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'Pharma Bro' Files $30M Lawsuit From Prison

Martin Shkreli is upset over ouster from the company he founded

(Newser) - Imprisoned pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli sued three executives at a company he started Friday, saying they illegally ousted him and defrauded the company of millions of dollars, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed Friday in Manhattan federal court. It seeks unspecified damages. Shkreli, 36, was dubbed the Pharma Bro... More »

Court: Arrest Warrant Out for Stan Lee's Former Manager

Keya Morgan accused of elder abuse against late comic book legend

(Newser) - It's been just over six months since Stan Lee died , but controversy still swirls around the late Marvel Comics leader's ex-manager and business partner. Reuters reports that the latest in the saga involving Keya Morgan includes five counts of elder abuse filed against him Friday, including charges of... More »

Fake Heiress Learns Her Fate

Anna Sorokin sentenced to 4-12 years behind bars

(Newser) - Anna Sorokin, the German con artist who passed herself off as a wealthy heiress to swindle banks, hotels, and even close friends as she lived out a high-society, Instagram-ready fantasy in New York, was sentenced Thursday to four to 12 years in prison, the AP reports. The 28-year-old, who had... More »

NASA Missions Failed Due to Faulty Parts Sold in Scam

Seems Sapa Profiles Inc. knowingly sold bad parts

(Newser) - On the upside, no one got killed. The bad news: An Oregon metals manufacturer lied about test results and sold faulty aluminum parts to NASA and other customers for more than 19 years, according to the Justice Department and NASA . Seems workers at Sapa Profiles Inc—which is now called... More »

Hunt for Long-Lost Gold Runs Into Major Snag

Dominican authorities are investigating whether it's a scam

(Newser) - Thousands of Dominicans are seeking an immense treasure they believe is rightfully theirs—but it's an ocean away under lock and key, Bloomberg reports. Enter Johnny Portorreal Reyes, a charismatic 65-year-old lawyer who represents many Guzmáns and Rosarios, two families with similar legends of ancestors sending gold to... More »

Fake Heiress Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison

Anna Sorokin scammed her way into elite NYC circles

(Newser) - A woman who claimed to be a wealthy German heiress has been found guilty of scamming banks, hotels, and friends who funded her lavish New York City lifestyle. Anna Sorokin, 28, was found guilty Thursday of four counts of theft of services, three counts of grand larceny, and one count... More »

She Led a Crazy-Rich Life in the Big Apple. One Problem

Prosecutors say Anna Sorokin was a fraudster

(Newser) - Anna Sorokin traveled in celebrity circles and tossed $100 tips—all the more reason to believe she was the German heiress worth roughly $60 million she said she was. But behind the jet-set lifestyle and pricey threads, prosecutors say, was a fraudster. Sorokin, 28, lived in luxury New York City... More »

Treasurer for Slain Officers Stole for Her Son: Police

Lorraine Shanley, 68, faces up to 30 years in prison

(Newser) - The treasurer at a charity for fallen New York City police is accused of stealing about $410,000—including $1,400 for Barbra Streisand tickets, the New York Times reports. Lorraine Shanley, 68, was arrested Thursday and could face 30 years in prison. A volunteer treasurer at Survivors of the... More »

Woman Who Faked Pregnancy Faces Charges

Virginia's Elizabeth Jones led couple to believe they could adopt her nonexistent baby

(Newser) - A Virginia woman who admitted faking a pregnancy and lying to a couple hoping to adopt her baby now faces criminal charges, reports WCYB . Scott County prosecutors filed felony larceny charges against Elizabeth Jones, who has acknowledged that she tricked Laura and Matt Trayte from Lake Forest, California, into thinking... More »

Cops: She Set Her Price, Then Cut Off Own Hand

Slovenian woman allegedly stood to gain more than $835K

(Newser) - A woman in Slovenia claims she slipped and accidentally cut off her own hand while sawing branches off a tree. Police, however, say the 21-year-old chopped off her hand on purpose, thinking it would set her up for life. For police, the life and injury insurance taken out in advance... More »

