The FBI has issued a warning for Americans to be wary of “confidence/romance scams,” after the Bureau saw a 70% annual rise in reported fraud, where dating sites were used to trick victims into sending money, purchasing items or even laundering or muling money for people met online. The shift from basic fraud to money laundering is a significant worry for U.S. law enforcement and represents a nasty twist in the age-old problem of romance scams.
In 2018, more than 18,000 complaints were received with losses totalling more than $362 million. And, to state the obvious, this is likely the tip of the iceberg. For every reported incident there will be others where victims don’t come forward.
In particular the FBI warns, threat actors “often use online dating sites to pose as U.S. citizens located in a foreign country, U.S. military members deployed overseas, or U.S. business owners seeking assistance with lucrative investments.”
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Theresa Flury, representing the Police Department, sent an Aug. 7 letter to the company’s attorney and stated the Florida statue that prevents adult entertainment establishments from operating within 2,500 feet of a public or private school.
“Please confirm the establishment intends to comply with the statute and does not intend to engage in any prohibited conduct as specified therein,” Flury said.
The new store, which boasts an eclectic collection of top-selling pleasure products, is near Sealey Elementary and the School of Arts and Science at the Centre of Tallahassee. But neither school appears to fall within the 2,500 feet buffer.
“While there are no local zoning restrictions in commercially zoned areas for these types of businesses, state law may apply if the property is within 2,500 feet of a school,” said Karen Jumonville, who heads the city’s Growth Management Department, in an email to the Democrat.
Read Full Article – https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/money/2019/08/10/tallahassee-police-legal-adviser-seeks-assurances-hustler-comply-florida-law/1948099001/
Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may face murder charges after several former Mexican police officers accused him of killing six Americans and a DEA agent within a nine-week span in late 1984.
Three former Mexican police officers told the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles they witnessed Guzman carry out the killing spree between late 1984 and early 1985. Jorge Godoy, one of the former cops who is now under witness protection, told WFAA that Guzman took pleasure in killing people.
Four Americans who were Jehovah’s Witnesses — Benjamin Mascarenas, 29; his wife Pat Mascarenas, 27; Dennis Carlson, 32; and his wife Rose Carlson, 36 — were murdered during a missionary trip in Guadalajara, Mexico. Godoy said he was the bodyguard of drug kingpin Ernesto Fonseca at the time and the missionaries made the wrong decision of knocking on a drug lord’s door on Dec. 2, 1984.
He told WFAA he saw them rape the women and torture the Americans. He added that Guzman shot each person and watched their bodies fall into an open grave. Former DEA agent Hector Berrellez also said Guzman was involved in their deaths.
Full Read – http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/01/mexican-drug-lord-el-chapo-tortured-killed-6-americans-and-dea-agent-within-9-week-span-report-says.html
The bodyguards filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Depp for a variety of charges, including unpaid wages, missing overtime, wrongful termination and unlawful business practices, E! News stated. The men said they were exposed to unsafe working conditions and that they acted more like babysitters and chauffers than security to Depp and his family and friends.
The plaintiffs, Eugene Arreola and Miguel Sanchez, said that one of their main duties was to protect Depp from his own vices and that the job was more about caretaking than protecting the actor from the public.
The lawsuit said that Arreola and Sanchez were originally hired to protect Depp through Premier Group International, but they began work for the actor directly in 2016, the year that his financial problems began to escalate. They said that while working as his in-house security from May 2016 to January 2018 they were not given overtime pay or breaks during their 12-hour shifts.
Full Read – https://www.jdjournal.com/2018/05/02/ex-bodyguards-sue-johnny-depp-for-unpaid-wages/
Kimye to the rescue? Kim Kardashianand Kanye West are paying the legal bills for Alice Johnson, who is currently serving a life sentence in prison on a nonviolent drug conviction, multiple sources tell Us Weekly.
“Kim read about Alice on social media and privately arranged for a high profile criminal defense attorney to be her lawyer, including paying her legal fees. Kim did this not seeking or wanting any publicity,” one source tells Us.
Kardashian, 37, initially posted about Johnson in October 2017.
“This is so unfair…” the reality TV star tweeted in response to an article about Johnson’s case.
Full Read – https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/kim-kardashian-kanye-west-paying-for-alice-johnsons-legal-bills/