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24-Year-Old Who Faked Age for High School Gets 2 Months

Ukrainian man almost became homecoming king

(Newser) - A 24-year-old Ukrainian man who faked his name and age to attend a Pennsylvania high school has been ordered to spend two months in prison on federal fraud charges. Artur Samarin—who called himself Asher Potts when he enrolled at Harrisburg High School in 2012—pleaded guilty to passport fraud... More »

Cops: Florida's Fake Teen Doctor Is at It Again

Malachi Love-Robinson was trying to buy a Jaguar in Virginia

(Newser) - A Florida teen accused of pretending to be a doctor and stealing money from an 86-year-old patient faces new charges in Virginia after authorities say he fraudulently tried to buy a luxury car, the AP reports. Malachi Love-Robinson was arrested Friday and charged with identity theft after he attempted to... More »

Ex-Employee Recounts Her Silicon Valley 'Nightmare'

Startup WrkRiot has gone offline amid the controversy

(Newser) - Just a month after starting at a Silicon Valley startup, a marketing professional from Dallas has taken to Medium to accuse her already former employer of fraud and more—and the startup is suddenly scrubbing its online presence clean. Penny Kim detailed her life since a July 2016 job offer—... More »

Vet Fakes War Injuries to Get Purple Heart, $752K in Benefits

Darryl Wright said he needed full-time caregiver despite having full-time job

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq war cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000, the AP reports. Darryl Wright, a former Idaho National Guardsman, appeared for sentencing Thursday in US... More »

Judge Dismisses Starbucks Suit, Says Even Kids Would Get This

California man's case alleging misleading beverage sizes: done

(Newser) - If you don't assume that ordering an iced drink at Starbucks could include an ample amount of ice in that drink, and that said ice will count toward the stated liquid volume of that beverage—well, you're not smarter than a fifth-grader. That's basically the gist of... More »

Best Man's Bachelor Party Turns Out to Be 'Nastiest' Scam

With friends like these ...

(Newser) - Before Dino Carter even proposed to his girlfriend, he asked Martyn Galvin to be the best man at his wedding. Galvin repaid his pal of 18 years by setting up the bachelor party, collecting money from the groom and his friends for a big bash in Prague and a horse-racing... More »

Banker's Unsolved Murder Gets Much Stranger

Bloomberg looks into unsolved case of Maurice Spagnoletti

(Newser) - In 2011, a New Jersey transplant named Maurice Spagnoletti was gunned down in Puerto Rico while driving home from work. The murder, which remains unsolved, made international headlines given Spagnoletti's work: He was a 57-year-old bank executive who was trying to turn around the failing Doral Bank in San... More »

Workers Con Time Clock With Boxes Over Heads

So many employees in Italian town have been arrested they may have to close town hall

(Newser) - A good percentage of 30 town hall workers in Boscotrecase, Italy, located just outside Naples, have absenteeism issues, with some resorting to ridiculous measures to game the time-clock system by signing in, then leaving, or even punching each other's cards. But while cops recently arrested more than two-thirds of... More »

'Jesus Wife' Tale Takes a Turn for the Bizarre

Harvard prof backtracks after learning of shady pornographer's central role

(Newser) - The question of whether Jesus was married became a hot topic in academic circles when a papyrus fragment surfaced in which he's quoted as talking about his wife. A Harvard professor was convinced enough to present an academic paper on the subject, though skeptics abounded about the fragment's... More »

Lawsuit: CEO Used $1M in Funds on Escorts, Strip Clubs

Chris Faulkner allegedly charged it to his 'whore card'

(Newser) - A Texas energy company CEO dubbed the "frack master" is charged with defrauding investors of about $80 million, including misappropriating at least $30 million for personal expenses, including private jets and gentlemen's clubs, to "maintain a lifestyle of decadence and debauchery," according to a lawsuit filed... More »

'Dodgy' College Admits Everyone, Fails No One: Report

BuzzFeed probes Northwestern Polytechnic University

(Newser) - The building on the edge of Silicon Valley looks like a DMV. And yet, it's a college—sort of. Based on interviews with current and former students and staff and "more than a thousand pages of bank statements, emails, and student records," BuzzFeed reports that Northwestern Polytechnic... More »

Alanis Morissette: My Ex-Manager Stole $5M

He claims it went into marijuana grow-ops: suit

(Newser) - Alanis Morissette has had to swallow a jagged little pill: The Canadian singer says she was robbed of almost $5 million. The alleged culprit? Her former business manager to the stars. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, Morissette says she fired Jonathan Schwartz of GSO Business Management—whose clients have reportedly... More »

'Blind Man' Getting Disability Caught Driving Around

John Caltabiano was collecting benefits

(Newser) - John Caltabiano was collecting disability benefits for a 2006 workplace accident that he said left him blind when investigators caught him on video reading, driving, and holding a door open for someone, ABC News reports. The 49-year-old New York man had said in his benefits application that he couldn't... More »

Panama Papers Name Americans Accused of Fraud

Seems Mossack Fonseca failed to vet its clients

(Newser) - The Panama Papers database went online Monday and revealed the names of over 360,000 people and companies involved in offshore companies—including 36 Americans accused of financial wrongdoing, USA Today reports. Among them is Leonard Gotshalk, a former Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle who was accused in 2010 by federal... More »

'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 »

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