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  • Woman allegedly arrives in US with $1.2m in fake bills

    07/12/2016 5:27:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 12, 2016
    Alejandrina Elsa Quispe Ramirez had allegedly told authorities she was traveling to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, so that her son could be treated for burn wounds. But what she had planned, according to the Secret Service, was actually something sinister. A tip had come from the Peruvian National Police: A woman and her two sons would be traveling to the United States on July 11 carrying a significant amount of US dollars in their luggage, concealed in thread cones, the type of string or yarn spindles used in sewing machines. The Secret Service had recently seized counterfeit US...
  • North Korea printing massive amounts of fake Chinese currency, defectors say

    06/29/2016 4:57:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    UPI ^ | June 23, 2016 | Elizabeth Shim
    North Korea printing massive amounts of fake Chinese currency, defectors say The illicit project has Kim Jong Un’s approval. By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | June 23, 2016 at 11:19 AM Follow @upi SEOUL, June 23 (UPI) -- North Korea has been printing large amounts of counterfeit Chinese currency under the supervision of Kim Jong Un, a defector group said Thursday. The South Korea-based organization North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity said the information is from a source based in North Korea, local news service Newsis reported. According to the source, a mint in the North Korean city of Pyongsong in...
  • Fake North Korea bills found, Seoul police say (massive pile weighing 330 pounds)

    05/04/2016 3:44:26 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | May 3, 2016 | Elizabeth Shim
    Fake North Korea bills found, Seoul police say The counterfeit money was found at a thrift store. By Elizabeth Shim Contact the Author | May 3, 2016 at 10:05 PM SEOUL, May 3 (UPI) -- South Korean police are investigating a large stack of counterfeit North Korean bills found at a Seoul thrift store. The massive pile of fake North Korean money weighed about 330 pounds, and was found in a heap of wastepaper in southwestern Seoul, Yonhap reported. The counterfeit money was printed in 5,000 North Korean won denominations. There is no official exchange rate for the currency. The...

    04/11/2014 10:09:56 AM PDT · by DannyTN · 26 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4/10/2014 | BOB UNRUH
    Millions of fake pills from China, some with no active ingredients and others with the wrong contents, have been uncovered and confiscated by customs officers in France. ... “Drug research in China has fallen under a cloud since 2006 because 13 of the top 20 global drug makers have set up research and development centers in China. Yes, it’s cheaper to do research there, but, as one auditor said, ‘with cheaper research comes greater risk,’” she wrote. ... There also are whole factories in China with up to 15,000 people employed for the purpose of counterfeiting products.
  • Luxury brands suing Alibaba say mediation looks futile after Ma comments

    11/11/2015 3:27:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 10, 2015
    Technology | Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:38am EST Related: Tech, Regulatory News, Breakingviews Luxury brands suing Alibaba say mediation looks futile after Ma comments SHANGHAI/NEW YORK Luxury brands suing Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) have asked a U.S. judge to be relieved of the obligation to mediate, which they say looks futile after Alibaba founder Jack Ma was quoted in a magazine as saying he would rather lose the case than settle. Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other brands held by Paris-based Kering SA (PRTP.PA) filed a suit in New York in May accusing Alibaba of being...
  • Texas-owned private jet owned impounded in Congo

    02/20/2011 9:17:37 PM PST · by Kartographer · 22 replies
    A private jet owned by a North Texas company has been impounded for the past 2 1/2 weeks and its passengers and crew detained by the Congolese government in central Africa, where officials say it was used to smuggle gold from rebel territories in the nation's eastern provinces. The plane was leased by Southlake Aviation, based in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth, to a subsidiary of CAMAC International, The Dallas Morning News reported in its Sunday editions. CAMAC company is owned by Kase Lawal, a Nigerian-born Houston oil tycoon an appointee of President Barack Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy...
  • Thanks Obama: Obama blamed for Kingsport counterfeiting

    07/15/2015 8:35:55 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 11 replies
    Kingsport Times-News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Nick Shepherd
    A Kingsport woman told police she was counterfeiting money because she read online that President Barack Obama made a new law allowing her to print her own money, according to a police report. Police were called to a local grocery store on Sunday night in regards to a complaint about counterfeit money. When the reporting officer arrived, he spoke with a gas station clerk who said that just prior to the officer's arrival, a white female had handed him a $5 bill, which he suspected to be counterfeit. The clerk handed the officer the bill and immediately recognized the bill...
  • GNC, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens accused of selling adulterated ‘herbals’

    02/03/2015 6:34:40 PM PST · by Will88 · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 3, 2015 | Sarah Kaplan
    A warning to herbal supplement users: Those store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets you bought may contain mustard, wheat, radish and other substances decidedly non-herbal in nature, but they’re not likely to contain any actual ginkgo biloba.
  • Does Pope Francis offer an authentic Gospel or the "Social Gospel"?

