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Jury Returns Verdicts After Fraud Trial Bribery Attempt

Five are convicted, two acquitted in case involving $40M in pandemic relief

(Newser) - A jury convicted five Minnesota residents but acquitted two others on Friday for their roles in a scheme to steal more than $40 million that was supposed to feed children during the coronavirus pandemic. The case received widespread attention after someone tried to bribe a juror with a bag of...

Nonprofit CFO Accused of 'Simply Astonishing' Fraud

William Smith allegedly embezzled almost $40M from Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

(Newser) - The former chief financial officer of a nonprofit tasked with improving Detroit's waterfront has been charged with a fraud that prosecutors say is "simply astonishing in scale." William Smith, who was fired as CFO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy last week, is accused of stealing around $40...

US Companies Inadvertently Gave $7M to North Korea

American charged in fraud scheme that saw North Koreans pose as remote US workers

(Newser) - Citizens of North Korea are snagging remote jobs with US companies and funneling earnings into their country's missile program, federal authorities said Thursday in announcing fraud charges against a US woman accused of facilitating such a scheme. Christina Chapman, 49, of Litchfield Park, Arizona, is among five people facing...

DOJ: Boeing Breached Deal to Avoid Prosecution on 737 Max

It's not clear if the Justice Department will now file charges over the beleaguered aircraft

(Newser) - Boeing has violated a settlement that allowed the company to avoid criminal prosecution after two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max aircraft, the Justice Department told a federal judge on Tuesday. It's now up to the Justice Department to decide whether to file charges against the aircraft maker amid...

'Queen of the Con' Faces Extradition From Maine

Alleged fake heiress may have to answer 15-year-old fraud charges in Northern Ireland

(Newser) - An American woman dubbed the "Queen of the Con" is facing extradition to the UK to stand trial for what is said to be one of many alleged fraud schemes carried out over decades. Marianne 'Mair' Smyth, 54, previously served time in California after she was found to...

Truth Social's Auditor Is in Hot Water With the SEC

Agency accuses BF Borgers of 'deliberate and systemic failures' in more than 1.5K filings

(Newser) - The auditing company responsible for keeping tabs on the parent company for Donald Trump's Truth Social platform apparently needed an auditor for itself. On Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission accused BF Borgers of "massive fraud," saying the "sham audit mill" found "deliberate and systemic...

Anti-Trump Super PAC Says It Lost Big Bucks in Cybertheft

Lincoln Project says 'hackers' stole $35K

(Newser) - The Lincoln Project is already hard at work blasting out ads for the November election and covering Donald Trump's legal problems , making no bones about its mission to make sure the most recent ex-president doesn't get to the Oval Office again. But the anti-Trump PAC also has its...

Trevor Bauer's Accuser Faces Extortion Charge

Player says 'this entire situation has been a massive lie'

(Newser) - An Arizona woman who accused former major league pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual assault has been charged with defrauding the baseball player. An indictment unsealed Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court charges the woman with fraud and theft by extortion, both felonies, but doesn't provide details about the accusations....

SBF Gets 25 Years: 'My Useful Life Is Probably Over'

Sam Bankman-Fried is sentenced over cryptocurrency fraud

(Newser) - Sam Bankman-Fried is going to federal prison for a long time over his fraud conviction in the world of crypto, though not as long as prosecutors wanted. Judge Lewis Kaplan on Thursday sentenced the 32-year-old former wunderkind to 25 years related to the collapse of his FTX crypto exchange, which...

Cops: Guy Had His Legs Amputated in Insurance Scam

Taiwanese pair claimed cold temperatures caused frostbite requiring amputation; investigators say it was dry ice

(Newser) - An alleged plot between friends to collect a more than $1 million insurance payout failed, leaving the pair no better for having frozen one man's legs to the point of requiring amputation, prosecutors say. Indeed, the two Taiwanese college students, identified as Zhang and Liao, both 23, are now...

