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Iowa Man Defrauded $2.7M From Illinois Insurer

Federal authorities say an Iowa man has been charged with defrauding his former employer in Illinois of at least $2.7 million. U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis said 47-year-old Dominic Scodeller of Davenport, Iowa, was arrested Tuesday on charges of fraud and …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Sentenced for Selling Sans License

A former Oklahoma insurance agent has received a five-year suspended sentence and a $2,500 fine for selling insurance without a license. Preston Chadwick Henson, 44, was convicted of the felony after entering a no contest plea in Kingfisher County. The …

2 Plead Guilty in Iowa to Defrauding AIG, Face Decades in Prison

Former Iowa resident Christina M. Pender and California resident Robert K. Taylor have pled guilty to defrauding insurance company AIG out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa announced. Taylor also …

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. …