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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 30, 2015 Rules Change on I.R.S. Seizures, Too Late for Some
QUOTE: Under mounting pressure, the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department have announced in recent months that they will no longer use a law designed to go after drug dealers and terrorists to seize the bank accounts of small business owners who are not suspected of criminal activity.
New York Times Nov 30, 2014 Justice Is Swift as Petty Crimes Clog Courts: Cases Adjudicated in Minutes or Less, Often Without Lawyers
QUOTE: Years of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation have flooded the American court system with misdemeanor cases—relatively small-time crimes such as public drunkenness, loitering or petty theft. The state courts that handle such charges often resemble assembly lines where time is in short supply, according to judges and lawyers who work in the courts. Many poor defendants, despite their right to court-appointed legal counsel, don’t get lawyers, and those who do often receive scant help in the rush to resolve cases.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Dec 19, 2013 The Nazi Art Theft Crisis in Europe
QUOTE: For decades, the keepers of Nazi-looted art have been biding their time until various statutes of limitations lapsed. They have hidden behind archaic laws that complicate the return of looted works of art to their rightful owners—or have simply refused to investigate red flags....However, our hyper-viral media landscape has revealed the shenanigans of the art world to a larger and less tolerant audience
Time Magazine May 01, 2013 Cellphone Thefts Grow, but the Industry Looks the Other Way
QUOTE: new nationwide database for stolen cellphones, which tracks a phone’s unique identifying number to prevent it from being activated, theoretically discouraging thefts. But police officials say the database has not helped....Some law enforcement authorities, though, say there is a bigger issue — that carriers and handset makers have little incentive to fix the problem.
New York Times Jun 13, 2012 Owners May Not Be Covered When Hackers Wipe Out A Business Bank Account
QUOTE: Computer security specialists say these crimes, called “corporate account takeovers,” have become increasingly common...most banks do not take responsibility for unauthorized debits from business accounts. Unless the owners have fraud insurance, they must shoulder the losses alone.
New York Times Mar 15, 2012 For Apple, Pressure Builds Over App Store Fraud
QUOTE: as reflected by hundreds of online complaints saying that Apple’s iTunes Store, and in particular its App Store, which the company portrays as the safest of shopping environments, is not so secure....It’s a change for Apple, which was once criticized for its micromanaging of the App Store. Now the problem is not too much control, but too little.
New York Times Nov 03, 2011 Refugees face organ theft in the Sinai
QUOTE: Bedouin smugglers involved in people trafficking are also believed to be stealing organs from refugees who are unable to pay their demands for large amounts of cash to take them into Israel.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 02, 2011 Stolen Code Is Linked to Program for Chess
QUOTE: Players who use computers to cheat are a growing concern in the chess world. Now the developer of Rybka, the winner of the last four World Computer Chess Championships, has been accused of plagiarizing code to create the program.
New York Times May 06, 2011 ID Theft Tool That Sony Isn’t Using
QUOTE: A surveillance service is reactive. By the time you get an alert from one, thieves may have already done a lot of damage. A security freeze, also known as a credit freeze, is proactive.
New York Times Mar 02, 2011 When Abuse of Older Patients Is Financial
QUOTE: Bilking old people is not new, said Steve Irwin, commissioner of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission, which is participating in the program. “Financial fraud is abuse, but it is less recognized and less reported.”
New York Times Feb 01, 2011 More on Spotting A.T.M. Skimmers
QUOTE: Skimmers applied to card readers are designed to capture debit card magnetic stripe data, while tiny wireless cameras or overlays to existing personal identification number pads are designed to capture PIN information. Once thieves capture such data, they can use it to make fake cards or sell the information on the Internet to others.
New York Times Jan 31, 2011 Europe's Carbon Emissions Trading -- Growing Pains or Wholesale Theft?
QUOTE: this month's mass theft of E.U. allowances (EUAs) from some national registries has gotten the broader carbon trading community very much up in arms. Many are blasting some nation members of the European Commission for not taking the threat seriously...
New York Times Dec 24, 2010 A Mysterious Picasso Trove Gains More Accusations but Less Clarity
QUOTE: If Mr. Le Guennec had indeed stolen the works while employed by the artist, Ms. Rees added, it is unclear why he would wait until now to make public their existence: the statute of limitations for theft expired decades ago (though possession of stolen goods has no such limit).
New York Times Dec 21, 2010 In a Sign of Foreclosure Flaws, Suits Claim Break-Ins by Banks
QUOTE: In an era when millions of homes have received foreclosure notices nationwide, lawsuits detailing bank break-ins like the one at Ms. Ash’s house keep surfacing. And in the wake of the scandal involving shoddy, sometimes illegal paperwork that has buffeted the nation’s biggest banks in recent months, critics say these situations reinforce their claims that the foreclosure process is fundamentally flawed.
New York Times Dec 17, 2010 U.S. arrests 4 in insider trading probe centered on hedge fund industry
QUOTE: A national investigation into insider trading escalated Thursday with the arrest of four executives accused of trafficking in confidential corporate information...Those arrested by the Justice Department and FBI included several figures suspected of channeling secrets from technology companies to hedge funds that then traded on that information
Washington Post May 18, 2010 Somalia pirates' clash with Russian navy reveals a gap in rule of law
QUOTE: Pirates are hard to convict because evidence at sea is hard to collect, because ship captains have other priorities and because the nearest working courts, in Kenya and the Seychelles, are overwhelmed by pirate cases. Pirates are also being released because they are learning to work the international legal system...
Washington Post Apr 16, 2010 Put Vendors in Their Place
QUOTE: An army of book sellers set up tables along Fifth Avenue, blocking the sidewalks, collecting no sales tax and paying no property tax, and in some instances selling stolen goods. My concern for a poet’s right to sell his poems by hand (the regulations wouldn’t limit artists who roam with their works) was never meant to encompass commercial vendors appropriating the public right of way for private business use.
New York Times Feb 19, 2010 PleaseRobMe Hits Foursquare Users with a Dose of Reality: Foursquare Responds With Privacy Philosophy
QUOTE: PleaseRobMe is a site set up by a few developers who want to spread awareness about how easy it would be for people to rob your home if you share too much information about yourself online...
WebProNews Sep 06, 2009 Gadget Makers Can Find Thief, but Don’t Ask
QUOTE: many tech companies will not disclose information about the new owners of missing devices unless a police officer calls with a search warrant. Even a request to simply shut down service — which would deter thieves by rendering their pilfered gadget useless — is typically refused.
New York Times Sep 01, 2009 Post-Katrina 'vigilante' violence: rumor or fact? The US Attorney's Office and the FBI are looking into allegations of roaming 'people hunters' targeting blacks in the floods and chaos...
QUOTE: What actually happened [in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina] and who is culpable in these incidents is now the focus of probes by the US Attorney's Office and the FBI.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 24, 2008 In Madoff Scandal, Jews Feel an Acute Betrayal
QUOTE: Here is a Jew accused of cheating Jewish organizations trying to help other Jews, they say, and of betraying the trust of Jews and violating the basic tenets of Jewish law. A Jew, they say, who seemed to exemplify the worst anti-Semitic stereotypes of the thieving Jewish banker....In addition to theft, the Torah discusses another kind of stealing, geneivat da’at, the Hebrew term for deception or stealing someone’s mind. “In the rabbinic mind-set, he’s guilty of two sins: one is theft, and the other is deception,” said Burton L. Visotzky, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
New York Times Nov 28, 2008 Legal Hurdles in West Slow Pursuit of Pirates
QUOTE: bureaucratic and legal hurdles facing international institutions and national governments have so far defeated most efforts to deal with the nimble crews of pirates in speedboats....But some legal experts in Germany said that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and an existing United Nations mandate to combat Somali piracy already provided all the legal cover necessary for muscular action against the pirates.
New York Times Nov 22, 2008 D.C. Police Agitate For Flood Of E-Mails: Teen Freed Twice, Neighbors Informed
QUOTE: Exasperated by the third arrest of the same suspect in a string of 21 robberies, a D.C. police official sent an electronic bulletin to residents of Columbia Heights pleading for them to flood Peter Nickles, the city's top attorney, with calls and e-mails demanding that the suspect not be released.
Washington Post Nov 18, 2008 Crime might pay, but only in volume
QUOTE: company was merging with another big company, and from discussions I had with employees discovered that thefts had been a longstanding problem, made worse by the chaos of the merger.
InfoWorld May 30, 2008 As Oil Prices Soar, Restaurant Grease Thefts Rise
QUOTE: Outside Seattle, cooking oil rustling has become such a problem that the owners of the Olympia Pizza and Pasta Restaurant in Arlington, Wash., are considering using a surveillance camera to keep watch on its 50-gallon grease barrel. Nick Damianidis, an owner, said the barrel had been hit seven or eight times since last summer by siphoners who strike in the night. “Fryer grease has become gold,” Mr. Damianidis said. “And just over a year ago, I had to pay someone to take it away.”
