Atos Victims Group http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 07:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default1.png Atos Victims Group http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/ 32 32 Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City: Jen Shah angrily accuses Meredith Marks of being ‘fraudulent’ https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city-jen-shah-angrily-accuses-meredith-marks-of-being-fraudulent/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 06:42:33 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city-jen-shah-angrily-accuses-meredith-marks-of-being-fraudulent/ Jen Shah accused Meredith Marks of being “fraudulent” at a healing dinner gone wrong on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City. The 47-year-old reality star made the statement after confronting Meredith, 49, at a group dinner during their Mother’s Day trip to Zion. Whitney Rose, 35, hosted the dinner and told […]]]>

Jen Shah accused Meredith Marks of being “fraudulent” at a healing dinner gone wrong on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City.

The 47-year-old reality star made the statement after confronting Meredith, 49, at a group dinner during their Mother’s Day trip to Zion.

Whitney Rose, 35, hosted the dinner and told the women she wanted them to ‘show resentments, grudges [and] things we care about with each other.

Fraudulent accusation: Jen Shah accused Meredith Marks of being ‘fraudulent’ at a healing dinner gone wrong on Sunday’s episode of The Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City

“Well, since we’re all being honest right now, I’d like to know, Meredith, why did you hire a private investigator to research me?” Jen asked Meredith who had fled the table earlier after been submerged.

I never hired a private detective to investigate you. I hired a private investigator to investigate why my family was receiving threats,” Meredith replied.

Meredith noted that she investigated “every one of you” and not just Jen.

Jen then chewed out show newcomer Jennie Nguyen for telling her that Meredith had hired a private investigator to look into her life.

Personal space: Meredith told Jen to get out of her personal space as their argument escalated

Personal space: Meredith told Jen to get out of her personal space as their argument escalated

Jennie thought she was the victim of Jen’s misplaced anger.

“It’s so upsetting to me because I told her the truth, and yet she turned it against me, which is unbelievable,” Jennie said in a confessional.

Meredith again clarified to Whitney that she had hired the private investigator to determine who was behind the threats against her family. Meredith also told Jen “the investigator said with 90% certainty he thought it was you.”

Misplaced anger:

Misplaced anger: ‘It’s so upsetting to me because I told her the truth, and yet she turned it against me, which is incredible,’ Jennie said in a confessional

‘Do what? Threaten your family? Jen shouted.

“You have been awful to my family. Just be honest,” Meredith said.

Jen then accused Meredith of being awful to her family and raised her son Brooks by discussing his private parts.

Temper flaring: 'Do what?  Threaten your family?

Temper flaring: ‘Do what? Threaten your family? ‘ Jen shouted at Meredith

“He said he saw my vagina,” Jen said.

“Because he did, Jen!” Meredith shouted back.

“I saw your vagina over and over and over and over that night. And [our friends] Murilo and Crystal said, ‘Cover your vagina,’ over and over,” Meredith continued.

Again and again: “I saw your vagina over and over and over and over again that night.  And [our friends] Murilo and Crystal said, ''Cover your vagina' over and over again,'' Meredith continued

Again and again: “I saw your vagina over and over and over and over again that night. And [our friends] Murilo and Crystal said, ”Cover your vagina’ over and over again,” Meredith continued

Jen then rose from her chair and invaded Meredith’s personal space as she pointed and yelled at him.

“You don’t want to tell everyone what you did, do you?” Jen shouted at her.

“Really, you want me to tell you what you did, baby?” Meredith replied. “Oh honey, you have no idea what I know.”

From close:

Up close: ‘You don’t want to tell everyone what you did, do you?’ Jen shouted at her

Jen then addressed speculation that Meredith was involved in her March 2021 arrest for federal fraud.

“I swear to God, if you had anything to do with the bullying accusations against me, Meredith, you’re disgusting!” Jen shouted in his face.

‘Repugnant! You are disgusting! “Added Jen.

These charges:

Those accusations: “I swear to God, if you had anything to do with the bullying accusations against me, Meredith, you’re fucking disgusting!” Jen shouted in her face

Meredith denied having anything to do with the charges and told Jen to get away from her.

