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April 20, 2015

ID Thief Used 74 Aliases

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy arrested Cathryn Parker, 72, last month when she allegedly stated the wrong name during a traffic stop. But, when detectives based in the force's Lancaster station investigated further, they discovered Parker, also known as "Katherine Gonsalves" and "Jan," has employed about 74 different aliases in identity theft crimes committed over the past four years. Read more...

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April 02, 2015

Cheating Atlanta Teachers Jailed

Eleven former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a wide-ranging conspiracy to inflate scores on students' standardized tests. Only one teacher was acquitted of all charges (pictured). The 11 convicted represented teachers, testing coordinators and other administrators who were accused of participating in the conspiracy dating to 2005, motivated by pressure to meet federal and local standards to receive bonuses or keep their jobs in the Atlanta Public Schools district of about 50,000 students. Read more...

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February 27, 2015

Detective Arrested On Fraud Charge

A former Sweetwater detective is on the other side of the law after being arrested on a fraud charge.
Octavio Oliu, 42, was arrested and booked into jail after Police said he "used a stolen Michigan license plate on an unmarked police vehicle and accumulated more than 530 Sun Pass violations." Read more...

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February 12, 2015

'Serial Stowaway' Arrested Again

An obviously disturbed 63-year-old "Serial Stowaway" who has repeatedly been jailed for security transgressions at SFO and other airports has run afoul of the law again, this time with an arrest in Florida. The circumstances of Marilyn Hartman's arrest were unclear, but a spokesman for the Nassau County Sheriff's Office confirmed that she was in custody and was being held on suspicion of identity theft, "swindling or defrauding an innkeeper for more than $300" and trespassing. Local media reports from Florida indicate she may have been using a fake identification card to stay in a luxury resort before being arrested. Read more...



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December 12, 2014

Nurse Steals Patients' IDs

A Florida nurse recorded more than just her patients' blood pressure. An emergency room nurse was charged with taking credit card numbers from 20 patients and using the information to purchase merchandise online. Leslie McHugh, 31, a nurse at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Bradenton, was arrested and charged with criminal use of personal information, fraudulent use of a credit card and a probation violation, online jail records show. Read more...

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Couple Tries to Steal $1 Million Home

A young couple attempted to take over an estate valued over $1 million, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say the couple, Justin and Jenna Dean, removed and replaced the locks and moved into the home located in the 5700 block of County Road 214. The couple filed forged documents and a bogus quit claim deed on the foreclosed property. Investigators discovered their crime when the bank sold the mansion and 200-plus acres of land lawfully to another couple. Read more...




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December 02, 2014

Brothers Charged With Scamming Elderly

Jeff Ogles and his brother Keith are charged with Financial Exploitation of the Elderly after one of the victim's bank contacted authorities. Police said the two brothers went door to door carefully selecting victims by their age and vulnerability and convinced them to pay for repairs to their roof. Margaret Norris, 89, who lives in Morningside told 11 Alive News she knew she had problems with her slate roof and the two men who came to her door were so nice, she couldn't help but trust them. Read more...



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September 12, 2014

Mother and Son Convicted of Forgery

A mother and son who San Francisco prosecutors say lied to the state Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain disabled parking passes have been sentenced to three years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service. 29-year-old Guobin Qin and 50-year-old Qiaoyun Chen were sentenced after pleading guilty to felony forgery. Prosecutors say they filed papers with a doctor's signature claiming they had a lung disease, but the doctor had no record of either of them being a patient. Read more...

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September 02, 2014

Woman Charged in National Scam of Deaf

Westerville police, along with U.S. Secret Service agents, worked for months on a case that is both local and national in scope. The investigation led to the recent indictment of Elaine Katz, 76, who lives in Columbus Colony in Westerville, which caters to people who are blind or have trouble hearing. Read more...

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August 27, 2014

Serial Stowaway Arrested Again

A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights and sentenced to jail for one incident in California has been arrested at a Phoenix airport. Police say 62-year-old Marilyn Jean Hartman was taken into custody near baggage claim at Sky Harbor International Airport on suspicion of criminal trespass. Police are requesting a mental health evaluation for Hartman, who was recently ordered to spend 117 days in jail for violating probation by returning to Los Angeles International Airport. Read more...

