FTC Workshop: “Fraud Affects Every Community”

Oct 29, 2014 8:30AM

Constitution Center 400 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024 | Directions & Nearby

Conference Description

This workshop will examine how fraud affects groups including older adults, servicemembers and veterans, low-income communities, and African-Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans.

The FTC’s law enforcement experience, input from consumer advocates, and survey research reveal that some broadly-targeted frauds – such as telemarketing fraud, debt-relief services, phony opportunities to earn income, and unauthorized billing schemes – are more likely to affect certain communities. Meanwhile, some scams target specific populations – such as service-members shopping for cars, or people seeking help with the immigration process.

This workshop will examine the marketplace experiences of people in these communities, identify areas of concern in different communities, and seek to find actionable remedies through cooperation, law enforcement, industry fraud-prevention initiatives, community outreach and education.  The event will bring together consumer advocates, state and federal regulators, fraud prevention experts, academics and researchers to discuss the issues. Its findings will enhance the FTC’s ongoing efforts to fight fraud in the marketplace in every community.

The workshop will address the following issues:

  • What are the top consumer protection concerns in each community?
  • What types of fraud are most prevalent in each community?
  • What are the different experiences consumers have on the Internet?
  • What interventions by consumer groups, industry, or academics have been and could be successful to prevent fraud?

Individuals who are interested in speaking at the workshop can email everycommunity@ftc.gov with information about any relevant experience in this area by September 24, 2014.


This workshop is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. A live webcast of the workshop will also be available on the day of the event.

Mille Lacs Effort to Pierce Money Centers Corporate Veil Partially Successful

Here are the new materials in Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians v. Money Centers of America (D. Minn.):

258 Mlle Lacs Motion for Summary J

262 Wolfington Motion for Summary J

301 DCT Order

Prior orders here and here.

Mille Lacs Band Wins $5.6M Judgment against Money Centers of America

Here are the materials in Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians v. Money Centers of America (D. Minn.):

141 MCA Motion to Dismiss

155 Baena Advisors Motion to Dismiss

160 Real Estate Empowered Motion to Dismiss

169 Mille Lacs Motion for Summary J

170 Mille Lacs Exhibits

172 MCA Motion for Summary J

180 Mille Lacs Opposition to 160

181 Mille Lacs Opposition to MCA Motions

182 MCA Opposition to Mille Lacs Motion

184 Mille Lacs Reply

185 MCA Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss

186 MCA Reply in Support of Motion for Summary J

187 Reply in Support of 160

199 Melanie Banjamin Motion to Quash

205 MCA Opposition to Motion to Quash

211 MJ Order Granting Motion to Quash

240 DCT Order re Motion to Dismiss

239 DCT Order re Summary J

241 MJ Order re Motion to Compel

Prior materials here.

Montana SCT Holds N. Cheyenne Tribe May Bring Some Claims for Unjust Enrichment against Catholic Church

Here is the opinion in Northern Cheyenne Tribe v. Roman Catholic Church ex rel. Dioceses of Great Falls/Billings:

NCT v Catholic Church

An excerpt:

We reverse and remand the District Court’s decision to grant summary judgment to the Diocese and St. Labre on NCT’s claim for unjust enrichment and the imposition of a constructive trust that may arise from St. Labre’s fundraising activities after 2002. The court improperly determined that NCT had to establish evidence of loss by NCT or  wrongdoing by the Diocese and St. Labre in order to make out a claim for unjust enrichment. We also reverse and remand the District Court’s decision to grant summary judgment to the Diocese and St. Labre regarding St. Labre’s fundraising activities before 2002. The District Court should evaluate in the first instance the accrual date of NCT’s unjust enrichment claim pursuant to the standards set forth herein. The District Court can address on remand those defenses raised by the Diocese and St. Labre not resolved through the summary judgment proceedings. We affirm the District Court’s grant of summary judgment on all of NCT’s remaining claims.

Briefs here.

Update in Eastern Shawnee v. William Morris Financial

Judgment in favor of the Tribe for $2,012,800 and constructive trust placed on certain funds wire transferred. Orders denying Motion to vacate and Order compelling compliance with subpoenas.

Here are additional materials:

2012-05-04 Judgment

2012-05-2012 OrderGranting Pltf MTC – Bank of Am

2012-08-03 ORDERdenying Def Reinis Mtn to Vacate

The complaint is here.

Federal Court Allows Mille Lacs Fraud Suit against Money Centers of America to Proceed

Here are the materials in Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians v. Money Centers of America (D. Minn.):

DCT Order on Leave to Amend Complaint

Money Centers Motion to Dismiss

Mille Lacs Motion to Amend

Maschka Declaration on Discovery Requests [referenced at end of the opinion]

Mille Lacs Amended Complaint


Eastern Shawnee Complaint against Financial Services Company/Individuals Alleging Fraud

Here is the complaint in Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma v. William Morris Financial Services LLC (Ottawa Cty. Dist. Ct.):

ESTO.Wm Morris Fin – 2012-02-24Petition, CJ 12 50, Ottawa Cty

Sault Tribe RICO Suit against Vendors

Here are the materials in Sault Ste. Tribe of Chippewa Indians v. Hamilton (W.D. Mich.):

Sault Tribe DCT Order

Sault Tribe Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims

Sault Tribe Additional Motion to Dismiss Counterclaims

Sault Tribe Complaint