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South Florida psychic sentenced in $3.5 million case
 Maybe this was an unforeseen development. A South Florida woman who promoted herself as a psychic has been sentenced to 26
            months in prison for evading taxes and ordered to repay more than $3.5 million to an elderly Martha’s Vineyard resident. Among the services court records say she promised: Ridding the client of &ldquo...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Maybe this was an unforeseen development. A South Florida woman who promoted herself as a psychic has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for evading taxes and ordered to repay more than $3.5 million to an elderly Martha’s Vineyard resident. Among the services court records say she promised: Ridding the client of &ldquo...
South Florida psychic sentenced in $3.5 million case
 Maybe this was an unforeseen development. A South Florida woman who promoted herself as a psychic has been sentenced to 26
            months in prison for evading taxes and ordered to repay more than $3.5 million to an elderly Martha’s Vineyard resident. Among the services court records say she promised: Ridding the client of &ldquo...

Posted: 17 hours ago

Maybe this was an unforeseen development. A South Florida woman who promoted herself as a psychic has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for evading taxes and ordered to repay more than $3.5 million to an elderly Martha’s Vineyard resident. Among the services court records say she promised: Ridding the client of &ldquo...
Florida considers ending fee to freeze credit as Equifax leads gripes
 Florida officials including two Cabinet officers want to whack a $10 fee to freeze your credit report after hacked credit reporting agency Equifax emerged as the state’s most complained-about company in 2017 in beefs to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Indiana, South Carolina, Maine and North Carolina “do not...

Posted: a day ago

Florida officials including two Cabinet officers want to whack a $10 fee to freeze your credit report after hacked credit reporting agency Equifax emerged as the state’s most complained-about company in 2017 in beefs to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Indiana, South Carolina, Maine and North Carolina “do not...
Government shutdown: Veterans exchange remains open
 A tax-free online shopping exchange 
            opened to veterans last fall including more  than 91,000 in Palm Beach County will remain open during the government shutdown, officials said Saturday. Former US Air Force pilot Gregg Matous holds a photograph of himself with a U-2 spy plane at his home in Jupiter. (Richard
          ...

Posted: 2 days ago

A tax-free online shopping exchange opened to veterans last fall including more  than 91,000 in Palm Beach County will remain open during the government shutdown, officials said Saturday. Former US Air Force pilot Gregg Matous holds a photograph of himself with a U-2 spy plane at his home in Jupiter. (Richard ...
Trump puts off Palm Beach trip as budget scrap risks shutdown
 One casualty of a budget brawl Friday turned out to be President Donald Trump’s scheduled trip to Palm Beach, as talks in the nation’s capital staggered close to the slippery ledge of a government shutdown. Trump scrapped plans to fly in to Palm Beach International Airport on Friday night to visit his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm...

Posted: 3 days ago

One casualty of a budget brawl Friday turned out to be President Donald Trump’s scheduled trip to Palm Beach, as talks in the nation’s capital staggered close to the slippery ledge of a government shutdown. Trump scrapped plans to fly in to Palm Beach International Airport on Friday night to visit his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm...
Payday loan crackdown on ice under Trump pick who got donations
 A consumer agency taken over by an appointee of President Donald Trump who accepted more than $62,000 in contributions from payday lenders while in Congress has suspended rules aimed at stopping what the previous administration called “payday debt traps.” Florida consumers paid more than $2.5 billion in fees that amounted to an...

Posted: 5 days ago

A consumer agency taken over by an appointee of President Donald Trump who accepted more than $62,000 in contributions from payday lenders while in Congress has suspended rules aimed at stopping what the previous administration called “payday debt traps.” Florida consumers paid more than $2.5 billion in fees that amounted to an...
Payday lenders get big win after contributions to Trump pick
 A consumer agency taken over by an appointee of President Donald Trump who took more than $62,000 in contributions from payday
            lenders while in Congress said it will suspend landmark rules aimed at alleged predatory abuses in that industry. Mick Mulvaney serves as the Trump administration’s budget director and acting consumer...

