Drive for Diversity Combine roster unveiled

first_imgWATCH: Chase Chat: Kyle Busch Thonotosassa, Fla. The 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine participants include:  Vancouver, Wash. Nicole Behar, 15 Megan Creech, 20 Rio Rancho, N.M. Paige Decker, 20 Newport News, Va. Sergio Pena, 20 Sam Wright, 18 Kylin Hammer, 11 WATCH: Kansas Preview Show Hollister, Calif. San Clemente, Calif. Ashley Rogero, 15 Carson, Calif. Alhambra, Calif. Las Vegas, Nev. Name & Age Austin Geer, 11 Name & Age City & State Jairo Avila, 17 Claire Decker, 18 Dylan Smith, 21 Blake Kisner, 18 Eagle River, Wis. City & State Twin Falls, Idaho Indianapolis, Ind. Annabeth Barnes, 18 Naples, Fla. Jack Madrid, 18 Eagle River, Wis.center_img Chanute, Kan. Walter Thomas, 15 Randolph, Vt. Kenny Stewart II, 16 Katlynn Leer, 14 Mooresville, N.C. Ryan Bernal, 19 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Drive for Diversity (#NASCARD4D) program approaches its 10-year anniversary, NASCAR and Rev Racing have selected the participants for the 2013 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. The drivers will participate in a rigorous on- and off-track evaluation process for the opportunity to join the NASCAR D4D program and compete for Rev Racing during the 2014 season. The combine will be held at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., from Oct. 21-23.The annual Combine is the first step in identifying and developing the future stars of the sport. Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. are among the drivers who have graduated from the NASCAR D4D program after attending the annual combine and driving for Rev Racing.Ryan Gifford, who currently drives for Rev Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut driving for Richard Childress Racing on Aug. 3.“The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program has contributed to the success of some of the most promising young drivers and crew members in our sport,” said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president, public affairs and multicultural development.“The drivers announced today will have an opportunity to compete at the 2013 D4D Combine and earn a place on the 2014 NASCAR Drive for Diversity/Rev Racing roster.”NASCAR officials and Rev Racing representatives chose the 20 up-and-coming drivers from 95 applicants representing the United States, Canada and Latin America. “We are excited about this year’s group of Combine participants,” said Max Siegel, owner/CEO of Rev Racing.“They represent a great cross-section of talent and experience, and any one of them would make a great addition to the 2014 Drive for Diversity team.” All of the drivers attending the Combine will be mentored and coached by the Rev Racing staff, along with the team’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers Mackena Bell, Ryan Gifford, Bryan Ortiz and Daniel Suarez. The Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau and Langley Speedway have partnered with Rev Racing and NASCAR to support the 2013 NASCAR D4D Combine. Langley Speedway will host the Combine for the third consecutive year. The paved 0.395-mile short track is one of the flattest tracks in the region with six-degree banked corners and four degrees of banking on the straightaway. Langley Speedway is an ideal track to test the abilities of NASCAR’s up-and-coming talent. The next NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race No. 4 – will take place at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, with additional coverage on NASCAR.com. An additional eight young drivers will join these 20 drivers on Oct. 23 and compete for the opportunity to drive for Rev Racing during the 2014 Summer Shootout Series in INEX Legends and Bandoleros.   Ruben Garcia, Jr., 17 Devon Amos, 22 Jaiden Reyna, 7 Fremont, Calif. Twenty drivers slated to compete for 2014 seat with Rev Racing Johns Creek, Ga. Otis Orchards, Wash. Mexico City, Mexico St. Moulton, Iowa Meadowview, Va. Enrique Limon, 15 Yorktown, Va. Eagle River, Wis. READ: Paint Scheme Preview for Kansas Ashland, Va. George Beasley, 21 Mexico City, Mexico Hannah Newhouse, 16 Collin Cabre, 19 READ: Tires change along with technology MORE: Catharpin, Va. Cody Thompson, 20 Natalie Decker, 16 Ryleigh Lemonds, 10last_img read more

