Prisoners Have Opinions Too, Turn To Yelp To Review Jail Conditions

Prisoners Have Opinions Too, Turn To Yelp To Review Jail Conditions

Just because you’re locked up for dealing blue meth cooked up by a mysterious chemist in a pork-pie hat doesn’t mean you don’t have an opinion on the quality of your current accommodations. And where else better to share these sentiments than on Yelp? [More]

FTC To Take A Closer Look At Debtors Being Thrown In Jail

FTC To Take A Closer Look At Debtors Being Thrown In Jail

It’s not a crime to owe money, and debtors prisons have been abolished — but that doesn’t mean that people are not being routinely arrested and put in jail for failing to pay debts. A few weeks ago the Minneapolis Star-Tribune published an investigative piece about arrest warrants being issued for people with less than $100 in debt, many of whom didn’t even know that a collector had taken legal action against them. Now, following a letter by Sen. Al Franken (noted hater of the Comcast, NBC merger), the FTC has agreed to look into the issue. [More]

At Least The Prison Economy Is Flourishing

At Least The Prison Economy Is Flourishing

We might be dealing with low inflation and even a falling cost of living, but not everyone in the United States is dealing with the same economic woes. Americans who are in prison have their own economy—one with rampant inflation, alleged price-fixing, and a fish packet-based economy.

Yes Men Try To Mess With U.N., One Gets Arrested And Jailed

Yes Men Try To Mess With U.N., One Gets Arrested And Jailed

Those wily Yes Men, pranksters of the business and political worlds and comedy documentarians who masquerade as big business honchos to create “gotcha!” moments, were gotten themselves by the cops when they tried to disrupt the U.N. Security Council Summit.

Cash4Gold Threatened Jail If Negative Comments Weren't Removed

Cash4Gold Threatened Jail If Negative Comments Weren't Removed

Ex-Cash4Gold employee Vielka Nephew filed a motion to vacate the default in the company’s lawsuit against her this week, a lawsuit we’re a party to. By getting rid of the default she would then be able to defend herself in the lawsuit and to seek to undo the default injunction which Cash4Gold had obtained against her. One highlight of Nephew’s legal papers is the declaration attached as Exhibit C, in which she says Cash4Gold’s lawyers told her the company would seek jail time for her and Michele Liberis if the statements Liberis posted on the internet about the company — which Cash4Gold alleged to be false and defamatory – were not removed. Here’s what Vielka declared:

NY Lawmaker Wants Rich Convicts To Pay For Their Own Incarceration

NY Lawmaker Wants Rich Convicts To Pay For Their Own Incarceration

New York State Assemblyman Jim Tedicsco sees an injustice. The upstate Republican saw wealthy scammer Bernie Madoff convicted and sent to federal prison for 150 years the rest of his life at taxpayer expense. How fair is that? Why can’t rich criminals pay their own way?

Tell Your Great-Grandchildren To Protect Their Money In 2139

Tell Your Great-Grandchildren To Protect Their Money In 2139

When Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, they weren’t kidding around. Here’s a screencap of his profile in the U.S. federal prison system database. He’s in the system as scheduled for release in 2139.

Wendy's Employee Gets Prison Time For Putting Hair In Burger

Wendy's Employee Gets Prison Time For Putting Hair In Burger

Remember Thomas Bender? He was the Wendy’s employee in West Virginia who garnished a police officer’s sandwich with a ball of pubic hair earlier this year. He’s just been sentenced to 6 months in prison and 2 years probation.

Slate Investigates If It's Really Illegal To Fart On A Sandwich

Slate Investigates If It's Really Illegal To Fart On A Sandwich

Nina Rastogi decided to look into food tampering laws in the wake of our Domino’s Pizza story last week. It turns out you can spit in food in Ohio without fear of jail time so long as you don’t have a communicable disease. Ohio is clearly the place to work if you are an angry restaurant employee, and the place to avoid if you’re a diner who easily angers waitstaff.

Judge To Madoff: Hope You Like The Look Of Cinder Blocks, Douchebag

Judge To Madoff: Hope You Like The Look Of Cinder Blocks, Douchebag

No more $7 million penthouse. Today was Madoff’s first full day at the Metropolitan Correction Center, where he’ll be spending some quality time while awaiting sentencing. ABCNews has some insights about the facility and its amenities.

Who's Smiling Now? Enzyte Scammer Gets 25 Years In Prison

Who's Smiling Now? Enzyte Scammer Gets 25 Years In Prison

Steve Warshak, founder of the company responsible for “Enzyte,” has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $93,000, says the AP. U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel also ordered the company, along with other defendants, to forfeit more than $500 million that it bilked from consumers.

Consumer Alert: Fortune Tellers Cannot Curse You, Do Not Give Them Your Money

Consumer Alert: Fortune Tellers Cannot Curse You, Do Not Give Them Your Money

Two fortune-tellers in Chicago are in being held in jail in lieu of $750,000 bail each for defrauding customers by convincing them they were cursed, then selling them expensive curse-removal/protection services. Remember, folks, fortune tellers cannot curse you, see your future, turn you into a werewolf, or make you lose horrific amounts of weight. They can, however, take your money.

6 Days In Jail For Overdue Library Books

6 Days In Jail For Overdue Library Books

Beloit, Wisconsin does not f*&% around when it comes to library books. When your books aren’t returned to the Beloit Public Library, three overdue notices are mailed out and then you may be issued a citation that could possibly include a court date.

Porn Spammers Get 5 Years In Prison

Porn Spammers Get 5 Years In Prison

Kilbride and Schaffer began spamming in 2003, sending out millions of spam messages advertising hard-core porn sites. The messages contained graphic images that were visible to whoever opened the e-mail. Later in 2003, the two men began using servers in Amsterdam to make messages they were sending from Phoenix appear to be coming from outside the United States.

Teen Faces Charges For Recording 20 Seconds of "Transformers"

Teen Faces Charges For Recording 20 Seconds of "Transformers"

Don’t use your digital camera in a theater to record 20 seconds of the movie Transformers (even if it’s just to show your little brother) or you could face 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine.