A debt relief company and its principals who allegedly misled consumers and charged illegal advance fees will be banned from those practices under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

According to the FTC’s complaint, United Debt Counselors LLC exaggerated how much money people would save using its services. The company’s direct mail ads, which reached up to 100,000 consumers per week, looked like official documents from a bank or attorney, and claimed that typical customers would have their credit card debt cut in half and become debt-free within 36 months.

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Combined Penalty of $1.19 Billion with Department of Commerce and Department of Treasury Actions Shows All of Government Approach to Sanctions Enforcement

ZTE Corporation has agreed to enter a guilty plea and to pay a $430,488,798 penalty to the U.S. for conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) by illegally shipping U.S.-origin items to Iran, obstructing justice and making a material false statement. ZTE simultaneously reached settlement agreements with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In total ZTE has agreed to pay the U.S. Government $892,360,064. The BIS has suspended an additional $300,000,000, which ZTE will pay if it violates its settlement agreement with the BIS.

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CHICAGO — The owner of a sports memorabilia company admitted in federal court today that he conducted a fraud scheme using forged documents and phony sports memorabilia, including a doctored Heisman Trophy and fake baseball cards that he used as collateral on loans.

John Rogers, 44, of North Little Rock, Ark., pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. The conviction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin scheduled a sentencing hearing for Sept. 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of FBI “Ten Most Wanted Fugitive” Eduardo “Tablas” Ravelo. Ravelo is wanted on charges related to the murders of a pregnant United States consulate employee, her husband, and the husband of a second United States consulate employee. Ravelo is alleged to have been involved in criminal activity as a member of the Barrio Azteca gang since 2003.

Seven years ago this month, three ruthless murders took place in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, just minutes away from the international border with the United States. On March 13, 2010, Barrio Azteca gang members, allegedly acting at the direction of Ravelo, shot and killed United States consulate employee Lesley Enriquez, age 35, who was four months pregnant;   more...
Court Also Fines Him $100,000, Orders Four Years’ Probation

NEWARK, N.J. – David Samson, the former chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was sentenced today to 12 months of home confinement and four years of probation for using his official authority to pressure the parent company of United Airlines Inc. to institute a non-stop flight from Newark to South Carolina for his personal benefit.

Samson, 77, of Aiken, South Carolina, who served as New Jersey Attorney General from 2002 to 2003 and was the founding member and chairman of the law firm Wolff & Samson PC, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of bribery.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cleveland Division, Violent Crime Task Force, and the Euclid Police Department are seeking information regarding two individuals pictured in the attached images.

On February 27, 2017, an attempted carjacking occurred at the Zappy’s Car Wash located in Euclid, Ohio. Two armed black males approached the driver of a Chevrolet Impala and attempted to steal his vehicle. The driver was able to flee the area on foot. The suspects were unsuccessful in taking this vehicle.

Approximately one hour later these same two black males are believed to have committed an armed carjacking of a driver of a Black Nissan Versa on Effingham Avenue, Euclid.

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