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'Horror Dentist' Learns His Fate

Jacobus van Nierop sentenced to 8 years in jail

(Newser) - France's " horror dentist " won't get close to a patient's teeth again. Dutchman Jacobus van Nierop, 51, was convicted of aggravated assault and fraud in the French town of Nevers on Tuesday, banned from practicing dentistry, sentenced to eight years in jail, and fined $11,900,... More »

How Instagram Posts Can Doom the Super-Rich

Investigators use social media against them

(Newser) - Need to track down a millionaire's hidden assets? Try hiring an investigator to scour social media accounts in the person's family—because photos of yachts, Facebook "likes," and geo-tags are becoming valuable evidence in up to 75% of such cases, the Guardian reports. "You can... More »

Grad Loses Case Against 'Misleading' Law School

Jury votes 9-3 against Anna Alaburda

(Newser) - A split jury Thursday decided the case of Anna Alaburda versus the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and it came down on the side of the school, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Alaburda, 37, sued the nonprofit California school in 2011, claiming it fudged post-graduation employment numbers. She said those... More »

Woman Dealt Diseased Body Parts in Grisly Case

Her estranged husband will stand trial in April

(Newser) - A Detroit woman faces up to 10 months in prison for fraud after admitting to renting diseased body parts to researchers. Elizabeth Rathburn, 56—to be sentenced in July—also must pay $55,225 to the American Anesthesiology Association, whose researchers were told the body parts were clean, reports the... More »

This Simple Scam Has Cost Businesses $2B in 2 Years

'It's easy; all you need is a computer'

(Newser) - International scammers are successfully tricking businesses into wiring them as much $90 million at a time, and the problem is getting worse, the Financial Times reports. In a scam known as "business email crime" or "CEO fraud," criminals impersonate the email account of a business's CEO... More »

High-Profile Cancer Patient Allegedly Faked It

For a whole decade, apparently, per Tracy Dart's family

(Newser) - A cancer awareness advocate and fundraiser known as the unofficial mayor of West Seattle and who for the past decade has branded herself as a cancer patient and survivor may have faked her illness the entire time, KOMO reports. A rep from Susan G. Komen headquarters in Dallas confirmed the... More »

Wife: Husband Secretly Divorced Me 20 Years Ago

Cristina Carta Villa, 59, files suit against her husband

(Newser) - While some marriages end in divorce, this one apparently essentially started with it. New York wife Cristina Carta Villa, 59, claims that husband Gabriel Villa secretly divorced her right after they married 20 years ago in an effort to retain his assets, the New York Post reports. Now she's... More »

Claims of Fraud Could Get Student Loans Forgiven

More than 7.5K former students say their colleges defrauded them

(Newser) - Over the past six months, more than 7,500 Americans have applied to have their cumulative $164 million in student loans forgiven, claiming their colleges defrauded them, the Wall Street Journal reports. And as Gawker clarifies: "We are not talking here about the stereotypical 'Oberlin art history major... More »

Law Grads Win 'Historic' Court Date Against School

Students accuse California school of fraud over employment stats

(Newser) - Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego is often listed pretty far down the national rankings, with relatively low LSAT scores and a 46% bar passage rate, reports the Daily Caller . And the post-graduation employment rate may be even lower than the 60% the school advertises, which prompted 2008... More »

RHONJ Star Teresa Giudice Heads Home From Prison

Husband Joe is up next to serve his time behind bars

(Newser) - Looks like Teresa Giudice's attorney wasn't far off the mark after predicting in January she'd be released early, "sometime in early December." The 43-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star was released from Connecticut's Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury just after 5am Wednesday after... More »

Martin Shkreli Calls Fraud Charges 'Baseless'

He tweets he will 'prevail'

(Newser) - Pharmaceutical company executive and Internet villain Martin Shkreli says fraud allegations against him are "baseless and without merit." Shkreli tweeted Saturday: "I am confident I will prevail." The 32-year-old former hedge fund manager pleaded not guilty Thursday in Brooklyn federal court and was released on $5... More »

'Ruthless' Debt Collectors Accused of $31M Fraud

NY firm accused of bullying, threatening victims

(Newser) - More than a dozen employees of a Buffalo, NY, firm are accused of lying to, threatening, and bullying thousands of people across the US in what officials say is the biggest debt-collection fraud ever prosecuted. Some 15 employees of Four Star Resolution have been charged with fraudulently collecting $31 million,... More »

Marathoner Who Placed 2nd Arrested for Odd Finish

He's accused of jumping out of crowd, running less than a mile in Nairobi event

(Newser) - A man was arrested and will face fraud charges for cheating his way into second place at Kenya's Nairobi International Marathon. Police and race officials said the man, identified as 28-year-old Julius Njogu, hid among a group of spectators before joining Sunday's race near the finish. Njogu claimed... More »

VW's Dieselgate Now Spreads to Audi

Company's luxury brand says 2.1M of its cars also had emissions cheat

(Newser) - The dust was just starting to settle on Volkswagen's emissions-cheating software on its US diesel vehicles, but new revelations show the hubbub spreading to Audi. The company's luxury brand reported Monday that 2.1 million of its vehicles—including 13,000 in the US—had the same cheat... More »

Famed Atheist: The 'Clock Kid' Is a Fraud

Richard Dawkins lays into 14-year-old kid

(Newser) - Think the "clock kid" has a friend in famed atheist Richard Dawkins? Seems not: Ahmed Mohamed, 14, who was arrested in Texas when authorities thought he'd built a bomb instead of a clock, perpetrated "fraud" and perhaps "wanted to be arrested," tweeted Dawkins today. Here'... More »

White Guy Finally Gets Published— as Yi-Fen Chou

Poem really by Michael Derrick Hudson of Fort Wayne, Ind.

(Newser) - "If there is such a thing as employing yellowface in poetry, this has to be it." That's what Korean-American blogger Phil Yu, known as Angry Asian Man , has to say about Michael Derrick Hudson , a white poet whose poem was chosen for The Best American Poetry 2015... More »

Man Allegedly Treated Scores of Patients as Fake Doctor

Suspicions grew when he kept bumming rides

(Newser) - A New York man charged with treating up to 100 patients while pretending to be a clinical psychologist and physician over the past three years was done in by his penchant for bumming rides from patients and cooking them meals, CBS New York reports. Donald Lee-Edwards, 43, was charged this... More »

5 at Fed Watchdog Busted in School Lunch Scam

Literally and allegedly stealing lunch money from less-fortunate students

(Newser) - Five employees of a government agency designed to sniff out fraud and abuse in federal programs were charged yesterday with defrauding and abusing the federal reduced-price school meal program, quite literally stealing lunch money from less-fortunate kids, NBC 4 reports. As the Washington Post reports, the five Government Accountability Office... More »

Doctor Who Gave Chemo to Healthy Patients Learns Fate

Dr. Farid Fata is handed a 45-year sentence

(Newser) - A doctor who did anything but adhere to his Hippocratic Oath will spend decades in prison for the harm he inflicted on his unsuspecting patients. Dr. Farid Fata was today sentenced to 45 years in prison for what US District Judge Paul Borman described as a "a huge, horrific... More »

Doc Told Hundreds of Healthy People They Had Cancer

Farid Fata faces 175 years for horrifying fraud scheme

(Newser) - Dr. Farid Fata put hundreds of people through hell in order to line his own pockets, and now federal prosecutors are seeking to put the Detroit-area oncologist away for 175 years. Fata has admitted that he misdiagnosed patients—553 of them, according to prosecutors—and ordered chemotherapy and other unnecessary... More »

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