Posted: 5 days ago

A consumer agency taken over by an appointee of President Donald Trump who took more than $62,000 in contributions from payday lenders while in Congress said it will suspend landmark rules aimed at alleged predatory abuses in that industry. Mick Mulvaney serves as the Trump administration’s budget director and acting consumer...
Payday lenders get big win after contributions to Trump pick
 A consumer agency taken over by an appointee of President Donald Trump who took more than $62,000 in contributions from payday
            lenders while in Congress said it will suspend landmark rules aimed at alleged predatory abuses in that industry. Mick Mulvaney serves as the Trump administration’s budget director and acting consumer...

Posted: 5 days ago

A consumer agency taken over by an appointee of President Donald Trump who took more than $62,000 in contributions from payday lenders while in Congress said it will suspend landmark rules aimed at alleged predatory abuses in that industry. Mick Mulvaney serves as the Trump administration’s budget director and acting consumer...
Equifax tops Florida gripes. Knives are out for credit-freeze fee
 Florida officials are pushing to eliminate a $10 fee to freeze a credit report after hacked credit reporting agency Equifax
            emerged as the most complained-about company in the state in 2017,  in beefs to the federal Consumer Financial Protection
            Bureau. This fall Equifax acknowledged a data breach that exposed...

Posted: 6 days ago

Florida officials are pushing to eliminate a $10 fee to freeze a credit report after hacked credit reporting agency Equifax emerged as the most complained-about company in the state in 2017,  in beefs to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This fall Equifax acknowledged a data breach that exposed...
Equifax tops Florida gripes. Knives are out for credit-freeze fee
 Florida officials are pushing to eliminate a $10 fee to freeze a credit report after hacked credit reporting agency Equifax
            emerged as the most complained-about company in the state in 2017,  in beefs to the federal Consumer Financial Protection
            Bureau. This fall Equifax acknowledged a data breach that exposed...

Posted: 6 days ago

Florida officials are pushing to eliminate a $10 fee to freeze a credit report after hacked credit reporting agency Equifax emerged as the most complained-about company in the state in 2017,  in beefs to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This fall Equifax acknowledged a data breach that exposed...
House votes 88-15 to repeal Florida’s no-fault car insurance system
 The Florida House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to mothball the state’s no-fault car insurance system in place since the 1970s, sending a clear message for the second straight year amid rising expectations the Senate will pass its own version of repeal this session. “We will be able to do this at a cost reduction to the average...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Florida House voted overwhelmingly on Friday to mothball the state’s no-fault car insurance system in place since the 1970s, sending a clear message for the second straight year amid rising expectations the Senate will pass its own version of repeal this session. “We will be able to do this at a cost reduction to the average...
JUST IN: Stop driving 2006 Ford Rangers now for airbag risk, Ford says
 Ford issued a critical warning Thursday that certain recalled model year 2006 Ford Rangers with defective Takata air bags
            are an “immediate risk to safety,” federal officials said. “Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free repair,” a statement...

Posted: 11 days ago

Ford issued a critical warning Thursday that certain recalled model year 2006 Ford Rangers with defective Takata air bags are an “immediate risk to safety,” federal officials said. “Affected owners are urged not to drive these vehicles and to contact Ford immediately to schedule a free repair,” a statement...
Texting while driving: Tougher enforcement advances in House
 On the opening day of Florida’s legislative session Tuesday, a bill to make texting while driving a primary offense unanimously
            cleared a state House committee where it died last year. Texting behind the wheel has become a huge cultural problem where it can seem like “everybody does it,” but “as the state...

Posted: 13 days ago

On the opening day of Florida’s legislative session Tuesday, a bill to make texting while driving a primary offense unanimously cleared a state House committee where it died last year. Texting behind the wheel has become a huge cultural problem where it can seem like “everybody does it,” but “as the state...
Don’t raise driver bills with no-fault PIP reform, insurer group says
 Florida legislators have a chance to save drivers close to $1 billion a year by 
            ending the state’s no-fault car insurance system after nearly five decades, but not if they adopt a Senate version expected to be considered a day after the session opens
            Tuesday, an industry group said. SB 150 sponsored by Sen....

