Michael Avenatti Trial Begins, Unearthing Artifacts of the Trump Era

Mr. Avenatti rose to prominence as one of then-President Donald J. Trump’s primary foils. But prosecutors say he was defrauding his best-known client.

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Hyperbole or Fraud? The Question at the Heart of Trump Investigation.

The New York attorney general has cited more than a dozen instances in which she said Donald J. Trump inflated the value of his assets, including his Trump Tower penthouse.

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N.Y. Attorney General Outlines Pattern of Possible Fraud at Trump Business

The attorney general, Letitia James, released new details of her investigation into whether the company misrepresented the value of its assets, but her office did not file a lawsuit.

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Dentist Killed His Wife on an African Hunting Trip, U.S. Says

Lawrence Rudolph collected nearly $4.9 million in life insurance benefits after the fatal shooting of his wife, Bianca, in Zambia in 2016, according to court documents. He has pleaded not guilty.

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The Real Roots of the Debate Over Schools During Covid

How “taxpayer became just another kind of consumer.

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We’re All ‘Experts’ Now. That’s Not a Good Thing.

Widespread scams and institutional failures force us to rely on only ourselves.

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What It Was Like on the Elizabeth Holmes Jury for 18 Weeks

Away from the media frenzy, jurors dealt with the trial’s disruption to their lives and had little idea of the case’s implications.

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Ex-United Flight Attendant Used Dead Child’s Identity, Officials Say

Ricardo Cesar Guedes used the name of a boy who died in a car accident in 1979 to get his airline job and a U.S. passport, according to a criminal complaint.

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That Expensive Bourbon You Bought May Be a Fake

Counterfeiting — filling luxury bottles with cheap liquor — has hit American whiskey hard as sky-high prices raise the payoff for scammers.

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Rabbi Shot in Synagogue Attack Is Sentenced to Prison in Fraud Schemes

Yisroel Goldstein, who was wounded in the deadly 2019 attack on the Chabad of Poway synagogue, north of San Diego, was sentenced to 14 months in fraud schemes in which, prosecutors say, he received more than $500,000.

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F.B.I. Arrests Man Accused of Stealing Unpublished Book Manuscripts

Filippo Bernardini, an Italian citizen who worked in publishing, was charged with wire fraud and identity theft for a scheme that prosecutors said affected hundreds of people over five or more years.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #impostors-criminal, #manuscripts, #writing-and-writers

Georgia Woman Sentenced to 3 Years Over a Covid Fraud Scheme

The woman, who fraudulently obtained more than $6 million in Covid relief money, is the latest example of Americans misusing the Paycheck Protection Program.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #georgia, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Elizabeth Holmes Verdict Will Teach Silicon Valley Nothing

What the Theranos trial says about the blurred lines between visionaries and frauds.

#enron-corp, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #theranos-inc

Mistrial Declared for Three Counts in Elizabeth Holmes Trial

The three hung counts were related to investments from three Theranos investors who testified that Ms. Holmes misled them.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

Why Silicon Valley Can’t Escape Elizabeth Holmes

Ms. Holmes, the founder of Theranos, wasn’t a creature of Silicon Valley, or so the refrain went. But her fraud trial showed otherwise.

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Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Found Guilty of Four Counts of Fraud

The case against the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos came to symbolize the pitfalls of Silicon Valley’s culture of hustle and hype.

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The Epic Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes

In Silicon Valley’s world of make-believe, the philosophy of “fake it until you make it” finally gets its comeuppance.

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Letitia James Seeks to Question Trump Children in Fraud Inquiry

The attorney general, Letitia James, has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump as part of a civil investigation.

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Jurors Set to Deliberate for Seventh Day in Elizabeth Holmes Trial

Ms. Holmes, the founder of the blood-testing start-up Theranos, is accused of deceiving investors, patients and advertisers.

#frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #securities-and-commodities-violations, #start-ups, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial by the Numbers

It will now take place in two calendar years. Here are other tallies of note from the Silicon Valley trial.

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What to Know Ahead of Day 6 of Elizabeth Holmes Trial Deliberations

Ms. Holmes, the founder of the blood testing start-up Theranos, is accused of deceiving investors, patients and advertisers.

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What to Know Ahead of Day 5 of Elizabeth Holmes Trial Deliberations

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, is accused of lying about its technology.

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A Day in the Life of a Reporter Covering the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

Erin Griffith, a New York Times journalist who is reporting on the fraud trial against the Theranos founder, shares what it’s like lining up for the trial and inside of the courtroom.

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Jury in Holmes Trial Set to Deliberate for Fourth Day

A jury of eight men and four women deliberated for three days last week with no verdict in the case of the Theranos founder.

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Trump Fraud Inquiry Won’t Be Resolved When Vance’s Term Ends Next Week

After leading a three-year investigation into the former president, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., will hand it to his successor.

