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Fighting Crime

Home Theft Scams Rampant In Philadelphia

Councilman proposes mandatory Instant Background Checks on sellers.

You wouldn’t think something as big as a house would be easy to steal, but Philadelphia City Councilman William Greenlee says 124 homes were stolen in that city alone in 2006. The city now sees that many reports of stolen homes in a single month . . .

 

Allegations of Official Misconduct

Sheriff Accused of Running Sex-Slave Operation from Jail

Mike Burgess, the Sheriff of Custer County Oklahoma resigned shortly before state prosecutors filed 35 felony charges against him for running a sex-slave operation out of the county jail . .

 

10 Ways To Delegate More Effectively
By Ramona Creel

Delegation can be a tricky business. You don't want to simply "dump" distasteful work on someone else -- but you need to make sure the job gets done, and it doesn't need to be done by you . . .

 

Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Club Where 12-Year-Old Found Stripping Protested

(Dallas) Members of the New Black Panthers, Hip-Hop Government and others  protest a club that allowed a 12-year-old to dance nude. . .Video

 

Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

 

Teacher Tells Students To Beat-up Tardy Classmate

School officials say a young teacher has resigned and is now facing child abuse charges after he instructed classmates to beat a tardy classmate ...

 

Feds Reverse Position on Mortgage Guarantee Swaps

In an unprecedented move the President Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson and the Federal Reserve have reversed their position on helping homeowners at risk . . .

 

Border Security and Illegal Aliens

FAIR Says Southern Poverty Law Center Manipulated Hate Crime Data

On March 10, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued a misleading release announcing a significant increase in the number of hate groups and hate crimes over the last few years, according to a press release by the Federation for American Immigration Reform . . .

Fighting Crime

Texas Sex Offender Web Site Will Include Offender’s Employer

In an effort to better inform communities of the whereabouts of resident sex offenders, Texas will add information about the offender’s employment to the Department of Public Safety Web Site  . . .

 

Border Security and Illegal Aliens Index

Terrorist's Training Camps Along Texas / Mexico Border

Mexican drug cartels have established military-style training camps in at least six locations along the Texas border to train new recruits ranging from Mexican army deserters to American teen-agers - who then carry out killings and other acts of terror on both sides of the border . . .

 

Tracking Crimes Through Cell Phones

These days there is hardly a crime that is not somehow connected to a cell phone. Law enforcement is solving crimes ranging from drug deals to murder to teenagers sending nude pictures of themselves or others . .  Video report

 

Border Security and Illegal Aliens Index

INS Agent Accused Of Demanding Sex For Green Card

Did a U.S. Immigration agent trade sex for a chance at citizenship? The agent appeared in court on felony charges Wednesday. He says he's not guilty, but as CBS 2 HD has learned, his accuser has proof and some of it is revealed in this video. Watch Video

 

Eminent Domain Insurance

by Robert Franco

Reprinted with permission March 27, 2008

 I read an article today about a company that is offering an insurance property to protect property owners against losses incurred as a result of the state's power of eminent domain. I had to check my calendar to see if it was April Fool's Day . . .

 

Border Security and Illegal Aliens

Republicans Introducing Stricter Immigration Rules

Assembly Republicans have introduced a package of laws that would crack down on illegal immigrants in California. . . CBS Video Report

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

 

Foreclosure's Furry Victims

Much has been said about the thousands of homeowners forced into foreclosure, but what about the tiniest victims of the foreclosure epidemic . . . CBS video

 

Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Kansas Woman Sat on Toilet for 2 Years

Authorities are considering charges in the bizarre case of a woman who sat on her boyfriend's toilet for two years, so long that her body was stuck to the seat by the time the man finally called police . . . Video

 

Hillary Blames Sleepiness For Bosnia Blunder

Exclusive CBS News video contradicts Hillary Clinton's account of her 1996 visit to Bosnia. Senator Clinton admitted she "made a mistake," because she was "sleep deprived" - but it wasn't the only one. Latest Video Report

 

Camera Sees Through Clothes From 80 Feet Away

Developed to see through interstellar dust, a camera capable of seeing through clothes from up to 80 feet away is now being considered for airport and military security.  Video

 

A Common Misconception - Criminals Don't Use the Internet?

"It is a common misconception that easy access to Public Records has facilitated other types of fraud, identity theft, or land fraud."

