DMX’s attorney cannot persuade the judge to go light on the tax fraud

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Rapper DMX’s attorney played the rapper’s song “Slippin’” during his sentencing on Wednesday to help the musician express his struggles, but it was not enough to convince a judge to let the rapper off the hook. Instead DMX got 1 year in prison for tax fraud. Questions: 1. According to court records, how long did… Read more »

The Top Frauds of 2017

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Monica Vaca, the Associate Director of the Division of Consumer Response and Operations at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just released the results from last year regarding the top frauds of 2017. Topping the list of reported frauds are the imposter scams, with nearly 350,000 reported. Questions: 1. How many people fell for someone pretending… Read more »

Big Time Food Stamp Fraud

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Sheriff Mike Williams of Jacksonville, Florida, announced Tuesday the results of a multi-agency, undercover investigation into the exchange of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for cash and, in at least one case, cocaine. Questions: 1. From 2012 to 2017, how many food stamp transactions were fraudulent in Jacksonville and what was the dollar amount?… Read more »

Massive Fraud Femme Fitale

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  According to Masunaga and Peterson, four years ago, the Silicon Valley firm Theranos Inc. was valued at $9 billion and its founder and Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes was hailed as a potentially revolutionary force in the blood-testing industry. Today, she is deemed a fraudster. Questions: Theranos’ proprietary analyzer could only perform __________ of the… Read more »

It’s just for my stockholders

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Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceutical executive notorious for increasing the price of Daraprim by 5,000 percent, along with mounting sneering defenses of his actions and even issuing a bounty for one of Hillary Clinton’s hairs, was sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud.   Questions: What had prosecutors sought for a sentence? What had… Read more »

Stepping over a line: Legitimate collection or legal harassment on student loans?

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The agency charged with monitoring such student loan bankruptcy declarations is facing concerns that its tactics have grown ruthless. Bankruptcy experts say that the group is wasting judicial resources because it brings legal challenges to those few who are desperate enough to seek bankruptcy relief. Questions: 1. What is the name of this agency? Which… Read more »

More worries at Wells Fargo

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As the third-largest bank continues to suffer under a sales scandal that happened in 2016, Wells Fargo & Co detailed new regulatory restrictions imposed by the U.S. Federal Reserve. This news sent its shares down sharply in after-hours trading. Questions: 1. What are the growth restrictions on the bank imposed by the Feds? 2. Why… Read more »

Wanted: Someone to handle my cash

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Personal assistants are the cash handlers for many celebrities, a job that rarely comes with any sort of Hollywood glamour. Questions: 1. According to the article: “…the longer someone has been famous, the less ________________________. Complete the sentence and discuss the implications. 2. What was the most interesting thing you learned from this article? 3…. Read more »

Program at a Standstill!

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According to Mother Jones, in 10 months, the Trump administration has yet to approve a single claim to help defrauded students of such for-profit colleges as Corinthian or ITT. Questions: 1. Who is now calling on the Department of Education to resume helping students who borrowed loans from the fraudulent for-profit colleges? 2. Approximately how… Read more »

Avoiding the Taxman in Paradise!

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If you have not had a chance to read about the Paradise Papers, you owe it to yourself to read this article about Nike. Nike is avoiding taxes by charging themselves for intellectual property. This is a story involving grey areas and loopholes, tax havens and zero tax rates, and the movement of money and… Read more »