Tag: Frauds and Swindling

G.M. and Autoworkers in Talks on New Labor Contract

General Motors and the United Automobile Workers were working to hammer out a new labor agreement on Saturday in the final hours before their current contract expires. G.M. is seeking ways to lower health care and other costs, while the union hopes to get the automaker to produce more vehicles in plants in the United […]

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Chicago Man Fraudulently Accrued 42 Million Delta SkyBonus Points, U.S. Says

Where would you go if you had more than 40 million points with an airline? Hawaii 96 times? Seoul 40 times? Federal District Court in Atlanta? Gennady Podolsky, a travel agent based in Chicago, was charged on Wednesday with 12 counts of wire fraud in connection with what prosecutors describe as a 13-month scheme in […]

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The Distinctly American Ethos of the Grifter

EVERY AGE HAS its defining minor characters, those who briefly light up the public’s imagination not for their achievements but for how they personify our anxieties and most fervent human desires. Consider the half-Chinese, half-Malay Princess Caraboo, who in 1817 was kidnapped by pirates from her native island of Javasu in the Indian Ocean and […]

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Fall River Mayor, No Stranger to Scandal, Is Charged With Taking Bribes From Marijuana Vendors

The corkscrew political career of the mayor of Fall River, Mass., took another turn on Friday as federal prosecutors announced he had been charged with bribery and extortion in what they said was a scheme to shake down marijuana vendors in return for his support. News of the indictment, announced by the United States Attorney’s […]

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Looming Over the College Admissions Case: Will Parents Like Felicity Huffman Get Jail?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — With the first sentencings on the horizon for a group of wealthy parents accused of paying big sums to get their children into prestigious colleges by cheating, the legal drama has come down to a simple question: Will they serve any jail time? The actress Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty to paying […]

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They Posed as Soldiers in Love. Over 30 People Lost $2.1 Million.

It often started with a hope for love, then quickly turned into a promise of gold. In one tragic case, it ended in death. A woman had struck up a romance on a dating website with a man who said he was a United States soldier stationed overseas. He claimed to have more than $12 […]

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5 Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme That Bilked Millions From Veterans

First, they secretly photographed the Social Security and bank account numbers of thousands of veterans and senior military members on a computer screen at a United States Army base in South Korea. Then, they used the personal information to withdraw or reroute millions of dollars in disability benefits and other payments made to veterans. The […]

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Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.

Growing up in Nacogdoches, Tex., Eve Wiley learned at age 16 that she had been conceived through artificial insemination with donor sperm. Her mother, Margo Williams, now 65, had sought help from Dr. Kim McMorries, telling him that her husband was infertile. She asked the doctor to locate a sperm donor. He told Mrs. Williams […]

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Former V.A. Doctor Charged in Deaths of 3 Veterans

The federal authorities have charged a Department of Veterans Affairs pathologist in Arkansas with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, accusing him of intentionally botching diagnoses, falsifying records to cover his tracks and working under the influence of an intoxicating substance. The authorities said Tuesday that Robert Morris Levy, 53, was responsible for the deaths of […]

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Wells Fargo Closed Their Accounts, but the Fees Continued to Mount

Xavier Einaudi did not want to wait for Wells Fargo to send him a check. The bank informed Mr. Einaudi that it was closing all 13 of the checking accounts it provided his roofing company, CRV Construction, for a reason it called “confidential.” The letter said the accounts would be closed on June 27, and […]

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Fraud Case Against Bus Maker Shows Risks of Pay Promises in City Contracts

In recent decades, government agencies across the country have used their buying power to benefit American workers. When cities begin development projects or buy expensive equipment, they sometimes award contracts or subsidies contingent on job creation, or they impose wage requirements. The Obama administration required federal contractors to pay workers more than $10 an hour […]

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Leslie Wexner Accuses Jeffrey Epstein of Misappropriating ‘Vast Sums of Money’

For over 15 years, Jeffrey Epstein served as a close personal adviser to Leslie H. Wexner, the billionaire mogul behind Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. Now, Mr. Wexner says Mr. Epstein “misappropriated vast sums of money” from him and his family. Mr. Wexner, the chief executive of the retail giant L Brands, included […]

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Chinese Billionaire Indicted in $1.8 Billion Tariff Fraud Scheme

A Chinese company fraudulently exported huge amounts of aluminum to Southern California and then orchestrated bogus sales to deceive investors, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed this week. Federal prosecutors said the company, China Zhongwang Holdings Limited, designed the scheme to avoid paying $1.8 billion in tariffs that were imposed on certain types […]

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Rupert Stadler, Ex-Audi Chief, Charged With Fraud in Diesel Scandal

BERLIN — German prosecutors on Wednesday charged Rupert Stadler, the former chief executive of Volkswagen’s luxury car division Audi, with fraud for the company’s role in an diesel emissions cheating scandal. Mr. Stadler, who was arrested in June 2018 and later released, and three others who were not named were accused of developing illegal emissions […]

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While Reporting on Facebook Scams, an Unexpected Tragedy

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. The first time I spoke to Renee Holland, in August 2018, the phone call lasted two hours and brought us both nearly to tears. Ms. Holland, a 58-year-old married woman who lived in Florida, told […]

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Facebook Connected Her to a Tattooed Soldier in Iraq. Or So She Thought.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — On a Monday afternoon in June 2017, Renee Holland was draped in an American flag at Philadelphia International Airport, waiting for a soldier she had befriended on Facebook. The married 56-year-old had driven two hours from Delaware to pick him up. Their blossoming online friendship had prompted her to send him […]

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U.K. Man Who Made Up Child Abuse Claims Is Sentenced to 18 Years

LONDON — A man whom British prosecutors called “a serial liar and a fraud” for making up claims of sexual abuse against high-profile public figures — fabrications the authorities said cost 2 million pounds to investigate — was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday. The man, Carl Beech, 51, was found to have […]

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‘A Few Dirty Tricks’: Documents Show Audi’s Role in the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Frankfurt — After more than $30 billion in fines, numerous indicted executives and a guilty plea in the United States, you wouldn’t think there was much more to learn about the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Wrong. Nearly four years after Volkswagen confessed to systematically evading pollution rules for a decade, facets of the scandal are still […]

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Sent to Indonesia by a Fake Film Executive? The F.B.I. Wants to Talk to You

The fraud usually starts the same way: Someone claiming to be a lofty entertainment executive makes a phone call, sends a text or drafts an email offering an enticing job on the other side of the world. Some of the unwitting industry professionals who receive the offers — photographers, writers, stunt performers, makeup artists, security […]

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