Fraud, embezzlement, white collar crime

Friday, January 28

  • Lura Ryan's condition 'very grave'   UPI / 9:54AM
    KANKAKEE, Ill., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The terminally ill wife of jailed former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is home from the hospital but may have only weeks to live, an attorney said.
  • Thursday, January 27

  • N.J. mayor charged with insurance fraud   UPI / 7:24PM
    ROSELLE, N.J., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A New Jersey mayor who allegedly drove away from a crash Christmas morning faces criminal charges.
  • Wednesday, January 26

  • Man gets five years for fake death scam   UPI / 2:44PM
    PENSACOLA, Fla., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Florida restaurant owner is getting five years in prison for fabricating his own death with his wife's help.
  • FBI arrests Md. man for fraudulent claims   UPI / 12:54PM
    BALTIMORE, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The FBI has arrested a Maryland man, saying his claims to be a retired Army Special Forces colonel with multiple university degrees are fabrications.
  • Tuesday, January 25

  • Insurers mine social networks for fraud   UPI / 3:24PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Insurance companies are using Facebook and other social networking sites to find evidence of fraud, although experts say they are cautious.
  • Sunday, January 23

  • N.Y. man facing fraud charges in Texas   UPI / 3:24PM
    DALLAS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An alleged con man is back in Dallas after serving a year in prison in New York for violating parole on a 1988 kidnapping case, officials said.
  • Thursday, January 20

  • Rights experts to probe Magnitsky case   UPI / 8:44PM
    GUERNSEY, England, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- U.N. human-rights experts will probe the prison death of a Russian lawyer who accused police in a $230 million fraud scheme, the lawyer's former client said.
  • Wednesday, January 19

  • Airlines settling cargo price-fixing suits   UPI / 9:05PM
    SAUSALITO, Calif., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Eight of 19 airlines sued for cargo price-fixing in the United States have settled class-action claims for about $275 million, officials say.
  • Tiffany tries to close knockoff Web sites   UPI / 5:44PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Tiffany & Co., the pricey New York jeweler, has asked a federal court to shut down Web sites offering knockoff Tiffany goods at knockoff prices.
  • Monday, January 17

  • N.Y. artist fights house theft for 7 years   UPI / 12:44PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A New York artist, the alleged owner of a Brooklyn house, said he has been the victim of house theft and mortgage fraud for the last seven years.
  • Protesters fill streets in Tunis   UPI / 12:05PM
    TUNIS, Tunisia, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Tunisia's prime minister named three opposition leaders to the interim unity government Monday as new street protests erupted.
  • Saturday, January 15

  • Dennis Rodman asks who is this DJ Rodman?   UPI / 3:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Former NBA star and party animal Dennis Rodman says an impostor has been booking celebrity disc jockey appearances across the country.
  • Thursday, January 13

  • New sentencing date for Conrad Black   UPI / 7:04PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Conrad Black, a former media mogul convicted of fraud, appeared in federal court in Chicago Thursday, where a judge delayed a sentencing hearing.
  • Forfeited $7.2B to go to Madoff victims   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A bankruptcy judge in New York ruled Thursday that $7.2 billion in forfeited assets can be disbursed to Bernard Madoff's victims.
  • Russia: Remember, West, you're 'pragmatic'   UPI / 11:14AM
    MOSCOW, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The West must remember it is "pragmatic" and not react emotionally to ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's sentence, Russia's foreign minister said Thursday.
  • Woman sentenced in fake funeral scam   UPI / 10:24AM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- A court in California has sentenced a woman to a two-year federal prison term for staging fake funerals and collecting insurance proceeds, officials said.
  • Tuesday, January 11

  • U.K. sends bogus Somali refugee to prison   UPI / 12:44PM
    LONDON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A woman who said she experienced unspeakable atrocities in Somalia was sentenced in Britain on fraud charges, authorities said.
  • Monday, January 10

  • Aussie bank call centers too eager to help   UPI / 3:44PM
    SYDNEY, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A new report indicates that call-center workers at Australian banks are a little to willing to help callers access other people's accounts.
  • Thursday, January 6

  • 600 credit-card numbers stolen at gas pump   UPI / 7:05PM
    MELBOURNE, Fla., Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Six hundred credit-card numbers were stolen at a Florida gasoline station by an operation that used a credit-card skimmer hidden inside a gas pump, police said.
  • Wednesday, January 5

  • Gas station investigated for fraud   UPI / 7:44PM
    SIERRA MADRE, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The number of people allegedly victimized in a credit-card scam by a Southern California gas station has risen to 230, police said Wednesday.
  • Wednesday, December 29

  • Vatican to combat money laundering   UPI / 9:34PM
    VATICAN CITY, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- After years of financial scandals, Pope Benedict XVI plans to set up an agency to combat money laundering, the Vatican announced Wednesday.
  • Shinhan Bank CEO resigns   UPI / 10:05AM
    SEOUL, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The indicted chief executive officer at South Korea's second largest lender has resigned, Shinhan Bank said.
  • Monday, December 27

  • Obama, Clinton blast Khodorkovsky ruling   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Obama administration Monday criticized the conviction of Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, saying it brings the Russian legal system into question.
  • Wednesday, December 22

  • Eight firms charged with bid rigging   UPI / 12:34PM
    MONTREAL, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The Federal Competition Bureau in Canada said it has filed charges against eight construction firms in Quebec for rigging bids on ventilation contracts.
  • Tuesday, December 21

  • Woman charged: Faked cancer for insurance   UPI / 4:24PM
    CANONSBURG, Pa., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A woman faked cancer to defraud an insurance company of nearly $100,000, a complaint by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office alleges.
  • Saturday, December 18

  • Report: Sudanese leader has $9B stash   UPI / 8:14AM
    LONDON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Allegations were disclosed Saturday that President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan has a secret bank account worth $9 billion, skimmed from the national treasury.
  • Thursday, December 16

  • Arrest tied to counterfeit clothes, shoes   UPI / 5:34PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A man accused of selling fake Nike, Timberland and Polo clothes was charged with trafficking and attempting to traffic counterfeit goods, U.S. authorities said.
  • Black libel suit to Canada's high court   UPI / 5:05PM
    OTTAWA, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether Conrad Black's libel suit over his former media company must be heard in Ontario, officials said.
  • Brunei prince loses legal fight over $7M   UPI / 3:54PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A member of the Brunei royal family has lost a multi-million-dollar New York legal battle with his former lawyers and advisers.
  • EU lawmakers: Ban visas for 60 Russians   UPI / 3:14PM
    STRASBOURG, France, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- European Union lawmakers Thursday called on the 27-nation bloc to sanction Russian officials linked to the prison death of corporate lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
  • Wednesday, December 15

  • Thousands of fake Gulf claims suspected   UPI / 12:05PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A few thousand of the 460,000 claims filed in the Gulf oil disaster seem fraudulent, federal compensation boss Kenneth Feinberg says.
  • Sunday, December 12

  • Amish seek dismissal of bankruptcy case   UPI / 1:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Members of an Ohio Amish community want a bankruptcy case involving an investment manager dismissed so they can decide the matter themselves.
  • Thursday, December 9

  • Cops in trouble over real estate business   UPI / 3:14PM
    PHOENIX, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Two Phoenix police lieutenants have been suspended with pay pending an investigation into the real estate business they ran on the side, officials say.
  • Tuesday, December 7

  • Longtime Madoff investor forfeits $625M   UPI / 8:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A Boston dress manufacturer who was one of Bernard Madoff's earliest investors has agreed to forfeit $625 million, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.
  • Fake chips threaten military computers   UPI / 7:54PM
    CAMBRIDGE, England, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Counterfeit computer chips could pose a threat to military computer-based hardware and systems, crippling or disabling them, U.K. experts say.
  • Monday, December 6

  • Madoff court trustee sues HSBC   UPI / 10:06AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The court trustee in the Bernard Madoff fraud case has filed a $9 billion lawsuit against British bank HSBC to recoup losses for victims, court documents show.
  • Thursday, December 2

  • Cables: Secret deals profited Berlusconi   UPI / 2:14PM
    ROME, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. diplomats suspected Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi profited "handsomely" from secret deals with Russia, cables released by WikiLeaks indicated.
  • Wednesday, December 1

  • Notary says Chicago campaigns forged name   UPI / 11:54AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A notary public's signature was forged on more than 400 nominating petitions filed by two Chicago mayoral candidates, she says.
  • Tuesday, November 30

  • Ex-U.S. worker sentenced for overbilling   UPI / 6:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A former property management specialist with the U.S. National Archives has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring in an overbilling scheme.
  • Feds want tech mogul's Aston-Martin   UPI / 6:24PM
    SEATTLE, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say a Seattle technology executive should forfeit his 2007 Aston-Martin because he paid for the fancy wheels with stolen money.
  • Monday, November 29

  • Ex-Quest Energy exec sent to prison   UPI / 5:34PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A former top executive of Quest Energy LP from Oklahoma was sent to federal prison Monday for 16 years for wire fraud.
  • Saturday, November 27

  • Madoff family, staff sued to recover loot   UPI / 12:34PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The trustee for Bernard Madoff's victims is suing 40 of the swindler's relatives and employees to recover money.
  • Thursday, November 25

  • Holocaust wolf hoax author gets nothing   UPI / 6:05PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A publisher owes nothing to the writer of a hoax memoir about surviving the Holocaust with the help of wolves, a Massachusetts appeals court ruled.
  • Did city boats carry strippers to mayor?   UPI / 4:44PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A lawyer for the family of a stripper killed by gunfire says Detroit city boats may have brought strippers to a rumored party at the former mayor's mansion.
  • 5 arrested in Afghan election bribe probe   UPI / 2:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Five Afghans were arrested Thursday for allegedly bribing members of the country's Independent Election Commission, a deputy attorney general said.
  • Wednesday, November 24

  • Ex-House aide escapes fine, heads to jail   UPI / 1:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- A former House aide will not be fined for stealing campaign funds but must repay $252,000, the Federal Election Commission has decided.
  • Tuesday, November 23

  • Six arrested from funeral insurance firm   UPI / 3:44PM
    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Federal authorities arrested six officers of a defunct funeral service insurance company in Missouri on charges they played fast and loose with company funds.
  • Sunday, November 21

  • 21 Afghan candidates disqualified   UPI / 2:05PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An elections panel disqualified 21 parliamentary candidates in Afghanistan on fraud charges, officials said.
  • Wednesday, November 17

  • Drug test company settles in kickback case   UPI / 1:14PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. drug testing company will pay $16.3 million to settle a lawsuit charging it paid kickbacks to doctors to win their business, federal prosecutors said.
  • Thursday, November 11

  • Tape: DeLay knew in advance of money swap   UPI / 4:54PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Tom DeLay's trial jurors heard the former U.S. House majority leader say in a recording he knew in advance of a money swap that proved to be illegal.
  • Election robocalls said to break U.S. law   UPI / 4:36PM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Anonymous election night robocalls saying the race was over when polls were still open sought to suppress the black vote, Maryland's attorney general alleged.
  • Man freed due to corrupt cop's testimony   UPI / 1:34PM
    ST. LOUIS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A St. Louis man imprisoned for 12 years was freed after a prosecutor said the man's drug conviction was tainted by a corrupt ex-police officer's testimony.
  • R.I. lawyer admits mortgage fraud   UPI / 1:24PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A Rhode Island real estate lawyer and former state legislator has admitted obtaining mortgages with fraudulent applications.
  • Wednesday, November 10

  • Homebuilding executive spared prison   UPI / 9:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A California home-construction executive was spared a federal prison term Wednesday for manipulating his company's stock options.
  • Ex-White Sox employees indicted   UPI / 4:24PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A former Chicago White Sox executive and two former team scouts for Latin America were indicted Wednesday in an alleged kickback scheme.
  • Monday, November 8

  • Investigators: 'Veterans' group phony   UPI / 11:34AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A tax-exempt non-profit called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association is really a front for illegal campaign cash, investigators say.
  • Sunday, November 7

  • Madoff link suspected in Dallas deal   UPI / 1:04PM
    DALLAS, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A Dallas energy deal that apparently satisfied some investors was tainted by Bernard Madoff, an investigator alleges.
  • Thursday, November 4

