In United States vs Hickey, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirms the conviction of another real estate developer who made big promises to investors but failed to deliver.  Defendants Hickey and Tang induced over 700 investors to invest over $20 million in two real estate developments.  The plan was straight forward enough – you give me money, we


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 In an article appearing online in the Statesman it appears that DBSI president Douglas Swenson will have to answer questions under oath in the DBSI Bankruptcy case now pending.  Here is the classic dilemma – answer the questions and face the use of your testimony in an all but certain criminal case, or refuse to answer and invoke the constitutional


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 The Idaho Statesman reports today that a Boise woman, Tina Lancaster has been indicted on 52 counts of health care fraud and obstruction of a federal audit. The story says:

"According to the indictment, Lancaster billed Medicaid for physical therapy services that were not ordered by a physician, were not provided by licensed physical therapists, or were not provided at


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 The feds are at it again – investigating real estate and mortgage fraud across the fruited plain and the end result is almost always the same – PRISON.  Check out this report concerning their efforts and the results – an incarceration rate of over 82% and an average sentence of 38 months.  And in Idaho there are numerous ongoing investigations


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If you think that white colar crime results in a slap on the wrist, consider the recent sentencing decision in a case of mortgage fraud, in Georgia.  The Georgia United States Attorney reports that last week Adriene Newby-Allen was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment and ordered to pay $5,278,703 in restitution. Newby-Allen pled guilty in July to charges arising from


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 As reported here DBSI, a locally prominent real estate investment company is in serious financial trouble, having been named a defendant in civil lawsuits alleging fraud.  Investors yesterday were dealt the next card in this hand – the BK card.  DBSI has now filed for protection under the bankruptcy laws in hopes of keeping its fiscal head above water.  The


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I am in the process of looking for hidden assets of a potential judgment debtor (assuming we win the case and get the judgment) and came across another blog that focusses on this challenge.  Check out Asset Search Blog for info on this subject.  Very interesting.  In my case, we are looking for assets to satisfy a potential fraud


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