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September 2015 Archives

Police Program Aims to Pinpoint Those Most Likely to Commit Crimes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - At the request of his probation officer, Tyrone C. Brown came to a community auditorium here in June and sat alongside about 30 other mostly young black men with criminal records - men who were being watched closely by the police, just as he was.

I-Team: Con artists use big names to rip off unsuspecting investors

From (WGME) -- Con artists are using big names to rip off unsuspecting investors. CBS 13 is on your side with a warning about a scam that started with a simple piece of mail.Sting, Seal, Gloria Estefan, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were artists that were represented by a company called Exposure Management, according to marketing materials sent out by a group of conmen. "Wow there's all these, you know, high-profile superstars here in this company, so if you know it's going to go public, this is a great investment," Michael Delgiudice, U.S. Postal Inspector, said.Which is exactly what Ahmed Awan and Alan Labiner wanted potential investors to think. The problem was the materials and the businesses were all bogus. "They started off small with a low price and promised it was going to go higher," Delgiudice said.The victim says the pitch to invest in Exposure Management came in a cold call. The elderly victim asked CBS 13 to hide his identity because he knows he's become a target for con artists. "I have been solicited for every imaginable thing, stocks bonds, sunken treasure, stamps, coins, movie rights, everything," the victim said.The victim lost $47,000 and says the materials he received in the mail lured him in. In all, 150 people lost almost $7 million.Inspectors say if investors checked, they would have found out the men were no longer licensed to solicit clients. So research is always the key. "Look up the company name. Look up the stock that they are trying to sell you, just so that you know, you cover all your bases to make sure that it's legitimate," Delgiudice said.Labiner was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the scheme. Awan got a 20 month prison sentence.

Amgen Pays $71 Million In Multistate Drug-Marketing Settlement

By Beasley Allen

Amgen Inc. has agreed to a $71 million settlement with 48 state attorneys general who accused the drugmaker of marketing its anemia drug Aranesp and plaque psoriasis drug Enbrel, both biologic medications, for uses beyond the scope of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The drugmaker, based in California, agreed to a consent judgment last month with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other Attorneys General after they claimed it marketed Aranesp for cancer-related anemia without FDA approval and promoted Enbrel to treat mild plaque psoriasis - an auto-immune problem that causes the flaking and scaling of skin cells - even though the drug is only approved for more serious forms of the condition.