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GINA CHAMPION-CAIN CHARGED WITH SECURITES FRAUD, HAS EAST COUNTY TIES

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2019 (San Diego) – Gina Champion-Cain has long been hailed as one of San Diego’s most powerful women business leaders.  But on Thursday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced charges against her and her company, ANI Development, calling it a “multi-year $300 million scheme” that allegedly defrauded some 50 retail investors, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

HOMEOWNER'S GURU: MORTGAGE MODIFICATION SCAMS

 

By E. Vernon Small

March 12, 2013 (San Diego) – If you are a struggling homeowner, you have undoubtedly been approached by companies that claim they will reduce your mortgage payments and/or your mortgage balance by negotiating a ‘loan modification’ with your current mortgage lender.  All of these companies claim to be reputable and licensed, and many even operate as attorneys.  They typically charge $1500 or more to handle this process, and most offer payment plans.

ITEX RESOLVES ISSUES WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE, HELPS HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF EFFORTS

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – I am pleased to report that ITEX has taken steps to resolve the conflicts that we previously reported regarding our account.

In an email received today, the company has agreed to refund  payments, cease billing for time after our cancellation notice, and provide a generous one-year extension for us to use our remaining credits.  ECM has agreed to donate a portion of those credits to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.  We look forward to working with ITEX to find good uses for our remaining credits that will support our own nonprofit media efforts on behalf of our readers.

We applaud ITEX for stepping forward to do the right thing--and we are thankful for their efforts on this Thanksgiving Day.

CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL WARNS OF PHONY CALLS

November 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has received calls from San Diego residents stating that they have been contacted by individuals claiming to be a law enforcement employee.  The callers will identify themselves as members of the California Highway Patrol, will provide false information regarding a loved one or relative and make various demands.  Many times the caller will use the name of the person being called. 

CRIME PREVENTION VACATION TIPS

 
 
By Paula Dickenson, USN Retired
Crime Prevention Specialist, Alpine and East County Rural Sheriff Substation
 
June 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County)We plan, look forward to and want to enjoy that much deserved time.  It's a vacation!  Whether it's for a couple of days or weeks, don't let yours be ruined by crime.
An empty house is a tempting target and opportunity for a burglar.  On the road, you may become a prime opportunity for the criminal with identity theft, auto burglaries and fraud.

INTERIOR DEPT. REPORT SLAMS BLM FOR POOR MONITORING, LACK OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AT WIND AND SOLAR PROJECTS ON PUBLIC LANDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 
June 24, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – A scathing new report  by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Inspector General highlights “significant failures” by the federal Bureau of Land Managment  in its stewardship over  more than 30,000 wind energy right-of-way (ROW) acres and another 31,000 acres of solar energy ROW  sites.  View the complete report at http://docs.wind-watch.org/BLM-Renewable-Energy-Program.pdf.

TWO SAN DIEGO MEN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING FBI AGENTS

FBI warns public of falling victim to the bank examiner scam

March 30, 2012 (San Diego) --  Thursday, March 29, the FBI announced  the arrest of two San Diego men on charges of impersonating FBI Agents as part of a scheme to defraud a San Diego woman over over $200,000.  Nenad Videnovic 22, was arrested by FBI Agents on March 27  in Ocean Beach.  Brian John Murphy, 33 was arrested later that same day in the Mission Bay area.