    12/27/2014 8:02:42 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 19 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 27, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Back in December of 2012, I wrote, "The "Social Gospel" is more concerned about an earthly future than eternity Standing before a statue of Mary near the Spanish Steps on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Benedict XVI reminded his listeners that the Gospel is the good news of freedom from sin, that it is "the proclamation of the victory of grace over sin, of life over death." Proponents of the "social gospel" have forgotten this. The mission of the Church is not to eradicate poverty or social injustice. As Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand explains, while "a deep interest...
  • Pope Francis advances a counterfeit charity based on a "live and let live" philosophy

    07/30/2014 9:17:13 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 4 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | July 30, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    "For generations now, we have denied the food of revealed truth to our children; and we have permitted the moral polluters to dump their garbage into our culture with abandon. Why then, are we surprised that ours has become a stunted and sick society?" - Patrick J. Buchanan The times are growing very dark. Everywhere signs are emerging which point to the appearance of the Man of Sin. A Brazilian heavy metal band is announcing the Age of Antichrist (see here). We have a Pontiff who preaches a "live and let live" philosophy (see here) which is nothing less than...
  • Two men charged with selling counterfeit gold coins

    06/10/2014 6:13:02 PM PDT · by Kenny500c · 10 replies
    Albany Times-Union ^ | June 10, 2014 | Tim O'Brien
    Two Queens men are charged with selling fake gold coins after they allegedly scammed a victim out of $14,000. Colonie officers arrested Sungwook Hong, 33, and Yohann Pyon, 26, after they allegedly tried to sell coins to an undercover investigator. The department learned of the coin scam on May 28 when a victim reported answering a Craigslist offering of 1-ounce American Gold Eagle coins for sale.
  • Girl Scouts Receive Counterfeit Bills for Cookies, Woman Sought (Lake Elsinore, CA)

    03/05/2014 9:07:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | March 4, 2014 | Sarah Burge
    LAKE ELSINORE: Girl Scouts receive counterfeit bills, woman sought Some Inland Girl Scouts got a hard life lesson this week when they discovered their cookies had been paid for with counterfeit bills. Scouts in Lake Elsinore received two fake $20s on Thursday, Feb. 27, and in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday there were two reports of girls selling cookies who were paid with counterfeit $50s. Riverside County sheriff’s officials on Tuesday released surveillance images of a woman they described as a “person of interest” in the Lake Elsinore case and are asking for help from the public to identify her. The...
  • Report: US sends back antique artifact to Iran

    09/28/2013 11:06:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    The United States returned to Iran a 2,700-year-old silver drinking cup, looted from a cave in Iran and seized by US Customs officials a decade ago, NBC news reported. The cup is valued at a million dollars at least. … The cup, cast in the shape of a winged griffin, has been stored in a New York warehouse, since authorities seized it from an art dealer who was arrested trying to sell it. For years, US officials have been saying they couldn’t return it to Iran until diplomatic ties with Tehran were normalized. …
  • Dramatic increase in counterfeit currency

    04/14/2013 6:09:08 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 44 replies
    Bank | 14 April 2013 | Mene
    Local sources tell me this: Counterfeit bills turned in to the Fed used to number 1-2 per YEAR. At this date (April 12, 2013 - Friday), the count turned in to the Fed was already at 10 and we are only at April 15, 2013.
  • Anatomy of the Bank Run

    03/25/2013 4:50:44 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 39 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | March 25, 2013 | Murray N. Rothbard
    It was a scene familiar to any nostalgia buff: all-night lines waiting for the banks (first in Ohio, then in Maryland) to open; pompous but mendacious assurances by the bankers that all is well and that the people should go home; a stubborn insistence by depositors to get their money out; and the consequent closing of the banks by government, while at the same time the banks were permitted to stay in existence and collect the debts due them by their borrowers. In other words, instead of government protecting private property and enforcing voluntary contracts, it deliberately violated the property...
  • Federal officials take down 132 websites in 'Cyber Monday' crackdown

