Alleged I-70 Bank Bandit Deals With 96 Years In Prison

EAGLE– Cynthia Johnson’s criminal record is 40 pages long and getting longer. She’ll stand trial for racketeering, scams and forgery because, authorities state, she and a minimum of two accomplices utilized forged credit cards and fake driver’s licenses to steal cash from banks along Interstate 70.

Johnson, Vanessa Ravarre and a man calling himself Raymond Everett kept striking the exact same local banks, attempting to get cashcash loan using the very same created Capital One credit cards and manya number of the exact same phony IDs.

Among Everett’s phony driver’s licenses listed an Illinois address. The street name, Sequoia, was misspelled. On another, Arizona was shortened Ax, rather of Az, according to statement in Johnson’s preliminary hearing.

Last September, Johnson got in an Edwards bank positioning as Debra Brendel, utilizing a created credit card and a phony driver’s license to attempt to get a cash advance. While Brendel’s details was right, the image was not.

Brendel is caucasian, according to court testament and web searches, while Johnson is black.

Each cash advance they asked for was between $4,500 and $5,000, according to court testament.

They were effectivesucceeded enough to bilk banks in the region from around $38,000, authorities say.

13 banks in 2 months

The 3 worked the I-70 passage, hitting 13 banks between Summit County and Grand Junction in September and October 2015. The first was in Rifle, then West Glenwood, then up and down I-70 through Top, Eagle, Garfield and Mesa counties.

Johnson– who uses a minimum of 13 other aliases including Jacqueline Murray– and Ravarre are in the Eagle County prison awaiting different trials this spring. Everett is at large.

In court today, Assistant District Attorney Heidi McCollum has said the 3 are perhaps part of a larger organization.

During Johnson’s two-day hearing recently, McCollum provided 24 security video camera images showing Johnson, Everett and Ravarre in the bank areas.

Frequently they ‘d use the very same clothes, hairdos and hats, and set the exact same handbags on the counter at the teller window.

They likewise utilized the very same forged cards and created motorist’s licenses in several banks, said Shana Woods, an Alpine Bank scams private investigator for 13 years.

The way it’s supposed to work, the client hands a charge card and motorist’s license to the teller, and asks for cash, Woods said.

The teller takes the card to the money device. If it clears, they get the cash. If it’s declined, the card is brought back to the customer.

What police say happened

In the 13 branches the three hit, every card was declined. They requested for in between $4,500 and $5,000. The first one, in Rifle, was $4,500.72. None of the attempts to obtain $5,000 were successfulsucceeded, Woods stated.

“Cards get declined sometimes, particularly when clients are traveling and do not let the bank understand they’ll be utilizing their card somewhereelsewhere,” Woods stated.

After the cards were declined, Johnson and the others were often able to encourage the tellers to call a bogus phone number on the back of a card, and persuade regional bank officials to override the system and provide them some money.

They informed the teller that the charge card company was not familiar with their travel plansitinerary, Woods said.

For that call another accomplice would lead toimpersonate a Capital One consumer service representative, who would state the created cards were genuine.

Usually, that accompanied some sort of sob story about requiring the moneythe cash for funeral service costs or being a stranded tourist. In one, they asserted they required the cash since somebody had actually had a stroke – although it wasn’t clear whom, Woods stated.

3 weeks after the first case, a suspect matching Johnson’s description was in the Frisco bank’s lobby, and the teller called Woods.

Woods has a direct security video feed from all 38 Alpine Bank locations for which she looks for to avoid fraud. She took an appearancehad a look at that Frisco feed, determined Johnson, and informed the teller to call 911, Woods said.

Frisco police waited till Johnson left the bank, and jailed her exterior.

Johnson is currently on felony probation in California, McCollum said.

Johnson was complimentary on bond in Santa Clara County, California, where probation officials say she missed out on a meeting and released an arrest warrant for her. It turns out she missed that meeting due to the fact that she remained in the Eagle County prison.

Johnson had been launched from Folsom Jail after serving time for similar charges, McCollum stated.

Johnson is being held in the Eagle County prison on $100,000 bond.

District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman sent Johnson to trial on 17 of her 18 charges.

If she’s founded guilty on the racketeering charges, she faces an obligatory 96-year jail sentence.

Independent Reviews Peoria Council Spending

Editor’s note: Independent Newsmedia through a public records request requested for district discretionary budget plans as well as compensations and city charge card charges for Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and council members, Bridget Binsbacher, Michael Finn, Jon Edwards, Expense Patena, Vicki Hunt and Carlo Leone.

