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Boomtown Rat

Article Posted On - February 1, 2019


NatGeo’s engaging miniseries captures the chaos of creation during the late 1990s dotcom boom in Silicon Valley and highlights the danger investors still face when desire trumps diligence 

It’s hard to say whether Michael Fenne, the most infamous CEO of the early Internet era, was actually as darkly charming in real life as he is portrayed by actor Steve Zahn in Valley of the Boom, the miniseries aired on the National Geographic Channel.

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Burning Verdict

Article Posted On - November 15, 2017


Los Angeles trial attorney Brian Brandt, winner of the largest wrongful death award in California history, knows how critical investigators are to his courtroom success

One fact was never in dispute during perhaps the most epic personal injury trial ever slugged out in a California courtroom: Kylie and Blaine Asam had watched helplessly as flames slowly consumed their family’s SUV on the Foothill freeway and burned their parents and brother to death in the early morning hours of November 22, 2009. While Blaine survived the initial crash, he would not survive the accident: he committed suicide after leaving a note that read he wanted to be with his mom, dad and brother.

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The Big Lie

Article Posted On - August 14, 2017


A deepening scandal in Broward County, Florida exposes the ever-present danger of executive resume fraud

Beverly Capasso was a respected and experienced health administrator in South Florida. In May 2017, after beating out several competitors she was named interim president and CEO of the troubled Broward Health system, a job that pays up to $955,000 a year.

That is when all hell broke loose.

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Hollywood Hustle

Article Posted On - May 9, 2017


The glamour of Hollywood provides no protection from charlatans who continue to swindle everyone from pop stars, famous actors and even charities

From its earliest days, Hollywood’s pop stars and famous actors have been an irresistible target for thieves, hustlers, swindlers and scam artists hoping to siphon off some of Tinsel Town’s vast wealth.

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Blinded by Unicorns

Article Posted On - January 11, 2017


Venture capitalists invest in many promising start-ups hoping to cash in on the next billion dollar company, these grand visions however may be blinding investors to red flags for fraud

Industry analysts are projecting that 2017 will be a banner year for start-ups. But while venture capitalists are poised to unleash a tidal wave of cash into promising new businesses, dreaming of hitching their wagon to the next unicorn, it remains to be seen whether professional investors will have learned any of the hard lessons of the past decade.

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