What Are Some Major Recent Civil Court Cases?


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In 2015, some major civil court cases involved psychic mail fraud schemes, business opportunity fraud schemes, vending fraud and odometer tampering, explains the United States Department of Justice. In 2014 and 2015, there were several cases involving food and dietary supplements as well.

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On July 23, 2015, the court resolved issues against Metro Data Management, Inc. that pertained to two mail fraud schemes, states the DOJ. Convicted of processing victim orders and payments, company president Keitha Rocco is prohibited from making certain statements in advertising or promotional materials, and she and the organization are not allowed to perform caging services related to astrological, clairvoyant or psychic services for a fee. The court found them guilty of sending mass mailings that claimed to offer personalized psychic predictions and services from notorious psychics at a cost. Identical letters were sent using information from a lead list.

Sentenced to serve two years in prison and ordered to pay $421,666, Shamai Salpeter was deemed guilty of odometer tampering on April 13, 2015, according to the DOJ. After receiving numerous referrals from a local car dealership, Salpeter adjusted customer odometer readings in the driveway of his home. For fees ranging from $100 to $300, he would change the odometers on vehicles to whatever readings his customers requested.

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