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Category Archives: Consumer Fraud

HealthCare

Four Florida Men Indicted; Charged With Running Billion-Dollar Healthcare Fraud Scheme

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Associated Press, four Florida men, six Florida companies, and one Houston, Texas-based firm have been named in an indictment alleging that they collectively carried out a nearly $1 billion healthcare fraud scheme. In a press release, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) states that tens of thousands of… Read More »

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Vomit Fraud? South Florida Uber Drivers Accused of Unusual Scam

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

When customers use the Uber ridesharing app, they will be required to agree to the company’s ‘terms of service’. If an Uber rider causes damage to the inside of a vehicle during their trip, a cleaning fee can be billed to their credit card. When a passenger vomits in an Uber in South Florida,… Read More »

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Sunrise, Florida Woman To Be Sentenced For Role in Eight Figure Business Fraud Scheme

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On June 13th, 2018, the Miami Herald reported that Destiny Asjee Rowland, a 21-year-old woman from South Florida, is set to be sentenced for her role in a $16 million business fraud scam. According to state prosecutors, Ms. Rowland helped to establish an international ring that included as least 74 different people who were… Read More »

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McDonald’s Value Meal Might Not Save You Money — But Judge Says It is Not False Advertising

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Recently, a United States federal court judge in Illinois ruled in favor of McDonald’s in a deceptive advertising lawsuit. According to the allegations raised in the class-action lawsuit, buying a McDonald’s ‘Extra Value Meal’ was actually somewhat more expensive than purchasing each item included in the meal individually. However, the federal judge ruled that… Read More »

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Business

The Top Seven Consumer Complaints in 2017

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Unfortunately, consumer fraud remains a major problem in the state of Florida. On December 28th, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) released its annual report on consumer fraud and consumer complaints. In 2017, the agency received more than 40,000 separate complaints from Florida consumers. Undoubtedly, this figure only represents a small… Read More »

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Executive of Fort Lauderdale Yacht Company Facing Federal Fraud Charges

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the South Florida Business Journal, Andrew Deme and several as-of-yet unidentified co-conspirators are facing federal business fraud charges. Mr. Deme was the top executive of a Fort Lauderdale yacht-sharing business operating under the name ‘Water Club Holdings’. On December 6th, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a… Read More »

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Four South Florida Men Convicted in $25 Million Fraud Scheme

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Sun-Sentinel, four men from South Florida have been sentenced to prison for their role in a $25 million sweepstakes mailer fraud scheme. The men received sentences of varying length, with the longest sentence going to the man who was accused of being the lead preparator: Matthew Pisoni of Fort… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About the ‘Restore Online Shoppers Confidence Act’ (ROSCA)

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Every year, a larger percentage of American commerce is done over the internet. This has led to the rise of a wide variety of different types of business models, including the re-emergence of subscription services. Indeed, it seems like web-based subscription services are everywhere nowadays. Though, sometimes these services are marketed to customers in… Read More »

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Consumer Fraud Alert: Scammers are Targeting Hurricane Victims

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Through late September, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been rough. Several major storms have already made landfall in the United States and the Caribbean, including Hurricane Irma, which hit the state of Florida. Sadly, in the confusion of the storm’s aftermath, some unscrupulous actors are attempting to take advantage of hurricane victims. The… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Consumer in Motor Vehicle Fraud Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On September 6th, 2017, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal issued a ruling in the case of  Landry v. Charlotte Motor Cars, LLC. This case centered around a dispute involving alleged fraud by a car dealership. Originally, a lower court had dismissed the fraud claim on the grounds that consumer had “spoiled” the evidence…. Read More »

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