    11/26/2012 1:14:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/26/12 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal officials take down 132 websites in 'Cyber Monday' crackdownBy Brendan Sasso - 11/26/12 12:20 PM ET U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and European officials seized 132 websites on Monday for allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise in a coordinated crackdown timed to coincide with the holiday shopping season. It is the third straight year that the government has seized websites on "Cyber Monday" — the marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving, when many online retailers offer steep discounts and promotions. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit coordinated with officials from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, the United Kingdom and the European Police...
  • Counterfeit Aussie gold sold in China

    10/24/2012 8:37:27 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 22, 2012, 7:13 pm | Mike Duffy
    An Australian mint has called in the Federal Police after being shown evidence by Seven News that its gold bars are being counterfeited. The investigation uncovered Chinese 'forgery factories' that will churn out fake bullion and even Australian coins, for a fraction of their face value. Just one of the bars should be worth more than $1700. "There are some poor people out there who have gone and bought these products thinking they've got a bargain and have actually been ripped off," Ron Currie from the Perth Mint said. At Wenzhou, in China's south east, a suspicious discovery is made...
  • Even Counterfeiters Are Giving Up On The Euro

    07/20/2012 9:40:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Testosterone Pit ^ | 07/20/2012 | by Wolf Richter
    My first experience with a physical euro was mid-December 2001 when I travelled to Europe for preliminary discussions with potential partners for the startup I ended up launching later that year. First stop: Germany. Bank showcases were filled with euro feel-good agitprop. Euro bills and coins would enter circulation on January 1, and this was part of the long-running campaign to persuade Germans to surrender their Deutsche marks. People had some apprehensions, and some wanted to retain the D-Mark, but my business contacts were gleeful: the euro would become the dominant reserve currency in the world; oil would be priced in...
  • Obama campaign wins partial victory in "O" lawsuit

    07/09/2012 1:52:09 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 09, 2012 | unattributed
    President Obama's re-election campaign has won at least a partial victory against a website it said was selling counterfeit merchandise with the campaign's signature "O" logo. A judge in Washington on Monday agreed to bar Washington-based from selling the T-shirts and buttons bearing the "O" logo. But the judge reserved judgment on whether the website should also be barred from selling...
  • These US Weapons Suspected of Counterfeit Parts

    06/04/2012 2:16:48 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 23 2012 | Jeremy Hsu
    Even the best weapons may fizzle on the battlefield if they contain counterfeit parts. A final report issued by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee lists a wide range of military technologies that are suspected of having counterfeit electronic parts. The report found possible counterfeit problems in U.S. military hardware such as Army thermal weapon sights, Navy patrol aircraft, Air Force bombers and even mission computers for U.S. missile defense systems. But the committee hopes that its amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 — signed into law last Dec. 31 — can give U.S. defense companies the...
  • Old $50 bill found real, but not before bearer arrested

    05/06/2012 2:13:29 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 43 replies
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette via Houston Chronicle ^ | 1 May 2012 | David Melson (originally)
    SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee police are apologizing after arresting a man for using a $50 bill they thought was fake but that turned out to be real. Police in Shelbyville thought the bill was counterfeit after a convenience store clerk called them. The clerk said a marker used to detect false money didn't show the bill was real. (excerpt - read more at link)
  • Police arrest man for having real $50 bill

    05/01/2012 8:50:30 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 38 replies
    WKYT ^ | May 1, 2012 | WKYT
    Tennessee police are apologizing after arresting a man for using a $50 bill they thought was fake but that turned out to be real. Police in Shelbyville thought the bill was counterfeit after a convenience store clerk called them. The clerk said a marker used to detect false money didn't show the bill was real. The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported Officer Brock Horner arrested Lorenzo Gaspar on Friday. But a police evidence technician told the arresting officer that some old bills don't react to the markers. So police gave the money to two banks to check, and they said it was...
  • “Made in China” counterfeit war plane parts put our troops in danger- why?