Hollywood Celebs Accused in College Admissions Scam

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman among those facing charges

(Newser) - A new scandal has emerged involving Hollywood celebs, but it's one you might not have expected. Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among those accused of participating in college-admissions fraud on behalf of their children, reports NBC News . Essentially, wealthy parents used shady tactics including bribes, made-up sports... More »

Smollett's 'TV Dad' Responds to Allegations

Terrence Howard says his co-actor 'could never even conceive' of faking an attack

(Newser) - "All your lil homies got you. We love the hell outta you." That's Empire star Terrence Howard's caption on an Instagram video of Jussie Smollett playing with a small child—possibly Howard's son, USA Today reports. Howard, who plays Smollett's father on the Fox... More »

She Insulted Michelle Obama. Now, a Guilty Plea

Pamela Taylor, who called ex-first lady 'ape in heels,' admits taking money from FEMA

(Newser) - "The flood was a natural disaster. Stealing from FEMA is a manmade disaster." Per a DOJ release , that's US Attorney Mike Stuart speaking on the case of Pamela Taylor, a 57-year-old from West Virginia who made headlines in 2016 for calling then-first lady Michelle Obama an "... More »

Love Seekers Lost $143M to Scammers in 2018: FTC

That's more than any other type of consumer fraud found by the agency last year

(Newser) - If you wanted the Federal Trade Commission's take on Valentine's Day, here it is: Beware of getting scammed seeking love online. The warning comes via the agency's latest revelation, which cites more than 21,000 reports of people getting swindled by internet "paramours" in 2018, NPR... More »

'Squeaky-Clean' Guy Accused in $750K Super Bowl Scam

Ketan Shah seems like an unlikely perpetrator

(Newser) - A Georgia man has apparently swindled his family, friends, and personal connections—and even his own mother—out of more than $750,000 in a Super Bowl ticket scam, Deadspin reports. Seems Ketan Shah, a prominent Gwinnett County businessman and father of two, sold premium tickets to nearly a dozen... More »

Woman Tries to Collect Lottery Winnings, Gets Arrested

Police say she used a stolen credit card to buy the ticket

(Newser) - A Canadian woman thought she'd won the lottery—and technically, she had—until police discovered the winning ticket was purchased with a stolen credit card. The unidentified 33-year-old woman was arrested in St. John's, Newfoundland, as she tried to cash in the ticket at an Atlantic Lottery office,... More »

US Hits Huawei, CFO With Criminal Charges

How this affects the US-China trade war will remain to be seen

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice unsealed a 13-count indictment against Chinese tech giant Huawei on Monday, including against two of its affiliates and its chief financial officer, the AP and Fox News report. The felony charges, which came in the form of two separate indictments—one a 10-count grand jury... More »

As She Lived Lavish Life, Dozens Lost Life Savings

Keisha Williams was sentenced Friday

(Newser) - For four years, Keisha Williams convinced more than 50 people to hand over their savings to invest in Austrian healthcare software she said she had purchased, but still needed to pay taxes and fees on in order to get it out of "escrow." Authorities say she promised would-be... More »

She'd Helped This Teen Before. This Time, the Cops Came

School superintendent charged with fraud after using health insurance to help sick student

(Newser) - An Indiana school superintendent who says she was worried about a sick student was hit with fraud charges after cops say she used her insurance to get medical treatment and meds for him. Per KTXL , court records say 48-year-old Casey Smitherman picked up the 15-year-old, who had a sore throat,... More »

Couple Allegedly Stole $5M to Prep for 'Fall of US Government'

Florida pair face up to 30 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - A Florida couple is accused of stealing $5 million allegedly used to prepare "for the fall of the US government." An arrest warrant states Gretchen Camp of Jacksonville admitted to stealing from Swisher International, where she worked as a tax manager, partly because her unemployed husband "wanted... More »

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