  • Prince wants X-rated photos kept from jury   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei doesn't want photos of erotic life-size statues of him shown to a jury, his lawyers told a New York judge.
  • Woman get 36 years for fatal hit-and-run   UPI / 12:44PM
    ATLANTA, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- An Atlanta woman was sentenced to 36 years in prison Thursday for killing five motorists in an Easter Sunday hit-and-run crash and then trying to cover it up.
  • Wednesday, November 3

  • Authorities: Fall faker caught on camera   UPI / 5:24PM
    AUBURN, N.Y., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The New York State Insurance Department's Fraud Bureau said a man is facing charges of deliberately falling in a store so he could collect insurance money.
  • Friday, October 29

  • Conrad Black wins, loses on appeal   UPI / 8:14PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A federal appellate court in Chicago Friday gave convicted media mogul Conrad Black a partial victory, overturning two counts but upholding two others.
  • Thursday, October 28

  • Woman gets 15 years for cancer fraud   UPI / 7:54PM
    TOWSON, Md., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Maryland woman who stole from friends by faking cancer got a 15-year prison term Thursday from a judge who called her a "professional thief."
  • Saturday, October 23

  • Couple allegedly milked orphans' trust   UPI / 6:54PM
    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania couple have been charged with using $1.4 million held in trust for two orphaned relatives they adopted to upgrade their own lifestyle.
  • Thursday, October 21

  • Cobalt founder sentenced to 85 years   UPI / 4:24PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The founder of the Cobalt Companies was sentenced Thursday to 85 years in prison for defrauding 250 investors of more than $23 million, U.S. officials said.
  • Tuesday, October 19

  • Man admits ATM scheme was fraud   UPI / 2:24PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man has admitted he cheated investors of millions of dollars they thought were being used to purchase automatic teller machines.
  • Sunday, October 17

  • Man compelled to testify after guilty plea   UPI / 9:34PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Philadelphia has delayed a trial involving massive government contract fraud by ordering a man who has already pleaded guilty to testify.
  • Saturday, October 16

  • No appeal of Chicago pol's new sentence   UPI / 1:24PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Former Chicago alderman Ed Vrdolyak says he won't appeal a 10-month prison sentence for fraud.
  • BP compensation fund called vulnerable   UPI / 10:14AM
    LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Funds made available for victims of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are vulnerable to fraudulent claims, the U.S. administrator of the funding said.
  • Thursday, October 14

  • Madoff home under contract to be sold   UPI / 5:05PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The lakefront Palm Beach, Fla., home once owned by convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff is under contract to be sold Friday, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
  • Ill. college savings plan a campaign issue   UPI / 10:44AM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Illinois Democratic Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, running for U.S. Senate, botched the state's college savings plan, Republican challenger Rep. Mark Kirk says.
  • Wednesday, October 13

  • Jail sentence ordered for Cook's brother   UPI / 8:04PM
    BOSTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian Dane Cook's half-brother and former manager was sentenced Wednesday to five to six years in prison for embezzlement, court records show.
  • Mom allegedly faked son's cancer   UPI / 3:54PM
    ROSEVILLE, Mich., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A Michigan judge ordered a competency evaluation Wednesday for a woman accused of pretending her son had cancer and denied her visits from the boy.
  • Man compelled to testify after guilty plea   UPI / 12:04AM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Philadelphia has delayed a trial involving massive government contract fraud by ordering a man who has already pleaded guilty to testify.
  • Thursday, October 7

  • Political aide gets 37 months for bribery   UPI / 10:24PM
    DETROIT, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle, sentenced to 37 months in prison for bribery and extortion, vowed to return to politics when he is released.
  • Man allegedly cheated banks to run   UPI / 3:44PM
    NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A top ultramarathon runner has been convicted in Virginia of defrauding banks to finance his hobby, including a run to raise money for clean water in Africa.
  • Pa. woman fakes cancer for donations   UPI / 3:24PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman faked breast cancer and tried to take advantage of Breast Cancer Awareness month by planning a benefit in her honor, authorities said.
  • Monday, October 4

  • Mets owner: Madoff didn't hurt team   UPI / 8:10PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon admitted Monday he was burned in a swindle orchestrated by financier Bernard Madoff, but the Mets were unharmed.
  • Saturday, October 2

  • U.S.: Man ran $191M Ponzi scheme   UPI / 1:34AM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A California man was charged Friday with running a Ponzi scheme that took in $191 million from investors who were promised high returns in real estate.
  • Wednesday, September 29

  • Media mogul wants conviction overturned   UPI / 7:44PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Chicago media mogul Conrad Black told an appeals court the fraud conviction of the onetime newspaper baron should be overturned.
  • Saturday, September 25

  • LA trial over massive emerald begins   UPI / 2:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A California man says he is the rightful owner of an 840-pound emerald even though his receipt for the giant gem burned up in a fire.
  • Judge agrees to Citigroup settlement   UPI / 10:14AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Citigroup says it will comply with the requests made by a Washington, clearing the way for a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Thursday, September 23

  • Detroit wants stripper lawsuit thrown out   UPI / 5:14PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Detroit filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a stripper who was killed in a hail of bullets in an unsolved drive-by shooting.
  • Crime gang 'sold' Rome police headquarters   UPI / 12:24PM
    ROME, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A reputed Rome crime gang allegedly cheated a man out of more than $67,000 by convincing him they could sell him the city's police headquarters, police said.
  • Monday, September 20

  • Watchdog urges O'Donnell investigation   UPI / 10:34PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Christine O'Donnell, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from Delaware, broke election laws by misusing campaign funds, a Washington watchdog group alleges.
  • Sunday, September 19

  • West puts brave face on Afghan election   UPI / 9:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Western officials in Kabul claimed Afghanistan's weekend parliamentary violence-wracked election was a success, despite just 40 percent voter turnout.
  • Monday, September 13

  • Australian's house sold out from under him   UPI / 2:05AM
    PERTH, Australia, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- An Australian man whose rental home was sold without his knowledge while he was out of the country says he may be out of luck getting it back.
  • Friday, September 10

  • Adviser to Hollywood elite pleads guilty   UPI / 3:05PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A New York investment adviser who catered to the Hollywood elite pleaded guilty to fraud in a federal court Friday, court papers say.
  • Thursday, September 9

  • Poll: 54 percent want Blagojevich retried   UPI / 6:44PM
    CHICAGO, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Fifty-four percent of Illinois voters favor retrying disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich on the 23 of 24 counts a jury couldn't decide on, a state poll indicated.
  • Former NBA player convicted of fraud   UPI / 12:54PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A former NCAA and NBA basketball player was convicted on fraud charges involving $700,000 in business loans he spent on himself, U.S. authorities said.
  • Saturday, September 4

  • Ex-treasurer admits stealing from GOP   UPI / 10:44AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A former Republican Party financial official and consultant pleaded guilty Friday in Washington to embezzling $850,000 from party committees.
  • Friday, September 3

  • Balloon Boy, family move to Florida   UPI / 6:54PM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Colorado man who staged the "balloon boy" charade last year had his mug shot taken Friday in Florida after moving his family there, officials said.
  • Thursday, September 2

  • Japan's Kan, Ozawa trade barbs in debate   UPI / 5:24PM
    TOKYO, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan accused challenger Ichiro Ozawa of backing money-driven politics Thursday while Ozawa rapped Kan for a bloated bureaucracy.
  • Thursday, August 26

  • Iran said to ban local news of opposition   UPI / 8:54PM
    TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Iranian media are being prohibited from reporting about government opposition leaders under a purported media directive, opposition Web sites said.
  • Chilean miner family sues mine owner   UPI / 6:34PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- One of the families of 33 trapped Chilean miners entombed a half-mile underground filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the mine owner of criminal negligence.
  • Canadian sentenced for cancer drug scam   UPI / 1:44PM
    PHOENIX, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- A Canadian man has been sentenced to almost three years in a U.S. prison for selling what he claimed was an experimental cancer drug on the Internet.
  • Tuesday, August 24

  • California sues 'the Tax Lady'   UPI / 2:05PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The state of California is suing a nationally known tax attorney, claiming her firm does little work and issues fraudulent bills, court papers say.
  • Friday, August 20

  • Alleged cancer fraudster free on bail   UPI / 9:24PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman accused of scamming people out of money by telling them she had terminal cancer was freed on $5,000 bail Friday, authorities said.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Woman accused of cancer fraud may get bail   UPI / 8:44PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A man said Thursday he intends to post bond for a Canadian woman accused of faking terminal cancer to scam people for money, officials said.
  • Saturday, August 14

  • Cousin of ex-Detroit mayor sued by state   UPI / 1:54PM
    DETROIT, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The state of Michigan has sued the cousin of Detroit's disgraced former mayor for allegedly embezzling $25,000 from the charity she worked for, officials said.
  • Thursday, August 12

  • Judge green-lights Chinese drywall cases   UPI / 4:14PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Chinese drywall cases consolidated in a Florida county may move forward without waiting for rulings in drywall cases filed in federal courts, a judge ruled.
  • Wednesday, August 11

  • New charge brought in cancer fraud case   UPI / 4:24PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A more serious fraud charge was leveled Wednesday against a Canadian woman accused of faking terminal cancer to scam people out of money
  • Sunday, August 8

  • Family disavows alleged cancer fraudster   UPI / 8:05PM
    MILTON, Ontario, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The estranged parents of a Canadian woman who allegedly faked having terminal cancer to trick people into giving her money say they are through with her.
  • Warnings given on stem cell claims   UPI / 2:54PM
    SACRAMENTO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- The promise of future stem cell therapies has a dark side as bogus products and scams promising cures have begun surfacing, medical experts say.
  • Saturday, August 7

  • Woman arrested in cancer fraud   UPI / 5:24PM
    OAKVILLE, Ontario, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Police in Canada have arrested an Ontario woman who admitted faking cancer to solicit money for herself and charged her with fraud, authorities say.
  • Friday, August 6

  • Conrad Black staying put in U.S.   UPI / 5:24PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Canadian newspaper magnate Conrad Black doesn't plan to submit a sworn affidavit on his finances so he can leave the United States, his lawyers say.
  • Thursday, August 5

  • Two charged in credit history fraud case   UPI / 11:24PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Federal authorities in Kansas City, Mo., have charged two men with scheming to create fictitious credit histories to help others buy expensive homes.
  • Wednesday, August 4

  • 'Alleged soldiers' in Internet scams   UPI / 7:54PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Impostors posing as U.S. soldiers on Internet dating sites are using the emotions and patriotism of unsuspecting women to get money, authorities say.
  • NFL to vet Khan's Rams buy-in   UPI / 1:54PM
    URBANA, Ill., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Illinois manufacturer Shahid Khan and his lawyers say they won't have any comments to make while the NFL vets his purchase of a stake in the St. Louis Rams.
  • Sunday, August 1

  • Home raided in vet's association probe   UPI / 12:54PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Investigators have confirmed they served search warrants on a Florida home as part their investigation into the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.
  • Thursday, July 29

  • 171M Facebook users' info published online   UPI / 7:14PM
    LONDON, July 29 (UPI) -- Personal profile information for more than 171 million Facebook users was snatched from the U.S. social-networking Web site and published online.
  • Monday, July 26

  • Marine impersonator in custody   UPI / 4:34PM
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 26 (UPI) -- An Arizona man convicted in absentia of fraud and forgery after his past as a U.S. Marine was revealed as a fabrication was taken into custody in California.
  • Copter firm employee gets prison for fraud   UPI / 2:05PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, July 26 (UPI) -- A Texas woman who prosecutors suspect may have been following the orders of her boss was sentenced to prison for defrauding the U.S. government.
  • Wednesday, July 21

  • Predators buy jailed former owner's shares   UPI / 5:54PM
    NASHVILLE, July 21 (UPI) -- The Nashville Predators' majority owners said Wednesday they have bought the shares of convicted fraud artist William "Boots" Del Biaggio.
  • Conrad Black released on $2M bail   UPI / 4:44PM
    CHICAGO, July 21 (UPI) -- Former media mogul Conrad Black was released from a Florida prison on a $2 million unsecured bond while he appeals his fraud conviction.
  • Saturday, July 17

