Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- 19 charged during drinking crackdown at SPAC - Age ID continues to pay dividends in NY State
- Phantom Renters And Scammers Equal Serious Losses For Landlords - Learn about the dangers of synthetic fraud
- Vaping is an epidemic and the FDA must act, physicians say - The nation’s physicians sent a strong message on “the urgent public health epidemic”
- Scams and schemes create enforcement morass at ports - The challenge for law enforcement is separating legitimate shipments from illegal ones
Officials said the crackdown is part of Operation Prevent, a DMV initiative conducted all year long that targets not only bars and drinking establishments but concerts, events, and other underage hot spots. During an Operation Prevent sting, DMV investigators work with the state Liquor Authority and law enforcement to check identification documents. Patrons found to be using fake IDs can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year.
A full 75% of those landlords were unaware of the scam until after move-in, only noticing when a rent payment was missed or another issue occurred. More than a quarter didn’t notice until seven months later or more.
By then, thousands of dollars in rent and other costs have already been lost. According to TransUnion data, an average of $4,215 is owed per fraudulent tenant, and that doesn’t even include the costs to evict, the lost rent during the months-long eviction process and the additional costs of marketing, readying and re-leasing the property.
To address the issue, the AMA House of Delegates directed the AMA to:
- Recognize the use of e-cigarettes and vaping as an urgent public health epidemic.
- Actively work with the Food and Drug Administration and other relevant stakeholders to counteract the marketing and use of addictive e-cigarette and vaping devices, including but not limited to bans and strict restrictions on marketing to minors under the age of 21.
The insurance crime bureau is a nonprofit agency that works with law enforcement and the insurance industry to prevent theft and fraud. Koven and Bealey are embedded with CBP's local auto desk and have helped train officers in how to detect signs of vehicle theft in export paperwork.
Their challenge is separating legitimate shipments from illegal ones in the murky area between criminal fraud and breach of private contracts, in which automakers try to discourage the export of new vehicles bought at U.S. dealerships and criminals try to sneak vehicles out of the country in violation of a law that bans exports of vehicles with pending liens.