Prosecutors Struggle to Catch Up to a Tidal Wave of Pandemic Fraud

Investigators say there was so much fraud in federal covid-relief programs that — even after two years of work and hundreds of prosecutions — they’re still just getting started.

#coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #internal-revenue-service, #postal-service-us, #secret-service, #small-business-administration

After Basquiat Raid, Orlando Museum Faces Crisis of Credibility

As OMA cancels three shows, some donors shift their support — and a celebrated collection — to the Rollins Museum of Art.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #basquiat-jean-michel, #de-groft-aaron-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #finances, #frauds-and-swindling, #museums, #orlando-museum-of-art, #philanthropy

Judge Denies Trump Executive’s Request to Dismiss Manhattan Tax Case

Allen H. Weisselberg, who was indicted last summer, and the Trump Organization are scheduled to stand trial in October.

#frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #tax-evasion, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #vance-cyrus-r-jr, #weisselberg-allen

Hunting for Voter Fraud, Conspiracy Theorists Organize ‘Stakeouts’

A nascent effort to surveil drop boxes for potential fraud is taking shape in at least 10 states, worrying election officials and law enforcement.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #dsouza-dinesh, #frauds-and-swindling, #keshel-seth, #lake-kari-a, #midterm-elections-2022, #project-democracy, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #townsend-kelly-1968, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

New Jersey Man Gets 5 Years in Prison in GoFundMe Fraud Case

Prosecutors said Mark D’Amico and his then-girlfriend made up a heartwarming tale of a homeless man to help raise more than $400,000.

#frauds-and-swindling, #gofundme, #homeless-persons, #johnny-bobbitt, #katelyn-mcclure, #mark-damico, #new-jersey, #sentences-criminal

Why Don’t Expect Alex Jones’s Comeuppance to Stop Lies

His success has inspired a new generation of conspiracy theorists, who have learned how to stay away from legal trouble.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #decisions-and-verdicts, #documentary-films-and-programs, #frauds-and-swindling, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #libel-and-slander, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

Don’t Expect Alex Jones’s Comeuppance to Stop Lies

His success has inspired a new generation of conspiracy theorists, who have learned how to stay away from legal trouble.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #decisions-and-verdicts, #documentary-films-and-programs, #frauds-and-swindling, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #libel-and-slander, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

ID Theft, Fraud, Prison: The Wild Life of a Bishop Robbed at the Pulpit

The police said Bishop Lamor Whitehead was robbed of a fortune in jewelry, the crime caught on camera. But the focus soon turned to him and his past run-ins with the law.

#brooklyn-nyc, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #jewels-and-jewelry, #religion-and-belief, #robberies-and-thefts, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whitehead-lamor-m

On the Docket: Atlanta v. Trumpworld

Eighteen months into a criminal investigation of election interference by Donald J. Trump and his allies, a Georgia prosecutor is beginning to show the broad contours of her inquiry.

#atlanta-ga, #chesebro-kenneth, #deason-jacki-pick, #dekalb-county-ga, #eastman-john-c, #eisen-norman-l, #ellis-jenna-attorney, #frauds-and-swindling, #fulton-county-ga, #garland-merrick-b, #georgia, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #graham-lindsey, #hice-jody-1960, #jones-burt-1979, #jordan-jennifer-1958, #kemp-brian-p, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-1960, #presidential-election-of-2020, #racketeering-and-racketeers, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #states-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #willis-fani-t

Fake Indian Cricket League Swindles Russian Gamblers

The bats and balls were real, but not much else was authentic in what officials said was an elaborate scheme to dupe Russian gamblers through hoax games streamed on YouTube.

#cricket-game, #frauds-and-swindling, #gambling, #gujarat-state-india, #russia

Security Forces in China Attack Protesters Seeking Frozen Funds

After a rare mass demonstration, bank depositors demanding their money back were beaten, kicked to the ground and dragged away in the city of Zhengzhou.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #frauds-and-swindling, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #zhengzhou-china

Columbia Loses Its No. 2 Spot in the U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News & World Report announced that it had “unranked” the Ivy League university after being unable to verify its data.

#colleges-and-universities, #columbia-university, #education, #frauds-and-swindling, #thaddeus-michael-mathematician, #us-newsworld-report

No. 2 Theranos Executive Found Guilty of 12 Counts of Fraud

Ramesh Balwani, who helped his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Holmes lead the failed blood testing start-up, was convicted on Thursday. They will likely be sentenced together.