  • Pakistan PM rukes out early elections   UPI / 10:14AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 17 (UPI) -- Pakistan's prime minister said Saturday a scandal over bogus university degrees in parliament won't force mid-term elections.
  • Thursday, July 15

  • Goldman pays $550M to settle fraud charges   UPI / 7:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. agreed to pay a record $550 million to settle charges of securities fraud tied to mortgage investments, U.S. regulators said Thursday.
  • Former Clinton moneyman gets 12 years   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- The former finance chair of Hillary Clinton's U.S. presidential campaign received a 12-year sentence Thursday for a $300 million financial fraud.
  • Wednesday, July 14

  • Embezzler of $6.3M given 5-year sentence   UPI / 1:54PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, July 14 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Minneapolis Wednesday ordered Haas TCM chemical company embezzler Chad Jurgens to return $6.3 million and serve five years in prison.
  • Friday, July 9

  • Tape: Blago cursed voters as ingrates   UPI / 5:24PM
    CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich cursed bitterly that voters weren't grateful for all he did for the state, a tape played at his corruption trial indicated.
  • Thursday, July 8

  • Rush U. center, doctors named in lawsuit   UPI / 3:35PM
    CHICAGO, July 8 (UPI) -- Doctors at a Chicago teaching hospital's orthopedic unit routinely had residents perform surgeries, violating U.S. Medicare billing rules, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Tuesday, July 6

  • Failed Atlanta bank's officers guilty   UPI / 8:14PM
    ATLANTA, July 6 (UPI) -- Two high-level executives of a failed billion-dollar Atlanta bank pleaded guilty to federal charges Tuesday, the U.S. attorney's office said.
  • Accused con man says he's royalty   UPI / 10:54AM
    NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- Officials in Belgium say they have no comment on the claims of a former financier that he's related to Belgian royalty.
  • Crooks intercept Fla. insurance checks   UPI / 10:34AM
    TAMPA, Fla., July 6 (UPI) -- A Florida insurance company is warning policyholders the premium checks they sent may have been stolen by someone who changed the firm's mailing address.
  • Sunday, July 4

  • Luxury homebuilder convicted in $18M scam   UPI / 8:24PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 4 (UPI) -- A 46-year-old luxury home builder in Ohio could spend the rest of his life in prison after his conviction in an $18 million loan scheme.
  • Wednesday, June 30

  • Crist could be witness against GOP leader   UPI / 2:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now an independent candidate for Senate, is listed as a potential witness against the former state Republican chief.
  • Thursday, June 24

  • Court slams prosecution against Olmert   UPI / 5:44PM
    JERUSALEM, June 24 (UPI) -- A Jerusalem court Thursday slammed the prosecution for alleged witness coaching in a corruption case against former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
  • Koss takes auditor and executive to court   UPI / 3:54PM
    MILWAUKEE, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. electronics firm Koss Corp. said it would issue new financial statements by June 30 as it took its former auditor and vice president of finance to court.
  • Man charged with $33,000 tie theft scam   UPI / 1:54PM
    EVERETT, Wash., June 24 (UPI) -- Washington state authorities said a man who claimed car thieves stole his $33,000 silk necktie collection has been charged with insurance fraud.
  • Wednesday, June 23

  • Northrop Grumman agrees to $12.5M fine   UPI / 5:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Justice said Northrop Grumman had agreed to pay $12.5 million to settle charges it made false claims concerning electronic components.
  • Tuesday, June 22

  • Paralyzed man allegedly stalked online   UPI / 10:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 22 (UPI) -- A California paraplegic used his computer skills to get video of girls and women in sex acts and blackmail them into sending him more, the FBI said Tuesday.
  • Regulators target life insurance fraud   UPI / 10:34AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 22 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators are cracking down on stranger-originated life insurance scams in which policy holders sell their insurance to investors.
  • Friday, June 18

  • Feds announce mortgage fraud sweep   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department has charged more than 1,200 people with mortgage fraud in a national effort dubbed Operation Stolen Dreams, officials say.
  • Thursday, June 17

  • Group charged with massive mortgage fraud   UPI / 11:44PM
    DETROIT, June 17 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors say a group in the Detroit area ran a mortgage fraud operation that arranged 500 dubious loans involving 180 houses.
  • Wednesday, June 16

  • Woman pleads guilty to cancer hoax   UPI / 7:14PM
    TOWSON, Md., June 16 (UPI) -- A Baltimore-area woman was jailed immediately after she admitted she falsely claimed to have terminal cancer to get money.
  • Tuesday, June 15

  • Federal agency: ban Chicago HIV doctor   UPI / 5:14PM
    CHICAGO, June 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it seeks to disqualify a Chicago HIV doctor from further research after he allegedly gave false data in a drug trial.
  • Ex-TV newsman pleads guilty to fraud   UPI / 3:14PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., June 15 (UPI) -- A former Portland, Ore., television news director who lived for 24 years under a false identity pleaded guilty to three felony fraud charges, authorities said.
  • Monday, June 7

  • BOFA to pay $108M for Countrywide cheats   UPI / 6:54PM
    WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission said Bank of America would pay $108 million to settle charges that Countrywide lenders overcharged struggling mortgage holders.
  • Fugitive tycoon explores return to Britain   UPI / 11:44AM
    LONDON, June 7 (UPI) -- Fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir faces trial if he decides to return to England 17 years after the collapse of his business empire, authorities said.
  • Thursday, June 3

  • Illinois couple guilty in Best Buy fraud   UPI / 9:14PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, June 3 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Minneapolis Thursday convicted an Illinois couple of bilking U.S. electronics retailer Best Buy out of $41.6 million and not paying taxes.
  • Reality TV host mechanic arrested   UPI / 8:05PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., June 3 (UPI) -- The host of a reality TV show on car repair was among 53 mechanics arrested in a Southern California insurance fraud sting, authorities said Thursday.
  • Sarkozy asked to be honest about arms deal   UPI / 4:14PM
    PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- Opposition lawmakers called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy Thursday to be honest about suspicions kickbacks from arms deals funded political activities.
  • Sunday, May 30

  • Medical school in federal fraud probe   UPI / 4:54PM
    DALLAS, May 30 (UPI) -- The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas may have committed Medicare and Medicaid fraud, investigators say.
  • Saturday, May 29

  • Cuomo got $79G from suspected fraudster   UPI / 2:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) -- A New York accountant charged with swindling celebrities in a $30 million fraud donated $79,000 to gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, investigators say.
  • Thursday, May 27

  • U.S. charges fraud in 'scareware' scheme   UPI / 5:44PM
    CHICAGO, May 27 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Chicago has indicted three men in an alleged massive bogus software scheme, U.S. officials said.
  • Celebrity financial adviser arrested   UPI / 5:34PM
    NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- Ken Starr, a financial adviser to a slew of famous Hollywood stars, was arrested Thursday for fraud estimated at $30 million, New York prosecutors said.
  • Kansas ticket skimming put at $1M   UPI / 5:05PM
    LAWRENCE, Kan., May 27 (UPI) -- Five University of Kansas employees and a consultant used thousands of football and basketball tickets for their own gain, a university report says.
  • Wednesday, May 26

  • Couple charged with life insurance fraud   UPI / 4:54PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- A Florida couple have been charged with an insurance swindle involving the burial of a man they knew under a false name.
  • Monday, May 24

  • Questions cloud Navy veterans group   UPI / 5:14PM
    RICHMOND, Va., May 24 (UPI) -- Three states have begun investigations into a not-for-profit organization for U.S. Navy veterans after newspaper reports questioned its legitimacy.
  • Thursday, May 20

  • Sapp seeks money back from crooked lawyer   UPI / 7:54PM
    MIAMI, May 20 (UPI) -- Former Tampa Bay and Oakland defensive tackle Warren Sapp petitioned this week for the return of $103,000 held for him by an admitted Ponzi schemer.
  • Tuesday, May 11

  • Canada shuts down fake AIDS charity   UPI / 9:34AM
    TORONTO, May 11 (UPI) -- The Canadian Revenue Agency says it has shut down a fraudulent AIDS charity that took in about $15 million in donations in 2006 and 2007.
  • Monday, May 10

  • Former Dutch bank forfeits $500M to U.S.   UPI / 8:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 10 (UPI) -- A former Dutch bank has agreed to forfeit $500 million for conspiring to defraud the United States and trade with U.S. enemies, federal officials said Monday.
  • Saturday, May 8

  • Man charged with celebrity credit scam   UPI / 12:44PM
    CHICAGO, May 8 (UPI) -- A Nigerian national working out of a small Chicago apartment obtained credit cards in the names of several Hollywood celebrities, police said.
  • Thursday, May 6

  • Kilpatrick: Sons told me to stop fighting   UPI / 10:24PM
    DETROIT, May 6 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says he wanted to keep fighting the fallout from a political-sex scandal, but his twin boys convinced him to stop.
  • Wednesday, May 5

  • Widow may relinquish $2B for Madoff claims   UPI / 2:14PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., May 5 (UPI) -- A judge in Florida said two lawsuits filed in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme case could upend negotiations to have $2 billion returned to victims.
  • Tuesday, May 4

  • FBI seeks info on fraud in Gulf oil spill   UPI / 3:24PM
    WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The FBI is asking the public's help in exposing fraudulent environmental fundraising schemes related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Monday, May 3

  • Europe conducts massive fraud raid   UPI / 2:34PM
    FRANKFURT, Germany, May 3 (UPI) -- European authorities from 10 nations conducted a massive raid on banks, trading offices and energy firms arresting 25 for taking part in CO2-credit tax fraud.
  • Monday, April 26

  • SEC missed chances to stop Stanford   UPI / 5:05PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 26 (UPI) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission's Texas office repeatedly missed chances to stop a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, an agency audit said.
  • Friday, April 23

  • N.M. farmer guilty of massive tax fraud   UPI / 5:05PM
    ALBUQUERQUE, April 23 (UPI) -- A New Mexico farmer was convicted Friday of evading more than $18 million in federal taxes over nearly a quarter century.
  • Thursday, April 22

  • Goldman Sachs as a morality tale   UPI / 9:54AM
    NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- A New Jersey HVAC repairman who lost his home to foreclosure in 2008, bestowed his blessing on the hedge fund manager at the center of a major fraud case.
  • Wednesday, April 21

  • Homebuilder guilty in fraud case   UPI / 8:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 21 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Los Angeles Wednesday convicted homebuilder Bruce Karatz of four felony charges including mail fraud but acquitted him on 16 charges.
  • Tuesday, April 20

  • New charges for ex-Sierra Leone minister   UPI / 11:05PM
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, April 20 (UPI) -- Haja Afsatu Kabba, the former fisheries minister of Sierra Leone, was surrounded by supporters Tuesday as she faced new corruption charges.
  • Goldman repeats claims of innocence   UPI / 2:54PM
    NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Goldman Sachs executives said Tuesday the bank lost $100 million on the securities deals that provoked a lawsuit filed Friday by U.S. regulators.
  • Profits and revenue soar at Goldman Sachs   UPI / 11:24AM
    NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Profits at Goldman Sachs, the New York financial firm charged with fraud, soared in the first quarter, climbing 91 percent from a year ago, the bank said.
  • Monday, April 19

  • Pair indicted in $56M Chicago bank frand   UPI / 2:54PM
    CHICAGO, April 19 (UPI) -- Two Chicago-area men were charged Monday with bank fraud for allegedly bilking a suburban bank out of about $56 million in a development scam.
  • Saturday, April 17

  • Goldman Sachs denies SEC fraud allegations   UPI / 9:24AM
    NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- Goldman Sachs denied as "completely unfounded" fraud allegations against the company by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Thursday, April 15

  • Ex-Bill Nails charged with credit fraud   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, April 15 (UPI) -- Ex-Buffalo Bills football player Jamie Nails was charged with credit fraud for allegedly stealing the identity of a former teammate's grandmother, police said.
  • Thursday, April 8