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August 18, 2014

Woman Charged in Cancer Scam

A Troy woman is facing charges after trying to scam people for money by falsely claiming she and her son had cancer. 25-year-old Melissa D. Barton was arrested at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport in Springfield. Police say she was on her way to Chicago to appear on the "Dr. Phll" show. Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons says Barton was charged with theft by deception, similar to charges filed against her Aug. 5. Read more...

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August 11, 2014

James Brady's Death Ruled Homicide

Police in Wash., D.C. are investigating the recent death of James Brady, the former White House press secretary who survived a head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, as a homicide. Brady died Monday at a retirement community in Alexandria, Va. He was 73. Officials say a medical examiner's office in Virginia ruled the death a homicide and the D.C. Metro Police have opened a murder investigation. Read more...

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Teen's Abduction Was Fake

Authorities in southeastern Michigan said that an 18-year-old woman falsely claimed that she was abducted and held hostage for 16 hours earlier this week. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office released a statement after Hayley Turner was interviewed for a second time by a detective and an FBI agent. "As a result of that interview," the statement said, "it was determined that the incident did not take place, as originally reported." Read more...

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July 30, 2014

Kendrick's Parents File Another Suit

The parents of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat in his high school gymnasium last January, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local school administrators alleging their negligence led to his death at the hands of one or more other students. This isn't the first lawsuit filed on behalf of Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson in connection with their son's death. Read more...

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July 15, 2014

'Octomom' Pleads in Welfare Case

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman, who became famous in 2009 by giving birth to octuplets, has pleaded no contest to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while accepting public assistance funds. Suleman, 38, entered the plea in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Suleman's attorney, Arthur J. LaCilento, says she was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, two years of probation and ordered to pay a small fine. Read more...

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July 09, 2014

Man Arrested for Impersonating Deputy

An Oregon man impersonated a sheriff's deputy while taking an SUV for a test drive and pulled over a motorcyclist, authorities said. Anthony McGuire, 39, of Salem was arrested after the motorcyclist and two employees from the car lot sensed something was off and called real deputies, Sgt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff's Office said. Read more...

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May 07, 2014

Sophisticated Fraud Scheme Dismantled

The leader of a large-scale fraud ring who profited by helping people establish fake identities—enabling them to charge millions of dollars on credit cards they had no intention of paying off—was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to the charges against him. The fraud carried out by New Jersey resident Sang-Hyun "Jimmy" Park was sophisticated and also brazen. He actively recruited scores of participants by placing ads that promised easy credit and easy money in Korean-language newspapers. Read more...

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April 28, 2014

Woman Falsified 1,300 Mammograms

Rachael Rapraeger, pleaded guilty earlier this month to 10 misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and one felony charge of computer forgery. She was sentenced to serve up to six months in a detention center, to serve 10 years on probation during which she can't work in the health care field and to pay a $12,500 fine. Read more...




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April 25, 2014

Man Who Faked Death Is Sentenced

A man who enlisted his son to falsely report that his father had drowned at Jones Beach as part of an insurance fraud scam - and who was later convicted of unrelated charges that he posed as a police officer to accost a woman on a suburban street - was sentenced to up to seven years in prison. Raymond Roth apologized before he was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in Nassau County Court, on Long Island. Read more...

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April 23, 2014

Mummified Remains Identified

Almost four months after a man's mummified remains were found inside a Lexington storage unit, police have arrested the man's daughter for allegedly stealing his Social Security checks. Police discovered the remains of Luther Broughton on Jan. 8, though identifying the body took some time. On April 10, U.S. marshals arrested 49-year-old Judith Maria Broughton in Terlingua, Texas, in Brewster County. Read more...

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April 17, 2014

Beware of Fake USPS Email

Consumers are being warned of a new scam that involves the use of email that appears to be from the U.S. Postal Service that is actually an attempt at identity theft. Scammers are using the fake USPS email messages to try to steal the recipient's personal information. Read more...

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February 20, 2014

Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

Barbour County Sheriff John Hawkins resigned and pleaded guilty to a federal charge that he staged an automobile accident to receive an insurance payment of nearly $8,300. The 47-year-old Philippi resident entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Elkins to a mail fraud charge. Read more...

