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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 »

Fla. Psychic Gets 10 Years in Crazy $18M Fraud

Rose Marks apologizes for hurt caused

(Newser) - A 62-year-old psychic will spend some of her golden years in prison after what the Broward-Palm Beach New Times calls "the largest case of fortune-telling fraud ever to hit a courtroom." After decades operating in New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Rose Marks was sentenced to 10 years... More »

Real Housewives Couple Plead Guilty to Fraud

Teresa, Joe Giudice are in federal court today

(Newser) - Husband-and-wife members of the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast are in federal court in Newark today to plead guilty in a fraud case. Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice had pleaded not guilty last year to dozens of charges including bank fraud, wire fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. The couple... More »

'Japan's Beethoven' Accused of Faking Deafness, Too

Also, he can't even write scores, says ghostwriter Takashi Niigaki

(Newser) - For decades, Mamoru Samuragochi has been hailed as "Japan's Beethoven" because he was a deaf composer. Now, he appears to be neither. The man who actually wrote Samuragochi's music , Takashi Niigaki, held an hour-long press conference yesterday in which he revealed that Samuragochii a) "cannot even... More »

Yet Another Welfare Fraud Charge for Octomom

Authorities say Nadya Suleman now owes the state $26K

(Newser) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman was charged with a fourth count of welfare fraud yesterday after prosecutors said they discovered she wrongly collected an additional $10,000 in benefits from the state. When the single mother of 14 children was charged last month with three counts of fraud, authorities said she... More »

'Japan's Beethoven' Admits 18-Year Fraud

Mamoru Samuragochi lost hearing at age 35

(Newser) - The success of 50-year-old composer Mamoru Samuragochi, who is deaf, has prompted the nickname "Japan's Beethoven." Trouble is, it turns out he hasn't written his own music in decades. "I started hiring (a) person to compose music for me around 1996, when I was asked... More »

Octomom Charged With Welfare Fraud

Nadya Suleman faces more than 5 years in prison

(Newser) - She's baaaack: Octomom is making headlines again, and she's apparently not going to start doing it in a good way. Nadya Suleman has been charged with felony welfare fraud, the LA Times reports. More specifically, she faces one count of aid by misrepresentation and two counts of perjury... More »

Meet the First Convicted Counterfeiter of ... Wine

Rudy Kurniawan faces up to 40 years in prison on fraud charges

(Newser) - Rudy Kurniawan wanted to be a big name in the world of wine, and on Wednesday he achieved that dream: He became the first person ever convicted in the US of concocting and selling counterfeit wine, reports Wine Spectator . The 37-year-old native of Indonesia duped scores of millionaires—including Bill... More »

To Skip Work, EPA Scientist 'Worked' for CIA ... for 12 Years

John Beale to be sentenced tomorrow

(Newser) - Ever lied to your boss to get a day off work? How about doing that for 12 years? Oh, and your alibi: You were working for the CIA in Pakistan. Naturally. John Beale was the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest-paid employee and an expert in radiation and climate change with... More »

Fraudster Cheats Alan Grayson Out of $18M

William Chapman sentenced to 12 years in scheme

(Newser) - Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson —one of the richest people in Congress—was a victim of fraud that cost him $18 million, court documents show. On Friday, William Dean Chapman was sentenced to 12 years in prison over the scheme, which cost 120 investors some $35 million. After investors... More »

Navy Paid $1.6M for $8K Silencers

Senior intelligence officials under investigation for fraud

(Newser) - A word of advice: Do not trust the US Navy to scope out Black Friday sales. Federal prosecutors are investigating three senior Navy intelligence officials for an alleged scheme in which the Navy paid $1.6 million for a batch of homemade gun silencers that cost about $8,000 to... More »

Suit: Scamming Car Dealer Tried to Run Over Buyer

That's just one detail in this crazy New York lawsuit

(Newser) - Something wacky went down at the New York Motor Group, according to a lawsuit that claims a Queens man was conned, nearly run over, and even threatened with divorce by the dealership's owner and employees. It's a crazy tale packed with an "escalating series of insane events,... More »

Trump U Sued for Fraud, $40M

NY AG claims Donald's school failed to deliver on overpriced education

(Newser) - Trump University just took a hit from the School of Hard Knocks: New York's attorney general yesterday sued the Donald and his eponymous school for a hefty $40 million for defrauding students. "Trading on his celebrity status, Mr. Trump personally appeared in advertisements making false promises to convince... More »

TGI Friday's Fined $500K for Cheating Its Customers

New Jersey restaurants gave patrons cheap booze, not top shelf

(Newser) - TGI Friday's got hit with a double-whammy today: Not only does it have to pay the state of New Jersey a $500,000 fine, but it gets all kinds of awful publicity for blatantly ripping off its customers. Eight stores in the state settled charges that they served patrons... More »

Real Housewife Faces 50 Years in Prison

Teresa and Joe Giudice indicted on tax, fraud charges

(Newser) - From reality TV table-flipper to the slammer? Teresa Giudice , one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, was indicted along with husband Joe on tax evasion and fraud charges yesterday. The 39-count indictment included charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, making false statements on loan... More »

Woman Posed as Boston Victim, Scored $480K: Cops

Audrea Gause said she had brain injury

(Newser) - A New York woman used fake hospital records to pose as a Boston Marathon bombing victim with a brain injury and fraudulently collected nearly half a million dollars from the fund for victims, Massachusetts authorities said yesterday. Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, NY, was arrested there on a Massachusetts fugitive... More »

AG: Man Tried to Bilk $2.2M From Boston Victim Fund

Claimed his aunt lost both her legs; aunt died more than 10 years ago

(Newser) - The One Boston Fund was set up to aid victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, so Branden Mattier allegedly submitted a claim on behalf of his aunt, who he said lost both legs in the blast. One problem: His aunt died more than a decade ago. Now Mattier, 22, is... More »

Vatican Official Arrested in Corruption Plot

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano sought return of $26M via Italian government plane

(Newser) - A Vatican official has been arrested in a purported plot to bring $26 million into Italy from Switzerland aboard an Italian government plane. Silverio Sica, attorney for Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, said his client is accused of fraud, corruption, and other charges stemming from the plot, which never got off the... More »

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