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MN AG Sues Company For Defrauding Seniors

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is going after a company she says tricked hundreds of people into believing they were protecting their families. The lawsuit filed Monday claims Heritage Partners, LLC convinced aging Minnesotans that a licensed attorney would prepare a living trust of will to protect their assets. Customers claim they were actually sold lies. The government estimates 10,000 Baby Boomers retire each day, many of whom have already begun planning for their future.

02/03/2014

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Report: Fraudulent Purchases Made On 5M Cards After Breach

About 5 million credit and debit cards out of the approximately 40 million whose information was stolen in a massive Target data breach have been used to make fraudulent purchases. The Wall Street Journal says that translates to about 10 to 15 percent of the accounts that were compromised late last year.

01/31/2014

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Poll: Data Breaches Not Changing People’s Habits

American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but many aren’t taking steps to ensure their data is more secure, says a new Associated Press-GfK Poll.

01/27/2014

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Inside Minnesota BCA’s Financial Crimes Task Force

A security breach at Target stores across the country left tens of millions of Americans vulnerable to identity theft. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Financial Crimes Task Force works across the state to crack financial crimes.

01/25/2014

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1-21-14 Target Data Breach On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Why are there discrepancies in the reports coming out of Texas? Click the link to listen…

01/21/2014

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Zygi Wilf Strikes Back At NJ Court Ruling

Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has appealed a court ruling requiring him and his family to pay $100 million in damages and legal fees over a broken deal to develop an apartment complex in his home state of New Jersey. Wilf, his brother Mark Wilf and cousin Leonard Wilf filed their appeal Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division.

01/09/2014

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Good Question: How Much Does Insurance Fraud Cost Us?

More than 100 former New York City workers – including police officers and firefighters – were charged Tuesday with defrauding the disability system. Some are accused of fishing or doing karate after saying they were too injured or too depressed to work. Prosecutors say the alleged scams cost the federal government about $400 million. Every year, Americans pay $1.1 trillion in private insurance premiums, but a big chunk of that money goes to pay out false insurance claims.

01/08/2014

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Lawsuits Emerging From Data Breach At Target

The first federal lawsuits are now being filed over the massive data breach at Target. Three Minnesotans are among those who say the Minneapolis-based company put them at risk. The company confirmed last week that someone had stolen credit and debit card information from as many as 40 million Target shoppers. The thefts went undetected for more than two weeks.

12/23/2013

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Weak U.S. Card Security Made Target A Juicy Target

The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target’s stores will get worse before they get better.

12/22/2013

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Fake Target Discount Emails Link To Fraudulent Sites

Target is apologizing to customers for its widespread data breach by offering a discount to everyone this weekend. But on Saturday, some of the emails customers received may have been part of a phishing scam. According to the Wall Street Journal, fake emails were sent out Saturday that looked close to the real ones. But instead of linking people to credit bureau websites, the sites were fraudulent.

12/21/2013

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Target Reassuring Shoppers, Says There’s Few Reports Of Fraud

Target is trying to reassure its customers in the wake of the retailer’s massive data breach. Someone stole 40 million credit and debit card numbers between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

12/20/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The Final Humiliation Of Tom Petters

If there were ever a Minnesota case where cameras in the courtroom would have been a benefit to the public, it is the Tom Petters case, in my opinion. For four remarkable days in the winter of 2009, Petters testified, maintaining with a cocky flair, that he was an unwitting pawn in a $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme. It was all the work of his underlings he said, and that he had no idea what was going on.

10/26/2013

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Petters Fundraiser Vennes Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

Frank Elroy Vennes Jr. was sentenced to 180 months in prison on Friday, in connection with fraudulently raising money through hedge funds for investment in Petters Company. Vennes was a long-time associate of Thomas J. Petters, the Minnesota businessman convicted in 2009 of orchestrating a $3.65 billion Ponzi scheme.

10/18/2013

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Coin Dealer Sentenced To Prison For Bilking Investors Out Of $3.3M

A 53-year-old Excelsior coin dealer was sentenced Thursday in federal court for defrauding customers and investors out of more than $3.3 million. David Laurence Marion was sentenced to 60 months in prison for one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one count of money laundering.

08/29/2013

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Talking Points: Wilfs’ Fraud Issues & The Vikings Stadium

The Metropolitan Sport Facilities Authority was supposed to vote later this week on some of the final agreements for the Vikings stadium deal. But those votes have been postponed after Gov. Mark Dayton called for a review of the nearly $1 billion stadium plan.

08/18/2013

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