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Florida Gallery Owner Charged with Peddling Fake Art Pieces

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida gallery owner has been arrested on federal charges for peddling fake art pieces, claiming the cheap reproductions were in fact originals by Andy Warhol, Banksy, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, federal prosecutors …

Attorneys, Physicians Charged in $31M Trip-and-Fall Fraud Scheme

Two attorneys and two doctors are charged in a $31 million insurance fraud scheme where plaintiffs were allegedly recruited from New York City homeless shelters to stage accidents at locations with identified trip hazards, federal prosecutors say. The conspirators left …

Witness: Commissioner Used Arson Money to Buy Campaign Signs

ATLANTA (AP) — Suspended Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck improperly took money from the private insurer he led and used it to buy campaign signs when the Republican ran for office in 2018, a witness testified Friday in Beck’s trial. …

7th Circuit Affirms Conviction of Man Who Torched 7 Mobile Homes, Collected $600K

A federal appellate court on Friday affirmed the conviction of an Indiana man who set fire to seven homes in a rural mobile home park over a nine-year period and collected more than $600,000 in insurance money. A panel of …

Ex-Minnesota Grain Elevator Manager Charged With Mail Fraud, Stole $5M

The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator who disappeared after allegedly stealing nearly $5 million is charged in federal court with mail fraud. Jerry Hennessey, 56, of Dalton surrendered and made his initial court appearance Tuesday, according to …

Fraud News: Fake Oil Spill Claim, Policy Purchased After Damage, Mail Fraud

Man Gets 3 Years for Filing False Oil Spill Claims Federal authorities say a man charged with filing fraudulent claims in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been sentenced to just over three years in prison. A recent …

Jersey Insurance Adjuster Pleads Guilty in Fraud Scheme

The owner of an insurance adjusting firm has pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges stemming from a scheme to defraud the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and several insurers. Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Robert Napolitano, of Clifton, entered his plea Monday. …

Iowa Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to Crafting Bogus Policies

An insurance agent in northeast Iowa accused of creating fake life insurance policies to make more money has pleaded guilty to mail fraud. U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau says in a press release that 46-year-old Melissa Williams, of Dike, is …

Mississippi Woman to Repay $17,000 for Oil Spill Fraud Claims

A 32-year-old Gulfport, Miss., woman has been ordered confined at home and must repay $17,000 in an oil-spill fraud case. Sheila Wilbanks, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s Southern District office, tells The Sun Herald Kimberly Marie Isabell was a Gulfport …

Idaho Inmate Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Mail Fraud

An Idaho inmate has been ordered to serve 33 months in prison and repay more than $59,000 collected by purporting to be a claimant in class-action lawsuits and bankruptcy settlements across the country. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also …