the center of the high profile couple’s most recent legal woes. Initially they were charged with trying to hide assets while in bankruptcy. The newest charges, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications stem from Government allegations that the couple prepared a mortgage loan application stating that Teresa Giudice worked as a real estate agent and made $15,000 a month. In reality, authorities claim she was not employed.

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The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the Boca Raton man who shot and critically injured a woman and a boy at a suburban Boca Raton home on Friday night, later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office believes the incident was domestic violence-related.

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The shooting took place shortly after 7 p.m. in the Villa San Ramon neighborhood south of Clint Moore Road and west of Florida’s Turnpike. The 40-year-old woman was shot in the leg while the boy was reportedly shot in the abdomen. Both are expected to survive.

There was one other girl in the home, who was uninjured.

The women fled to a neighbor’s house screaming for help and a police helicopter as well as SWAT units were involved in securing the scene.

Commonly, there are mental health elements involved in domestic disputes, as appears to be the case in this event. The Boca Raton Domestic Violence Attorneys at Whittel & Melton are skilled at handling the many layers a domestic violence case may have, and handle these matters with delicacy and tact.

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The Feds are alleging that as early as 1998, there were red flags with the JPMorgan “703 account”, an account that Bernie Madoff banked through. And, in 2008, the bank’s London desk circulated a memo describing JPMorgan’s inability to validate his trading activity or custody of assets and concerns over his “odd choice” of a one-man accounting firm, the government said.

Bank records show that funds were being transferred back and forth from the 703 account for no reason. Madoff was recording double-digit returns on investments that were “too good to be true.” The bank itself was worried enough about possible fraud to withdraw about $300 million of its own money from Madoff feeder funds, three months before the Madoff Ponzi scheme was exposed by authorities.

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When Madoff finally revealed to the FBI that his investment advisory business was a Ponzi scheme in December 2008, fictitious account statements for thousands of clients showed $60 billion in assets. Of the roughly $17.5 billion in principal that was real, most of it was gone.

For keeping quiet about its suspicions, on Tuesday, JPMorgan agreed to forfeit $1.7 billion to settle criminal charges alleging it turned a blind eye to the Madoff bank fraud, plus it will pay an additional $543 million to settle civil claims by victims. The bank will also will pay a $350 million civil penalty for what the Treasury Department called “critical and widespread deficiencies” in its programs to prevent money laundering and other suspicious activity.

According to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara:

“Despite all these alarm bells, JPMorgan never closed or even seriously questioned Madoff’s Ponzi-enabling 703 account …On the other hand, when it came to its own money, JPMorgan knew how to connect the dots and take action to protect itself against risk.”

In a statement, JPMorgan said it recognized it “could have done a better job pulling together various pieces of information and concerns about Madoff from different parts of the bank over time.”

The settlement includes a so-called two year “deferred prosecution agreement” that requires the bank to acknowledge failures in its protections against money laundering and to pay the $1.7 billion into a fund established for victims of Madoff’s fraud, in exchange for avoiding criminal charges. (No individual executives were accused of wrongdoing.) It also resolves two felony violations of the Bank Secrecy Act in connection with the bank’s relationship with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities–the private investment arm of Madoff’s former business.

It is believed by prosecutors that the $1.7 billion forfeiture is the largest in history by a U.S. bank and the largest Department of Justice penalty for a Bank Secrecy Act violation.

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