The Final cover of : “American Emerald”

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The Next Book Coming Soon……..

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American Emerald a modern day tale of love and war tied with legends of the past. From the town lands of Ireland to the USA and war torn Middle East, will their love survive the tragedy and turmoil of war….

Contact the Author via the contact page on this website, for information on release date.

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A Great Honour

I was delighted to present Detective David Cathey of the District Attorney’s Office, Durant Oklahoma, with an award for his assistance in investigating the theft of deceased Irish babies identities. The presentation took place at the IAFCI conference in Phoenix, Az.

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Great new play a Must See from local Dublin Play writer David Gilna

A Must see for the 1916 centenary. Get your tickets asap

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This is one of the greatest untold love stories of 1916 between Michael Joseph O’Rahilly (The O’Rahilly) co-founders of the Irish Volunteers & his wife Nannie Brown.

From the first time they met in Ballylongford in 1893, we travel with them across London, Paris, America & back to Dublin in 1909
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A French reporter who came to Dublin in 1917 to write about the Rising acclaimed O’Rahilly as ‘Le Bayard de 1916, sans peur et sans reproche’ Bayard was a famous French knight, ‘without fear and without blemish’.

“Sing of the O’Rahilly. Do not deny his right” the great W.B Yeats wrote in his poem “The O’Rahilly”
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If the decision to return to Ireland in 1909 was of fundamental importance to the future lives of Michael O’Rahilly (The O’Rahilly) & his wife Nannie, it was equally important to the future of Ireland because from 1909 to 1916 Michael played a leading role in the developments which led to the withdrawal of the British forces from most of Ireland. If Michael O’Rahilly had not taken this leading role, someone else might have done so, but as a matter of historical record, it was he who was responsible for the formation of the Irish Volunteers, which led to the 1916 Rising. He was convinced that the British would not leave Ireland unless they were compelled to do so by physical force.

Theatre Upstairs
March 21st – April 2nd 2016

 

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Terrorists are Committing Fraud to Finance Their Activities

A society that applauds innovation in the world of business can hardly expect to escape innovation in the world of crime.” Criminologist Leon Radzinowicz1

The threat of terrorism has become the principal security concern in the United States since 9/11. Some might perceive that fraud isn’t linked to terrorism because white-collar crime issues are more the province of organized crime, but that perception is misguided. Terrorists derive funding from a variety of criminal activities ranging in scale and sophistication – from low-level crime to organized narcotics smuggling and fraud. CFEs need to know the latest links between fraud and terror.

Credit card fraud, wire fraud, mortgage fraud, charitable donation fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft, money laundering, immigration fraud, and tax evasion are just some of the types of fraud commonly used to fund terrorist cells. Such groups will also use shell companies to receive and distribute illicit funds. On the surface, these companies might engage in legitimate activities to establish a positive reputation in the business community.

Financing is required not just to fund specific terrorist operations but to meet the broader organizational costs of developing and maintaining a terrorist organization and to create an enabling environment necessary to sustain their activities. The direct costs of mounting individual attacks have been relatively low considering the damage they can yield.

“Part of the problem is that it takes so little to finance an operation,” said Gary LaFree, director of the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.2 For example, the 2005 London bombings cost about $15,600.3 The 2000 bombing of the USS Cole is estimated to have cost between $5,000 and $10,000.4 Al-Qaida’s entire 9/11 operation cost between $400,000 and $500,000, according to the final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.5

Terrorist groups require significant funds to create and maintain an infrastructure of organizational support, sustain an ideology of terrorism through propaganda, and finance the ostensibly legitimate activities needed to provide a veil of legitimacy for their shell companies.6 However, don’t think that only large operations are needed for terrorists to carry out attacks; small semi-autonomous cells in many countries are often just as capable of conducting disruptive activities without extensive outside financial help – they just conduct smaller-scale frauds.7

Even though the nexus between fraud and terrorism is undisputed, there’s concern at state and local levels that law enforcement professionals lack specialized knowledge on how to detect the fraud-terror link because they’re more apt to investigate and prosecute violent crimes.8

