Las Vegas Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison for Foreclosure Rescue Scam

Department of Justice press release: A Las Vegas man was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for operating a foreclosure rescue scam that defrauded distressed homeowners who were struggling to pay their mortgages, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden of the District of Nevada.

Alex P. Soria, 65, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lloyd D. George in the District of Nevada.  In addition to his prison term, Soria was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $320,266 in restitution.

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Teachers Embroiled in Test-Taking Fraud

From ABC News:

It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms.

For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.

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Graffiti Remover Tags Parks, Charges City for Cleanup

From Time Magazine’s News Feed:

A graffiti-removal worker allegedly tried to create overtime pay for himself by creating his own art in Burbank, Calif. parks and later cleaning it up on the city’s tab. Now he’s been tagged with a court date — and no job.

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