Latest Counterfeiting and forgery News

US: Hawaii man used $1.2M in fake checks to try to post bail

Jul. 26, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii man accused of using counterfeit bank checks totaling $1.2 million to try to bail three people out of a jail has been arrested and ordered held without bail, according to court records. Samuela Tuikolongahau Jr. was detained by federal authorities on...

Colorado man pleads guilty to casting missing wife's ballot

Jul. 22, 2022 19:42 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man who had been charged in the presumed death of his missing wife has pleaded guilty to forgery for casting her 2020 election ballot for then-President Donald Trump. Barry Morphew pleaded guilty Thursday and was fined and assessed court costs of $600, The...

Report: Mistakes, not Liverpool fans, caused CL final fiasco

Jul. 13, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

French senators said the chaos outside the national stadium that marred the Champions League soccer final was due to a series of mistakes by police and officials — and not the actions of previously blamed Liverpool fans — with “malfunction at every stage” before, during and after the game. ...

Mother and son who ran drug ring get lengthy prison terms

Jul. 01, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mother and son who ran a large-scale drug ring that made and distributed hundreds of thousands of counterfeit pills containing the powerful opioid fentanyl to the region north of Boston have both received lengthy prison terms. Vincent Caruso, 27, was...

Ringleader of check fraud scheme gets 5 years in prison

Jun. 27, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ringleader of a plot that defrauded multiple Rhode Island banks out of tens of thousands of dollars through a counterfeit check scheme has been sentenced to five years in prison, federal prosecutors said Monday. Terrance Richardson, 30, of Providence,...

26 indicted, 500,000 phony pills seized in federal crackdown

Jun. 21, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seventeen people were arrested and nearly 500,000 counterfeit pills were seized during a federal crackdown on drug traffickers suspected of bringing phony pharmaceuticals laced with fentanyl and other illicit narcotics into California from Mexico, authorities said Tuesday. ...

2 more plead guilty to roles in drug trafficking scheme

Jun. 18, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts residents have pleaded guilty to their roles in a drug trafficking ring that included the sale of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl out of a market, federal prosecutors said. Cintia Franco, 34, and Amauris Antonio Rosario Garcia, 39,...

26 indicted, half-million pills seized in drug probe

Jun. 14, 2022 21:19 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal authorities have indicted 26 people and seized nearly 500,000 counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl during a two-year investigation into an international drug smuggling operation, prosecutors announced Tuesday. Charges of conspiracy to...

Georgia man gets 2-year sentence in counterfeit check scheme

Jun. 14, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Georgia man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Rhode Island to two years in prison for his role in a scheme that recruited homeless people to cash counterfeit checks at banks around New England in exchange for a small fee. The scheme that ran from...

Police arrest man suspected of selling fake NBA tickets

Jun. 09, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Police in the Boston area have for weeks been warning about NBA playoff ticket scams, and now there has been an arrest. A 29-year-old Connecticut man allegedly in possession of forged or counterfeit tickets was arrested in the area of the TD Garden at about 8:30 p.m....