Each of us should be concerned about the avalanche of personal information we give out nearly every day, not only from high tech computers but every time we make a phone call.
All Floridians – especially older Floridians in the Tampa Bay Area – face being scammed and need to be on guard for telephone scams; the scammers will try to pry money from you over the phone.
Yet people in the Tampa Bay area, including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and Pinellas County, Florida are sometimes falsely accused of committing fraudulent acts such as phone crimes, cyber crimes and white collar crimes, especially when confronted with unreasonable law enforcement officers with little training, if so call your Criminal Defense Attorney and Trial Lawyer.
Here’s a notorious telephone scam and the grandmother who outfoxed the perpetrators of this crime as illustrated in a recent Daily Finance article.
An 84-year-old Illinois lady receives a chilling phone call from a man saying he is her grandson, a soldier who only recently has come home from the War in Iraq. He needs emergency money fast – always a possible hint of a scam – his voice sounds different, shaking, strange – “Have you been drinking?”she asks. “No, grandma I’ve just been in a car accident in Canada and hit a pole.”
Her heart skips a beat as he says he needs $5,000 immediately.
This grandmother outfoxes the fox by agreeing to wire the money on condition that he her give one word, “What’s your grandfather’s name?” (see her full declaration to the Federal Trade Commission) He tries to avoid answering her question, she asks him again, he hangs up.
How to Avoid Becoming a Financial Scam Victim – DailyFinance
Consumer Sentinel Network – Law enforcement’s source for consumer complaints
FBI — Common Fraud Schemes
Should you see the tortured artist below, a man well known for making crank phone calls and perpetrating endless scams, please contact French Law Enforcement immediately.
Frédéric Chopin, by Eugene Delacroix, the original is hidden in Clearwater, the copy may be found at the Louvre.
All of us are at risk when using computers, cell phones, and email accounts with companies such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple. All of these companies are storing more and more of our personal information ‘in the cloud,’ placing each of us and those in our ‘contact lists’ at risk of fraud.
With the complex nature of these charges, many police officers in the Tampa Bay Area, including Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Pinellas County, Florida neither have the training nor the computer literacy to fully comprehend complex computer networks accusing and arresting those who had nothing to do with the unlawful acts, an important consideration if you’ve been falsely accused of a White Collar Crime.
Companies across America will spend in excess of $130 Billion because of data breaches, how much will it cost you? CNNMoney
James Fallows’ recent article in The Atlantic, HACKED!, describing his wife’s ordeal when her Google account is taken over by a Nigerian thief – Fallows attempts to regain control of the account and the lost information – even as the Nigerian contacts everyone on her contact list for money to be wired immediately because of her mugging in Madrid:
A stream of concerned responses from friends and acquaintances, all about the fact that she had been “mugged in Madrid.” The account had seemed sluggish earlier that morning because my wife had tried to use it at just the moment a hacker was taking it over and changing its settings—including the password, so that she couldn’t log in again. The bogus message that had just gone out to me and everyone else in her Gmail contact list was this:
From: Deb Fallows <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 13, 2011 at 8:45 AM
now this might come as a suprise to you,but I made a quick trip to Madrid in Spain and was mugged.My bag,valuables,credit cards and passport all gone.The embassy has cooperated by issuing a temporary passport.I need funds to settle outstanding hotel bills,ticket and other expenses.
To be honest,i don’t have money with me at the moment. I’ve made contact with my bank but the best they could do was to send me a new card in the mail which will take 2-4 working days to arrive here from DC. I need you to lend me some Money to sort my self out of this predicament, i will pay back once i get this over with because i need to make a last minute flight.
Western Union or MoneyGram is the fastest option to wire funds to me. Let me know if you need my details(Full names/location) to effect a transfer. You can reach me via hotel’s desk phone and the number is, +34 981 600916867.
Hacked! – Magazine – The Atlantic
Here is a recent portrait of Deb Fallows as her GMail Account is being HACKED by Nigerian Thieves. Scholars believe the white flowers floating in the air and water represent the lost emails. Somehow out of great pain and loss magnificent art always emerges:
The Birth of Venus (Nascita di Venere) is by Sandro Botticelli. c.1486, many thanks to the Uffizi Museum in Florence. Perhaps the museum would be willing to fly me to Florence so that I can more accurately present these paintings to the world.
