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Mexican Teen Fakes Own Kidnapping, Gets Arrested

Mexican Teen Fakes Own Kidnapping, Gets Arrested

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(VERACRUZ, Mexico) — Mexican police have arrested a teenager who faked her own kidnapping so that she could get money to go on vacations with her ex-boyfriend and four other friends.
Nineteen year-old Arely Soto actually wanted h…

Woman Accused of Pretending to Be Boston Bombing Victim to get Money

Woman Accused of Pretending to Be Boston Bombing Victim to get Money

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A New York woman has been accused of collecting nearly half-a-million dollars in fraudulent claims from a fund created to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
On Friday, autho…

Surgeon Accused of Fake Surgeries

Surgeon Accused of Fake Surgeries

Courtesy Debra Nenni McNamee(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.) — Constance Nenni died after having a “phantom” knee surgery, according to a legal complaint filed against her orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Spyros Panos.
In March 2010, Nenni underwent surgery to repair a le…

Brit Convicted of Selling Fake Bomb Detectors, Many in Iraq Still Using Them

Brit Convicted of Selling Fake Bomb Detectors, Many in Iraq Still Using Them

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(LONDON) — An antenna on a black hinge was once a silly, useless gift for anyone trying to find lost golf balls. But British businessman Jim McCormick claimed the device could detect bombs, drugs, even ivory, turning a piece of…

Lawmakers Tell Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Help Protect Sandy Hook Victims From Fraud

Lawmakers Tell Facebook’s Zuckerberg to Help Protect Sandy Hook Victims From Fraud

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A trio of lawmakers representing Newtown, Conn., where Sandy Hook Elementary School is located, wrote a letter to Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to complain on behalf of families and victims who say …

‘Massive’ Credit Card Fraud Steals $200M

‘Massive’ Credit Card Fraud Steals $200M

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Eighteen people have been charged in what federal prosecutors in New Jersey called one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever uncovered by the U.S. Department of Justice, spanning 28 states and eight countries.”The…

Florida Accuses Man of Fraud for Taking Wife’s Name, Then Backs Off

Florida Accuses Man of Fraud for Taking Wife’s Name, Then Backs Off

Jay Nguyen(NEW YORK) — A Florida man is behind the wheel of his car again after the Department of Motor Vehicles suspended and then restored his license — accusing him of fraud at first because he changed his last name to his wife’s.“The …

Miami Businessman Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Millions from Investors

Miami Businessman Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Millions from Investors

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — A Miami businessman whom Ernst & Young once named “Entrepreneur of the Year” has been accused of swindling $40 million from investors, including some NBA stars, to support a lavish lifestyle.Venezuelan-born Claudio O…

Local Coin Dealer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges

Local Coin Dealer Indicted on Felony Fraud Charges

IDAHO FALLS – An Idaho Falls coin dealer was indicted on federal fraud charges after prosecutors said he lured $4 million from investors. The Associated Press reports Gene Hinsley was indicted Wednesday on 10 felony counts, including wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property. Prosecutors said more than 100 investors lost up to $2 […]

Idaho Falls Man Sentenced in Medicaid Fraud Case

Idaho Falls Man Sentenced in Medicaid Fraud Case

IDAHO FALLS – An Idaho Falls man has been ordered to pay nearly $85,000 in restitution for committing Medicaid fraud. John K. Baird, 59, was given a five-year suspended prison sentence and five years of probation. In 2008 Baird owned The Living Farm, a business that provided mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation services. An investigation […]

What You Should Know Before Donating to a Disaster Charity or Paying a Contractor

What You Should Know Before Donating to a Disaster Charity or Paying a Contractor

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Department of Justice has warned of the potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, which ravaged millions of homes and businesses along the Atlantic Coast, and as of Friday morning, had …

Government Makes Arrests for $430 Million in Health Care Fraud

Government Makes Arrests for $430 Million in Health Care Fraud

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Nearly 100 people have been arrested in a series of raids targeting health care fraud on a massive scale. Doctors, nurses, even top hospital administrators in eight cities in seven states were arrested in connectio…

Voter Registration Fraud from GOP-Backed Firm Spreads

Voter Registration Fraud from GOP-Backed Firm Spreads

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A GOP-backed consulting firm may have submitted “hundreds” of faked voter registration forms in Florida, according to the Florida Secretary of State.The GOP cut ties with the third party voter registering company S…

Auction of Horses From Indicted City Comptroller Earns Almost $5 Million

Auction of Horses From Indicted City Comptroller Earns Almost $5 Million

Dixon, Ill., Comptroller Rita Crundwell is shown in this undated photo. (American Quarter Horse Association)(DIXON, Ill.) — An auction of horses that belonged to an Illinois city comptroller indicted for stealing more than $53 million yielded $4.8 mil…

USA Harvest Founder Charged with Looting Charity

USA Harvest Founder Charged with Looting Charity

Nick M Do/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The founder of charity group USA Harvest, which has ties to celebrities Scarlett Johansson, Hillary Duff, the Goo Goo Dolls and Green Day, has been charged by the Justice Department with stealing more than $553,000 f…

Fraud Charges Filed Against Alleged Scammer Seen on "Nightline"

Fraud Charges Filed Against Alleged Scammer Seen on "Nightline"

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A federal grand jury charged a California man with 21 counts of fraud Thursday in connection with a massive debt collection scam that was highlighted in an ABC News investigative report in June.Kirit Patel, 68, of …

‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ Client, Convicted Fraudster, Sentenced to Federal Prison

‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ Client, Convicted Fraudster, Sentenced to Federal Prison

Hemera/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — Michael Prozer III, who once appeared on the reality TV show The Millionaire Matchmaker and later pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison.Prozer appeared on season t…

Fighting Medicare Fraud: Gov’t Sets Up Multi-Million Dollar War Room

Fighting Medicare Fraud: Gov’t Sets Up Multi-Million Dollar War Room

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Medicare fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year — but now the government says it has developed a powerful, new tool that can stop Medicare scam artists in their tracks.It’s a multi-million dollar, st…

Florida Authorities Arrest Fugitive Nightclub Owner Wanted for Alcohol Scam

Florida Authorities Arrest Fugitive Nightclub Owner Wanted for Alcohol Scam

Alex Simchuk is seen in this undated booking photo. Miami Police(MIAMI) — A fugitive night club owner who allegedly used beautiful women to defraud wealthy men in an alcohol scheme is scheduled to appear in Miami federal court Friday.Alec Simchuk, 45,…

Obama Admin. Partners with Health Insurers to Prevent Fraud

Obama Admin. Partners with Health Insurers to Prevent Fraud

Tom Williams/Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration is partnering with major insurers in the fight against health care fraud, announcing plans today to share billing information in an effort to identify trends and halt scams.“Lots of t…

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