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Afternoon Tea With KBritt Topic Scandalous Tidbits In September 2023

Updated: Sep 26

September 24, 2023

Governor Phil Murphy Reportedly Tells Senator Robert Menendez That He Doesn’t Have To Go Home, But He Shouldn’t Be Representing New Jersey Any Longer.

Reportedly, on Friday, September 22, 2023, Governor Phil Murphy and two N.J. Democratic Veteran Members of Congress recommended that Menendez resign immediately. Senator Menendez was indicted on federal bribery charges plus other national security risk factors that have led Governor Murphy to recommend that Menendez doesn’t have to go home. But, he’s no longer welcome to represent the state of N.J., Per a report by Marisa Iati and Issac Stanley Becker of The Washington Post on Friday, September 22, 2023. Democratic Party Chairman Brother LeRoy Jones Jr. echoed for Mendez to surrender his seat because of the seriousness of the allegations. Mendez responded that he intends to “continue to fight for the residents of New Jersey with the same success I’ve had for the past 50 decades. … I am not going anywhere.” To learn more about the scandal, click the link here:

More Bones Fall out of the Closet Regarding Senator Robert Menendez’s Corruption Charges.

Fred Daibes, former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Mariner's Bank and primary Edgewater land developer of the "gold coast" boom of high rises along the Hudson River in Bergen County was named one of five people indicted Friday, September 22, 2023, in an alleged corruption scheme involving Sen. Robert Menendez and his wife. According to The Bergen Recorder article titled, Senator Menendez was indicted once before. Here's a history of his legal woes by reporter Kristie Cattafi. Cattafi shares that "Menendez was indicted Friday on corruption charges for allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from Daibes, Hana, and Uribe for helping them enrich themselves and trying to get them out of trouble, according to the indictment unsealed in New York." That's right, folks Senator Menedez, a first-generation Hispanic in America who successfully became a U.S. Senator in New Jersey, had a laundry list of fraud while in partnership with other prosperous non-Black minority land developers who utilized every civil rights, affirmative action, plus minority business funds that long-term citizens especially Black citizens did not have access to. And currently, they are now being exposed years after all the confusion they and their other cohorts have caused during Mendez's approximately 50-year political rain. And are now facing serious charges. With such unethical land developers in partnership with Sen. Mendez, over the years, it is no wonder American citizens in New Jersey have found it difficult to access homes to live perhaps. I think there will be a plethora of interesting bones to fall out of Mendez's closet here in Jersey. To learn more, please check out the link below:

Alarmed by Risk of Nuclear Escalation among Major Powers, Speakers in General Assembly Warn Growing Distrust, Divisions Are Driving Multilateral System towards Dysfunction - United Nations Press Release Sept 23, 2023

Powerful countries are pushing the world closer to the brink of nuclear conflict as mounting distrust and divisions corrode the bedrock of international cooperation, driving the multilateral system towards gridlock and dysfunction, world leaders warned today, as the General Assembly high-level debate concluded its fifth-day of discussions. Several Heads of State and Government, as well as ministers, voiced their concerns about the world’s current trajectory as it emerges from the most significant health emergency in a century amidst deepening conflicts and increasing instability. A fractured global political economy, skyrocketing food and fuel prices, looming climate crisis and heightened arms races have collectively led to widespread feelings of disillusionment, indifference, and cynicism among millions of people. Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, said that for the first time in several generations, the world faces the very real possibility of conflict between major Powers. “The stakes for all of us are simply too high,” she warned. The international rule of law and the United Nations Charter must mean something to a growing generation that is becoming more skeptical. The Russian Federation’s illegal invasion of Ukraine last year was a direct attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a UN Member State. The war has also highlighted geostrategic tensions and heightened nuclear risks. “Playing politics with innocent lives is cruel and immoral,” she stressed.

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Ugandan Man Sentenced to 121 Months in Federal Prison for Money Laundering Charge Press Release September 21, 2023

DAVENPORT, IA – A Ugandan man was sentenced on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, to 121 months in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.

