Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Shirley man was sentenced Tuesday to 6 ½ years in federal prison for stealing the identities of thousands of Puerto Rican citizens to collect $16 million in fraudulent tax returns.Michael Figat was convicted at Central Islip federal court of participating in a scheme to defraud the United States. Judge Sandra Feuerstein also sentenced Figat to 3 years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $250,000.“Figat and his co-conspirators stole the personal information of thousands of unsuspecting Puerto Rican citizens to enrich themselves at the expense of the United States and the taxpaying public,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said Figat exploited tax laws that exempt Puerto Rican citizens from filing federal income tax returns if their income is solely from sources within the commonwealth.Figat and his co-conspirators stole their victims’ dates of birth, social security numbers and other information, then used that info to file thousands of fraudulent tax returns between January 2011 and April 2012, authorities said.He and the others bribed U.S. Postal Service employees to intercept tax refund checks from the mail and stole tax refund checks from the addressees’ mailboxes, many of which were in Shirley, Patchogue, Lindenhurst and West Babylon.
A new year often inspires new habits, including financial ones. If you want to put yourself on a path to build wealth throughout the year, then consider these 25 steps, all of which are designed to help you rein in spending and work toward greater financial security. They include both offensive moves, like saving more, as well as defensive ones, like protecting yourself from identity thieves.1. Set your goals early and share them.Sharing financial goals with friends – and even strangers through social media – can help you articulate just what those goals are and also hold you accountable. Indeed, research on goal-setting suggests that making public statements about goals helps people commit to them, whether they be money or health related. As 2016 kicks off, consider sharing your goals on Facebook, Twitter or a social goal-setting site like Linkagoal.If you’re stuck, flipping through images can help inspire and focus goal-setting, says Ellen Rogin, a financial services professional and co-author of “Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality.” She encourages people to flip through motivational images such as beaches and sailboats when planning their retirement. This exercise is especially useful for partners to make sure they’re on the same page. continue reading » 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The East Central Trojans Wrestling team continue their winning ways this season by capturing The Wrestling Sectional Team Championship at Franklin on Saturday, February 1st, at Franklin County. Coach Adam Wolf’s squad won six individual weight titles en route to repeating as Sectional Champs and all Trojans Wrestlers participating also Regional bound. The overall team results. 2-Milan, 3-South Dearborn, 4-Rushville, 5-Lawrenceburg, 6-Franklin County, 7-Connersville, 8-Greensburg, 9-Batesville, 10-Union County.The Batesville High School wrestling team traveled to Franklin County to compete in Sections with 9 other teams. Despite the 9th place finish, The Bulldogs had a strong individual performance with half the team that participated in placing and 3 moving on to regionals.Sophomore Josh Mobley had the best finish with a 2nd place finish at 152. Mobley went 2-1 with a pin and a 9-3 victory. Josh lost in the finals to number 3 ranked Bryar Hall form East Central. JT Linkel went 3-1 on his way to a 3rd place finish at 145. Linkel had 1 pin and 2 decision victories. Alex Murphy went 2-2 finishing 4th with 2 pins. All three will be moving on to regionals next week in Richmond. Seniors Nick Nobbe and Axel Garcia both placed 6th at 160 and 170. Other participants were Jonathan Lamping at 126, Jonathan Schrank at 138, Jy’lil Chappell at 182, Christian Garcia at 195, and Brandon Manning at 220. The team placed 9th with 55 points.Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoThe top four wrestlers from each individual weight class will advance to The Regionals at Richmond on Saturday, February 8th, starting at 9 AM.Congrats to our area qualifying wrestlers at The Sectionals and good luck at The Regionals.
Athletic Federation of BiH appealed to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) on double doping test of the best BH athlete Amel Tuka.Anti-doping administrator of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Thomas Capdevielle responded to the protest note of the Athletic Federation of BiH which complained to the Department of Anti-Doping of the IAAF because of double testing of Tuka during the European Championships in Amsterdam, according to the statement of the Athletic Federation of BiH.During the championship, they took blood and urine samples from Tuka twice, and the second test was performed on the day of the finals. From the eight finalists of the race at 800 meters, Tuka was the only one tested, as stated from the Athletic Federation of BiH.In response of IAAF was stated that they mistakenly took a sample of blood and urine from Tuka that day due to misinterpretation of instructions. According to the letter, the service provider (the World Anti-Doping Control) informed the IAAF about the mistake and apologized.Capdevielle apologized to our athlete and the Athletic Federation of BiH on behalf of the Department of Anti-doping control at the IAAF and thanked for their support in the fight against doping in sport.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)
Despite appearing vulnerable at times over the past two weeks in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational tournament he hosted to add to the competitive chess slate amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Norwegian won his championship matchup against Hikaru Nakamura on Sunday. He defeated five of the six top-20 players he faced in the competition. His lone loss came at the end of the round-robin stage with his advancement to the semifinals already secured.Carlsen’s performance in the tournament — in particular his stunning come-from-behind semifinals win over Ding Liren — exemplified the traits he will need to demonstrate consistently in order to prolong his chess peak. He might not be untouchable for much longer, but if he respond to blows with champion-level composure and toughness, he could continue to beat back challengers to his perch for the foreseeable future.”It’s becoming harder to be relevant,” Carlsen in an interview with Sporting News after getting past Ding on Saturday. “At some point, I’m gonna be surpassed. There is no question about that. I’m just trying to delay it as much as I can.”MORE: The global power of chess during pandemic timesCarlsen entered the Invitational having just been bested by 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja, an emerging long-term threat, in the Banter Blitz Cup final. There are two stages legendary teams and players experience in sports: The span of championship success in which opponents are obliterated with ease, followed by the desperate fight to stay on top for as long as possible.Magnus Carlsen, the world champion since 2013, senses his switch between phases will come at some point in the next decade. He turns 30 in November. He believes the game’s youngsters have him beat in mental quickness. For now, his experience keeps him a step ahead of the field. Tied with Ding in the semifinals, he appeared on the brink of defeat and back-to-back tournament disappointments until a late blunder by his opponent gave him an opening to storm back. When he clinched victory, he pumped his fists and grinned. He said he felt extra satisfaction from successfully overcoming the type of pressure he doesn’t receive often.It’s territory he’ll probably become accustomed to soon.”I’m not ancient yet, I should still be in my prime,” Carlsen said. “But I do feel that some of the youngsters are a bit quicker than I am. It does bother you. It sort of reminds me that I’m very, very human. I don’t like that.”