Saturday, March 05, 2016

FTC: Florida Leads Nation in Fraudsters: PALM BEACH POST

Our inept top local law enforcement won't and don't bring cases involving white collar crime and corruption.
Meanwhile, our Federal Trade Commission has found that Florida leads the Nation in fraudfeasors.
It's an election year.
With a half-billlion dollar in noisome scams -- the LYDIA CLADEK, INC. fraud ($100,000,000 fraud, with federal court criminal convictions) and the ALLIED VETERANS ($300,000,000 fraud, with Orange County state court criminal convictions) right under their noses here in St. Johns County, why won't State's Attorney R.J. LARIZAA and Sheriff DAVID SHOAR touch corporate crime and corruption?
Wonder why?
So do I.
And so does the FBI.
Do ask.
Do tell.
And ask R. J LARIZZA, A/K/A RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA (R-SAO7), our maladroit, estimable, incompetent State's Attorney, and DAVID BERNERD SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR" (R-St. Johns County), our corrupt Sheriff.
Vote them out.

FTC: Florida tops fraud-related, consumer complaints list
BUSINESS By Susan Salisbury - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer 0

Posted: 2:34 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2016

Florida ranked first in the nation in the number of fraud-related and other consumer complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission last year, with 306,133 complaints, amounting to 1,510 per 100,000 people.

The top category for Florida was debt collection, followed by telephone and mobile services, impostor scams, banks and lenders; prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries; auto-related complaints, shop-at-home and catalog sales, television and electronic media; credit bureaus and credit cards.

The state ranked third in the number of identity theft complaints filed with the FTC, at 444,063, or 217 per 100,000 people.

Among metropolitan areas, West Palm Beach-Fort Lauderdale-Miami ranked third in identity theft complaints, with 17,832, or 300 per 100,000 people.

The FTC received more than 3 million complaints in 2015. That’s up from 2.5 million in 2014.

Debt collection, identity theft and imposter scams were the most common categories of consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network in 2015, according to the agency’s new data book.

Some of the increase can be attributed to the fact that more people know to complain to the FTC about bad business practices, frauds and scams. Technology helped, too — more complaints are reaching the FTC through the convenience of mobile apps.

While debt collection complaints rose to the top spot among complaint categories, the report notes that this was due in large part to a surge in complaints contributed by a data contributor who collects complaints via a mobile app. This change caused a spike in complaints related to unwanted debt collection mobile phone calls.

Identity theft complaints were the second most reported, increasing more than 47 percent percent from 2014 on the back of a massive jump in complaints about tax identity theft from consumers. Identity theft complaints had been the top category for the previous 15 years. Imposter scams – in which scammers impersonate someone else to commit fraud – remained the third-most common complaint in 2015.

“We recognize that identity theft and unlawful debt collection practices continue to cause significant harm to many consumers,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

In January 2016, the FTC announced the new version of, which now allows consumers the ability to create a personalized identity theft recovery plan.

IF they had Secret Service codewords, they'd be TAWDRY and TAINTED, the TITANIC DUO.
Do-nothing unjust stewards who cover up crimes.

TAWDRY Sheriff David Shoar and TAINTED State's Attorney Ralph Larizza's maladroit mishandling of the 2010 Michelle O'Connell shooting case make the case for electing honest local law enforcement officials, for a change. Boot these louche lackeys out the door in 2016.

Sheriff DAVID BERNERD SHOAR, formerly known as "HOAR," before he changed his name after a few months at Palatka P.D. (never disclosed in his campaign materials).
Photo credit: The New York Times

RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA, State's Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Florida

The world is watching us. 
See, e.g.:
The New York Times, "Two Gunshots on a Summer Night" by Walt Bogdanich & Glenn Silber (November 24, 2013):
PBS/Frontline,   "A Death in St. Augustine (November 26, 2013):   NBC News Dateline  , "Two Shots Fired" (April 18, 2014):  
Folio Weekly: Jeff Billman, "Somebody's lying -- An activist accuses the St. Augustine Record of bowing 
to pressure from Jeremy Banks' attorney. The paper accuses her of spreading misinformation" (September 17, 2014),,10912  
Dr. Phil, "The Mystery of Michelle O'Connell" (November 3, 2014):  
Folio Weekly, "Murder, He Wrote," by Susan Cooper Eastman (November 19, 2014),  
Folio Weekly, "The Proxy War," by Derek Kinner (March 4, 2015):  
New York Times, "Agent Cleared Over 2010 Florida Shooting Inquiry, but Lawyer Lashes Out," by Walt Bogdanich (August 27, 2015)

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