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  • Canvassers charged in fake, fraudulent voter registrations

    06/09/2017 10:12:57 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 19 replies
    AP ^ | June 9, 2017 | By RICK CALLAHAN
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Twelve employees of a Democrat-linked group focused on mobilizing black voters in Indiana are accused of submitting fake or fraudulent voter registration applications ahead of last year's general election in order to meet quotas, according to charging documents filed Friday. Marion County prosecutors allege that 11 temporary workers employed by the Indiana Voter Registration Project created and submitted an unknown number of falsified applications. According to a probable cause affidavit, a supervisor for those canvassers, Holiday Burke, was also charged, as was the group. The Indiana Voter Registration Project's effort to register primarily black voters was overseen...
  • Harvard Economist: US Should Phase-Out All Currency Larger Than $10 Bills

    09/17/2016 8:51:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 16, 2016 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – The Unites States should phase-out all denominations of the U.S. dollar larger than a $10 bill to thwart money launderers and tax evaders, Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff told attendees at a Council on Foreign Relations event this week in Washington, D.C.“Cash is not used in ordinary retail transactions. It’s used by tax evaders and in a lot of crime of all types, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, extortion, racketeering, you name it,” said Rogoff, a member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and author of The Curse of Cash.“Cash is being used...
  • CHINESE DELIVERY OF FAKE PHARMACEUTICALS UNCOVERED

    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.
  • 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...
  • Boston Marathon suspect's sister pleads guilty

    11/05/2014 7:55:33 AM PST · by bgill · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | Denise Lavoie
    A sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Tuesday to misleading a police detective during a counterfeiting investigation, avoiding jail time in an agreement with prosecutors. Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, entered the plea in South Boston Municipal Court... prosecutors also considered separate charges pending against Tsarnaeva in New York, where she is accused of threatening to "put a bomb" on a perceived romantic rival.
  • Sen. Manchin demands complete US ban on Bitcoin

    02/26/2014 6:19:20 PM PST · by mmichaels1970 · 38 replies
    cnet.com ^ | 2/26/2014 | Declan McCullagh
    A US senator is asking the federal government to take this remarkable step: completely ban Bitcoin. Joe Manchin, a Democratic senator representing West Virginia, sent a letter Wednesday to the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, and other regulators characterizing the virtual currency as encouraging "illicit activity" as well as being "highly unstable and disruptive to our economy."
  • Fed Doesn't Have Authority to Regulate Bitcoin, Yellen Says

    02/27/2014 5:05:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 27, 2013 | Catherine Hollander
    The Federal Reserve Board doesn't have the authority to regulate bitcoin, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday. "To the best of my knowledge, there's no intersection at all in any way between bitcoin and banks the Federal Reserve has the ability to supervise or regulate," Yellen told members of the Senate Banking Committee. "The Federal Reserve simply does not have authority to supervise or regulate bitcoin in any way." Yellen was responding to questioning from Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who sent the Fed and other banking regulators a letter on Wednesday calling on them to ban—or at least curb—the decentralized,...
  • Buying Silver At $100 And The Rebirth Of Counterfeiting

    01/20/2013 6:30:10 AM PST · by blam · 53 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-20-13 | Dr Jeff Lewis
    Buying Silver At $100 And The Rebirth Of Counterfeiting Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013January 19,2013 By: Dr Jeff Lewis The debate about buying silver rounds, “junk silver” or silver Eagles goes on and on. Although better prices may be available on silver rounds, investors continue to worry about the “China scare” and rumors of counterfeit silver coins. Also, the confiscation* of fiat money purchasing power via inflation will happen long before counterfeit makes an impact, so getting more metal for the money makes the most sense at this time. *(Confiscation of actual metal is separate issue we cover elsewhere)....
  • Santelli's Rant on More Quantitative Easing (calls it counterfeiting)

    08/27/2012 9:42:31 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 August 2012 | Rick Santelli
    Video Transcript: other reasons, too, which we'll talk about later. cme group, rick santelli. looking at some long-term effects of qe. indeed, there is another name for qe. and we'll get to that momentarily. one of the great things about the human race is they can assimilate and accommodate. we talked about the swiss psychologist in the 1930s, the 1960s, really doing a lot of work here. what it simply means is that we're very adaptable as humans. i think quantitative easing fits into that. it's something that really doesn't seem like it's the answer for problems, printing more money,...
  • 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...
  • Report of 1 Kilo Gold Bar Filled with Tungsten Found in UK

    03/26/2012 2:54:56 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 48 replies · 20+ views
    Coinweek.com ^ | Mar 26, 2012
    Report of 1 Kilo Gold Bar Filled with Tungsten Found in UK March 26, 2012 “What appears to be a tungsten filled gold bar has been found – this time in the UK. It is believed that a scrap dealer bought the Metalor 1 kilo gold bar of 99.98% purity from a member of the public. Metalor are a leading international gold refiner and bar manufacturer, headquartered in Zurich. The bar appears to have been tampered with and may have had holes drilled into it or melted out and then had tungsten rods inserted or tungsten poured into the holes....
  • (LEAD) N. Korea says two Japanese detainees to face legal actions

    05/04/2011 5:07:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/04/11
    (LEAD) N. Korea says two Japanese detainees to face legal actions SEOUL, May 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Wednesday that it will take legal actions against two Japanese citizens detained since March on charges of drug trafficking and counterfeiting. North Korea arrested Masaki Furuya of JP Dairin and two other Japanese citizens after they entered Rason City in the North's special economic zone near North Korea's border with Russia on March 14. The North later expelled Furuya while it is preparing to take legal actions against Hidehiko Abe and Takumi Hirooka of two separate Japanese companies. "What they did...
  • 2 Mexican Suspects To Plead In Pittsburgh Counterfeiting

