Some many grifters, it seems like time for a topic just for grifters. Grifting. Victims.
The US Attorney’s Office of Arizona on Wednesday announced the indictment of two men on charges that they defrauded musicians and associated companies by claiming more than $20m in royalty payments for songs played on YouTube.
The 30-count indictment against Jose Teran, 36, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Webster Batista, 38, of Doral, Florida, was returned by a grand jury on November 16, 2021. It accuses the two men of conspiracy, wire fraud, transactional money laundering, and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to steal YouTube payments.
“In short, Batista and Teran, as individuals and through various entities that they operate and control, fraudulently claimed to have the legal rights to monetize a music library of more than 50,000 songs,” the indictment [PDF] alleges.
No civil asset forfeiture in play here. One wonders why.
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“ If you look at headlines about Stellantis’ new money-making scheme, things seem pretty innocuous. “Stellantis Bets on Software,” says the Wall Street Journal. “Stellantis launches $23 billion software push,” says Automotive News. Software sounds good, right? Well, something else is at play here: subscription services that keep you paying long after you’ve bought your car.”
“ Ten portable products with negative ions contain too much radioactivity, RIVM reports. It concerns bracelets, necklaces and sleeping masks that have been sold, among other things, because they are said to protect against 5G radiation. According to the RIVM, wearing them can be harmful to health.
The Authority for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection (ANVS) has published the list of the ten products. People are urged not to carry the items anymore, to put them away safely and to wait for “hand-in instructions”. All companies that sell the products have been told to stop doing so immediately.”
These things happen.
These things certainly seem to happen a lot in low-trust economies where your access to justice, restitution, or even basic human rights, depends largely on which high-ranking party member you have access to ask for help.
JPMorgan Chase is paying $200 million in fines to two U.S. banking regulators to settle charges that its Wall Street division allowed employees to use WhatsApp and other platforms to circumvent federal record-keeping laws.
“ SEC officials who spoke to reporters Thursday evening said JPMorgan’s failure to preserve those offline conversations violated federal securities law and left the regulator blind to exchanges between the bank and its clients.
Federal law requires financial firms to keep meticulous records of electronic messages between brokers and clients so regulators can make sure those firms aren’t skirting anti-fraud or antitrust laws.”
Small ball edition.
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