By Xochitl Bott, Marketing – Shark fins are a delicacy in many countries — and the poaching of certain sharks is illegal. A crew trying to export their stash found that out the hard way in Hawaii, USA. In 2018, the fishing vessel M.V. Kyoshin Maru No. 20 from Japan was fishing ...
January 26, 2021Tami Mickelsen
By Xan Johnson, Marketing – Frederick Arias, a former Arizona law enforcement officer, was recently arrested for being involved in a fraud scheme totaling around nine million dollars. He had previously served as a patrol officer and detective for over 20 years in various locations throughout Arizona. The FBI has recently ...
January 13, 2021Tami Mickelsen
By Megan Porter, Marketing – Each year, both individuals and businesses seek to decrease expenses and increase their profit margin. But some of these entities seek to do so through illegal means, including tax fraud and evasion. The IRS loses thousands of dollars annually through misrepresented or fraudulent tax returns. Penalties ...
January 10, 2021Tami Mickelsen
By Xan Johnson, Marketing – With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of claims for unemployment benefits has skyrocketed. What has been interesting, though, is seeing how the current measures put in place to counteract fraudulent claims have held up. The simple response — not so well. Through these systems ...
January 5, 2021Tami Mickelsen
By Xan Johnson, Marketing – We often hear in the news of big-time frauds or corruption scandals, totaling to millions of dollars. But are we aware of the many times these same crimes are committed right under our noses? Recently, a 29-year-old Boost Mobile employee was arrested for embezzling over two ...
December 21, 2020Tami Mickelsen
By Megan Porter, Marketing – The federal government takes mail fraud and tax evasion very seriously, and businesses are always looking for new ways to prevent embezzlement. When Hailey Keele, a North Ogden resident, pled guilty to all three, she knew she would be facing steep penalties. During the trial, Keele confessed ...
December 16, 2020Tami Mickelsen
By Xochitl Bott, Marketing – The 2nd Amendment in the US states that American citizens have the right to bear arms. The main purpose of these weapons is so the American people can protect themselves. But in recent years illegal gun purchases and acquirements have been rising, putting this amendment at ...
December 14, 2020Tami Mickelsen
By Lucas Van De Graaff, Marketing – In July 2020, Amazon reported their employee Vu Anh Nguyen to the FBI on federal wire fraud and aggravated identity theft charges after repeatedly and falsely issuing refunds to himself and to associates for Amazon products. He ran this scam by accessing third-party seller ...
December 9, 2020Tami Mickelsen
By Xan Johnson, Marketing – Last month, two of the biggest police leaders of Bridgeport, Connecticut, were arrested on accounts of fraud. Police Chief Armando Perez and former acting Personnel Director David Dunn are being charged with wire fraud, making false statements to investigators, and conspiring to commit wire fraud. A ...
December 6, 2020Tami Mickelsen
By Xochitl Bott, Marketing – At least six people have been convicted in a nationwide drug trafficking ring spanning from California to New York. Three of these people must spend at least 100 months in prison, with one maxing out at 200 months. The most recent sentencing involved Katherine Matthews, a ...
December 3, 2020Tami Mickelsen
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