(WASHINGTON) Press Release FTC Report: On reaching an agreement alleging that Richard Berry orchestrated regional scheme to falsify consumer information on financing applications #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.30: When Berry’s auto dealerships falsified income and down payment information to qualify people for loans they couldn’t afford to pay back, they set people up for failure – including default, repossession, and ruined credit,” said Samuel Levine, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “That’s why the FTC sued Berry and his dealerships.”

#AceDailyNews reports on FTC Obtains $450,000 Settlement in Tate’s Auto Group: By reaching an agreement with Richard Berry, the owner and manager of a group of bankrupt auto dealerships in Arizona and New Mexico, to resolve charges that he and the dealerships deceived consumers and falsified information on vehicle financing applications. Many of the affected consumers were members of the Navajo Nation.

Press Release Reference: FTC Charges Auto Dealerships in Arizona and New Mexico with Falsifying Consumers’ Information on Financing Documents

July 29, 2021

The FTC reached an earlier settlement with the four dealerships: Tate’s Auto Center of Winslow, Tate’s Automotive, Tate Ford-Lincoln-Mercury, and Tate’s Auto Center of Gallup. If approved by the district court, the present settlement against Berry, would result in a $450,000 payment to the FTC and conclude the FTC’s case. The settlement also included a stipulated dismissal of relief defendant Linda Tate, which has been entered by the court. 

The FTC’s complaint, filed in August 2018, alleged that the defendants falsified consumers’ income and down payment information to get vehicles financed and engaged in unlawful advertising.  In an earlier ruling in the case, the judge found that the defendants violated the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Consumer Leasing Act (CLA) by failing to disclose legally required information in their advertisements.

In addition to the $450,000 payment, the proposed settlement prohibits Berry from misrepresenting information in documents associated with a consumer’s purchase, financing, or leasing of a motor vehicle, and misrepresenting the costs or any other material fact related to vehicle financing. The proposed order also requires Berry to provide consumers sufficient time to review and obtain a copy of the relevant vehicle financing documents and prohibits him from violating the TILA and CLA.   

The Commission vote approving the proposed stipulated order was 5-0. Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter issued a concurring statement. The proposed order was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

NOTE: Stipulated final orders or injunctions, etc. have the force of law when approved and signed by the District Court judge.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.30: 2021:

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(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) ICE/HSI/USMS/Report: A multi-agency operation, led by U.S. resulted in the recovery and/or location of 78 missing minors in the past two months in the area #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.26: U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), resulted in the recovery and/or location of 78 missing minors in the past two months in the area.

#AceDailyNews reports that a Multi-agency operation has helped to locate & recover 78-missing minors aged 5-18yrs-old in southern New Mexico and during the two-month operation, law enforcement located a minor residing in Mexico; two investigations were initiated for child sexual abuse by relatives or friends of immediate family; one investigation was initiated for human trafficking by HSI Deming.

HSI Las Cruces and the U.S. Marshal’s Service – District of New Mexico in collaboration with the New Mexico State Police, Las Cruces Police Department, Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Police Department, Sunland Park Police Department, the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), New Mexico Attorney General’s Office (NMAGO) and Deliver Fund, a non-profit organization, initiated Operation Rescue Me on May 1. The enforcement action focused on locating and recovering missing children in Dona Ana County, New Mexico.

“We will remain committed to our mission of protecting the most vulnerable in our communities which include at-risk children who may come from difficult home environments, face homelessness, substance abuse and online enticement. Increased risk factors contribute to a higher number of runaways which can become victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking,” Erik P. Breitzke, special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations El Paso. “HSI will continue to partner with local law enforcement to reduce the number of missing children and educate the community on this increasing problem in our society.” Breitzke’s area of responsibility includes Southern New Mexico and West Texas.

“This initiative to locate and rescue missing children addresses our most vulnerable population and will remain one of the priorities of the United States Marshals Service,” said Sonya K. Chavez, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Mexico. “The results of this operation are an example of the strong law enforcement partnerships and collaboration between many agencies and this is a key component in addressing this critical area.”

The minors ranged in age from 5 to 18.

As a result of the operation:

  • Three minors were recovered
  • 75 minors were located
  • Two minors remain outstanding
  • The minors recovered and located were offered services that help identify the potential exploitation of at-risk children

The operation, which began in May with a list of 80 minors, is ongoing.

Recovered minors are minors who were active in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system as missing and/or runaways. They were returned to their guardian or CYFD and removed from the NCIC system.

