Daily Archives: December 7, 2010

El Centro Caltrans Workers to Receive State Employee Medal of Valor

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will present the State Employee Medal of Valor to 38 people during a 2 p.m. ceremony today at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.

The award recognizes state employees who acted at personal risk to save lives or property. The state has awarded 507 medals since the program began in 1959. Departments and agencies submit their nominations to the http://topics.sacbee.com/Department+of+Personnel+Administration/ which administers the program.

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Agents Seize Methamphetamine Worth More Than $1 Million

Calexico, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station seized a large quantity of methamphetamine on Thursday with an estimated value of $1.25 million.

At approximately 8 a.m., a silver truck driven by a 33 year-old male approached the primary inspection area of the Interstate 8 checkpoint. A Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle and agents referred the driver to the secondary inspection area. The driver, a Legal Permanent Resident, consented to a search of the vehicle. During the search, agents discovered several packages concealed in the dashboard area of the vehicle containing the methamphetamine.

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Extortion Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans

The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received many complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. Callers claim the victim is delinquent in a payday loan and must repay the loan to avoid legal consequences. The callers purport to be representatives of the FBI, Federal Legislative Department, various law firms, or other legitimate-sounding agencies. They claim to be collecting debts for companies such as United Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Net, and other Internet check-cashing services.

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$67 Million Settlement with Bank of America Over Investments of Municipal Bond Proceeds

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a $67 million multi-state settlement with Bank of America for illegal activity by some of its employees in investing the proceeds of municipal bonds. This activity amounted to bid rigging, price fixing, and other anti-competitive practices that defrauded state agencies, local governments and non-profit groups.

“This settlement means that government agencies facing lower budgets will recover millions of dollars in restitution for money that they were deprived of by some unscrupulous bond-derivative investment advisors,” Brown said.

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“Santa’s Secret List” – Predicts The Hottest Holiday Gifts

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