Articles Posted in Fraud

SEC Faces Sanctions – Again!
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SEC Made Numerous Material Misrepresentations to Utah District Court ***UPDATED BELOW – 3/19/24*** ***SECOND UPDATE BELOW – 4/19/24*** For a government agency with the talent and resources of the Securities and Exchange Commission, its ability to lose its focus and score an own goal is sometimes remarkable. At the same time the Supreme Court has…

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Hackers Stealing Closing Payments
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One of the fastest-growing cyberfrauds is the closing payment scam — the theft of home-purchase money wired for closings. How does this scam work? How can you protect yourself? How can you recover losses if you are a victim of this scam? Closing Payment Scam In this scam, the fraudsters hack the email account of…

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Watch for Fees Lurking in 401k Accounts
Bragança Law LLC

There are numerous hidden fees that you should be looking for in employer retirement accounts like 401(k). This piece by John Wasik tells you about some of the biggies — surrender fees, back-end loads, front-end loads, and 12b-1 fees, which are marketing and distribution fees that you should not be paying. Paying 12b-1 fees for…

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Federal Employee Nest Eggs – Less Safe Than You Think
Bragança Law LLC

When federal government employees recommend an investment adviser who steals employee retirement funds, “sovereign immunity” prevents recovery against the government. In many ways, the retirement savings of federal employees are safer than employees of private companies. The Thrift Savings Plan and other 401(k)-like plans offered by the federal government have fewer of the inappropriate investment…

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