Tag: Frauds and Swindling

Duke University to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle Claims of Research Misconduct

Duke University will pay $112.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations that researchers submitted applications and reports containing falsified data to win more than two dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department said on Monday. “Taxpayers expect and deserve that federal grant dollars will […]

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Facebook and Google Wired $100 Million for Fake Invoices, Court Documents Show

A Lithuanian man and his associates found a bold way to steal from Facebook and Google, according to his guilty plea last week: They asked for money via email. More specifically, they sent fraudulent invoices to the California-based tech giants. The invoices were apparently good enough to persuade Google, which is owned by Alphabet, and […]

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The Conversation: The Kids Aren’t All Right

Gail Collins: Bret, as always we’ve got a lot to talk about. The mass shooting in New Zealand, of course. But perhaps we can get started with something less painful. Everybody’s been talking about that college admissions scandal. What’s your take? Bret Stephens: We definitely should get to talking about the terrorism in Christchurch, not […]

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Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: What to Read, Watch and Listen To

The saga of the medical testing company Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, is a swirling one, packed with lies, greed, secret romance, literal blood, metaphorical blood, power, secrecy and money. And the Army. And science. And Walgreens. It’s a wild tale: Holmes was a 19-year-old Stanford student when she dropped out of school to […]

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College Admissions: Vulnerable, Exploitable, and to Many Americans, Broken

Standardized test scores are manufactured. Transcripts are made up. High-stakes admissions decisions are issued based on fabricated extracurricular activities, ghostwritten personal essays and the size of the check written by the parents of the applicant. [The college admissions scandal has raised a lot of questions. We’ve answered them here.] American universities are often cast as […]

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Status Anxiety and the Scam Economy

Scammers and cheats are the paradigmatic figures of our age, and not just because a con man is president of the United States. Again and again in recent years, people who’ve scaled the cultural heights have been revealed as audacious frauds. The systems and institutions that confer status in our society keep being exposed as […]

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Improper Voting Occurred at Methodist Conference That Strengthened Ban on Gay Clergy

It was a momentous vote for the United Methodist Church, as the future of the country’s second-largest Protestant church hung in the balance. In a former football stadium in St. Louis last month, church officials and lay leaders from around the world voted to strengthen their ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy, a decision […]

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Paul Manafort Faces Up to 10 Years in Second Sentencing

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, who was sentenced last week to 47 months in prison, faces the prospect of even more time behind bars when a federal judge in the District of Columbia sentences him on Wednesday for conspiracy. Closing out the special counsel’s highest-profile prosecution, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of […]

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End Special Treatment for Sports

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Getting a peek inside the college-admissions process isn’t easy. But a team of academic researchers managed to do so several years ago. It helped, no doubt, that two of the researchers were former college presidents — William […]

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Manafort Faces Up to 10 Years in Conspiracy Cases

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, who was sentenced last week to 47 months in prison, faces the prospect of even more time behind bars when a federal judge in the District of Columbia sentences him on Wednesday for conspiracy. Closing out the special counsel’s highest-profile prosecution, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of […]

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Who’s Been Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal? Here’s the Full List

In what the Justice Department called its largest ever college admissions prosecution, federal authorities charged 50 people on Tuesday with taking part in a nationwide scheme to game the admissions process at highly competitive schools like Yale and the University of Southern California. [Read more on the Justice Department’s largest ever college admissions prosecution.] Those […]

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Bribes to Get Into Yale and Stanford? What Else Is New?

One of the funniest stories I ever heard about the college admissions madness came from an independent consultant who was paid handsomely to guide families through it and increase the odds that Harvard or Yale said yes. He recounted the involvement of one father and mother in their son’s personal (hah!) essay, which they didn’t […]

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New York State Should Investigate the Trump Organization

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was on to something. In her questioning of Michael Cohen, she asked if Donald Trump had ever provided “inflated assets to an insurance company.” He answered in the affirmative — and also testified to rampant tax fraud by Mr. Trump and allegedly by the Trump Organization officials Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew […]

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On Disability and on Facebook? Uncle Sam Wants to Watch What You Post

WASHINGTON — If you’re on federal disability payments and on social media, be careful what you post. Uncle Sam wants to watch. The Trump administration has been quietly working on a proposal to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to help identify people who claim Social Security disability benefits without actually being disabled. […]

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Manafort’s 47 Months: A Sentence That Drew Gasps From Around the Country

WASHINGTON — Judge T.S. Ellis III offered some pointed advice for those who expected him to throw the book at President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for perpetrating a decade-long, multimillion-dollar fraud scheme. “Go and spend a day in the jail or penitentiary of the federal government,” Judge Ellis said on Thursday night from […]

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A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears

When the Education Department approved a proposal by Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, to buy a troubled chain of for-profit colleges, skeptics warned that the charity was unlikely to pull off the turnaround it promised. What they didn’t foresee was just how quickly and catastrophically it would fail. Barely […]

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How Giuliani Might Take Down Trump

Any onetime Mafia investigator who listened to the Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen testify Wednesday would have immediately recognized the congressional hearing’s historical analogue — what America witnessed on Capitol Hill wasn’t so much John Dean turning on President Richard Nixon, circa 1973; it was the mobster Joseph Valachi turning on the Cosa Nostra, circa 1963. […]

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Donald Trump’s Phony America

Maybe the best book I read last year was “Bad Blood,” about the epic sham of the biotech start-up Theranos and its delusional creator, Elizabeth Holmes. I had trouble shaking it, and it roared back into my mind on Wednesday, when Michael Cohen testified publicly before the House Oversight Committee and retraced the mountain of […]

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Former Missouri Professor Stole Student’s Research to Sell New Drug, Lawsuit Alleges

The University of Missouri sued a former pharmacy professor this week, accusing him of stealing a graduate student’s research and secretly using it to sell a new drug that it said could make him millions. In the lawsuit against the former professor, Ashim Mitra, the university’s Kansas City campus claimed ownership over the invention of […]

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Editorial Observer: Go Back to Normal After Trump? No Thanks

At the end of his eloquent remarks concluding a hearing where the president was accused of multiple crimes by his former attorney, Representative Elijah Cummings, the Oversight Committee chairman, pined for a return to a pre-Trump America. “We have got to get back to normal,” he said. But Normal America produced Donald Trump, fueled his […]

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