That's the assertion set forth in a white paper authored by members of the Property Records Industry Association . . . Really?

 

$10,000 Cowboy Hat People in Lincoln County New Mexico take their cowboy hats and constitutional rights seriously and they don’t take it lightly when  local officials try to remove either one.

 

Fighting Crime

Man Who Micro-waved Baby Faces Jury

Defense attorneys say mental illness is probably the only way to explain why a 20 year old father put his infant daughter in a motel microwave and turned it on. . . Video report

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

The $100 Home

Imagine buying a home for just a hundred dollars. It just happened in Washington County Maryland. CBS Video

 

 

Political Ads -- Parodies, Fakes and Funnies

Political satire has been used throughout history as a tool for political change and the electronic age is no exception. Today it's the video ads of candidates and their supporters that deliver either chuckles or outrage.

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

Getting Out Of A Toxic Mortgage

Lori Nicholson didn't know she was sold one of the most "toxic" subprime mortgages and now faces foreclosure. . . . Video Report

 

Fighting Crime

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a challenge to District of Columbia's controversial ban on hand guns. The case is likely to produce the most important firearms ruling in decades and could have repercussions for gun control laws nationwide. Video report

 

Indiana County Recorder Takes Plea Deal In Stalking Case
Mar-10-08

Former Terre Haute Police Chief and current Vigo County Recorder Ray Watts pleaded guilty this morning . . .

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

Government's Poor Judgment Making Things Worse

by Robert A. Franco 

 

There is an interesting New York Times article, Bush and Fed Step Toward a Mortgage Rescue, that describes what appears to me to be a series of bad moves that will threaten the viability of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the FHA . . .

 

Allegations of Official Mistakes, Misconduct and Corruption

Oregon City Recorder Arrested for Alleged Theft

Sandra Wodarczak, who has acted as the city recorder and treasurer for Yamhill for the last eight years, was arrested by Yamhill's sheriff's department . . .

 

Allegations of Official Mistakes, Misconduct and Corruption Practical Obscurity and Public Records

Scott Perry - Active Rain

It used to be that if you wanted to obtain a copy of the deed to your house, you had to make a trip to your local courthouse . . .  However, the advent of the Internet and the availability of Public Records for worldwide consumption have changed all that . . .

 

Understanding Eminent Domain: Texas Landholder’s Bill of Rights

By Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Mar-03-08

Since Stephen F. Austin first helped settlers establish new roots west of the Sabine River, Texas has always been a place that respects private property rights. With three times more privately owned land than any other state, Texas leads the nation in private property ownership. From the Panhandle to the Piney Woods, Texas is a place where citizens – not the government – own the land.  . .

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

America's Foreclosure EpidemicSouthern California Foreclosures Up 250 Percent

The word recession has been all over the news for the past few weeks and it is vibrating off the mountains in several California counties . . .

 

Fighting Crime

6 Dead In Council Rampage Over Parking Tickets

Enraged over parking tickets and fines, a lone gunman opened fire on a city council meeting near St. Louis Mo. When the rampage was over, six were dead...Video report

 

Border Security and Illegal Aliens

Local Governments Can Stop Businesses from Hiring Illegals

In a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber issued a summary judgment in favor of the City of Valley Park Missouri. The ruling clears the path  for cities and states nationwide to pass laws designed to discourage illegal immigration...

 

Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Texas Town for Sale on eBay

It’s amazing what you can buy on eBay. Some lucky bidder is about to own the entire town of Albert Texas. The whole town is being auctioned off...

 

 
Fighting Crime

Governor Wants to Seize Sheriff's $7 Million Reserve Fund

The Governor of Massachusetts wants to take control of the Nantucket sheriff's $7 million reserve fund . . .

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

 

America's Foreclosure EpidemicForeclosure Victims Turn Tables on Lenders
 

Just two months ago, Outreach Housing LLC officially unveiled its groundbreaking initiative - a loss-mitigation organization specializing in assisting victims of the self-enriching lending industry. . .

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

Homeowners Hanging Upside-down

by Robert Franco

March 03, 2008

 

I heard this on CNN over the weekend: "More than 30 percent of U.S. homeowners who bought in the last two years owe more on their mortgage than their house is currently worth." I found that figure staggering, so I did a little research. . .

