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Miami: HOPE advocate gets six years for defrauding clients

July 01, 1999
She stole their money and their trust. On Tuesday, Harriette Simmons paid the price: six years in prison.
    Formerly the No. 2 in charge of HOPE Inc., a nonprofit that's supposed to stand up for victims of housing discrimination, Simmons pleaded guilty to defrauding two clients.
    One is a 62-year-old retired Hialeah nurse. The other is a single mother of six. Both fell behind in their mortgage payments. Both turned to Simmons for help. She promised it -- vowing to deal with lenders, vowing to forward their mortgage payments. 

Jury pops life insurance company for $1 million

May 28, 1998
Jurors awarded $1 million to a couple who were denied life insurance by an Ohio company because they do not speak or read English. ``I'm very, very happy that justice exists,'' the couple's daughter, Lissette Otero, said after Wednesday's ruling. ``Thank God we have a judicial system here that treats everyone the same, no matter where you're from."

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