#balwani-ramesh, #balwani-sunny, #computers-and-the-internet, #decisions-and-verdicts, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

Funeral Home Operator Pleads Guilty in ‘Illegal Body Part Scheme’

Megan Hess, who pleaded guilty to mail fraud, sold body parts without families’ consent in a business she operated with her mother, officials said.

#colorado, #frauds-and-swindling, #funerals-and-memorials, #justice-department, #megan-hess, #shirley-koch

76 Fake Charities Shared a Mailbox. The I.R.S. Kept Approving More.

The tax agency is the gatekeeper for America’s charity system, but reduced vetting has opened the door to scams.

#american-cancer-society, #federal-taxes-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #ian-hosang, #internal-revenue-service, #nonprofit-organizations

Lev Parnas, Ex-Giuliani Associate, Sentenced to 20 Months

Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman, tried to use campaign donations funneled from Russia to advance a cannabis business.

#campaign-finance, #frauds-and-swindling, #fruman-igor, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #gucciardo-charles-s, #laxalt-adam, #marijuana, #muraviev-andrey, #oetken-j-paul, #parnas-lev, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Orlando Museum Director Loses Job After Disputed Basquiat Show

Aaron De Groft was removed from his position days after the F.B.I. seized 25 works that had been shown in a Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit and whose authenticity had been questioned.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #art, #basquiat-jean-michel, #de-groft-aaron-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #museums, #orlando-museum-of-art

Margaret Keane, Painter of Sad-Eyed Waifs, Dies at 94

Her work was immensely popular and virtually ubiquitous. But until the matter was settled in court, her husband fraudulently claimed credit for it.

#art, #big-eyes-movie, #deaths-obituaries, #frauds-and-swindling, #keane-margaret, #keane-walter, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Big Returns for Investing in Fine Wine and Whiskey? It Was Fraud, U.S. Says.

The scheme, which the authorities say used “aggressive and deceptive tactics,” defrauded more than 150 people of about $13 million, according to court documents.

#casey-alexander, #delaware, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whiskey, #wines

When Customers Say Their Money Was Stolen on Zelle, Banks Often Refuse to Pay

Federal law requires banks to reimburse customers for unauthorized electronic transfers, but they often refuse, stranding victims.

#bank-of-america-corporation, #bank-robberies, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #capital-one-financial-corporation, #chopra-rohit, #consumer-financial-protection-bureau, #consumer-protection, #e-commerce, #frauds-and-swindling, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #robberies-and-thefts, #senate-committee-on-banking, #venmo, #wells-fargocompany, #zelle-early-warning-services-llc

From the Big Short to the Big Scam

Fraud aside, what are cryptocurrencies for?

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #frauds-and-swindling, #terrausd, #virtual-currency

Narender Singh Yadav, Accused of Faking Everest Summit, Climbs Everest

A disgraced Indian climber, who continues to maintain he already climbed the mountain once before, made sure to have lots of photos and videos taken.

#frauds-and-swindling, #himalayas, #mountaineering

‘2000 Mules’ Repackages Trump’s Election Lies

A new documentary from Trump allies makes the latest case the election was stolen, but the group behind the claim has been assailed even by some on the hard right.

#dsouza-dinesh, #frauds-and-swindling, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ex-N.Y.C. Shelter Boss Gets Prison Time in $1.2 Million Bribery Scheme

Victor Rivera was sentenced to more than two years in prison for accepting kickbacks while running his Bronx homeless shelter organization.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes

Japanese Man Gambles Away a Town’s Covid Funds

An official in the rural Japanese town wired the 24-year-old man nearly $360,000 by mistake. He lost it in online casinos. Now, the town is suing and he has been arrested.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #gambling, #japan, #sho-taguchi

In South Korea, ‘Ghost Surgeries’ Lead to Cameras in Hospitals

After scandals in which doctors let unsupervised assistants operate on patients, the country is becoming one of the first to require cameras in operating rooms.

#doctors, #frauds-and-swindling, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #nursing-and-nurses, #south-korea, #surgery-and-surgeons

The Tale of ZenLedger’s Dan Hannum, Who Wasn’t Who He Said He Was

The chief operating officer of ZenLedger, a software company, boasted of work for Goldman Sachs and Larry King. Did anyone check to see if it was true?