Peoria City board charged nearly $10,000 to taxpayers last year to do city company.

The charges are for the fiscal year rather of Peoria’s fiscal year 2014-15, which is July-June, since most of the council took office in 2015. The mayor and each council member spent a total of $128,000 from their discretionary spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year.

Besides a city credit card, the mayor is permitted a $3,000 a year interaction allowance and each of the council members, $1,920, according to city files.

Additionally, the mayor is offered a rented car, a 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan. The lease payment is $551.47 a month and the city supplies insurance. None of the council members have a city-leased vehicle, however they are each entitled to an automobile allowance of $3,330 a year.

Additionally, chosen authorities likewise get a salary. The mayor makes $31,337.50 a year while council members each make $20,891.68 a year. They are provided medical, oral and vision benefits and if eligible a retirement program.

The mayor and each council member have a monthly spending limitation of $5,000 on their city charge card. Also, the limitation for a single purchase is topped at $5,000.

According to city policy, the card is to be used on business-related, low-dollar value products and services such as food, travel and memberships.
Prohibited usages include contributions, individual purchases, money advances and alcohol purchase.
For calendar year 2015:

oMayor Carlat spent $2,546, primarily for lunch conferences with individual council members and constituents and gas for her city-leased car. The tab for food was approximately $544 and $1,163 for gas. She also charged for automobile washes and car cleans with gas, which concerned $190. Other expenditures included $383.50 for lodgings at the Marriott throughout the League of Arizona Cities and Towns annual conference, Aug. 18-21

oMs. Binsbacher, who represents the Mesquite District, spent $1,034, consisting of $412 to stayremain at the Marriott for a League of Arizona Cities and Towns conference Aug. 18-21 and $419.58 to stay at the Radisson for a PromiseNet conference, Nov. 9-12.

oMr. Edwards, who represents the Willow District, invested $547, of which $432.50 was invested to stayremain at the Marriott for a League of Arizona Cities and Towns conference, Aug. 18-21.

oMs. Hunt, who represents the Acacia District, invested $4,433. Her expenses consisted of $1,388 for travel expenditures to the National Main Streets Conference, March 29-April 4. Expenditures likewise consisted of $723 for wood pieces and iron legs for the neighborhood garden, $230 for plaques acknowledging neighborhood garden donors and volunteers and $1,073 for Christmas designs from Goodwill for the community garden.

oMr. Patena, who represents the Ironwood District, spent $651. Costs included $470 for a stay at the Marriott for a League of Arizona Cities and Towns conference with the rest investedinvested in meetings at dining establishments.

oMr. Leone, who represents the Pine District, did not utilize his card for charges in 2015. Rather all his card charges are tied to either district funding expenses or repayments, according to the city clerk’s office.

Altogether, the 7 elected officials put in repayments totaling $6,719.

Ms. Carlat received $885 in repayments that included $500 for an ipad Air.

Ms. Binsbacher put in $843 worth of compensations that included $500 for an ipad 2 and $275 in travel expenses.

Mr. Edwards was compensated $104 for travel expenses while Mr. Patena received $134 for mileage for a League occasion and Mr. Finn received $500 for an ipad Air 2.

Mr. Leone returned $667 for travel expenditures while Ms. Hunt asserted $3,584 in reimbursements. Her claims included $500 for an ipad Air and the rest was for travel to the National League of Cities and League of Arizona Cities and Towns conferences.

Council members who do not have ipads are Mr. Edwards, Mr. Patena and Mr. Leone.

For district funds, the mayor and each council member get $30,000 for the monetary. Any unused funds can be broughtrollovered into the next financial, up to $30,000.

They are able to invest the money on facilities jobs such as street, sidewalk and park amenities that either benefit the city or the district. They also can spend money on unique programs that benefit the city or district that are not part of the embraced budget. If they buy tables or tickets to a public event they are restricted to themselves, their spouses and substantial others or citizens welcomed by a council members who is deemed to have a genuine interest.

Cash likewise can be spentinvested in services that benefit the city or district that is not moneyed in the budget plan such as Block Watch, fire prevention programs and special strong waste choice ups.

They also can spend money on seminars, workshops and other academic projects benefitting the city or district, and on unbudgeted projects such has traffic signal researches, engineering researches and expert studies.

City policy prohibits council from spending district funds on products that require brand-new continuous funding maintenance and operations by the city, religious functions and products for another political neighborhood such as textbooks or school products for schools and moneying county park operations.

