Mother and daughter property fraud pair jailed

first_imgHome » News » Mother and daughter property fraud pair jailed previous nextRegulation & LawMother and daughter property fraud pair jailedBut will new regulations due to come in this June have stopped them earlier?Nigel Lewis20th March 201701,347 Views A mother and daughter team who helped a Dubai-based gang make a false £1.2 million application for a bridging loan by taking the identity of a deceased Kensington landlady have been jailed for property fraud.31-year-old Laylah De Cruz (pictured) is to serve a five-year sentence and 62-year-old mother Dianne Moorcroft a three year term following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, during which the pair denied the fraud.The two were part of a gang, the rest of whom are still being sought, who identified a rental property belonging to a deceased landlady and then rented it using false papers. After this, with the help of her daughter, Moorcroft changed her name by Deed Poll to the landlady’s name.She later put the property on Eagle Place in Kensington on the market and, posing as the millionaire but actually deceased owner of the property, subsequently applied for a bridging loan of £1.2 million, which she was granted.The funds were then transferred to Dubai and have since not been traced. Moorcroft was arrested at her Blackpool home in February 2015 while De Cruz was arrested on her return from Dubai, where she lived as an expat, in May 2016.Suspicious officialsThe fraud was picked up by suspicious officials from The Land Registry after the money had been transferred to Dubai, and an investigation launched in October 2014 by detectives from the Met’s Operation Falcon team, which specialises in property fraud committed within London’s central districts.“Property fraud causes a huge amount of distress to its victims and Friday’s custodial sentences properly reflects the serious nature of the crimes,” Alasdair Lewis, Director of Legal Services at HM Land Registry, told The Mirror.“At HM Land Registry we have prevented frauds on registered properties worth millions of pounds, but no system can be 100 per cent fraud-proof which is why we urge people to keep their contact details up to date and to sign up for our free Property Alert service.”The pair’s fraud gained credibility in part by the listing that the couple gained for the property via a leading central London agent, and the case highlights the problems negotiators face when taking on instructions.The 2017 Anti-Money Laundering regulations are about to come into force this June and will require agents to consider both vendors and purchasers when completing Customer Due Diligence.“Additional checks will need to be made by sales agents and auctioneers, which will be complicated by the fact that buyers are sometimes at arm’s length and there’s not necessarily a face to face relationship,” says Mark Hayward, NAEA Propertymark Chief Executive.“However, further clarity will be required as to at what point the purchaser becomes a purchaser, and this is an issue we will be seeking guidance on.”Kensington Laylah De Cruz property fraud Blackpool Dianne Moorcroft Dubai March 20, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

GRiZMAS Brings Holiday Magic To Detroit With Brasstracks, SunSquabi & More [Review/Photos]

first_imgOn December 16th and 17th, Future Funk mastermind GRiZ graced his hometown of Detroit with the 3rd annual GRiZMAS. The sold out event returned to the Masonic Temple with the addition of an extra day, making it a two-night run full of holiday cheer and celebration.Heavy excitement was brewing for GRiZ on the second night, with Freddy Todd, SunSquabi, and Louis the Child serving as supporting acts, keeping the crowd energy high before GRiZ took the stage of the Temple around midnight.The commencement of the main act was mystical and alluring. GRiZ and Brasstracks took center stage with saxophone and trumpet in hand, respectively, battling their beautiful sounds to “The Anthem”. Performing both old favorites from Rebel Era and new styles from Good Will Prevail, GRiZ was able to encompass both die hard fans and those new to the family affair. Grant’s diversity of genre enticed a wide range of music lovers, ranging from classic funk to heavy dubstep, with a little bit of everything in between.It is clear that GRiZ’s love for the music leads and the event reflected his hard work, though the night at the Masonic Temple would not have been possible without the aid of other artists in All Good Records and beyond. Throughout the night, Muzzy Bear, Brasstracks, and IDA Hawk graced the vivid stage to perform alongside their friend and fellow talent. The crowd begged for more as the evening concluded with an encore featuring their take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, with Muzzy Bear on guitar, GRiZ on saxophone, and IDA Hawk providing vocals. The production of the event was top notch, each move executed flawlessly, and the passion kept the crowd in complete awe until the very last minute.Though the weekend has come to a close, the presence of GRiZMAS lingers on in the streets of Detroit and around the world. The 12 days leading up to the event were dedicated to a variety of fundraising activities, 100% of proceeds going to the free instrumental music program Little Kids Rock. The team’s dedication did not stop at the music and production, but served a greater good for society as a whole in the process and created great memories doing so.All in all, you don’t want to miss Grant’s next installment of GRiZMAS in 2017.Words by Andrea Hnatievych, photos by Sage Thomas. Full gallery: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Foodbetter: Grow Better, Eat Better, Shop Better, Conserve Better

