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February 2017 Archives

Four arrested for defrauding Hurricane Sandy program

On Feb. 15, New York officials announced the arrest of four individuals accused of defrauding the Build It Back program, an initiative designed to help property owners rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. The alleged schemes resulted in the theft of $300,000 in disaster relief funds and the attempted theft of $1 million in property.

Dealing with the comeback of an old favorite: heroin

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deaths from opioid use is at an all-time high. In 2014, 47,000 people died from drug overdose. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden remarked that the statistics illustrate the need for law enforcement to intensify efforts "to reduce the availability of heroin, illegal fentanyl and other illegal opioids." The fact is that since 2000, there has been a 200 percent increase in deaths involving opioid pain relievers such as heroin. This drug, which has been around for more than a century, is among the most popular illegal substances found in New York.

Signs of investment fraud

New York residents may have heard about Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme. In a Ponzi scheme, funds from new investors are used to pay off previous investors. This type of investment fraud usually collapses when there is no new money coming in. One of the signs of such a scheme is that the investment has relatively little risk and a high rate of return. In most cases, only high-risk investments offer high rates of return.

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