“Get out of my face, honey. Get out of my face, into your space! I’m done,” Meredith said.

Meredith again denied being involved in her affair.

Get away: “Get away from my face, honey.  Get away from my face, get into your space!  I'm done, said Meredith

Get away: “Get away from my face, honey. Get away from my face, get into your space! I’m done, said Meredith

‘Jen, I would never do that. I don’t rebel like you do,” Meredith said.

Jen continued to yell at her as Meredith got up to leave a second time.

“Goodbye, Jen! I’m disengaged, darling. You have traumatized us, goodbye! said Meredith.

The Organizer: Whitney planned a spiritual event and hosted dinner to bring them together

The Organizer: Whitney planned a spiritual event and hosted dinner to bring them together

‘Oh my God! You’re a fucking fraud,’ shouted Jen who also accused Meredith of having ”10 other fucking boyfriends”.

‘Who calls who a fraud? I love you, baby,’ Meredith taunted Jen as she left.

The season two episode titled Who’s Calling Who a Fraud? began with Jen and Lisa Barlow, 47, getting into a physical altercation in the Sprinter Van on the way to Zion.

Good night: 'Who's calling who a fraud?  I love you, baby' Meredith taunted Jen as she left

Good night: ‘Who’s calling who a fraud? I love you, baby’ Meredith taunted Jen as she left

The show’s producer, Shanae, had to step in to get Jen away from Lisa.

“Come on!” Lisa shouted as Whitney held her back.

Jen was mad at Lisa for being friends with Meredith and cried that she had been framed.

Van life: Show producer Shanae had to step in to get Jen away from Lisa as she chased her in the Sprinter Van

Van life: Show producer Shanae had to step in to get Jen away from Lisa as she chased her in the Sprinter Van

Lisa then went and consoled Jen and hugged her.

‘I got you. I told you. But I was there for you. I love you. I don’t want this for you. I don’t want it for Omar, for Rieffy or Sharrieff. I do not. If someone did this to you on purpose, they’re f***es, Lisa told her.

Witney then introduced the women to his spiritual healer Betina who helped them try to find better relationships with each other.

Reconciliation: Lisa then went and consoled Jen and hugged her

Reconciliation: Lisa then went and consoled Jen and hugged her

Tanning session: Whitney spoke to her husband Justin while enjoying the sun in Zio

Tanning session: Whitney spoke to her husband Justin while enjoying the sun in Zio

They walked through a maze but Mary was reluctant to participate and showed up late.

‘Yeah, I don’t want to be here right now. I don’t, I don’t feel that. It’s not that I don’t believe in it or that it’s against my religion. It’s just that I’m faithful to my God,” Mary said in a confessional.

Whitney found it disrespectful that Mary showed up late and stood aside without participating.

The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City will return next week on Bravo.

Maze Experience: Witney then introduced the women to his spiritual healer Betina who helped them try to find better relationships with each other by walking through a maze together.

Maze Experience: Witney then introduced the women to his spiritual healer Betina who helped them try to find better relationships with each other by walking through a maze together.

Not participating: 'Yeah, I don't want to be here right now.  I don't, I don't feel that.  It's not that I don't believe in it or that it's against my religion.  It's just that I'm faithful to my God

Not participating: ‘Yeah, I don’t want to be here right now. I don’t, I don’t feel that. It’s not that I don’t believe in it or that it’s against my religion. It’s just that I’m true to my God,” Mary said in a confessional

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NSG contract fraud: BSF agent bought gold coins days before arrest https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/nsg-contract-fraud-bsf-agent-bought-gold-coins-days-before-arrest/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 19:44:31 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/nsg-contract-fraud-bsf-agent-bought-gold-coins-days-before-arrest/ Police said on Sunday that the 32-year-old Deputy Commander of the Border Security Force (BSF), who allegedly orchestrated ₹A 150 crore contract fraud while deputing at the National Security Guard (NSG) campus in Manesar last year, bought gold coins worth crore rupees five days before his arrest on January 12 Police said on Sunday that […]]]>

Police said on Sunday that the 32-year-old Deputy Commander of the Border Security Force (BSF), who allegedly orchestrated A 150 crore contract fraud while deputing at the National Security Guard (NSG) campus in Manesar last year, bought gold coins worth crore rupees five days before his arrest on January 12

Police said on Sunday that the 32-year-old Deputy Commander of the Border Security Force (BSF), who allegedly orchestrated A contract fraud of 150 crores while on deputation at the National Security Guard (NSG) campus in Manesar last year, bought gold coins worth crores of rupees five days before his arrest on January 12.

