Posts tagged "fraud"

Rep. LaShawn Ford indicted for bank fraud; tells us he disputes the charges

Rep. LaShawn Ford indicted for bank fraud; tells us he disputes the charges
State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford was indicted Thursday for making false statements to a bank and misusing funds intended to rehab properties in his district. He later blasted the charges as false, telling The Chicago Reporter: “I am not a person of scandal.” Ford is accused of giving ShoreBank false tax returns to increase his... Read more »

Undocumented Life: Fraud complaints against prominent immigration activist pile up

The number of undocumented immigrants accusing a prominent immigration activist of scamming them out of thousands of dollars by pretending to be an immigration lawyer keeps growing. The most recent complaint against Margaret Carrasco, filed back in April, was by a 19 year-old undocumented woman who met Carrasco in immigration court. The mother of a... Read more »

Happy birthday, Wells Fargo: older but wiser?

Happy birthday, Wells Fargo: older but wiser?
Protesters around the country came out Monday to wish Wells Fargo a happy 160th birthday, and to remind the San Francisco bank that getting older doesn’t mean they’re getting any wiser. “We went out there to let them know that we are going to bring attention to the fact that Wells Fargo still does not... Read more »
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Chicago immigration attorneys sentenced to federal prison for their role in marriage scam

A North Chicago immigration attorney and his twin brother were sentenced to 24 and 12 months, respectively, in federal prison on Wednesday for their roles aiding a marriage fraud ring. Manny Aguja, who was expelled from practicing immigration law last month, and his twin brother Marc Aguja, both 55, were also ordered to each pay a... Read more »

Scam artists prey on immigrants

Scam artists prey on immigrants
After spending 12 days in an immigration detention center, Mario De la Rosa received welcomed news about his pending deportation case. Within three days of his release, Margaret Carrasco, who De la Rosa said introduced herself as an immigration attorney, went to the family’s house to talk about the case. Carrasco promised not only to... Read more »

Illinois House bill aims to end food stamp trafficking. But does the problem really exist?

This week, the Illinois House Human Services Committee approved a bill to “get tough” on food stamp recipients. How? Rep. Chapin Rose proposed a bill that would to try and ensure that people can’t sell their food stamps for money. If his bill passes, every LINK card–the state debit card that food stamp recipients use... Read more »
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News Roundup: Dependence on government grew 14 percent last year

Americans, as a whole, became 13.6 percent more dependent on our government in 2009,  according to a new study by the Heritage Foundation. Housing assistance in particular saw the largest increase since the foundation created the Index of Dependence on Government in the 1960s. Welfare and low-income healthcare spending also spiked. More at chicagoreporter.com Also... Read more »