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EMV chip offers safe haven from credit, debit card counterfeiting

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By TED CARTER The EMV card era begins officially for the United States on Oct.1, making it the last developed country on Earth to adopt the new generation of payments processing. It’s a case of better late than never for U.S. banks and businesses that expect the European export to put counterfeit credit and debit card fraudsters out of business – ...

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Businessman gets prison time for work visa fraud

GULFPORT — A 41-year-old South Florida businessman has been sentenced to prison, fined and ordered to pay $197,000 to 29 victims of visa fraud. The Sun Herald reports Michael V. Lombardi received a prison term of four years and three months, was fined $10,000 and given three years of probation after he serves his full term in a federal prison. ...

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Advocates push for more reforms to foreign student visa program

JACKSON — The State Department should add housekeepers to a list of prohibited jobs for foreign college students who spend their summers in the United States as part of cultural exchange program that has left participants vulnerable to exploitation, an advocacy group said yesterday. The State Department announced major changes to the J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program in May ...

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Cochran cosponsors amendment postponing changes to visa program

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is co-sponsoring an amendment to again stop the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing new regulations for a temporary foreign worker visa program that, according to Cochran, would make it harder for seasonal industries, like shrimping, to survive. Cochran is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee that approved an amendment by Sen. Richard ...

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New security threat: Banks as information gatekeepers

By Ted Carter How far does the right to refuse service go? The New York Times posed this question in an editorial Sunday after Bank of America joined Visa, MasterCard and PayPal in refusing to accept payments designated as contributions to America’s newest villain – Wikileaks. Wikileaks has been busy leaking tens of thousands of classified documents on everything from ...

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