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U.S. files charges in 'business opportunity' scams

| Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

The government has filed criminal and civil charges against several individuals and companies accused of ripping off unemployed and other vulnerable people with work-at-home and other business scams.

The Justice Department announced the cases on Thursday.

The latest cases involve criminal charges against 14 individuals and civil allegations against three companies, Justice said. The schemes include so-called business opportunities working at home, selling jewelry or energy candy, and operating vending machines.

The three companies named are Zaken Corp., Christopher Andrew Sterling and Smart Tools.

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