 

Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Trouble for Nude Texting Teens?

Officials in central Virginia say they plan to prosecute teens who snap pictures of themselves nude and email the shots to friends. . .Video

 

Forensic Software Developer Offers Free Program to Police
 

A West Virginia software developer that specializes in instant message monitoring and control software for home users, businesses, and police agencies is providing special versions of their products to law enforcement agencies for free to help catch online predators. . .

 

Campaign Tips

Blog Your Way to Election Success

No matter what kind of campaign you’re running a blog allows you to quickly and easily create a place on the web where voters can find you, learn about you, interact with you and contribute to your success. . .

 

 

25 Homes You Can Buy Online for $1Million or More

What will a million dollars buy in a home? From Hawaii to Maine and all places between, Here's 25 homes you can buy online today for a million or more.

 

Offbeat, Fun, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

The $2500 Car

Watch out, Detroit! The country that brought you cheap title searches has announced the world's cheapest car - at $2,500! Of course, the car is plastic and held together with glue.... really!

 

Mexico's President Tours U.S. Lobbying for Weak Immigration Policies

There's another political campaign taking place across the United States this year, as Mexico’s President Calderon and Mexican Consulates in cities across America attempt to influence U.S. Immigration Policy... Mexican President's Tour

 

Voter Issues

Register to Vote with Your Cell Phone

Now you can register to vote with a text message thanks to a new service from The National Youth Political Action Coalition ... Learn how

 

Fraud Alerts

Scammers Taking Advantage Of New Federal Economic Stimulus Package

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot is warning everyone to be aware of a scam that has emerged in connection with the proposed federal economic stimulus package.

 

Crime

Mistrial In Micro-waved Baby Trial

A judge in Ohio has declared a mistrial in the case of a woman accused of killing her one-month-old daughter by burning her to death in a microwave. The mother claimed she was too drunk to remember...Video report

 

County Stats and Stories

America's Best Rural Counties For Quality Living

Many Americans has a growing interest in escaping urban sprawl and the hectic pace of big city life for the clean air and wide open spaces of rural counties. But which county offers a better life so many Americans long for?

 

Illinois County Offers ID Theft / Public Records Monitoring Service
 

The McHenry County Recorder's office recently entered into a contract with Fidlar Technologies that will allow the county's residents to receive an alert when their personal information is viewed in the Public Records database. For an annual fee...

 

How Candidate's Emotions Win and Lose Elections

U.S. News and World Report highlights lessons from the past and present about public displays of emotion . . . Watch Video

 

Cities / Counties Leading the Way to Alternative Energy

Ralph Cavanaugh of the Natural Resources Defense Council talks about which cities and counties are doing the most to switch  to alternative fuels and how that helps the environment and saves taxpayer's money. Watch the Wall Street Journal Video

 

The First Time Since The Great Depression

by Robert Franco

Jan-25-07

Those of us in the title industry certainly know that things have been slow. Well know we now just how bad things are...

 

Is "Big Title" Outsourcing YOUR Security?

Most of us think of outsourcing in terms of manufacturing jobs lost to low-wage workers in places like Mexico or China.  You may be surprised to find out, however, that the latest corporate trend in outsourcing isn't taking place at companies like Wal-Mart or Microsoft...

 

Great Comebacks from American Patriots

In a world where too many people think it's cool to bash America, these responses from American patriots will leave many in the hate America crowd speechless...

 

HIPAA Enforcement Heats Up In 2008

CMS Audits, Court Rulings & New Regulations Up The Risks  

Since the enactment of the HIPAA Privacy rule over 5 years ago and the enactment of the Security rule  over 3 years ago, a great deal of discussion has focused on the topic of "HIPAA enforcement".  In fact, the amount of discussion has far outpaced the level of enforcement....

 

Whose Side Are You On?

National Title Associations  and County Government square off over bulk sale of your records

Ten years ago, when most county records were only available in hard-copy by physically visiting the court house no one complained that the records were not "publicly available." And, that has not changed. ... Whose Side Are You On

 

It's Time to Stop Identity Theft At The Source

 

Would you give your sister's address to a stalker or your brother's bank account number to strangers on the Internet? Would you post your neighbor's Social Security number on the Web or tell thousands of sex offenders the age of your children and where they live? Well someone is, and you're paying for this "public service"... Learn more

 

The best of News for Public Officials in 2007

From vital investigative reports that made you think, to offbeat articles that made you smile and hi-tech tools that helped you win your campaign and work more effectively as an elected official, News for Public Officials published thousands of files in 2007. Here are the reports and videos most often viewed and the tools and tips you most often used in 2007.