District spending for council 2015 fiscal year are:

oMs. Carlat: $37,417, consisting of $4,999 to sponsor a golf tournament benefit for the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, $4,998 for a yearly partnership with Benevilla and $3,500 for the 22nd annual Diamond Ball sponsor for West Valley Fine Arts Council. She likewise provided money to Peoria Cops Officers Association, Northwest Valley Veterans Association and Peoria Fireman Charities.

oMr. Edwards spent $19,677, which consisted of travel expenditures, $8,500 to the Peoria Unified School District for items such as the PTSO campus pride program, $2,000 to the Lake Pleasant Mobile Homes Corp. for a parking area renovation and $1,000 to the Westbrook Village Veterans assistance club.

oMr. Finn invested $3,709, including $1,000 to Peoria Fireman Charities, $1,000 to Peoria Sunset Lions Club and 500 to the Civil Air Patrol to support a composite squadron.

oMr. Patena invested $14,959, including $1,500 to Theater Works for a split table sponsorship, $1,250 to Westbrook Town Veterans Support Club and $2,000 to Benevilla for its Celebration of Joy occasion.

oMs. Binsbacher invested $20,847, including $4,500 for fireworks event at Lake Pleasant, $3,000 for a science program at Challenger Area Science Center and $3,200 to Peoria BASIS Boosters.

oMs. Hunt spent $18,310, including $750 to Northwest Black History Committee to sponsor a table for an MLK event, $1,000 to Theater Functions to sponsor a table at the annual gala and $2,000 to Environment for Humanity Central Arizona for program assistance.

oMr. Leone invested $13,083, including $1,440 for food for the Film in the Park event, $1,000 to Northwest Black History Committee and $562 for six bikes to be raffled at Parkfest.

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LKQ Corporation Boosts Senior Protected Credit Center

  • Center enhanced by approximately $900 million to $3.2 billion
  • Maturity extended to January 2021
  • Prices remains the exact same

CHICAGO, Feb. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)– LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq: LKQ) announced that it closed on January 29, 2016 a modification to its credit facility that enhanced the aggregate amount readily available thereunder from $2.3 billion to $3.2 billion. The amended facility consists of a $2.45 billion multi-currency revolver, and a term loan facility of approximately $500 million and EUR230 million. The amended facility extended the maturity date from Might 3, 2019 to January 29, 2021, and enhanced the versatility of specific limiting covenants, consisting of arrangements connecting to additional insolvency.

We understand the continuous support and self-confidence of the monetary institutionsbanks included in our credit center. In addition to our strong money circulation, the new center supplies our Company the liquidity and financial flexibility to buy the continued growth of our business with the goal of boosting long-term investor value,” mentioned Dominick Zarcone, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LKQ Corporation

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as Left Lead Arranger and Left Bookrunner on the credit facility. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner amp; Smith Incorporated, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, LTD. and People Bank, NA functioned as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners.

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, will work as the Administrative Agent, Bank of America, NA, as Syndication Agent and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, LTD and People Bank, NA as Documentation Agents with regard to the amended credit center.

About LKQ Corporation

LKQ Corporation ( is a leading company of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize cars and other cars. LKQ has operations in North America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scandinavia, Australia and Taiwan. LKQ offers its clients a broad range of replacement systems, parts, equipment and parts to fix and equip automobiles, trucks, and leisure and performance cars.

Forward Looking Statements

Particular declarations in this press release that are not historic facts are forward looking declarations within the definition of the Personal Securities Lawsuits Reform Act of 1995. These forward looking declarations typically consist of expectations, beliefs, hopes, objectives or techniques concerning our future. Forward looking declarations go through risks, unpredictabilities and other elements some of which are not currently known to us. Real occasions or results may differ materially from those revealed or implied in the forward looking declarations as an outcome of different aspects. Some of such threats, unpredictabilities and other elements are described in our Kind 10-K for the duration ended December 31, 2014, and in other documents we submit with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time. We assume no responsibility to openly upgrade any forward looking declaration to show occasions or circumstances developing after the date on which it was made, other than as required by law.Joseph P. Boutross-LKQ Corporation. Director, Investor Relations -LRB-312-RRB- 621-2793.

Vostok New Ventures Ltd. Twelve Months Credit Report Covering The Period January 1, 2015– December 31, 2015

Stockholm, 2016-02-10 08:00 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)–

– Net result for the period was USD 145.18 million (mln) (January 1, 2014-December 31, 2014: -127.45). Earnings per share were USD 1.97 (-1.62).