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #frauds-and-swindling, #hannum-dan, #virtual-currency, #zenledger

Review: ‘Dead in the Water,’ by Matthew Campbell & Kit Chellel

In Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel’s real-life whodunit “Dead in the Water,” Big Oil, Big Insurance and global corruption clash on a giant scale.

#books-and-literature, #campbell-matthew-journalist, #chellel-kit, #dead-in-the-water-a-true-story-of-hijacking-murder-and-a-global-maritime-conspiracy-book, #frauds-and-swindling, #iliopoulos-marios, #insurance, #lloyds-of-london, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #sabotage-crime

Likelihood of Trump Indictment in Manhattan Fades as Grand Jury Wraps Up

The Manhattan district attorney is continuing to investigate Mr. Trump, but knowledgeable people say charges are unlikely to occur in the foreseeable future, if ever.

#district-attorneys, #dunne-carey-r, #frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #pomerantz-mark-f, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Resigns Following Campaign Finance Indictment

Brian A. Benjamin, New York’s second in command to Gov. Kathy Hochul, was charged with bribery, fraud and falsification of records while a state senator.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

In a First, Google Goes After Puppy Fraud in Court

The company’s first consumer protection lawsuit, filed Monday, claims a Cameroon man tricked would-be buyers using Gmail and other services.

#aarp, #better-business-bureaus, #california, #cameroon, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #e-commerce, #elderly, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #google-inc, #pets, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Arrested in Campaign Finance Scheme

Brian A. Benjamin, New York’s No. 2 official to Gov. Kathy Hochul, will face a federal charge that he conspired to commit bribery while a state senator.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #frauds-and-swindling, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government

11 Set Up Hundreds of Sham Marriages for Green Card Seekers, U.S. Says

Clients paid fees up to $30,000 as part of the yearslong scheme, an affidavit said. Some applications falsely claimed the clients had been abused by their spouses, prosecutors said.

#boston-mass, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #domestic-violence, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #los-angeles-calif, #marriages, #massachusetts, #violence-against-women-act-1994, #women-and-girls

New Witnesses Interviewed in Trump Investigation, Manhattan D.A. Says

Alvin Bragg, in his first public comments about the inquiry into the former president, insisted his office was continuing to pursue the matter but provided few additional details.

#bragg-alvin, #dunne-carey-r, #frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #pomerantz-mark-f, #trump-organization, #trump-donald-j, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

Text Spam Is on the Rise. Here’s How to Spot It and What to Do

Text spam is on the rise. The latest version involves scammers sending messages to you seemingly from your own phone number. Here’s what to do.

#att-inc, #cellular-telephones, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #frauds-and-swindling, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #spam-electronic, #t-mobile-us-inc, #telemarketing, #text-messaging, #verizon-communications-inc, #wireless-communications

A Producer Seeks a Broadway Comeback, Mired in Offstage Drama

With the musical “Paradise Square” preparing to open Sunday, Garth Drabinsky is hoping to re-establish himself after serving time in a Canadian prison for fraud.

#bankruptcies, #barrymore-ethel-theater, #content-type-personal-profile, #drabinsky-garth-h, #frauds-and-swindling, #livent-inc, #paradise-square-play, #theater

Former Yale Official Admits to $40 Million Fraud Scheme

For a decade, a Yale School of Medicine administrator used university funds to buy computer equipment, which she resold to pay for luxury cars, real estate and vacations, the authorities said.

#colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #connecticut, #education-k-12, #frauds-and-swindling, #ipad, #new-haven-conn, #petrone-jamie, #robberies-and-thefts, #tablet-computers, #yale-school-of-medicine, #yale-university

Verizon Investigates Spam Texts but Sees No Russia Link

The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did not appear to be Russian hackers.

#cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #federal-trade-commission, #frauds-and-swindling, #privacy, #secret-service, #smartphones, #telemarketing, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #text-messaging, #verge-the-vox-media-llc, #verizon-communications-inc, #wireless-communications

Lt. Gov. Benjamin Is Focus of Federal Inquiry Into Campaign Fraud

Prosecutors are examining whether Brian Benjamin, New York’s second-highest state official, participated in a plan to boost his campaign fund with fraudulent donations.

