Tax Refunds on Debit Cards

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A new pilot program for low-income Americans could allow individuals to get their tax refunds on prepaid debit cards. The government said it will offer 600,000 low- and medium-income taxpayers the chance to put their tax refunds on prepaid debit cards. Half the 600,000 offers from Treasury will carry a $4.95 monthly fee, while the rest… Read more »

2011 Prediction

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According to William K Black, the FBI and the DOJ will not be likely to prosecute the elite bank officers that ran the enormous “accounting control fraudss that drove the financial crisis. While over 1,000 elites were convicted of felonies arising from the savings and loan crisis from the 1980’s and 1990’s , there are no convictions of… Read more »

Cooking the Books for Lehman?

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N.Y. Attorney General Cuomo filed charges against Ernst & Young on December 21, 2010, alleging that the firm helped Wall Street Investment bank Lehman Brothers conceal its deteriorating financial condition before the bank’s historic collapse in the fall of 2008.  The civil lawsuit, which seeks more than $150 million, is the first law enforcement action to… Read more »

Who Holds the Note? A Loaded Question for Credit Scores.

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Before Steven Marks started looking for debt relief on his Reno, Nev. home, he sent a simple request to Bank of America to ask who owned his mortgage.  He also wanted documentation of this.  What he got in return was an initial decline regarding who owned his loan by Bank of America and a lowering of his credit score. … Read more »

Extreme Dress Code

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You’ve hear of Extreme Sports, but what about Extreme Dress Code?  UBS sought to downplay a new 43-page dress code widely lampooned in the international press for detailed instructions to staff extending as far as the color of their underwear and the care of nasal hair and nails. The memo said the dress code was… Read more »

Return Fraud

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Return fraud costs the retail industry billions of dollars in lost revenues every year. The growing crime is expected to cost retail stores across the nation an estimated $3.7 billion this holiday shopping season alone, according to the National Retail Federation. If that estimate holds true, it will represent 35 percent increase over last year’s… Read more »

Conflict of Interest Leading to a Fraud Investigation

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Joel Bondy, executive director of the Office of Payroll Administration in New York City since April 2004, is at the heart of an alleged $80 million information technology fraud scheme. He has been suspended without pay since December 16, 2010, by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Comptroller John C. Liu, pending investigation. Federal prosecutors have… Read more »

Look for the New Ford Electric Delivery Vans

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While the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf have gotten a lot of attention about their electric vehicle status, Ford said on Tuesday, December 7th,  that it had started shipping a battery-powered version of a delivery van, known as the Transit Connect Electric, to several business customers, including AT&T, the Canada Post, the New York… Read more »

Did Bernie Madoff Have Help?

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HSBC prolonged disgraced financier Bernard Madoff’s ability to burn investors by “engineering a labyrinth” of international sources of funding for his epic Ponzi scheme, a court-appointed trustee alleged Sunday. Trustee Irving Picard announced a lawsuit in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan that seeks to recover $9 billion in illicit earnings and damages from the Britain-based… Read more »

Just Say No to Debt During the Holidays

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According to this year’s National Retail Federation holiday survey, the average American will spend close to $700 this season on gifts, cards, decorations, and the like. This is one time when you want to be below average — way below. In fact, if you are in debt, just say no to gift buying this holiday…. Read more »