FDA is warning consumers not to purchase or use PNC-27, a product promoted and sold through http://PNC27.com, as a treatment or cure for cancer. An FDA laboratory discovered the bacteria Variovorax paradoxus in a PNC-27 solution sample for inhalation.

Consumers who use a contaminated product are at risk for serious, potentially life-threatening infections. Consumers at higher risk include vulnerable populations, such as young children, elderly people, pregnant women, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

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New York - Steven McClatchey, a director at an investment bank in Manhattan (the “Investment Bank”), was sentenced today to five months in prison on securities fraud and wire fraud charges in connection with his provision of inside information used to trade in the stock of several companies. McClatchey plead guilty on July 12, 2016, and was sentenced today by United States District Judge Katherine Polk Failla.

According to the Complaint, Information, and statements made during court proceedings:

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St Louis, MO - The FBI St. Louis Division is warning the public about a telephone scam claiming you have failed to report to jury duty. During the call, the perpetrator impersonates a law enforcement officer or officer of the court. The caller claims you failed to report for jury duty and may even threaten criminal prosecution or jail time.

The scammer then asks for personal information such as your birth date or Social Security number for “verification purposes.” The caller may even have some of your personal information and ask that you provide your bank account number or credit card number to “pay a fine.”

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Business Blog provides lessons from the FTC’s Herbalife and Vemma cases

Herbalife Refund Facts: $200 million in total refunds; nearly 350,000 people will be mailed checks; most checks are $100-$500. Go to http://ftc.gov/Herbalife for more information.The Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks to nearly 350,000 people who lost money running Herbalife businesses. The checks are the result of a July 2016 settlement with the FTC that required Herbalife to pay $200 million and fundamentally restructure its business. This represents one of the largest redress distributions the agency has made in any consumer protection action to date.

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Three Guilty Pleas to Date in Bitcoin and Bribery Scheme

New York - Anthony R. Murgio has pled guilty to charges associated with operating Coin.mx, an internet-based Bitcoin exchange, through which Murgio processed more than $10 million in illegal Bitcoin transactions. Murgio also pled guilty to conspiring to obstruct an examination of the Helping Other People Excel Federal Credit Union (“HOPE FCU”) by the National Credit Union Administration (“NCUA”) in furtherance of the illegal Coin.mx scheme. To date, three individuals involved in the Coin.mx schemes have pled guilty. Murgio is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16, 2017.

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Esteban Santiago Ruiz (Santiago) had his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia O. Valle this morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Santiago is being temporarily detained without bond. A detention hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Santiago is charged in a federal criminal complaint with violations of: Title 18, United States Code, Section 37(a)(1), performing an act of violence against a person at an airport serving international civil aviation that caused serious bodily injury; Title 18, United States Code,   more...
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