LA Times Disciplines Columnist for Using Pseudonym on the Internet

The Los Angeles Times has discontinued the column and blog of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael Hiltzik. He is being reassigned after he serves a suspension. His offense: posting things on the Internet using assumed names. The newspaper says he did not commit any [tag]ethical violations[/tag] in his newspaper column and did not have inaccuracies in … Read more LA Times Disciplines Columnist for Using Pseudonym on the Internet

Consumer Watch: It Pays To Weigh All Options If You Owe Taxes

Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Iris Taylor

Call it tax aftershock.

You filed your return and now you owe the Internal Revenue Service a bundle of money that you don’t have.

You’re panicking because you know if you ignore it, the IRS will get nasty. You’ve heard about the threatening letters, fines, penalties, pay garnishments, liens, property seizures and intimidating appearances in tax court.

Where can you get that money?

First, get some counseling. If you owe a bundle, a credit counselor can analyze your plight and advise the best course of action, said Brad Stroh, co-chief executive officer of Freedom Financial Network LLC in San Mateo, Calif.

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Sprinter Tim Montgomery charged with fraud

A multi-million dollar [tag]bank fraud[/tag] and [tag]money laundering[/tag] scheme led to the arrest of Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery today. He, his track coach Steven Riddick, and 12 others have been indicted by a [tag]grand jury[/tag] in New York. The group is accused of depositing $5 million in stolen, altered, and counterfeit checks in a … Read more Sprinter Tim Montgomery charged with fraud

Men Involved in 2004 Voter Suppression Sentenced to Jail

The four men involved in the [tag]tire slashing[/tag] of 25 vans rented by Republicans to help transport voters to the polls in November 2004 have all been sentenced to jail. Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Michael Brennan said the vandalism was not just a harmless prank. Regarding their attempts at [tag]voter suppression[/tag], he said:

They see you tampering with something they consider sacred and that’s the ballot box.

The sentences:

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The home Reggie Bush’s parents live(d) in

This weekend, Reggie Bush’s parents and brother moved out of the Spring Valley home they’e been living in since last year. Apparently, information has surfaced linking the property to Michael Michaels, a man affiliated with a sports marketing company and supposedly instrumental in Reggie Bush’s selection of an agent. Property records show that the house … Read more The home Reggie Bush’s parents live(d) in

Milwaukee Fraud: Robert Brownell Sentenced to Maximum of 20 Years in Prison

Robert Brownell, the former CEO of Bielinski Brothers Inc. who masterminded a multi-million dollar fraud, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison today. This was the maximum sentence allowed by law for his guilty plea to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The judge also considered an incident in March, where Brownell asked … Read more Milwaukee Fraud: Robert Brownell Sentenced to Maximum of 20 Years in Prison

Wisconsin woman convicted in Medicaid fraud case

Last week, Sheron L. Jerdee of Cameron, Wisconsin was found guilty of four felony counts of forgery-uttering and two felony counts of [tag]medical assistance fraud[/tag]. Jerdee, 64, owned Ambu-Lift Transports, Inc., a company that provided transportation to people covered under Wisconsin’s Medicaid program. The corporation was also convicted of four felony counts of forgery-uttering and … Read more Wisconsin woman convicted in Medicaid fraud case