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February 18, 2014

Two Charged in Food Stamp Fraud

Dallas convenience store owner Kamardeen Ogunleye and manager Robert Gordon have been charged with running a food stamp scam costing taxpayers $1.9 million. The scheme, laid out in an indictment unsealed on Friday, alleges that Ogunleye and Gordon bought food stamps by paying welfare recipients 50% of the cash value of their benefits before depositing the redeemed full value in Ogunleye's bank accounts. The food stamp fraud allegedly took place from March 2010 to September 2013. Read more...

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February 07, 2014

New Charge for 'Octomom' in Welfare Fraud

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman was charged with a fourth count of welfare fraud after prosecutors said they discovered she wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state. When the 38-year-old mother of 14 children was charged last month with three counts of fraud, authorities said she didn't disclose about $30,000 in earnings from videos and personal appearances when she applied for welfare last year. Read more...

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January 14, 2014

'Octomom' Charged Over Earnings

Octuplets mom Nadya Suleman faces welfare fraud charges as she's accused of not reporting money earned as a topless dancer and adult film actress. "While applying for public aid, the mother of 14 children allegedly failed to disclose that she was also getting checks for personal appearances and residuals from videos," said a news release from Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Read more...

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January 02, 2014

Missing Bank Director Captured

A south Georgia bank director accused of losing millions of investor dollars before vanishing last year has been arrested. The U.S. attorney's office in Savannah says 47-year-old Aubrey Lee Price was arrested during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Brunswick by members of the Glynn County Sheriff's Department. Price disappeared in June 2012 after sending a rambling confession letter to his family and investors saying he planned to drown himself off the Florida coast. Read more...

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December 30, 2013

Teens Arrested for Posing as Cops

Authorities are asking for the public's help in gathering additional evidence against a group of teenagers who allegedly posed as Temecula police officers while staging pranks against their unsuspecting victims. The first report to police involved two separate incidents on the evening of Dec. 23, but the pranksters may have been involved in other similar acts, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Read more...




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December 20, 2013

4 Charged in Bogus Prison Release

A Florida man is charged with helping his brother's killer and another murderer escape from prison with bogus court documents. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said that Willie Slater Jr., of Orlando, was part of the scheme that helped Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker walk out of a Panhandle prison this fall using fake release orders. Walker was serving a life sentence for murdering Slater's brother. Read more...




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December 05, 2013

Lawyer Convicted in $800 Million Fraud Case

A South Florida attorney has been convicted for his role in an $800 million insurance fraud scheme involving investments in death benefits. A jury convicted 64-year-old Anthony Livoti Jr. of money laundering and fraud conspiracy in the Mutual Benefits Corp. case. Livoti was acquitted of several other counts but still faces decades in prison because of the fraud's size. Read more...

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November 21, 2013

Kidnapping a Hoax, Woman Arrested

A woman who last week told police she was kidnapped, doused with bleach, sexually assaulted and locked in the trunk of her car was charged with filing a false police report. Delisha Lashae Thomas, 27, was arrested after a Georgetown police detective re-created her whereabouts for the two days she said she was kidnapped by using cell phone records, store receipts and security video footage, according to a news release. Read more...

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November 15, 2013

Psychic Gets Prison in 6-Figure Scam Case

A New York City psychic convicted of conning tens of thousands of dollars from clients was sentenced Thursday to 5 to 15 years in prison. Sylvia Mitchell must pay restitution to two victims following her grand larceny conviction last month. The case debated the line between selling an unusual service and exploiting people's longing to change their lives. Read more...

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November 13, 2013

Ponzi Schemer's Wife Sentenced

The wife of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for trying to hide $1 million in jewelry from federal agents. A Fort Lauderdale federal judge imposed the sentence on 39-year-old Kim Rothstein. She had faced a maximum of five years behind bars, but prosecutors asked for leniency because of her cooperation. Her defense lawyer says Scott Rothstein bears some blame for his wife's attempt to sell jewelry investigators sought to confiscate. Read more...

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November 01, 2013

Fake Cancer Mom Arrested

A central Ohio woman accused of faking a cancer diagnosis for her 4-year-old son has been indicted on felony charges of child endangerment and theft. Authorities allege 31-year-old Emily Creno, of Utica, shaved her son's head in a scheme that convinced him and others he was dying and bilked people out of donations. Read more...

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September 12, 2013

Woman Charged With Faking Son's Cancer

A Licking County woman was arrested and charged with faking her son's cancer earlier this year in an attempt to bilk cash and goods from unwitting donors. Emily Creno, 31, of Utica, was charged with one count of endangering children, a third-degree felony. Police say that between November and May, she fabricated a tale on a number of websites that her then-4-year-old son was battling cancer. Read more...

