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TD Bank Denied Rehearing of $67M Verdict Against TD Bank for Aiding Florida Attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.2B Ponzi Scheme

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently denied TD Bank’s request for a rehearing concerning the $67 million verdict against TD Bank in favor of Coquina Investment based on TD Bank’s role in the billion-dollar Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Scott Rothstein. Plaintiff Coquina Investments (“Coquina”) invested with Rothstein and lost millions when his scheme collapsed. Defendant TD Bank, N.A. (“TD Bank”) was the bank through which Rothstein handled transactions with h...

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Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty to Decades-Long Tax Evasion Conspiracy

“European banking giant Credit Suisse has pleaded guilty to helping American clients avoid paying taxes by concealing assets in illegal, undeclared bank accounts — becoming the largest bank to plead guilty to a criminal charge in 20 years,” as reported by Democracy Now, which described the plea deal as follows: Credit Suisse will pay about $2.6 billion in penalties and hire an independent monitor. But the bank will not be required to turn over the names of the Americans who used the ba...

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Wells Fargo Manual Introduced as Evidence of Foreclosure Fraud

Wells Fargo, the largest mortgage servicer in the nation, was unable to keep its infamous Home Mortgage Foreclosure Attorney Procedure Manual from being introduced into evidence in a federal case (case number 1:13-ap-01553) before  Judge Allan L. Gropper of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The recently exposed Wells Fargo manual appears to instruct foreclosure mill attorneys how to fabricate missing loan documents to foreclose on homeowners. In the case, the f...

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American Democracy Eroded by Economic Elite Domination

As you consume your corporate-controlled media in your underwater mortgaged home with your non-dischargeable student loan debt, rest assured that the economy is recovering...for the top 1% that is. The 6 corporations that control 90% of American media overwhelmingly omit that the top 1% “captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery” (2009-2012) according to University of California-Berkeley Professor Emmanuel Saez. If you think such disparate wealth distribut...

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Federal Employees Forced to Sign Nondisclosure Agreements that Violate the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act

“The Obama administration is forcing employees to sign written pledges of secrecy, known as nondisclosure agreements, without including the whistleblower exceptions mandated by [the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act], according to a congressional review by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley.” The Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act “requires such agreements to contain an explicit statement notifying employees the agreements do not trump an employee’s rights and obligations under ...

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Wells Fargo Manual Appears to Instruct Attorneys How to Fabricate Missing Foreclosure Documents

Democracy Now just reported on “a recently revealed internal Wells Fargo document appears to guide lawyers step by step on how to fabricate missing documents to foreclose on homeowners. Wells Fargo is the country’s largest mortgage servicer and services some nine million home loans.” The attorney that “discovered the Wells Fargo manual on how to produce missing documents to foreclose on homeowners” contextualized and described the manual as follows: The manual [is] entitled the "...

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Justice Department Knowingly Misinformed Public by Drastically Overstating Its Focus on Mortgage Fraud

Democracy Now recently reported on an internal report auditing the Department of Justice (DOJ), which found the following: “[DOJ] massively overstated its successes in targeting mortgage fraud while in fact ranking it as a low priority for investigation. [DOJ]’s inspector general says despite playing a central role in the nation’s financial crisis, mortgage fraud was deemed either a low priority or not a priority at all. In one instance, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed to have fi...

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Florida Hospital Settles $85M Whistleblower Lawsuit for Illegally Incentivizing Physician Referrals of Medicare Patients

Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing Inc. recently entered into an $85 million settlement with the federal government to resolve the False Claims Act lawsuit of United States v. Halifax Hosp. Med. Ctr., 6:09-CV-1002-ORL-31T (M.D. Fla. 2014). The whistleblower-initiated False Claims Act suit alleged the following: [The hospital system] violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to the Medicare program that violated the Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly known as the...

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Obama Administration’s War on Whistleblowers Erodes US Ranking in the World Press Freedom Index

The increasing erosion of our First Amendment freedom of the press in the name of ‘national security’ caused the United States’ ranking in the World Press Freedom Index to plummet to 46th out of 180 countries. The Obama Administration’s unparalleled suppression of national security whistleblowers and the journalists reporting information leaked by these whistleblowers contributed to the United States’ decline, which is explained as follows by Reporters Without Borders (the publisher...

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JPMorgan Chase Settles Whistleblower Suit and Admits to Defrauding Taxpayer Insured Mortgage Programs

JPMorgan Chase’s most recent settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve a private whistleblower lawsuit includes a rare admission of guilt and an agreement to “pay $614 million for violating the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting non-compliant mortgage loans submitted for insurance coverage and guarantees by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD), Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).” Spec...

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