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Church Embezzlement Orange County

Interim Treasurer Fiatala Manu of the First Samoan Christian Congregational Church in Santa Ana has recently been charged with the embezzlement of upwards of $110,000. It is alleged that Manu wrote checks to himself from church bank accounts to feed a gambling addiction. He was called on the carpet about it when an Assistant Treasurer [...]

Non-Profit Fraud, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Charity Scam?

Last month the web was inundated with news of allegations made against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s charity, the Skyhook Foundation based out of Long Beach, CA.  In 2009 when the foundation opened, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar said “I have decided to open up the Skyhook Foundation to improve people’s lives through sports and education because my life could not [...]

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Fraudsters Targeting YOU! Affinity Fraud Part 3 of 3

How to Avoid Affinity Fraud Part 3 of 3 Things to keep in mind: -         If it sounds too good to be true, it is. -         Never allow someone’s rhetoric to overpower your common sense. -         Take a few days to think about and examine any investment decision. -          A “best practice” procedure is to [...]

By |2013-05-23T23:14:00-07:00May 23rd, 2013|affinity fraud, audit partner, charity fraud, church fraud, fraudsters, ponzi, ponzi scheme, scams, victims of fraud|Comments Off on Fraudsters Targeting YOU! Affinity Fraud Part 3 of 3

Fraudsters Targeting YOU! Affinity Fraud Part 2 of 3

 How is Affinity Fraud Accomplished? Typically a fraudster embodies or personifies ideals held by the group to be very advantageous. In some situations this could be a member of poor community that shows outward signs of success, such as rolling into the community in a Bentley, or an older individual that boasts great success in [...]

By |2013-05-08T18:49:00-07:00May 8th, 2013|affinity fraud, charity fraud, church fraud, financial fraud, Forensic Accounting, ponzi, ponzi scheme, scams, victims of fraud|Comments Off on Fraudsters Targeting YOU! Affinity Fraud Part 2 of 3
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