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Joseph "Gordo" DeBonis, 55, of Toms River, a senior account clerk, and meter reader William "Billi" Ortiz, 56, of North Brunswick, cost the city roughly $500,000 in their frauds, according to the state Attorney General's Office. They pleaded guilty to official misconduct. "By taking bribes to falsify meter readings ...
BROCKTON — A Whitman man currently serving time in federal prison for tax fraud is now accused of running a widespread insurance fraud scam. ... arrested in August 2016 and charged with wire fraud, misappropriation by a federal fiduciary, making false statements and preparing fraudulent tax returns.

Two women were wearing bikini tops while shopping with a stolen credit at the Boynton Beach Mall, authorities say. Now the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is looking for them in connection to a fraud investigation. The sheriff's office shared a surveillance image of the two women at the mall on April 11.
PETOSKEY — A Petoskey resident and former Northern Michigan Review sales employee was recently charged with a host financial crimes stemming from allegations that she was involved in an extensive fraudulent credit card scheme. Erica Lynn Andersson, 35, of Petoskey is facing one count each of ...
Holiday scams are on the rise. Action Fraud stated that there were 5,826 holiday scams reported in 2016. This is a 19 per cent increase on the year before. A total sum of £7.2 million has been lost on holiday scams which equates to an average loss of £1200 per person. Almost half of fraud victims ...
A Montgomery man has been indicted by a grand jury on seven charges of felony insurance fraud, according to court records. Walter Mark Anderson IV, 48, was indicted on March 30 for seven alleged instances of fraud worth a combined $9,285 between June 2016 and November 2017. Anderson's arrest ...

Henniker police are thanking a local business owner for preventing a scammer from stealing thousands of dollars. An elderly woman came in to the Henniker Pharmacy with an urgent need. She wanted to overnight express $5,000 to New Jersey. Owner Sarah Chapin started asking questions.
The U.S. government is following through on its promise to crack down on initial coin offering scams. On Friday, the SEC announced charges against Raymond Trapani, the third co-founder of Centra Tech Inc., which raised $32 million for a cryptocurrency debit card last year through a flashy ICO endorsed ...
Lance Armstrong has agreed to pay the federal government $5 million to settle fraud allegations that could have resulted in a nearly $100 million penalty. The U.S. Postal Service, which had sponsored the disgraced cyclist's team, argued that Armstrong defrauded taxpayers by accepting millions from the ...
... when it began tracking so-called “business email compromise” scams, “organized crime groups have targeted large and small companies and organizations in every U.S. state and more than 100 countries around the world — from nonprofits and well-known corporations to churches and school systems.”.
For more information about the IRS scam and other tax-related frauds, visit www.aarp.org/FraudWatchNetwork. Consumers who think that they are being targeted by a scammer may call the AARP Fraud Helpline at 877-908-3360 and speak with a volunteer trained in fraud counseling. “The Perfect Scam” ...
Prominent pastor charged with fraud plans to turn himself in: report ... The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week charged Caldwell and Gregory Allen Smith of Shreveport, La., with multiple counts of fraud over a scheme affecting at least 27 mostly elderly investors from 2013 to 2014.
A Shreveport, La., financial planner and the pastor of a Houston megachurch have been indicted on fraud charges, the Shreveport Times reports. According to the indictment, Gregory Alan Smith, of Shreveport and Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, of Houston, allegedly used their influence as the operator and manager ...
ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — Health care fraud is an issue that continues to cause problems despite efforts on many levels to stop it. The owner of a Florida pharmacy was sentenced to 13 years in prison for a health care kickback scheme. U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez of the Middle District of Florida ...
President Donald Trump has gone postal again, tweeting this morning a renewed attack on Amazon for its alleged impact on the U.S. Postal Service, throwing in a jab at the “Fake Washington Post” on top of it. Related · Stephen Colbert, Seeking 'Roseanne's Trump Bump, Calls CNN "Fake News".
The scam is carried out by a criminal who pretends to be a virtual currency service's support representative in order to gain access to a crypto holder's wallet, then transferring all ... Victims of any tech support fraud scams are asked to immediately report the incidents in as much detail as possible to the IC3.
