Article: Disabled San Diego woman targeted in pandemic dating scam, FBI reports thousands of victims in 2020

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Disabled San Diego woman targeted in pandemic dating scam, FBI reports thousands of victims in 2020

Jennifer Kastner, 07 May 2021

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – More people are turning to the internet to find love during the pandemic, but it can come with a high price.

According to the FTC, $300 million was lost to romance scams during 2020. That’s a 50% increase from the year before.

ABC 10News recently met Margie McLellan at Lake Murray. She’s got a hearing impairment and other physical disabilities. She described her hurt and anger.

“It really hurts. I’m very, very angry and very upset,” she said. Last summer, McLellan joined an online dating platform.

The widow was looking for love during the pandemic when she matched with a profile. ABC 10News is not showing the face, since the real man’s identity was likely stolen.

“She was very excited in the beginning, and I was excited for her but then she became very quiet about the relationship by saying, ‘It’s very private and he doesn’t want me discussing it with anyone,'” said close friend Trish Testa who added that McLellan and the new man never met. They only texted.

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Article: Poway Rabbi’s Sentencing in Financial Fraud Delayed 6 Months: Probe Persists

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Poway Rabbi’s Sentencing in Financial Fraud Delayed 6 Months: Probe Persists

Ken Stone, 26 April 2021

Chabad of Poway’s former head rabbi faces a maximum five-year prison sentence for tax-evasion and other financial crimes he pled guilty to last July.

But sentencing of Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein won’t take place Monday — a day short of two years after he lost his right index finger in the deadly shooting attack on his congregation. Continue reading “Article: Poway Rabbi’s Sentencing in Financial Fraud Delayed 6 Months: Probe Persists”

Article: Online Vendor Pleads Guilty to $5 Million Postage Fraud Scheme

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Online Vendor Pleads Guilty to $5 Million Postage Fraud Scheme

Daniel C. Silva, 13 April 2021

SAN DIEGO ­– Cuong H. Nguyen pleaded guilty in federal court today to conspiring to engage in a wide-ranging postage counterfeiting, forging, and tampering scheme that, over the course of multiple years and more than 160,000 packages, deprived the U.S. Postal Service of approximately $5 million of postage due and owing.

Special Agents from U.S. Postal Inspection Service, IRS Criminal Investigation, and the Financial Investigations and Border Crimes Task Force (the “FIBC” – a multiagency Task Force based in San Diego and Imperial Counties, and funded by the Treasury Executive Office of Asset Forfeiture) led the investigation. Continue reading “Article: Online Vendor Pleads Guilty to $5 Million Postage Fraud Scheme”