 

Allegations of Official Mistakes, Misconduct and Corruption

County Web Site Helped Thieves Steal Identities of Victims in Five States

Police in Worthington Ohio say hundreds of people in five states are the latest victims of identity theft that has resulted from county officials publishing sensitive information about their citizens over the Internet. They've asked the U.S. Secret Service to investigate the link between the county Web site and online identity theft...

 

Technology

Satellite Imagery Puts Government Agents In Your Back Yard at the Touch of  a Button

As more neighborhoods embrace the privacy and protection that gated communities provide, officials find themselves faced with more obstacles in evaluating the values of homes in both the United States and abroad. But, due to a handy program developed by the folks at Google, authorities are finding a way to slip through those pesky gates.

 

Fraud Alert

The Certified Copy Racket

You may have heard of National Deed Service. They are the outfit that sends very official looking letters to homeowners offering to provide them with a certified copy of their deed for around $70. A copy which is available from the county for just a few dollars...

 

Official Mistakes, Misconduct and Corruption

County Clerk Indicted on Multiple Felony Charges

Following a six-month investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s office, a county clerk has been indicted on multiple felony charges stemming from the purchase of a mobile voting trailer by the clerk's office...

 

Technology

 

Standing Up To Cyber Smears

Businesses, political candidates, public figures and private individuals have become victims of so-called cybersmears, online defamation, flamers and cyber bullies. Here are resources to stop the bullies in their tracks.

 

Environmental Issues

Hundreds Protest Plan to Pump Well Water Into Rio Grande River

A plan to pump up to 17 billion gallons of water a year from the San Agustin aquifer has drawn fire from hundreds of Catron and Socorro County residents who say the plan to dump the underground aquifer into the Rio Grande River is ludicrous... Full story

 

Cook County Poised to Shut Down Cabela's Superstore Over Gun Law

Just weeks after its gala grand opening, the Cabela's superstore in Hoffman Estates, IL is facing closure by the Cook County (IL) Board...

 

Jailhouse Fashion Goes Retro

Another California county has opted for a more retro fashion look for its jail inmates. Nearly 1,200 male and female prisoners in Santa Clara County's Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas are now wearing old-fashioned black-and-white striped uniforms...

 

Muslim sues county for head scarf removal

A Muslim woman is suing San Bernardino County in California alleging her religious rights were violated when she was forced to remove her head scarf...

 

Border Security and Illegal Aliens

New Tech for Policing Immigrants

A new homeland security program equips police and sheriff departments with the ability to detect illegal immigrants... NBC Video report

 

Technology

Survey: Quarter of US Workers Commute Via Web – 62% Wish They Could

 “Web Commuters Can Take Their Online Jobs with Them Wherever They Go

 

Take My Health Data “Off the Market”

Did you know?  Your prescription data -- including your name, address, date of birth and drug regimen is FOR SALE...

 

Fighting Crime

Computer Security Consultant Infected PC’s Nationwide with ID Theft Botnets

In the first prosecution of its kind in the nation, a well-known member of the “botnet underground” was charged today with using “botnets” – armies of compromised computers – to steal the identities of victims ...

 

Government Officials Doing Things Right

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Animal Protection Shelter

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, famous for doing things like constructing a "tent city" jail in the middle of the Arizona desert and making his prisoners wear pink underwear, has turned his attention to animals held in his custody and arrested a fellow lawman for animal cruelty....

 

Security Freezes Now Available Nationwide

According to Privacy Rights Clearing House, beginning this month, the three credit bureaus -- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – are providing security freezes nationwide. A security freeze is stronger and more effective...