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Jury in Elizabeth Holmes’s Fraud Trial Set to Begin Deliberations

The trial, which has stretched nearly four months, has come to represent a critical moment for the tech industry and its culture of overly optimistic salesmanship.

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Elizabeth Holmes Trial Nears Finish as Closing Arguments End

The jury of eight men and four women will meet on Monday morning to consider wire fraud-related charges for claims made to Theranos’s investors and patients.

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Surprise! There’s No Voter Fraud. Again.

Voter fraud is a lie. New data proves what we’ve long known.

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How Elizabeth Holmes Changed Her Style for Trial

As the fraud trial of the Theranos founder draws to a close, could her new courtroom image affect the decision?

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R.N.C. Is Said to Agree to Pay Up to $1.6 Million of Trump’s Personal Legal Bills

Under the unusual arrangement, the Republican Party is paying to defend the former president as he faces investigations into his private business practices.

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Elizabeth Holmes Trial: Closing Arguments Are Set to Begin

Prosecutors said Ms. Holmes, the Theranos founder, deliberately chose to lie instead of letting the start-up fail.

#computers-and-the-internet, #dating-and-relationships, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

Trump Fraud Inquiry’s Focus: Did He Mislead His Own Accountants?

The investigation, by the Manhattan district attorney, is zeroing in on financial records the former president and his company sent to lenders.

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Amtrak Worker Sold Railroad Equipment for Years to Line His Pockets, U.S. Says

Jose Rodriquez, 49, of Brick, N.J., pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Monday. Prosecutors said he obtained 114 chain saws for the railroad service, but sold them for profit.

#amtrak, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-jersey, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices

Why We Need to Address Scam Culture

It’s not just about shady deals. It’s about the social fabric.

#consumer-protection, #frauds-and-swindling, #internal-sub-only-nl, #ponzi-and-pyramid-schemes, #trump-donald-j

Former D.E.A. Agent Sentenced to 12 Years in Drug Money Scheme

Jose Ismael Irizarry took part in a seven-year scheme that used proceeds from drug investigations to buy jewelry, cars and a house in Colombia, prosecutors said.

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New York A.G. to Subpoena Trump to Testify in Fraud Investigation

The move by the attorney general, Letitia James, comes at a critical moment in a criminal inquiry into the former president, who could try to block the demand.

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Elizabeth Holmes Rests Her Case in Fraud Trial

Lawyers must now agree on a set of jury instructions before closing arguments begin on Dec. 16.

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Elizabeth Holmes Returns to the Stand on Tuesday.

The climax of the cross-examination of Ms. Holmes, founder of the blood testing start-up Theranos, sends her fraud trial to its end stage.

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Steve McLaughlin, a Cuomo Nemesis, Is Charged With Campaign Fraud

Steve McLaughlin, a Republican county executive and a former state lawmaker, was accused of using campaign funds to pay a personal debt.

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Retail Theft Has Gotten Very Organized

Fortunately, there’s a solution.

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Prosecutors Push Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos to Take Responsibility

Under cross-examination, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up defended herself but admitted that she had made mistakes.

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Former Temple U. Dean Found Guilty of Faking Data for National Rankings

Prosecutors said he conspired to submit fake data about Temple’s Fox School of Business that helped it climb influential U.S. News & World Report college rankings.

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Elizabeth Holmes Says Former Boyfriend Abused Her

Ms. Holmes, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, blamed Ramesh Balwani, the former No. 2 at the company.

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Elizabeth Holmes Testimony: Updates From Day 4

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, took the stand for a fourth day on Monday.

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Elizabeth Holmes Points Fingers at Others and Says She Was a Believer

In her most substantial day of testimony, Ms. Holmes, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, painted herself as someone whose best intentions were misinterpreted.

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Scams and Slippery Slopes

Swindling has become a respectable institution in America. How?

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Gerald Migdol Is Charged in Campaign Finance Scheme

Gerald Migdol is accused of concealing contributions to a New York City comptroller candidate to get more public-matching funds.

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U.S. Rests Its Case in the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

Defense lawyers are expected to argue that the founder of Theranos, the blood-testing start-up, failed but did not commit fraud.

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Couple Convicted of Covid Relief Fraud Is on the Run, FBI Says

Richard Ayvazyan and his wife, Marietta Terabelian, cut their monitoring bracelets and fled in August, the agency said. On Monday, they were sentenced in absentia.

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Art Dealer Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud Charges in $86 Million Scam

Prosecutors said Inigo Philbrick, who admitted he duped investors who joined him in the purchase of blue-chip art, took advantage of the opacity of the art market.

#art, #basquiat-jean-michel, #frauds-and-swindling, #london-england, #philbrick-inigo