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Priceless Vol 8 Number 9

Personal and Professional Empowerment

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MISSING: Los Angeles Music and Television Executive

SPECIAL TO HRM television

A Los Angeles music and executive,


Hughes has gone missing. Ms. Hughes has worked with the likes of Tyler Perry, Stevie Wonder and SnoopDogg and has worked for Films/Television

Orange County, CA and had recently

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Lionsgate and

Twentieth Century Fox. Ms. Hughes lived in

was moving to the Central California

told friends she city of Lancaster.

Ms. Hughes, sources say, had recently experience a fight with Cancer and a relationship break up and was seeking a new start. She told friends she was moving to Lancaster, CA and had actually already started working on projects in that area via her Los Angeles based company, CB Music Group, Inc. It seems the last known comunication with Ms. Hughes was around January 18th, even though there have been other unconfirmed reports of friends being in contact with her as late as February 10th. Family members have been hard to find and those with which contact has been made are distant relatives and cannot confirm contact with Ms. Hughes in the recent months. Ms. Hughes social


sites, company website, cell phone, office line and emails are all either disconnected at this point or have given no response to repeated attempts by friends to contact her.

At this point there are hundreds of Ms. Hughes

Debra Hughes

friends across the country and even some in the UK, Germany, and Japan, seeking her whereabouts. Close friend and confidant, Adrienne Lawson says, “I have known Debra for 6 years and she has always remained consistent with her business and a full time friend. No matter what was going on in her life, good or bad Debra is a talker and is never one that likes to be alone. This is the major point in the puzzling disappearance of Debra and why I and the hundreds of other friends will not stop looking for her until she is found.”

A Facebook page has been set up to collect leads and information

disappearance of Ms. Hughes ( isdebrahughes). Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed the filing of a Missing Persons Report and Detectives are now working the case.

If anyone information please

has any call

Detective Carnes, LASD at 323.890.5500

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Oppo r t u n i t y is when hard work and luck collide. No one knows this better

than company Jason

Cohen, President of ILM Corporation, a Fredericksburg, Va.,


provides document data entry, scanning, indexing and clerical services to large corporations,


universities and federal agencies. ILM has experienced many ups and

downs since Cohen’s father founded the company in Jamaica in 1976 with two other partners and entrepreneurial support from Cohen’s mother. In 1978, ILM relocated to Fredericksburg, establishing a sales office that supported the Jamaican data entry operation. The business eventually grew to 600 employees in multiple offices.

Cohen joined the family business after

graduating from Old Dominion University in 1991 and entered into a difficult phase of the company’s history. By the end of the decade

the bottom fell out on the industry due to a seismic shift in technology and work place attitudes. The company was reduced to six employees with one office and the Jamaican operation was closed.

Learning from past mistakes, Cohen bought the business in 2001 and rebuilt it using a different business model, taking advantage outsourcing Seizing

of technological advances, and a changing workforce. upon Fredericksburg’s central

location and close proximity to Washington, D.C., he shifted its focus toward federal contracts.


10 Ways to Protect Your Personal Information and Your Money

The news often includes reports about

thieves gaining access to sensitive personal information that can be used to commit fraud or steal money, sometimes involving major security breaches at large companies such as retailers. "These reports may cause some consumers to be skeptical about engaging in even the simplest financial transactions, but that is unrealistic for most people, especially in today's online and electronic world," said Michael Benardo, Chief of the FDIC's Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section. "That's why it's important to be vigilant about protecting your finances by taking some reasonable precautions."


While federal laws and industry practices limit

losses for unauthorized

transactions involving bank accounts, debit cards and credit cards, it pays to be proactive. Here are 10 things you can do to help protect yourself:

1. Know that offers that seem "too good to be true" are probably a fraud. Crooks often pose as businesses promising or guaranteeing high interest rates, high-paying jobs or other

Jason Cohen, President of ILM Corporation

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"opportunities," such as a big prize or lottery winnings for which you must pay taxes or other charges upfront. Be especially careful if someone pressures you to make a quick decision or if you are asked to send money or provide bank account information before receiving anything in return.

2. Guard against scams involving

fraudulent checks and requests to wire money or send a prepaid card. A stranger or unfamiliar company might send you a check for more than you are due for an online sale and ask you to deposit the check and wire back the


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