    04/07/2012 7:57:44 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 7th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    Last November, researchers for the Senate Armed Forces Services Committee, reported our military had purchased and installed counterfeit electronic components into Warplanes and other weapons systems. During their research the committee claimed that it found more than a million fake parts in a random sample with approximately 70% of the electronic parts originating from China. The components would find their way into the Defense Supply Chain through approved commercial distributors who purchase the parts directly from China. The Chinese would purposely pack counterfeit parts with in genuine military grade components and sell the batch to the Defense Logistics Agency at...
  • Kuala Lumpur seizes suitcases of counterfeit US dollars traced to Iran

    03/29/2012 11:31:21 AM PDT · by gortklattu · 16 replies
    Debka File ^ | 3/28/2012 | Debka
    Two suitcases crammed with counterfeit $100 bills were seized in Kuala Lumpur this week from two Iranian traders who flew in to the Malaysian capital on direct flights from Tehran. One contained 153,000 forged dollars and the second 203,000. The traders claimed they were issued the bills by tellers at the Iranian central bank CBI to finance their business transactions and had no notion they had not been dealt genuine greenbacks.
  • China Does Nothing to Stop Counterfeit Defense Parts; Findings 'Should Outrage Every American'

    03/26/2012 8:31:50 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies · 68+ views
    Aol Defense ^ | March 26, 2012 | Colin Clark
    China Does Nothing to Stop Counterfeit Defense Parts; Findings 'Should Outrage Every American' CAPITOL HILL: "These findings should outrage every American." Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is a tough former prosecutor but he rarely offers such sweeping condemnations as he did today when releasing the findings of a congressional sting operation designed to test whether China had changed its ways and had started combating counterfeit defense parts. "The Chinese government's refusal to shut down counterfeiting that occurs openly in their country puts our national security and the safety of our military men and women at...
  • What Happens When a Business Gives You Change in Counterfeit Bills?

    02/09/2012 9:01:42 PM PST · by rawhide · 54 replies ^ | May 25, 2010 | By Brad Tuttle
    Once the fake money is in your hands, it’s your responsibility—and if you try to use it, you could go to jail for 20 years. This is even the case when the business handing out the counterfeited cash is the U.S. Post Office, as one man in Los Angeles found out. David Larazus’ LA Times column details the odd story of David Lipin, who cashed a postal money order and received eight $100 bills—all of which turned out to be fake. Lipin not only had to eat the loss, but also deal with the police, who said he could have...
  • Feds seize $5 million in counterfeit NFL gear, Comstock Park man accused of online piracy

    02/02/2012 3:40:52 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | February 02, 2012 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS – A Comstock Park man has been charged with criminal copyright infringement for allegedly streaming live sporting events and pay-per-view events on the Internet.
  • Fake Silver and Gold Flood Global Markets; 100,000 Coins From A Single Counterfeiter!

    11/10/2011 6:54:23 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | Mac Slavo
    Fake Silver and Gold Flood Global Markets; 100,000 Coins From A Single Counterfeiter! Mac Slavo November 10th, 2011 Whether it’s pirated software, poison-infused baby formula, cancer-causing drywall, luxury purses, or fake medicines, if you need a knock-off, China has traditionally been the go-to country, with a counterfeiter always willing to oblige. Now, with precious metals prices on the cusp of possibly the biggest price explosion in centuries, fake gold and silver products are becoming a booming industry say Global Piracy & Counterfeiting Consultants: We have read about one Chinese counterfeiter openly bragging about producing 100,000 fake U.S. Silver Dollars...
  • Boeing military products may contain counterfeit Chinese parts

    11/08/2011 6:46:14 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | November 8, 2011 | Steve Wilhelm
    Boeing military products may contain counterfeit Chinese parts Allegations of counterfeit Chinese parts being used in U.S. military aircraft are surprising to Frank Houston, senior vice president at Esterline Technologies Corp. in Bellevue, a key supplier of The Boeing Co.’s electronics systems. Some of these parts allegedly were installed on Boeing (NYSE: BA) aircraft. The accusations of counterfeit Chinese parts being used in U.S. defense equipment were raised during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee Nov. 8, and were widely distributed in the press. According to a story about the hearing in Bloomberg, non-approved Chinese parts have been...
  • Entire Apple stores being faked in China