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August 29, 2013

Zimmerman's Wife Pleads Guilty to Perjury

Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of George Zimmerman -- who was acquitted of second-degree murder in Trayvon Martin's death -- pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of perjury. She will be placed on probation for one year, is required to perform 100 hours of community service, and must pay court costs. She also must file a letter of apology within 30 days to Judge Kenneth Lester, who presided over her husband's case at the time the perjury was committed. Prosecutors said Shellie Zimmerman lied when she told Lester during an April 2012 bond hearing for her husband that the family was indigent. In fact, they argue, George Zimmerman actually had about $135,000 at the time. Read more...

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July 30, 2013

Reality Star, Husband Charged With Fraud

A reality television star known for living lavishly, Teresa Giudice of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" found that her increasing fame was not enough to provide for her spending habits. In 2009, she and her husband filed for bankruptcy. Federal prosecutors charged the couple with mail and wire fraud, contending that they lied on their bankruptcy filings — as well as on numerous other bank documents and loan applications beginning more than a decade ago, according to a 39-count indictment in Federal District Court in New Jersey. Read more...

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May 15, 2013

Con Man Billie Sol Estes Dies

Texas con man Billie Sol Estes, the colorful 1960s swindler whose case became a national sensation, has died. He was 88. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deed says Estes was found dead in his home by a caregiver early Tuesday. Estes' name was synonymous with Texas-sized schemes, greed and corruption. He became notorious in 1962, when he was accused of looting a federal crop subsidy program in a scam involving phony financial statements and non-existent fertilizer tanks. Several lower level agriculture officials resigned. Read more...

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May 04, 2013

Pleas Entered in Atlanta Cheating Case

A not guilty plea was entered Friday on behalf of Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools who is charged in a broad conspiracy alleging educators cheated on standardized tests to mask poor student performance for personal gain. Hall was among several former Atlanta educators who appeared in Fulton County Superior Court. Hall sat quietly in the gallery, standing up as her attorney J. Tom Morgan said she would waive a formal reading of the charges. The court then entered a not guilty plea on her behalf, and she left the courthouse without speaking to reporters. Read more...

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April 17, 2013

Former UGA Football Coach Charged

Federal prosecutors have charged former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan and a business partner with operating a Ponzi scheme. U.S. District Attorney Michael J. Moore in Macon announced the 85-count indictment. The indictment says Donnan and Gregory L. Crabtree of Proctorville, Ohio, ran the scheme between 2008 and 2010. Read more...

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April 12, 2013

Jeremiah Wright's Daughter Indicted

The daughter of President Barack Obama's former pastor was indicted on charges of money laundering and lying to the feds. Jeri L. Wright, daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is accused of participating in a fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans and her husband involving a $1.25 million state grant, the station says. Jeri Wright, 47, of Hazel Crest, Ill., is charged with two counts of money laundering, two counts of making false statements to federal law enforcement officers and seven counts of giving false testimony before a grand jury. Read more...

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March 30, 2013

Atlanta Educators Indicted for Cheating

A grand jury has indicted about three dozen educators in a standardized test cheating scandal that rocked Atlanta's public school system. The cheating scandal was one of the largest in the nation. A state investigation in 2011 found cheating on standardized tests by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Investigators say educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Investigators say teachers who tried to report the cheating faced retaliation, creating a culture of "fear and intimidation." in the district. Read more...

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March 28, 2013

Super Bowl Ticket Scam Suspect Arrested

They may have lost the Super Bowl, but at least San Francisco 49ers fans can now relish the fact that police in Florida have arrested a Baltimore Ravens "fan" who scammed and taunted Niners faithful out of $5,900 for tickets to the big game. Alameda County authorities said they have solved a case that gained national attention after this newspaper reported the scam before last month's Super Bowl. Read more...

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March 26, 2013

'Total Identity' Thief Gets 18 Months

An illegal immigrant accused of assuming a Texas teacher's persona has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Benita Cardona-Gonzalez pleaded guilty in January to possessing fraudulent identification documents in a deal with prosecutors. The Mexican national has been living in Topeka. Monday's sentencing was the first time Candida Gutierrez, the Houston elementary school teacher who was the victim in the case, saw Cardona-Gonzalez. The case put a face on the growing crime of "total identity theft" in the U.S. Read more...