But as these new Medicare cards roll out, seniors need to be aware of a slew of potential scams. Some impostors claiming to be from Medicare are telling seniors that they need a new "temporary card" that can cost up to $50. Con artists also might ask for personal information, including a bank account or ...

Caldwell and Smith both face 20 years in prison for the conspiracy to commit wire fraud count and for the wire fraud counts, according to the prosecutor. They face 10 additional years in prison for the conspiracy to commit money laundering count and the money laundering counts. Caldwell's lawyer Dan ...
Lawmakers want to know why a firm involved in work on Trump's border wall was hired after it had been flagged for potential fraud. ... border wall in California, including whether they knew of the company's connections to a construction firm flagged in a government audit for "many potential fraud indicators.
Police have charged a Lockport woman with petit larceny in connection with an exchange fraud scheme at the South Transit Road Super Walmart store. According to Lockport police, Hephzibah Ware, 48, of Sweetwood Drive entered the store earlier this year, selected a turntable from the electronics ...
Marlene Fitzgerald, 44, was arrested on five felony counts for operating a scam out of Las Vegas. ... Victims of these alleged scams collectively suffered losses of more than $230,000. “Fraudsters will prey on ... “My office will continue its work to deter embezzlement schemes by pursuing justice for victims of fraud and theft.”.
DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver man has acknowledged his role in a tax fraud scheme in which he, his mother and his girlfriend filed false income tax returns while he was in prison. The Denver Post reported Friday that 36-year-old Jaquon Mucsarney, of Aurora, pleaded guilty to felony fraud and ...
The Air New Zealand "50th anniversary" scam is the latest in a spate of phishing scams targeting New Zealanders. Another recent widespread phishing scam was reported by Cert earlier this month. A phishing email was sent to New Zealanders telling the user they had a private message and they needed ...
The narrator of Ariel Lawhon's new novel asks readers on the first page: "Am I truly Anastasia Romanov? A beloved daughter. A revered icon. A Russian grand duchess? Or am I an impostor?" Lawhon's new novel, I Was Anastasia, is a kind of dual biography that imagines the story of what led up to the ...
Montecristo Properties owner Francisco Aguirre was found guilty of defrauding 40 families and was ordered to pay $2 million dollars in restitution to the victims of his real-estate scam. "Aguirre's actions were absolutely despicable," Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a written statement, adding that he ...
Few white-collar defendants have been more reviled than the man known as the Pharma Bro, Martin Shkreli, even before he was convicted on multiple counts of securities fraud. The Atlantic called him “the perfect and very hateable combination of arrogance, youth, and avarice,” after he gained notoriety for ...
A Disney Cruise Lines employee has been sentenced to 15 months in prison in a fraud case that saw him take his family on an extravagant vacation to Walt Disney World, according to federal court records. Renan Dias Da Rocha Gomes, a Brazilian national, was also ordered to pay restitution after pleading ...
Theranos, its CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and its former president Sunny Balwani, have been charged by the SEC with fraud. The agency said Wednesday that Theranos and Holmes have agreed to resolve the charges against them. As part of the resolution, Holmes has to give up majority voting control over ...
“The jury convicted Mr. Wombold of only one count of substantive wire fraud, involving only one customer, and yet the Government has grouped him with far more culpable defendants,” she wrote. “Mr. Wombold's title at Pilot is not reflective of his relative culpability or even his actual authority at Pilot during ...
Theranos Inc. founder and chief executive Elizabeth Holmes surrendered voting control of her blood-testing company, paid a $500,000 penalty and agreed to a 10-year ban from being an officer or director in a public company in settling civil-fraud charges Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange ...
Denver Health's paramedic division has been notified of three attempts to scam local residents in recent days. They say the scammer claims to be a paramedic at the scene of a traffic accident involving a family member of person who answers the phone. The scammer then asks the person who answered ...
Williams said JSO began investigating food stamp fraud in Jacksonville after a task force was created in July 2012. The task force first investigated Jacksonville businesses suspected of taking in large sums of SNAP/EBT benefits in exchange for cash at a rate of 50 cents on the dollar. For example, a SNAP ...
Los Angeles County Sheriff's investigators say that between 2003 and 2014, Gutierrez and Rodriguez prepared fraudulent structural engineering plan set pages, structural observation reports and structural calculation sets in the name of their former employer, Palos Verdes Engineering. Rodriguez had ...