    07/21/2011 12:21:44 PM PDT · by americanophile · 13 replies
    AP via Honolulu Star-Advertiser ^ | Jul 21, 2011 | Louise Watt
    BEIJING - At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat to customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang from the white walls. Outside, the famous logo sits next to the words "Apple Store." And that's the clue it's fake. China, long known for producing counterfeit consumer gadgets, software and brand name clothing, has reached a new piracy milestone — fake Apple stores. An American who lives in Kunming in southern Yunnan province said Thursday that she and her husband stumbled on three shops masquerading as bona fide Apple stores...
  • N. Korea: Forged Notes Lead to Currency and Regime Stability Concerns in the North(NK money)

    05/18/2011 7:55:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NKSIS ^ | 05/17/11 | Cho, Sun-ah
    N. Korea: Forged Notes Lead to Currency and Regime Stability Concerns in the North Forged Notes Lead to Currency and Regime Stability Concerns in the North Security agency orders the apprehension of mastermind of Kim Il-sung image on forged 5,000 won notes 75 thousand to 1 million dollars worth of currency distributed around the regions Money initially laundered in dollars or yuan Market workers quiet as forged rumors of another 'currency reform' spread 2011-05-17 16:29:26 Cho, Sun-ah An NKSIS source reported April 26th, "A special team has been created by order of the Party Central Military Commission to track the...
  • ...25 Years in Prison...Smuggling Schemes...Plot to Bring Surface-to-Air Missiles Into United States

    05/11/2011 2:32:47 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    NOTE The following snippet is a quote: Southern California Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Convictions in Smuggling Schemes, Including Plot to Bring Surface-to-Air Missiles Into United States LOS ANGELES—A Southern California man was sentenced this morning to 25 years in federal prison after being convicted on a series of federal charges related to schemes to smuggle many items into the United States, including surface-to-air missiles designed to shoot down aircraft. Yi Qing Chen, 49, of Rosemead, California, received the 300-month sentence from United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer. Last October, following a two-week trial, a...
  • 1,700 counterfeit driver's licenses seized at O'Hare (shipped from China)

    04/14/2011 10:36:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 14, 2011 | Staff
    Customs agents at O'Hare International Airport have seized more than 1,700 "high quality" counterfeit driver's licenses that have been shipped from China this year. The licenses were for the states of Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Most of them were addressed to college students and were apparently ordered online. "Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are conducting investigations regarding some of the intended recipients," Customs officials said. “Our greatest concern is the ease at which these high quality fakes can be ordered over the Internet." In some...
  • US citizen extradited on Hezbollah charges (dual US-Lebanese, Moussa Ali Hamdan)

    02/25/2011 2:32:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/25/11 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – A dual US-Lebanese citizen has been extradited from Paraguay and charged with supporting Lebanon's Hezbollah militant force, US officials said Friday. Moussa Ali Hamdan, 38, appeared in court in Philadelphia following his extradition and has been charged with providing "material support to Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the federal prosecutor's office in Pennsylvania said in a statement. Hamdan was arrested by Paraguayan authorities June 15 on suspicion of supporting terrorism and was subsequently handed over to US custody. He is accused in the United States on 28 counts including conspiring to supply Hezbollah with proceeds...
  • Counterfeit coins from China turning up in Wash. state

    02/11/2011 7:56:44 PM PST · by FromLori · 27 replies
    komo news ^ | 2/11/2011 | Bryan Johnson and KOMO Staff
    Summary Counterfeit coins by the thousands are turning up in Washington state, and authorities are warning coin collectors to be on the lookout for them. Click on link for video
  • High school students protest Ellensburg arrests

    01/25/2011 4:34:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 25 replies
    Yakima Herald-Republic ^ | January 25, 2011 | Mark Morey
    YAKIMA, Wash. — More than 50 demonstrators marched in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Yakima on Tuesday to protest the arrest of 30 illegal immigrants in Ellensburg last week. Most of the demonstrators were students at Ellensburg High School, where some of the suspects’ children attended. The marchers say the arrested people were only trying to support their families by working in the United States. The families will be split up by the arrests, critics say. Charging documents filed in U.S. District Court allege that the defendants used counterfeit identity documents to obtain work.
  • 8 Characteristics of a Counterfeit Christian Church

