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New fraud-fighting center established

Two Florida universities jointly operate clearinghouse

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A new online clearinghouse and research center designed to help the fight against fraud opened Monday, sponsored by Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., and St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. The Center for the Study of Economic Crimes, jointly operated by FSU's College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the St. Thomas University School of Law, will help identify trends in fraudulent activity and promote enforcement strategies and research into fraud, according to Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, whose office announced the development Monday. The center includes a Web site, http://www.FraudUpdate.com, with special pages devoted to mortgage fraud. The Center will focus on fraud and other economic crimes affecting consumers, business and government with an emphasis on crimes that cross jurisdictional boundaries, according to Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, whose office announced the development Monday. "Fraud artists routinely move from one state to ano...