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  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Bay Area Men to Serve Time for Money Laundering and Bank Fraud

    Denizens of San Francisco -- especially those who frequent pot clubs -- might be a bit miffed with U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. And despite how much you might love marijuana, perhaps you can still give credit where it's due.Haag handed down sort-of stiff sentences to Michael Ohayon, 44, and David Pap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    ATM 'False Front' -- A.K.A Skimmer -- Discovered Near a San Francisco Bank

    Just when you thought you knew every way you could be scammed out of your identity and money and potentially everything you own, something like this pops up.   Skimmers -- or high-tech false fronts that are placed over ATM and gas pump card slots for the purpose of stealing info ... More >>

  • News

    March 4, 2009

    Bonfire of the Profanities

    An investigator who exposed dishonest savings and loan regulators in the '80s re-encounters an old rival in the latest banking crisis.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Oops, Chase Did it Again (Allegedly)

    Last week, we wrote about how San Francisco was greeting Chase Bank -- poised to take over 700 WaMu banks in California by the end of March -- with a federal class action lawsuit claiming that the bank defrauded its credit card customers by jacking up the interest rates on "blank check" loans. (Read ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    San Francisco Welcomes Chase Bank (With a Lawsuit)

    Chase Bank will soon storm into the Golden State, taking over more than 700 WaMu branches by the end of March. Yet with all the contrarian spirit of the Left Coast, San Francisco is greeting the New York company with a big fat lawsuit.   Bay Area resident Diane Rooney and R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Every Bay Area Native's Childhood Dies a Little as Mother's Cookies Bids Adieu

    (Photo by codswallop via Flickr) Pink and white tears as Oakland institution/edible nostalgia goes belly up. By Joe Eskenazi Washington Mutual implodes? Times are tough. Lehman Brothers is gone? Time for some belt tightening. But Mother’s Cookies? This, my friends, is a tragedy. The news that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    CHP Aids Oakland Crime Surge

    We were learning about the return of the "Impound A Brother's Whip" laws in Oakland, when we found this amusing sentence. The governor also has been sympathetic toward Oakland's efforts to quell gang violence — which can spring from sideshows. Earlier this month, at the request of Oakland Mayor Ro ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2000

    Thrift and Consequences

    How a supervisor with just $42,500 in income services $1 million in mortgages

  • News

    May 12, 1999

    W.L. Brown: A Public/Private Partnership

    Mayor Willie Brown has made official decisions benefiting business entities that are partners in the mayor's own private business endeavors. Is this intersection of Brown's public decisions and private finances a coincidence - or a conflict of interest?

  • News

    February 3, 1999

    Madam I Am

    Raeshel Keavy ran one of the city's most sophisticated and profitable prostitution rings. She was safe until she strayed from San Francisco.

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