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From @CrimeADay27 USC §207 & 27 CFR §7.24(f) make it a crime to sell "Wiener" beer made in the USA if it's not labeled "American Wiener" or "Wiener-type."

Gerova's Hirst Found Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court (Fox)The former president of reinsurer Gerova Financial Group Ltd was convicted on Wednesday on charges that he participated a scheme orchestrated by a man once dubbed "Porn's New King" to defraud investors.  Gary Hirst, 64, was found guilty by a federal jury in Manhattan on all four counts he faced, including conspiracy, securities fraud and wire fraud charges, according to court records.

California Hits Wells Fargo In Pocket Book (USA) California Treasurer John Chiang said Wednesday the state will suspend several key banking relationships with Wells Fargo (WFC) to sanction the firm following allegations of "fleecing its customers."  Serving up the first direct blow to Wells Fargo's business following this month's allegations of fraud at the bank, the treasurer will halt investments in Wells Fargo securities for 12 months. During that time, the state's treasurer will also stop using Wells Fargo as a broker-dealer for buying investments and not use Wells Fargo as an underwriter for California state bonds where the treasurer assigns the role. California's treasurer is one of the largest bond issuers in the nation.
 
FBI Arrests Former REIT CFO In Home Raid (Investment News)Brian S. Block, a longtime business associate and partner of real estate investor Nicholas Schorsch, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in federal court in New York to charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, securities fraud and making false filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Wearing a dark blue suit, light blue shirt and striped tie, Mr. Block appeared pensive at the arraignment in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Manhattan. A trial date for May 15, 2017 was set during the hearing.
 
Minnesota Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From Client (USA) An Edina financial adviser pleaded guilty Monday to stealing $220,000 from an 88-year-old vulnerable adult’s annuity account.  Forty-five-year-old John Heath pleaded guilty to one count of identity theft. A second count of theft by swindle will be dropped at his sentencing hearing, which is expected to take place Dec. 16.  Prosecutors will also drop a second case against Heath, where prosecutors say he swindled thousands of dollars from an 83-year-old woman.

Man's Lying About Location Of Where He Caught Striped Bass Leads To Arrest (CBS) A North Carolina fisherman is facing up to five years in prison after admitting in federal court that he lied about catching striped bass in state, rather than federal waters.  Willis was charged with violating the Lacey Act, a federal law that bars people from transporting, buying or selling fish and wildlife that has been harvested illegally, and with filing false reports, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.   Dewey W. Willis Jr., of Newport, pleaded guilty Monday in Wilmington, officials said. The charges stem from fish he caught off of the North Carolina coast in 2010, officials said. Willis is one of 14 commercial fishermen charged in connection with the case, according to officials.

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