Stories tagged: fraud
Tue., March 15, 2016, 9:11 a.m.
VW sued by big investors over handling of emissions scandal
Volkswagen’s big institutional investors are suing the automaker for $3.57 billion in damages over its handling of the emissions scandal, which has so far seen the share price fall by …
Fri., March 11, 2016, 5:25 p.m.
Trump University says fraud case can’t be tried without witness
Donald Trump’s lawyers, true to the Republican’s bare-knuckles style, are arguing in a San Diego courtroom that a lawsuit claiming his defunct university was a fraud can’t go forward if …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam
A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies – among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive maker Seagate Technology – into relinquishing tax documents that exposed their workers’ …
Tue., March 8, 2016, 5:56 p.m.
Card dealer ordered to repay disability benefits
A man who collected worker’s compensation benefits while working at new jobs has been ordered to repay more than $27,000 after pleading guilty to two counts of theft Monday.
Tue., March 8, 2016, 4:29 p.m.
Prepaid card users, under scrutiny, find tax refunds frozen
Thousands of people have had their prepaid debit cards frozen when they try to direct their tax refund to their accounts, a result of financial industry efforts to combat an …
Tue., March 8, 2016, 3:15 p.m.
Trump University plaintiff seeks to withdraw from lawsuit
Tarla Makaeff has had enough of Donald Trump after spending six years fighting him in court.
Mon., March 7, 2016, 9:05 a.m.
Rhode Island, Wells Fargo charged with fraud for 38 Studios deal
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday charged Rhode Island’s economic development agency and Wells Fargo with defrauding investors for the state’s disastrous $75 million deal with 38 Studios, …
Fri., March 4, 2016, 3 p.m.
WSU professor accused of fraud collected about 30 federal research grants
A WSU professor had landed about 30 federal research grants; investigators believe he, his brother and sister-in-law spent a chunk of that money on themselves.
Thu., March 3, 2016, 8:02 a.m.
Herbalife overstated growth, cites database errors
Herbalife, the seller of supplements and weight-loss products currently under federal investigation as a potential pyramid scheme, overstated its worldwide growth in 2015.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 12:39 p.m.
Ex-Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon dies in crash, police say
Aubrey McClendon, a natural gas industry titan, was killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a day after he was indicted on a charge of conspiring …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 4:36 p.m.
Chesapeake Energy ex-CEO McClendon indicted
Aubrey McClendon, the former chief executive of Chesapeake Energy Corp., has been indicted for conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.
UPDATED: Tue., March 1, 2016, 12:26 p.m.
Trump University fraud lawsuit can continue, court says
A New York court has refused to throw out a fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump over his former school for real estate investors.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2016, 2:55 p.m.
IRS computer breach may have 700,000 victims, tax officials say
The IRS says the number of taxpayers whose tax information may have been stolen by computer hackers now exceeds 700,000 – more than double the agency’s previous estimate.
Thu., Feb. 25, 2016, 7:18 a.m.
Cops: Pennsylvania honors student was 23-year-old Ukrainian
Police say a central Pennsylvania high school honors student was actually a 23-year-old Ukrainian national using a false identity after his visa expired.
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 12:20 p.m.
HealthCare.gov ‘passive’ on heading off fraud, report says
With billions in taxpayer dollars at stake, the Obama administration has taken a “passive” approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president’s health care law, nonpartisan congressional investigators say in …
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 9:46 a.m.
Texas court clears ex-Gov. Rick Perry of 2nd felony charge
Texas’ highest criminal court tossed the second and final felony charge against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday, likely ending a case the Republican says helped sink his short-lived 2016 …
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 10:50 a.m.
Buyers of pitchman’s bogus weight-loss book to get refunds
Federal authorities are poised to begin compensating customers who purchased a fraudulent weight-loss book from imprisoned infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau.
Tue., Dec. 15, 2015, 4:41 p.m.
Co-conspirator in Spokane Blu-ray scam pleads guilty to fraud
The man who raised money for Erick Hansen, a businessman who rode into Spokane in 2007 with promises of a state-of-the-art Blu-ray facility, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of …
Tue., Nov. 24, 2015, 3:56 p.m.
Plea deal for Pasco alternative energy CEO calls for cooperation, uncertain jail time
Scott C. Johnson, owner and founder of Gen-X Energy Group, may avoid jail time by offering substantial assistance to federal prosecutors probing an alternative energy tax credit scam.
Sun., Nov. 22, 2015, 6:24 p.m.
Renewable fuels company CEO expected to plead guilty to federal charges
Scott C. Johnson, the founder of a Pasco-based biofuel company, faces criminal charges after federal investigators say he bilked the IRS out of more than $9.5 million between 2012 and …
Thu., Nov. 12, 2015
AARP issues warning for holiday fraud
The upcoming holidays and the “traditional season of giving” are a peak time for con artists to target Washington consumers, according to a new survey by AARP Fraud Watch.
UPDATED: Thu., July 23, 2015, 2:38 p.m.
Downtown bar owner indicted on fraud charges
Spokane bar owner Jeremy Tangen has been indicted on four counts of bank fraud after authorities learned he was taking advantage of mortgage relief programs under false pretenses.
Sun., June 14, 2015
Couple lose life savings in sophisticated scam
Marv and Penny Wasser were careful with their money. They saved for their retirement and had only one credit card, which they paid off in full every month. But that …
Sun., June 14, 2015
Scammers’ requests have common theme
The phone rings and it’s your granddaughter, who says she’s been arrested and needs bail money. Or maybe it’s someone claiming to be from the IRS, who says you owe …
Fri., June 12, 2015, 5:32 p.m.
Casino card dealer accused of workers’ comp fraud
State investigators accuse a Spokane card dealer of illegally taking $27,000 in workers’ comp benefits.
Thu., Jan. 22, 2015
Doris Nelson’s Little Loan Shoppe victims get compensation
The first repayments to investors who lost millions to fraudster Doris Nelson began trickling out last month, even as a court-appointed trustee continues to claw back money in legal battles …
Tue., Jan. 13, 2015
BlueStar Technologies’ Hansen pleads not guilty to fraud charges
The man who once promised Spokane’s business leaders and elected officials he’d build a bustling Blu-ray factory downtown pleaded not guilty Monday to a 16-count federal fraud indictment. Clad in …
Mon., Jan. 12, 2015, 9:58 a.m.
Hansen, CEO of Blu-ray company, indicted on fraud charges
Erick Hansen, who promised an economic revival for Spokane by locating a factory producing high-definition home media downtown, faces a 16-count federal criminal indictment alleging fraud.
Wed., Dec. 24, 2014
Valley bank manager admits stealing money
A former Spokane Valley bank manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $92,000 from the Banner Bank branch she oversaw by pilfering cash from the till and writing phony …
Tue., Nov. 4, 2014
Doris Nelson sentenced to nine years in prison for Little Loan Shoppe fraud
A sobbing Doris Nelson apologized Monday to hundreds of people who lost money to an investment scheme she ran for years to support her Little Loan Shoppe online lending business …