By Saturday, police had recovered gold ornaments and coins worth more than 1 crore from the home of kingpin Praveen Yadav’s brother-in-law who was assigned to deputize at the NSG.

Police say Praveen was planning to flee the country with her family members and was in contact with her friends and some business people in the US and UK.

Preet Pal Sangwan, deputy police commissioner (crime), said Praveen knew he would be arrested as soon as victims asked him to return money after learning he had tricked them. “The complainants had learned in November that he was no longer assigned to the NSG and had started calling him, but he had stopped returning their calls. He went into solitary confinement, after which the victims began to file complaints with the police. They also went to his village of Farrukhnagar to speak to his father, but even his phone was off,” he said.

Police said the Economic Crimes Wing (EOW) of Gurugram Police were scanning Praveen’s bank accounts and verifying all transactions in the private company he had set up.

Sangwan said a team led by Sandeep Kumar, head of Manesar Criminal Investigation Unit, arrested Praveen from Zirakpur in Punjab within 72 hours of the first case being registered at Manesar police station on 9 January.

Police said the deputy commander posed as an IPS officer stationed at NSG Manesar and provided fake construction contracts for various works inside the campus.


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One American News Network dropped by DirecTV, a major financial blow for the far-right network https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/one-american-news-network-dropped-by-directv-a-major-financial-blow-for-the-far-right-network/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 20:14:25 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/one-american-news-network-dropped-by-directv-a-major-financial-blow-for-the-far-right-network/ Pay-TV satellite service DirecTV will drop One America News Network (OAN) when the right-wing channel’s current distribution deal expires, likely a critical blow to OAN’s viewership and finances. About 90% of the right-wing network’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T TV platforms including DirecTV and U-verse, Reuters reported in October 2021, citing accountant sworn […]]]>

Pay-TV satellite service DirecTV will drop One America News Network (OAN) when the right-wing channel’s current distribution deal expires, likely a critical blow to OAN’s viewership and finances.

About 90% of the right-wing network’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T TV platforms including DirecTV and U-verse, Reuters reported in October 2021, citing accountant sworn testimony from OAN in 2020. DirecTV is the network’s largest distributor, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“We have advised Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not expect to enter into a new contract upon the expiration of our current agreement,” DirecTV said in a statement to USA TODAY.

A DirecTV spokesperson would not say when parent company OAN Herring Networks’ contract with DirecTV expires. But Bloomberg, which first reported on DirecTV’s plan to drop OAN, said the deal ended in early April.

OAN and Henning Networks did not immediately respond to a USA TODAY request for comment.

OAN will also be removed from DirecTV Stream, the live television subscription service launching as AT&T TV in 2020.

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The network began appearing on DirecTV in April 2017. Many distribution deals are for 5 years.

OAN has been criticized for continuing to question President Biden’s victory in the 2020 election, The New York Times reported, and also argued that the rioters in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol were activists from the left-wing Antifa movement.

In its November 23, 2021, network article, The Times noted that OAN correspondent Pearson Sharp said in a March 28 report, “There are still serious doubts about who the president really is.”

The former president said in an interview with OAN on Friday, “I got 75 million votes… I got more votes than any sitting president in the history of our nation. I don’t think he got 80 million votes, okay?

DirecTV also had its issues. In February 2021, AT&T divested the service, which it acquired for $48.5 billion in 2015. DirecTV’s subscriber count fell from 20.5 million in mid-2015 to 15.4 million for all AT&T pay-TV services six years later, according to Leichtman Research.

