Update: Mugshot Operators Arrest

It appears like the law is finally catching up with mugshots operators. The infamous operators of Mugshot.com have been arrested and facing extradition to California The individual arrested are Sahar Sarid, Kishore Vidya Bhavnanie,Thomas Keesee and David Usdan.

According to their website, these guys now claim they are a new organization

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FTC Files Charges Against Independent Sales Organization and Sales Agents

Defendants Laundered Transactions for ‘Money Now Funding’ Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission has charged 12 defendants with laundering millions of dollars in credit card charges through fraudulent merchant accounts. According to the complaint filed by the FTC, the defendants arranged for a deceptive operation known as Money Now Funding (MNF) to obtain and maintain merchant accounts that allowed it to process almost $6 million through the credit card networks.

In September 2013, the FTC charged MNF with running a deceptive business opportunity scheme that promised consumers they would make thousands of dollars helping small businesses get loans. The court in the MNF matter determined that MNF’s promises were false.

Today’s case alleges that the defendants – an Independent Sales Organization (ISO), sales agents, and their principals – provided the MNF scheme access to the credit card networks  by submitting and approving fraudulent applications in the names of more than 40 fictitious MNF companies. According to the FTC’s complaint, the defendants did so despite obvious signs that the companies were likely fictitious and being used to conceal the true identity of the underlying merchant. By processing the fraudulent MNF scheme’s transactions through merchant accounts opened in the names of fictitious companies, the ISO defendants allegedly also evaded the anti-fraud monitoring efforts of the credit card networks.

In the case announced today, the defendants are charged with violating the FTC Act and the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule.

The ISO defendants are Electronic Payment Systems LLC, Electronic Payment Transfer LLC, John Dorsey, Thomas McCann and Michael Peterson. The sales agent defendants are Electronic Payment Solutions of America Inc., Electronic Payment Services Inc., KMA Merchant Services LLC, Dynasty Merchants LLC, Jay Wigdore, Michael Abdelmesseh, also known as Michael Stewart, and Nikolas Mihilli.

The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint was 2-0. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

NOTE: The Commission files a complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The case will be decided by the court.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook(link is external), follow us on Twitter(link is external), read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

 

FTC Charges Online Marketing Scheme with Deceiving Shoppers

One-time “trial” offer for tooth whitener led to recurring $200 monthly charges

The Federal Trade Commission has charged an online marketing operation with deceptively luring people into an expensive negative option scam using an initial low-cost ($1.03, plus shipping and handling) “trial” offer for tooth whiteners and other products.

A federal court temporarily halted the operation and froze its assets at the request of the FTC, which seeks to end the practices.

According to the FTC, the defendants used a network of 78 companies, at least 87 websites, and dozens of bank accounts to hide their ownership and launder the profits from the scheme. They also drove people to their websites via affiliate networks that generate web traffic with blog posts, banner ads and surveys. For example, some consumers got emails inviting them to fill out surveys falsely claiming to be for well-known merchants such as Kohl’s and Amazon, and were directed to the defendants’ websites to claim a “reward” for completing the survey.

The FTC alleges that, using deceptive claims, hidden fine-print disclosures and confusing terms, the defendants tricked consumers into providing their billing information, and then started charging them about $100 a month unless consumers canceled within 8 days. They also used an order confirmation page to trick consumers into signing up for a second monthly subscription, which cost an additional $100, for an identical product. Because of this double-deception, the defendants charged consumers, who reasonably believed they had agreed to a single shipment for $1.03 plus shipping costs, about $200 a month until they canceled both unauthorized subscriptions.

The defendants are charged with violating the FTC Act and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act.