first_img6:00-7:00 p.m.: Foodbetter Dinner – Following the program, Harvard University Dining Services hosts a Foodbetter dinner, showcasing local, sustainably, plant-forward selections alongside recipes from the panelists.Foodbetter continues on Friday, Oct.13 with a fair, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., showcasing Harvard- and Cambridge-area innovators, programs or groups sharing current practices or ideas for improving the food system. The fair will feature roughly 40 booths/tables from groups on campus and in the surrounding Cambridge community.The Sanders Theatre program on Oct. 12 and fair on Oct. 13 are free and open to the public (though seating is limited and tickets are required for Sanders Theatre). Event and ticket information is available at Harvard is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President. The two-day program is a signature event of the University-wide Foodbetter Harvard Initiative. First organized in the 2014–2015 academic year, the initiative highlights the power of interdisciplinary knowledge and discovery taking place across the University’s Schools, and explores the complex questions about food that challenge our region and the world. How do you Foodbetter? On Oct. 12 and 13, Harvard will once again engage the community in a conversation about how to grow better, eat better, shop better, conserve better — how to Foodbetter. The public program, hosted at Sanders Theatre and on the Science Center Plaza, supports a dialogue about how we can all contribute to a food system that supports and enhances personal well-being, local communities, and contributes to the long-term health of the environment.Foodbetter kicks off on Oct. 12 with a series of talks and a meal:3:30-4:30 p.m.: Lightning Round: Great Ideas to Foodbetter – These 5-7 minute talks cross the spectrum of food topics, from ethics and the supply chain for cacao (with Carla Martin, Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute and a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies) to the impact of school lunch on academic performance (Juliana Cohen, Adjust Associate Professor of Nutrition) to a system and social platform that encourages indoor edible gardening (Spyridon Ampanavos of Adams4:30-5:45 p.m.: Keynote Panel: Foodies Who Foodbetter — Some of Boston’s best chefs and restauranteurs are using their platform to change the food system as we know it. They are activists and entrepreneurs who aren’t just content with winning rave reviews. In this discussion, these industry leaders share how they are reinventing the food system and their communities from their Boston-area restaurants. Joanne Chang, Chef Owner of Flour Bakery and Meyers & Chang, will moderate a conversation with:Katrina Jazayeri, Co-Owner, Juliet — talking about social justice and its application and opportunity in the restaurant industryJody Adams, Chef Owner, Saloniki, Porto & Trade — talking about moving into the fast-casual space to make it healthier, as well as about advocacy on health issuesIrene Li (pictured at top), Chef Owner, Mei Mei Street Kitchen — talking about Mei Mei’s open-book and profit sharing approachTiffani Faison, Chef Owner, Sweet Cheeks & Tiger Mama — talking about using her platform for community advocacy, especially around LGBT issues Read Full Storylast_img read more

