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Feds Charge Texas Immigration Scammer - Law360

Law360, July 10, 2015 - "A Texas woman who authorities say ripped off immigrants in federal detention centers by pretending to represent attorneys has been charged with wire fraud and identity theft. Jessica Rivas Alva visited two detention facilities in Louisiana this year and offered the immigrants...

Is That Covered - Misrepresentations In Sale of Life Insurance

By Michael R. Kelley A Pennsylvania appellate court, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], has affirmed a $300,000 judgment against Riversource Life Insurance Co. in a suit accusing the insurer and its agent of making fraudulent misrepresentations...

How to Defeat an Arson for Profit Attempt – Suspected Arsonist’s Bad Faith Suit Fails

Arson-for-profit is the most dangerous of all methods of attempting insurance fraud. When an insurer has sufficient evidence to suspect an arson for profit attempt and denies the claim it will expect that the insured will sue the insurer for fraud and bad faith. The best way to defeat such an action...

SEC Granted TRO in Wa. EB-5 Regional Center Lawsuit: SEC v. Path America

Here is a link to a PDF combining the Complaint (pages 1-17) and the TRO (pages 18-27) issued Aug. 24, 2015 in SEC v. Path America, No. 2:15-cv-01350-JLR, W.D. Wa. Excerpts: "Since February 2012, defendants Lobsang Dargey; Path America, LLC; Path America SnoCo LLC; Path America Farmer’s...

SEC Charges Three RMBS Traders With Lying to Clients

The SEC and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut charged three senior traders with fraud by misrepresenting pricing information to clients regarding securities traded in opaque markets. In those markets clients often rely on the trader for pricing information since it is not...

Wa. Atty. Gen. Shuts Down Immigration Scammers

Washington State Attorney General, Sept. 14, 2015 - "Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a Friday court order against EC New Horizons and EC Horizons requiring repeat offenders Edwin Cruz and Maurice Terry to pay $234,000. Cruz and Terry provided unlawful immigration assistance to over 400 Washington...

Federal: 11th Circuit Affirms Postal Worker’s Conviction of 33 Counts of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, in relevant part, a jury’s findings that an Alabama letter carrier was guilty of 33 counts of workers’ compensation fraud in connection with benefits received following a work-related injury. In 2001, the postal worker suffered an admitted injury...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight – Voter ID Controversies Cloud 2016 Elections

While media attention focuses on the presidential campaign, courts are making changes in voting laws in ways that could impact election outcomes in 2016 and beyond. Under the banner of combating voter fraud, Republican-run legislatures have in the last several years passed a slew of stringent voter...

Former San Antonio Immigration Attorney Sued for Consumer Fraud: Texas v. Esquivel

"Paul A. Esquivel, a well-known former immigration attorney with offices across the state, for years filed fraudulent paperwork for his clients, giving them temporary work permits but leaving them in danger of deportation, state prosecutors alleged in a lawsuit filed this week in San Antonio. The...

Supreme Court Allows Ecuador Pollution Plaintiffs to Sue Chevron Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada has allowed Ecuador pollution plaintiffs to try to seek enforcement against Chevron Canada of a multibillion-dollar damage award against Chevron Corporation for oil pollution in Ecuador: Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje . According to the court, this is a relatively simple question...

Proximate Cause Is Required to Win Your Fraud Claim

To state a cause of action for fraud in Virginia, a plaintiff must plead that there was (1) a false representation of (2) a material fact, (3) made intentionally and knowingly, (4) with intent to mislead, and that the plaintiff (5) reasonably relied on that false representation and (6) that his reliance...

CFPB Sues Company and Owner for Alleged Student Financial Aid Scam

by Barbara S. Mishkin A new lawsuit filed by the CFPB in a California federal district court alleges that the defendants, a company and its individual owner, are engaged in a nationwide student financial aid scam. In addition to injunctive relief, the complaint seeks redress for harmed consumers and...