The defendants are Blair McNea, Danielle Foss, Jennifer Johnson, Boulder Creek Internet Solutions Inc., Walnut Street Marketing Inc., and these LLCs: Anasazi Management Partners, RevMountain, Wave Rock, Juniper Solutions, Jasper Woods, Wheeler Peak Marketing, ROIRunner, Cherry Blitz, Flat Iron Avenue, Absolutely Working, Three Lakes, Bridge Ford, How and Why, Spruce River, TrimXT, Elation White, IvoryPro, Doing What’s Possible, RevGuard, RevLive!, Blue Rocket Brands, Convertis, Convertis Marketing, Turtle Mountains, Boulder Black Diamond, Mint House, Thunder Avenue, University & Folsom, Snow Sale, Brand Force, Wild Farms, Salamonie River, Indigo Systems, Night Watch Group, Newport Crossing, Greenville Creek, Brookville Lane, Honey Lake, Condor Canyon, Brass Triangle, Solid Ice, Sandstone Beach, Desert Gecko, Blizzardwhite, Action Pro White, First Class Whitening, Spark Whitening, Titanwhite, Dental Pro At Home, Smile Pro Direct, Circle of Youth Skincare, DermaGlam, Sedona Beauty Secrets, Bella at Home, SkinnyIQ, Body Tropical, and RoadRunner B2C LLC, also doing business as RevGo.

The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint was 2-0. The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada entered a temporary restraining order against the defendants on July 25, 2017.

NOTE: The Commission files a complaint when it has “reason to believe” that the law has been or is being violated and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The case will be decided by the court.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook(link is external), follow us on Twitter(link is external), read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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International Cyber Crime Takedown Targets “Carding”

Two dozen people around the world were arrested today as part of the largest coordinated international law enforcement action in history directed at “carding” crimes—offenses in which the Internet is used to traffic in and exploit the stolen credit card, bank account, and other personal identification information of victims.

The takedown was the result of a two-year undercover operation led by the FBI that revealed a network of cyber criminals engaged in activities such as buying and selling stolen identities, exploiting credit cards, and using counterfeit documents and sophisticated hacking tools.

In the course of the undercover operation, the FBI contacted multiple affected institutions and/or individuals to advise them of discovered breaches in order to enable them to take appropriate responsive and protective measures. In so doing, the FBI has prevented estimated potential economic losses of more than $205 million, notified credit card providers of over 411,000 compromised credit and debit cards, and notified 47 companies, government entities, and educational institutions of the breach of their networks.

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List of Arrested Defendants Charged in SDNY Complaints

Defendant

SDNY Complaint Number

Residence

Age

Charges and Maximum Penalties

Christian Cangeopol, a/k/a “404myth” 12 Mag. 1667 Lawrenceville, Georgia 19
  • Conspiracy to commit access device fraud (7.5 years in prison)
Mark Caparelli,a/k/a “Cubby” 12 Mag. 1640 San Diego, California 20
  • Wire fraud (20 years in prison)
  • Access device fraud (10 years in prison)
Steven Hansen, a/k/a “theboner1” 12 Mag. 1641 Kentucky (in prison in Wisconsin) 23
  • Fraud in connection with identification information (Five years in prison)
Sean Harper, a/k/a “Kabraxis314” 12 Mag. 1638 Albuquerque, New Mexico 23
  • Conspiracy to commit access device fraud (7.5 years in prison)
Ali Hassan, a/k/a “Mr Badoo,” a/k/a “Mr.Badoo,” a/k/a “Badoo” 12 Mag. 1565 Milan, Italy 22
  • Conspiracy to commit wire fraud (20 years in prison)
  • Conspiracy to commit access device fraud, with object of possession 15 or more access devices (Five years in prison)
  • Aggravated identity theft (Two years mandatory consecutive in prison)
Alex Hatala, a/k/a “kool+kake” 12 Mag. 1669 Jacksonville, Florida 19
  • Fraud in connection with identification information (Five years in prison)
Joshua Hicks, a/k/a “OxideDox” 12 Mag. 1639 Bronx, New York 19
  • Access device fraud (10 years in prison)
Michael Hogue, a/k/a “xVisceral” 12 Mag. 1632 Tucson, Arizona 21
  • Conspiracy to commit computer hacking (10 years in prison)
  • Distribution of malware (10 years in prison)
Lee Jason Juesheng, a/k/a “iAlert,” a/k/a “Jason Kato” 12 Mag. 1605 Tokyo, Japan 23
  • Access device fraud (10 years in prison)
Peter Ketchum, Jr., a/k/a “iwearaMAGNUM” 12 Mag. 1651 Pittsfield, Massachusetts 21
  • Conspiracy to commit access device fraud (7.5 years in prison)
Jarand Moen Romtveit, a/k/a “zer0,” a/k/a “zer0iq” 12 Mag. 1656 Porsgrunn, Norway 25
  • Access device fraud (possession 15 unauthorized devices) (10 years in prison)
  • Access device fraud (affecting transactions with unauthorized devices) (15 years in prison)
  • Aggravated identity theft (Two years mandatory, consecutive in prison)
Mir Islam, a/k/a “JoshTheGod” Bronx, New York 18
  • Access device fraud (10 years in prison)
  • Access device fraud (affecting transactions with unauthorized devices) (15 years in prison

Ex-online Pharmacy Titan Arrested in U.S.