A critical lack of awareness about terrorists’ links to fraud schemes is undermining the fight against terrorism. Fraud analysis must be central, not peripheral, in understanding the patterns of terrorist behavior.9

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Freedom is not Free, it carries a heavy price

The Price of Freedom, let us never forget the sacrifices made by so many and in particular America who gives so much for all to enjoy our freedom. Mary Tallouzi, is an amazing American lady and mother whom I am proud to call a friend. Read her story below and always remember that freedom is not free. Thank You Mary and Thank You America –  David Snow  “You don’t have to support the war to support the soldier”

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The explosion sent a piece of shrapnel into the brain of U.S. Army Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi on Sept. 25, 2006.

His days of fighting in the Iraq War were over. His days of fighting for his existence were just starting.

His mother, Mary Tallouzi, recounted her son’s struggle in an address Friday before the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation at the Wisconsin National Guard Armory in Chippewa Falls.

Mary Tallouzi spoke on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps wounded veterans make the transition to civilian life. The organization has been around for 11 years, and now has 22 offices.

When her son was wounded, Mary Tallouzi became his caregiver. Daniel was in a comatose state.

But there was progress. “He said my favorite word — ‘Mom.’” she said.

She struggled to find him quality care in military medical facilities. That struggle was noted in an article in the New York Times.

He secured quality medical care after moving to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

But that was not enough. Sgt. Tallouzi died Feb. 28, 2009.

Mary Tallouzi said her son’s death gave her a moment of reflection, when she thought of other families of wounded soldiers.

She recalled one severely wounded soldier, who went on to be granted custody of his baby girl. “He’s just functioning and living life to the fullest,” she said. He has found his inner strength.

She said the Wounded Warrior Project helps soldiers make the adjustment to a new life.

“It is about preparing the warrior of the military for success in his private life,” she said.

She added: “It is not about surviving. It is about thriving.”

Hire a veteran

Wisconsin’s top soldier for the National Guard, Major Gen. Donald Dunbar, had a simple message for the gathered leaders of Chippewa County businesses: Hire a veteran because it’s good business.

“I don’t suggest charity and I don’t suggest you give anyone anything,” Dunbar said.

Applicants go through a rigorous process before they are accepted into the National Guard, he said. “You have to earn the right to wear that uniform.”

He added: “Never in our nation’s history has the National Guard been this good.”

Veterans bring value to the job because of their integrity, he said. They can be trusted to carry out orders and to get things done while working in a team atmosphere.

He urged the business leaders at the least to interview veterans, to find skills they learned in the military that may not appear on a resume.

 

 

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US Delta Force engaged in hand to hand combat during syrian raid

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Members of the Army’s elite 1st SFOD-D, or Delta Force, encountered heavy resistance and had to fight “hand to hand” during Friday’s raid in southeastern Syria that killed senior ISIS commander Abu Sayyaf and 12 of his bodyguards, according to defense officials.

The Delta Force commandos flew to the scene in Ospreys and Black Hawk helicopters, landing “on the X” at a multi-story building. They immediately met fierce resistance as they entered the compound. The operators engaged in CQB, or close quarters battle, with Sayyaf and his detachment of bodyguards, even trading blows “hand to hand” as they rushed the building, two defense officials told The Daily Beast.

The vehicles were flown by pilots from the Air Force Special Operations Command and the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. All of the officials spoke off the record because they were not authorized to discuss the raid publicly. So much for OpSec.

One official said there was resistance from armed guards and from Sayyaf himself but it was expected by the Delta operators. Some of the ISIS fighters hid behind women in an attempt to use them as human shields and, according to a defense official, the raiders were forced to “literally shoot around” the human shields to kill the fighters.

“It was risky, but not high risk,” the official said. “This is what these guys do.”

 

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Identity Theft Victim Statistics

Approximately 15 million United States residents have their identities used fraudulently each year with financial losses totalling upwards of $50 billion.*

On a case-by-case basis, that means approximately 7% of all adults have their identities misused with each instance resulting in approximately $3,500 in losses.

