Trio Marketed Laser Devices to Elderly Consumers as Cure-All

Three defendants who marketed and sold light-emitting medical devices as a cure-all to consumers, primarily targeting the elderly, were sentenced on April 20, 2018 by a federal judge in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Robert “Larry” Lytle, 83, of Rapid City, who was the leader and organizer of the scheme, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release. Ronald D. Weir Jr., 39, of Sioux Falls was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Irina Kossovskaia, 63, a Canadian resident, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange will issue a final restitution order within 90 days.

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The ringleader of an operation that lured people into an expensive negative-option scam using a low-cost “trial” offer for tooth whiteners and other products is banned from negative-option sales under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

The settlement order is one of three orders resolving FTC charges against Blair McNea, Jennifer Johnson, Danielle Foss and 59 corporate defendants.   more...
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. – The Unified Command has been notified by Enbridge officials that further structural analysis conducted by Enbridge indicates that small dents exist in their pipeline infrastructure.

Enbridge has notified the Unified Command that the damage poses no threat to the overall integrity of their infrastructure.

The mineral oil leak from the American Transmission Company’s utility cables may have been caused by vessel activity and is under investigation.

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MIAMI — The Coast Guard Cutter Resolute crew repatriated 50 Haitian migrants Tuesday to the Haitian Coast Guard.

The repatriation is a result of an interdiction conducted by both the U.S. Coast Guard and Cuban Border Guard, in which the vessel was intercepted with 127 Haitian migrants.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance located an overloaded 70-foot sail freighter Saturday approximately 20 miles off the northeast coast of Cuba. The Reliance crew launched their Over-the-Horizon small boat to assist the migrant vessel taking on water. The smallboat crew transferred 50 Haitian migrants to the cutter. The other 77 migrants refused lifejackets and the vessel entered Cuban Territorial Seas. The Cuban Border Guard took custody of the remaining 77 migrants for further disposition.

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"We can lift our citizens from welfare to work, from dependence to independence, and from poverty to prosperity."
President Donald J. Trump

ACTION TOWARD REFORM: President Trump’s Executive Order on Economic Mobility takes the first steps toward welfare reform in America.

The order provides nine “Principles of Economic Mobility,” which will guide agencies that administer public assistance programs to effectively reform the welfare system by directing that they:
improve employment outcomes and economic independence;
promote marriage and family as a way of escaping poverty;
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement (OPPE) is offering up to $8.4 million in available funding for training and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. Funding is made through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program).

“The USDA is committed to reaching all farmers and ranchers,” said OPPE Director Diane Cullo. “Through the 2501 program, the USDA is building lasting relationships among these farmers and ranchers, the local organizations that serve them, and the USDA’s local, state, regional, and national offices.”

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