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Dan Gilbert is a household name in Detroit. He has poured millions of dollars into the Motor City in the hopes that it can once again be a vibrant city. How he got the money to fund his ambitious redevelopment plan and how he operates the mortgage company he founded is a different story. The government claims his company, Quicken Loans, bullied appraisers and underwriters to fu ...
Two big banks were closed by regulators in recent days. Yesterday saw Guaranty Bank (BestBank in some states) shut down by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Just days before that, however, an even bigger bank was shut down, First NBC Bank. Based in New Orleans, the bank had $5 billion in assets on its books.
Another bank closed its doors today. Guaranty Bank, based in Glendale, Wisconsin, is no more. At precisely 5:00 pm, regulators closed the bank. With 119 branches in 5 states, only 12 will reopen in the morning. The rest are gone for good. Guaranty Bank’s woes began shortly after the real estate market crashed in 2008. Within a year of the crash, the bank was hurting.
Ocwen was one of the largest mortgage servicers in the United States. Millions of homeowners mail their mortgage payments to the company each month. If you are simply mailing in your payment and are never a day late, chances are won’t encounter a problem. Request a modification, try to make a pre-payment, or have an issue with escrows and you likely fall into a black hole.
Oil exploration and production is a dirty business in more ways than one. Much of the world’s oil and gas reserves are in countries that have notorious reputations for corruption. Everything is for sale including faster permitting. Want a jump on your competition? For a few million bucks its yours. Paying bribes to foreign officials is illegal in most countries.
How will Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order impact construction? by Kim Slowey | Link to original source (95K) In the latest of a series of executive orders signed since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has again chosen that method as a way to affect policy in the U.S.
Plante Moran is one the largest accounting firms in the U.S. Ranking at number 14, the firm is widely known throughout the Midwest. Its headquarters is in Southfield, Michigan. When you employ over 2000 people, someone is bound to make a mistake. In an accounting malpractice case called “modern day grave robbery”, Plante Moran was sued for failing to detect a $60 million theft during an audit.
United Airlines is best today known for its poor customer service, inhumane treatment of overbooked passengers and destroying checked bags. A series of bad press and YouTube videos has finally got Congress interested in how the airline conducts its commercial passenger operations. As we reported earlier, however, United Airlines gets much of its money from Uncle Sam. That means our tax dollars.
Five Lessons From United Airlines About Handling A Customer Experience Gone Bad by Stan Phelps | Link to original source (88K) Unless you live under a rock, you are most likely aware of United Airlines most recent misstep. A passenger who had boarded a plane was involuntarily bumped, asked to leave his seat and then was forcibly removed. Refer to a CNN report on Flight #3411.
In Other News… The saga of United Airlines and Dr. David Dao by Kyle Ware | Link to original source (105K) The Unfriendly Skies: On Sunday, United Airlines forcibly removed a man who refused to part with his seat on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, reports NPR, BBC News, The New York Times and CNN.
United Airlines Dragging Passenger Off Plane Was Illegal, Says Lawyer – Here’s Why by Juliana Rose Pignataro | Link to original source (96K) Not only did United Airlines make millions of enemies when it forcibly removed a passenger from a Louisville-bound flight, it also acted illegally, according to attorney Brian Mahany of Wisconsin-based Mahany Law.
United Airlines is no stranger to bad press. Remember the professional musicians who helplessly watched their expensive guitars destroyed by United ground personnel? That little incident launched years of bad publicity after the band recorded a song entitled United Destroys Guitars. The guitar incident was in 2008. Things have only become worse since then.
The video of Dr. David Dao being dragged down the aisle of United Airlines flight is still fresh in everyone’s mind. If you haven’t seen it by now, you are one of the few. The videos have gone viral on YouTube and have been viewed millions of times. Probably worse than the incident itself is United Airlines ham-fisted “apology.
A 68-year-old Coral Gables, Florida woman is headed to prison for 33 months after being convicted in a shocking Medicaid fraud scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven sentenced Ilfrenise Charlemagne to prison after her guilty plea to a federal wire fraud charge. The plea was part of an agreement in which Charlemagne avoided trial and avoided facing 41 other charges all r ...
Occasionally we report on cybersecurity and cyberhacking incidents involving banks and defense contractors. Because we represent whistleblowers and help them get cash awards, reporting these stories is a way to reach those with information. Although some of the stories we have reported have involved millions of dollars of lost funds, none has been as brazen or breathtaking as w ...
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