The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office alleged Wednesday that Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates knowingly passed along inflated bills for work done processing foreclosures.
A prominent foreclosure law firm was charged with defrauding Fannie Mae through a scheme to submit falsely inflated bills to the mortgage servicing companies it worked for, knowing the federal housing authority would ultimately be on the hook through reimbursement payments, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
“As alleged in the complaint, for years [Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates] exploited its relationship with Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored entity, for its own financial gain by knowingly causing Fannie Mae to pay artificially inflated costs for foreclosure-related services,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York said in a statement.
By ANNA FLAGG
The link between immigration and crime exists in the imaginations of Americans, and nowhere else.
This is not the only study showing that immigration does not increase crime. A broad survey released in January examined years of research on the immigrant-crime connection, concluding that an overwhelming majority of studies found either no relationship between the two or a beneficial one, in which immigrant communities bring economic and cultural revitalization to the neighborhoods they join.
- Other People Are Bad (eschatonblog.com)
- ACLU’s New Video Campaign Is Designed to Help Immigrants Deal With ICE (time.com)
- USCIS removes “nation of immigrants” from mission statement, Left goes nuts (grumpyelder.com)
- U.S. judge opens door for thousands to apply for asylum (triblive.com)
Madison Square Garden has quietly used facial-recognition technology to bolster security and identify those entering the building, according to multiple people familiar with the arena’s security procedures.
The technology uses cameras to capture images of people, and then an algorithm compares the images to a database of photographs to help identify the person and, when used for security purposes, to determine if the person is considered a problem. The technology, which is sometimes used for marketing and promotions, has raised concerns over personal privacy and the security of any data that is stored by the system.
“MSG continues to test and explore the use of new technologies to ensure we’re employing the most effective security procedures to provide a safe and wonderful experience for our guests,” the Garden said in a statement.
A spokeswoman for the Garden declined to answer questions about the use of face-scanning technology.
- Beijing police are using facial-recognition glasses to identify car passengers and number plates(businessinsider.com)
- Chinese police using facial recognition glasses to identify suspects (telegraph.co.uk)
- Study finds some facial recognition systems only accurate for white male faces (newatlas.com)
- Bournemouth nightclubs replace ID with facial recognition (telegraph.co.uk)
Tax professionals should be aware that income from virtual currency transactions is reportable on income tax returns. Virtual currency transactions are taxable by law just like transactions in any other property. The IRS has issued guidance in IRS Notice 2014-21 that addresses transactions in virtual currency, also known as digital currency.
The notice provides that virtual currency is treated as property for U.S. federal tax purposes. General tax principles that apply to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency. Taxpayers who do not properly report the income tax consequences of virtual currency transactions can be audited for those transactions and, when appropriate, can be liable for penalties and interest.
ALBANY — A top official at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services was fired Thursday, four days after the Times Union reported that he was never punished by the agency after an inspector general’s investigation found that he had threatened female employees with physical violence and engaged in years of sexual harassment.
A spokeswoman for DCJS issued a statement Thursday evening claiming the termination of Brian J. Gestring, the director of the the agency’s Office of Forensic Science since 2012, was unrelated to the inspector general’s findings, which she said their agency could not substantiate.
Gestring, 48, a former New York Police Department scientist, is also a member of the state’s Commission on Forensic Science, which oversees crime laboratories across New York. He will be required to step down from that post due to his termination.
The examination of Gestring’s alleged workplace misconduct began last May when investigators with the inspector general’s office stumbled onto the charges during an unrelated probe of negligence by a DCJS employee involving DNA evidence in a Suffolk County criminal case.
President Donald Trump is not immune from a state court lawsuit alleging he defamed a former contestant on The Apprentice by denying her allegations of unwanted kissing and groping, a New York judge has ruled.
“No one is above the law,” Schechter wrote.
ALBANY – The New York state Senate and Assembly rejected Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal mandating that judges work eight-hour days.
State Sen. John Bonacic, an Orange County Republican who chairs the chamber’s Judiciary committee, told the New York Law Journal that Cuomo’s proposal to have judges certify that their courtrooms stay open until 5 p.m. is a “diss” to all the judges.
“These are professional people, we shouldn’t treat them like schoolkids,” Bonacic said in an interview. “Their jobs are not easy, and we aren’t prepared to demean them in any way from the important work they do.”
Police lying persists, even amid an explosion of video
evidence that has allowed the public to test officers’ credibility.
“Behind closed doors, we call it testilying,” a New York City police officer, Pedro Serrano, said in a recent interview, echoing a word that officers coined at least 25 years ago. “You take the truth and stretch it out a little bit.”
An investigation by The New York Times has found that on more than 25 occasions since January 2015, judges or prosecutors determined that a key aspect of a New York City police officer’s testimony was probably untrue. The Times identified these cases — many of which are sealed — through interviews with lawyers, police officers and current and former judges.