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There’s Only One Me: Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft

July 11th, 2013 - By Tanvier Peart
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No one likes to be a victim, especially when it comes to having your personal information hacked. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes with a reported 15 million Americans claiming their information has been stolen per year. Just the thought alone of knowing some or all of your business could be stolen at any given time is enough to make us crazy.

While we might not be able to stop those who intend to do us harm, there are some steps we can take to help insure our business is protected.

Once Again, It’s On: Cash Money Records Sued Again For Using Illegal Sample

February 23rd, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Rappers and sampling go together like peanut butter and jelly these days. Well, except for the one place it matters: on paper.

According to TMZ, singer Robert Poindexter is suing Cash Money Records for using a sample of one of his group’s old songs in a 2010 Bow Wow song.

Poindexter says the The Persuaders’ 1972 song “Love Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Away)” was used in Bow Wow’s song “Still Ballin” but the label never took the time to actually clear the sample.

What’s that you say? You don’t know that Bow Wow song? It’s okay, we don’t either but just know that it’s a “thing.”  On the other hand, The Persuaders’ single hit number 8 on the charts back in the day.

Poindexter has allegedly tried to get in touch with Cash Money Records, only to be told to talk to Bow Wow’s attorneys. Of course, his attorneys turned it around and told him to speak to Cash Money again. As we all know, the runaround with anything only makes you more angry and that helped to prompt this lawsuit.

Poindexter, who isn’t an original member of The Persuaders, also has lawsuits pending against 50 Cent and Kanye West for alleged illegal sampling of the groups’ songs. He’s seeking $600,000 in damages plus interest for this particular song.

This isn’t the first time Cash Money has been sued for sampling: powerhouse EMI sued the label for almost $500,000 for using illegal samples on a slew of songs back in 2009.

You know, if this is true, it makes no sense as to why some of these artists and labels won’t get the proper clearance. Of course, some older singers don’t want their songs used in new songs but at the same time, there are many who could use the check.  The process is probably tedious but when someone comes back to sue you for more money than the record was even worth, who actually wins?

So far, there’s been no comment from Bow Wow or Cash Money Records.

WEEKEND WRAP-UP! Usher Is Being Sued, Kanye Is Difficult To Work With + MORE!

July 15th, 2012 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Hey loves!  Hope all is well in your worlds because I’ve got to tell you, I was scouring the internet streets and these celebs aren’t into anything good right now.  One major star lost his son as we headed into this weekend.  Check out what’s going on!

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Jesus Be a Fence! Pastor and Wife Arrested for Stealing and Gambling Away $400K From Church

June 25th, 2012 - By Alissa Henry
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Do you know where your tithe dollars are going?

If you were a faithful member of Bethel Institutional Missionary Baptist Church in Houston Texas, then they may have been going right into the pocket of your pastor and his wife…then to a Louisiana slot machine.

KHOU-11 news in Houston reports:

A Houston pastor and his wife are in the Harris County jail charged with bilking their former congregation out of more than $400,000 and using that money for gambling trips to Louisiana.

Charles Gilford, 58, and Adriane Gilford, 53, were indicted Wednesday by a Harris County grand jury and charged with aggregate theft and “misapplication of fiduciary property.”

Prosecutors allege the Gilfords used at least $430,000 in church funds to gamble at the Coushatta Casino near Lake Charles between 2004 and 2007. They were pastor and first lady of Bethel Institutional Missionary Baptist Church (BIMBC) on Selinsky Road in southeast Houston at the time.

“Over that three-year period of time as fiduciaries there, they were able to take that total of $430,000 from that little Baptist church,” said Amy McCauley with the white collar crimes section of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

At that little Baptist church, a fixture in this neighborhood for decades, the current leadership told us they didn’t want to comment on the case. The Gilford’s left BIMBC five years ago.

Not only did this pastor and his wife allegedly steal money from the church, but they are believed to have gambled it away too? Looks like one idiot move leads to another.

Of course, as we’ve seen in several high profile scandals in churches across the country, even when faced with damning evidence, congregants cannot wipe the smoke out of their eyes and see when they’ve been had. Unfortunately, some members of this church are no different. The article goes on to say:

Close friends say they have trouble believing the couple would steal from their congregation.

“And when I tell you impeccable people, outstanding people willing to help, I just, this is a little bit too much for me,” said friend Regina Davis when she learned about the arrests.

“It doesn’t make sense,” added her son Freddie Davis. “As far as I know, they are really genuine people, both pastor Gilford and sister Gilford. They have been courteous and amazing over the years.”

But after poring over boxes and boxes of financial records, prosecutors convinced a grand jury to indict the pair on charges that carry anywhere from 5 years to life in prison.

Ummmm of course they were “courteous and amazing” — the members were funding their gambling addiction. I know that no one wants to believe the worst about leaders in their church, but unfortunately you can’t put this kind of behavior past anyone. You also can’t be too shocked when it happens. You like to think people are honest, but when you do the math, even small churches bring in a ton of money and most don’t have any financial oversight. In addition, too many of these pastors have people around them willing to turn a blind eye to their egregious actions. Granted, it definitely takes a special kind of boldness to steal money from a church, especially if you’re the pastor or his wife. Unsurprisingly, Adriane’s thievery was not confined to the church building. The story also said she was  arrested in 2010 on a felony charge of writing bad checks in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.

This couple is out of control. Fortunately, congregants who tithe out of obedience to the Bible know that they will be blessed regardless of any “misappropriation of funds”, but it does make you think twice before dropping your hard-earned money in the offering plate.

Alissa Henry is a freelance writer (and church girl) living in Columbus, OH. Follow her on Twitter @AlissaInPink

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Times Are Hard: Couple Steals $1,400 of Baby Formula and Attack Target Worker to Do So

January 18th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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Keep your eyes open folks. If you walk in a store and notice people acting really suspect in the aisle with all the baby formula, it’s probably because they’re about to case the joint: for said baby formula–not money. And that’s exactly what a couple from New Jersey did at a Target store, filling a cart up with almost a whole row of baby formula (big boxes and small containers) and trying to smoothly walk out of the store with the cart without paying. But when a worker saw the man trying to leave the store with the cart, he tried to stop him. In turn, the crazy man gave him a broken finger, a sprained arm and contusions. Surveillance caught the couple on camera–the woman packing the cart with the products, and the man beating the security guard.

While this all might sound crazy and like the case of a young couple who couldn’t afford formula for their children, it’s not. This couple is said to be part of a large group of people who are stealing formula and selling it for a lower price on Craigslist and on the streets. Many people seem to be in the market for formula, so the resale of it seems to be bringing in a lot of money. However, many are worried that people re-selling formula could be ignoring expiration dates and contaminating the products.  The New York NBC affiliate says that baby formula has been a staple for thieves for years now, and that it’s so popular, some stores are locking away their formula, and federal laws have been imposed to try and prevent it from happening. So, if you’re in the market for some baby formula, as with anything that has to do with children–stay away from Craigslist.

Check out video of the man trying to steal the cart of formula and his slick lady below, courtesy of http://nbcnewyork.com:

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