Stories tagged: fraud
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 10:16 a.m.
British firm billed U.S. for cars, pay to ‘significant others’
A British company hired to train Afghan intelligence officers billed the U.S. government for high-end cars, including Porsches and an Aston Martin, and paid the “significant others” of the firm’s …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 10:20 a.m.
Prosecutors seek harsh sentence for Idaho boat builder
Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than five years in prison, $3.2 million in restitution and a $3.7 million forfeiture judgment for a former Boise businessman.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 2:03 p.m.
Venezuela installs new all-powerful assembly rejected by US
Defying the U.S. and international community, Venezuela installed a new legislative body Friday that will have virtually unlimited power to rewrite the South American nation’s constitution and eliminate the last …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 12:56 p.m.
$82 million fine proposed for North Carolina man in robocall case
Federal officials have proposed an $82.1 million fine against a North Carolina man who they say made millions of illegally spoofed robocalls.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:44 p.m.
Venezuela president disputes vote tampering allegation
Venezuela’s president defiantly dismissed allegations that official turnout figures for the election of an all-powerful constituent assembly were manipulated, accusing the international software firm behind the claim of bowing to …
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Man accused of using fake British passport for 20 years
An Oregon man is accused of using a fake Great Britain passport for close to 20 years.
Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Shkreli jury begins deliberations in federal fraud trial
Jurors are deliberating in the federal securities fraud trial of former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli.
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Drug fraud settlement nets Washington state $368,000
Washington state has received a small fraction of a $280 million national settlement involving a pharmaceutical company accused of committing fraud by promoting drugs for unapproved uses, including leprosy and …
Wed., July 26, 2017, 7:41 a.m.
Authorities warn virtual kidnapping scams are on the rise
On Tuesday, police and federal agents warned that so-called virtual kidnappings are on the rise, and dozens of people already have found themselves terrorized into giving money to con artists.
Mon., July 17, 2017, 2:10 p.m.
Oregon woman accused of profiting from fake cancer diagnosis
An Oregon woman is accused of profiting financially by faking a cancer diagnosis, but she will most likely not be charged.
Mon., July 17, 2017, 10:58 a.m.
Man accused of being lottery scam kingpin to plead guilty
A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans out of millions of dollars has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal …
Fri., July 14, 2017, 6:23 p.m.
Justice Department charges 400 people for $1.3 billion in health care fraud
More than 400 people across the country have been charged with participating in health care fraud scams totaling about $1.3 billion in false billings, including for the prescription and distribution …
Mon., July 10, 2017, 7:41 a.m.
German prosecutors probe Porsche employees over diesel cars
German prosecutors say they’ve opened an investigation into employees of Porsche, which is a unit of Volkswagen AG, and an American subsidiary over the possible manipulation of diesel emissions.
Fri., July 7, 2017
Goodman: Trump’s plan is to suppress votes
What is most troubling to voting-rights and civil-rights activists is the potential that this commission is ramping up and institutionalizing voter suppression.
Thu., July 6, 2017, 9:47 a.m.
WSU educator accused of fraud is not part of plea deal, lawyer says
A plea bargain may be in the works for co-defendants of the Washington State University assistant professor arrested last year for allegedly defrauding the federal government of more than $8 …
Wed., July 5, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Former restaurant owner sentenced for securities fraud
The president of a bankrupt regional restaurant group has agreed to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution to 13 investors in a Montana securities fraud case.
Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for $70 million Ponzi scheme
A man accused of defrauding nearly 500 people in a $70 million Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $32 million …
Mon., June 26, 2017, 7:43 p.m.
Feds looking into Bernie Sanders, wife over real estate deal
Federal investigators are looking into the finances behind a real estate deal for a now-defunct college put together by the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, and she has hired …
UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 10:13 p.m.
Former Oregon governor cleared in influence-peddling case
Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber insisted he broke no laws, and federal prosecutors backed him up Friday, announcing that no criminal charges will be filed against Kitzhaber or his live-in …
Wed., June 14, 2017, 10:53 a.m.
Ex-head of Russian prisons sentenced to 8 years for fraud
The former head of Russia’s penitentiary system has been sentenced to eight years in prison for defrauding the state.
Wed., June 14, 2017, 8:18 a.m.
Officials warn that tobacco settlement ads are a scam
Washington state residents are getting peppered with claims that they can sign up to receive their share of tobacco lawsuit settlement.
Tue., June 13, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
Two DynCorp workers accused of bilking State Department out of millions in Iraq
Workers for government contractor DynCorp International conspired to bilk the State Department out of millions of dollars, according to a federal investigation in Virginia.
Thu., June 8, 2017, 8:21 a.m.
Southern Oregon University loses $1.9 million in email scheme
Southern Oregon University lost $1.9 million in an email scheme.
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 9:34 p.m.
Spokane businessman tied to lottery winnings theft wants out of wire fraud guilty plea
Scott Brett, 56, has been appointed a new attorney and will argue in Richland later this month that his deal for more than three years in federal prison should be …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 11:35 a.m.
Founder of Pasco green energy company sentenced for fraud
A 43-year-old founder of a Pasco renewable energy company has been sentenced more than eight years in prison for defrauding the government of $9.5 million.
Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
Idaho woman pleads guilty in veterans benefits ruse
A southwest Idaho woman whose grandmother received benefits as the wife of a deceased veteran has admitted to collecting about $91,000 by not reporting her grandmother’s death.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 8:25 a.m.
Deutsche Bank is asked for files on Trump family loans
Democratic lawmakers asked Deutsche Bank to hand over its findings on two politically charged matters — its banking on behalf of now-President Donald Trump and trades from the bank’s Moscow …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 1:46 p.m.
Special aide to Brazil’s Temer arrested in corruption probe
A special aide to embattled Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a fraud scheme and another aide gave police a bag filled with cash that …
Thu., May 18, 2017
Election commission ignores real threat
What makes the exercise especially insufferable is that the country could use a nonpartisan commission of experts to protect the next U.S. election from interference from hackers and foreign intelligence …
Mon., May 15, 2017, 9:20 a.m.
Italian police: Mafia skimmed millions from migrant funds
Italian police on Monday arrested 68 people, including a priest and the head of a Catholic volunteer group called “Mercy,” accusing them of being in cahoots with a major mafia …