What the cast of Criminal Minds looked like before all the fame – Looper

Adam Rodriguez is another later addition to the Criminal Minds cast, joining the series in season 12. He plays Luke Alvez, a member of the FBI’s fugitive task force who partners with the BAU to catch serial killers. Luke works so well with the team that he eventually decides to permanently join them. His character is defined by his Bronx upbringing and military service, though he does have a soft spot for his small dog, Roxy. 

Adam Rodriguez is a television veteran himself, having acted since the late ’90s in a number of comedy and drama series, as well as in film. He plays one of the strippers in the Magic Mike movies, and his most recent TV credits outside of Criminal Minds include roles on Jane the Virgin, Empire, CSI: Miami, and Ugly Betty. But before those shows hit the airwaves, Rodriguez was a part of the teen sci-fi drama Roswell, where he played Jesse Ramirez, a boy who falls in love with an alien. 

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We asked a lawyer if Manny Machado is legally required to pay Blooper $300 million – MLB.com

When Blooper, the Braves’ mascot, tricked Manny Machado into signing over $300 million to him, we all had a laugh. Oh yes, it was funny all right. But what if we were all laughing … at a crime?

That’s what I wanted to find out. So, I called up a lawyer, who insisted on remaining anonymous. Whether it was because this case could become too high profile or he found the request far too ludicrous, who can say?

But, here are the thoughts of a certified legal professional. And, yes, this is completely real.

“The way that [Blooper] approached getting Manny’s signature is what’s known as fraud in the inducement, which is tricking someone about the document they’re signing to get them to sign a different document,” our secret lawyer told us. “But instead of tricking a kindly old woman into signing her life savings away, Blooper tricked Manny into signing a novelty check. The check looks fake because it does not have a routing number or an account number on it. Also, the San Diego Padres likely do not have their own bank — like the logo on the check suggests. No bank would honor that check.”

So, clearly, Blooper is not a criminal mastermind.

“I don’t think any criminals are dumb enough to be this obvious about things,” he says. It’s not even a particularly common situation, either – happening “only when you have a step-brother who wants to get the parents’ money and doesn’t want his step-sibling to get any money because they have never gotten along. So, they’re going to trick the senile mom into signing a new will or revocable trust that gives everything to the step-brother. That’s where this kind of stuff comes up. You don’t really see fraud in the inducement, as far as I’m aware, in any other context.”

But was there any way that Blooper could have tricked Manny and it would have been legal? Like, what if there was some really small print that Machado didn’t read closely enough?

“No,” our lawyer friend said. “You’d have to try really hard to come up with a situation where this would be an acceptable thing to do. You can’t fool someone into giving you $300 million. If you’re forging checks and tricking people to sign checks in amounts around $300 million, that’s probably the range where the local police, if not the FBI, would be very interested in investigating the situation.”

So, what if the Padres star was furious with the mascot? Could Machado file a civil suit?

“You probably don’t have civil remedies unless [the check is] deposited,” he told us. “You’d need both the depositing bank and Manny’s bank to recognize that as a real check.”

He explained with an example, with the San Diego Padres operating as Manny Machado’s local credit union in this scenario.

“Blooper goes and deposits it at Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo then takes the check to the Padres credit union and the Padres credit union goes, ‘Oh yeah, that’s definitely a real check.’ Then there’d be a civil case. But even if the banks reject it, there’s probably some kind of criminal liability that Blooper is exposing himself to … There could be possible criminal charges brought related to the attempt even if he’s not successful,” our anonymous lawyer said, cautioning that he is not a specialist in criminal law.

If anyone thought that Blooper was really trying to steal $300 million, could he go to jail?

After a long pause and an exasperated sigh, our anonymous lawyer tells us, “Yeah.”

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UBiome's board just tapped a former federal prosecutor to run an internal investigation after the FBI raided the $600 million Silicon Valley startup

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  • A special committee of uBiome’s board is overseeing an investigation into the microbiome-testing company’s billing practices after the FBI raided the startup on April 26. 
  • Business Insider has learned that the investigation is led by Milbank partner George Canellos, who serves as global head of the firm’s litigation and arbitration group. 
  • In a letter to investors sent Wednesday, uBiome’s interim CEO John Rakow revealed that beyond the FBI, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and “several other US and California governmental agencies” were involved in the April 26 search.
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The board of microbiome-testing company uBiome has picked a former federal prosecutor to lead an independent investigation into the company’s billing practies. 

George Canellos a partner in Milbank’s New York office and global head of its litigation and arbitration group, will run the probe, Business Insider has learned. The plan is to gain a better understanding of how the company was operating and bring the results to the government and investors, according to two people familiar with the matter. 

On April 26, the FBI raided uBiome’s headquarters, reportedly over the company’s billing practices. Customer complaints obtained by Business Insider show a pattern of sending patients unexpected bills of up to $3,000 for years.

After the raid, the company placed its founders and co-CEOs, Jessica Richman and Zac Apte, on administrative leave. John Rakow, the company’s general counsel, is acting as the interim CEO, and uBiome has said publicly that it plans to cooperate with investigations and that it has launched its own investigation into its company’s billing practices. The company also suspended sales of two of its products.

Read more: Silicon Valley startup uBiome raised $105 million on the promise of exploring a ‘forgotten organ.’ After an FBI raid, ex-employees say it cut corners in its quest for growth.

Canellos previously worked at the US Securities and Exchange Commission where his roles included co-director of the Division of Enforcement and director of the SEC’s New York regional office. He also spent nine years at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 

UBiome and Canellos didn’t respond to requests for comment.

In a letter to investors sent Wednesday and obtained by Business Insider, Rakow laid out his immediate plans.

Among his top goals is “restoring the company’s credibility, including restoring the integrity of uBiome’s leadership and billing practices,” he wrote.

The letter reveals that beyond the FBI, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and “several other US and California governmental agencies” were involved in the April 26 search.

uBiome has raised $105 million from investors including OS Fund, 8VC, Andreessen Horowitz, and Y Combinator, racking up a $600 million valuation. The company runs lab tests that provide information about the bacteria in your body, called the microbiome. Most of the tests work by having customers use a swab to take a sample of their poop from recently used toilet paper.

Read more: Here’s the letter the $600 million healthcare startup uBiome sent to reassure investors after it was raided by the FBI

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