Latest Counterfeiting and forgery News

Man who assaulted infant gets 12 more years for forgery

Aug. 3, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man convicted of sexually assaulting an infant has been resentenced to 16 years in prison after it was discovered that he forged letters of support for his original sentencing. Thirty-five-year-old Andrew Glasser was initially given four years in prison after entering an...

Ex-candidate charged with fraud on nominating petitions

Jul. 31, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former Flagstaff mayoral candidate accused of forging petition signatures to appear on Tuesday’s primary ballot has been indicted on fraud and other charges. The indictment filed Thursday alleged Victor John Varela signed the names of six other people on his nominating...

Bismarck man gets 16 years for assaulting infant, forgery

Jul. 31, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man who was originally sentenced to four years in prison for sexually abusing an infant was re-sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison, due in part to the fact he submitted false letters of support. South Central District Judge David Reich said the letters were one of...

Russia given 2nd deadline by World Athletics to pay fine

Jul. 30, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

MONACO (AP) — World Athletics gave Russia's troubled track and field federation a second deadline on Thursday to pay a $5 million fine by mid-August after saying the Russian Sports Ministry promised to clear the debts. The Russian Athletics Federation, known as RusAF, was fined $10 million in March, with...

Yuma police investigating counterfeit cash, fake $100 bills

Jul. 28, 2020 1:18 AM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Yuma are investigating some counterfeit money that is being passed around the city. The fake money includes $100 bills, according to authorities. Police said they learned Monday of some bogus bills. The cash will pass the counterfeit bill detector pen test, but police officials...

Sununu announces mask-wearing campaign, lawmakers OK mandate

Jul. 21, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced a public service campaign Tuesday to encourage wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic as state lawmakers approved a policy requiring masks when they enter the Statehouse. The social media-based campaign will target people between the...

California man gets 5 years in prison for art fraud scheme

Jul. 16, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A California man was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for trying to sell forged art to a South Florida gallery. A federal judge in Miami sentenced Philip Righter, 43, who pleaded guilty in March to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft, according to court records. ...

This evidence photo released by the United States Attorney Central District of California shows bogus artwork, a fake Jean-Michel Basquiat. A Southern California man who authorities say tried to sell $6 million worth of phony paintings he claimed were created by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other modern masters has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Philip Righter of West Hollywood was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court in Miami in a Los Angeles case. (United States Attorney Central District of California via AP)

California man sentenced in $6M modern art fraud scheme

Jul. 15, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who authorities say tried to sell $6 million worth of phony paintings he claimed were created by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other modern masters was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison. Philip Righter, 43, of West Hollywood was...

Officials: 450 fake iPhone cases found during inspection

Jul. 14, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officers have seized 450 fake iPhone cases during an inspection at a facility at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The counterfeit cases were in a package that originated from Hong Kong and were headed to an Amazon facility in Joliet, according to U.S. Customs and Border...

Hundreds of counterfeit watches shipped into Chicago

Jul. 11, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 200 counterfeit watches were found in late June and early July at a mail facility at O'Hare International Airport, federal authorities said this week. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the facility inspected the 175 parcels containing 193 watches due to incorrect...