Money mules moving illicit proceeds from COVID-19-related crimes

first_imgFrom economic stimulus payments to unemployment benefits, criminals are thriving on unparalleled opportunities for fraud during the COVID-19 crisis. With over 189M stolen through COVID-19-related fraud as of November 2020, criminals deploy a variety of tactics to disguise their illicit activity, including the use of money mules to launder funds from fraudulent schemes.Money mules are individuals who transfer the profits of financial crimes on a fraudster’s behalf. The movement of these illicit funds, occurring through bank transfers and cash transactions, complicate and disguise the money trail, impeding law enforcement investigations. While some mules are complicit and financially desperate, others are unknowingly recruited through romance or employment scams and believe their actions are work-related or helping a loved one in need. Once a money mule is recruited, the illicit funds are deposited into their bank account and instructions are provided on how the money should be moved. This often involves wiring the funds to a third account owned by another mule or under criminal control, where they are withdrawn or further circulated. By intersecting fraud schemes and money laundering activities, money mule activity complicates financial crime management.Criminals Recruit Potential Mules Through Fraud ScamsAs unemployment soars amidst the COVID-19 crisis, criminals are using work-from-home scams to target the growing number of Americans searching for income to recruit mules. These schemes are similar to employment scams — fraudsters advertise phony jobs, such as processing donations for COVID-19 relief, that actually involve laundering stolen funds.Other criminals are capitalizing on loneliness during the pandemic, using romance scams to trick well-meaning victims into mule activities. While these interactions start innocently, they become financially and emotionally devastating as criminals escalate requests to open bank accounts and transfer funds.Money Mules are a Tool for Criminal NetworksMoney mules can be the bridge between seemingly isolated instances of COVID-19-related fraud and networks responsible for crime on a global scale. Transnational criminal organizations can use mules to move money across borders to obscure the source of funds. The U.S. Secret Service has identified a crime ring coordinating a massive scheme to defraud U.S. unemployment benefits programs with a substantial network of mules likely recruited through romance or employment scams.Considerations for Financial InstitutionsWith COVID-19 creating historic opportunities for criminals to steal and launder funds through sophisticated mule schemes, financial institutions must have controls in place to protect themselves and their customers from the financial and reputational risks of illicit activity.The Verafin Financial Crime Management platform offers a suite of solutions to efficiently and effectively fight financial crime. Verafin combats COVID-19-related fraud and money mule schemes with real-time fraud detection for mobile deposit scams and unusual incoming wires, performs targeted AML analysis to alert investigators to potential structuring activities, and facilitates collaborative investigations and information sharing to provide insight into mule activity spanning multiple institutions. Complicit or deceived, money mules are laundering funds for organized COVID-19-related crime. As the pandemic enhances opportunities for fraud and money laundering, financial institutions must act now to improve investigations and prevent losses.Visit our Resource Center for the latest information on financial crime, including schemes exploiting the COVID-19 crisis, or register for an upcoming demo or webinar to learn how Verafin is responding to the unprecedented challenges facing the industry today. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text center_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Peddle Over several years at Verafin, Scott has excelled in a wide range of roles, from Customer Support to Training, Sales, and Product Management. This includes time as the leader of … Web: https://wwww.verafin.com Detailslast_img read more

Ken’s deputy rules out compulsory housing

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Former NBA players share thoughts on LeBron James’ latest free agency decision

first_img Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWallace was a teammate of LeBron during the 2007-08 season in Cleveland.“I don’t know (what LeBron’s decision will be),” said Latrell Sprewell, a former Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks player. “We will have to see what he does but he has every option open to him.”In the past, it would be several days after the start of free agency that the basketball world would hear about LeBron’s decision.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst mentioned on the “The Lowe Post” podcast that LeBron’s decision could come sooner than expected.Related Articles PreviousCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) warms up prior to Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Boston, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket defended by Jordan Bell #2 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.LeBron James could stay in Cleveland or leave for somewhere like Los Angeles, but do fans know how that might go? (Tony Dejak/The Associated Press)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is guarded by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball in the first half. The Los Angeles Lakers played the Cleveland Cavaliers in a regular season NBA game on Sunday, 3/11/2018 in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by John McCoyRumors of LeBron James landing in Los Angeles gained more momentum Monday after former NBA point guard Gary Payton said that James’ son, LeBron James Jr., left, has “committed” to attend Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth. (Photo by Getty Images)Cavaliers forward LeBron James wipes his face during a news conference following the Game 4 loss in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. (Carlos Osorio/The Associated Press)What’s his next move? LeBron James is believed to be contemplating a change of teams, and breathless NBA fans await his decision. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James walks to the bench during the first half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 08: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the second half against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James takes questions at a press conference after the basketball team’s practiced during the NBA Finals, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 with Game 4 on Friday. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/Cleveland.com via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue talks with LeBron James during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James speaks at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James salutes after his team was presented the trophy for beating the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)LeBron James has led the Cavaliers to their eighth consecutive NBA Finals, which start Thursday against the favored Golden State Warriors. (Tony Dejak/The Associate Press)LeBron James de Cavaliers participa en el día de prensa del equipo en las finales de la NBA hoy, miércoles 30 de mayo de 2018, en Oakland (Estados Unidos) . Los Warriors enfrentarán a los Cavaliers en las finales de NBA. EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLOCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James walks off the court after hitting the game winning shot to defeat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)LeBron James (AP)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is approaching the latest major free agency decision of his career, and he has the league’s and the Lakers’ full attention. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 24Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reaches to try to intercept an inbound pass during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandThe NBA Awards put a bow on the 2017-18 season and the basketball world has wasted little time talking about the upcoming offseason.Free agency begins at midnight at 9:01 p.m. PT on June 30, but that didn’t stop the media from asking players for comments and predictions about the frenzy during the red carpet event.The hottest free agency topic involves LeBron James and his upcoming decision once again. Ben Wallace isn’t willing to make a bold prediction on LeBron’s next move.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“I have learned not to partake in this type of conversation about LeBron because I didn’t think he was going to leave the Cavs and he left,” said Wallace, a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year when he starred for the Detroit Pistons. “I didn’t think he was going to leave Miami and he left. I am going to follow along like everyone else.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ryan Hollins, who played at UCLA and with the Clippers, believes the four-time MVP will switch teams once again.“My assumption is why not (leave Cleveland),” Hollins said. “I think he is coming to the Lakers. It just makes sense.”Other players shared a different opinion and believe LeBron should remain in Cleveland.“I hope not,” seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady said.“I hope players come to him,” said Kenny Smith, a TNT broadcaster and former NBA player. “It would be exciting to see people come to him instead of him going to someone else. He is a magnet and should be able to have people come play with him (in Cleveland).” “Everybody will be on holiday on July 4,” Windhorst said. “It will be over by then.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more