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'Fake Disability' Daughter Linked to Mom's Murder

Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde was killed last week

(Newser) - The stabbing death of a Missouri mom is looking like a sordid tale right out of the Louisiana bayous. Police arrested Gypsy Blancharde, 23, and her boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn, 26, on Monday for the first-degree murder of Gypsy's mom, 48-year-old Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde—who was slain in... More »

Feds: Family Spent $187M Given to Cancer Charities

FTC says 'sham charities' operated as 'personal fiefdoms'

(Newser) - A more accurate name for the Cancer Fund of America would be the Reynolds Family Luxury Fund, according to federal investigators who say they've uncovered one of the biggest charity frauds on record. An FTC complaint says the fund and three related charities—the Breast Cancer Society, the Children'... More »

Alleged Serial Bride Jilts Court Hearing

Arrest warrant issued for Liana Barrientos

(Newser) - Liana Barrientos showed up for 10 marriages in the space of 11 years , prosecutors say, but she didn't show up for her date with a judge in Bronx Supreme Court yesterday. She was charged with fraud last month over the multiple marriages, and a warrant for her arrest was... More »

Man Accused of International In-N-Out Burger Scheme

Prosecutors say Craig Stevens peddled fake franchises

(Newser) - Craig Stevens allegedly had what sounded like a great offer: Purchase an In-N-Out Burger franchise and bring the fast-food chain to the Middle East. That would be pretty major, considering a slim five US states are home to In-N-Out Burger locations. The only problem? The company has "adamantly" refused... More »

Man's Car Accident Brings All 17 Girlfriends to His Side

In other words, Yuan got busted ... big time

(Newser) - Sometimes all it takes for a wounded man to heal is a little TLC—or a lot of TLC, if all 17 of your girlfriends show up. A Chinese man identified only by the surname Yuan was in a car accident on March 24 and was taken to the hospital... More »

Ala. Agency: Harper Lee Aware of New Book

Securities Commission says author 'able to answer questions ... to our satisfaction'

(Newser) - Alabama investigators looked into whether the recent deal to publish Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird sequel involved financial fraud, but they've closed the inquiry, a state official said yesterday. Alabama Securities Commission Director Joseph Borg said his agency sent an investigator to speak with Lee because the... More »

In Spain, a Princess Is Headed to Trial

Princess Cristina, husband indicted on fraud charges

(Newser) - Spain's Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges today—a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago . Cristina is the first royal ordered to stand trial since the monarchy was... More »

Feds: Man Used Stolen Funds to Freeze His Wife

Whileon Chay indicted, thought to be on the run in Peru

(Newser) - A man being charged with running a Ponzi scheme out of New Jersey is not only accused of squirreling away $5 million of his customers' money, reports Bloomberg , but he allegedly spent it on some pretty standard and pretty strange stuff. Whileon Chay, 38, "would show up to meet... More »

Harvard Prof Flips Over $4 Chinese Food Overcharge

Ben Edelman says the issue is larger, threatens legal action

(Newser) - A Boston-area Chinese restaurant charging $1 more per plate than it advertises on its online menu may have served the wrong guy—a Harvard Business School professor specializing in online advertising fraud who wasted no time in pulling out the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute and threatening legal action. According to... More »

Taxpayer Dollars Funding Drugs for Dead People

Medicare payments allowed up to 32 days after patients' deaths: report

(Newser) - Dead men don't wear plaid—and they don't pick up prescription drugs at the pharmacy. Yet Medicare has been paying for medicine for the deceased for up to 32 days after their deaths, the AP reports. A report out today from the Health and Human Services Department's... More »

Dr. Oz's 'Magic' Diet Bean Loses Lone Study Backing It

Authors retract claims he cited after FTC alleged results 'hopelessly flawed'

(Newser) - In 2012, celebrity TV doctor Mehmet Oz endorsed green coffee bean extract as a "magic weight-loss cure" even though only one scientific study backed these claims—and it was funded by the extract manufacturer. This week Oz is backed further into a corner as the study's two writers... More »

Cops: Man Impersonated Dead Twin in Benefits Scam

Queens resident collected $581K

(Newser) - The Murphy twins were born in 1962, but Robert died a day after their birth. Decades later, brother Thomas resurrected him in a way by collecting nearly $600,000 in fake benefits in his name, reports the New York Post . The Queens trash collector allegedly posed as his long-dead twin... More »

Did a Boat Racing Champ Fake His Own Death?

Police question disappearance of Andrew Biddle

(Newser) - A champion boat racer went missing after a boat crash last month, but police don't think he's dead. No, according to a flyer officers distributed, which was picked up by the Press of Atlantic City , Andrew Biddle is likely "alive and well and on the run."... More »

Hackers Hit 1K StubHub Accounts, Bought Tickets

Online ticket reseller says it gave out refunds, arrests coming

(Newser) - Last year, StubHub officials noticed a slew of unauthorized transactions, quietly refunded affected customers, and brought in law-enforcement officials. Authorities are today expected to make arrests involving a huge cyberfraud ring in which thieves hacked into more than 1,000 StubHub accounts, reports the AP . The StubHub site itself wasn’... More »

'Tour de Fraud' Earns Bank Record Fine

BNP Paribas fined almost $9B for bypassing sanctions

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors at last made good on their promise to get a guilty plea out of a major bank yesterday, as BNP Paribas agreed to a record fine of almost $9 billion for violating US sanctions. The bank, the biggest in France, "perpetrated what was truly a Tour de... More »

Guy Says He's Jared Leto's Stylist, Tricks Top Shops

Also claims to work for Johnny Depp

(Newser) - A pricey New York menswear shop generally asks for ID when phone orders are picked up. If you're a celebrity's assistant, however, you can sometimes get by without getting carded. That was handy for a man who recently visited Carven after placing orders by phone with a stolen... More »

Woman Faked Cancer for Donations: Cops

Even duped her mom, husband: police

(Newser) - An Ohio woman has been charged with felony theft after police say she posed as a terminal cancer patient to dupe donors into giving her thousands of dollars. Mindy Taylor even convinced her husband and her mother she was dying. The 35-year-old mother claimed she was suffering from cancer of... More »

Beware Massive IRS Phone Scam

Fake agents demand immediate payment

(Newser) - If an Internal Revenue Service agent calls you up threatening dire consequences if unpaid taxes aren't settled immediately, don't pay up—that's not an IRS agent on the other end. Tax officials say that in the "largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,... More »

Mom Faked Son's Cancer for Donations: Cops

Sandy Nguyen allegedly accepted more than $25K in donations

(Newser) - A Colorado mother has been arrested after allegedly convincing her family and friends that her young son was dying of cancer and accepting more than $25,000 in public donations. Police arrested 28-year-old Sandy Nguyen on felony charges of theft and criminal impersonation Thursday. She allegedly convinced members of the... More »

Teresa Giudice 'Heartbroken' After Guilty Plea

Real Housewife could still end up behind bars in fraud case

(Newser) - Teresa and Joe Giudice pleaded guilty to fraud yesterday , and in a statement to People , the Real Housewife of New Jersey says, "I am heartbroken that this is affecting my family. Especially my four young daughters, who mean more to me than anything in the world." The couple... More »

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