  • EU poll observers leave Darfur over safety   UPI / 12:34PM
    EL-FASHER, Sudan, April 8 (UPI) -- The European Union's election observers left Sudan's Darfur region over safety concerns three days ahead of presidential elections, an EU official said.
  • Wednesday, April 7

  • N.M. shuts down Navy Veterans Association   UPI / 5:14PM
    SANTA FE, N.M., April 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy Veterans Association, a group that claims to raise money for vets and their families, has been ordered to stop fundraising in New Mexico.
  • Saturday, April 3

  • John Malkovich wants more back from Madoff   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, April 3 (UPI) -- Actor John Malkovich says he wants to recoup the millions he lost to admitted New York swindler Bernard Madoff.
  • Thursday, April 1

  • Man charged in body parts case   UPI / 10:24PM
    KANSAS CITY, Kan., April 1 (UPI) -- A New Mexico man was charged Thursday in a case in which body parts that were supposed to be cremated and returned to families turned up in plastic buckets.
  • Fla. ex-GOP head probed over secret deal   UPI / 6:34PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 1 (UPI) -- Ousted Florida Republican Party head Jim Greer is being probed over a secret contract that funneled party money to his consulting firm, party officials said.
  • Wednesday, March 31

  • Alleged inheritance scam spawns lawsuit   UPI / 11:24PM
    CLEVELAND, March 31 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman and two lawyers duped nine people out of a million dollars in an alleged African inheritance scam, the alleged victims contend in a lawsuit.
  • Monday, March 29

  • Miami inmates charge calls to faxes   UPI / 3:05PM
    MIAMI, March 29 (UPI) -- Miami jail officials say inmates recently figured out a way to hack into outside fax lines and rack up thousands of dollars in collect calls.
  • Sunday, March 28

  • Allawi courts Kurdish, Shiite parties   UPI / 10:24AM
    BAGHDAD, March 28 (UPI) -- Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is courting Kurdish and Shiite parties as he begins forming a government after his alliance's narrow election victory.
  • Wednesday, March 24

  • Children sue mother over Madoff losses   UPI / 11:44AM
    NEW YORK, March 24 (UPI) -- Two children of a deceased New York lawyer are suing their mother, claiming she bankrupted a trust fund by investing with Bernard Madoff, court papers say.
  • Sunday, March 21

  • Iraq election commission rejects recount   UPI / 2:04PM
    BAGHDAD, March 21 (UPI) -- Iraq's electoral commission said Sunday it has rejected calls for a recount of votes from the March 7 parliamentary election.
  • Thursday, March 18

  • Man crashes while trying to elude IRS   UPI / 2:14PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, March 18 (UPI) -- An Oklahoma City man was arrested on federal charges after a chase by Internal Revenue Service agents ended in a car crash, police said.
  • Thursday, March 11

  • Wife of Ponzi schemer sued for $1.13M   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- The wife of a Florida man who pleaded guilty in a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme was sued to get back $1.13 million she allegedly took from her husband's law firm.
  • Tuesday, March 9

  • U.S. indicts Md. man in mortgage fraud   UPI / 9:54PM
    GREENBELT, Md., March 9 (UPI) -- Authorities Tuesday arrested a Maryland man in what the Department of Justice called a massive mortgage fraud scheme that left victims homeless.
  • Woman admits faking cancer   UPI / 6:54PM
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., March 9 (UPI) -- A former city employee in Chattanooga, Tenn., admitted Tuesday she falsely claimed to have breast cancer to get money and time off.
  • Sunday, March 7

  • Togo opposition challenges election result   UPI / 10:14AM
    LOME, Togo, March 7 (UPI) -- Togo's main opposition party says it rejects election results showing voters returned Faure Gnassingbe to office for a second term as president.
  • Friday, March 5

  • Russian an adept inventor or a fraud?   UPI / 6:34PM
    VSEVOLOZHSK, Russia, March 5 (UPI) -- A Russian inventor with strong political ties who claims landmark scientific advances is a con artist offering only pseudoscience, a Russian scientist alleges.
  • Tuesday, March 2

  • Ponzi operator Rothstein visits hospital   UPI / 2:14PM
    MIAMI, March 2 (UPI) -- Disbarred Florida attorney Scott Rothstein was brought to a hospital for treatment, but has not been released from federal custody, federal authorities confirm.
  • Thursday, February 11

  • Law partners allegedly laundered millions   UPI / 6:24PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Bankruptcy lawyers in Florida alleged senior Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm partners created fraudulent loans to launder millions of dollars.
  • Blackwater accused of improper billing   UPI / 2:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- A husband and wife who previously worked for Blackwater Worldwide allege the company falsified invoices given to the U.S. government.
  • Sunday, February 7

  • Jailed socialite misses elite lifestyle   UPI / 5:24PM
    GATESVILLE, Texas, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A Scottish socialite turned convicted Texas scam artist says she once lived in 30,000-square-foot home outside Edinburgh with maids and cooks.
  • Saturday, February 6

  • Man pleads guilty to 'pump-and-dump' hack   UPI / 10:44AM
    OMAHA, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- An Indian man has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges he conspired to hack into online brokerage accounts and manipulate stock prices in a "pump and dump" scheme.
  • Tuesday, February 2

  • Madoff-linked firm wins in court   UPI / 8:14PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A federal judge in New York dismissed federal regulators' complaints Tuesday against a small brokerage firm co-founded by swindler Bernard Madoff.
  • Saturday, January 30

  • Jury believes woman threatened into theft   UPI / 1:44AM
    LONDON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A London bank employee was acquitted Friday of embezzlement by a jury that apparently believed her abusive boyfriend scared her into theft.
  • Thursday, January 28

  • 3 netted in false fish case   UPI / 8:04PM
    MOBILE, Ala., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Three U.S. seafood company owners were indicted Thursday on federal charges they conspired to smuggle and mislabel tons of fish and shellfish from Vietnam.
  • Wednesday, January 27

  • Woman fakes cancer, collects from friends   UPI / 11:44AM
    BALTIMORE, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Baltimore woman who allegedly pretended she was dying of cancer has been released from the county detention center after posting bail, officials say.
  • Tuesday, January 26

  • Bologna mayor to resign in scandal   UPI / 12:05PM
    BOLOGNA, Italy, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The mayor of Bologna, Italy, says he will resign amid allegations he used taxpayer funds to take his former secretary on romantic trips.
  • Saturday, January 23

  • National car fraud database getting nearer   UPI / 3:04PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department says it is closer to launching a comprehensive national database to deter auto theft and fraud.
  • Friday, January 22

  • Mother made own son sick, court hears   UPI / 8:05PM
    LONDON, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A British mother who forced her son to use a wheelchair and persuaded doctors he was ill to collect benefits has been sentenced to jail, officials said.
  • Wednesday, January 20

  • Prize-winning picture used rented wolf   UPI / 7:54PM
    LONDON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A London museum stripped its photographer of the year of his award Wednesday because judges now say he rented his subject from a wildlife park.
  • Thursday, January 14

  • Man admits wearing unearned Purple Hearts   UPI / 7:34PM
    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A Southern California man charged with impersonating a U.S. Marine general pleaded guilty Thursday to wearing unearned medals.
  • Friday, January 8

  • Man charged with cheating widow of $225K   UPI / 10:54PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A man barred by the SEC from functioning as an investment adviser has been charged in Illinois with cheating a widow he met online out of more than $225,000.
  • Tuesday, January 5

  • Medicare fraud suspect held without bond   UPI / 2:24PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A Miami man who allegedly bought a fleet of luxury cars with the proceeds of a Medicare fraud scheme has been denied bail, authorities say.
  • Riady's return to U.S. sparks displeasure   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Trips to the United States by controversial Indonesian business tycoon James Riady has caused consternation in the State Department, sources say.
  • Wednesday, December 30

  • 'Ponzi attorney' partner hit with lawsuit   UPI / 4:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The first lawsuit stemming from an alleged massive Ponzi scheme by a Florida attorney has been filed, court observers say.
  • Corrupt officials face tough year in China   UPI / 8:04AM
    BEIJING, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- At least 15 governors and high-level ministerial officials among others in China were ousted this year in the government's drive against official corruption.
  • Tuesday, December 29

  • Skate champ Yagudin sues asset manager   UPI / 12:34PM
    BROOKLYN, N.Y., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Russian Olympic figure skating champion Alexei Yagudin alleges his former "asset manager" embezzled $1.1 million from him, New York court documents reveal.
  • Wen warns against official corruption   UPI / 12:05AM
    BEIJING, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, whose government is fighting official corruption, asked auditors to be more watchful of embezzlement and waste of public funds.
  • Saturday, December 26

  • Madoff suffers dizzyness, hypertension   UPI / 10:05AM
    BUTNER, N.C., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Disgraced U.S. financier Bernard Madoff was hospitalized in prison due to dizziness and hypertension, prison officials say.
  • Wednesday, December 23

  • Blago's brother tries to limit tapes heard   UPI / 7:54AM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The brother of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked a federal judge to keep taped phone calls with his wife and son out of court.
  • Tuesday, December 22

  • ID thief hits Chicago hockey great Mikita   UPI / 2:24PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Stan Mikita, center of the Chicago Blackhawks' "Scooter Line" in the 1960s, has lost $100,000 to an identity thief who raided his bank account.
  • 'Ponzi' lawyer's office items auctioned   UPI / 11:34AM
    TAMARAC, Fla., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Items from the law offices of Florida attorney Scott Rothstein, indicted for a massive Ponzi scheme, will be auctioned off, officials say.
  • Monday, December 21

  • 'Ponzi' lawyer's campaign donations probed   UPI / 1:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Law partners of a Florida attorney indicted in a massive Ponzi scheme have come under scrutiny for political donations he allegedly organized, sources say.
  • Thursday, December 17

  • Chief stunned by Ponzi charge against pal   UPI / 11:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Florida police chief says he was stunned when a lawyer friend of his was charged by U.S. authorities with running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
  • Wednesday, December 16

  • U. of Phoenix agrees to pay $67.5 million   UPI / 12:05AM
    SACRAMENTO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The University of Phoenix has agreed to pay $67.5 million to settle a suit by two whistle-blowers over its recruitment policy, federal officials said Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, December 15

  • Homeless group's tables ordered off street   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A state judge Tuesday ordered a homeless group to remove sidewalk donation tables in New York pending the outcome of a state suit that calls the group a sham.
  • Sunday, December 13

  • Man accused of cheating L'Oreal heiress   UPI / 11:54AM
    PARIS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Authorities in Nanterre, France, allege photographer Francois-Marie Banier cheated L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt out of $1.45 billion.
  • Wednesday, December 9

  • Fugitive worked for Homeland Security   UPI / 2:14PM
    NEWARK, N.J., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A woman wanted for insurance fraud in New Jersey was discovered working for the Department of Homeland Security in Georgia, prosecutors say.
  • Tuesday, December 8

  • Florida billionaire battles wine fakery   UPI / 2:44PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A Palm Beach, Fla., billionaire says he's launching a legal campaign to stamp out counterfeit wine collectibles.
  • Monday, December 7

  • Suit alleges online gamers soaked for cash   UPI / 11:34AM
    SACRAMENTO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- An online game developer is using deceptive offers to illegally soak Facebook users for millions of dollars, a California class-action lawsuit alleges.
  • Sunday, December 6

  • Report: Stanford destroyed bank records   UPI / 3:34PM
    MIAMI, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. banker Allen Stanford went to great lengths to hide his failing financial condition as fraud investigators closed in, records and interviews indicate.
  • Saturday, December 5

  • Italian police seize art in Tanzi case   UPI / 8:34PM
    MILAN, Italy, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Italian authorities have seized nearly $150 million in artwork they say had been concealed by convicted Parmalat founder Calisto Tanzi.
  • Venezuela seizes three more banks   UPI / 8:34AM
    CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The Venezuelan government has seized control of three more banks that allegedly violated financial rules, officials say.
  • Tuesday, December 1