 

The Real Cost of Immigration

 (Washington, D.C.) --    The PBS program, To The Contrary has announced it will offer, free of charge, DVD copies of its three-part series on immigration’s impact on various aspects of US life...This educational product is distributed free of charge to those looking to learn more about the true impact of immigration, as it is rarely covered elsewhere by US media....Learn more and get your free copy of this important video

 

Fighting Crime

Deputies Nab "Courthouse Bandit"

Most criminals will do everything they can to avoid going to trial, but authorities in Allegheny County Pennsylvania say they have caught a woman who posed as a student to rob people attending a murder trial.... Video report

 

Fighting Crime

911 call may keep tipster from getting reward in deputy's shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - He helped catch a suspected killer, but one of the men who alerted authorities to Michael Mazza's location Wednesday afternoon may not see any reward money - because he called the wrong number... Full report

 

Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

 

Fast Food Crackdown

Fast food restaurants are part of the American landscape, but in a community that is inundated with them, the city council is trying to change that....Video report

 

Inmate meals fattened sheriff's pay

Although the breakfast service at the Hubbard County jail had captive customers and big profits before it ended, the  Sheriff's attorney says this isn't a case of "scam and eggs"...
 
HS Principal, Dressed in Drag, Charged With Prostitution Loitering

A male High School principal was caught on tape wearing women's clothes complete with  fishnet stockings and phony breasts in a high-crime area claimed he was on his way to a Halloween party but the officer didn't buy it.... Dash cam video

 

Border Fence Will Leave Some Texans On Wrong Side

The U.S. government plans to start construction on a 700 mile fence between the U.S. and Mexico borders in the spring. Some Texas residents say the fence will cut them off from the rest of the U.S. Others will lose access to their riverfront property....Video report

 

US Immigrants Ripped Off by Phone Cards

Many immigrants are being ripped off to the tune of millions of dollars a year when they call home ....Video report

 

Border Security and Illegal Aliens

Border Security Funding Stripped In Conference Committee

Wednesday, the conference committee on the Department of Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 3222) stripped two critical provisions aimed at securing the border...

 

Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007

Not surprisingly, there are some provisions in the bill that have stirred up some controversy - mainly with mortgage brokers. But, there is no doubt that this is an extremely consumer friendly bill....

 

Texas Officials Caught With Fake Degrees,  Illegal Diplomas

It sounds incredible: trusted Texas officials with phony, even illegal diplomas. But it is true... KHOU investigative video report

 

 

Technology

Will Online Meetings Be Part of Your Future?

In many companies, government agencies and election campaigns, employees and volunteers work together, but they aren’t in the same building or even in the same city. How do they keep workers connected?  More and more, the answer is online meetings, according to Investor’s Business Daily. Video Report

 

Fighting Crime

Who Is Baby Grace?

Ray Tuttoilmondo of the Galveston county sheriff's office in Texas speaks with Hannah Storm about the investigation into the body of a little girl, which was found in a floating crate by fishermen.... Video

 

Illegal Immigration / Border Security

Drug Smugglers Use Fake Government Trucks
 

By U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)

The drug smugglers have gotten smarter. They now disguise vehicles they are using to smuggle drugs into America to look exactly like Texas State transportation trucks...

 

Allegations of Official Misconduct

Former Court Clerk Indicted for Theft of Drug Evidence

Following a 17-month investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, former court clerk Lisa Austin Brickhouse has been indicted for allegedly stealing drugs from the Dare County North Carolina evidence vault.

 

Illegal Immigration

Commissioner Wants Ban On Services For Aliens

A Carroll County Maryland commissioner is hoping to pass a bill barring illegal immigrants from receiving County Economic Recovery Rebates...Video report

 

Illegal Immigration

New Report: More than 13 Million Illegal Aliens Reside in the U.S.

2007 Figures Represent an 88 Percent Increase Since 2000

(Washington, D.C.) According to a new report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), How Many Illegal Aliens?, the illegal immigrant population of the United States now exceeds 13 million...

 

Offbeat, Fun, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Nebraska's Answer to the Face on Mars

While gathering space images for The 100 Loneliest Counties in America, we were surprised to find a gigantic cowboy staring back at our satellite cameras from the twelfth least populated county in America... Take a look

 

 

Online Records Could Become Less Reliable

by Robert Franco

Oct-26-07

Can you imagine trying to search a title when only the property owner's initials appear in the online index? ...

 

Military Service Members and Other Overseas Voters Face Hurdles to Casting Ballots

New Web Site to Provide Crucial Assistance in Registering to Vote

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25  -- The Pew Charitable Trusts and Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) announced new Web-based voter services to help the more than six million Americans ...