Business sector blasts past old record for renewable energy PPAs

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Solar Builder:This week, the Business Renewables Center (BRC), a membership program at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), announced that corporate renewable energy procurement reached a new record in 2018, with 3.57 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy projects announced this year to date in the United States. This number exceeds both the 3.12 GW record set in 2015, the highest previous year, and the 2.89 GW contracted for in 2017.The announcement highlights the growth of corporate-backed renewable energy transactions, which have totaled 13.52 GW in the U.S. since 2008, according to data collected by RMI’s Business Renewables Center. To date, BRC member companies have been involved in 99 percent of all U.S.-based nonutility transactions for renewable energy, and the number of corporates contracting directly for clean energy has grown from just four companies in 2013 to nearly 60 companies today.Facebook was responsible for 2018’s record-tipping deal with its announcement on July 18, 2018 to purchase 437 megawatts (MW) of solar energy from Pacific Power for a data center in Oregon. Facebook is one of 140 companies that have pledged to purchase 100 percent renewable energy over the next few decades via the RE100 pledge.Jon Creyts, managing director at Rocky Mountain Institute, commented, “The Business Renewables Center applauds the acceleration of corporate renewable energy procurement and the dedication these companies are showing to turn commitment into action. We are bearing witness to unprecedented growth in this market, which is critical to achieving the goal of a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon economy.”More: Corporations have contracted for a record 3.57 GW in renewable energy in 2018 Business sector blasts past old record for renewable energy PPAslast_img read more

Alabama utility to bill customers $740 million for environmental upgrades at closing coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant near Parrish is set to be retired in April, but Alabama Power customers will be repaying about $740 million in costs related to the Walker County coal power plant long after it closes, according to documents the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Alabama Power’s parent group, Southern Company, disclosed in its latest public 10-K filing that “approximately $740 million of net investment costs [from Plant Gorgas] will be transferred to a regulatory asset at the retirement date and recovered over the affected units’ remaining useful lives.” That will allow Alabama Power to recover the costs of investments it made in the coal-fired power plant, plus a profit margin set by the Alabama Public Service Commission, from customers through their electric bills.Among those costs, Alabama Power spent more than $400 million at the plant since 2010 on environmental upgrades, in efforts to keep the plant — which has been in operation since 1917 — in compliance with tightening federal environmental laws, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s MATS (mercury and air toxics standards) rule, meant to limit the amount of mercury emitted to the air at coal-fired power plants.Critics like the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – an environmental group that pointed out the $740 million — said the power company was spending too much money on keeping old coal plants in operation rather than exploring other options, such as converting to natural gas. “A number of people, including us, wanted Plant Gorgas to be retired back in 2015 rather than investing $300 million to keep the plant going,” said John Wilson, research director for the SACE. “And now Alabama Power customers will be paying for this, for these past years of continued investments in that plant.“And that really could have been avoided. Maybe not the whole $700 million could have been avoided, but certainly somewhere between $300 and $400 million could have been avoided if they had taken earlier action to recognize that this plant was not economical in the long run.”The company blamed costs associated with environmental mandates when announcing the plant would close. The company has not announced plans to add any new plants or facilities due to the closing and has said that it does not anticipate any layoffs among the employees at the plant.More: Alabama Power customers to pay $740 million after coal plant closes Alabama utility to bill customers $740 million for environmental upgrades at closing coal plantlast_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 Route of the Marimba revives Afro- Colombia n folk music The sound of bass drums, rainsticks, marimbas — an instrument similar to the xylophone — and long conical bongos known as “cununos” can be heard once more in Colombia, thanks to a Ministry of Culture plan to restore the musical heritage of Latin America’s second-biggest population of African descent after Brazil. The Route of the Marimba program seeks to revive the folk music of the descendants of African slaves on Colombia’s Pacific coastline, an area under constant threat from the Andean nation’s decadeslong internal conflict. The program was launched along the southern part of the coast, a region that includes the provinces of Nariño, Cauca and Valle del Cauca. The designer of the plan is Culture Minister Paola Marcela Moreno, herself an Afro-Colombian, who has taken up the challenge of promoting the culture of this people and bringing them out of isolation. In almost two years, the Route of the Marimba has led to the creation of traditional music schools in 14 municipalities. It has also assisted musicians in marketing their music for global consumption and in construction of the folk instruments to maintain the tradition.last_img read more