  • Lawsuit: Woman pressured into buying car   UPI / 4:34PM
    CLIVE, Iowa, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A 77-year-old Iowa woman said in her lawsuit against a car dealership she was pressured into buying a new car when she only wanted an oil change.
  • Accused Ponzi lawyer surrenders   UPI / 11:14AM
    MIAMI, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Florida businessman Scott Rothstein has surrendered to FBI agents to face charges he ran a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, authorities said.
  • Wednesday, November 25

  • Fund manager linked to alleged scheme   UPI / 3:14PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Florida hedge fund manager George Levin had extensive dealings with attorney Scott Rothstein's alleged massive Ponzi scheme, court documents indicate.
  • Monday, November 23

  • 'Madoff victim' auction called ploy   UPI / 2:34PM
    NASHVILLE, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Attendees at a Tennessee auction purporting to sell items put up for bid by the victims of financial fraudster Bernie Madoff say it's a marketing ploy.
  • Mint hired PR firm in missing gold scandal   UPI / 12:24PM
    OTTAWA, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The Royal Canadian Mint hired a high-powered public relations firm to control the media fallout as word of missing gold leaked out, documents indicate.
  • Friday, November 20

  • Crist fundraiser accused of fraud   UPI / 4:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- An attorney who was a major fundraiser for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist allegedly conducted an investment scam that cost investors millions, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Thursday, November 19

  • New indictments in Pitino extortion case   UPI / 9:54PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A woman accused of attempted extortion against Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino faces charges of retaliating against him for reporting the alleged plot.
  • Feds recover $2.4B in FY 2009   UPI / 6:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Fraud recovery by the U.S. government netted $2.4 billion in settlements and judgments for fiscal year 2009, the Justice Department said Thursday.
  • Tuesday, November 17

  • Former Titans player sentenced for scheme   UPI / 10:05PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- A former Tennessee Titans player has been sentenced to 57 months for bilking investors out of $5 million in a Ponzi scheme.
  • Friday, November 13

  • 2 Madoff programmers arrested   UPI / 6:14PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Two former computer programmers for Bernard Madoff's New York investment company were charged Friday with helping cover up his Ponzi scheme.
  • Guilty verdict in Agriprocessors case   UPI / 4:34PM
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A jury found a former Agriprocessors Inc. executive guilty on 86 felony fraud counts related to sales records at the meat company's plant in Postville, Iowa.
  • Thursday, November 12

  • Phone scam traced to prison   UPI / 9:44PM
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Detectives in Oklahoma City say they've traced an expensive cell phone scam to a prison 445 miles away in Houston.
  • Wednesday, November 11

  • San Diego woman guilty in fraud case   UPI / 7:05PM
    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A San Diego woman has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about her role in a federal bribery scheme involving a military research center, officials said.
  • Fla. attorney faces new financial scandal   UPI / 2:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A high-flying Florida attorney, already accused of running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, is being probed in a separate, $57 million scam, sources say.
  • Couple in canoe scam to repay $1M   UPI / 2:34PM
    LEEDS, England, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The British couple imprisoned for faking the husband's death to cash in on his insurance have agreed to repay nearly $1 million, officials said Tuesday.
  • Saturday, November 7

  • Husband cleared in cancer hoax   UPI / 3:54PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Charges have been dropped against an Ohio man whose wife has admitted telling friends and relatives he had cancer to get money from them.
  • Wednesday, November 4

  • Navy research engineer admits bribery   UPI / 9:05PM
    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A project manager at a U.S. Navy research facility in southern California has admitted steering work to a contractor in return for large bribes, officials say.
  • Accused Fla. attorney returns from abroad   UPI / 4:04PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida attorney accused of running a fraudulent investment scheme returned to Fort Lauderdale after disappearing abroad, observers said.
  • Tuesday, November 3

  • Fla. attorney accused in financial scheme   UPI / 1:54PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A well-known Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attorney is accused of misappropriating funds from wealthy clients in a financial scheme, his firm alleges.
  • Sunday, November 1

  • Colo. targets oil and gas investment firm   UPI / 7:05PM
    DENVER, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Colorado officials are targeting an oil and gas investment company in a $300 million alleged fraud, records indicate.
  • Saturday, October 31

  • Couple charged with defrauding NASA   UPI / 9:14PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A University of Florida professor and his wife are facing fraud charges in connection with a $3.7 million contract they had with NASA, court documents reveal.
  • Friday, October 30

  • Court tosses will written on dog collar   UPI / 5:54PM
    MESSINA, Italy, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- An employee of an Italian businessman allegedly forged what was supposed to be the boss's will on the back of dog collar.
  • Tuesday, October 27

  • Couple handed jail time for mortgage fraud   UPI / 12:34PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A former bank president in Tampa, Fla., and his wife were handed prison sentences after pleading guilty to a $79 million bank fraud scheme.
  • Ky. breeders plead guilty to tax fraud   UPI / 12:14PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The owners of a Kentucky horse farm have pleaded guilty to a $200 million tax fraud scheme, prosecutors say.
  • Monday, October 26

  • Picower drowned following heart attack   UPI / 2:34PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. philanthropist Jeffry Picower, accused of profiting from a huge Ponzi scheme, drowned Sunday after suffering a heart attack, a family attorney said.
  • Sunday, October 25

  • Madoff figure Picower dies, found in pool   UPI / 7:05PM
    PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Jeffry Picower, accused in a lawsuit of benefiting from Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, was found dead Sunday in his Florida swimming pool, officials said.
  • Va. men sentenced in Texas bank fraud   UPI / 6:05PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Two Virginia men will serve prison time for defrauding a San Antonio bank by stealing identities and pretending to be in the military, prosecutors say.
  • Friday, October 23

  • Silicon Vallley engineers on trial   UPI / 1:54AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Two engineers in California went on trial this week on charges they were economic spies for the Chinese government.
  • Thursday, October 22

  • Lawyer gets new hearing in Holocaust fraud   UPI / 4:14PM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Israeli Supreme Court Thursday granted an appeal hearing to a lawyer convicted of wide-scale fraud against Holocaust survivors.
  • Wednesday, October 21

  • Cocaine allegations leveled at Madoff   UPI / 2:05PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed by a former employee of Bernard Madoff's New York investment firm alleges rampant cocaine use and a rowdy party corporate culture.
  • Russian opposition alleges electoral fraud   UPI / 8:14AM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Russia's Communist Party says the country's elections chief should resign over alleged fraud.
  • Lawyer guilty of swindling Mitsubishi   UPI / 1:24AM
    LONDON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A London lawyer was convicted Tuesday of conning her employer, Tokyo Mitsubishi, out of millions of pounds in letters of credit to a friend's airline.
  • Tuesday, October 20

  • California charges State Street with fraud   UPI / 6:14PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- California has filed suit accusing State Street Bank and Trust of overcharging state employee pension funds $50 million since 2001, officials said Tuesday.
  • Thursday, October 15

  • Receiver sues Stanford employees for $11M   UPI / 7:05PM
    DALLAS, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The receiver of R. Allen Stanford's businesses said Thursday he sued two ex-employees of the Texas financier's international bank for $11 million.
  • NYC real-estate scam alleged   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- A reputed con man pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to defraud New York City Marathon organizers and others by trying to sell a building he didn't own.
  • Saturday, October 10

  • Feds: Doctor sold bogus cancer cure   UPI / 1:05AM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A California doctor who is also a Pentecostal minister has been charged with fraud for allegedly selling what she billed as a herbal cancer cure.
  • Tuesday, October 6

  • Woman gets 8 years in cancer hoax   UPI / 2:24PM
    DELAWARE, Ohio, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman must spend eight years behind bars for bilking contributions from friends and relatives in a cancer hoax, a judge ruled.
  • Wednesday, September 30

  • U.N. deputy Afghan chief Galbraith fired   UPI / 6:14PM
    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Peter Galbraith, deputy United Nations special representative for Afghanistan, has been fired, U.N. sources said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, September 29

  • LeNature executive indicted   UPI / 5:24PM
    LATROBE, Pa., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Federal authorities have charged five LeNature executives and advisers with defrauding U.S. banks and investors of $800 million.
  • SEC charges salesman in $250M Ponzi scheme   UPI / 4:44PM
    DETROIT, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission filed charges in Detroit alleging a $250 million Ponzi scheme had defrauded a mostly elderly investor pool.
  • Ex-Czech secret agent draws prison term   UPI / 12:34PM
    OLOMOUC, Czech Republic, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Former Communist secret police agent Pavel Minarik must serve up to six years in prison for insurance fraud, a Czech Republic court ruled.
  • Thursday, September 24

  • Woman wins $2.8M in possible lottery error   UPI / 10:54AM
    SACRAMENTO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Eight California Lottery players can compete again for millions of dollars after a mix-up may have given the wrong people the winnings, the lottery head said.
  • Wednesday, September 23

  • Golf club scam one of biggest eBay frauds   UPI / 11:35AM
    LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- British investigators say an alleged scam selling fake golf clubs was one of the largest eBay frauds ever uncovered.
  • Navy subcontractor gets 6 months   UPI / 12:14AM
    NORFOLK, Va., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A U.S. Navy subcontractor who admitted rigging bids for repair of elevator equipment on aircraft carriers has been sentenced to six months in prison.
  • Tuesday, September 22

  • Construction firms nailed for bid-rigging   UPI / 11:14AM
    LONDON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Britain's Office of Fair Trading has fined 103 construction companies $211 million after a four-year investigation of anti-competitive contract bidding.
  • Monday, September 21

  • Report: Fraud taints 1 in 4 Afghan ballots   UPI / 8:54AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Allegations of fraud are so widespread that nearly one in four votes cast in last month's Afghanistan presidential election are suspect, data indicates.
  • Saturday, September 19

  • Ex-DEA agent 'not guilty' in Stanford case   UPI / 9:44AM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Tom Raffanello, the former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Miami office, says he's not guilty of helping a financier destroy records.
  • Friday, September 18

  • Reporter accused of stealing from union   UPI / 2:44PM
    GARY, Ind., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A reporter for an Indiana newspaper has been indicted on charges she embezzled $18,000 from the Gary Newspaper Guild, the U.S. Attorney's office says.
  • Thursday, September 17

  • Madoff beach house sold   UPI / 7:44PM
    MONTAUK, N.Y., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Convicted swindler Bernard Madoff's beach house on New York's Long Island sold for more than the $8.75 million asking price, the listing broker said Thursday.
  • Prosecutor: Astor's son 'morally depraved'   UPI / 6:24PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Brooke Astor's son was a "morally depraved" man who tricked his Alzheimer's-plagued mother into changing her will to get millions, a New York prosecutor said.
  • Jury awards $4.5M for lawyers' errors   UPI / 6:24PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A jury said a Florida law firm twice botched a woman's racial-discrimination case against her employer and now owes her $4.5 million for the errors.
  • Tuesday, September 15

  • U.S. diplomat ordered out of Afghanistan   UPI / 11:24AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. diplomat Peter Galbraith, a member of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, has been ordered out the country by his boss, sources say.
  • Friday, September 11

  • Calif.-Irvine fertility center suits paid   UPI / 3:24PM
    IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A University of California-Irvine spokesman says the state university system is trying to end a fertility center scandal by settling 12 lawsuits.
  • Thursday, September 10

  • ECC invalidates some Afghan ballots   UPI / 12:35PM
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Electoral Complaints Commission said Thursday it has invalidated an unspecified number of fraudulent ballots from Afghanistan's presidential election.
  • Sunday, September 6

  • 450 Afghan polling places set aside   UPI / 4:54PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Afghan election officials said Sunday they have set aside ballots from nearly 450 polling places pending a fraud investigation.
  • Saturday, September 5

  • Texas bank helping in fraud ring probe   UPI / 2:34PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Texas insurance and financial services company USAA says it is working with U.S. authorities to help bust a fraud ring that victimized it.
  • Wednesday, September 2

  • Bank thumbprint rule vexes armless man   UPI / 5:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A man who was born without arms is upset with a Bank of America Tampa, Fla., branch because a teller refused to cash a check without a thumbprint from him.
  • Maine woman receives fake ransom demand   UPI / 2:24PM
    HEBRON, Maine, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A Maine woman says telephone scammers claimed they had kidnapped her grandson -- a U.S. Marine fighting in Afghanistan -- and tried to get her to pay ransom.
  • Recession prompts hike in insurance fraud   UPI / 1:44PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Owners desperate to get out from under hefty car payments are destroying their vehicles and filing bogus insurance claims, U.S. insurance investigators say.
  • Tuesday, September 1