 

Google Earth provides bird's eye view of Israeli reactor

JERUSALEM - When Google Earth first came along, the company went to some lengths to address the security concerns and restrictions in various countries, including Israel, where images of this nation were often blurry and you couldn't zoom in to find your house in Jerusalem. Well, good-bye to all t...

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Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Website Offers Fake Doctor Notes

Feeling like playing hooky, but nervous about getting caught? The Excused Absence Network has got your back. For about $25, students and employees can buy excuse notes that appear to come from doctors or hospitals...Video

 

 

Constable Busted for Cuffing Man over $10 Parking Ticket 

A judge in Montgomery County Pennsylvania has stripped a deputy constable of power after the officer was caught on tape holding a man in handcuffs for 40 minutes over an alleged $10 parking violation... Video report

 

County Real Estate Website will Remove Names of Private Citizens

Two years ago, a Judge's Family was murdered in their Chicago home resulting in 100 judges in Allegheny County demanding their  their own names be removed from the county website. Now private citizens will have the same protection ... Video Report

 

Rolling Up The Welcome Mat on Illegal Immigration

Prince William County in Virginia is the latest government entity to cut off benefits to those who aren't citizens or legal residents...Full Article

 

County Clerks protecting our borders

by Diana West

Reprinted with permission October 23, 2007

... with illegal immigration out of control and our border a shambles — the very baseline of the interplay of nations — it is our neighbors, our local representatives, who are increasingly taking charge of this crucial chunk of national policy. City Hall, the local planning commission and the county clerk’s office are where the action is... Get the full article

 

Illegal Immigration

Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens Compromises Homeland Security

Washington DC — In testimony submitted to the Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs and the Standing Committee on Transportation...

 

America's First Wind Powered County

Officials in Montgomery County Penn. announced last month the county will power all county facilities with 100 percent wind energy. Equal to the electric consumption of 2,700 typical homes ...

 

Fraud Alert

Jury Duty Scam Just Another ID Theft Trick

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott - Oct-22-07

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the country have reported the resurgence of an old trick known as the jury duty scam...

 

Officials Stopped Short By Red Light Camera Lawsuits
 

Officials in Cleveland and Dayton Tennessee have joined a growing list of officials to stop short of red light camera contracts after petitions objected to them and lawsuits popped up around the country...

 

ID Thief Takes Vet's Place in Grave

Annie Hayes was still mourning the death of her son when a veteran's cemetery told her another man with her son's name, social security number and military credentials had been in her son's grave since 2003... Video report

 

County Clerk Promises to Defy Governor, Report Illegal Aliens

Oct-10-07

Standing firmly with other New York County Clerks in their rebellion against Governor Spitzer’s directive, Cortland County Clerk Elizabeth Larkin says she will not only disobey Spitzer’s order, she will report applications from illegal immigrants to the sheriff...

 

America's 100 Most Foreclosure-Prone Counties

Driven by risky, sub prime mortgages, 'creative' lending, and adjustable rate mortgages that can suddenly cripple a homeowner's ability to pay, America is facing an epidemic of mortgage foreclosures. These counties lead the nation for highest ratio of households facing foreclosure... Learn more

Kentucky Counties Sue Makers of "Hillbilly Heroin"

Several Kentucky counties filed suit on Thursday against the makers of the potent painkilling drug OxyContin, charging that abusers of "hillbilly heroin" have filled state jails and treatment centers. Full Reuters report

 

Illegal Immigration and Homeland Security

NY County Clerks Rebel Against Governor's Plan to License Illegals

New York's County Clerks say they will not cooperate with Governor Spitzer's plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens and will not issue the licenses from their offices... Video Report

 

Judge Finds County Recorder in Contempt
Jarrod A. Clabaugh, Source of Title
Reprinted with permission

Nearly a year after the issuance of a mandamus order requiring her office to comply with Pennsylvania law, Judge Keith Quigley of Perry County, Pennsylvania, found Ellie Antoine, the recorder for Berks County, in contempt of court and ordered her to pay... Learn More

 

Ex-Cop Arrested on 30 Identity Fraud Charges
 

Michael Daubert of Sandy Hook, Connecticut was arrested on September 28, 2007 on a warrant charging him with identity theft in the first degree, larceny in the first degree, 28 counts of forgery in the second degree, and one count of criminal impersonation....

