March 2009

You Don’t Agree

by Diane Dimond on March 28, 2009

Sound Off!

Sound Off!

It’s time again to let some of you get a turn to sound off about what I write in this space.

Every week I examine some crime and justice related topic that captures my attention. You readers don’t always agree with my thoughts.

Jose Armas seemed angry about my column on the growing number of felony cases, like ID thefts, traced back to illegal aliens. “The real criminals,” he wrote, “Are the employers, the magnets who lure them and hire them with impunity, and then stand silently by as their undocumented workers are demonized by politicos, the media, illegal vigilantes, racists and biased so-call authorities like Dimond who commit media malpractice.”

Wait, illegal aliens commit the crimes and I’m the bad guy?! Go figure … [click to continue…]

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Madoff’s Legacy of Shame

by Diane Dimond on March 20, 2009

Inmate Number 61727054

Inmate Number 61727054

Bernard Madoff, a man surrounded by billions of dollars over his long career now has a new number in his life: 61727054 – his inmate number. And it’s very likely, at 70 years old, he will be an inmate until the day he dies.

Now that the dust has settled on the country’s largest ever financial scam it’s time to take a look at the man himself and how the heck he got away with it…. [click to continue…]

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What NOT To Do With Your Tax Return

by Diane Dimond on March 14, 2009

Be Careful What You Save

Be Careful What You Save

Do you have a home computer? You think you’re being careful with what you read, save and share from it? Guess what? Chances are you could be a cyber-crime victim just waiting to happen.

As the economy continues to tank criminals are rising to new heights in the number of scams and identity thefts they pull off on a daily basis. Their base of operation is anywhere in the world.

“Back in the 90′s, it was like kids on the block throwing rocks saying, ‘Let me break something,’” says Martin Schmidt, founder of a major east coast based cyber security firm, “Now it’s organized criminals saying, “Let me steal something,’” and they’re stealing from both businesses and individuals in astounding numbers. [click to continue…]

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A ‘Victimless’ Crime?

by Diane Dimond on March 7, 2009

Horror in the Desert

Horror in the Desert

How many times have you heard that prostitution is a “victimless” crime?

As the argument usually goes: So what if people choose to engage in sex for money? It’s between two consenting adults. The woman volunteers, the man pays. No one gets hurt.

Really?

Tell that to the families of the young women being unearthed from a stretch of mesa southwest of  Albuquerque, New Mexico. As I write this the remains of at least 13 women and one unborn child have been discovered in a gruesome mass grave, the handiwork of at least one, and maybe more, serial killers. All the dead women are believed to have been prostitutes and/or addicted to drugs. [click to continue…]

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