  • Three charged with $10.6M land fraud   UPI / 4:05PM
    MIAMI, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors in Miami said three Florida residents defrauded more than 1,000 people in illegal land transactions worth about $10.6 million.
  • Friday, August 28

  • Plea points to bribes and blood oaths   UPI / 12:34PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Billionaire businessman R. Allen Stanford and the top bank regulator in Antigua took a blood oath in 2003, a court plea agreement in Houston says.
  • Thursday, August 27

  • Former top Blagojevich aide pleads guilty   UPI / 8:44PM
    CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- John Harris, who was ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday and will testify against his ex-boss.
  • BBC: Karzai, Holbrooke had verbal fight   UPI / 8:05PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Both sides are denying the special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan had a heated argument with President Hamid Karzai following the Afghan election, the BBC reports.
  • Franken fundraiser has criminal past   UPI / 2:44PM
    ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken canceled a Minnesota fundraiser scheduled for Thursday after learning the host had spent a year in prison for fraud.
  • Tuesday, August 25

  • Dem fundraiser arrested in alleged fraud   UPI / 3:14PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A former fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama was charged in New York Tuesday with trying to defraud Citibank.
  • Monday, August 24

  • Karzai win claimed   UPI / 11:34PM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's supporters claimed a big re-election Monday win as election officials prepared to declare partial results of last week's polls.
  • U.S.: Bernie Madoff not dying of cancer   UPI / 4:35PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Jailed financier Bernie Madoff does not have cancer and is not terminally ill as one newspaper reports, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said Monday.
  • Friday, August 21

  • AIG compensates some Madoff victims   UPI / 12:24PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. insurance giant American International Group says it paid victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme millions of dollars for losses covered by its policies.
  • Thursday, August 20

  • Head of Minutemen named in scam lawsuit   UPI / 6:24PM
    PHOENIX, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Arizona prosecutors, in a lawsuit, say the president of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps is part of a property tax scam.
  • Memphis to vacate its Final Four season   UPI / 5:54PM
    MEMPHIS, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The University of Memphis was found guilty Thursday of major violations in men's basketball and women's golf, the NCAA infractions committee said.
  • Law grads sentenced in insurance scam try   UPI / 9:05AM
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Two British law-school graduates were sentenced to 16 months of community service in Brazil for falsely claiming they were robbed of $1,600 of belongings.
  • British man accused of 92 fake car crashes   UPI / 8:54AM
    MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- British prosecutors say one man was responsible for 92 fraudulent car crashes near Manchester in the past three years, court documents say.
  • Tuesday, August 18

  • Ex-ACORN employee pleads guilty   UPI / 7:05PM
    LAS VEGAS, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A former ACORN official has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against former community organizing colleagues in a Nevada voter registration fraud case.
  • Monday, August 17

  • Scam artists prey on fearful homeowners   UPI / 4:34PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. homeowners fearing foreclosure are getting caught by scam artists who claim to buy a house, but don't take over the mortgage, advocates and attorneys said.
  • Saturday, August 15

  • Stranded Canadian heading home from Kenya   UPI / 2:24PM
    TORONTO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman stranded in Kenya for three months because of identity fraud allegations may sue despite finally being allowed to go home, her lawyer says.
  • Friday, August 14

  • Missouri man charged with $2.5M fraud   UPI / 8:10PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A St. Louis-area man was charged Friday with duping investors out of $2.5 million by claiming he was buying foreclosed real estate.
  • Police detain fake cancer doctor   UPI / 2:54PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A 56-year-old self-styled doctor was arrested after he collected an estimated $1.4 million from about 100 Serbian cancer patients, police said.
  • Wednesday, August 12

  • Locals say Afghan election being rigged   UPI / 10:05AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is systematically rigging the Aug. 20 presidential election in his southern home base, witnesses claim.
  • Tuesday, August 11

  • Boeing to pay $2 million for false billing   UPI / 3:54PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Boeing Co. said it would pay a $2 million fine to settle allegations it inflated maintenance bills for a U.S. Air Force contract.
  • Saturday, August 8

  • Wife of Monkees' Dolenz accused of fraud   UPI / 5:44PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- New York investigators allege Donna Quinter, wife of Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz, committed fraud to receive government rental subsidies.
  • Alleged funeral fraud ring may cost $600M   UPI / 2:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors allege a prepaid funeral business fraud ring may ultimately cost consumers, funeral homes and U.S. state agencies more than $600 million.
  • Friday, August 7

  • Former Florida judge admits bank fraud   UPI / 1:35PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Former Florida Appeals Judge Thomas Stringer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud for helping a stripper hide financial assets from creditors, court officials say.
  • Man allegedly used fake Oscar in fraud   UPI / 12:44AM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A California man was charged Thursday with bilking investors of $3.3 million while posing as an Oscar-winning designer of sound effects.
  • Thursday, August 6

  • Livent chiefs to appeal fraud convictions   UPI / 10:14AM
    TORONTO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Lawyers for the two former chiefs of Canada's Livent theatrical group said they will appeal their corporate fraud convictions in Toronto.
  • Wednesday, August 5

  • Postal worker charged with stealing checks   UPI / 2:44PM
    SEATTLE, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A U.S. Postal Service worker in Seattle has been charged with stealing $220,000 in checks, including one for $208,000.
  • Wyeth ghostwriters pushed hormone therapy   UPI / 1:05PM
    MADISON, N.J., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Ghostwriters paid by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Wyeth worked on dozens of articles published in medical journals under doctors' names, court documents indicate.
  • Sunday, August 2

  • Canada won't block man's extradition   UPI / 7:34PM
    TORONTO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Canadian appellate court Sunday rejected an appeal by a German-Canadian businessman to quash his extradition on tax evasion charges, his attorney said.
  • Wednesday, July 29

  • Trustee suit targets Madoff wife's assets   UPI / 8:24PM
    NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- The trustee trying to recover assets for Bernard Madoff's victims filed suit in New York Wednesday against Madoff's wife, seeking $44.8 million.
  • Former college buddies charged in ATM scam   UPI / 1:05PM
    NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Four former New York University students are accused of concocting an ATM scam that allegedly netted them as much as $1 million since 2003, authorities say.
  • EPA warns of body-building supplements   UPI / 11:14AM
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- Popular body-building products sold as nutritional supplements may contain steroids that produce acute liver injury and kidney failure, U.S. regulators said.
  • Tuesday, July 28

  • Pfizer sues over non-kosher ingredient   UPI / 11:35AM
    NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) -- A New York dietary-supplement company allegedly tricked Pfizer pharmaceuticals into buying an ingredient that wasn't kosher, a lawsuit charges.
  • Monday, July 27

  • Man pleads guilty to selling Army oil   UPI / 4:45PM
    WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- A Virginia man pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to steal millions of dollars' worth of oil from the U.S. army in Iraq, the Justice Department said.
  • Report: Virus lab in tornado-prone area   UPI / 11:24AM
    WASHINGTON, July 27 (UPI) -- Washington used a flawed study to select a tornado-prone area of Kansas for a $700 million infectious-pathogens biosecurity lab, a government report says.
  • Thursday, July 23

  • Purina exec indicted for alleged fraud   UPI / 8:14PM
    ST. LOUIS, July 23 (UPI) -- A Nestle SA U.S. pet food manager was indicted on fraud charges for allegedly spending $250,000 on himself with his company credit card, prosecutors said.
  • Dems vow to create financial safety agency   UPI / 12:14PM
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- U.S. House Democrats vowed to redouble efforts to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency despite lobbyist efforts to stop the measure.
  • Hockey's Federov says was swindled   UPI / 10:34AM
    DETROIT, July 23 (UPI) -- Former Red Wings hockey star Sergei Federov says a suburban Detroit money manager has swindled him out of $43 million over the past 11 years.
  • Wednesday, July 22

  • 'Smilin' Bob' grandmother avoids jail   UPI / 6:54PM
    CINCINNATI, July 22 (UPI) -- An Ohio grandmother convicted of fraud and money laundering tied to the "Smilin' Bob" "male enhancement pill" is free on bond pending an appeal, a judge ruled.
  • Tuesday, July 21

  • Perot sues Mark Cuban over money shuffling   UPI / 7:24PM
    DALLAS, July 21 (UPI) -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban allegedly moved $50 million from a Dallas arena to make up for his team's shortfalls, Ross Perot Jr. alleges in a lawsuit.
  • Woman charged with $50M grain fraud scheme   UPI / 3:14PM
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., July 21 (UPI) -- A Missouri woman was charged Tuesday with bilking 180 farmers out of $50 million in a Ponzi scheme built on grain purchases, the state attorney general said.
  • Man charged with threatening telemarketer   UPI / 1:54PM
    ST. LOUIS, July 21 (UPI) -- An Ohio man has been jailed in St. Louis after allegedly threatening a telemarketer that he would kill the company's employees, authorities say.
  • Thursday, July 16

  • Opposition disputes Congo Republic results   UPI / 11:24AM
    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, July 16 (UPI) -- Opposition parties and a human rights group Thursday disputed election results that returned Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou-Nguesso to power.
  • Wednesday, July 15

  • Weatherization funds may overwhelm groups   UPI / 8:34AM
    WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. community groups receiving billions of federal stimulus dollars for low-income weatherization programs could be overwhelmed, critics of the programs say.
  • Friday, July 10

  • Lawsuit filed in cemetery desecration   UPI / 7:25PM
    CHICAGO, July 10 (UPI) -- A family filed a lawsuit Friday seeking damages following revelations that graves were dug up at a historic black cemetery in suburban Chicago.
  • Thursday, July 9

  • 15,400 file claims against Madoff   UPI / 7:54PM
    NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) -- More than 15,400 claimants met the deadline to apply for compensation for losses in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, a trustee in New York said Thursday.
  • Former top Blagojevich aide pleads guilty   UPI / 1:34AM
    CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- John Harris, who was ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, pleaded guilty to federal charges Wednesday and will testify against his ex-boss.
  • Wednesday, July 8

  • Street gang charged with bank fraud   UPI / 10:54AM
    TRENTON, N.J., July 8 (UPI) -- Members of the Bloods street gang used forged payroll checks to steal $341,000 from eight banks between 2005 and 2007, New Jersey officials said Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, July 7

  • Twitter users warned of online scams   UPI / 12:25PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 7 (UPI) -- Scammers are using social networking Web sites such as Twitter to lure readers into get-rich-quick schemes, the U.S. Better Business Bureau says.
  • Monday, July 6

  • Bulgaria official accused of vote trading   UPI / 11:44AM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria, July 6 (UPI) -- A Bulgarian deputy government minister was arrested Monday on electoral vote-buying charges, one day after parliamentary elections, a prosecutor said.
  • Thursday, July 2

  • Beazer to pay $50M for mortgage fraud   UPI / 3:44PM
    CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 2 (UPI) -- U.S. home builder Beazer Homes USA agreed to pay $50 million to settle various mortgage fraud abuse charges, court records show.
  • Wednesday, July 1

  • Official: SEC should pay bounties   UPI / 7:05PM
    NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission should reward those who provide information on financial fraud, an official said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, June 30

  • Stanford's assets frozen in Britain   UPI / 12:34PM
    LONDON, June 30 (UPI) -- The Serious Fraud Office in Britain said it had frozen the assets of accused Texas billionaire Allen Stanford at the request of U.S. authorities.
  • Monday, June 29

  • EU diplomats may walk over detainees   UPI / 5:34PM
    BRUSSELS, June 29 (UPI) -- European Union countries may stage a brief mass withdrawal of ambassadors if Iran doesn't release detained British Embassy personnel, diplomats said.
  • Friday, June 26

  • Stanford to remain in jail for now   UPI / 8:05PM
    HOUSTON, June 26 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Houston delayed accused financier R. Allen Stanford's release Friday to give prosecutors a chance to argue he is a flight risk.
  • Hispanic activist charged with voter fraud   UPI / 1:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, June 26 (UPI) -- A Hispanic activist in California has been charged with voter fraud for allegedly registering to vote with a Los Angeles address while living in Orange County.
  • Thursday, June 25

