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Woman Used Government Funds to Buy Tuxedo for Pug

Kristi Goss pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card

(Newser) - A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug, the AP reports. Kristi Goss was set for trial this week but... More »

'Rotten Scam': NYC Food Fest Flops

State probe launched into the 'Fyre Festival' of pizza

(Newser) - Pizza lovers are blasting a Brooklyn food festival that apparently wasn't what it was sliced up to be. Fans who trekked to a "shady parking lot" for the New York City Pizza Festival on Saturday say they paid up to $75 for tickets, only to receive slices that... More »

Radio Host Faces 45 Years in Prison on Fraud Charges

Craig Carton allegedly scammed investors out of $5.6M to pay gambling debts

(Newser) - “I thought he called in sick this morning, but unfortunately my partner was arrested,” former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason told listeners of WFAN's Boomer & Carton show Wednesday. The New York Daily News reports New York morning show host Craig Carton was arrested Wednesday and charged with... More »

University Fooled Into Paying $11.8M to Fake Account

Emails requested a change in banking info

(Newser) - A university in Canada is the victim of what is being described as one of the biggest known phishing scams ever. MacEwan University in Edmonton discovered the fraud on Aug. 23, when a construction company it works with asked why it had yet to be paid. But the school had... More »

Mom Raised $40K for Son's Cancer Care. He Didn't Have It

Monika Burgett is accused of having her 3-year-old's eyebrows, head shaved in the ruse

(Newser) - A woman has been accused of pretending to be a doctor and falsely claiming her preschool-age son had terminal cancer so he could receive unnecessary hospital care and opioids. A Hamilton County prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday at the trial of Monika Burgett that she convinced doctors at Cincinnati Children'... More »

Netanyahu Might Be in Real Trouble

Indictments loom as a former confidant turns against him

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu has been Israel's prime minister since 2009, the longest run since that of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion. That streak, however, might be in jeopardy thanks to a convoluted chain of events that involves two separate corruption investigations, a former confidant who has turned against him,... More »

Note to Self: When Plotting Fraud, Don't Make To-Do List

Man busted with list of tasks including buying phones and credit card info on dark web

(Newser) - Detectives investigating fraud in Florida hit the jackpot when they executed a search warrant on a suspect's home: he was writing a fraudulent "to-do" list. The Miami Herald reports that 19-year-old Phyllistone Termine was sentenced last week to four and a half years in federal prison for aggravated... More »

$600M Scam Lawyer Claims He's Fled US

Eric Conn claims he used a fake passport to flee the country

(Newser) - A fugitive Kentucky lawyer at the center of a nearly $600 million Social Security fraud case has fled the country using a fake passport and has gotten help from someone overseas with a job to help support himself, reports the AP . In an email exchange with The Lexington Herald-Leader over... More »

Tables Turned on Allred in $1M Fraud Suit

Now celebrity lawyer is the one being sued, by former client

(Newser) - Usually on the side that's doing the accusing , Gloria Allred has just been slammed with a lawsuit from an ex-client alleging she's the guilty party. Per LawNewz , TV weatherman Kyle Hunter, who hired the celebrity lawyer to represent him in his claim that CBS discriminated against him in... More »

Lawyer Guilty in $600M Scam Is Suddenly Missing

Disability attorney Eric Conn was due to be sentenced next month

(Newser) - An eastern Kentucky disability lawyer scheduled to be sentenced next month for defrauding the government of nearly $600 million has disappeared, reports the AP . Eric Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge. He was scheduled to be sentenced next month and had... More »

Purple Heart Fraudster Gets 3 Years in Prison

He scammed $650K in benefits

(Newser) - A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart to three years in prison and ordered him to repay nearly $650,000 in stolen government benefits. Darryl Wright, 48, a former Idaho National Guardsman, feigned injuries from an explosion in Iraq in... More »

NYT Gets Its Hands on Telling Recording of Fyre Fest Meeting

'NYT' cites audio of an apparently unfazed Ja Rule, partner after fiasco

(Newser) - People won't soon forget the Ja Rule "luxury" music fest in the Bahamas that ended in chaos . The performer and his business partner, Billy McFarland, apologized afterward, but the pair's company, Fyre Media, has now been slammed with more than a dozen lawsuits, and a source tells... More »

Former Congresswoman Guilty on 18 Fraud Charges

Ex-Florida Rep. Corinne Brown's charity misused almost everything it raised

(Newser) - Former US Rep. Corrine Brown's "One Door for Education" charity raised $833,000 between 2012 and 2016 to award scholarships to disadvantaged students—but prosecutors say only $1,200 was spent on a total of two scholarships. Brown, a Democrat who represented a Florida district in Congress for... More »

Reality Star Now Faces Reality of Life in Prison

Ex-'Dance Moms' star Abby Lee Miller gets a year in prison

(Newser) - Former Dance Moms reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for bankruptcy fraud and for taking $120,000 worth of Australian currency into the country without reporting it, the AP reports. A federal judge in Pittsburgh also ordered Miller to... More »

Dentist Offered Unusual 'Standard of Care': Investigators

Alaska's Seth Lookhart allegedly pulled patient's tooth while riding hoverboard

(Newser) - What falls under the category of "unlawful dental acts" in the state of Alaska? Pulling a sedated patient's tooth while on a hoverboard, per an investigation that involved the FBI, DEA, and a couple of state departments, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. Clear Creek Dental's Dr. Seth... More »

He Died in 1972, Turned Up Alive and Well on Ancestry.com

Police investigating identity theft case in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - In 1996, prosecutors say a young man escaped a halfway house in Texas, went to a cemetery, picked the name of a person born close to his birth date, tracked down that person's birth certificate, and began a second life as Nathan Laskoski. The ruse worked spectacularly for two... More »

Inside the Improbable $100M Grift of Bobby Thompson

America's strangest conman who also might be a CIA operative

(Newser) - With his fake-looking pompadour and nonprescription glasses, Bobby Charles Thompson came across like a "kook"—but, as one political consultant puts it, that was the "brilliance of his con." The Washingtonian dives headlong into the bizarre tale of Thompson, who was behind what is believed to... More »

Teller's 10-Year Scheme Falls Apart When Bank Is Acquired

Jill Marie Myers made off with $1.25M before being caught

(Newser) - A Texas woman in charge of supervising bank tellers and monitoring cash in the bank's vaults spent a decade cooking the books. The Department of Justice reports that Jill Marie Myers, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing the theft of $1.25 million in bank funds, which she stole... More »

2 Charged in Ponzi Schemes Tied to Adele, Hamilton

Joseph Meli, Steven Simmons joked about their $81M 'shell game': FBI

(Newser) - Two men were charged Friday with roles in Ponzi schemes that cheated wealthy people, including some who believed they were investing in ticket businesses for popular shows like an Adele concert and Broadway's Hamilton. Joseph Meli, 42, of Manhattan, and Steven Simmons, 48, of Wilton, Conn., were arrested on... More »

Tax Refunds Delayed for Low-Income Families

IRS needs more time to guard against identity theft

(Newser) - The IRS is delaying tax refunds for more than 40 million low-income families this year as the agency steps up efforts to fight identity theft and fraud. The delays will affect families claiming the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. These tax breaks are geared to... More »

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