Fraud News

Call Leads to Arrest, Arson Charge for Austin Woman

An anonymous phone call to the Texas Arson Hotline has led to the arrest of an Austin woman who intentionally set fire to her apartment in order to receive an insurance payment. Ashlee King, 23, was jailed on charges of …

Trial in Boston Marathon Claim Scam

Trial is set to begin for Massachusetts two brothers charged with making a fake $2 million claim to the Boston marathon victims’ fund using the name of an aunt who has been dead for a decade. Twenty-three-year-old Branden Mattier and …

Art Dealer Wanted for Fraud in U.S Arrested in Spain

Spanish officials say a businessman suspected of having dealt in millions of dollars of fake art has been arrested during Easter festivities in southern Spain. Art dealer Jose Carlos Bergantinos Diaz, who is wanted for fraud in the United States, …

Mother and Son Arrested, Part of Chain Saw Theft Ring

A mother and son from the Chicago area are charged in Michigan with being part of a chain saw theft ring. Gaci Juric and Ali Ivanov face a preliminary examination later this month in Mason District Court. The Northfield, Ill., …

Ex-Tornado Fund Employee Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A former Joplin, Mo., woman has pleaded guilty to her role in defrauding a relief fund set up to help victims of the May 2011 tornado that devastated the city. Thirty-two-year-old Herlana L. Latham, who now lives in Memphis, Tenn., …

California Legislation Would Limit Personal Data in Online Purchases

Legislation that passed the state Senate on Thursday would restrict online retailers in the amount and type of personal information they could collect and would require them to dispose of it once it is no longer needed to guard against …

Maryland Woman Charged With Arson, Fraud After Fire

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged an Edgewood, Md., woman with arson and fraud after a fire in her apartment. Forty-nine-year-old Loretta Cunningham turned herself in to Maryland State police Wednesday. She is being held on $100,000 secured bond. …

French Court Rules Businessman is Guilty of Fraud Relating to Implants

A court has ruled that the French businessman who sold tens of thousands of faulty silicone breast implants around the world is guilty of fraud. With dozens of women looking on, the Marseille tribunal handed Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of …

Hearing for Alleged $800M Florida Fraud Mastermind

The health of the alleged mastermind of an $800 million insurance fraud scheme is the main topic of a hearing in Miami federal court. Federal prosecutors are asking U.S. District Judge Robert Scola to set a firm trial date Thursday …

Prosecutions End in 14-State Identity Theft Ring

Federal authorities in Minnesota have wrapped up prosecuting members of an identity theft ring that involved more than 100 people and spanned 14 states. The Star Tribune reported that the scheme is one of the largest identity theft rings caught …