Located minors had open cases with local agencies, some were active in NCIC and others were not. The minors either returned voluntarily to their guardian or were located with friends or relatives, after which local law enforcement agencies closed their open missing minor investigations to allow them to focus resources on other investigative matters.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with the NCMEC, ICAC partners, and other federal, state, and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats. One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse and help make the internet a safer place for children.

To report a crime, call 866-347-2423 (TTY for hearing impaired: 802-872-6196).

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.26: 2021:

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(NEW MEXICO) JUST IN: At least five killed in a ‘hot air Bolton’ on Saturday after it hit a power line and crashed into the street #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.28: Five people have died after a hot air balloon accident in the US state of New Mexico: Three of those killed were men and two were women, all between the ages of 40 and 60, police said.

ALBUQUERQUE: Police said the balloon hit electric power lines in the city before plummeting to the ground: The crash happened around 7:00am on Saturday, causing 13,000 homes to lose power.

A colourful hot air balloon falls from sky in distance over houses and trees
Witnesses saw the balloon’s envelope falling from the sky over Albuquerque.(AP: Adolphe Pierre-Louis)

Four people died at the scene, while a fifth succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

Rescue workers help injured people on a street with emergency vehicles parked around them.
Emergency workers treated victims at the scene of the crash.(AP: Adolphe Pierre-Louis)

The balloon’s gondola fell about 30 metres and crashed in the middle of a busy street, catching on fire, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Bystanders frantically called out for a fire extinguisher to put out the flames, video posted online showed.

“The balloon hit the top wires — the gondola of the balloon skirted along the top wire, caught on fire and crashed into the intersection,” police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said.

The envelope of the balloon floated away, eventually landing on a residential rooftop, Mr Gallegos said.

Authorities are yet to determine what caused the crash.

Albuquerque is a popular destination for hot air ballooning, hosting a nine-day event every October that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators and balloon pilots from around the world. 

An elderly woman comforts an elderly man next to a roped off emergency area outdoors
Ursula Richards comforts fellow pilot Buzz Biernacki at the crash in Albuquerque. (AP: Adolphe Pierre-Louis)

In 2016, in the neighbouring state of Texas, a hot air balloon hit high-tension power lines before crashing into a field, killing all 16 people on board.

Federal authorities said at the time it was the worst such disaster in US history.

“Our balloonists tend to be very much experts at navigating, but sometimes we have these types of tragic accidents,” Mr Gallegos said.

Wires/ABC

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.28: 2021:

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‘ DHS Cites Improved Living Conditions on Detention Centres ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington)- September 10 The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), cited improved living conditions in the second in a series of reports on detention centres being used by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to temporarily house Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

The latest report is based on 60 unannounced site visits by OIG agents – to 41 CBP facilities and one other Federal site in Texas and New Mexico – conducted July 17 to August 20.

The OIG’s findings are contained in a memorandum from Inspector General John Roth to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson……………… Read more…….. link

#ANS2014  

#customs-and-border-protection-cbp, #department-of-homeland-security-dhs, #new-mexico, #the-office-of-inspector-general-oig, #unaccompanied-alien-children-uac, #united-states, #washington

` President Obama Today Will Declare about 500,000 Acres as the Oregon Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – May 21 – President Obama on Wednesday will declare a national monument in southern New Mexico, delivering a win for environmentalists but angering ranchers and local law enforcement, who say the land restrictions will end up creating a safe haven for drug cartels to operate within the U.S.


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Mr. Obama will declare about 500,000 acres as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. About half of that land is expected to be set aside as wilderness, meaning it will be closed to vehicles and construction.

#ANS2014

#new-mexico, #president-barack-obama, #washington

“US `DOE Monitor’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’ in New Mexico’s Nuclear Waste Repository for Possible Radiological Event”

#AceWorldNews says that the US Department of Energy is monitoring for a “possible radiological event” at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico’s nuclear waste repository. Officials have been called in after an air monitor detected radiation in the facility’s underground levels late Friday night, when no employees were on shift.

Workers on the surface have been sheltered in place as a precaution.

So far, the probe has not revealed any contaminated persons.

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is a depository of plutonium-contaminated waste taken from a number of federal nuclear projects including Los Alamos National Laboratory.

It is the US’s only deep geological nuclear waste repository.

#contaminated-water, #doe, #los-alamos, #new-mexico, #nuclear, #repository, #us

#AceBreakingNews says New Mexico’s highest court declares same…

#AceBreakingNews says New Mexico’s highest court declares same-sex marriage legal.

#legal, #marriage, #new-mexico, #same-sex