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Feds charge 42 South Floridians in identity theft fraud scam

Feds charge 42 South Floridians in identity theft fraud scam

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, April 10, 2015 – Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida announced Thursday the filing of federal charges against 42 defendants – in 25 separate cases – dealing with tens of thousands of stolen identities and millions of dollars stolen from victims and government agencies through fraudulent schemes.  Reaffirming a joint federal, state and local commitment in the prosecution of perpetrators who steal, sell and use personal identification information to […]

by · April 10, 2015 · Crime, Events, Featured, Government, News
Stop annoying telemarketing or debt collection calls

Stop annoying telemarketing or debt collection calls

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Mar. 31, 2015 – Are you receiving annoying or harassing phone calls from telemarketers or debt collectors? In these tough economic times, your telephone seems to ring more often. There are actions you can take to reduce the number of calls you receive. First, you must determine whether the caller is a telemarketer attempting to solicit a product or charity, or a debt collector attempting to collect a past due bill. To stop most telemarketers […]

by · April 1, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Government
Scam Alert: Beware of Fake Debt Collectors

Scam Alert: Beware of Fake Debt Collectors

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Mar 30, 2015 – With federal government oversight taking hold in the debt collection industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has again warned Americans not to let their guard down when it comes to telephone calls from supposed “debt collectors.” Keeping accurate records and documentation has become a challenge for some consumers as their financial obligations have increased in a recovering economy.  Opportunistic con-artists posing as “fake” debt collectors recognize this as an area of vulnerability and […]

by · March 30, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Government
Unclaimed Property – the Great Florida Treasure Hunt

Unclaimed Property – the Great Florida Treasure Hunt

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Mar. 26, 2015 – Floridians are turning to the Internet in search of unclaimed property and you are just a mouse click away from learning if the state has lost treasure in your name.  Seeking to return property to their rightful owners, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater recently announced that his office holds unclaimed property accounts valued at more than $1 billion. With over $36 billion in unclaimed funds nationwide, among the most popular search terms on […]

by · March 26, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Government, News
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Florida House passes bill allowing rape victims to record attackers

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Mar 19, 2015 – An individual being assaulted or raped would be allowed to secretly record their attacker under a bill passed by the Florida House of Representatives on Wednesday, according to The Ledger on Thursday. Sparked by a Florida Supreme Court decision last year that reversed the life prison sentence of a Lee County man who was convicted of sexually assaulting his teenage stepdaughter, Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-Coral Springs) proposed a bill that would allow secretly recorded conversations to be used as […]

by · March 19, 2015 · Crime, Featured, Government, News
American Heritage wins state mock trial championship (video)

American Heritage wins state mock trial championship (video)

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Mar 10, 2015 – Coached by Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Eric Schwartzreich and Assistant United States Attorney Michael Gilfarb, the American Heritage School Mock Team won for the third time Saturday the state championship hosted by the Florida Law Related Education Association (F.L.R.E.A) in Orlando, according to American Heritage program director, Nikki Ippolitto Laurie, late Monday. Advancing over 16 other Florida teams, American Heritage successfully argued a simulated invasion of privacy matter in the case of Harper Sanders versus CharTech, Inc. […]

by · March 10, 2015 · Broward County, Education, Events, News, Videos
LinkedIn premium users each to receive $1 in password-leak settlement

LinkedIn premium users each to receive $1 in password-leak settlement

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Feb 24, 2015 – To settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged LinkedIn failed to protect the passwords and private information of its premium subscriber customers, the company has agreed to pay $1.25 million – or about $1 each – to approximately 800,000 people who were premium users of the social media network between March 2006 and June 2012. The case dates back to June, 2012 when LinkedIn premium user Katie Szpyrka sued LinkedIn after the social network reported that […]

by · February 24, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, News, Technology
Teen saves life of Fort Lauderdale police officer who arrested him (Video)

Teen saves life of Fort Lauderdale police officer who arrested him (Video)

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Jan 13, 2015 – From criminal defendant to hero, 18 year-old Jamal Rutledge is being lauded for saving the very police officer that arrested him in early September, according to Fort Lauderdale Police public information officer DeAnna Greenlaw on Tuesday. On September 10, 2014, Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Franklin Foulks was processing Rutledge – then a 17 year-old juvenile defendant – at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department booking facility when he suddenly collapsed.  Rutledge, seated […]

by · January 13, 2015 · Broward County, Crime, Featured, News, Police, Videos
Criminal history expungement may become easier in Florida

Criminal history expungement may become easier in Florida

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Jan 9, 2015 – Finding a job, entering the military or securing a college education may become easier thanks to a bill introduced on Thursday seeking to amend a Florida statute dealing with criminal history expungement in relation to juveniles. Submitted for approval by state representative Mia Jones, (D-Jacksonville), HB 205 seeks to reduce the time period in which conviction records must be retained before an expunction can occur.  Under the current law – section 943.0515, Florida Statutes – an individual who […]

by · January 9, 2015 · Crime, Featured, Government, News
Anonymous hacktivist group crashes Fort Lauderdale governmental websites (Video)

Anonymous hacktivist group crashes Fort Lauderdale governmental websites (Video)

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Dec 1, 2014 – Hours after an “Anonymous” posting on YouTube, the hacktivist group made good on their threat to crash the official city and police department website of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when demands to lift the city’s homeless bans were not met. In their trademark computer generated voice, an individual – wearing a Guy Fawkes mask – promised to crash the FortLauderdale.gov and related websites if the city did not rescind the homeless sleeping and feeding […]

John S. Bukata honored by President Barack Obama for volunteerism

John S. Bukata honored by President Barack Obama for volunteerism

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Nov 30, 2014 – President Barack Obama and the Corporation for National and Community Service on Thanksgiving awarded John S. Bukata of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. Having previously been awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Bukata currently serves as Director of Campus Security and Safety at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, following a three decade career in law enforcement with […]

by · November 30, 2014 · Broward County, Featured, Government, News, Tribute
Black Friday and Cyber Monday lines have become blurred

Black Friday and Cyber Monday lines have become blurred

By William E. Lewis Jr. For EyesOnNews.com, Nov 28, 2014 – Black Friday has arrived – and with Cyber Monday right around the corner – retailers across the nation are geared up for the busiest shopping season in over a decade.  With many stores opening early on Thanksgiving and others offering door busting shopping deals online, retailers are in fierce competition with one another in favor of a recovering economy. Despite the traditional extra shopping hours for Black Friday and 24/7 online […]

by · November 28, 2014 · Consumer, Events, Featured, Holiday