Another Ponzi scheme has been cracked down on in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Perhaps this event in and of itself is losing its surprise factor. It seems everywhere we turn now another scheme or another scam is coming to light. They are coming in all shapes and sizes, but mostly large. This Mutual Benefits scheme amounts to nearly $1 billion. Already nine officials connected with Mutual Benefits have pled guilty and have been sentenced to prison. The former company president, Peter Lombardi, is included in this number. His is a twenty–year term.
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A complex business litigator, Larry C. Russ has handled his share of interesting and downright fun clients. Take the Yahoo Yodeler. In 2002, Russ represented Wylie Gustafson, a country music performer who in 1996 recorded the now famous yodel for the Internet company. Gustafson had received $590 for what he understood to be a one-time use of his yodel for a commercial. But the recording went on to be used in countless Yahoo ad campaigns and became Yahoo's signature refrain. Russ filed a copyright infringement suit against Yahoo and launched a media blitz, which led to what he called a ''satisfactory'' settlement.