Jakarta provides living quarters, shuttles for ‘front-liners’ in battle against COVID-19

first_imgOf the country’s 893 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 78 fatalities reported as of Thursday afternoon, 515 cases were recorded in Jakarta, which also had the highest number of deaths with 46.Cases of infections continued to rise in the capital city — the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak — with hospitals scrambling to treat more patients each day as reports emerged that medical workers faced strain with short supplies of protective gear in both referral and regular hospitals.Jakarta’s COVID-19 task force chief Catur Laswanto said the city had provided medical workers with decent quarters so that they could take some rest calmly and comfortably without having to return home after long hours in the hospital.Read also: ’If you love them, don’t go home’: Urban migrants decide to stay put amid COVID-19 The Jakarta administration has provided special accommodation for doctors and nurses in the capital to support those on the front line in the fight against COVID-19.A total of 220 rooms with 414 beds have been prepared for the medical workers in the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel managed by city-owned enterprise PT Jakarta Tourisindo (Jaktour).“The medical workers handling COVID-19 patients are the front-liners in the battle against the coronavirus. They are helping the people in this time of crisis while braving great risks to their health. We must fully support them and help them,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Thursday in a written statement. “They don’t have to travel far to go back home. Their families would be relieved too if their medical worker-relatives were given this facility to ease their work in handling COVID-19,” he added.A total of 138 medical workers from Tarakan General Hospital and Pasar Minggu General Hospital moved into the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel on Thursday. Hundreds more will follow, Catur said.The hotel is equipped specifically to cater to the medical workers’ needs, as each room will be routinely disinfected. Disinfectant chambers are also available at the entrance and exit door.Authorities have also provided 15 Transjakarta buses and 50 school buses to shuttle medical workers.Anies mentioned that the initiative was the work of many parties including the Jakarta-based Muslim philanthropic organization Dompet Dhuafa and city-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya, which provided the disinfectant chambers, as well as Foodstation Jakarta, the Jakarta Bank, milk brand Diamond, Terra Restaurant and the Indonesian Food Service Association as the food donors.“Don’t let medical workers fight alone. Let’s support them and help them,” Anies said.The Jakarta administration is currently preparing three more hotels to cater to medical workers under Jaktour, with a total capacity of around 700 rooms. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

US Justice Department says Yale illegally discriminates against Asians, whites

first_imgThe elite school “uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission,” the Justice Department said.The Justice Department has previously filed legal briefs in support of a lawsuit, brought by affirmative action opponents, accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian Americans.A federal judge in Boston ruled in favor of Harvard last year, saying the school’s affirmative action program advanced a legitimate interest in having a diverse student body.An appeal of that ruling is pending. The case could eventually reach the Supreme Court.Affirmative action programs in higher education were meant to address racial discrimination. The Supreme Court has ruled universities may use affirmative action with the aim of helping minority applicants get into college.US conservatives have said that in helping Black and Latino applicants, affirmative action can hurt white people and Asian Americans.  A Yale spokeswoman said the university “categorically denies” the allegations but has cooperated fully with the investigation.The Justice Department made its findings before allowing Yale to provide requested documents, Yale said.”Had the Department fully received and fairly weighed this information, it would have concluded that Yale’s practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent,” the spokeswoman said.The Justice Department said that although race can lawfully be considered in college admissions in limited circumstances, “Yale’s use of race is anything but limited.” The US Justice Department on Thursday accused Yale University of illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process in violation of US civil rights law.The findings are the result of a two-year investigation in response to a complaint by Asian-American groups concerning Yale’s conduct, the department said in a statement.The department said it was prepared to file a lawsuit against Yale if the school, in New Haven, Connecticut, did not take “remedial measures.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