Close to 100 million additional Americans have their personal identifying information placed at risk of identity theft each year when records maintained in government and corporate databases are lost or stolen.
These alarming statistics demonstrate identity theft may be the most frequent, costly and pervasive crime in the United States.

The sophistication level of professional identity thieves involved in organized crime continues to grow along with the methods they develop. From individually tailored phishing and vishing scams, to increasingly successful hacks of corporate and government databases, to elaborate networks of botnets designed to hijack millions of computers without any trace, there is an ever-increasing threat to all Americans.

At the same time, basic methods of identity theft continue unabated.  From stealing wallets and purses, to dumpster diving and stealing mail, to the use of pretext and social engineering to deceive customer call centers into releasing personal account information, the original methods of identity theft still work.

As the methods used to perform identity theft expand, so do the types of accounts and services being stolen by identity thieves. Credit, debit, checking and saving accounts are no longer the only targets.  Identity fraud has grown to include theft of cell and landline phone service; cable and satellite television service; power, water, gas and electric service; Internet payment service; medical insurance; home mortgages and rental housing; automobile, boat and other forms of financing and loans; and, government benefits.  Identity thieves will also use stolen identities to obtain employment and to deceive police when arrested.

Quite simply, every individual or business is vulnerable to attack when it comes to personal or corporate information, products and services.

*Based on a range of information gathered from public and private resources.

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Man jailed for staging car crashes as part of insurance scam

A 51-year-old former insurance consultant has been jailed for his part in organising six fraudulent car accidents at the centre of a garda investigation code-named Operation Nascar.

Tommy Maher, of Scarteen, Newmarket, Co Cork was sentenced to three years in prison with the last year suspended.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said the ultimate victim is “Sean Citizen.”

He said the amount lost to the insurance companies is quite significant and it is unlikely the monies will ever be repaid. Unfortunately the people who pay are the innocent public, he added.

Maher pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to making false reports of accidents to gardaí and making fraudulent claims amounting to more than €200,000.

The court was told there were staged accidents at Redbarn Cross in Youghal on 20 April 2011, at Clash West in Leamlara on 18 June 2011, and at Model Farm Road in Cork city on 17 February 2011.

There were also staged accidents at Monastery Hill, Rochestown, on 6 December 2011, Carrigane, Mitchelstown, on 28 August 2012, and at Clyda Bridge, Mallow, on 26 September 2012.

The same modus operandi was used in each case.

Eight or nine people met before an accident; travelled to the scene in two cars; everyone got out except the driver of one car who crashed into an empty car in front.

The passengers then jumped in and calls were made to gardaí and the ambulance service and complaints of soft tissue injuries such as whiplash were reported to the emergency services who arrived at the scene.

This was followed up by claims against insurance companies including Axa, Aviva and Quinn (Liberty).

As soon as the insurers agreed to settle, rather than having the cases contested in court, the passengers were advised to take what was offered and pass it on to the organisers who would give them a percentage of the payment.

Defence barrister Donal O’Sullivan said his client was not saying he was a foot soldier in the crimes. He admitted playing a role as an organiser but did so with others who also organised the crimes.

Judge Ó Donnabháin said he had no option but to impose a custodial sentence as Maher was deeply and continuously involved.

However, given that if these cases went on, they would be long, complex and particularly difficult to prove, he was entitled to a significant deduction for his admission of guilt.

He noted that Maher had expressed considerable remorse and had put “meat on that bone by providing €25,000 by way of compensation.”

Speaking afterwards, Head of Fraud at Aviva General Insurance Robert Smyth said the company has a duty to its customers to fight fraud relentlessly and it will continue to collaborate with the gardaí in tackling this problem.

He said the company estimates fraudulent claims cost customers at least €50 per private motor insurance policy.

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David On The Late Late Show

A couple of years back I was delighted to appear on the Late Late chat show to discuss the case of American fraudster Jeremy Cochran. This was a particularly interesting case of fraud as it involved identity theft, insurance fraud and international investigation.

Readers of my books or those with a general interest in fraud and investigation may find this case particularly interesting. So here is my interview in which I discuss this investigation with Late Late Show host, Ryan Tubridy:

 

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