Professor Douglas Berman writes about the futility of long prison sentences for white collar defendants involving fraud and insider trading. At first glance he persuasively argues that for white collar criminals ‘shaming sanctions’ could be a more effective deterrent than jail.
Isn’t the Professor really suggesting that rich men, men of culture perhaps not unlike the Professor himself, should not have to live by the rules that the rest of us must follow and if caught need not suffer the consequences the rest of us would face.
No, the real problem with sentencing in America is in too much prosecutorial power in charging decisions, too little discretion left in the hands of Judges, and the harsh sentences for victimless crimes such as routine 25 year minimum mandatory sentences for drugs. Isn’t eleven years for an assault on the free market system and a take of nearly 54 million dollars about right? Or as one observer noted, “No matter the crime, if the rewards are great enough, people will ignore the risk of getting caught.”
Would a sign saying, “I am an INSIDER TRADING THIEF,” hung around the Defendant’s neck effectively persuade others contemplating similar crimes not to corrupt capitalism?
Nor does the Professor note that the NYTs reported that Judge Howell did reduce the guidelines sentence based on personal factors including his charity work in the community, his age and his advanced diabetes which the Court noted would make his jail time harsher than time served by a typical inmate.
And the Judge makes some telling points that show shame to be a weak cure for this disease: “Insider trading is an assault on the free markets,” said Judge Holwell, who also imposed a $10 million fine and ordered Mr. Rajaratnam to forfeit $53.8 million in ill-gotten profits, “His crimes reflect a virus in our business culture that needs to be eradicated.”
Sentenced to 11 Insider Case – NYTimes.com
Ten top American fraudsters – Telegraph
Here are two paragraph excerpts from the Professor’s Time article. What Will Deter Insider Trading? | TIME Ideas | TIME.com
Raj Rajaratnam, who was convicted of masterminding the biggest hedge-fund insider trading scheme in American history, federal prosecutors urged U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell to give him at least 20 years in prison “to send a clear and unequivocal message that illegal insider trading will not be tolerated.” Judge Holwell imposed 11 years — a relatively long sentence compared to insider-trading-Hall-of-Famers such as Ivan Boesky, who served only two years in federal prison.
A variety of shaming sanctions were widely used during the 18th Century in America, in part because prisons did not then exist and in part because shaming was viewed as a humane alternative to the death penalty, banishment or brutal physical punishments. More recently, academics have debated the potential virtues and vices of modern shaming sanctions — often after a judge has ordered a shoplifter to wear publicly a sign saying “I am a thief” or a police department has published drunk drivers’ names on billboards. Because we have never tried to make white-collar offenders “pay” for their crimes through extensive and prominent use of shaming sanctions, I cannot say with confidence that this alternative form of punishment will be more effective. But because deterrence research suggests very long prison terms for white-collar offenders may greatly extend their suffering (and taxpayer-funded imprisonment costs) with no corresponding benefit to society, I think it is time to start considering creative alternatives.
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Raj Rajaratnam sentenced to 11 years in prison for insider trading – Telegraph
Raj Rajaratnam; insider trading; sentence; hedge funds; federal prison – Los Angeles Times
FBI — Hedge Fund Founder Raj Rajaratnam Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 11 Years in Prison for Insider Trading Crimes
Prison Time for Inside Trading Is Climbing – WSJ.com
Sentencing Law and Policy: Purposes of Punishment and Sentencing
|Stealing fire isn’t singe free — Prometheus having his liver eaten by an eagle. Painting byJacob Jordaens, c. 1640
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) – Data Analysis Tools) has the legal tool you’ve been waiting for – The Arrest Data Analysis Tool. This cite allows you, by choosing “Agency-Level Counts” to see the specific number of arrests made by each law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction, further itemized by year, type of crime, age bracket of the person arrested, gender, and race. Potentially this is useful in determining Police Misconduct, Inappropriate Arrests and Misuse of Police Resources.
In the Tampa Bay Area including Clearwater and St. Petersburg the statistics show law enforcement is blindly and foolishly focused on arresting nonviolent crimes, including drug crimes, white collar crimes and fraud, rather than attempting to protect citizens from violent acts and immediate harm.
Here is the Methods Guide: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) – Data Analysis Tools
Here is the User’s Guide: http://www.bjs.gov/arrests/resources/documents/adat_user_guide.pdf
This is useful information as long as the numbers given by each law enforcement agency are based on undiluted facts.
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