AT&T currently owns 70% of the separate company that is now DirecTV; the private equity firm TPG holds 30%.

And merger talks between DirecTV and Dish Network, the other major satellite pay-TV service, have resurfaced, the New York Post reported. The two have discussed the merger in the past, but federal regulatory concerns have prevented the talks from gaining momentum.

But this time could be different, with consumer acceptance and an emphasis on streaming TV. A potential merger has a better chance now than in the past, according to LightShed Partners, a television, media and technology industry research firm. “We believe that the current regulatory risks are not high given the state of the pay-TV market,” they said in their list of industry forecasts for 2022.

Follow Mike Snider on Twitter: @mikesnider.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: DirecTV to remove pro-Trump One America news network from pay-TV service

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Malmesbury car dealer found guilty of fraud https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/malmesbury-car-dealer-found-guilty-of-fraud/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:12:06 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/malmesbury-car-dealer-found-guilty-of-fraud/ A car trader has been fined after misleading customers about vehicle prices. Paul Hyams, the director of Hyams Autos Ltd in Malmesbury, has been found guilty of two counts of fraud by false representation. The case centered on a non-optional charge of £99 in the price of vehicles advertised for sale on Autotrader’s website which […]]]>

A car trader has been fined after misleading customers about vehicle prices.

Paul Hyams, the director of Hyams Autos Ltd in Malmesbury, has been found guilty of two counts of fraud by false representation.

The case centered on a non-optional charge of £99 in the price of vehicles advertised for sale on Autotrader’s website which was not disclosed to customers.

The charges relate to 16 vehicles sold between April 18, 2018 and April 4, 2019 and 19 others sold between January 28, 2018 and July 30, 2019.

Hyams, of Hayes Road, Nailsworth, was also found guilty of a charge of engaging in a business practice which is a deceptive action containing false information.

On April 7, 2019, a 2011 Volkswagen Touran went on sale on the Hyams Autos Ltd website. A customer who visited the Malmesbury showroom was not told of the additional £99 cost until he had tested a vehicle and decided to buy it.

The invoice stated: “It caused the average consumer to make a transactional decision they otherwise would not have made.”

Hyams had denied all offenses in 2020 but was found guilty by Salisbury Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

In total, he was fined £800 and surcharged to fund victim services of £80 and costs of £2,000.

Paul Hyams and Hyams Auto’s have been found guilty of misleading advertising and fraud, in particular in relation to charging a £99 fee in 2019.

A statement posted on the Hyams Autos Facebook page said: “While Hyams Autos accepts the court’s decision, the regulations regarding administrative fees are unclear.

“We deliberately did not deceive anyone and everyone who paid the administration fee knew of the fee before the cars were sold and were happy to make the payment.

“Since the matter came to our attention, we have taken extra steps to ensure that all customers are fully aware of the £99 administration fee and why it is being charged.

“We have been trading in Malmesbury for over 45 years and are fortunate to have many loyal and satisfied customers.

“The verdict rendered by the courts does not reflect our business philosophy or our position in the local community.”

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Serial romance fraudster jailed after scamming women out of nearly £20,000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/serial-romance-fraudster-jailed-after-scamming-women-out-of-nearly-20000/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:53:34 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/serial-romance-fraudster-jailed-after-scamming-women-out-of-nearly-20000/ A romance fraudster who defrauded several women of thousands of pounds and targeted hundreds more has been jailed for 28 months, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency. Osagie Aigbonohan, 41, from Lagos, Nigeria, used a number of aliases to contact several women online through dating and social media sites. Of those identified, investigators […]]]>

A romance fraudster who defrauded several women of thousands of pounds and targeted hundreds more has been jailed for 28 months, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Osagie Aigbonohan, 41, from Lagos, Nigeria, used a number of aliases to contact several women online through dating and social media sites. Of those identified, investigators believe he defrauded them out of a total of £20,000 and in one case cheated a woman out of almost £10,000.

Going by the name ‘Tony Eden’, Aigbonohan struck up a ten-month relationship with a victim last year via a dating site and persuaded her to lend him money to hire drilling equipment for his business abroad.

