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July 16, 2021

New Jersey-based Environmental Safety International Inc. (ESI), its co-owners Joseph and Sean Carney, and its telemarketer Raymond Carney, have agreed to pay $1.66 million of a suspended $10.2 million in civil penalties to resolve allegations of violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) in millions of unlawful telemarketing calls to sell septic tank cleaning products.  According to the DOJ, the defendants directed the calls to numbers on the National Do-Not-Call Registry, failed to disclose the seller’s identity, and threatened customers with legal action or debt collection if they failed to pay.  As part of the settlement, ESI will be dissolved and the individual defendants are barred from participating in further telemarketing activities.  DOJ

July 14, 2021

Following a lawsuit filed by the FTC in 2018, online lender LendingClub has agreed to pay $18 million to settle claims of deceiving consumers about hidden fees, misrepresenting consumers’ approvals for loans, and withdrawing money from consumer bank accounts without authorization.  In addition to the monetary penalty, LendingClub is now required to clearly and conspicuously disclose all fees, as well as the total amount of funds being borrowed.  FTC

July 13, 2021

A subsidiary of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) has agreed to pay $97 million in restitution and make significant reforms to settle charges for making misleading statements and failing to disclose conflicts of interests to tens of thousands of customers.  Between 2012 and 2018, advisors with TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services LLC (TC Services) pressured customers—many of them teachers and public sector employees—to move their investments from low-cost employer-sponsored retirement plans to higher-cost individually-managed accounts, which generated hundreds of millions of dollars in fees for TIAA.  NY AG; SEC

June 29, 2021

A man in Minnesota who allegedly defrauded two dozen investor clients out of $2.3 million has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.  Isaiah Leslie Goodman, a registered investment advisor and owner of Becoming Financial Group, Inc., Becoming Financial Advisory Services L.L.C., and MoneyVerbs, allegedly lied to prospective and existing clients while misappropriating their funds for his own use.  As part of his sentence, Goodman will forfeit some of his ill-gotten gains.  USAO MN

June 15, 2021

Real estate settlement services company First American Financial Corporation will pay a penalty of $487,616 to resolve allegations that the publicly-traded company released incomplete information about a cybersecurity vulnerability in its document sharing platform that exposed over 800 million document images dating back to 2003, including images containing sensitive personal data such as social security numbers and financial information. The SEC charged that First American had deficient disclosure controls that left senior management unaware of the company's earlier discovery of the vulnerability and its attempts to remediate it.  SEC

June 3, 2021

The CFTC obtained a default judgment against Florida resident James Frederick Walsh, who was ordered to pay a penalty of more than $500,000.  Walsh, who was not registered with the CFTC, marketed himself through social media as an experienced foreign exchange trader who could conduct retail forex trades for customers.  Walsh advertised that the COVID-19 pandemic created an opportunity for increased forex trading profits,  guaranteed returns, and claimed to have inside information about forex markets.   CFTC

June 3, 2021

A Department of Energy (DOE) prime contractor responsible for cleaning up a decommissioned nuclear production complex in Washington State has agreed to pay over $3 million to resolve alleged False Claims Act violations involving false and fraudulent small business subcontract reports.  Whistleblower Salina Savage and her company, Savage Logistics LLC, had alleged that CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company (CHPRC) knowingly misrepresented two of its subcontractors, Indian Eyes, LLC and Phoenix-ABC A Joint Venture, as businesses located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones) in order to meet contract requirements and obtain reimbursements totaling hundreds of millions of dollars from DOE.  As a result of bringing a successful enforcement action, Savage and her company will receive a relator’s share of approximately $865,000.  USAO EDWA

June 3, 2021

A man in Kansas, Christopher Matthew Meredith, has been ordered to spend 14 years in prison and pay over $6.8 million in restitution for defrauding investors to his company, Strategic Pharma, Inc. (SPI).  In addition to failing to disclose that he was under investigation for an investment fraud scheme in Florida, Meredith had falsely represented to investors that SPI had entered into lucrative agreements, including with the Department of Veterans Affairs, that would result in substantial revenue for SPI.  USAO WDTX

June 2, 2021

Pennsylvania-based fuel distributor Naughton Energy Corporation and two of its owners, Mariette and Joseph Naughton, have agreed to pay $692,000 over the next five years to settle claims of causing false claims to be submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOT).  As a subcontractor on the federally funded New NY Bridge Project, Naughton Energy, a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), had represented to the prime contractor that it could deliver fuel to the worksite wholly independently.  However, lacking the requisite vehicle and employees to deliver fuel, and without the knowledge of the prime contractor, Naughton Energy arranged for a non-DBE subcontractor to supply the missing components in exchange for half of its profits from the project.  USAO SDNY

DOJ Lowers The Boom On COVID-19 Healthcare Scams, Again

Posted  05/28/21
COVID Virus Zoomed In
Hey, fraudsters, did you hear?  There was a global pandemic, so the government pumped trillions of dollars into the economy.  Probably a good time to get a piece of the cut, you ask?  They’ll never find out, right?  So many ways to grift! Well, not so much.  From the start, the cops on the beat, led by the United States Department of Justice, have screamed from the rooftops:  “Don’t do it.  We WILL...
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