    12/28/2010 3:17:20 PM PST · by Colofornian · 70 replies · 1+ views
    With the leaders of thousands of different religions and churches attempting to make their beliefs appear authentic, it behooves a person to carefully ascertain truth from error. In fact, many leaders of these faiths may call themselves "Christian" and even attempt to convert Christians into their churches. After all, Jesus Himself said in Matthew 7:15, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." This is why John warned the believers in 1 John 4:1 to "believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false...
  • Report: Swiss Bank Refuses to Release Gold to Client

    12/07/2010 2:22:10 PM PST · by dennisw · 66 replies · 1+ views
    moneynews ^ | Tuesday, 07 Dec 2010 01:26 PM | By Julie Crawshaw
    A client of a major Swiss bank was recently refused access to his physical gold and had to hire attorneys and threaten to expose the bank publicly before finally getting it back in his own hands, according to Jim Rickards of Omnis. “My inference is that that gold was not there,” Rickards told King World News. “The bank had to scramble, go out and find it somewhere before they could make good delivery.” Rickards expects the world will eventually go to a gold standard-backed currency. “To me, the big issue is, is it going to be intelligent or is it...
  • The Cost of Faking it(creates counterfeit self)

    09/02/2010 5:51:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | 05/25/10 | Daniel R. Hawes
    The Cost of Faking it Published on May 25, 2010 There's a saying that clothes don't make the man, but a lot of times the clothes we wear (accessories and tattoos included) do actually say something about who we are. (If you're famous, it may even happen that the clothes you don't wear say something about who you are). Besides signaling to others, clothes obviously also have an effect on how we feel about ourselves, and as a recent study shows, this sense of self that we derive from certain clothing produces measurable behavior changes. In particular, the study which...
  • (Abu Dhabi) Man held allegedly with 'fake' $1million(US) bank notes

    08/31/2010 11:01:59 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 29, 2010 | staff report
    Confiscated bills were used by US multi-millionaires club for decorative purposes and sold as collectors' item Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Police have arrested a man for trying to exchange two $1-million bills at the UAE Central Bank. Abu Dhabi Police said the confiscated $1-million bills were not real currency notes but had been used for decorative purposes by a group called the "International club for multi-millionaires" in the US. Police said the 45-year-old African suspect convinced a European woman that the $1 million bills were genuine and could be exchanged at the UAE Central Bank. He also allegedly offered her...
  • Va. Beach man charged with smuggling holograms

    06/17/2010 5:08:39 PM PDT · by csvset · 5 replies · 368+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | June 17, 2010 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK A Virginia Beach man faces an 18-count federal indictment charging him with trying to smuggle hundreds of credit card holograms into the country from the Middle East. Craig Steven Reynolds, 26, was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and a magistrate judge set an Aug. 17 trial date. Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Reynolds on April 19 when he tried to retrieve a package containing the holograms, which had arrived from the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai, according to a court affidavit filed by the arresting agent. Reynolds...
  • Customer stuck with counterfeit money from the post office

    05/26/2010 2:29:49 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 31 replies · 1,779+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/25/10 | David Lazarus
    A business inadvertently gives you counterfeit money — are you stuck with it? In most cases, yes. But what if that business happens to be a branch of the federal government? Los Angeles resident David Lipin found himself asking this question the other day after he cashed a $1,000 Postal Service money order at a West Hollywood post office. He said the postal worker handed him 10 $20 bills and eight $100 bills. Lipin, 43, said he then stopped at a nearby gas station to fill his tank. He tried to pay with one of his new $100 bills. "The...
  • UPDATE 1-New US $100 note aims to deter counterfeiters(N. Korea react: dumping supernote inventory)

    04/21/2010 10:08:44 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 42 replies · 1,185+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/21/10 | David Lawder
    UPDATE 1-New US $100 note aims to deter counterfeiters Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:39pm EDT By David Lawder WASHINGTON, April 21 (Reuters) - A newly designed $100 note aims to thwart counterfeiters with advanced security features, top U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve officials said on Wednesday. The "new Benjamins" to be released in February 2011 retain the traditional look of the U.S. currency, with Benjamin Franklin's portrait. They aim to foil counterfeiters with difficult and costly to reproduce features such as a blue three-dimensional security ribbon with alternating images of bells and the number 100 that move and change as...
  • Government goes high-tech to redesign $100 bills

