Tag: Impostors (Criminal)

Fraudulent Jobless Claims Slow Relief to the Truly Desperate

When Alexandria Preston had to leave her job as a medical assistant to care for her two children during the pandemic, she didn’t encounter endless delays like so many others trying to get unemployment benefits. But three weeks later, the payments stopped coming. Then her account was canceled entirely — forcing her to dip into […]

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Bogus Vaccines. Fake Testing Sites. Virus Frauds Are Flourishing.

Offers of bogus drugs to prevent or treat coronavirus infection. Websites selling fake vaccines. False promises of speedier receipt of government stimulus checks. This is the new face of fraud. With millions of Americans out of work and hunkered down at home because of the pandemic, twists on tried-and-true criminal techniques are flourishing. Multiple federal […]

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Paris Court Convicts 6 in $50 Million Fake-Identity Scheme

PARIS — Six men who netted over $50 million in a brazen and elaborate scheme by impersonating a French defense minister and asking wealthy individuals and institutions to pay for fake, off-the-book government operations were convicted on Wednesday of fraud by a criminal court in Paris. Two of the men, Gilbert Chikli, 54, and Anthony […]

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Defense Minister Was on the Line, Asking for Millions to Aid France. Or Was He?

PARIS — On the phone, the man who said he was Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French defense minister, sounded insistent. There was a pressing matter of national security, he would say, and the government needed millions of euros for a top-secret, off-the-books operation to deal with it. The money would be paid back — but […]

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