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Utah now has an online registry for white-collar criminals

“Every US state has a registry for sex offenders. Utah is taking that concept to a new level. The state has unveiled a first of its kind database for white-collar criminals that lawmakers say is intended to increase public safety.”This registry has been a goal of mine for years and will further equip citizens to protect themselves from financial fraud by making information much more accessible in this digital age,” Utah Attorney general Sean D. Reyes said. “A simple search cold curtail a fraudulent investment and save an entire nest egg.” (via Ars Technica)

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E–reader disappearances put stop to Palmer library lending

“File this story under “crime in trusting small-town Alaska.” Palmer’s public library used to let patrons check out a small selection of $259 e-readers. Then, earlier this spring, a few patrons stopped returning them. Three of the library’s six book-downloading tablets have vanished. The library knows who checked out the two Kindle Fires and a Nook Color, library director Beth Skow said recently. “Now those patrons, their emails don’t work, their phones don’t work and their addresses don’t work,” Skow said. “It’s very, very sad. A few ruin it for the rest.” (via ADN.com)

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Sacramento Library Gets Restitution Check from Embezzlement Case

“The Sacramento Public Library will be getting a check for nearly a half million dollars – not in donations, but in restitution. It all stems from two years ago, when two former employees embezzled close to $800,000 from the library. The district attorney office says it was a devised strategic plan. Dennis Nilsson, once the facilities supervisor, and James Mayle, the former head of security for the library, along with his wife Janie created a fictional shell company to oversee maintenance service for the library, the DA says. (via KTXL FOX40)

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Stolen US historical documents returned to owners

“At a table in the library of the Maryland Historical Society, an investigator with the National Archives pulls file folder after file folder from a cardboard box and hands them to library director Patricia Dockman Anderson. An FBI agent sits nearby. Item No. 451: an invitation to meet Vice President Hubert Humphrey in Hawaii in 1966. Item No. 1695: a ticket stub to the 1912 Democratic National Convention. Item No. 1332: a program linked to President Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 funeral. Until recently, the documents were evidence, some of the more than 10,000 items seized in a massive theft investigation that ensnared a well-known collector of presidential memorabilia and his assistant. This week, however, they were returned to the society to become again pieces of history available to researchers.” (via AP)

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Counterfeit bills at public library trigger new screening policy

Houston Chronicle – “While on its mission to provide free information, the Houston Public Library has to swat at the occasional counterfeiter. At each of the library’s 42 locations, equipment at the circulation desk includes a counterfeit detector pen. Widely available at office supply stores, the pen contains a solution that detects bills printed on common copier paper rather than the cotton-and-linen-fiber paper the U.S. government uses. When a librarian marks a bill with the pen and the mark turns black, that means the bill is bogus. If the mark turns yellow or remains clear, the money is good.”

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