New York Times May 20, 2008 Gas Station Employee Fired for Fighting Off Robber
QUOTE: SuperAmerica said he violated company policy when he came to his colleague's aid in the early morning of March 26. So instead of accolades, Beverly got the boot. Adding insult to injury, Beverly — who is still looking for another job — has been denied unemployment benefits. He will appeal that decision on June 5.
Fox News May 06, 2008 Grease bandits strike as biofuel demand rises: As the price of this waste product and biodiesel ingredient has risen, so have thefts.
QUOTE: Grease is a traded commodity like gold or pork bellies, and its price has tripled in the past two years – leading to increased theft. The reason: Grease can be used to make bio-diesel and has seen the same price spike as corn and other biofuel inputs.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 26, 2008 U.S. judge pokes hole in file-sharing lawsuit: Court ruling could force the music industry to provide more evidence against people accused of illegal file sharing, legal experts say
QUOTE: recent U.S. court ruling could force the music industry to provide more evidence against people accused of illegal file sharing....[the judge] denied granting a default judgment, writing that the record labels failed to show Brennan was actually distributing copies of songs, which he said is what is against the law.
InfoWorld Oct 25, 2007 10 Things the DMV Won't Tell You
QUOTE: unscrupulous sellers can buy them at auction, then replace the title at a Department of Motor Vehicles office in another state by fudging the document...A stolen car's vehicle-identification number is switched with that of a junked car, and a clean title is obtained from the DMV...Identity thieves simply tell the DMV clerk that they've lost their license or that it was stolen, then provide someone else's illegally obtained information....Personalized license plates might seem like a harmless accessory, but they could make you a more likely target for criminals.
Smart Money Sep 18, 2007 Lawyer Claims Defendant in Hate Crime Is Gay, Too
QUOTE: All along, homosexuality has defined the case. Prosecutors have used it as a sword, seeking heavier sentences for a hate crime. As the trial began in Brooklyn Supreme Court yesterday, Mr. Fortunato’s lawyer, Gerald J. Di Chiara, sought to use sexual orientation as a shield.
New York Times Jul 25, 2007 F.B.I. and Chinese Seize $500 Million of Counterfeit Software
QUOTE: The F.B.I. said Tuesday that a joint effort with the Chinese authorities had led to the arrest of 25 people and the seizing of more than $500 million worth of counterfeit Microsoft and Symantec software that was being made in China and distributed worldwide.
New York Times Jul 23, 2007 Longhorn arm of the law: Rangers like John Cummings and Joe Rector crisscross Oklahoma and Texas, trying to stem cattle rustling, which is on the rise.
QUOTE: A lot of people think cattle rustling and horse thievery went out with the Conestoga wagon. They didn't. In fact, the problem has been increasing in recent years...
Christian Science Monitor Jul 23, 2007 Pakistani Forces in Congo Aided Gold Smugglers, the U.N. Finds: Rights Group Alleges Direct Involvement by the Peacekeepers
QUOTE: Pakistani peacekeepers serving under the U.N. flag "aided and abetted" a network of Kenyan businessmen smuggling gold from a mine in eastern Congo, providing them with food, housing, transportation and security...
Washington Post Jun 27, 2007 The Golden Rule, Slightly Tarnished: Sometimes a Good Samaritan Expects a Handout in Return
QUOTE: This is the unspoken agreement between losers and finders, the Good Samaritan pact that provides a flicker of hope when we misplace the pocket-size items that we rely on to navigate our days. But...Some people exploit their roles as finders to make a quick buck.
Washington Post Jun 11, 2007 Darfur's aid lifeline in danger: Bandits from all factions are increasingly targeting relief convoys and aid workers in Sudan's conflict.
QUOTE: With three rebel groups splitting up into more than a dozen groups – many of them based on personal or tribal loyalties – armed groups have taken to robbing the relatively soft target of aid workers, who have many of the vehicles, money, and communications equipment that an armed movement needs.
Christian Science Monitor May 22, 2007 2 Firms Tied to Phone Lists Will Review Their Policies
QUOTE: Two companies accused by state and federal regulators of doing business with suspected telemarketing thieves released statements yesterday pledging to examine and change their business practices.
New York Times May 22, 2007 Michigan man dodges prison in theft of Wi-Fi
QUOTE: A Michigan man who used a coffee shop's unsecured Wi-Fi to check his e-mail from his car could have faced up to five years in prison...