He made up a story claiming to be broke after paying for the funerals of a number of people who died in machinery accidents.

The victim made nine transfers, totaling £9,500, to various accounts held under false identities, with the money eventually ending up in a personal account held by Aigbonohan.

Aigbonohan’s phone data showed he also received money from at least eight other victims and had contact with more than 670 people in total.

One of the women targeted was terminally ill, with Aigbonohan continuing to pursue her even after her death.

NCA officers arrested Aigbonohan in July 2021. He was then carrying a fake driving license and was illegally in the UK, having overstayed his visa from two years ago.

Records showed that despite living in Abbey Wood, London, he had spent the victims’ money at locations in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Today [14 January] at Southwark Crown Court he was sentenced to 28 months after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering.

Dominic Mugan, Head of NCA Operations, Complex Finance Team, said: “Aigbonohan had no respect for these women. He went to great lengths to gain their trust, fabricating stories to exploit them by the thousands.

“It’s a typical pattern of romance fraudsters; they strive to establish relationships before making such demands. Romance fraud is a crime that affects victims emotionally and financially and, in some cases, affects their families.

“We want to encourage anyone who thinks they’ve been the victim of romance fraud not to feel embarrassed or ashamed, but rather to report it.”

James Lewis of the CPS said: ‘Romance fraud is a particularly insensitive offence, involving the exploitation of an individual’s emotional needs and caring qualities, to extract money from them. People should be especially vigilant in the coming month as we head into Valentine’s Day and more and more people are looking for a partner.

“Aigbonohan showed a callous disregard for his victims, grooming them with romantic promises before dishonestly persuading them to provide him with financial aid.

“Through the extensive and thorough investigative work of the National Crime Agency and the support of individual victims, the CPS has brought Aigbonohan to a halt in fraudulent activities. Hopefully, this case will serve to deter other romance scammers who prey on victims in the same way.

The NCA advises anyone using dating sites to avoid disclosing too many personal details when talking online to someone you have never met in person, as this can lead to your identity being stolen. . You should stay on the site’s messaging service until you meet in person; don’t be tempted to switch to other platforms that offer less protection. And most importantly, no matter how long you’ve been talking to someone online and how much you trust them, if you haven’t met them in person, don’t send them money.

If you think you have been the victim of fraud, you should report it to ActionFraud.police.uk and follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, which offers simple, unbiased advice to help people spot scams and to protect against fraud.

January 15, 2022

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Retired San Jose cop convicted in multi-million dollar fraud scheme https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/retired-san-jose-cop-convicted-in-multi-million-dollar-fraud-scheme/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 04:02:36 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/retired-san-jose-cop-convicted-in-multi-million-dollar-fraud-scheme/ A retired San Jose police officer was found guilty Friday of committing more than $1 million in insurance fraud and $18 million in money laundering after he exploited workers at a private security company he operated without the knowledge of the police department, prosecutors said. Robert Foster, 48, and his wife owned Atlas Private Security […]]]>

A retired San Jose police officer was found guilty Friday of committing more than $1 million in insurance fraud and $18 million in money laundering after he exploited workers at a private security company he operated without the knowledge of the police department, prosecutors said.

Robert Foster, 48, and his wife owned Atlas Private Security and conspired to pocket millions of dollars by paying employees off the books, underreporting employee injuries, not paying employees overtime and by reporting false pay.

Through these and several other schemes, Foster and his wife reduced the company’s insurance premiums and taxes. Both have not contested a series of fraud charges.

The couple also discouraged employees from reporting wage theft violations and workplace injuries.

In one case, prosecutors say, an underground security guard faced a $1 million medical bill after being seriously injured in an accident while driving a company vehicle, and Foster told the insurance company that he was not an Atlas employee.

Investigators later found the guard was driving an Atlas vehicle and wearing an Atlas uniform at the time of the crash.

Foster and his wife also used a contractor cloaking scheme to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes, workers’ compensation insurance and overtime, prosecutors said. Their employees were paid by a separate company which had no knowledge of workers’ hours or wages, but simply transferred money from the Fosters company to the employees.

