Tag: Frauds and Swindling

Nonfiction: The Life and Crimes of America’s Original ‘Welfare Queen’

THE QUEEN The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth By Josh Levin Ronald Reagan, the former star of “Bedtime for Bonzo,” was having trouble gaining traction in the presidential race he hoped to upend. It was 1976, and as the new candidate shook hands in diners, gymnasiums and town fairs, he hit upon a crowd-pleaser, […]

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The President and His Power to Pardon

The Constitution assigns to the president the “power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” On its face, this authority appears unquestionable, and the Supreme Court has called it “unlimited.” But in his more than two years in office, Donald Trump has found ways to wield […]

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How the ‘Welfare Queen’ Was Born

In the fall of 1974, The Chicago Tribune anointed Linda Taylor the “welfare queen,” reporting that she received public aid checks and food stamps while driving a Cadillac and planning a Hawaiian vacation. An Illinois bureaucrat declared that Taylor was responsible for “the most massive case of welfare fraud that has ever been perpetrated in […]

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President Trump Grants Pardon to Conrad Black

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad M. Black, the former press baron and onetime society fixture who was found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice in 2007. The pardon of Mr. Black, a political ally and longtime associate of Mr. Trump’s, was the latest example of the president […]

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Woman Convicted of Forcing Sri Lankan to Work Without Pay, and Marrying Her to Keep Her in U.S.

A New Jersey woman was convicted Thursday of forcing a Sri Lankan woman to work without pay for nine years, causing her to overstay her visa, and marrying her in an attempt to keep her in the country. A jury found the defendant, Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity, 43, guilty on charges of forced labor, […]

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‘Anna Delvey,’ Fake Heiress Who Swindled N.Y.’s Elite, Is Sentenced to 4 to 12 Years in Prison

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Anna Sorokin, the fake German heiress who swindled her way into Manhattan’s elite party circles, was sentenced on Thursday to four to 12 years in prison for bilking hotels, banks and a private jet operator out of hundreds of […]

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Congress Is Ready to Attack a Common Enemy: Robocallers

WASHINGTON — Representative Darren Soto’s phone rang just a half-hour into the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing this week on the surge of robocalls clogging the nation’s cellphone lines. He ducked off to take the call only to hear a recorded voice float a lucrative offer to buy his home. “We’re all being inundated,” […]

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Big City: Are Women Taking the Cosmic Fall for Male Greed?

Late last week, Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, trumpeted what he clearly considered was a big win for his office — the conviction of Anna Sorokin, the fictitious heiress, the party-girl swindler, the Robin Hood tipper, the danger to minibars. A jury found her guilty of grand larceny in the second and third […]

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Phone Companies Are Testing Tech to Catch Spam Calls. Let’s Hope It Works.

Anthony Marino set his mobile phone to “Do Not Disturb” before going to bed, but he sensed it flicker in the dark. The next morning, he saw he had missed roughly 30 calls: at 4:15 a.m., 4:34, 4:45, 5:08 and 5:12, and for two hours after that. Most appeared as “Lithuania” on his caller ID, […]

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‘Anna Delvey,’ Fake Heiress Who Swindled N.Y.’s Elite, Is Found Guilty

If New York is a city of dreams, Anna Sorokin had plenty of them. Ms. Sorokin, a Russian immigrant from a middle-class family, longed to be a member of the upper echelon of Manhattan society. She elbowed her way into the city’s bustling social scene and tried to raise money to open a members-only arts […]

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For First Time, Pharmaceutical Distributor Faces Federal Criminal Charges Over Opioid Crisis

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For the first time, a major pharmaceutical distributor is facing federal criminal charges over its role in the opioid crisis that has ravaged the United States. The company, Rochester Drug Cooperative, which is the nation’s sixth-largest distributor, was charged […]

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Doctors Accused of Trading Opioids for Sex and Other Schemes in 7 States

PITTSBURGH — Scores of medical professionals across seven states were charged by federal prosecutors on Wednesday with schemes to illegally distribute millions of pain pills — in some cases exchanging opioid prescriptions for sex, in others for cash with an added “concierge fee,” and in one case routinely prescribing opioids to friends on Facebook. Officials […]

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Martin Winterkorn, Ex-VW Chief, Is Charged by Germany in Diesel Scheme

BERLIN — German prosecutors on Monday charged Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s former chief executive, with aggravated fraud for his role in the automaker’s efforts to deceive regulators about its vehicles’ diesel exhaust levels. In announcing the criminal case against Mr. Winterkorn and four other Volkswagen managers who were not named, the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig […]

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One Man vs. McKinsey: A Billionaire Says the Consultancy Has Rigged the Bankruptcy System

You can’t have divided loyalties when guiding a company through bankruptcy. If you’re helping it cut debt, you can’t be its lender. If you’re auctioning off its assets, you can’t put in a bid. Those rules are in place because the bankruptcy system — what seems like a grim realm of destitution — is actually […]

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Your Money Adviser: Checking on Social Security Estimates Is a Good Idea, but Many People Don’t Do It

Checking your official Social Security statement is important to make sure your future retirement benefits reflect what you’ve earned over your working life. Yet a new report suggests that many Americans aren’t doing that. In recent years, the Social Security Administration has greatly curtailed the number of statements it mails, encouraging workers to check the […]

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Michael Avenatti Is Indicted in California on Financial Crimes Charges

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer known for representing Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Trump, has been indicted by a Southern California grand jury on fraud, tax evasion, embezzlement and other charges. The federal charges were disclosed in The Los Angeles Times and other news outlets. Federal prosecutors in California planned a news conference for later […]

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24 Charged in $1.2 Billion Medicare Scam, Federal Officials Say

Federal officials said Tuesday that they had dismantled a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that spanned continents and ensnared hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting elderly and disabled patients. The scheme, which the authorities described as one of the largest health care frauds in United States history, centered on the alleged overprescription of medically unnecessary back, shoulder, […]

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