By: Gabrielle Giroday
Winnipeg Free Press

It’s a staggering tale that took a young man from a high-flying Internet entrepreneur in Minnedosa to a jail cell in Miami in a decade.

The epic rise of 38-year-old Andrew Strempler as an online pharmacy magnate crashed after his arrest this past Wednesday at the Miami International Airport, as he made his way to Canada from South America.

Strempler — once profiled by the New York Times as a “rich man” who went out of his way not to disguise his wealth — had attracted notice as one of Manitoba’s most flamboyant young businessmen as he built the online pharmacy business RxNorth.com from a century-old building in downtown Minnedosa.

That success meant the purchase of a Wellington Crescent mansion that once belonged to Leonard Asper and a collection of flashy cars that included two Dodge Vipers and a yellow Lamborghini.

Strempler was charged Wednesday with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, as well as two counts of mail fraud.

As of Friday, he was at a federal detention centre in Miami.

Prisoners in the jail must wake up at 6 a.m. on weekdays and submit to cell inspections.

Jay Boschman, a Brandon-based pharmacist who almost went into business with Strempler, said he was “not surprised at all” to hear about what happened.

The pair met in the 1990s at a pharmacy in Rossburn. Strempler struck Boschman as a “sharp person,” and the pair shared Christian beliefs as Strempler developed his business.

“He was young, and he was energetic, and I thought he was a sharp, sharp pharmacist,” said Boschman.

But the two drifted apart and haven’t spoken in more than a decade.

“As he became richer and richer, he seemed to disregard maybe some of the laws of the land,” said Boschman.

Court documents filed in Miami show authorities are seeking the forfeiture of US$95 million it’s alleged Strempler received through crime.

The charges against Strempler date from a period between January 2005 to June 2006.

Documents filed in a U.S. District Court in Florida allege Strempler — as founder and owner of Mediplan Health Consulting, which also operated under the name RxNorth.com — had received a letter in 2001 saying his drug sales south of the border would be illegal if the products weren’t approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The Free Press chronicled some of the further hurdles the business faced, after Strempler bought out his partners and sold it in 2006, the same year the FDA warned drugs purchased from the firm were unsafe.

By 2009, Strempler had struck his name from a provincial pharmacy registry and had to pay $7,500 to stay charges against him at a disciplinary hearing at the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Asssociation.

The court documents say Strempler and others used a facility named Personal Touch in Freeport, the Bahamas, “to dispense prescription drugs purchased from RxNorth,” from January 2005 to June 2006.

“Andrew J. Strempler and others caused prescription orders made through RxNorth to be filled at the facility in the Bahamas, with labels on the vials and drug cartons stating they had been filled by RxNorth in Canada,” said court documents.

Strempler was licensed as a pharmacist in Manitoba, said the documents, and Mediplan was also based in the province.

“It was the purpose of the conspiracy for the defendant and his co-conspirators to unlawfully enrich themselves by selling prescription drugs in the United States, falsely representing that RxNorth was selling safe prescription drugs in compliance with the rules of regulatory authorities in Canada, the United Kingdom and/or the United States, when in fact… (they) obtained the prescription drugs from various other countries without properly ensuring the safety or authenticity of the drugs,” said the documents.

U.S. marshals arrested Strempler at the Miami airport on a pending warrant, said Alicia Valle, special counsel to the U.S. attorney.

Strempler’s Miami-based lawyer did not respond to a message left with her office Friday.

RCMP D Division spokesman Cpl. Miles Hiebert said there were no outstanding warrants for Strempler’s arrest in Canada and he is not facing criminal charges here.

gabrielle.giroday@freepress.mb.ca

Source: Winnipeg Free Press