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A financial advisor with more than 30 years in the business has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for defrauding elderly clients of more than $1 million. Kevin James, 58, of Indianapolis, was convicted of securities fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. According to court records, James offered longtime clients additional investment opportunities with supposedly higher rates of return, and then pocketed the money given to him once they cashed out their annuities. "Most of his ...
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Have you ever really looked at a price tag? It lists more than just the cost of the item - you might see a symbol here, a letter there. Cracking that retail code could save you big bucks. You've seen the signs in your favorite stores: Sales! clearance! markdowns! - but there's something else that should catch your eye, and most times it's right there on the price tag. Secret store codes that can tell you when something is a real deal or if the savings are about to get even big...
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Spirit products like cups, pom poms and basketballs are at the heart of this scam. Her customers thought the products they were buying, promoting their businesses, were helping local school. But they found out, that wasn't the case. "The owner of the business would solicit local doctors, orthodontists, dentists, to see if they want to sponsor local schools by putting their advertisement on the products and the product would be shipped to school after they paid," explained U.S. Postal Insp...
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Next time you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood, they might not be thinking about breaking into your house. Instead, they might be intending to steal your identity. Police arrested Frances and Aret Frangulyan in Detroit after getting a 911 call about a suspicious car. “These two people were in their neighborhood going through mailboxes, taking mail,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Carla Mendez. When police pulled the car over, they found more than 750 pieces of mail. That disc...
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U.S. Postal Inspectors have an important warning for you. Do NOT open any e-mail claiming to be from the U.S. Postal service. The e-mail may contain a dangerous computer virus. U.S. Postal Inspector Tammy Mayle said, "Postal customers were receiving an e-mail that says they had a package ready for pick up at the postal office." The e-mail looked official. It had the U.S. Postal Service logo and contained a note saying: "Our courier couldn't make the delivery of parcel today....
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Here's another good reason to be very cautious about any relationship that begins online. One woman was unknowingly lured into an illegal scheme by a man she met. Her involvement could have led to her arrest. "I met Paul Smith on Match.com," says Patti Schmidt, a fraud victim. Schmidt says she and Paul went on several dates and had many conversations in person and online. Then, he told her he was leaving on a trip and asked for a favor. "Paul said, "I have some packages...
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WASHINGTON (WJLA) – GoPink!DC is the District’s only dragon boat racing team that also doubles as a floating support group. The rowers are only feet from shore, but with each row is a world away from reality. Each week, 20 women suit up and paddle out, leaving behind the bond they all wish they didn’t share: breast cancer. “It helps to have a team around you of like-minded people. People that have gone through, and I like the term, ‘people that have worn your same b...
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“Girls carrying coffin to intimidate team in football http://t.co/XlAaQ0WLYX pic.twitter.com/Y1oyKzc5g1” Our lil league football serious lol — J Drumm (@LeaderoftheMen) October 15, 2014   MIAMI, Fla. (WJLA) -- A youth football coach in Florida has been suspended after he apparently took a rivalry game a little to far with an intimidation stunt. According to the Miami New Times, the coach had a group of girls parade around carrying a coffin decorated with balloons. The di...
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Results of a new research study suggest that the cost of your engagement ring may say a lot about the future success - or failure - of your marriage. The study, conducted by economics professors at Emory University in Atlanta, surveyed 3,000 U.S. adults who had been married at some point in their lives. Results suggest that the higher the cost of the engagement ring, the shorter the marriage. Likewise, less expensive rings were often tied with longer and more successful marriages. Specifically,...
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It's a case of what would you do? A baby is left inside a car, in the late summer heat in a store parking lot. "I busted out a front window of a car in order to get a baby out that was locked in the car," said Angela Radtke. Radtke said she didn't hesitate to take action, even as others told her she probably shouldn't. "I felt like some people were kind of scared, they didn't want to be liable because the security guard was yelling that I could possibly be arr...
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LEESBURG, Va. (WJLA) – We’ve all heard about the success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Now, a local woman is seeking to raise awareness for another cause, after a harrowing battle of her own. Lindsey Murray had a life many young women only dream of—she was a Wizards dancer and then a Redskins cheerleader, all while maintaining a professional sales career. Then, she heard the words that changed it all. “I was not expecting to hear the word ‘tumor’ and &lsquo...
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The Ice Bucket Challenge that has swept its way across social media made it onto Good Morning Washington Friday. Anchors Jummy Olabanji and Autria Godfrey took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge on air Friday morning, dumping bowls of ice water onto their head outside the ABC 7 studios in Arlington. Olabanji and Godfrey also challenged their co-anchors Leon Harris and Alison Starling to take part in the challenge.
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We've all heard about laughing gas being used at the dentist. But what about during childbirth? Medstar Washington Hospital Center is now offering it for the first time to mothers-to-be. And despite its name, one woman tells ABC7 this is no laughing matter. Sara Dickson jumped at the chance to use laughing gas while giving birth to her daughter, Cora. But not for the reason you might think. I didn't feel loopy at all," she says. "I wasn't cracking jokes at all." The...
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Resident “Nashville” hunk Chip Esten isn’t singing his heart out to make this audience swoon – instead, he’s hoping to make them proud. "To have the show tour through my hometown, it's unbelievable!" he says. The D.C. stop on the "Nashville" cast tour is more like a family reunion for both Esten and Chris Carmack. Esten hails from Virginia – he grew up in Alexandria and graduated from T.C. Williams High School before attending The Col...
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In this Oscars 2014 Red Carpet special, Arch Campbell and Autria Godrey take you behind the scenes and tell a few surprising stories about Hollywood's biggest night. They also make predictions of who will win and who should win, taken from a poll of local and national critics.
 Your morning cup of coffee or afternoon soda could be a sign of a serious problem - a caffeine addition. A professor at American University thinks it's a condition that could sometimes need treatment. Monny Hardie-Gray starts her day with a caffeine kick. “I need it and I start my first cup about 4 o’clock in the morning,” she says. Throughout the day she drinks three cups of coffee and she doesn’t think she could function without it. She’s probably ...
Chef John Moeller served presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush during his tenure at the White House, an honor bestowed on only a select few culinary masters. Now, with a new book out titled Dining at the White House - From the President's Table to Yours, Moeller is sharing special memories from each administration. In his 13 years in the White House kitchen as a sous chef, he prepared daily meals and helped create menus for state dinners and special events. "You...
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Fourth and 5th graders at Savoy Elementary in Southeast Washington have more than just making it to middle school on their minds. These kids are getting the opportunity to learn from special speakers like Yo Yo Ma and Michelle Obama. "Most children don't get this experience," said Jahsiere Ellis, 5th grader. "And it's really good that I get this experience." "Scandal" star Kerry Washington is partly to thank for attracting the high profile speakers. She a...
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