CNET May 20, 2007 Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist
QUOTE: Telemarketing fraud, once limited to small-time thieves, has become a global criminal enterprise preying upon millions of elderly and other Americans every year
New York Times Apr 30, 2007 How to protect a home against lock bumping
QUOTE: there's no denying that with millions of American homes relying on the pin-tumbler locks that are so vulnerable -- and with how-to information and tool kits readily available on the Internet -- the potential for exploitation of this weakness is huge.
Bankrate.com Apr 24, 2007 Nail that siding tight! Metal thieves grow brash: Soaring metal prices and high demand create a market for pilfered scrap metal in the US.
QUOTE: The spree is part of the widespread and rapidly growing crime of metal theft .... The reason: International demand, especially from China's factories, has sent metal prices soaring, say experts.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 09, 2007 Chinese Fakes: Tough to Police: The country is being told to crack down on piracy of products and intellectual property, but the problem is a global one that will be tough to stamp out
QUOTE: Chinese authorities have made honest efforts in recent years to improve enforcement ... But counterfeiters are growing more sophisticated about how they manufacture and distribute knockoffs, especially exploiting extensive global supply networks. There's also evidence that as China clamps down, production of the knockoffs is shifting to India and Russia.
BusinessWeek Feb 14, 2007 Flood of knockoff merchandise triggers a wider crackdown across US: Local law enforcement is now making 'counterfeit chic' seizures, but should taxpayers pay to protect corporate bottom lines?
QUOTE: Everyone agrees that trade in "counterfeit chic" has exploded over the past five years, expanding to include many more products and flooding the US market. Not everyone is united, though, on what to do about it. Manufacturers want an even more aggressive attack on patent and copyright violators, citing billions of dollars in lost sales. Others, however, suggest such crackdowns can go too far, impeding free enterprise, crimping artistic license, and even devoting too many taxpayer dollars to protecting the market position of corporations.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 30, 2007 Virginia Men Face U.S. Trial In Peddling of Phony Purses
QUOTE: The case is bringing scrutiny to a widespread problem that has been publicly visible for years: trafficking in handbags and other counterfeit goods. Shoppers in Washington and other major cities can find fake fancy designer purses on street vendor carts, but purse parties -- though perhaps more underground with the heightened law enforcement attention -- are still held in the suburbs.
Washington Post Jan 10, 2007 Document-Theft Probe Is Criticized: Justice Dept., Archives Cited in Report
QUOTE: The Justice Department and the National Archives improperly assured the Sept. 11 commission that its members had access to all relevant materials about the Clinton administration's terrorism policies, without knowing if original, uncopied documents had been removed from the archives by former national security adviser Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger...
Washington Post Nov 29, 2006 Land claim unsettles Israeli settlers: Peace Now says 40 percent of West Bank settlements sit on private Palestinian land.
QUOTE: a report by the dovish Peace Now group stated that Palestinian private land accounts for more than one-third of the settlements, and that for Maaleh Adumim the proportion is a startling 86 percent. That's at odds with decades-old government and settler statements that only public lands were being used for building in territory captured during the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 21, 2006 Suits Say U.S. Impeded Audits for Oil Leases
QUOTE: Four government auditors who monitor leases for oil and gas on federal property say the Interior Department suppressed their efforts to recover millions of dollars from companies they said were cheating the government.
New York Times Sep 09, 2006 When a Stranger Calls, Beware of The Pretext
QUOTE: "Pretexting," pretending you are someone else to obtain information, is at the center of an unspooling boardroom scandal at the Silicon Valley computer company Hewlett-Packard...Once pretexters get the personal information, they sell it to "data brokers," who in turn may sell it to private investigators working a divorce case, say, or shadier characters hoping to steal identities.
Washington Post Aug 08, 2006 How Hizballah Hijacks the Internet: The group pops up on unwitting Web sites around the world in order to communicate, recruit and fundraise
QUOTE: Hackers from the militant Lebanese group are trolling the Internet for vulnerable sites to communicate with one another and to broadcast messages from Al-Manar television, which is banned in the U.S. In the cyberterrorism trade it is known as "whack-a-mole" — just like the old carnival game, Hizballah sites pop up, get whacked down and then pop up again somewhere else on the World Wide Web.
Time Magazine Aug 01, 2006 Authorship gets lost on Web
QUOTE: The Internet is becoming a cesspool of plagiarism...It's going to take a high-profile legal case to slow it down.
USA TODAY Jul 17, 2006 Corruption Cited in Iraq's Oil Industry
QUOTE: ..."massive corruption" and "a lot of theft going on" in Iraq's government-controlled oil industry is hampering the country's ability to govern itself...complicated by the insurgency and difficulties in maintaining the aging oil infrastructure.
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