This is what $6.5 million can buy you on the Gold Coast

first_img19-21 Queen Anne Court, Sovereign Islands.A SOVEREIGN Islands mega mansion on the market for two years has finally sold for $6.5 million.It is the fourth highest sale on the Gold Coast this year.Sprawled across a double block on Queen Anne Court, the home has a heavy European influence with lion statues, gold leaf trimmings, pillars and fountains.Make an entrance descending that impressive staircaseIt had been on the market with several agencies at $6.95 million.Amir Mian of Prestige Property Agents negotiated the sale and said the buyer was from the southern Gold Coast.“He’s got a large yacht and liked the fact he could park his boat there,” Mr Mian said. “He also loved the views and style of the home.”Fancy a swing from the chandelier? You’ll have a super soft landing…Sellers Molly Yan and Tao Yan bought the mansion fully furnished in 2009 for $4.9 million and decided to sell it with the same inclusions.“The furniture is such an important part of the design,” she said. “There are a lot of pieces from Europe and I would not want to take that away from this home.”Wonky but WOW what a view.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoAlong with a media room, library and wine cellar, the home has a gym, infinity-edged pool and teppanyaki grill.The highest sale on Sovereign Islands is $11 million in 2006 for the Baltimore mansion on Royal Albert Cres.Luxurious fittings suit this grand space. There’s that amazing staircase again. TOP SALES 2017$9.5 million- 201-205 Monaco Street Broadbeach Waters$9 million- 75-77 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters$6.95 million- 41 The Promenade, Surfers Paradise$6.5 million, 19-21 Queen Anne Court, Sovereign IslandsAlmost $6 million- 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach$5.5 million -123 Albatross Ave, Mermaid BeachJust under $5 million, 33 Hampton Court, Sovereign Islands$4.75 million, 8082 Riverside Drive, Hope Island$3.8 million- 16-18 Lamb St, Broadbeach Waters$3.75 million- 1/75 Brighton Pde, Southportcenter_img A perfect place for a pamper.last_img read more

Childcare workers say some centres are like ‘factory farming children’

first_imgStuff 7 October 2015A quarter of early childhood teachers would not enrol their own children at their centres due to concerns about quality, a survey reveals.A ChildForum survey of more than 600 teachers, given exclusively to Stuff but due for official release on Wednesday, has some saying their centres are like “factory farming for children” or “mostly crowd management”.Centres and teachers were under pressure to provide safe and quality care, but indicated a lack of support, the research network’s survey report said.The Ministry of Education was pushing for 98 per cent of Kiwi children to participate in quality early childhood education, but its focus was on “increasing participation and not on quality”, it said.“It would seem that the policy push for increased participation is very likely putting children’s attachment and development of secure relationships, brain development, learning, and life-long outcomes at risk.”With 153 out of 601 teachers indicating they would not be happy for their child to attend their centre “we should be seriously worried”, it says. Reasons given related to quality and personal beliefs about young children’s needs. for more investment in childcare qualityStuff 8 October 2015The focus for early childhood education should be quality, not high participation, sector representatives say.A ChildForum survey of more than 600 teachers found that a quarter of early childhood teachers would not enrol their own children at their centres due to concerns about quality, with some saying their centres were like “factory farming for children” or “mostly crowd management”.New Zealand Educational Institute early childhood representative Virginia Oakly said the report endorsed what the union had been saying for some time.“If we don’t get it right and make sure the education children are receiving is quality there are long-term effects on their education and well being.”The sector was “chronically underfunded”, and any extra funding was spent on new centres rather than improving services already available.Early Childhood NZ chief executive Nancy Bell said while the survey only represented 2 per cent of teachers, it highlighted its concerns, “namely teacher-child ratios for under-2s and teachers’ employment conditions”. read more