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The Dallas Examiner | 4/6/2015, 9:10 a.m. | Updated on 4/6/2015, 2:49 p.m.
On March 27, Congressman Marc Veasey unveiled H.R. 1645, the Transportation for Elderly and Disabled Americans Act that would reinstate ...

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The 2015 Fraud 360 seminar series will tour 16 cities to brings fraud experts together to discuss ways retailers and merchants can better protect themselves against fraud, as well as global trends, changes in payment card compliance and future forecasting affecting transactions.

With the influx of data breaches, the pending move to EMV in the US (the chip that is prevalent on international credit cards), and the emergence of new mobile payment options have created the perfect storm of fraud that is affecting consumers, retailers, merchants, and payment processors, according to experts at Kount, an innovator of solutions for fraud and risk management.

The tour will stop in Dallas on April 7. The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dallas Marriott Center, 650 N. Pearl St.

Workshop and experts include “The EMV Effect,” by Rich Stuppy, chief operations officer at Kount; “Cross Border – Out of the country, Out of control” by Steve Casco, chief executive officer at CardNotPresent.com; “Card Issuer-to-Merchant Collaboration” by Nicholas Cramer, regional sales manager at Ethoca; and “Staying Out of Chargeback Hell” by Don Bush, Vice President of Marketing, Kount.

For more information, visit http://www.kount.com.


On March 27, Congressman Marc Veasey unveiled H.R. 1645, the Transportation for Elderly and Disabled Americans Act that would reinstate an allowance for cities such as Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mesquite, Texas, to use federal transit funding for operation and maintenance costs for transit services for the elderly and disabled.

“As the nation’s elderly population grows in the coming years, critical paratransit services such as Handitran will allow seniors to maintain their independence,” Veasey said. “For many residents, this reliable and affordable public transportation allows them to make their doctors’ appointments, go grocery shopping, visit family and friends and provides them an opportunity to continue their daily activities.”

Historically, a major source of assistance for small paratransit operators came from the Urbanized Area Transit Formula Grant. However, an oversight in 2012 legislation known as the Moving Ahead for Press in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) eliminated this source of funding for some small paratransit operators but did not include an alternative to address the resulting gap. The new bill would correct this oversight. Specifically, it would authorize small general public demand response service operators in large urbanized areas to use Section 5307 funds for operating assistance.


“Opportunity Works,” a partnership between Safe Streets Collaborative Crime Watch, the Dallas Police Department and the Community Prosecution Division, will host a job preparatory workshop on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and a resource fair on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free workshops are an effort to reduce crime through gainful employment.

The preparatory workshops will offer resume reviews and practice interviews. The job fair will feature a diverse selection of employers seeking candidates with varied skills, abilities, experience and education levels, representing a wide array of professions. A special effort will be made to find employment opportunities for responsible people with criminal backgrounds. Part-time and full-time work, as well as internships will be available.