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Onetime High-Flying Lawyer Girardi Indicted on Client Theft

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disgraced former Los Angeles celebrity lawyer Tom Girardi has been indicted by federal grand juries in Los Angeles and Chicago on charges of stealing more than $18 million from clients, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. The charges …

New York Prosecutors Allege Workers’ Comp Premium Fraud in Two Schemes Worth $10M

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, Jr. within the past week announced two separate indictments alleging workers’ compensation fraud, one totaling $7 million in premiums and the other, $3 million. In one case, Juan Escobar, and his drywall and carpentry companies, …

Louisiana Police Arrest Public Adjuster Accused of Pocketing Clients’ Checks

Louisiana State Police arrested a Texas public adjuster for allegedly pocketing $592,000 from settlement checks that were intended for seven former clients by forging the homeowners’ signatures. Andrew Joseph Mitchell, 43, voluntarily surrendered to state police at the St. Charles …

Attorney Sentenced to 8 Years for Stealing Insurance Settlement Checks

A former Portland, Oregon personal injury attorney was sentenced Monday to eight years, five months in prison and ordered to pay $4.5 million in restitution for stealing insurance payouts from 135 clients. Lori E. Deveny’s actions led to the largest …

Law Firm that Touted Technology Accused of Fraud, Hits Blockade in La. Courtroom

Zach Moseley says his law firm has invested millions of dollars in technology to serve more clients. During a video interview with a social media consultant, he said McClenny Moseley & Associates hopes to represent 50,000 policyholders with claims caused …

Los Angeles Man Gets 10 years for $25M Cellphone Scheme

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles cellphone store owner who stole some $25 million from wireless carriers by illegally unlocking phones was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison. Argishti Khudaverdyan, 44, of Burbank, also was ordered to …

Boston Man Convicted in Physical Therapy False Billing Scheme

A Boston man pleaded guilty in federal court in connection with a scheme to defraud an insurance company for physical therapy services that were not provided to patients, according to prosecutors. Officials said Slava Pride pleaded guilty to one count …

California Trucking Firm Owner Sentenced for Deadly Blast

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California trucking company owner who ordered the illegal repair of a tanker that led to a deadly explosion was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in federal prison. Carl Bradley Johansson, 64, of Newport Beach …

Two Farmers Indicted in Kentucky Crop Insurance Fraud

Two Kentucky farmers and a relative have been indicted for falsifying crop damage and exaggerating the size of their fields in order to reap crop insurance benefits. A federal grand jury last week charged Randall Taulbee and James McDonald, of …

Fla. Homeowners Association Board Members Arrested on Fraud Charges

Current and former Board members at Florida’s largest homeowners’ association were arrested Tuesday, charged with taking millions of dollars from the association over several years. It’s the latest development in a drama that last year saw the arrest of the …