A FRAUDSTER who posed as the widow of a Grenfell Tower victim as part of a £19,000 scam has been jailed for more than four years. Joyce Msokeri, 47, feigned trauma for weeks in order to get food, clothing, free taxis, electronic devices and accommodation at a Hilton Hotel. The Zimbabwean native said she escaped the tragic west London blaze, which claimed the lives of 72 people last year, and thought her husband had died - when in fact she was single and living miles away. If her scam had not been foiled, she would have received £200,000 of housing, money and other goods and services. The fraudster received so many clothes and goods she ran out of space in her hotel room in Holland Park, and had to keep a pile of ten suitcases in the concierge's room, the Old Bailey heard. She was found guilty of three counts of fraud against the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Hilton Hotel chain and charities, plus a further charge of possessing a false … [Read more...] about Grenfell fraudster who posed as a WIDOW to scam £19k from blaze funds is jailed
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F. Lee Bailey is broke and working as a consultant above the hair salon of his girlfriend.The Washington Post has that summary of Bailey’s life, gleaned from a profile in Town & Country magazine. Bailey was one of the lawyers on O.J. Simpson’s defense team in 1995 when the former National Football League superstar was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.Bailey, 83, was disbarred for his handling of stock owned by a drug-smuggler client and filed for bankruptcy in 2016. He filed for bankruptcy again in June to create a payment plan for debts he couldn’t discharge in last year’s bankruptcy, the Bangor (Maine) Daily News reported.Today, he lives with hairstylist Debbie Elliott, his girlfriend of seven years, and runs a consulting business above the salon in Yarmouth, Maine.The consulting business is called Bailey & Elliott. The business website says services include advice on starting a new company and … [Read more...] about F. Lee Bailey: Where is he now?
Debra Kelly thought she had all her bases covered.Kelly, a lawyer in Trumbull, Conn., had followed every good business practice on fees she ever learned. Most important, she had the client sign a fee agreement and deliver a hefty retainer at the beginning of the case.But the pace of her client’s divorce and child custody dispute became dizzying. The numerous hearings quickly depleted the retainer and, although the client did occasionally restock the escrow account, Kelly soon found herself falling into a deepening sinkhole filled with red ink.Before she knew it, Kelly’s client owed her thousands of dollars in unpaid fees, and the case was too far along for her to withdraw. Kelly continued to represent the client right up until he and his wife reconciled.The client couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. His thanks to her, however, was an unpaid bill for $6,000.Fees are both the lifeblood and the bane of every lawyer’s existence. It’s … [Read more...] about It’s Not Just About Money
Just weeks before the Nov. 2 elections, coal company executive Don L. Blankenship issued a statement saying he had contributed “approximately $1 for every West Virginian” in the contest for a supreme court seat. Blankenship was responding to the buzz over his spending $1.7 million of his own money to bring down an incumbent justice he believed was bad for business.By Election Day, he had ponied up nearly another dollar per person, bringing the total to an estimated $3.5 million.It paid off. Blankenship’s attack ads and automated phone calls are credited with tipping, or pushing, the election to Republican challenger Brent Benjamin.Before this past year, the biggest known contribution from an individual in a judicial election was $250,000 in the early 1980s in Texas, says Roy A. Schotland, a Georgetown University Law Center professor and longtime observer of judicial elections.“Even adjusted for inflation, what happened in West … [Read more...] about Mud and Money
I. IntroductionPresident Obama and the Democrats are on the verge of making history. Since Theodore Roosevelt first proposed the idea of health care reform, nearly every President has tried, and failed, to enact such reform. The Democrats’ plan, however, includes a controversial policy that, if enacted, would constitute a violation of Congress’s authority under the United States Constitution.There is no denying that President Obama and the Democrats have good intentions in implementing an individual mandate to purchase health insurance. A legitimate argument exists that if all Americans have health insurance, fewer people will freeload the system, leading to a decrease in premiums. At a time when the economy is dwindling and health care costs are on the rise, Americans are surely open to any ideas that will lower costs. But does the federal government have the authority to mandate that all individuals purchase health insurance? In … [Read more...] about Purchase Health Insurance or Else: Why Individual Health Insurance Mandates Enacted by the Federal Government Are Unconstitutional