The fraud took place between November 2010 and June 2017, according to the indictment. The Minnesota Commerce Department revoked Mr. Rougier's securities and insurance producer licenses in 2012, after which he formed a company to continue the activities. An investigation conducted by the ...
Leading Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker was called a “liar” and a “fraud” by two rivals as the billionaire businessman's ties to secret offshore shell companies became the focus of the final forum of the campaign Wednesday night. For his part, Pritzker avoided getting into specifics of his financial ...
Pharma felon Martin Shkreli got a dose of reality Friday when a Brooklyn judge slapped him with seven years behind bars for securities fraud. Brooklyn federal court judge Kiyo Matsumoto handed down the sentence to the ever-arrogant 34-year-old after he broke down into tears as he made one last plea ...
A federal jury convicted a Dallas father and son of multiple counts of conspiracy, fraud and identity theft in a nearly $17 million health care scheme that ... They were convicted of defrauding insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas by submitting fraudulent claims on behalf of the Fort Worth-based airline's ...
Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who has been publicly excoriated for sharply increasing the price of a lifesaving HIV drug and derisively referred to as the "Pharma Bro," was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison for defrauding investors in two failed hedge funds and a drug ...
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is warning Nebraskans of a scam that has been reported to NSP. The scam phone call reportedly appears on the would-be victim's phone as coming from the NSP Troop A Office in Omaha. “This scam was reported to us today and we want to make the public aware quickly ...
“I emailed the email address and asked for a shipping date or when could I expect it and that came back undeliverable,” said Molly. “ So then that was my red flag. I called my credit card and told them I think this is a scam. Right away they credited my account and said you won't have to make this payment.”.
Capital One COF, +2.69% on Friday announced a new feature for its credit cards called “virtual numbers.” They are one-time numbers consumers can use while shopping online so they don't have to give their actual Capital One credit-card number to an online retailer. To get the virtual number, card holders ...
Carney's Point, N.J.: Marilyn Crespo, 50, has pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false corporate tax return for tax year 2009, admitting that she signed false returns for shell companies resulting in $286,742 in fraudulent refunds. According to the case documents and statements court, Crespo previously ...
Fraudulent traffic allegations could discourage other brands from advertising on the company's sites. The findings signal that Newsweek and IBT have risky ad inventory, and brands could be wasting ad spend by running campaigns on NMG's properties. Mounting ad fraud concerns bode ill for the overall image of NMG, ...
Martin Shkreli, a former pharmaceutical executive notorious for sharply increasing drug prices, mounting sneering defenses of his actions and even issuing a bounty for one of Hillary Clinton's hairs, was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison after being convicted of fraud last year. Prosecutors had ...
Authorities said the women worked together to commit fraud known as the "Cash Cash Scam," a well-known scheme that has caused significant losses to Walmart nationwide. The scheme involves the suspects tricking cashiers into fraudulently loading pre-paid gift cards. Vestavia Hills police Lt. Steve ...
'Diabolical genius' given 25 years in prison for carrying out massive fraud, trying to flee to Ecuador ... came to a crashing end Tuesday in a federal courtroom in Chicago as Patel was sentenced to 25 years in prison for one of the most brazen swindles in recent memory, a scam that stretched from Orlando to ...
In the first trial, His Honour Judge Sean Morris said: "Mr Hall was a highly manipulative and controlling individual and it was a determined, sophisticated long running fraud. He was a charming man but did not charm the jury. "We live in a computer age, and crime is developing to meet that age. People live ...
On Tuesday afternoon the festival's main organizer, William McFarland, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud related to the festival and to his media company that prosecutors said had cost investors $26 million in losses. He told the judge, Naomi Reice Buchwald, of Federal District Court in Manhattan, ...
Home improvement scams dropped from the riskiest scam in 2016 to 6th riskiest in 2017. Surprisingly, the drop occurred in a year marked by several weather-related disasters, including hurricanes Irma and Harvey. BBB believes this may have been due to a significant increase in information from the ...
A judge has ordered "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli to forfeit more than $7.3 million in assets in his securities fraud case. The order issued Monday would allow the government to go after personal property prosecutors say includes a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album and other valuable collectables owned ...


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