    03/28/2011 10:43:25 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 28, 2011
    PITTSBURGH -- Two Mexican nationals were set to plead guilty in Pittsburgh to a federal grand jury indictment charging them with possessing nearly $38,700 in counterfeit $100 bills. The U.S. Secret Service took over the case after local police arrested the man on charges they passed some of the bills in October at a Macy's story in North Franklin Township, Washington County. Alejandro Ceron, 31, and Israel Sanchez, 23, both gave Brooklyn, N.Y., addresses but authorities said both men also had Mexican identification cards. Police said at least two of the $100 bills had the same serial number. Still, authorities...
  • Adventures in Counterfeiting

    03/22/2011 8:41:51 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 24 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-22-11 | Zazu
    Ron Paul and Sovereign Citizen types are going berserk about this pretty interesting currency case. http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20110319/NEWS01/110319006/Liberty-Dollar-creator-convicted-federal-court A man has been convicted and could face 25 years in federal prison on counterfeiting charges, for what the government describes as a form of domestic terror designed to destabilize US currency. Bernard von NotHaus is some kind of anti-fed type who has minted and distributed millions of “Liberty Dollars”: silver coins that are 100% backed by precious metals he owns and are meant to be a more stable alternative to the US dollar. He claims the Liberty Coins are a form of barter,...
  • Man pleads guilty in Las Vegas ricin case

    08/05/2008 5:03:19 PM PDT · by RDTF · 5 replies · 173+ views
    LA Times ^ | Aug 5, 2008 | Ashley Powers
    LAS VEGAS -- An unemployed graphic designer who told investigators that he found making ricin an "exotic idea" pleaded guilty Monday to possessing the deadly toxin in a hotel room here. Roger Bergendorff, 57, also pleaded guilty to a federal weapons charge. (A second weapons charge was dropped.) He could face up to 20 years in prison at his Nov. 3 sentencing, though prosecutors are recommending that he serve a little more than three years. Bergendorff reportedly fantasized about harming people with the poison -- he had sketched an "injection delivery device" disguised as a pen -- but never carried...
  • Printers take skill out of counterfeiting

    11/06/2010 3:16:40 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 6, 2010
    Funny money is turning up in record amounts now that computers and high-tech printers have taken the skill out of counterfeiting, the U.S. Secret Service says. The agency said that in 2009 more than 60 percent of counterfeit bills were created on digital printers. In 1995 only 1 percent were. "There really is no craftsmanship or workmanship in this anymore," Special Agent Scott Vogel, a 20-year veteran, told the Detroit Free Press. "If you're able to put a piece of paper in a copy machine and push a button, that's pretty much all it takes." In the old days, investigators...
  • The Federal Reserve And U.S. Treasury Unveil The New 100 Dollar Bill

    04/22/2010 3:41:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 990+ views
    Before It's News ^ | April 21, 2010 | The Economic Collapse Blog
    The Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury have unveiled the new 100 dollar bill which will go into circulation starting on February 10th, 2011. Officials from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve System and the United States Secret Service held a press conference in Washington D.C. today to show off the new security features which they hope will reduce the threat of counterfeiting. The 100 dollar bill is the highest denomination of all Federal Reserve notes currently being produced, and circulation of the 100 dollar Federal Reserve note in the past 25 years has grown from $180...
  • Blogger admits Hawaii birth certificate forgery, subverting Obama claims (Uh-oh)

    07/03/2008 4:35:19 PM PDT · by SE Mom · 9,603 replies · 131,028+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | 3 July 2008 | Reuven Koret
    Jay McKinnon, a self-described Department of Homeland Security-trained document specialist, has implicated himself in the production of fraudulent Hawaii birth certificate images similar to the one endorsed as genuine by the Barack Obama campaign, and appearing on the same blog entry where the supposedly authentic document appears. The evidence of forgery and manipulation of images of official documents, triggered by Israel Insider's revelation of the collection of Hawaii birth certificate images on the Photobucket site and the detective work of independent investigative journalists and imaging professionals in the three weeks since the publication of the images, implicate the Daily Kos,...
  • 3 Arrested in Texas and Charged in Arizona for Counterfeiting and Selling DVDs

    11/13/2009 2:39:17 PM PST · by Larry381 · 4 replies · 449+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | November 13, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of Arizona
    TUCSON—An indictment was unsealed today in Tucson charging four naturalized U.S. citizens with a scheme which involved the unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted DVDs which netted them approximately $3 million dollars. A federal grand jury in Tucson returned a 10-count indictment against Chuen Han Yuen (aka Jason Yuen), 29; Man Yam Yuen, 58; Tsao Ping Ng, 54; and Sin L. Yuen (aka Michelle Yuen), 31, all originally of Hong Kong, charging them with Conspiracy, Mail Fraud, Wire Fraud and Copyright Infringement. Jason Yuen, Man Yam Yuen and Tsao Ping Ng were arrested without incident today by Special Agents with...
  • Kellogg's will use laser to burn logo onto individual corn flakes to stamp out fakes

    10/13/2009 10:30:45 AM PDT · by Stoat · 109 replies · 3,609+ views
    Kellogg's has developed a hi-tech method to stamp out imitation cereals - by branding individual flakes of corn with the company logo.   The new technology enables the firm - which makes 67million boxes of Corn Flakes every year - to burn the famous signature onto individual flakes using lasers.  Kellogg's plans to produce a number one-off trial batches of the branded flakes to test the system. Bosses will then consider inserting a proportion of branded flakes into each box to guarantee the cereal's origins and protect against imitation products.  If the system is successful it could be used...