According to public court documents, Kingsley Ogbeide, 50, also known as “James Oreye,” “Emmanual Richson,” and “King,” was involved in a business email compromise (BEC) scam that defrauded a business within the Southern District of Iowa. Ogbeide worked with co-conspirators and co-defendants to trick employees of legitimate businesses into changing their bank information via email. Large sums of money were subsequently wired to illegitimate bank accounts controlled by fraudsters. Ogbeide worked as a top-level conspirator, arranging and communicating on which fraudulent bank accounts would receive illegally obtained funds and managed how the funds would be distributed to other members of the conspiracy. Ogbeide admitted to helping to manage fraudulent activity totaling between approximately $3.5 million and $9.5 million. Following his prison sentence, Ogbeide was ordered to serve three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. Ogbeide was ordered to pay about $1.5 million in restitution to 16 victims. United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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Nurse Practitioner Convicted of $200M Health Care Fraud Scheme - Press Release Sept 21, 2023

A federal jury in Miami convicted a Florida nurse practitioner yesterday for her role in a scheme to defraud Medicare by submitting more than $200 million in false and fraudulent claims for expensive genetic testing and medical equipment that the Medicare beneficiaries did not need. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Elizabeth Hernandez, 45, of Homestead, signed thousands of orders for medically unnecessary orthotic braces and genetic tests, resulting in fraudulent Medicare billings in excess of $200 million.

As part of the scheme, telemarketing companies would contact Medicare beneficiaries to convince them to request orthotic braces and genetic tests, and then send pre-filled orders for these products to Hernandez, who signed them, attesting that she had examined or treated the patients. In reality, she had never spoken with many of the patients. In 2020, Hernandez ordered more cancer genetic tests for Medicare beneficiaries than any other provider in the nation, including oncologists and geneticists. She then billed Medicare as though she were conducting complex office visits with these patients and routinely billed more than 24 hours of “office visits” in a single day. Hernandez personally pocketed approximately $1.6 million in the scheme, which she used to purchase expensive cars, jewelry, home renovations, and travel. Up learn more, click link:

Alex Murdaugh Pleads Guilty to Federal Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Bank Fraud, and Money Laundering Charges - For Immediate Release September 21, 2023

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh, 55, of Hampton, has pleaded guilty in federal court to all 22 charges pending against him, including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud; bank fraud; wire fraud; and money laundering.

“Alex Murdaugh’s financial crimes were extensive, brazen, and callous,” said U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs. “He stole indiscriminately from his clients, his law firm, and others who trusted him. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, and SLED committed to investigating and prosecuting Murdaugh’s financial crimes when they first came to light. Today marks our fulfillment of that promise.”

Murdaugh was a personal injury attorney at a Hampton, South Carolina law firm. He admitted to using three schemes to obtain money and property from his personal injury clients. In one scheme, Murdaugh admitted that from in or around July 2011 until at least October 2021, Murdaugh conspired with his banker, Russell Laffitte, to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. Murdaugh asked Laffitte to serve as personal representative or conservator for numerous personal injury clients. Laffitte collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees as personal representative or conservator for Murdaugh’s personal injury clients.

As part of the scheme, Murdaugh directed law firm employees to make settlement checks payable to “Palmetto State Bank.” The checks were drawn on Murdaugh’s law firm’s trust account and identified the personal injury clients on the memo lines. Murdaugh then had the checks delivered to Laffitte, who distributed the checks for Murdaugh’s benefit, including to pay off personal loans and for personal expenses and cash withdrawals. Murdaugh pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, one count of bank fraud, and two counts of wire fraud associated with this scheme.

In November 2022, Laffitte was convicted on six federal charges for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, and misapplication of bank funds for his role in this scheme. In August 2023, Laffitte was sentenced to 7 years in federal prison.

To learn more about how convicted murderer and personal injury attorney Alex Murdaugh defrauded clients from July 2011 to October 2021, click the above link.

Statement Of U.S. Attorney Damian Williams On The Guilty Plea Of Ryan Salame, Former CEO Of FTX - For immediate release U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District N.Y. September 7, 2023

Ryan Salame Pled Guilty to Conspiracy to Make Unlawful Political Contributions and Defraud the Federal Election Commission and Conspiracy to Operate an Unlicensed Money Transmitting Business. “Ryan Salame agreed to advance the interests of FTX, Alameda Research, and his co-conspirators through an unlawful political influence campaign and through an unlicensed money transmitting business, which helped FTX grow faster and larger by operating outside of the law. Today’s guilty plea reflects the commitment I made in December that my Office would continue to pursue swift justice against individuals at FTX and its affiliates who engaged in criminal conduct.”

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