Rochester Attorney Suspended

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Michael J. Quinn, a Rochester attorney, has been suspended from practicing law, ruled by a split Minnesota Supreme Court. After an investigation, it was revealed that Quinn embezzled funds from clients and failed to effectively advise them.  The attorney was ordered to be suspended indefinitely, with no right to request for reinstatement for a year and a half. This will go into effect 14 days after the court’s ruling. However, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition claiming Quinn defrauded a client’s filing fee, safeguard fee, failed to return the funds back to the client, failed to communicate with 2 clients, and also failed to cooperate with the director during the investigation. If Quinn decides to reinstate, he must complete a written test about professional responsibility.

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East Idaho Man Pleads Guilty

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Andrew Welch, an Idaho pharmacist, filed a voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. He signed it and its supporting documents, listing general unsecured debts adding up to $273,840.88. Welch falsely claimed he did not own any real property and that his personal property was only worth $13,564.60 but he intentionally and illegally neglected to reveal that he transferred more than $250,000 to an investment account in someone else’s name. Those transfers transpired  through cashier’s checks, cash deposits, wire transfers and money orders starting in September 2012 through January 2015. Welch’s sentencing is set to for October 14th, 2020 in which he will face 5 years in federal prison and maximum fine of $250,000 and a year of supervised release due to his false claims on his petition.   

   

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Lord and Taylor File for Bankruptcy

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Joining the slew of unfortunate bankruptcy filings, US retailer, Lord and Taylor, has been named the next victim according to the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. With assets and liabilities ranging from $100 million to $500 million. Being founded in 1826, the company had considered other options to try and keep their business afloat, but unfortunately was forced into bankruptcy.

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Men’s Wearhouse Corporation Files for Bankruptcy

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Tailored Brands Inc., the owner of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, filed for bankruptcy in the US Bankruptcy Court in Houston. These unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances caused by the pandemic, are making it truly difficult to stay afloat in the retail business. The company operates more than 1400 stores and employs as many as 19,300 people in the US and Canada. A spokesperson for the company says they are reassessing various options to increase its financial resources such as rent, cutting costs, and more.

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San Diego Businesswoman Pleads Guilty

Founder and former CEO of American National Investments of San Diego, Gina Champion-Cain, now faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to her part in a Ponzi scheme. The San Diego businesswoman was convicted of taking investor funds, meant for loans for liquor licenses, and laundering the money into her own companies, as well as for her own personal use.

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The former American National Investments CFO, Crispin Torres, who played an accomplice to Champion-Cain, also plead guilty. His role in the scheme involved him fabricating receipts, transferring funds to escrow accounts, and opening a bank account under a similar name as the original account used for the investors to deposit their funds into. 100 investors invested over $400 million between the years 2012-2019, one of those investors lost about $1 million alone.

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Briggs and Stratton File for Bankruptcy

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Recently, Briggs and Stratton Corporation, a small engine manufacturer, has filed for bankruptcy in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The manufacturer has plans to sell its assets for $550 million to KPS Capital Partners LP, an investment company. However, Briggs and Stratton planned for their $677.5 million of ‘debtor-in-possession’ funding to help finance the operations during the bankruptcy filing. KPS agreed to help with $265 million as part of the restructuring.

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Wisconsin Bank Unveils Incentive To Battle Coin Shortage

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Community State Bank in Wisconsin created an enticement to get their customers and non-customers involved in making a change. The encouragement offering included a $5 bonus for every $100 worth of coins. In just a week, the bank was able to meet their goal and announced the deadline, which had expired earlier this week. The Vice President of Community Bank says this is the newest way to help the coin shortage cause by the pandemic.

This gesture got another bank in Wisconsin, Bank of Sun Prairie, to help support the cause as well, though they were not offering a bonus at this time. According to the Federal Revenue, the coronavirus has taken a huge toll on the coin circulation and the decreased pace of circulation and thus created an insufficient amount of coins.

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Still No Refund Months Later

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Believe it or not, some American taxpayers are still awaiting refunds. Sources say, the IRS had stopped processing paper returns due to the coronavirus. This gave taxpayers an extra 3 months to pay if any taxes were owed. A spokesperson from the IRS says, they are strongly encouraging those who still mail paper tax returns to make a switch to electronic. Since reopening, reports show the agency estimated 7.8 million pieces of mail and about 3.6 million of it are unopened returns. Unfortunately, the agency is still isn’t fully staffed, however, no exact date has been released of when those will be processed.

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Eviction Moratorium To End This Week

The Federal Eviction Moratorium that was put in place for tenants in late March, has come to an end. With moratorium expiring, landlords are given the greenlight to proceed with action for their delinquent tenants. This means, the property-owners are required to give notice of 30 days and then carry on with the filing of eviction paperwork. Not only is   the moratorium ending, the enhanced unemployment benefits are also coming to an end putting pressure on those who were just barely making it already.

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Experts say, this will one of the hardest setbacks to come back from all due to the pandemic. Senator, Kamala Harris of California, revealed a proposal that would ban evictions and foreclosures up to a year. This gives the tenants up to a year and a half to pay back any missed payments. However, a system passed by the House called, The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is designed to support renters at the lowest income levels for up to 2 years.

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Popular Music Festival Co-Founder Expects No Concerts Until 2022

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The well-known music festival co-founder, Marc Geiger, says he thinks there may not be any concerts or festivals until 2022, due to the coronavirus. While believes, the concerts and festivals would not due well with the status of the economy. He also adds, the insurance for these productions would be a “hassle” or” too complicated” to apply and would be harder for the majority of promoters to achieve.

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