“Exploitation takes a heavy toll on workers,” the Santa Clara County District said. Atti. Jeff Rosen said in a press release. “Our office does not condone the victimization of workers and will prosecute those responsible – no matter who they are.”

Foster will be sentenced to three years in county jail and two years of mandatory supervision, prosecutors said; his wife faces one year in prison and five years of probation. Foster will reimburse more than $1 million to Everest National Insurance and the state’s Employee Development Department. He is also facing a blanket restitution order to reimburse affected employees.

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January 13 – Over $36 Million in Civil and Criminal Lawsuits Recovered by US Attorneys in Savannah | Law https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/january-13-over-36-million-in-civil-and-criminal-lawsuits-recovered-by-us-attorneys-in-savannah-law/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:01:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/january-13-over-36-million-in-civil-and-criminal-lawsuits-recovered-by-us-attorneys-in-savannah-law/ Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to raise an additional $47,853 from criminal actions and $23,000 from criminal actions. civilians, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The Southern District’s 2021 recovery […]]]>

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to raise an additional $47,853 from criminal actions and $23,000 from criminal actions. civilians, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

The Southern District’s 2021 recovery total was $26 million higher than the 2020 total of $10.7 million, including $20 million in the Argos USA settlement coordinated with the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

“Asset recovery is a critical part of our office’s role in enforcing the law and protecting citizens and the public treasury,” said U.S. Attorney Estes. “Identifying and collecting these restitutions, forfeitures and judgments and initiating actions to recover these funds helps to ensure that crime does not pay.”

Examples of major recoveries in fiscal year 2021 through the United States Attorney’s Office Financial Litigation Program include nearly $1 million in restitution in a bank fraud case in Savannah; more than $218,000 in restitution to repay funds misappropriated from a Statesboro medical practice; and more than $177,000 in restitution of funds from a healthcare fraud scheme by an Appling County pharmacist.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, together with partner agencies and divisions, recovered more than $8 million in asset forfeiture actions in fiscal year 2021, classifying the U.S. District Attorney’s Office South Georgia ranked second in the nation among mid-sized districts across the country. Funds recovered included those from money laundering investigations, proceeds from fraud – including COVID-19 programs – and proceeds from drug trafficking, illegal gambling and animal fighting. Forfeited assets deposited in the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Fund are used to return funds to victims of crime and for various law enforcement purposes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Offices, along with the Litigation Divisions of the Department of Justice, are responsible for the enforcement and collection of civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to victims of federal crimes. The law requires defendants to compensate victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments go to the department’s Crime Victims Assistance Fund, which distributes funds collected to federal and state victim compensation programs and assistance to victims.

The Southern District Asset Recovery Unit, led by Section Chief and Assistant U.S. Attorney Xavier A. Cunningham, includes Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Sue Robichaux, Financial Litigation Analyst Michael Palmer, Analyst Data Manager Leiandra Moran, Case Reviewer Teisha Lovett, Paralegal Wanda Jackson and Paralegal Specialists Rosylen Givens and Margrita Brady.

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Elections Bill 2021-22: status of the bill https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/elections-bill-2021-22-status-of-the-bill/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:21:36 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/elections-bill-2021-22-status-of-the-bill/ the Elections Bill (Bill 138 of 2021-22) was filed on July 5, 2021. For more information on the bill, see the library briefing released ahead of second reading: Elections Bill 2021-22. The Bill makes changes to the Elections Act that meet the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitments to “protect the integrity of British democracy” (909 KB, […]]]>

the Elections Bill (Bill 138 of 2021-22) was filed on July 5, 2021.

For more information on the bill, see the library briefing released ahead of second reading: Elections Bill 2021-22.

The Bill makes changes to the Elections Act that meet the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitments to “protect the integrity of British democracy” (909 KB, PDF).