  • Feds tie relic suspect to pyramid scheme   UPI / 9:44PM
    BLANDING, Utah, June 25 (UPI) -- A doctor who killed himself after being charged with looting and selling American Indian relics may have been part of a pyramid scheme, authorities said.
  • Tuesday, June 23

  • Couple used cancer hoax to steal $800,000   UPI / 4:34PM
    DELAWARE, Ohio, June 23 (UPI) -- Sheriff's deputies seized the personal property of an Ohio couple who allegedly cheated family and friends of $800,000 by pretending the husband had cancer.
  • Friday, June 19

  • R. Allen Stanford indicted on $7B fraud   UPI / 2:44PM
    HOUSTON, June 19 (UPI) -- R. Allen Stanford, a Texas entrepreneur knighted by Antigua, was charged Friday with a $7 billion scheme to defraud investors, officials in Houston said.
  • Poor construction poses threat to dams   UPI / 7:05AM
    BEIJING, June 19 (UPI) -- Improper construction and other factors have put several dams built recently on branches of China's Yellow River in danger of collapse, authorities said.
  • Defector: North Korea uses insurance fraud   UPI / 2:05AM
    WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) -- North Korea has turned to insurance fraud to get much-needed hard currency for its leaders, a defector says.
  • Wednesday, June 17

  • Anna Nicole judge hit with civil suit   UPI / 1:05PM
    MIAMI, June 17 (UPI) -- A former Florida judge manipulated an elderly Fort Lauderdale woman to gain hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and property, a lawsuit alleges.
  • Tuesday, June 16

  • Power struggle said ongoing in Iran   UPI / 6:14PM
    TEHRAN, June 16 (UPI) -- A power struggle is taking place between Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, analysts say.
  • Madoff suit aims to recoup bank fees   UPI / 12:05PM
    MIAMI, June 16 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed in Miami aims to recoup fees a bank paid to a feeder fund that invested in Bernard Madoff's fraudulent investment firm, court papers show.
  • Friday, June 12

  • Old soldier's suicide followed Madoff loss   UPI / 2:54PM
    SOUTHAMPTON, England, June 12 (UPI) -- A British soldier who had been an adviser in Oman and the Balkans took his own life because he lost his savings to Bernard Madoff, a coroner has concluded.
  • Wednesday, June 10

  • Liquidation sale sweeps away bank opulence   UPI / 2:44PM
    MIAMI, June 10 (UPI) -- Advertising Stanford Financial Group as the source of furniture in a Florida liquidation sale gave the sale added appeal, business owner Micheal Grimme said.
  • Former Bears fullback draws probation   UPI / 1:34PM
    CHICAGO, June 10 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Bears fullback Roland Harper has been sentenced to 2 years probation for his conviction on contract fraud.
  • Monday, June 8

  • Suspicious car fires up 27 percent   UPI / 12:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- The number of suspicious U.S. car fires is spiking as owners of pricey and gas-guzzling cars are finding they can no longer afford them, insurers say.
  • Sunday, June 7

  • Impostor founded Colo. veterans group   UPI / 11:14PM
    COLORADO SPRINGS, June 7 (UPI) -- The founder of a Colorado veterans group and advocate for homeless vets has been unmasked as an imposter who faked a war record, investigators said.
  • Friday, June 5

  • 5 charged with mortgage fraud   UPI / 1:05AM
    SEATTLE, June 5 (UPI) -- Five people have been charged in Seattle with cheating banks and homeowners out of at least $18 million through fraudulent real estate sales and mortgages.
  • Ex-Army officer sentenced in fraud scheme   UPI / 12:44AM
    TRENTON, N.J., June 5 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Army Reserves lieutenant colonel was sentenced to 30 months in prison Thursday for her role in a lucrative fraud scheme in Iraq.
  • Thursday, June 4

  • Countrywide's Mozilo accused of fraud   UPI / 7:44PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) -- Countrywide Financial Corp. co-founder Angelo R. Mozilo and two former top executives were accused of fraud Wednesday by U.S. regulators.
  • Head collection may aid fraud victims   UPI / 6:44PM
    DENVER, June 4 (UPI) -- The exotic animals bagged by a Colorado man who allegedly operated a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme may be sold off soon to help his investors.
  • Ex-Taiwan leader's children tied to graft   UPI / 2:24PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4 (UPI) -- The son and daughter of former Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian were named defendants in a corruption case embroiling the ex-leader, prosecutors said.
  • Sunday, May 31

  • Navy looking at possible uninspected welds   UPI / 4:05PM
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy says it is going back over the welding work performed on 13 ships after an inspector admitted falsifying completion reports.
  • Lackluster Mr. Rogers gala scuttled   UPI / 3:05PM
    ESCONDIDO, Calif., May 31 (UPI) -- Management of a California civic center says folks with tickets to an event touting a "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" revival will get their money back.
  • Saturday, May 30

  • VA golf course greens fees said embezzled   UPI / 1:14AM
    LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) -- A nine-hole golf course at a Veterans Affairs hospital in California has been closed because of suspected embezzlement of greens fees.
  • Thursday, May 28

  • Bank's assets on block   UPI / 6:34PM
    DALLAS, May 28 (UPI) -- A receiver has begun selling the assets of a North Carolina businessman who allegedly ran a Caribbean bank as a Ponzi scheme.
  • Wednesday, May 27

  • Defense contractor pleads to wire fraud   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- A defense contractor pleaded guilty to wire fraud in the procurement of a bullet-proof vest contract in Iraq, the U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday.
  • Saturday, May 23

  • BofA: Mortgage holders get $823M in relief   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Troubled U.S. homeowners could save up to $823 million from a predatory lending settlement reached this week with Bank of America, state officials say.
  • Friday, May 22

  • 5 sentenced in P.R. campaign fund scandal   UPI / 11:54PM
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 22 (UPI) -- Three campaign workers were sentenced Friday for arranging illegal contributions to former Puerto Rican Gov. Anibal Acedo Vila, federal prosecutors said.
  • Wednesday, May 20

  • Astor grandson urges plea bargain for dad   UPI / 6:05PM
    NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- The grandson of the late New York socialite Brooke Astor Wednesday urged his father to settle charges he took advantage of her senility to loot her estate.
  • Tuesday, May 19

  • Pastor charged in money laundering scheme   UPI / 2:54PM
    MIAMI, May 19 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say a Florida pastor led a real estate money laundering operation on behalf of Miami cocaine dealers.
  • Sunday, May 17

  • Kiddie Kollege daycare owner on the run   UPI / 3:14PM
    PHILADELPHIA, May 17 (UPI) -- A woman who owned and operated a Philadelphia-area daycare center found in 2006 to be contaminated with mercury has disappeared, officials say.
  • Saturday, May 16

  • Judge's orders end to warranty robocalls   UPI / 3:05PM
    CHICAGO, May 16 (UPI) -- Three U.S. telemarketing firms accused of making misleading "robocalls" about expiring car warranties must stop the practice, a court says.
  • Friday, May 15

  • Mulroney: Schreiber link was 'peripheral'   UPI / 3:05PM
    OTTAWA, May 15 (UPI) -- Former Canadian PM Brian Mulroney said Friday his relations with a German-Canadian businessman were "peripheral," even though he got $225,000 in cash from him.
  • Nigerian officials accused of taking $42M   UPI / 12:24PM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, May 15 (UPI) -- Ten members of the Nigerian National Assembly are accused of siphoning $42 million from public funding, authorities allege.
  • Thursday, May 14

  • Mulroney says he would have disclosed cash   UPI / 3:05PM
    OTTAWA, May 14 (UPI) -- Brian Mulroney said Thursday he would have disclosed his cash relationship with Karlheinz Schreiber if government lawyers had asked the right question.
  • Wednesday, May 13

  • Mulroney recalls Airbus scandal with tears   UPI / 6:44PM
    OTTAWA, May 13 (UPI) -- Tears welled up in Brian Mulroney's eyes Wednesday as he testified about police considering him a fraud suspect when he was Canadian prime minister.
  • Woman arraigned in Pitino extortion   UPI / 3:54PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 13 (UPI) -- A Kentucky woman entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to charges of attempted extortion of University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.
  • Army says surgeon falsified research   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- Walter Reed Army Medical Center says a former surgeon has made false claims about a bone-growth product sold by U.S. healthcare company Medtronic Inc.
  • Tuesday, May 12

  • Celebrity lawyer Dreier stays free on bond   UPI / 4:44PM
    NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Celebrity attorney Marc Dreier can remain free on bail after pleading guilty to bilking clients out of $700 million, a New York judge says.
  • Saturday, May 9

  • Former fundraiser pleads guilty to fraud   UPI / 2:04AM
    NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- A former fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and other Democrats has pleaded guilty in New York to orchestrating a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.
  • Thursday, May 7

  • Voter registration fraud charged in Pa.   UPI / 11:24PM
    PITTSBURGH, May 7 (UPI) -- Seven people affiliated with the activist group ACORN were charged Thursday in western Pennsylvania with voter registration fraud, officials said.
  • Wednesday, May 6

  • Charges say Chinese honey evaded U.S. duty   UPI / 4:25PM
    SEATTLE, May 6 (UPI) -- A Chinese national and a Seattle-area man have been charged with mislabeling honey from China in order to evade U.S. import duties.
  • Deal shelves WellCare fraud charges   UPI / 2:05PM
    TAMPA, Fla., May 6 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors in Florida announced Wednesday that WellCare Health Plans had agreed to pay $80 million to avoid prosecution on fraud charges.
  • Con man evaded police for three decades   UPI / 1:44PM
    LARGO, Fla., May 6 (UPI) -- Florida police held a man dubbed "Plasma Pat," who says he wore a Wal-Mart cap to swindle people out of $2.5 million in 30 years.
  • Sunday, May 3

  • Lehman real estate guru called shy, smart   UPI / 5:54PM
    NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. dealmaker who led Lehman Brothers into a disastrous spate of real estate lending was quiet and unassuming, The New York Times reported Sunday.
  • Friday, May 1

  • Abused adoptees sue New York City   UPI / 8:14PM
    NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- Ten former foster children have sued New York City, claiming that child welfare agencies did not investigate the woman who adopted and abused them.
  • Wednesday, April 29

  • Utah student 'I'm not going to back down'   UPI / 11:24AM
    SALT LAKE CITY, April 29 (UPI) -- A Utah student accused of sabotaging an auction of oil-and-gas leases says the 10 years in prison he faces pale in comparison to climate change.
  • Tuesday, April 28

  • Israeli soldier sold fake sick passes   UPI / 1:05PM
    JERUSALEM, April 28 (UPI) -- An Israel Defense Forces soldier who created fake sick notes was sentenced Tuesday faced eight months in prison, court records showed.
  • Monday, April 27

  • Lawyer: Bank helped cheat Indonesians   UPI / 5:54PM
    SEATTLE, April 27 (UPI) -- A Seattle bank has been sued on behalf of thousands of Indonesians who allegedly lost $175 million in a Ponzi scheme.
  • Saturday, April 25

  • Gambler claims casinos led her on   UPI / 8:54PM
    HAMILTON, Ontario, April 25 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman who stole from her employer to feed a gambling habit has sued two casinos and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp.
  • Tuesday, April 21

  • Wise Millennium Bank probe ongoing   UPI / 10:34PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. investigators said they are still investigating the Wise Millennium Bank and its founder, William Wise, who allegedly ran an $80 million Ponzi scam.
  • Saturday, April 18

  • Murder charges possible in quake probe   UPI / 2:14PM
    L'AQUILA, Italy, April 18 (UPI) -- Murder charges could be possible as Italian investigators seek answers about the collapse of supposedly "quake-proof" buildings, a prosecutor says.
  • Tuesday, April 14

  • N.Y. process server charged in fraud case   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW YORK, April 14 (UPI) -- A New York company failed to provide notification to thousands of consumers facing debt-related lawsuits, causing them unknowingly to default, officials say.
  • Monday, April 13