– Net outcome for the quarter was USD -5.3 mln (1.07). Revenues per share for the quarter were USD -0.07 (0.01).

– The net asset value of the Business was USD 503.44 mln on December 31, 2015 (December 31, 2014: 388.47), corresponding to USD 6.85 per share (December 31, 2014: 5.24). Given a SEK/USD exchange rate of 8.3524 the values were SEK 4,204.90 mln (December 31, 2014: 3,034.62) and SEK 57.21 (December 31, 2014: 40.95), respectively.

– The group’s net asset value per share in USD increased by 30.65 % over the duration January 1, 2015-December 31, 2015. During the very same period the RTS index reduced by 4.26 % in USD terms.

– During the quarter October 1, 2015-December 31, 2015 the group’s net possession value per share in USD reduced by 1.04 % (RTS index -4.14 %).

– Throughout the 4th quarter, the Business got a USD 25 mln secured credit facility from Pareto Bank ASA, Pareto Securities AB and Pareto Securities AS, and utilized a USD 20 mln credit facility request.

– Throughout the 4th quarter, the Company made an EUR 3.5 mln (USD 4 mln) investment in Wallapop.

– In October, the Company announced a product secondary deal in its biggest portfolio holding, Avito AB (“Avito”). Naspers Limited acquired secondary shares from other existing investors, therefore enhancing its stake from 17.4 % to 67.9 % of the exceptional shares in Avito at an equity evaluation of USD 2.7 bln. Vostok New Ventures has valued Avito on the basis of the rate in this transaction (adjusted for a dividend gotten in December 2015) according to December 31, 2015.

– In December 2015, the Company got USD 30.6 mln in dividend from Avito.

– The number of outstanding shares at the end of the duration was 73,499,555.

– On January 11, 2016, the Business revealed that it had concurredaccepted invest USD 20 mln into Propertyfinder, the leading home vertical in the MENA region. Vostok New Ventures is the sole financier in this primary financing round and will own 10 % of the shares in Propertyfinder following the closing of the transaction. As per December 31, 2015, USD 5 mln has been paid out to the company and the continuing to be payment of USD 15 mln will be paid out during 1Q16.

The Business will hold a telephone conference with an interactive discussion at 16:00 CET (10:00 am EST) Wednesday, February 10. For call-in details, see separate news release issued Monday, February 8, at

European Banks Face More Energy Issues

European banks appear to deal with greater long-lasting direct exposure to issues in the energy sector compared with United States banks, manya lot of which have already shored up capital reserves for half of their energy financial obligation portfolio.

Many European banks have not yet seen their debtors draw down much of the credit that has been allotted for them, or, even more bewildering to experts and financiers, aren’t saying exactly what their direct exposure to commodity-sensitive credit is, or exactly what has actually currently been dedicated.

At the Credit Suisse Financial Solutions Conference today in Florida, a number of bank executives highlighted the overall exposure of their balance sheets to energy debt, but also discussed exactly what portion of that exposure is comprised of impressive paper.

Wells Fargo CFO John Shrewsberry highlighted the banks $42 billion in total oil and gas credit in his presentation at the conference; 41 percent ($17.4 billion) is already outstanding. The loan provider already has gotten ready for losses in outstanding paper by setting aside $1.2 billion to balance out credit losses.

The difference in between Wells energy exposure and numerous of its competitors is that much of the California-based banks paper is non-investment grade. However the finance chief doesn’t seem like hes sweating it.

This is not brand-new for Wells Fargo, Shrewsberry stated at the occasion, and he noted manythe majority of these loans are senior secured credit centers.

Peyton’s Function, Camera’s Press Conference And Elway’s Tough Decisions

SAN FRANCISCO– Putting Super Bowl 50, and a few other football matters, to bed in the wake of a meh but traditionally considerable NFL champion gamenational championship:

Do not put an asterisk on this video game for Peyton Manning. I’ve already heard the rumblings about how Peyton Manning didn’t do much of anything to assistto assist the Broncos win, so this won’t change his legacy, blah, blah, blah. Manning (13-23, 141 lawns, no touchdowns, one interception) has two Super Bowl wins. Duration. If John Elway doesn’t get an asterisk for his first Super Bowl win (12-22, 123 lawns, no TDs, one pick), and Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t get one for his first (9-21, 123 backyards, no TDs, two choices)– and I can go on with other C (or D) efficiencies– then zip it about Manning being an onlooker while the defense won this one. He was a bystander, mainly. However that’s a truth of life. Often in football games, the quarterback is simply there and others win the video game. It’s OKAY. The exact same guidelines for some should be the exact same guidelines for all.