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They Were Lured In, Then Made to Carry Out 'Love Scams'

In this case out of the Philippines, some of the scammers were victims themselves

(Newser) - What claimed to be an online gambling firm was, in fact, a scam center that had trapped hundreds of "good-looking" people, who were then forced to woo unsuspecting victims, according to police in the Philippines, who raided the center 60 miles north of Manila on Thursday. Authorities served warrants...

Ex-Jags Employee Ordered to Repay More Than $21M

Amit Patel sentenced to 6.5 years for stealing from virtual credit card system

(Newser) - Former Jacksonville Jaguars employee Amit Patel has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $22 million from the team. Patel, who could have faced up to 30 years, was also ordered to repay more than $21 million, CNN reports. Prosecutors said Patel,...

US Cycling Team Tried to Pass Off Mechanic as a Rider

Cynisca director accused of making another team member pose as missing required competitor

(Newser) - The American women's cycling team Cynisca was hit with sanctions Monday after the sport's governing body found they'd misrepresented who was set to ride during an international competition last summer. Cycling News reports that at the one-day Argenta Classic held in Belgium in July, the US' Continental...

NY AG: Trump Better Pay Up, or We'll Seize His Properties

Letitia James specifically names the Trump Building on Wall Street

(Newser) - New York Attorney General Letitia James isn't worried that former President Trump might not be able to cover the $355 million judgment delivered in his civil business fraud trial. "If he does not have funds to pay off the judgment, then we will seek judgment enforcement mechanisms in...

'Life at Sea' Customers Fight to Get Their Money Back

They claim misrepresentation and fraud in wake of failed 3-year-old cruise

(Newser) - The people who signed up for a now-canceled three-year Life at Sea cruise around the world didn't just see their dreams evaporate. They saw their money disappear, too, they say, and they're hoping a US attorney will help them get it back. The Washington Post reports it obtained...

Pastor Throws God Under the Bus After Fraud Charges

'The Lord told us to,' Colorado's Eli Regalado tells his flock

(Newser) - A pastor in Colorado stands accused of bilking his flock out of millions of dollars in a cryptocurrency scheme to fund a lavish lifestyle, reports NBC News . And in a video to his followers, Eli Regalado admits that he and wife Kaitlyn did indeed pocket $1.3 million in the...

Moving Company Employees Guilty in 'Despicable' Scheme

Prosecutors said companies would hold belongings hostage, demand extra fees

(Newser) - Two people who worked for a succession of fraudulent moving companies based in New York City are going to be moving to federal prisons for up to 20 years. A jury found Kristy Mak, 34, and Andre Prince, 45, guilty of one count of wire fraud in what prosecutors described...

Mom Who Said Her Kids' Xmas Gifts Were Stolen Is Arrested

Police now say Shana Hudson, 39, 'took advantage of the system'

(Newser) - A Florida woman who earned the sympathy of her community after reporting that her kids' Christmas gifts were stolen out of her home has been arrested for falsely reporting that crime. WKRC and Fox News report on the case of 39-year-old Shana Hudson, who, according to a Facebook post by...

Feds: He Hired a Hit Man, Then the Hit Man Turned on Him

Fereidoun Khalilian, who claimed to be a prince, believed he had a filmmaker killed: indictment

(Newser) - A Florida man who claimed to be a prince and rubbed elbows with celebrities from Paris Hilton to Drake allegedly hired a hit man to kill a documentary filmmaker who planned to expose him as a fraudster. Fereidoun "Fred" Khalilian allegedly left several threatening voicemails for the filmmaker, Juan...

Shakira's Tax Fraud Case Is Over Before It Began

Colombian singer settles with Spanish prosecutors over tax evasion of alleged $16M

(Newser) - Shakira's tax fraud trial began Monday, and it lasted a whopping eight minutes before it came to a close. That's according to the AP , which reports that the Colombian pop star reached a deal with prosecutors in Barcelona, Spain, over what they'd alleged was a failure to...

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