US con woman guilty of defrauding Caribbean nationals

first_img Tweet 22 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional US con woman guilty of defrauding Caribbean nationals by: – August 30, 2012 Sharecenter_img Elizabeth Meredith was part of a conspiracy that hauled in hundreds of thousands of dollars in bogus immigration-related services.WASHINGTON, USA – Elizabeth Lindsey Meredith has pleaded guilty for her role in a scheme to defraud Caribbean and other nationals seeking immigration-related services, according to the United States Department of Justice.The 24-year-old Missouri woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, six counts of mail fraud and seven counts of wire fraud in connection with Immigration Forms and Publications (IFP), a Sedalia, Missouri company that sold immigration forms that were generally available free of cost from the United States government.Court documents revealed that IFP sales representatives fraudulently told immigrants that the company was affiliated with the US government and that fees paid to IFP covered government processing charges.The US Justice Department says that Meredith faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to US$250,000.“Over a year ago, the Department of Justice announced its commitment to combating immigration service scams, which often prey upon individuals who are in this country legally and trying to abide by the rules,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West.West noted that the guilty pleas represent an important step in the continued fight to protect vulnerable individuals against fraud.Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’ Civil Division, Stuart Delery, said the agency is intolerant of those who exploit government services.Court documents show that Meredith was a manager of IFP, which operated in 2009 and 2010.The Justice Department said that, in pleading guilty, Meredith admitted that IFP representatives falsely told Caribbean and other immigrants that the company employed paralegals who would help customers correctly fill out immigration forms, that IFP handled excess call volume for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), that fees paid to IFP included government processing fees, and that forms purchased through IFP would be processed more quickly than if consumers dealt directly with USCIS.“Law-abiding immigrants sought help to complete government forms, but instead this company cheated hundreds of victims out of more than US$400,000 and provided little or no help at all,” said David M Ketchmark, Acting US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.“This defendant managed the day-to-day operations of the Sedalia office; with her guilty plea today, all of the conspirators now will be held accountable for their fraud and deceit,” he added.Thomas Joseph Strawbridge, 49, and Thomas Barret Laurence, 30, previously pleaded guilty for their conduct in the same scheme, the Justice Department said.Caribbean 360 News Share Sharelast_img read more

Bogdanovic hits 3 at buzzer as Jazz beat Bucks

first_imgLATEST STORIES “Mike (Conley) was supposed to be in that corner, but I asked him if he could go to the other,” Bogdanovic said.Joe Ingles faked a pass to his right and then threw it to Bogdanovic near the left corner — one of his favorite spots. Ingles raised both his arms before the 3-pointer even settled into the net, and Utah beat the Milwaukee Bucks 103-100.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Players ran from the bench and mobbed a smiling Bogdonovic at midcourt. Bogdonovic finished with 33 points.Utah’s Donovan Mitchell was driving for a possible winner when George Hill stripped the ball and called timeout with 2.3 seconds left. Milwaukee inbounded to Khris Middleton, but he traveled as Rudy Gobert flew at him. The clock was reset to 1.3 seconds, giving the Jazz one last chance. “It was big that we could close that out and get that win,” said Gobert, who missed two free throws and had a late turnover before his defensive heroics. “If we lose that game at the end after all that, it would have really hurt.”Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 28 of his 30 points in the second half, hit a 3 and made a follow shot to give the Bucks their first and only lead, 89-88, but later fouled out and wasn’t on the court for the dizzying finish.“I was like, ‘How bad can it get?’ We’re down 22. I couldn’t get it going but I decided to be aggressive, try and go downhill, try and shoot shots and make plays. Obviously, I was just trying to power through guys,” Antetokounmpo said.Bogdanovic made five 3-pointers and all 10 free throws on a night when nothing seemed to come easy for most players.“I was surprised I had a standing ovation, even that I hit a game-winner, so it was a great atmosphere, like a playoff crowd,” Bogdonovic said.ADVERTISEMENT PH Volcanoes intensify SEA Games preps with Tokyo 2020 qualifiers View comments DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) celebrates after scoring the winning shot in the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Bojan Bogdanovic didn’t hesitate to ask his new coach for the final shot.With 1.3 seconds left, Utah coach Quin Snyder drew up a play the Jazz practiced earlier Friday, but Bogdanovic said he wanted the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study MOST READ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Mike Conley had 20 points, and Mitchell finished with 20, but it was Bogdanovic’s time to shine.“Bogey’s still showing the world what he can do. A lot of people still don’t know that he’s that good, but he really is,” Conley said.Middleton scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe had 22 for Milwaukee. The Bucks had won four in a row.“I think we played as hard as we could. We didn’t make shots,” said Middleton, whose team shot 36%. “The guys out there gave it our all. It came down to two plays down the stretch that cost us the game.”Mitchell’s step-back jumper put Utah up 100-92, but Bledsoe made a couple quick hoops and Middleton made two free throws with 8.0 seconds remaining to knot it at 100.The Jazz led by 25 in the first half, but Antetokounmpo sparked a 21-5 run to start the third quarter and it was tight from there.The Bucks have lost 18 consecutive games since their last road win over the Utah Jazz on Oct. 30, 2001.LOTS TO LEARN, EVEN FROM A WINThe Jazz blew a 22-point lead in the first half and an eight-point advantage in the final 1:31. Snyder noted the jubilation had a tinge of angst.“Giving up rebounds on a free throw, fouling length of the court, going after an offensive rebound at the wrong time — there were a number of things that we need to look at it and we will,” Snyder said. “We should feel really good about this win … but there’s a lot of things we need to learn from that game.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP INSBucks: Brook Lopez picked up his fifth foul midway through the third quarter and only scored five points. … Coach Mike Budenholzer unsuccessfully challenged Antetokounmpo’s sixth foul on a dunk attempt by Gobert with 53.9 seconds to play. … The Bucks forced 20 turnovers.Jazz: Dante Exum is still inactive as he recovers from knee surgery, Ed Davis has a fractured leg and Emmanuel Mudiay sat out with hamstring tightness. … Antetokounmpo poked Bogdanovic in the eye in the fourth quarter and appeared to dislodge his contact lens.UP NEXTBucks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday.Jazz: At Golden State on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more