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Woman Who Fled Business Fraud Sentencing Seeks Early Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio woman who fled the United States for Mexico ahead of her sentencing in one of the biggest corporate fraud cases in decades is asking for early release from prison, citing poor health and fear of …

Minnesotan Pleads Guilty to Faking Death in $2M Insurance Scam

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota man accused of faking his own death eight years ago in Eastern Europe to collect a $2 million life insurance policy has pleaded guilty. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that 54-year-old Igor Vorotinov, …

Bernard Madoff’s Wife Ruth Settles with Court-Appointed Trustee

NEW YORK — Ruth Madoff, the wife of imprisoned swindler Bernard Madoff, agreed to pay $594,000 and surrender her remaining assets when she dies to settle claims by the court-appointed trustee liquidating her husband’s firm. According to settlement papers, Ruth …

Scams Include Fake Flood Damage, Phantom Car Wrecks and Post-Dated Claims

A lawyer who faked flood damage, a bodyshop owner who reported accidents that never happened and motorists who filed claims for crashes that occurred before they bought auto insurance policies were among the people who were arrested or convicted for …

Texas Man Gets 10 Year Sentence for Copper Theft

A San Antonio man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing copper in a ring that investigators say targeted Central Texas communication towers. Ricky Thatcher must also pay more than $163,000 to victims, including the Lower Colorado …

Disbarred Kentucky Lawyer Sentenced to 20 Years

A disbarred Lexington, Ky., lawyer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud and other crimes. Part of the case involved 35-year-old Seth J. Johnston’s involvement in collecting money for plaintiffs in a case over the diet drug …

Mississippi Woman Gets Six Months Prison Time for Oil Spill Fraud

A Mississippi woman has been sentenced to serve six months in federal prison for submitting false claims to get oil spill recovery money. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Katisha Lombardo Deroche of Bay St. Louis was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District …

Workers’ Comp Fraud Nets Arizona Man 8 Years in Prison

Chip Kyle Bolton, a resident of Arizona who formerly lived in Salinas, Calif., received a maximum sentence to prison for eight years and eight months. The sentence followed a verdict by jury in April 2014 where Bolton was convicted of …

Hawaii Man Found Guilty of Insurance Fraud

A jury recently found a Honolulu man, Yun Fei Tang, 46, guilty of insurance fraud and attempted theft. He is currently out on bail and awaiting sentencing in June. Tang faces up to five years imprisonment for each count and …

Prison Time for Mississippi Man Guilty of Oil Spill Fraud

A 46-year-old Gautier, Miss., man has been sentenced to prison for five months and ordered to repay $26,000 for oil spill recovery money he received by fraud. The Sun Herald reports Vester Ray Bassham also was sentenced this week to …