#benjamin-brian-a-1976, #campaign-finance, #frauds-and-swindling, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #migdol-gerald, #new-york-state

Anna Delvey and the Tinder Swindler: Why We Fall for Scams

You might think you wouldn’t fall for the scams depicted in a crop of new shows about con artists. I know I could.  

#apple-tv-plus, #books-and-literature, #frauds-and-swindling, #garner-julia-1994, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #hulu-com, #inventing-anna-tv-program, #kalanick-travis, #malina-joshua-1966, #netflix-inc, #neumann-adam, #never-simple-a-memoir-book, #seyfried-amanda, #showtime, #simon-leviev, #sorokin-anna-anna-delvey, #super-pumped-tv-program, #television-sets-and-media-devices, #the-dropout-tv-program, #the-tinder-swindler-tv-program, #theranos-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #wecrashed-tv-program, #wework-companies-inc

Anna Sorokin on the ‘Free Anna Delvey’ Exhibition and Making Art

The group art show, “Free Anna Delvey,” is only the beginning for the imprisoned fake heiress.

#art, #forgery, #frauds-and-swindling, #immigration-detention, #instagram-inc, #netflix-inc, #sorokin-anna-anna-delvey, #television, #women-and-girls

Anna Sorokin Talks About Making Art

The group art show, “Free Anna Delvey,” is only the beginning for the imprisoned fake heiress.

#art, #forgery, #frauds-and-swindling, #immigration-detention, #instagram-inc, #netflix-inc, #sorokin-anna-anna-delvey, #television, #women-and-girls

Trump Is Guilty of ‘Numerous’ Felonies, Prosecutor Who Resigned Says

Mark F. Pomerantz, who had investigated the former president, left after the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, halted an effort to seek an indictment.

#bragg-alvin, #district-attorneys, #dunne-carey-r, #frauds-and-swindling, #manhattan-nyc, #pomerantz-mark-f, #trump-organization, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-cyrus-r-jr

Theranos Trial Starts for Ramesh Balwani, Elizabeth Holmes’s Ex-Partner

Prosecutors say Ramesh Balwani worked hand in hand with Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos chief executive, who was convicted of four counts of fraud.

#balwani-ramesh, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

Man Posing as Students Convicted in $1.4 Million Loan Scheme

Elliott Sterling of Louisiana falsified nearly 200 financial aid applications and spent at least $250,000 of the money at casinos, prosecutors said.

#baton-rouge-la, #colleges-and-universities, #education-department-us, #elliott-sterling, #financial-aid-education, #frauds-and-swindling, #impostors-criminal, #student-loans

The Key to a $4 Billion Fraud Case: A Banker Who Says He ‘Lied a Lot’

Only one person is likely to ever face trial in the United States over the looted billions from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. The case hangs on his former boss at Goldman Sachs.

#1malaysia-development-berhad-1mdb, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #frauds-and-swindling, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #leissner-tim, #ng-roger

Justice Dept. Names Prosecutor to Pursue Covid-19 Relief Fraud

President Biden had pledged to name a chief prosecutor to go after “criminals who stole billions in relief money.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #chambers-kevin, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #stimulus-economic

Elizabeth Holmes’s Ex-Boyfriend Set to Go on Trial in Theranos Case

Jury selection was set to start today in Sunny Balwani’s fraud trial, which will establish just how much he knew about the blood-testing start-up Theranos and Ms. Holmes’s actions.

#balwani-ramesh, #computers-and-the-internet, #dating-and-relationships, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

He Spent $57,000 in Covid Relief on a Pokémon Card. Now the U.S. Owns It.

The mint Charizard trading card will be auctioned off with other fraudulently obtained luxury items seized by the U.S. Marshals. Its former owner was sentenced to three years in prison.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #atlanta-ga, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #georgia, #justice-department, #pokemon-fictional-characters, #small-business, #small-business-administration

Fraud Investigation in Food Aid Puts Focus on Role of Nonprofits

The F.B.I. is investigating what it called a “massive fraud scheme” in the Minneapolis area as the government cracks down on misuse of pandemic assistance.

#advance-youth-athletic-development, #agriculture-department, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-aid-us, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #feeding-our-future, #food, #frauds-and-swindling, #justice-department, #minneapolis-minn, #nonprofit-organizations, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government