Posted: 14 days ago

Florida legislators have a chance to save drivers close to $1 billion a year by ending the state’s no-fault car insurance system after nearly five decades, but not if they adopt a Senate version expected to be considered a day after the session opens Tuesday, an industry group said. SB 150 sponsored by Sen....
Bills to end no-fault car insurance poised for early play in session
 Getting t-boned by another driver in West Palm Beach was the first surprise, Lynn Sparks said. Another was learning Florida is one of only two states that do not require drivers to carry liability insurance to cover injuries to others. That’s why she will watch closely to see if state legislators are ready to make big changes when they...

Posted: 17 days ago

Getting t-boned by another driver in West Palm Beach was the first surprise, Lynn Sparks said. Another was learning Florida is one of only two states that do not require drivers to carry liability insurance to cover injuries to others. That’s why she will watch closely to see if state legislators are ready to make big changes when they...
Drive Avis, Budget, Payless? File by Sunday for Florida toll refunds
 Sunday’s the deadline for refunds under a state settlement on 
            Florida toll charges that involve more than 
            $1 million with Avis, Budget and Payless. For a claim form, click 
            here by Jan. 7. For questions during business hours:  850-414-3840. Who’s eligible? Renters between Jan...

Posted: 18 days ago

Sunday’s the deadline for refunds under a state settlement on Florida toll charges that involve more than  $1 million with Avis, Budget and Payless. For a claim form, click here by Jan. 7. For questions during business hours:  850-414-3840. Who’s eligible? Renters between Jan...
Drive Avis, Budget, Payless? File by Sunday for Florida toll refunds
 Sunday’s the deadline for refunds under a state settlement on 
            Florida toll charges that involve more than 
            $1 million with Avis, Budget and Payless. For a claim form, click 
            here by Jan. 7. For questions during business hours:  850-414-3840. Who’s eligible? Renters between Jan...

Posted: 18 days ago

Sunday’s the deadline for refunds under a state settlement on Florida toll charges that involve more than  $1 million with Avis, Budget and Payless. For a claim form, click here by Jan. 7. For questions during business hours:  850-414-3840. Who’s eligible? Renters between Jan...
Western Union scam refunds: Window on $586 million closes Feb. 12
 If you ever wired money at Western Union for something that turned to out to be a scam, your chance at a refund expires Feb.
            12. Western Union has agreed to provide $586 million to settle charges it failed to protect consumers adequately and discipline
            problem agents, 
            federal officials  reminded consumers...

Posted: 20 days ago

If you ever wired money at Western Union for something that turned to out to be a scam, your chance at a refund expires Feb. 12. Western Union has agreed to provide $586 million to settle charges it failed to protect consumers adequately and discipline problem agents, federal officials  reminded consumers...
Western Union scam refunds: Window on $586 million closes Feb. 12
 If you ever wired money at Western Union for something that turned to out to be a scam, your chance at a refund expires Feb.
            12. Western Union has agreed to provide $586 million to settle charges it failed to protect consumers adequately and discipline
            problem agents, 
            federal officials  reminded consumers...

Posted: 20 days ago

If you ever wired money at Western Union for something that turned to out to be a scam, your chance at a refund expires Feb. 12. Western Union has agreed to provide $586 million to settle charges it failed to protect consumers adequately and discipline problem agents, federal officials  reminded consumers...
Irma: More than half of claims unpaid, delays called shameful
 ROYAL PALM BEACH — Michael and Carol Watson said Hurricane Irma littered their yard with roof shingles but they were “stunned and incredulous” when their insurer sent them a letter more than 70 days later. It said “no storm related damages were found” and the company announced it had closed its file. U.S. Army...

Posted: 25 days ago

ROYAL PALM BEACH — Michael and Carol Watson said Hurricane Irma littered their yard with roof shingles but they were “stunned and incredulous” when their insurer sent them a letter more than 70 days later. It said “no storm related damages were found” and the company announced it had closed its file. U.S. Army...
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