    04/21/2010 12:16:56 PM PDT · by Justaham · 34 replies · 789+ views
    Associated Press ^ | -21-10 | JEANNINE AVERSA and MARTIN CRUTSINGER
    <p>WASHINGTON – The folks who print America's money have designed a high-tech makeover of the $100 bill. It's part of an effort to stay ahead of counterfeiters as technology becomes more sophisticated and more dollars flow overseas, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says.</p>
  • Denton ministry wins federal case over "million-dollar bill" gospel tracts

    04/01/2010 12:56:20 AM PDT · by Palter · 16 replies · 703+ views
    33TV ^ | 31 Mar 2010 | Holly Yan
    Judge rules gospel tracts aren't counterfeit money A judge ruled in favor of a Denton ministry who sued the federal government over the illegal seizure of "million-dollar bill" gospel tracts. In 2006, the U.S. Secret Service confiscated 83 packs of the gospel tracts, which resemble million-dollar bills. The ministry's tracts feature a "million-dollar question" and asks readers, "Will you go to heaven?" The tracts also include a brief test and Bible excerpts. Darrel Rundus, president of the Great News Network ministry, said the Secret Service made the seizure illegally without a search warrant and threatened to arrest a GNN member...
  • North 'Still Forging U.S. Dollar Bills'

    03/02/2010 10:22:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 420+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 3/02/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    North Korea seems to have suspended the state-sponsored drug trade last year but continues to trade in counterfeit dollar bills and cigarettes, the U.S. State Department claims. The annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released by the department on Monday said, "Hard-to-detect fake US$100 notes made only by North Korea turned up in 2008 and 2009 in San Francisco and the South Korean city of Busan, although it was unclear how long the notes had been in circulation," AFP reported.
  • Tying it Together: Massive, Pernicious Fraud

    10/16/2009 12:34:44 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 10 replies · 807+ views
    market ticker ^ | October 16, 2009 | Karl Denninger
    Let's not mince words here: The entire finance and real-estate "industry" is filled with massive, pernicious fraud, and we now have only one question remaining - will The Government do its lawful and mandated job, that of prosecuting the bad actors, or has it joined with the fraudsters, become one with them, and thus, declare itself as a gang of mobsters rather than a legitimate government? The latter, of course will beg only the question of what should be an ordinary American's response. Let's start with what may be one of the most outrageous yet least-actionable examples: Alan Greenspan. Alan...
  • Bar duped by bogus bills[SC]

    10/15/2009 10:38:32 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 643+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | 15 Oct 2009 | Andy Paras
    Market Street Saloon scammed out of $510 in latest, boldest counterfeit case It was dark, the alcohol was flowing and dozens of Alexander Hamiltons and Andrew Jacksons were making their way into a downtown bar's cash register Friday night. It wasn't until the next day that a manager at the Market Street Saloon realized that someone scammed the business out of $510 by passing bogus $10 and $20 bills. Charleston police said the incident is the most brazen of several counterfeit cases to hit the city recently. In the last two weeks, eight businesses from West Ashley, James Island and...
  • ...Ecuador Conterfeiting Problems

    08/01/2009 10:45:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 896+ views ^ | July 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Ecuador Conterfeiting Problems CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Americas - Ecuador 30 Jul 2009 U.S. Embassy Quito issued the following Warden Message on July 30, 2009: The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General in Ecuador wish to inform American citizens visiting or resident in Ecuador of the continuing problem of counterfeit U.S. dollars circulating within Ecuador. We remind American citizens to check your currency carefully when leaving any banking institution or private business within Ecuador. Recently, we’ve received reports of counterfeit bills...
  • Divorce degree of obama's parents

    07/28/2009 11:25:38 AM PDT · by bareford101 · 67 replies · 4,068+ views
    facebook Orly Taitz ^ | July 28, 2009 | self
    This divorce decree shows Barry's parents divorcing with two children one a minor child and one and adult still dependant on education. So at age 19 his parents were still Soetoro.. he was still Soetoro. Then when he goes to law school in IL he signs a document that declares he never had any other name than Barack Obama. That is a sworn lying statement and a felony and you could be disbarred for false information. If y This was posted on Orly’s facebook