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DOJ establishes transnational elder fraud strike force

DOJ establishes transnational elder fraud strike force

first_imgiStock/monkeybusinessimages(WASHINGTON) — the Justice Department has formed a transnational elder fraud strike force to combat the growing international problem of elder fraud.Elder fraud is when fraudsters prey on older victims who can be more susceptible to when approached to give money to sympathetic causes and in some cases threatened and harassed by criminals.Recently, three Peruvian men pleaded guilty to extorting older Americans through a Spanish-speaking call center.“For example, one such script directed the callers to falsely and fraudulently claim to be government attorneys and to state that the victims faced lawsuits and fines for not paying for or receiving packages. Other scripts included similar stories where the callers falsely claimed to be attorneys with courts or credit bureaus in the United States,” the indictment in the case reads.The effort, announced Thursday, combines six U.S. Attorney’s offices from California to Georgia, FBI Special Agents and the Postal Inspection Agency — all in an effort to combat elder fraud in the United States.“Fraud against the elderly is on the rise,” Attorney General William Barr said in a release. “One of the most significant and pernicious causes for this increase is foreign-based fraud schemes. The new Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force will bring together the expertise and resources of our prosecutors, federal and international law enforcement partners, and other government agencies to better target, investigate, and prosecute criminals abroad who prey on our elderly at home. The Department of Justice is committed to ending the victimization of elders across the country.”Earlier this year, the attorney general announced the largest ever crackdown on elder fraud in country by highlighting the case of William Webster, the former FBI director who was targeted for months by scammers abroad.“It doesn’t matter where these criminals live. We’re committed to keeping our elderly citizens safe, whether they’re being targeted door-to-door, over the phone, or online, from thousands of miles away,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.Barr has said that he had been a victim of one of the scams in 2017. While he was not attorney general at the time, fraudsters asked for money using his old official portrait.He highlighted his story at a roundtable event in March.“People took my official Justice Department portrait from 1992, so I was looking pretty good in 1992 and they put it up on Facebook and other online sites and I was telling people as the former attorney general I had access to special federal grant money and if they just sent some money I could tell them how to get some major grants,” he explained.Barr said he had the pages taken down, but from time to time even leading up to when he was nominated to be attorney general he would get calls from people around the country which he called “heartbreaking.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas speaks out on Arsenal’s Champions League final defeat to Barcelona

Cesc Fabregas speaks out on Arsenal’s Champions League final defeat to Barcelona

first_imgAdvertisement Cesc Fabregas speaks out on Arsenal’s Champions League final defeat to Barcelona Comment Cesc Fabregas has bittersweet memories of the 2006 Champions League final (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has named the 2006 Champions League as the only ‘if only’ moment of his career as Arsenal were beaten by Barcelona, but he still takes the positives from coming so close to European glory.The Spaniard started the Champions League final at the Stade de France shortly after his 19th birthday, playing in an Arsenal midfield alongside Gilbeto Silva, Robert Pires and Alexander Hleb.Jens Lehmann was sent off just 18 minutes into the contest for the Gunners, and despite Sol Campbell giving them a first half lead, goals from Samuel Eto’o and Juliano Belletti in the last 15 minutes gave Barca the title.AdvertisementAdvertisementFabregas admits that losing the final narrowly still bothers him, but tries to see the plus side of going toe-to-toe with Frank Rijkaard’s excellent Barcelona team.ADVERTISEMENT‘Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose,’ tweeted Fabregas. ‘It’s the “if only” that has resisted in my career and even though I’d do anything to win it, I feel blessed to have played that final and been so close to winning it against one of the best teams in the world at that time. ❤️⚽️’ Advertisementcenter_img With Fabregas still playing at 33-years-old for Monaco, it is easy to forget that he was on the field in a previous generation of players in this mammoth clash.There were only places on the bench for Xavi and Andres Iniesta for Barca, while Deco, Marc van Bommel and Edmilson took the middle of midfield.Lionel Messi was not involved through injury as Ronaldinho and Eto’o led the line, along with Ludovic Giuly.The Champions League has eluded Fabregas throughout his career, missing out at Barcelona and Chelsea as well.MORE: Arsenal keen on Barcelona goalkeeper Neto but face stiff competitionMORE: Nani reveals the reason he snubbed Arsenal & Chelsea to sign for Man UtdFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It’s the “if only” that has resisted in my career and even though I’d do anything to win it, I feel blessed to have played that final and been so close to winning it against one of the best teams in the world at that time. ❤️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/isTBaSRY81— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) May 17, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterMonday 18 May 2020 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShareslast_img read more

Syracuse holds last practice on Christmas Day in Houston

Syracuse holds last practice on Christmas Day in Houston

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2013 at 9:45 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 While many bowl teams are spending their Christmases at home with family, Syracuse is down in Houston preparing for Friday’s Texas Bowl.Some players, like linebacker Cameron Lynch, quarterback Drew Allen and running back Prince-Tyson Gulley, have relatives in the Longhorn State. But for most, this Yule-tide holiday experience was a new one.“Really different,” quarterback Terrel Hunt said. “I’m used to staying home, waking up, opening presents and going to my grandma’s house.“But being with these guys isn’t that bad.”The Orange spent Christmas in Houston this year, holding its last practice of the season at Rice University on Wednesday, two days before taking on Minnesota in Reliant Stadium on Friday. SU head coach Scott Shafer called it a business holiday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was slow toward the end, Hunt said, but a strong final preparation to complete a near month-long layoff from live action.“It kind of feels like just yesterday I left home for camp and now it’s over, basically, on Friday,” left tackle Sean Hickey said. “A good year. A lot of good experiences and a fun time. The only thing we need to do is cap it off on Friday with this win.”But before the Orange started its practice, head coach Scott Shafer delivered a gift. He brought in SU-turned-Houston Texans wide receiver Alec Lemon to speak to the team.“I’m 0-2 against Minnesota,” Lemon said with a big smile, “so it would be nice to see y’all give Minnesota hell out here so I can finally get a win.”Hunt said the offense keyed in on prepping for the Gophers’ aggressive defensive front in practice while cornerback Brandon Reddish talked about Minnesota’s power run game, headed by junior David Cobb.There were no new surprises or significant adjustments to make. Just the last batch of repetitions before a day off Thursday as a team manager’s Santa hat was one of the only signs of Christmas on the practice field.“It actually was going a little slow toward the end,” Hunt said, “but it’s crazy that it’s here. Now we have to just go out here and win that trophy.” Commentslast_img read more