Stories tagged: fraud
Tue., April 25, 2017, 8:34 a.m.
Wells Fargo faces shareholders, protesters at annual meeting
Wells Fargo’s top management and board of directors apologized to investors and faced a series of protesters Tuesday at the first big shareholder meeting since a scandal over sales practices …
UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 4:25 p.m.
Russian man in Seattle sentenced to 27 years in hacking case
The son of a member of the Russian Parliament was sentenced Friday to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $170 million after being convicted in Seattle of …
Tue., April 18, 2017, 5:33 a.m.
Wells Fargo CEO, chairman buy $5 million of stock after review
Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan and Chairman Stephen Sanger bought more than $5 million of the company’s stock a week after the board published a report …
Mon., April 17, 2017, 9:54 a.m.
Idaho sues man accused of defrauding investors
The Idaho Department of Finance is suing a man who raised more than $2 million from investors for allegedly violating state securities laws.
Mon., April 10, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
Property crime accomplice receives maximum sentence
A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his part in scamming $265,000 from a California moving company.
Fri., April 7, 2017, 7:33 p.m.
Spokane man leaps through second story window in failed attempt to escape deputies
A man was hospitalized Thursday after he jumped out a second story window in order to escape deputies trying to arrest him on multiple forgery and identity theft charges.
Tue., April 4, 2017, 8:47 a.m.
Kennewick lawyer accused of stealing $263,000 from clients
A Kennewick attorney has been charged with stealing nearly $263,000 in clients’ money instead of applying the payments toward their owed back taxes.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 10:36 a.m.
Judge approves $25 million Trump University settlement
A judge on Friday approved an agreement for President Donald Trump to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University, ending nearly seven years of legal battles …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 12:55 p.m.
Former South Korean president Park arrested in corruption probe
Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was arrested early Friday so she could be questioned further over the corruption scandal that forced her from office just three weeks before.
UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 12:09 a.m.
Spokane police move away from assigning investigators exclusively to fraud cases
Fraud cases are now being assigned at the precinct level, rather than to a dedicated fraud unit of detectives, in the Spokane Police Department, a gradual shift that began five …
Thu., March 23, 2017, 9:38 a.m.
Two Bend teens arrested for allegedly selling fake gold bars
Police have arrested two teenagers in Central Oregon for allegedly selling fake gold bars to unsuspecting adults in the past year.
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 5:45 p.m.
U.S. probe of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort extends to Cyprus
U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his …
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 3:11 p.m.
Ukraine lawmaker: Manafort tried to hide $750,000 payment
A Ukrainian lawmaker on Tuesday released a document that he said links Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to attempts to hide a $750,000 payment from a pro-Russia political …
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 9:11 a.m.
Miles City man convicted in house-flipping scam
A Miles City man has been convicted embezzling $1.9 million from people who invested in his “house flipping” company.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 7:34 a.m.
French emissions probe clears Opel, but other automakers accused of fraud
French investigators say they have found evidence of possible emissions fraud in Fiat, Renault, Peugeot-Citroen and Volkswagen cars sold in France, but have found no proof of fraud in Opel …
Tue., March 7, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Newlywed ‘Duke of Dunsmuir Downes’ appears to be a fraud
It all sounded like such a beautiful, romantic story. Several weeks earlier in Coeur d’Alene, Ethel Haller of Spokane married Captain W.W. MacKenzie, the Duke of Dunsmuir Downes in Scotland. …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: 4 found guilty of fraud in sensational white-collar trial
Four men were found guilty of “fraudulent use of the mails” in a sensational white-collar crime trial in Spokane. A jury found that the four men operated several companies, including …
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 1:24 p.m.
Renton man sentenced in green energy scam
77-year-old Renton man has been sentenced to nearly nine years in prison for his role in helping a green energy company defraud the government of $9.5 million.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Sen. Warren asks why Wells Fargo complaint website vanished under Trump administration
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants the acting Labor secretary to explain why a website for complaints from Wells Fargo & Co. employees disappeared after President Donald Trump took office, and she …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 7:33 a.m.
Montana woman admits to taking $1.5M in pyramid scheme case
A northwestern Montana woman charged with operating a Ponzi scheme that scammed dozens of investors out of more than $1.5 million has changed her plea in the case.
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 5:39 p.m.
Hanford contractor agrees to pay $5.3 million to settle timecard fraud
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that a contractor has agreed to pay $5.3 million to settle allegations that it knowingly bilked the government through a time-card scheme that …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 12:42 p.m.
Trump pays $25 million to settle Trump University cases
President-elect Donald Trump has paid $25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signaling that a judge’s approval of a settlement agreement remains on track for March …
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Man claims woman he planned to wed already was married and defrauded him
In a “most unusual” case, a man claimed that a woman who he planned to marry already was married and defrauded him.
Sat., Dec. 31, 2016, 7:54 p.m.
U.S. issuing new rules to curb illegal fishing, seafood fraud
The Obama administration is issuing new rules it says will crack down on illegal fishing and seafood fraud by preventing unverifiable fish products from entering the U.S. market.
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 5:02 p.m.
Trump defends foundation, ignores legal controversy surrounding it
President-elect Donald J. Trump took to Twitter on Sunday night to defend the charitable foundation he has pledged to close, saying the media had not given him enough credit for …
Tue., Dec. 27, 2016, 7:26 a.m.
N.Y. AG says Trump can’t dissolve foundation yet
The New York State attorney general’s office says Donald Trump must freeze his plan to dismantle his charitable foundation because state prosecutors are probing whether the president-elect personally benefited from …
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 10:57 a.m.
Trump University settlement filed for judge’s review
Lawyers for Donald Trump and former students of his now-defunct Trump University filed an agreement in court to settle lawsuits alleging that the president-elect defrauded them, signaling that a deal …
Fri., Dec. 16, 2016
100 years ago in Inland Northwest: Under pressure from Wobblies, companies agree to plan to improve logging camps
From our archive, 100 years ago The region’s logging operators, 36 companies in all, were nearing agreement on a plan to make life easier for the men and women in …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
BBQ food cart chef faces prison term for $3 million theft
A Portland food cart proprietor is facing more than three years in prison for actions taken before he reinvented himself as an acclaimed barbecue chef.
Wed., Dec. 14, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Spokane Valley-based Monaco Enterprises settles government-overbilling lawsuit for $5 million
Spokane Valley-based Monaco Enterprises Inc. will pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the company siphoned millions of dollars from the federal government by overbilling or billing for services …