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Archive for December 31st, 2011

Happy New Year!!!! from ticklethewire.com

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. ~Benjamin Franklin

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. – Oprah Winfrey

“What you do for Jewish New Year is you go down to Times Square… It’s a lot quieter than the regular New Year. It’s just a few Jews walking around going, ‘sup?'” Jon Stewart

“The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.”  P.J. O’Rourke

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go“. – Brooks Atkinson

Democratic Fundraiser Convicted in $21 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A fed jury in Brooklyn on Friday convicted Democratic fundraiser Courtney Dupree in a scheme to get $21 million in fraudulent loans.

Dupree, the CEO of the Long Island-based, GDC Acquisitions, a holding of company, was charged with grossly overstating the firm’s billings to fraudulently obtain a $21 million loan from Amalgamated Bank. The jury acquitted Thomas Foley, GDC’s former chief operating officer.

The case garnered some publicity for various reasons.

Ex-Green Bay Packer running back Dorsey Levens and Robert Holland, ex-CEO of Ben and Jerruy’s ice cream, testified as character witnesses for Dupree.

And defense attorney Roscoe C. Howard Jr, the former D.C.  U.S. Attorney, accused the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office of illegally obtaining documents in the case, then lying about it.

Howard raised the issues in a Dec. 21 letter filed in court and addressed to presiding U.S. District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto. He had asked the judge to suppress any illegally obtained materials.

The judge this past week rejected that request and the case went forward.

The government press release after the conviction stated:

“This case was brought in coordination with President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. ”