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2 arrested for money laundering, gold smuggling
South Florida Business Journal
Two Lauderdale-by-the-Sea residents were arrested for money laundering and smuggling gold into the country. Natalie Ladin, 61, and Jed Ladin, 65, were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to smuggle gold by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Doing business through Golden Opportunities, they are accusing of only reporting $6.45 million as the value of scrap gold shipped from Guatemala to Natalie Jewelry in Hallandale Beach when the actual value of the gold was $24.32 million.
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Secret Service warning about fake $100 bills
WAGA-TV
The U.S. Secret Service New York Field is warning banks, merchants, and consumers to be on the lookout for fake $100 bills. Three styles of the $100 bill are in circulation, but one in particular has been counterfeited a lot.
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Maine pawnbroker turns crime-fighter — and films it for fun
The Press Herald
Mike Fink was dumbfounded last month when he opened a letter from Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck inviting him to an awards ceremony to receive some kind of recognition. "I called them back," Fink said, sitting in the cluttered back room of his pawn shop on Congress Street. "I asked, 'Are you sure about this – that it's me you are giving an award to?'" Yes, the pawnbroker was told, the police are sure.
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For the gun industry, women are the next big thing
CNN Money
Guns with slim profiles, pink stocks and glittery grips are aimed at one of the industry's fastest-growing clientele: women. "Make it pretty and make it purple," said Tori Nonaka, a purple-haired competitive shooter and "Glock Girl" at the SHOT Show.
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3 states propose crackdowns on predatory payday lenders
ThinkProgress
Desperate, cash-poor residents of Idaho, South Dakota, and Alabama could be in for some relief as lawmakers in their states look to make payday lending less predatory. The reform push in two of the states is modest. The Idaho measure would allow borrowers extra time to repay loans without racking up further interest on the debt, but not on every loan they take out.
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2 Scranton, Pa., pawnshops nailed in police sting
Scranton Times-Tribune
After running a sting operation in which undercover officers offered to sell items to pawn and jewelry shops in Scranton, Pa., without showing proper identification, city police will cite two for breaking city and state law.
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Former Columbus, Ohio, officer admits to stealing police property
The Columbus Dispatch
A former Columbus, Ohio, police officer has agreed to plead guilty to stealing surplus property from the Police Division, selling it and pocketing the proceeds over seven years. Steven E. Dean, 49, will admit to embezzling and theft of government property valued at more than $250,000, according to court documents.
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Rock Hill, SC, seeks to limit locations of new pawnshops
The Herald
A proposal under review by Rock Hill, S.C., officials could result in fewer pawnshops opening in the city. City Council members have given initial approval to imposing stricter requirements for where pawn shops can be located. The proposal would prevent new pawnshops from opening within 300 feet of churches, homes, schools, and public parks.
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Keeping board members on track is never easy, but what do you do when your board falls prey to misinformation — in particular, misinformation of their own making? I have seen it happen over and over again. One member may make a comment, ask a leading question or convey a recent conversation with a member or stakeholder that contains inaccurate information.

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3 easy tricks to give your business a PR boost
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Even if we're officially full-steam-ahead into 2014, your publicity efforts can always use a boost. You don't need an overly complex strategy; you just need to be willing to use a little elbow grease and some good old-fashioned relationship building. Try one, or all, of these three free and easy tricks to give your PR a boost.

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Las Vegas City Council may drop licensing requirement for food servers, pawnbrokers, others
Las Vegas Sun
Restaurant servers, convenience store clerks and pawnbrokers could have an easier time finding work if the Las Vegas City Council votes to do away with a work card requirement that includes mandatory police background checks.

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UK pawnbrokers accused of selling smartphones containing users' personal data
The Inquirer
Two U.K. pawnbrokers have been selling second-hand smartphones without having first wiped them, according to an television news investigation. Pawnbrokers CEX and Cash Converters have been selling second-hand mobile phones containing sensitive information from their previous owners, despite promising these customers that the phones would be fully wiped before being sold on.
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Gold, silver futures head for longest rally since August
Bloomberg
Gold and silver futures headed for the longest rallies since August as economic concerns boosted demand for the metals as alternative investments. Data on Feb. 7 showed U.S. payrolls rose less than forecast in January, pushing the dollar to a three-week low against a basket of 10 currencies. The Federal Reserve said Jan. 29 it will trim monthly bond buying by another $10 billion with the pace of cuts depending on gains in the economy.
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Pawnshop helps nab burglar
NorthFulton.com
A suspected burglar was arrested when she allegedly tried to pawn items stolen from a residence. Police were called to the Alpharetta, Ga., pawnshop when a suspicious person came in.
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Ring stolen in 1988 returned after pawn bust
The New York Post
A 50-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., woman was reunited with her long-ago-stolen high-school class ring after cops arrested a man trying to pawn it in Brooklyn, police say.
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