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UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 8:25 p.m.

SEC charges Volkswagen, former CEO with defrauding investors

The SEC said that between April 2014 and May 2015, Volkswagen issued more than $13 billion in bonds and asset-backed securities in U.S. markets when senior executives knew that more …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 11:10 p.m.

Investigation in mail theft, fraud checks leads to two arrests

Spokane County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested two individuals Thursday on allegations they stole mail from 20 or more victims and attempted to use fake checks in local banks.


Witness alleging ballot fraud in congressional race arrested

One of more than a dozen witnesses alleging ballot misconduct in the nation’s last undecided congressional election now faces drug and weapons charges.


Put credit repair on New Year’s resolution list

Credit fraud and credit repair, although not on the same level of loss and anxiety, are two separate challenges – report and repair.


German journalist in scandal says he didn’t use donor money

Lawyers for a German journalist found to have fabricated information for numerous articles said Thursday that he denies having used for himself donations given by readers to help nonexistent Syrian …


FBI: ‘Money mules’ a growing target in online fraud schemes

The email caught the executive at a small company by surprise one morning in 2016. The company’s owner, or so he thought, was requesting a money transfer to pay for …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Police seeking help identifying fraud, identity theft suspect

Police are asking for help to identify a woman who is suspected of identify theft and fraud.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Spokane businessman acquitted of fraud charge in lottery winnings case

Scott K. Brett, of Spokane, was found not guilty of wire fraud Friday by a jury in Richland. He was indicted two years ago on a charge of misappropriating nearly …


Couple, homeless man charged in charitable scam

A feel-good tale of a homeless man using his last $20 to help a stranded New Jersey woman buy gas was actually a complete lie, manufactured to get strangers to …


15 years for Washington man who stole $12.7M from investors

A Washington state man who served nearly three years in federal prison for an $800,000 fraud – only to steal $12.7 million in a different scam after his release – …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 4:59 p.m.

Michael Cohen pleads guilty, implicates Trump in hush-money scheme

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to campaign-finance violations and other charges, saying Trump directed him to arrange the payment of hush money …


Ex-Skagit County sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty to fraud

A former Skagit County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole money from a fund for police dog training.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Prosecutors to rest case at Manafort financial fraud trial

After three days of dramatic and sometimes salacious testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort, prosecutors returned to the nuts and bolts of their case against the former Trump campaign …



Puyallup woman pleads guilty to defrauding $290K from Costco

A Washington state woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $290,000 from a Costco warehouse over five years.


Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes charged with criminal fraud

Federal prosecutors indicted Elizabeth Holmes on criminal fraud charges for allegedly defrauding investors, doctors and the public as the head of the once-heralded blood-testing startup Theranos. Federal prosecutors also brought …


Regulator found 20,000 bad accounts at major banks. We still don’t know which ones

The nation’s top bank regulator told members of Congress on Wednesday that his agency found about 20,000 accounts that may have been opened without customers’ authorization or had other problems …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Rachel Dolezal charged with welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal – now Nkechi Diallo after legally changing her name in 2016 – is accused of illegally receiving $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance in …


Man said Hooters sign fell on his foot; video said otherwise

A Florida man said the letter “o” from a Hooters sign blew off the wall and landed on his foot, leaving him with injuries, but surveillance video said otherwise.


Former South Africa president Jacob Zuma to be prosecuted

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face old charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering, prosecutors announced Friday, deepening the legal woes of a leader whose tenure was marked …


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Holmes surrenders Theranos, pays $500K after ‘massive fraud’

Elizabeth Holmes, a Stanford University dropout once billed as the “next Steve Jobs,” has forfeited control of Theranos, the blood-testing startup she founded, and will pay $500,000 to settle charges …


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Spokane businessman wins new trial in lottery winnings fraud case

Scott K. Brett had his guilty plea on a charge of wire fraud thrown out by a federal judge in November. Brett, who faces charges he swindled a widowed lottery …


$25M deal over Trump University fraud lawsuits moves forward

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an agreement requiring President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits accusing his now-defunct Trump University of fraud.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 21, 2018, 10:19 a.m.

Seattle woman who defrauded public assistance of $320K sentenced

Federal officials say a Seattle woman who defrauded public assistance programs of more than $320,000 has been sentenced to three years of probation.


Man accused of fraudulent return scheme targeting regional Walmart stores

Clarkston police officers arrested a 42-year-old Washington man who is accused of being involved in a fraudulent scheme to return stolen items at regional Walmart stores, allegedly making off with …


Prosecutors seek higher restitution in dentist fraud case

Federal prosecutors are seeking higher restitution from a western Idaho woman who authorities say performed work as a dentist and billed insurance companies despite being licensed as a dental hygienist.


Defense: Doc’s $100 million Medicare fraud cost just $64,000

A politically connected Florida eye doctor convicted of a $100 million Medicare fraud actually cost the government just $64,000 in illegitimate payments, his defenders argued Thursday in an effort to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:35 p.m.

Nabbed at a Pizza Hut, fugitive lawyer returns to justice

A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago before facing a prison sentence for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case has been captured in Honduras …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 8:58 p.m.

Officials: Lawyer wanted for fraud captured in Honduras

A fugitive Kentucky lawyer who disappeared six months ago before facing a prison sentence for his central role in a massive Social Security fraud case has been captured in Honduras …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, 9:36 a.m.

Ex-Postal worker sentenced in compensation fraud case

A former U.S. Postal Service worker has been sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $900,000 in restitution for fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.