 

Degrees of Deceit: Officials Could Face Charges

Adding unearned titles like "Dr." or "PhD" to your name is deceptive and unethical at the least but for two county officials in Texas it may also have been criminal....full report

 

Protecting the Texas Pledge of Allegiance

By Greg Abbott

Attorney General of Texas

Oct-02-07

... Full Article

 

Foreclosure! Ten Ways to Save Your Home

 

Federal Bribery Sting Nets State and Local Officials

NEW JERSEY -- Sept-13-07

 

Atascosa County Clerk's Body Found In Ditch

The Atascosa County Clerk has been found dead, in a ditch. Fayette County Sheriff's Department announced Monday that Laquita Hayden's body was discovered by deputies near Highway 95 more than 100 miles from her home...

 

Essential Tools For Foreclosure Buyers

The foreclosure crises creates an incredible opportunity for foreclosure buyers but having the right tools and information is essential ....

 

Technology

Military Planners Google Earth

A new version of BAE Systems' image analysis and mapping software enables analysts to evaluate and share intelligence data more effectively by integrating with Google Earth™ ... Full report

 

Technology

Plastic Strip Could Prevent Bridge Disasters

Networks of small, permanently mounted 'smart' sensors could soon check continuously for the formation of structural defects in I-beams and other critical structural supports of bridges and highway overpasses...

 

Fighting Crime

Couple Robs Five Banks in a Single Day Without Guns

 

Satellite Image

See Your House From Space - The government is!

Authorities are using satellite images generated by a free program to re-evaluate your home values .. Learn how

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

Osama The Mortgage Broker

According to a survey by the National Association of Business Economists, the biggest threat to the economy is no longer terrorism and the Middle East ... continue reading

 

Taxes, Jobs, and the Economy

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

A License to Sell Loans
By Peter G. Miller - Reprinted with permission

If we're going to have uniform regulation nationwide that limits mortgage competition, then the public should get something in return.

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

The best and worst states for buying foreclosures

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

Before You Buy a Foreclosure Property, Do Your Homework!
Online tools allow you to evaluate potential purchases from the comfort of your home...

 

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

US Homes Hit Online Auction Blocks

 

HIPAA: A Minefield for School Districts

Recent Cases Highlight Potential Exposure

 

County Bars Contractors from Using Illegal Workers

Anne Arundel County is the first county in the Maryland to ban companies from using illegal aliens to perform tasks involving contracts with the county. Contractors doing business with the county will be required to certify they have no illegal immigrants on the payroll.

 

Second Jefferson County Clerk Quits Amid State Probe

Jefferson County, Arkansas -- Circuit Clerk Annette Branch has left her job in the middle of a state police investigation into unauthorized withdrawals from a county fund.

 

 
 
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Candidates Duel Over Online Records

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Oct-11-06

In a time of rampant identity theft, what candidates are telling you about themselves may be less important to voters than what incumbents are telling the rest of the world about their constituents. . . Read Candidates Duel

 
 
September 25, 2006
 

Harvey Ressler of Kansas City, Missouri believes the state  broke federal law when they partnered with a marketing service company to deliver unwanted ads in his mail. He intends to hold the state and their partner responsible for breaching Federal privacy protection.

Motorists in New York, Ohio, Florida and Minnesota have filed similar suits. . .  Read full Article

 
 
Think Your ID Is Secure? We Found It Online.
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All across America, county offices are succumbing to the demands of title companies, major financial institutions and data brokers to sell their stash of community identities at wholesale prices. Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), they take county registries of deeds and recorder offices to court - and often win. Or, they simply hand over enough cash to satiate your local registrar and walk away with your life history. . . continue reading
 
 
 

County level security breaches aiding ID thieves, stalkers and terrorists

David Bloys - News for Public Officials

August 28, 2006

County Websites across the country contain millions of searchable records brimming with all the ingredients identity thieves, stalkers, and terrorists  need to steal your identity, stalk your children, or target American infrastructure.

The problem pits county officials, their constituents, and companies hoping to profit from the digitized records against each other. . . . Continue reading

 
 
 

 

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Suits, Charges Plague State Technology Vendors

The accusations include bribery, computer piracy, improper access by foreign entities, privacy breaches, inadequate customer service,  questionable business practices, unjust enrichment, stock option backdating, and foreign ownership.

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