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Monthly Archive: November 2010

November 26, 2010

Third Circuit Criticizes Child Porn Sentencing Guidelines

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a New Jersey U.S. District Judge’s decision to impose a sentence of less than the mandatory minimum for a defendant convicted of child pornography charges. In United States v. Grober, the defendant pled guilty to six child pornography charges. Under the sentencing guildelines set forth by the Department of Justice, the judge was advised to sentence the defendant to a term between 235 to 293 months imprisonment. Calling the guidelines “draconian”, the judge instead...

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Posted in: Internet Crime

November 24, 2010

Peer-to-Peer Networks Remain Target of Child Pornography Investigations

Although a federal judge ordered peer-to-peer (“P2P”) network LimeWire to shut down last month due to copyright infringement issues, investigations continue by law enforcement officials into the use of older versions of LimeWire and other P2P networks as forums for the distribution of child pornography. Since 2003, federal law enforcement agencies have undertaken a major initiative against the distribution of child porn over peer-to-peer networks. Unlike traditional computer networks, which use a central server to exchange...

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November 22, 2010

“Mini-Madoff” Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Florida hedge fund manager Arthur Nadel recently was sentenced to 14 years in prison, stemming from a $162 million Ponzi scheme. Nadel, 77, had pled guilty to 15 counts of securities fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. According to prosecutors, Nadel had defrauded investors by falsely claming that he was a successful attorney and trader, only later to spend their money to furnish his lavish lifestyle. Nadel will serve his sentence at the same...

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Posted in: Federal White Collar Crime

November 19, 2010

“Massive Frauds” on the Rise

An FBI official recently reported to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that the bureau has uncovered “massive frauds” in its continuing effort to fight financial crime. Kevin Perkins, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, reported that new corporate fraud cases, including newly identified Ponzi schemes, are up by 111 percent. In addition, high-yield securities frauds have grown by more than 200...

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November 15, 2010

Facebook Fraud a Serious Concern

Hacking of Facebook accounts has become a “major issue” for the popular social networking site. Richard Allan, Facebook’s head of European public policy, recently addressed the growing concern, promising that the site would counter the problem through the implementation of “sophisticated methods of tracking unusual user behavior.” Concern over user’s privacy arose recently after hackers gained access to the Facebook account Ronald K. Noble, secretary general of international law enforcement agency Interpol. The hackers had sought access to access to highly sensitive information...

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