  • Mahindra Tech to purchase Satyam   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW DELHI, April 13 (UPI) -- A joint British and Indian venture put in the winning bid for Satyam Computer Services, the outsourcing giant besieged by a massive fraud controversy.
  • Thursday, April 9

  • Ex-dean: Grants investments were valid   UPI / 5:34PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 9 (UPI) -- An ex-university dean charged with money laundering and tax evasion told U.S. investigators he invested grants in property to fund his research non-profit.
  • Ex-bank examiner faces 15 years in forgery   UPI / 3:14PM
    WHEATON, Ill., April 9 (UPI) -- A former U.S. bank examiner who bought a house with fake papers saying he had won $805,000 in a lawsuit pleaded guilty to fraud and forgery, authorities said.
  • Sources: Jackson-Blago fundraising probed   UPI / 2:54PM
    CHICAGO, April 9 (UPI) -- Investigators are looking at fundraising by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, sources said.
  • Colo. adviser charged in Ponzi scheme   UPI / 12:54PM
    DENVER, April 9 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators sued a Colorado investment manager, alleging he ran a Ponzi scheme and used investor money to buy classic cars and Rembrandt masterpieces.
  • Wednesday, April 8

  • Ruth Madoff to contest home seizures   UPI / 11:34AM
    NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) -- An attorney for Ruth Madoff, wife of disgraced investor Bernard Madoff, says his client will fight the government's seizure of $62 million and two homes.
  • Monday, April 6

  • Ohio woman wanted for alleged cancer scam   UPI / 12:24PM
    DELAWARE, Ohio, April 6 (UPI) -- A Columbus, Ohio, woman is being sought by authorities for allegedly conning friends and family out of $800,000 through a cancer claim, a prosecutor says.
  • Thursday, April 2

  • Madoff feeder fund faces Mass. fraud claim   UPI / 12:14AM
    BOSTON, April 2 (UPI) -- The Massachusetts secretary of state has filed a civil action accusing the managers of a Madoff feeder fund of fraud by claiming they were doing due diligence.
  • Tuesday, March 31

  • Connecticut city stops Madoff sell-off   UPI / 8:44PM
    FAIRFIELD, Conn., March 31 (UPI) -- A Connecticut city looking to recover up to $75 million in the Bernard Madoff investment scam has stopped his family and others from selling off assets for now.
  • Sunday, March 29

  • Report: Michael Vick not destitute   UPI / 5:34PM
    NORFOLK, Va., March 29 (UPI) -- Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick might have his luxurious Virginia home when he is released from federal custody, a Virginia newspaper reports.
  • Friday, March 27

  • No sentence reduction in U.K. canoe scam   UPI / 2:05PM
    LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- A British appeals court rejected a plea for reduced sentences for a husband and wife convicted of faking the man's death in an insurance scam.
  • Thursday, March 26

  • N.Y. art dealer charged with theft   UPI / 5:34PM
    NEW YORK, March 26 (UPI) -- A New York art dealer was charged Thursday with stealing $90 million from art collectors and those hoping to use paintings as an investment.
  • Allied Irish Banks victim of loan scam   UPI / 4:24PM
    LONDON, March 26 (UPI) -- Britain's Serious Fraud Office said Thursday it had raided three offices concerning an $81.4 million fraud that victimized the Allied Irish Banks.
  • Lawsuit targets Madoff's kid brother   UPI / 1:14PM
    NEW YORK, March 26 (UPI) -- A New York man says he is suing Bernard Madoff's brother for money lost in the financier's massive Ponzi scheme.
  • Wednesday, March 25

  • 24 indicted in Chicago mortgage fraud case   UPI / 10:24PM
    CHICAGO, March 25 (UPI) -- Federal indictments handed up in Chicago accuse 24 people -- mostly mortgage loan industry professionals -- of fraud, prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • Canada's Livent chiefs guilty of fraud   UPI / 12:05PM
    TORONTO, March 25 (UPI) -- The two co-founders of North America's once largest live theater company, Livent Inc., were found guilty of fraud and forgery in Toronto Wednesday.
  • Monday, March 23

  • Agency: Fraud common in seafood industry   UPI / 11:35AM
    WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- Fraud takes place throughout the seafood industry due to a lack of proper oversight by U.S. federal agencies, a government group says.
  • China pyramid scheme cost victims $246M   UPI / 9:04AM
    BEIJING, March 23 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities handed out a 15-year prison sentence to the leader of a pyramid scheme that defrauded 22,000 investors of $246 million.
  • Wednesday, March 18

  • Consumer group calls for FBI probe of AIG   UPI / 12:54PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 18 (UPI) -- A consumer group called on the U.S. Justice Department to form a special FBI unit to investigate the controversial bonuses being paid to executives at AIG.
  • Tuesday, March 17

  • New fraud software monitors China journals   UPI / 6:24PM
    BEIJING, March 17 (UPI) -- Editors of academic journals published in China say they have started using new software that will help detect plagiarism.
  • Sunday, March 15

  • Madoff donations favored Democratic causes   UPI / 9:54AM
    WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- Confessed financial swindler Bernard Madoff spent large sums on Washington lobbying and campaign contributions to Democratic candidates, records indicate.
  • Thursday, March 12

  • Ex-Oilers owner Pocklington arrested   UPI / 7:34AM
    PALM DESERT, Calif., March 12 (UPI) -- Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington was arrested Wednesday on bankruptcy fraud charges in Southern California, U.S. prosecutors announced.
  • Wednesday, March 11

  • SoCal dealer charged with Lamborghini scam   UPI / 3:44PM
    SANTA ANA, Calif., March 11 (UPI) -- A high-end Southern California sports car dealer has been charged with bilking his financing company by not reporting sales, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • U.S.: Life insurer laundered drug money   UPI / 1:44PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 11 (UPI) -- A now-closed Florida insurance company whose executives have been charged with running an investment scam also laundered drug cartel money, authorities allege.
  • Former bank exec to serve 20 more years   UPI / 11:34AM
    BANGKOK, March 11 (UPI) -- A court in Thailand added 20 years to the prison sentence of a former Bangkok Bank of Commerce president Wednesday for an embezzlement conviction.
  • Tuesday, March 10

  • Man says 'psychic' girlfriend cheated him   UPI / 9:54PM
    MORRISTOWN, N.J., March 10 (UPI) -- A New Jersey man has sued a woman he claims cheated him of money that was supposed to be used for a gold statue to cure the "negativity around him."
  • Nine are charged with mortgage fraud   UPI / 4:34PM
    LONDON, March 10 (UPI) -- Eight men and one woman were arrested in Britain Tuesday on fraud charges connected to a mortgage brokerage, authorities said.
  • Monday, March 9

  • High society blackmailer admits guilt   UPI / 3:54PM
    MUNICH, Germany, March 9 (UPI) -- The former lover of BMW heiress Susanne Klatten pleaded guilty Monday to charges he defrauded and tried to blackmail Germany's richest woman, observers said.
  • Bidding for Satyam begins   UPI / 10:35AM
    HYDERABAD, India, March 9 (UPI) -- Scandal-plagued Satyam Computer Services in India has put a majority of its shares on the market, the company said.
  • Friday, March 6

  • Army captain charged with $700K theft   UPI / 8:34PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., March 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army captain faces trial for allegedly stealing $700,000 from an emergency fund in Iraq and sending it home in boxes.
  • Thursday, March 5

  • Ex-CEO of KB Homes indicted in stock scam   UPI / 5:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors Thursday said they charged the former head of KB Homes, a major California homebuilder, with backdating millions in stock options.
  • Wednesday, March 4

  • Chicago developer indicted   UPI / 9:14AM
    CLEVELAND, March 3 (UPI) -- One-time high-flying Chicago developer Robert Falor is facing theft charges in Ohio stemming from an alleged development project scam, officials said.
  • Tuesday, February 24

  • Imprisoned Russian tycoon faces new trial   UPI / 11:14PM
    MOSCOW, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A former Russian oil tycoon serving an eight-year sentence for fraud has been transferred to Moscow to be tried on new charges, a court official said Tuesday.
  • Saturday, February 21

  • Nigerian accused in $27 million swindle   UPI / 11:05AM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Authorities allege a Nigerian swindler working with conspirators in six countries convinced Citibank to wire him $27 million in one month.
  • Friday, February 20

  • Man convicted of selling quack device   UPI / 1:54AM
    SAN DIEGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A San Diego man has been found guilty of selling an electronic device that he claimed could cure serious diseases with electrical impulses.
  • Wednesday, February 18

  • Swiss bank to pay U.S. $780 million   UPI / 9:05PM
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, will pay the United States $780 million for helping U.S. taxpayers hide money from the IRS, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, February 17

  • Near $1M drained from youth hockey league   UPI / 7:34PM
    ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A humble youth hockey league in Michigan apparently was well-heeled enough that its bookkeeper was able to embezzle nearly $1 million, police say.
  • Three doctors charged in Medicare scheme   UPI / 11:14AM
    MIAMI, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Three Miami doctors have been arrested and charged with of taking part in an alleged Medicare fraud scheme, investigators say.
  • Saturday, February 14

  • Ex-NHL agent Frost acquitted of fraud   UPI / 7:24PM
    KINGSTON, Ontario, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Former NHL player agent and junior hockey coach David Frost has been acquitted of fraud and bail violations by a court in Kingston, Ontario.
  • Thursday, February 12

  • Source of ring's debit fraud identified   UPI / 10:34AM
    STRATFORD, Ontario, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Canadian police in the southwestern Ontario city of Stratford said they have identified a single store as the source of more than 100 debit card ID thefts.
  • Tuesday, February 10

  • Lawyers wary of Steele's campaign outlays   UPI / 4:35PM
    BALTIMORE, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Lawyers say there were some questionable payments made by the 2006 U.S. Senate campaign of Michael Steele, new chairman of the Republican National Committee.
  • Thursday, February 5

  • Sandy Koufax an alleged Madoff victim   UPI / 11:05PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Pitching great Sandy Koufax and Bernard Madoff's defense lawyer were on a list of potential victims released Thursday in bankruptcy court in New York.
  • Wednesday, February 4

  • Mortgage firm accuses founder of fraud   UPI / 7:44PM
    WAUWATOSA, Wis., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A major Wisconsin mortgage banking firm has accused its founder and other top executives of defrauding it out of at least $15 million, court documents show.
  • Woman has to move after faked cancer   UPI / 5:54PM
    MELBOURNE, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- An Australian woman who admitted to faking cancer to obtain money for plastic surgery said she had to move to escape her outraged community.
  • Sunday, February 1

  • Police investigate missing art dealer   UPI / 1:54AM
    SYDNEY, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- An Australian art dealer has disappeared, leaving clients wondering where their money and artworks are.
  • Saturday, January 31

  • European court to hear Yukos claims   UPI / 1:24AM
    STRASBOURG, France, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A European court has agreed to hear a lawsuit by shareholders of the Yukos oil company who are seeking billions of dollars from the Russian government.
  • Thursday, January 29

  • Fraud suspected at Tokyo bedding company   UPI / 2:44AM
    TOKYO, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- L&G Chairman Kazutsugi Nami and about 20 other employees of the Tokyo bedding retailer are being investigated in an alleged $2.33 billion investment scam.
  • Wednesday, January 28

  • Madoff victims file suite in Miami   UPI / 12:14PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Bernard Madoff fraud victims who invested through Spanish bank Banco Santander filed suit in Miami, claiming the bank neglected proper fiduciary oversight.
  • Sunday, January 25

  • Lawyer: Zsa Zsa among Madoff's victims   UPI / 7:34PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor lost at least $7 million invested through businessman Bernard Madoff, accused of operating a Ponzi scheme, her lawyer said.
  • Israeli politician's daughter arrested   UPI / 10:34AM
    JERUSALEM, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The daughter of a right-wing Israeli political leader and six others have been arrested as part of a fraud investigation, police said Sunday.
  • Saturday, January 17

  • Madoff associate probed 17 years ago   UPI / 5:24PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. securities regulators investigated whether an associate of Bernard Madoff was running a Ponzi scheme 17 years ago, The New York Times reported Saturday.
  • