Posts Tagged ‘fraud’

Prearranged funeral service provider sued for fraud

August 11, 2009

“The Cassity family of St. Louis preyed on consumers and funeral homes” in a multimillion-dollar prepaid funeral scheme, according to a 138-page RICO claim in Federal Court. The plaintiffs are nationwide life and health insurance guaranty associations who say they were left with a $600 million tab from the Cassitys’ scheme. ”

“National Prearranged Services, Lincoln and Memorial Service Life Insurance ran out of money last year. An estimated 150,000 prepaid funeral contracts throughout the country were left in limbo.”

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Bank and trade association aid phone scams

July 19, 2009

“The U.S. Bank National Association and National City Bank provide “essential banking services” to a payment processor that worked with fraudulent telemarketers “to raid the bank accounts of tens of thousands of consumers, many of them elderly,” according to a class action in Federal Court. ”

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Louis Vuitton fraud suit goes forward

June 20, 2009

Clint Arthur will get his day in court after all, in a class action claim that Louis Vuitton defrauded him and hundreds of others by repurposing leftover handbag material and selling it as fine art prints by pop artist Takashi Murakami.

U.S. District Court Judge A. Howard Matz on Wednesday denied Louis Vuitton’s motion to have Arthur’s suit dismissed, and set a pretrial conference for Aug. 24. The decision contradicted one reached in April by William Highberger, a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court, who threw out a similar but separate suit that Arthur had brought against L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art.