Latest Counterfeiting and forgery News

Report: German police see surge in fake vaccine certificates

Jan. 19, 2022 10:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany are investigating thousands of cases of suspected forgery of coronavirus vaccine certificates, the dpa news agency reported Wednesday. It cited figures obtained from the country's 16 states showing more than 12,000 police investigations have been...

Official: Police used fake DNA reports during interrogations

Jan. 12, 2022 18:54 PM EST

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach police used forged documents that linked people's DNA to a crime to get them to confess or cooperate with investigators, Virginia's outgoing attorney general announced Wednesday. The city’s police department has changed its policy in the...

2nd acquittal in charges in 2017 Ohio nursing home death

Jan. 09, 2022 11:47 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio judge has acquitted a certified nurse practitioner of involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the 2017 death of a man at a Columbus nursing home, the second acquittal since the indictment of seven workers at the facility. A Franklin County judge...

Career coach sentenced to prison for stealing federal funds

Jan. 08, 2022 11:29 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina career coach has received a two-year prison sentence after her conviction for stealing $68,000 from a federally funded workforce development program and using it for herself, authorities said. Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western...

Connecticut man charged with faking COVID to avoid court

Dec. 29, 2021 16:16 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged with faking a positive COVID-19 test in order to avoid a court date. The 31-year-old Hartford man was arrested Tuesday on charges of forgery and fabricating physical evidence. Prosecutors said the man, who...

Officials: 22 die in Istanbul from bootleg alcohol poisoning

Dec. 17, 2021 05:37 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — At least 22 people have died in Istanbul and 16 others have been hospitalized and are in serious condition after drinking bootleg alcohol, the local governor’s office said Friday, as authorities intensified a crackdown on counterfeit drinks across Turkey ahead of New...

California man who sold $1M of forged art gets 3-year term

Dec. 10, 2021 23:16 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California man who sold $1.1 million in forged art was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison, prosecutors said. Jason Harrington, 38, of Escondido, was sentenced in San Diego after pleading guilty to wire fraud earlier this year, according to...

Germany-wide police raids target alleged worker trafficking

Dec. 08, 2021 10:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German police and customs officers conducted dozens of raids across the country Wednesday and arrested at least nine people in a crackdown on the alleged human trafficking of temporary workers from outside the European Union. Federal police in Berlin tweeted that the...

Italian dentist presents fake arm for vaccine to get pass

Dec. 04, 2021 05:29 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after trying to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a fake arm made of silicone. A nurse in the northern city of Biella, Filippa Bua, said she could tell right away that something was off when a man presented...

N. Carolina woman accused of forging insurance claim forms

Dec. 03, 2021 08:42 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a North Carolina woman and accused her of forging bills and claim forms to get more than $70,000 from an insurance company, the N.C. Department of Insurance said. Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey says special agents with...