Some of the main elements of the bill are:

  • The introduction of a voter ID card for voters at polling stations during elections to the UK Parliament to prevent the electoral crime of impersonation – pretending to be someone else when voting;
  • Facilitate foreign voter registration and expand eligibility by removing the 15-year limit on foreign voter registration;
  • Introduce a fingerprint requirement on digital campaign material – a “fingerprint” is information added to material that tells potential voters who produced it;
  • Introduce a new electoral sanction for those found guilty of intimidating a candidate during an election, following the increasing levels of abuse faced by candidates; and
  • Changes to the regulation of third party activists.

The bill also introduces new measures on the control of the electoral commission and on the right to vote of EU citizens.

Second reading

The bill received a second reading September 7, 2021.

Voter ID

The main point of debate centered on proposals regarding voter identification and voter fraud more generally. Opposition MPs have criticized the proposals, with many focusing on the barriers the ID requirement would create for many voters. Several said voter ID was a solution to something that wasn’t a problem, citing the low number of impersonation convictions. Tory MPs highlighted types of voter fraud and generally welcomed the bill’s measures.

Election Commission

Measures to change the control of the Electoral Commission have been controversial. Opposition MPs argued that this was an improper interference with the independence of the Commission.

The government argued that it would improve parliamentary oversight of the work of the Electoral Commission while respecting its independence.

Foreign voters

The Labor Party has argued that ending the 15-year overseas registration limit was a ploy to increase the number of overseas voters who can donate to the Conservative Party. Labor were in favor of extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds.

The government has argued that all British citizens living abroad should have a vote and a voice in Parliament.

Other measures

Measures regarding digital footprints, election accessibility and candidate intimidation were generally welcomed.

Instruction to examine local electoral systems

After second reading, the House of Commons agreed to an instruction September 20. This allowed the Public Bill Committee to consider voting systems for certain local elections in England and Wales, which had not originally been included in the bill.

It allowed the government to make amendments at committee stage to change the voting system for all Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), Combined Authority Mayors and the Mayor of London, from the voting system addition to the first-past-the-post system.

Public Bills Committee

The Committee held four hearings before examining the details of the bill. Eight review sessions were held beginning September 22, 2021. The Committee heard testimony on a range of measures in the bill, but in particular on voter fraud, the impact of voter identification on the turnout and the perceived threat to the independence of the Electoral Commission. He also heard testimony from those conducting elections about the potential resource effects and risks to the conduct of elections that the additional burdens introduced by the bill could create.

Only the government amendments were approved. Some were drafting amendments, and the main substantive change was a new clause to change the voting systems for CCP and mayoral elections.

Report of the select committee

On 13 December 2021, the Committee on Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs released a report on the Elections Bill. The Committee criticized the lack of pre-legislative scrutiny of the bill and the additional complexity of the electoral law that would result.

The committee called on the government to suspend progress On the bill. Chairman William Wragg said: “We believe the proposed Elections Bill lacks a sufficient evidence base, timely consultation and transparency, all of which should be addressed before moving forward.”


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Holmes of Theranos to be sentenced in September for fraud https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/holmes-of-theranos-to-be-sentenced-in-september-for-fraud/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/holmes-of-theranos-to-be-sentenced-in-september-for-fraud/ Holmes had agreed with prosecutors that his conviction should take place in September, given “ongoing proceedings in a related case.” Reuters January 13, 2022, 11:00 a.m. Last modification: January 13, 2022, 11:00 a.m. Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes arrives for a hearing in federal court in San Jose, California, United States, July 17, 2019. Photo: […]]]>

Holmes had agreed with prosecutors that his conviction should take place in September, given “ongoing proceedings in a related case.”

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Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes arrives for a hearing in federal court in San Jose, California, United States, July 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters

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Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes arrives for a hearing in federal court in San Jose, California, United States, July 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is expected to be sentenced on September 26 for defrauding investors in the blood testing startup, according to a court file filed Wednesday.

Holmes, 37, was convicted on January 3 of three counts of fraud and one count of conspiring to defraud private investors in the company. She remains free on a $ 500,000 bond secured by properties.

Holmes plans to ask the judge handling his case to overturn his convictions, according to documents filed by the court. If he does not, she is likely to appeal and could request a suspension of her sentence until a final decision is made.