I can’t get too fired up about Cam Newton and his pouty interview. Should he have complied slightly? Yes. Is he the face of the franchise? Yes. If I were Ron Rivera and minicamp came around, would I have word with him about it? Yes. For a franchise quarterback, journalism conference– fair or unreasonable– has a bit of definition. Bernie Kosar used to call it the 5th quarter, where he might shape the discussion in the general public and the media for the coming day or days. It’s the kind of thing, in this Very first Take culture, that we should discuss a lot, I suppose. But I look at it this methodby doing this: Newton got pissy. I do not truly care. I question his teammates care. And it does not matter reallyquite.

Von Miller is not the only gamer who made a great deal of cash Sunday. Malik Jackson, the defensive lineman John Elway has not been able to get signed long-lasting, is going to be a top-three gamer on the free-agent market. His interior-line strength, his capability to beat friendly blockers with strength or quickness, and his nose for the ball is going to make him friendly cash on the marketplace. Denver cannot pay everyone. Jackson will be a target.

oVON MILLER REACHES THE TOP: He struck bottom two years ago, with a suspension and an injury. After a Super Bowl 50 MVP performance, he’s solidified his status as a franchise gamer. Next up: a huge payday.

Cleveland is probably a clever area for Jared Goff at No. 2 overall, but keep an eye on the Browns for Brock Osweiler. I tossed it out there Monday, however simply understand the Broncos have wise intelligentsia along with Elway. They hear things. They feel things. And you never ever understand whether Hue Jackson (or whomever has control in the brand-new Cleveland brain trust) would rather utilize the No. 2 pickbadger a lock player at a various position and spend some Jimmy Haslam dough to steal Osweiler. We’ll see.

John Elway won’t get emotional about Peyton Manning. Elway is a qualified pro. He was as a quarterback. He is as a group manager. He made it clear to me when we promoted a story recently that he desireswishes to provide Manning his area and be respectful and let him make a wise choice in due time. But he also said to me: “This is a decision we have to make too.” And with so lots ofa lot of drags out his cap now and understanding he’s got to set aside $20-million-ish for Von Miller and tryattempt to put a deal together for Jackson and the quarterback he desires to sign for the future, Brock Osweiler, it’s not sensible to set aside cash for Manning, who turns 40 in six weeks.

San Francisco/San Jose/Santa Clara/Stanford did a truly friendly job, as far as my Super Bowl experience went. Admit it: Part of every Super Bowl experience is the weather. And holy cow, was the weather terrific throughout Super Bowl week … and I don’t simply suggest the 73-degree beautiful Super Bowl Sunday. But this area is remarkable, and deserving of an area in the regular Super Bowl rotation. Nobody ever has a bad time here. Jed York and the 49ers established the arena excellent on gameday, and the city (mostly) sparkled. Just one example of what makes this city excellent: a place like the Black Hammer Brewery, where The MMQB had a Tweetup with some fans last Friday. Warm place, fantastic people, a bar pet (Growler) and young individuals with imagination producing brand-new technology and ways of doing things.

Offer CBS credit for this. Last Wednesday, at his final production meeting of the year (and most likely his career), Peyton Manning invested 45 minutes at the Broncos’ hotel with the CBS TELEVISION crew, led by manufacturer Lance Barrow. The production meeting is an off-the-record interview session between TELEVISION crew and gamer– or TELEVISION crew and coach– in which the crew may request some extremely personal tips on things so they can figure out plot for the upcoming game, or perhaps be in position to inform a cam individual to focus on a particularly gamer or coach if they see a specific development of workers grouping. Anyhow, I have constantly heard that Manning is the best at telling the expert anecdotes that you may hear on a telecast. Simply puts, Manning respects the broadcasters enough that he attemptsattempts to assist them do their tasks. So, back to last Wednesday in Santa Clara. When his conference was unwinding, Barrow’s team– Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and those behind the electronic cameras and in the truck, 15 approximately in all– all stood and gave Manning an ovation. Now that’s a good touch.

o’WE READ THEM LIKE A BOOK’: Defensive organizer Wade Phillips and his system overwhelmed a Panthers offense that offered little creativity and had no hope.