Latest Fraud and false statements News

'Chatgate' scandal throws Puerto Rico governor into crisis

Jul. 15, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane Maria exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption...

Former executive sentenced to 9 years in fish fraud scheme

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former executive accused of defrauding investors in a scheme to build an $11 million fish farm in South Dakota has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Monday also ordered Tobias Ritesman to pay $680,000 in restitution. The...

Judge to sentence father, son convicted of investor fraud

Jul. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — On Tuesday, a federal judge will sentence an Alabama attorney and his son who were convicted of defrauding investors and a bank out of millions of dollars. Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of 17½ years Donald Watkins Sr. and 6½ years for his son, Donald Watkins...

Fire marshal: Arson suspect had 6 fires at family homes

Jul. 15, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

GRACE CHAPEL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina fire marshal says an arson suspect is charged with intentionally setting multiple fires at family homes, with six blazes reported in less than 11 years. News outlets report 48-year-old Grecia Leann Barlowe was indicted Monday on first and second-degree arson...

Ex-Beverly Hills stockbroker convicted of $200M stock fraud

Jul. 12, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Beverly Hills stockbroker has been convicted of fraud for a stock manipulation scheme that bilked investors out of $200 million. Todd Ficeto of Marion, Ohio was convicted Friday in Los Angeles of conspiracy, fraud, money laundering and other federal charges. If convicted, he...

Virginia to get share of opioid settlement

Jul. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is set to get a still-to-be determined amount of a $1.4 billion settlement to resolve U.S. investigations into the marketing of an anti-addiction drug. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that a British-based company has agreed to settle over allegations its...

Ex-doc sentenced to 113 years for drug trafficking, fraud

Jul. 12, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio doctor accused of prescribing opioids and other drugs without a legitimate purpose has been sentenced to 113 years in prison. Forty-one-year-old Frank Lazzerini, of Barberton , must serve at least 56 years before being eligible for parole. A jury found Lazzerini guilty in...

Police search towing firms accused of overcharging drivers

Jul. 12, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama have searched five towing companies that are under investigation for possible insurance fraud. New outlets report officers executed search warrants Friday at more than a dozen locations. Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste says some of the companies have been...

Court: Man's legal crusade against TGI Fridays can proceed

Jul. 12, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

It's not yet last call for a New Jersey man's lawsuit claiming TGI Fridays broke consumer fraud laws by not publishing drink prices. A state appeals court ruled Thursday that a lower court erred when it denied class action status to Robert Cameron's lawsuit. The suit claims Cameron was "shocked" when he dined at...

Arizona DPS trooper is accused of forgery, fraud, theft

Jul. 11, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper has been arrested on suspicion of forgery, fraud, theft and other charges. DPS officials say 27-year-old Pedro Javier Aguila Muniz was arrested Wednesday at the department's headquarters. He had been assigned to the Highway Patrol Division's...