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February 22, 2013

Finger Chili Lady Faces New Allegations

A Northern California woman convicted of planting a severed finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili has been arrested again after police say she made up another tale, this one about a shooting involving her son. Anna Ayala, the so-called Chili Finger Lady, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony and filing a false police report. Authorities say she told officers that her son, Guadalupe Reyes, had been shot in the ankle by two unknown people and gave them a detailed description of the assailants. They say she later acknowledged that Reyes had shot himself. Read more...

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January 22, 2013

Family Caught in Phone 'Cramming' Case

A Montana family and their accountant are accused of tacking $70 million in bogus charges onto customer phone bills nationwide, then funneling some of that money through a religious organization to buy land and pay for the husband's legal bills. Steven Sann, his wife Terry, son Nathan and accountant Robert Braach run a maze of nine companies engaged in "cramming, " or adding unauthorized charges to a customer's phone bill, according to a civil complaint filed this month by the Federal Trade Commission. Read more...

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January 19, 2013

Ex-Mayor Nagin Charged With Bribery

More than a decade ago, Ray Nagin was elected mayor of New Orleans on a vow to root out corruption in a city plagued by decades of it. On Friday, the former mayor was indicted on charges he lined his pockets with bribe money, payoffs and gratuities while the chronically poor city struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina's punishing blow. The federal indictment alleges that city contractors paid Nagin more than $200,000 in bribes and subsidized his trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and other places in exchange for his help securing millions of dollars in work for the city. Read more...

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December 21, 2012

Madoff's Brother Gets 10 Years

The younger brother of Bernard Madoff will serve 10 years in prison for his role in his brother's Ponzi scheme that stole billions of dollars from investors, a U.S. judge said. Peter Madoff, 67, pleaded guilty in June to criminal charges including conspiracy to commit securities fraud for falsifying the books and records of the investment advisory company founded by his brother. U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain adopted prosecutors' recommendations and sentenced Madoff to 10 years in prison. She also ordered him to forfeit what she called a "draconian" $143.1 billion, which she said would seal his "financial ruination." Read more...

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December 18, 2012

Pastor Pleads Guilty to Medicare Fraud

A Carson pastor pleaded guilty to submitting more than $11 million in Medicare reimbursement through fraudulent clinics and by promising patients expensive equipment, according to the Department of Justice. Charles Agbu, 58, of Carson, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and one count of money laundering in U.S. District Court. Agbu, a pastor at Pilgrim Congregational Church, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine when he is sentenced in May. Read more...

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November 15, 2012

Brothers Charged in Lottery Scam

Two brothers who waited six years to claim a $5 million New York scratch-off lottery prize have been charged with scamming the ticket off the real winner. Andy N. Ashkar, 34, of Camillus, and Nayel N. Ashkar, 36, of Cicero, were arrested, accused of conspiring to falsely claim the big prize as their own, authorities announced. The real winner bought the ticket at the Green Ale Market, a convenience store in Syracuse owned by the Ashkars' parents, in October 2006 -- only to be swindled out of it shortly thereafter. Read more...

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November 09, 2012

Two Charged in Stevie Wonder Concert Scam

A North Carolina man has been indicted on federal charges for allegedly scamming the University of Hawaii out of $200,000 to organize a Stevie Wonder concert that never happened, prosecutors announced. A grand jury returned an indictment against 44-year-old Marc Hubbard on Wednesday on a charge of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni said during a news conference in Honolulu. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Read more...

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September 27, 2012

Woman Sentenced After Faking Cancer

A Phoenix woman who pretended to have cancer in order to raise money for breast implants has been sentenced to a year in jail and three years of probation. Court spokesman Kelly Vail says 27-year-old Jami Lynn Toler was sentenced this week after she pleaded guilty in August to a theft charge in a plea agreement. Authorities say Toler helped organize fundraisers and collected more than $8,000 beginning last September. Medical records obtained by Mesa police show she didn't have cancer and paid a plastic surgeon with the cash. Read more...

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September 20, 2012

Fourteen Arrested in Identity Theft Ring

Fourteen people were arrested and charged with operating a long-running U.S. identity theft ring that filed thousands of fraudulent federal income tax returns to claim $65 million in illegal refunds, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey. The ring allegedly obtained Social Security numbers and other identifying information from Puerto Rican citizens. They used that to file more than 8,000 returns, then obtained the refund checks and either sold them or cashed them, the office said. Read more...

