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Ten ex-NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program

Ten former NFL players have been charged with defrauding the league’s healthcare benefit program


100 years ago in Spokane: Swindler tells house wives he’s a soldier who lost arm

Harry Forbes, 20, went door-to-door in the Rockwood district, telling housewives, “Can you help a poor soldier who lost an arm in the war?


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Trial date set for Spokane dentist accused of fraudulently prescribing himself opioids

Spokane dentist Dr. Nicholas Harker, 36, who is accused of fraudulently prescribing his sister opioids and taking them himself, had a February trial date set in Spokane Superior Court Wednesday, …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Accountant who ripped off Olympic snowboarder gets prison

A former Oregon certified public accountant who stole about $4.5 million from his clients to support his “Playboy” lifestyle and marijuana business has been sentenced to prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports …


Overhaul is proposed for decades-old Medicare fraud rules

The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed overhauling decades-old Medicare rules originally meant to deter fraud and abuse but now seen as a roadblock to coordinating better care for patients.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Whistleblower accuses GE of fraud, misleading investors

A whistleblower who warned regulators about Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is now accusing General Electric of misleading investors, sending the company’s stock on a downward spiral.


Doris Nelson, Little Loan Shoppe owner convicted of fraud, dies in federal prison

A cause of death for the 60-year-old Nelson was not available Tuesday, and federal prison officials referred questions in writing to the warden of the medium-security facility where she was …


Shawn Vestal: From downtown developer to federal convict, the fall of Ron Wells is stunning

A superstitious person might wonder if there’s a curse on the Ridpath Hotel, whose history has been marked by saviors who turn out to be con men.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019

Rachel Dolezal agrees to pay back $8,847, complete community service to avoid trial on welfare fraud charges

Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, entered the diversion agreement March 25 in Spokane County Superior Court. She could still face a trial on the original …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …