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  • New Jersey’s Student Loan Program is ‘State-Sanctioned Loan-Sharking’

    New Jersey’s student loan agency, the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, has some of the most aggressive collection tactics in the industry with few reprieves, even for borrowers who’ve died. ProPublica’s series lays out how HESAA’s loans have unraveled lives – sending many families into financial ruin – to the point they’ve been described as “state-sanctioned loan-sharking.”
  • Coverage of Card Club Indictments

    The San Jose Mercury News covers the indictment of 55 people connected with area cardrooms that offer "California games," a variety of Asian-style games that are popular with the city's Vietnamese population. The indictments -- and subsequent investigations that revealed loan sharking and drug dealing connected with cardrooms -- led the city of San Jose to shut down all of its card-clubs.
  • Legal Loan Sharks

    A WAMI-TV investigation of the title loan industry revealed that it charges interest rates of 264 percent. "The auto title loan business provides loans at 22 percent a month to people desperate for cash in exchange for their car titles. If they are so much as a minute late on their payments, the cars are repossessed. The person not only loses their car, but often he or she is still responsible for the loan.... (The title loan industry) was founded by Alvin Malnick, who according to New Jersey officials, has ties to organized crime...."
  • Sharks in the Shadow

    KWTV-TV reports about "predatory lending practices by car title lenders and their links to political contributions and organized crime. Oklahoma lawmakers were taking out-of-state donations from a company with known ties to the Mob, then voting in favor of a law easing 'loan sharking' restrictions. That one company, making the donations, would make millions of dollars off economically disadvantaged Oklahomans. The series also showed how current laws regulating 'small loan' and 'pawn shops' were routinely being violated. News Nine explains how illegally 'flipping' loans causes outrageous debts for consumers..."
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    WBUR Radio (Boston) reveals the lending practices of one of the nation's largest mortgage lenders, Fleet Finance of Georgia, finding that the company has been charged with racketeering, loan-sharking, fraud and discrimination; broadens the scope to include serious shortcomings of a federal investigation of the bank, Oct. 26 - 27, 1992.
  • Legal Discrimination/Signed, Sealed, and Suckered

    "This series broke the story that not only were banks red-lining minority neighborhoods, but also that they were profiting from it. (It) proved a pattern of discrimination and exploitation by home improvement contractors and second mortgage lenders: that they had targeted homeowners in the red-lined neighborhoods, and then charged inflated prices for shoddy work, and loan interest rates of 24%.... Thousands of minority homeowners were lured into unmanageable debt, and many lost their homes... (The banks) were using the loans to prove to the federal government that they were serving low-income areas."
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    Kansas City Star examines the increasing number of firms that cash checks and then hold them before submitting the checks to a bank; finds local firms charge fees which equal as much as 900 percent annual interest; also finds many of the firms are linked to organized crime, and they prey on the poor and uneducated, October 1988-January 1989.
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    Newsday articles describe problems in the Federal Witness Protection Program: mob payoffs, extortion, loansharking and narcotics trafficking by the U.S. Marshall's Service, which is the agency charged with protecting witnesses; questions of proper use and protection of witnesses in the program, 1974-1980.