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September 01, 2012

Woman's 'Loans' Cost Friends $730,000

Investigators say an Iowa woman swindled friends, family and co-workers out of $730,000 by sending sweet, handwritten notes asking for loans to buy her husband a surprise for his birthday or their anniversary. A federal indictment says 60-year-old Beverly De Ronde of Pella would claim she wanted to buy tools or equipment while there was a sale. She promised to repay the loans soon and thanked her lenders profusely for making her husband's dreams come true. Read more...

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August 22, 2012

Woman Sentenced in Global Computer Hacking Ploy

A 45-year-old woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for participating in what the U.S. Attorney's office said was a sophisticated computer hacking and ATM cash out scheme. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones sentenced Sonya Martin for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Authorities said she was from Nigeria and Chicago. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the charges stemmed from a scheme where hackers obtained access into the computer network of a payment processor located in Atlanta. After compromising the system, the hackers managed to withdraw more than $9 million from more than 2,100 ATMs in at least 280 cities around the world, Yates said. Read more...

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August 17, 2012

Coach Jim Donnan Charged With Ponzi Scheme

College football Hall of Fame coach Jim Donnan has been hit with fraud charges by federal regulators who allege that he and business partner Gregory Crabtree ran an $80 million Ponzi scheme. According to a complaint filed by the the Securities and Exchange Commission in Atlanta, the two convinced 100 investors that their GLC limited was a wholesale liquidation business that would earn 50 percent to 380 percent returns by buying "leftover" merchandise from retailers and selling them to discount retailers. Read more...

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August 14, 2012

Mom and Son Arrested for $2 Million Toy Scam

A mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they bought at Toys R Us stores across the U.S., authorities say. Broward County Sheriff's deputies say Michael and Margaret Pollara then sold the big-ticket items online, according to an arrest affidavit. Read more...

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August 08, 2012

Son Charged in Father's Disappearance Scam

A man who reported his father missing at a New York beach faces charges that include conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. Jonathan Roth was arraigned Tuesday on Long Island. His girlfriend said outside court that he's innocent and cannot afford his bail. It's $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. His father, Raymond Roth, vanished on July 28. The massive air and water search cost tens of thousands of dollars. Read more...

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July 20, 2012

Mom Arrested For Hacking School Computers

A Pennsylvania mom faces six felony charges for allegedly hacking into her children's school computer to change their grades and read school officials' emails. Catherine Venusto, 45, of New Tripoli, worked for the Northwestern Lehigh School District from 2008 through April 2011 and has at least two children in the district, according to the District Attorney's office. She has been accused of changing her daughter's failing grade from an F to an M for "medical" in June 2010, and then changing her son's 98 to a 99 in February 2012, nearly a year after she quit her job as an administrative office secretary to work at another school district. Read more...

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July 14, 2012

3 Arrested in Massive Counterfeit Coupon Ring

Phoenix police have arrested three women believed to be involved in the largest counterfeit coupon scam in U.S. history. The Phoenix Police Department, aided by the Coupon Information Corporation and some of the at least 40 wronged manufacturers, conducted an investigation to end the scam that police say has been operating for at least four years. The investigation led them to Phoenix, where the properties of Robin Ramirez, Amiko Fountain, and Marilyn Johnson were raided. Read more...

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June 29, 2012

Author Gets 12 1/2 Years for Defrauding Women

A judge has sentenced a Georgia author of a fantasy trilogy to 12 1/2 years in prison for bilking women out of millions of dollars. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says the 61-year-old Mitchell Gross was sentenced for wire fraud and money laundering charges related to the scheme. Gross was charged last year with scamming a Florida real estate agent he met through an online Jewish dating site into investing about $3 million in a sham company that he secretly controlled. They say he used some of the money to repay another woman who he had bilked out of at least $1.5 million. Read more...

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June 26, 2012

Dating Service Sued Over Background Checks

A New Jersey dating service's allegedly botched background checks led to a woman's date with a man who had multiple drunken-driving convictions and a warrant out for his arrest, a lawsuit claims. Jeanne McCarthy, 64, is suing the Lawrenceville, N.J., branch of a dating service called Two of Us, The Trentonian reports. McCarthy says she paid $7,000 to be matched with a man aged 58 to 67 with an active lifestyle. But the date McCarthy ended up with didn't meet her criteria -- just one of several examples of deceit that she's alleging in her lawsuit. Read more...

