Saturday, December 10, 2022

“If They Approve it, Do You Think it’s Illegal?”

Fraudsters have good questions as did Ian Hosang, May 8, 2020, after he was arrested and arraigned in Brooklyn Supreme Court for grand larceny, identity theft and scheming to defraud the IRS, by establishing fake non-profits with legitimate-sounding names, like “American Cancer Society for...

Wall Street Wannabe

For most of the world, the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 marked a time to come together and have each other’s backs. For others, such as dual New York and Florida resident, Gregory Blotnick, it signaled an opportunity to try and make a quick...

Having Fun with Others’ Funds

Sean Okrzesik, 34, of Syracuse, N.Y., was sentenced to 25 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft and theft of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI is funded by general tax revenue and helps the elderly and disabled,...

Ahoy There Matey

When a physician takes the Hippocratic Oath, they vow to uphold certain ethical standards. Dr. Konstantinos Zarkadas, 47, of Long Island, N.Y., seems to have conveniently forgotten what that promise was all about. The deceptive doctor applied for multiple small business loans under the...

Dennis the Menace

Ibrahim Aksakal (aka Dennis), 50, of East Patchogue, N.Y., coordinated the transportation and birthing care of Turkish women who were fraudulently entering the U.S. using tourist and business visas. The women hid their pregnancies with the end goal of obtaining birthright citizenship and medical...

Is This Your Card?

COVID-19 shut down our world for nearly two years, but it opened a world of opportunity for fraudsters of all kinds. While vaccines were becoming required for active and reserve military members and for citizens attending activities like concerts and sporting events (because metal...

Her Maserati Did Way More Than 185

When Joe Walsh wrote the song, “Life’s Been Good,” he said his Maserati did 185.  We’re not positive if Jamie Johnson’s Maserati could go that fast, but one thing is for sure, she used hers to drive around to Capital Region area banks in...

Who’s Crying Now?

There are harmless diversions and then there are harmful ones. An example of a harmless diversion is when your child is having a temper tantrum in the middle of the check-out line at the grocery store, and you offer them a binky, favorite toy,...

Playing by the Rules   

The New York Workers’ Compensation Board requires virtually all employers in the state to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. Consolidated NY Services, Inc. of Brooklyn kind of complied with that requirement, but the labor broker neglected to provide a few key details...

Sink, Sank, Sunk

When considering the purchase of a yacht, there are some important details to think about: Do you have the funds for a down payment and can you handle the monthly payments? Can you dock it behind your house, or do you need to store...
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