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Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (11/24/2011) – His Goose Is Cooked: Hungarian Chef Guilty of Failing To Disclose Earlier Fall

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Trusted Insurance Broker Steals From Friends, Relatives and Fellow Congregants – Nine Years in Prison

Walter Marion Williams pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341 , and was sentenced to a term of 108 months' imprisonment to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Williams appealed from his sentence, which he argued was an unreasonable upward variance...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (12/1/2011) – Real Housewives of Orange County Wannabe Pleads Guilty To Insurance Fraud Scam

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/12/2012) – Former Texas Pain Management Physician and Psychiatrist Sentenced To Federal Prison

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/12/2012) – Former Texas Pain Management Physician and Psychiatrist Sentenced To Federal Prison

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (1/19/2012) – Disc Jockey Faces the Music for Workers' Compensation Fraud

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (2/9/2012) – Former Pro Golfer May Putt in Prison for Operating Fake Insurance Company

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

Convictions of Mail Fraud, False Claims and Conspiracy; Use of Offshore Accounts

According to a DOJ Press Release, Curtis Morris and Richard Kellog Armstrong were convicted of "for mail fraud, filing false claims against the United States and conspiracy to file false claims against the United States." "Morris was found guilty of three counts of mail fraud, seventeen...

Convictions of Mail Fraud, False Claims and Conspiracy; Use of Offshore Accounts

According to a DOJ Press Release, Curtis Morris and Richard Kellog Armstrong were convicted of "for mail fraud, filing false claims against the United States and conspiracy to file false claims against the United States." "Morris was found guilty of three counts of mail fraud, seventeen...

Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter (5/24/2012) – Newly Retired Police Officer Charged With Mail Fraud and Health Care Fraud

Each week we'll be surveying what the media, state agencies, insurance companies, and others report in terms of workers' comp fraud. Just like a police blotter, our workers' comp fraud blotter lists recent arrests, charges, convictions and investigations. Workers' Comp Fraud Blotter...

California Woman Pleads Guilty to $2.2 Million Ponzi Scheme

A California woman admitted to masterminding a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors out of at least $2.2 million. Celia Gallardo, 42, pled guilty to a single count of wire fraud stemming from her role in the scheme. She was arrested earlier this year in July after a grand jury returned a sixteen-count...

Authorities Charge Three With $28 Million Ponzi Scheme That Targeted Retirees

Authorities charged three men with operating a massive Ponzi scheme that targeted retirees and raked in nearly $30 million. Robert C. Pribilski, 54, Mahmut Erhan Durmaz, 42, and John T. Burns III, 53, were each charged with multiple criminal fraud counts, with Pribilski and Durmaz each charged with five...

Russell Wasendorf Gets 50-Year Sentence For Fraud Related To Peregrine Bankruptcy

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- (Mealey's) A federal judge in Iowa on Jan. 31 sentenced Russell R. Wasendorf, the former CEO of bankrupt Peregrine Financial Group Inc., to 50 years in federal prison for stealing more than $215.53 million in customer funds while he operated his commodities futures business ( USA...

Excerpts From The Aug. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Washington Supreme Court Bars Certain Uses of Immigration Status On July 10, 2013, the Washington Supreme Court updated its legal ethics rules to prohibit attorneys from referring to an individual’s immigration status to intimidate, coerce, or prevent him or her from participating in a civil...

Simon's Last Hurrah / Fizzle?

I have posted before on the continuing saga of James Simon, "Certified Public Accountant, a professor of accounting, and an entrepreneur," who was convicted of "filing false income tax returns, failing to file reports of foreign bank accounts, mail fraud and financial aid fraud."...

5 Years After Madoff: Long Island Man Charged with Orchestrating a $5 Million Ponzi Scheme

Almost five years to the day after Bernard Madoff was arrested in Manhattan, federal prosecutors in New York – yes, in New York – have charged a man with wire and mail fraud for allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme. The indictment alleged that Rocco, while acting as the president of a soccer...

Madoff Brother, Convicted and Jailed, Now is Disbarred

Peter Madoff – Bernard Madoff’s brother – has been disbarred. Just about five years to the day after Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme came to light, just about one year to the day after Peter Madoff was sentenced to consecutive five year terms of imprisonment for each of his admitted...

The Case of the Counterfeit Wine

Financial fraud comes in all sizes and types. Including, it now turns out, in counterfeit wine. Wine dealer Rudy Kurniawan has been found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court for engaging in a scheme to manufacture and sell counterfeit bottles of purportedly rare and expensive wine for millions...

Not Dead: Former Bank Director Aubrey Lee Price. But, Under Arrest

Aubrey Lee Price, a former director of Montgomery Bank & Trust (“MB&T”) in Ailey, Georgia, is not dead after all. Well more than a year ago, Price sent acquaintances a suicide note stating that he planned to kill himself by throwing himself off a high speed ferry boat in Florida...

How Tech Support Refund Scams Work – and How to Avoid This Financial Fraud

So-called “tech support refund scams” are a new twist on an old fraud, and they often manage to defraud honest consumers. But, there are ways to avoid being the subject of this form of financial fraud. Tech support scams try to gain consumers’ trust and access to their computers...

80 New York Police and Fire Department Retirees Among 106 Charged in Alleged Social Security Disability Fraud

One hundred and six people have been charged with participating in a massive financial fraud against the federal Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (“SSDI”) program that allegedly resulted in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars from federal taxpayers. The four principal...

Former Social Security Administrator Sentenced to Federal Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft, Unauthorized Sale of Stock Certificates, and Tax Evasion

Randolph Hurst, a former assistant district manager for the Social Security Administration in Rhode Island, has been sentenced to 39 months in federal prison for stealing the identity of a Coventry, Rhode Island, man and using his identity to fraudulently sell more than $160,000 worth of stock certificates...

Disability Doctor Peter J. Lesniewski Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for His Role in Long Island Railroad Fraud

Peter J. Lesniewski, a Board-certified orthopedist, has been sentenced in Manhattan federal court to eight years in prison for his role in the alleged massive fraud scheme in which Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers claimed to be disabled upon early retirement so that they could receive disability benefits...

Cay Clubs Executives Arrested In Central America To Face U.S. Obstruction And Fraud Charges

Just weeks after a Florida federal judge dismissed the Securities and Exchange Commission's civil enforcement action accusing five executives of a failed real estate company of operating a $300 million Ponzi scheme, the Department of. Justice announced that two of the executives had been arrested...

Massachusetts Man Indicted For $6 Million Ponzi Scheme

Two years after being charged with fraud by Massachusetts securities regulators, a former Belmont resident and prominent Shaklee distributor was arrested and charged with operating a Ponzi scheme that duped over a dozen investors out of at least $6 million. John William Cranney, also known as Jack Cranney...