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June 15, 2012

Shasta's Dad Sues Over Donations

The father of two children who were kidnapped by registered sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III in Idaho is suing his sister-in-law who set up a bank account for donations to benefit the two siblings. Steven Groene filed suit against Brandy M. Hoagland, the aunt of Shasta and Dylan Groene, who were kidnapped in May 2005. Shasta was rescued after she and Duncan were recognized in a Coeur d"Alene restaurant two months later, but Dylan was killed by Duncan at a remote Montana campsite. Read more...

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Klansman Gave Black Inmate 40 Acres?

A black man says Edgar Ray Killen, a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader imprisoned for the 1960s deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, gave him power of attorney and land rights when they shared a penitentiary cell. But Killen's lawyer said the former inmate, James Stern, had no right to the property and Killen denies signing anything over to the man. Stern said at a news conference that Killen had given him power of attorney while they were in prison and he has taken control of 40 acres of Killen's land. Read more...

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June 13, 2012

Zimmerman's Wife Charged With Perjury

The wife of George Zimmerman, the accused killer in the Trayvon Martin case, has been arrested and is being charged with perjury for lying to a judge about the couple's finances during his bond hearing, authorities say. An order issued by assistant state attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman for knowingly making false statements during the April hearing. According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, deputies were alerted by prosecutors that a warrant had been issued for Shellie Zimmerman, 25. Read more...

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May 24, 2012

Bride Who Faked Cancer Sentenced to Time Served

An upstate New York woman who faked having cancer so donors would pay for her wedding and Caribbean honeymoon was sentenced to the nearly two months she has already served in jail for duping individuals and businesses out of more than $13,000. Jessica Vega, who apologized in court for the scam, was expected to be released later in the day from the county jail where she has been held since April 25. A prosecutor said she has paid back more than $13,368, with nine victims getting checks ranging from $500 to $3,700. Read more...

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May 01, 2012

Woman Gets 7 Years for Adoption Scam

A Missouri woman will spend 7 years behind bars after admitting to swindling 23 couples in an adoption scam, Fox 4 reports. 35-year-old Roxanne Janel Jones admitted to running a scam where she would pretend to be pregnant, contact adoption agencies and ask to be set up with couples looking to adopt. Jones then would ask the couples to provide her with living expenses such as rent, according to Fox 4. She admitted in a guilty plea that she scammed 23 couples, from Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia, California, Tennessee and Massachusetts. She also admitted to scamming five adoption agencies. Read more...

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March 30, 2012

Police Investigate Backyard Burial

For months, her friends and daughter kept asking where Barbara Scott's husband was. At first, she said he was back home in Oklahoma, but police reportedly dug up the truth in the backyard of their Tampa Bay home. The man, Benny Scott, was buried in the garden of the couple's Lake Alfred home beneath the oregano, basil and banana peppers. "It's very suspicious to say the least," Jim Elensky, a captian at the Polk County Sheriff's Office, said. Read more...

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March 27, 2012

Trayvon Martin's Mom Files Trademark Papers

The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has filed papers seeking to trademark two slogans based on his name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filings by Sybrina Fulton are for the sayings "I Am Trayvon" and "Justice For Trayvon." The applications were filed last week. The applications say the trademarks could be used for such things as DVDs and CDs. Attorneys who filed the papers did not immediately respond Monday to emails seeking comment. Read more...

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March 08, 2012

Woman Kept Dad's Body in Ice Chest

A Louisiana woman apparently kept her father's severed body in an ice chest at her apartment for at least two years as she collected his Social Security check, police said. At some point, she cut off his hands so that identifying him would be difficult, authorities said, but she never dumped his body as she had planned. The woman and her roommate recently went to police to tell their story after deputies came to the apartment when they wouldn't let maintenance workers inside the home. Read more...

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February 29, 2012

Woman Fined for Faking Cancer, Raising Money

A suburban Richmond woman was fined $100 after admitting she faked cancer to raise money. Martha Ann Nicholas pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of obtaining money by false pretenses. Besides the fine, she was ordered by a judge to not take part in any charitable causes and placed on five years' probation. Read more...

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