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Archive for July 8th, 2010

Mortgage Fraud Unit announces indictment

Posted by Admin On July - 8 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

A clerical employee for the Town of Cicero has been indicted for forging documents in order to inflate her income in order to obtain a home loan following an investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s newly formed Mortgage Fraud Investigations and Prosecutions Unit, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced yesterday.

According to prosecutors, Mirasol Salazar, 35, a seven-year clerical employee for the Town of Cicero, was charged with altering her pay stubs and W-2 forms to inflate her income from $30,000 to over $52,000 in order to qualify for a loan on a Berwyn home. The house fell into foreclosure when the defendant failed to make mortgage payments. The defendant was indicted on charges of Financial Institution Fraud, Theft, Theft by Deception, Loan Fraud, and three counts of Forgery.

Alvarez said the indictments signal the commitment of the State’s Attorney’s Office to address the growing problems of mortgage fraud at the local level.

“When we created the mortgage fraud unit we made a pledge to the people of Cook County that we would aggressively investigate and prosecute these cases,” said Alvarez. “These indictments show we are keeping our commitment and will continue the work we started.”

The defendant appeared in court and pled not guilty and the case was continued to August 10.

Alvarez also announced that residents of Chicago’s West Side and the Western Suburbs will have a new resource in the fight against mortgage fraud with the opening of a third State’s Attorney Community Justice Center in Oak Park.

Assistant State’s Attorneys in the Mortgage Fraud Unit are assigned to each Community Justice Center to help them work closely with residents, taking a proactive, community based approach the handling of thse cases.

Individuals with tips on suspected fraud are encouraged to email the Mortgage Fraud Unit at mortgagefraud@cookcountyil.gov.

The public is reminded that criminal charges are not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Mandatory testing of Rape Kits now law

Posted by Admin On July - 8 - 2010 1 COMMENT
 A message from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

 Today (July 6), Illinois became the first state in the nation to require that every rape kit collected from a victim of sexual assault be submitted for DNA testing.

 Last year, I learned that thousands of unprocessed rape kits were sitting in police stations across the state. The justice system’s failure to process evidence collected from sexual assault victims sends a horrible message to the survivors of these devastating crimes.  We will never know the number of sexual predators who got away with these heinous crimes or how many assaults could have been prevented if every rape kit had been tested promptly and followed up on by law enforcement.

I am proud to have worked with Senator Toi Hutchinson and Representative Emily McAsey to pass these new protections for the children and women of Illinois.

 

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The Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church elects five new Bishops at their Historical 37th General Conference

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Newly-elected C.M.E. Bishops James B.Walker, W.E. Lockett, Sylvester Williams, Teresa Snorton and Godwin T. Umoette Mobile, AL (BlackNews.com) — The Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church, convening for its thirty-six quadrennial session and thirty-seventh General Conference in Mobile, Alabama during June 26-July 4, 2010, elected five new bishops including a female and an indigenous bishop for Africa.

The theme of the General Conference was, “An Essential Church: Poised for 21st Century Ministry.”
Bishop James B. Walker was elected the 56th bishop of the C.M.E. Church. He is the former pastor of Phillips C.M.E. Church in Hartford, Connecticut.
Bishop W.E. Lockett was elected the 57th bishop. He is the former pastor of Metropolitan C.M.E. Church in Houston, Texas, Bishop Sylvester Williams was elected the 58th bishop. He is the former pastor of Carter Temple C.M.E. Church in Chicago, Illinois. Bishop Teresa Snorton was elected the 59th bishop and the first female bishop of the denomination. She is the Executive Director of the National Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) in Atlanta, Georgia, Bishop Godwin Umoette was elected the 60th bishop and the indigenous bishop for Africa. He served as a distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, and pastor of Bishop Marshall Gilmore Cathedral CME Church, Uyo.
The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr. and its College of Bishops, is a 139-year old historically African American Christian denomination with more than 1.2 million members across the United States, and has missions and sister churches in Haiti, Jamaica, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan/Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda Rwanda and Burundi.

For additional information about the CME Church, visit www.c-m-e.org.

Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., CEO
Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart, Sr.
Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick, III
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr.
Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr.
Bishop Kenneth W. Carter
Bishop James B. Walker
Bishop W.E. Lockett
Bishop Sylvester Williams
Bishop Teresa Snorton
Bishop Godwin T. Umoette
Bishop William H. Graves, Retired
Bishop Othal H. Lakey, Retired
Bishop Edward Lynn Brown, Retired
Bishop Ronald M. Cunningham, Retired
Bishop Dotcy I. Isom, Jr., Retired
Bishop Marshall Gilmore, Retired
Bishop Nathaniel Linsey, Retired

Attorney General Madigan: Operation Guardian compliance check conducted in Peoria

Posted by Admin On July - 8 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

 

Chicago, IL  ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that an “Operation Guardian” compliance check took place earlier today (July 7) in Peoria.  Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy joined Madigan at a midday press conference to discuss the results of the compliance check of Sharon Health Care Willows, 3520 N. Rochelle. 

“Operation Guardian has put nursing home owners and operators throughout the state on high alert,” Madigan said. “Any day we could swoop in unannounced to ensure that the elderly who reside at these homes are cared for in a safe environment.”

Madigan’s office was joined by the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department on Aging’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program in addition to the Peoria Police Department and Peoria Fire Department at today’s compliance check. 

“Each participating agency has a specific role to play in ensuring the safety of the vulnerable residents of Illinois nursing homes,” continued Madigan.  “It is particularly important to have the local fire and police departments participate in this operation as they have a strong interest in protecting the nursing home residents who live here in the Peoria area.” 

“We have an obligation to ensure the citizens that these facilities are safe havens and I applaud the efforts of our Attorney General and support her in this endeavor,” said Sheriff McCoy.

Madigan said Sharon Health Care Willows houses 219 beds with all residents Medicaid eligible. Today’s operation resulted in the arrest of two residents wanted on outstanding arrest warrants, and the clearing of one resident who was listed with law enforcement as a missing person.

This was the thirteenth compliance check conducted since Attorney General Madigan announced her office’s Operation Guardian initiative to protect Illinois’ nursing home residents. Including today’s action, Madigan’s team has identified 66 people with active criminal warrants.  The multi-agency visits give her office and other participating state agencies the opportunity to review safety and compliance issues at nursing homes.  For example, nursing home operators who fail to conduct background checks on residents or fail to have care plans in place for residents with felony convictions are in violation of state law.  The Department on Aging’s Long Term Care Ombudsman Program ensures that residents’ rights are not being violated with the goal of enhancing their quality of life.  The Department of Public Health’s role is a compliance review of any identified offenders and any reported incidents in the last six months.  The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation interviews administrators and performs a license check of all professionals employed at the nursing facility.

Attorney General Madigan announced the formation of “Operation Guardian” last February and it follows her work to close Emerald Park Nursing Home and to require background checks and criminal history analyses to identify nursing home residents that might pose a threat to others. The Attorney General also authored a law, known as the Resident’s Right to Know Act that requires nursing homes to complete an annual Consumer Choice Information Report about facilities’ standard of care, service and security issues to provide better information to residents and their families.

Sam’s Club® offers small business loans to businesses owned by minorities, women, and veterans

Posted by Admin On July - 8 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Bentonville, AR (BlackNews.com) — Existing small business owners and entrepreneurs with hopes of starting up continue to seek access to capital in the form of bank loans, yet are still struggling to land credit. Only half of small businesses that tried to borrow last year got all or most of what they needed, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. In the mid-2000s, 90% of businesses said they got the loans they needed.

To help support small business and its business members, Sam’s Club has announced that it is testing an online program with Superior Financial Group, the Nation’s leading Small Business Administration (SBA) lender, which would make $5,000 to $25,000 loans available to its members who qualify. In a November 2009 state of small business survey conducted by Sam’s Club, nearly 15 percent of its business members reported being denied a loan to run their operation, up from 12 percent in April 2009.

The Sam’s Club small business loan pilot will focus on serving Main Street minority, women and Veteran owned small business owners as well as micro-entrepreneurs under the SBA’s Premier Outreach Express products such as Community Express, Patriot Express and Export Express loans.

Sam’s Club members who apply for a small business loan online during the pilot will receive a $100 off the application fee, a 20 percent discount and a 7.5 APR, which is 25 basis point discount. The terms of the loans will remain at 10 years, which is common to help keep monthly payments low. There is no penalty for early repayment. Business memberships cost $35 annually at Sam’s Club.

For more information or to apply, visit:
www.samsclub.com/sams/pagedetails/content.jsp?pageName=sbaLoanProgram

To learn more about business credit, visit:
www.BusinessCredit.org

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