The former entrepreneur has become a Silicon Valley celebrity after claiming that Theranos machines can perform routine blood tests on a few drops from a finger prick. Once valued at $ 9 billion, Theranos collapsed after the Wall Street Journal ran a series of articles, starting in 2015, suggesting its devices were faulty and inaccurate.

Holmes was indicted in 2018 on allegations of investor and patient fraud. Last week a jury found her guilty of four investor-related counts, acquitted her of four patient-related counts and found herself in a deadlock on three other counts. .

Holmes had agreed with prosecutors that his conviction should take place in September, given “ongoing proceedings in a related case.”

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Leading activist urges UK to target Kazakh elite wealth | Business https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/leading-activist-urges-uk-to-target-kazakh-elite-wealth-business/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 19:27:00 +0000 https://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/leading-activist-urges-uk-to-target-kazakh-elite-wealth-business/ One of the architects of the updated UK sanctions legislation called on the government and criminal agencies to target the wealth of the Kazakh elite after at least 164 people died in the unrest. Bill Browder, a US investor turned activist, said the UK government could use anti-corruption legislation to target Kazakhstan’s rulers on the […]]]>

One of the architects of the updated UK sanctions legislation called on the government and criminal agencies to target the wealth of the Kazakh elite after at least 164 people died in the unrest.

Bill Browder, a US investor turned activist, said the UK government could use anti-corruption legislation to target Kazakhstan’s rulers on the basis of human rights abuses.

“It could be imposed in Kazakhstan very easily, and it should be used much more widely than it is now,” he told British MPs on Wednesday.

A report released last month by think tank Chatham House identified 34 British properties purchased by the Kazakh ruling elite from 1998 to 2002 at a cost of around £ 530million. Pressure is mounting on the government to use the tools at its disposal, including sanctions, property records and lawsuits to curb the flow of money from Kazakhstan and other autocratic regimes .

Protests over fuel prices in Kazakhstan last week turned into armed battles for control of vital infrastructure such as the airport of Almaty, the financial capital. The protests sparked a violent crackdown as well as an external military intervention backed by Russia.

Browder was speaking at a remote event hosted by MPs from the all-party parliamentary group on tackling corruption and responsible taxation, alongside MPs such as Dame Margaret Hodge of Labor and Andrew Mitchell of the Conservatives. All three were instrumental in the UK’s introduction of legislation in 2017 giving criminal agencies the power to target unexplained wealth.

Browder also helped ensure that gross human rights violations were included in offenses covered by the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018. The legislation was inspired by Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer and colleague of Browder who was killed in a Moscow prison after exposing an alleged fraud involving Kremlin officials.

Hodge and Browder both criticized the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), saying it had not done enough to target the illicit wealth of dictators and kleptocrats, or their families. The NCA’s approach was “lazy,” pursuing easy pursuits rather than larger targets, Browder said. A spokesperson for the NCA strongly denied that this was the case.

Hodge said the UK failed to enforce sanctions against members of the Kazakh elite in part because of the ANC’s failure in 2020 to freeze the assets of the daughter and grandson of former President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. Nazarbayev officially resigned in 2019, but he is widely seen as wielding significant influence over the Kazakh government, although that may change in the wake of the unrest.

Regarding the failed sanctions against the Kazakh rulers, Hodge said: “I think they are afraid because they have lost the unexplained order of wealth, but of course they should use the sanctions regime against them. . It’s scandalous.

MPs and activists called for increased funding for criminal agencies as well as other measures such as proper checks by the UK companies register and a register of beneficial ownership of property. Hodge told the Guardian that UK efforts to prevent kleptocrats from hiding wealth in the UK could fund themselves if the NCA were allowed to “take a slice of frozen assets to cover their costs.” She also said there should be a cost cap for agencies when prosecuting deep-pocketed offenders.

The NCA spokesperson said: “Tackling the flow of illicit finance into the UK is a top priority for the National Crime Agency. We will continue to use all the legislation at our disposal to prosecute suspicions of illicit financing and harness the full capabilities of UK law enforcement against serious criminals and corrupt elites. “

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