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Newsletter Archives  March 16, 2006
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ACS faces charges, investigations

Dallas based imaging and software giant ACS has been charged with bribery in Canada. The U.S. Securities Exchange Commission is investigating stock option grants the company made from October 1998 through March 2005.

ACS Charged in Bribery Scandal theNewspaper.com - 2/17/2006
The Canada Department of Justice on Wednesday formally charged photo enforcement vendor Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) with bribing public officials over a six year period . . . Read the article

SEC Investigating ACS Stock Option Grants
By Paul McDougall
InformationWeek - Mar 7, 2006
IT services and outsourcing firm Affiliated Computer Services, already facing bribery charges in Canada and questions over links between its chairman and a Dallas-based aircraft leasing firm, now says it's under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. . . Read the article


County Recorder's Documents Confiscated from Home and Office

Officers were seen leaving both properties with boxes that allegedly contained seized documents. . . .

Sources familiar with the investigation indicated to the newspaper that police suspect her of copying county documents and then selling them . . .


Investigation Launched into Record Storage Arrangement

An auditor's office in Utah recently launched an investigation into the county recorder's contract with a software company. . . .


County Website Hacked?

Jarrod Clabaugh - Source of Title

Source of Title received a tip from a Cleveland, Ohio-based company on March 3, 2006 that the site was offline throughout the morning and that county workers had informed them the site had been "hacked."


TX Sheriffs Warn of Terrorist Breaches

God Save America – Feb 12, 2006

Appearing before a congressional panel examining border incursions allegedly by Mexican soldiers protecting drug shipments, the sheriffs of El Paso and Hudspeth counties detailed deteriorating conditions in a region where rival cartels are locked in deadly competition. . .

"Do we have information that al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations have looked at that possibility? Yes," he said. . . .


E-Records - The Dilemma and the Spoon-Feeding of Criminals.

By Jason C. Sheppard , TruClose Financial Services, LLC

As a title insurance professional, there are certain aspects of the online Public Records enigma that truly frighten me. As a private citizen, they frighten me even more. Discovering just two days prior to writing this very paragraph, that I am a victim of identity theft for the second time since turning 17 in 1999, this article certainly serves as much a personal cry for help as I hope it will prompt a rise to action by public officials.


Suit filed over Web site

Jenkins' class-action lawsuit says Estep's Social Security number was among more than 10,000 published by Blackwell's office, without his permission. They want the personal information removed immediately as well as legal fees and an unspecified financial award for damages.

Attorney General Jim Petro said he thinks Blackwell has a legal duty to notify anyone whose number was on the site, and to remove any constitutionally protected information.

This is the latest in a series of class action suits filed against government officials.


State Attorney General Investigates County Clerk

Eileen Martinez, the county clerk for Cibola County, New Mexico said she would welcome an investigation by the state Attorney General's Office and the New Mexico State Police, according to a report from KRQE- News 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sam Thompson, the state's attorney general's spokeswoman, confirmed the investigation, but refused to comment on the nature of the investigation as it is on-going.


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