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Legal help for immigrants was a scam, police charge

A Falls Church woman is accused of stealing more than $1 million from illegal immigrants who paid her to help them get working papers. The Washington Examiner reports that Shahrzad Soleimanlou allegedly had several illegal immigrants wire her money by ...

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Head Start fraud claim advances

A former Head Start official in Norton can sue the local program under the federal False Claims Act, a Big Stone Gap federal district court ruled yesterday. Suits under the False Claims Act allow a plaintiff, or “relator,” to blow ...

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Ponzi penalties upheld

Before Bernard Madoff, there was Terry Dowdell. Dowdell began operating his Ponzi scheme in 1998, through his Vavasseur Corporation. The feds began investigating in 2001, Vavasseur went into receivership and Dowdell’s asserts were frozen. He pleaded guilty to securities and ...

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Did she see it coming?

One of my memorable legal experiences was helping to sue a small-town psychic.  Imagine my surprise, a dozen years later, to learn that “Miss Stella” has become a well-known psychic scammer on both coasts. I hadn’t given “Miss Stella” a ...

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Did she see it coming?

One of my memorable legal experiences was helping to sue a small-town psychic.  Imagine my surprise, a dozen years later, to learn that “Miss Stella” has become a well-known psychic scammer on both coasts. I hadn’t given “Miss Stella” a ...

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Roanoke trial has echoes of national money crisis

A former Giles County Circuit Court clerk is on trial in Roanoke accused of running a Ponzi scheme to defraud investors of millions of dollars.  As reported by The Roanoke Times, however, his attorney claims Ted James Johnson Jr. was ...

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Fallout from lawyer theft detailed

Talk about a train wreck. Here are the latest numbers on the devastation caused by Stephen Conrad, the Prince William County lawyer who systematically settled without authorization and pocketed the proceeds from the personal injury cases of his clients: –         ...

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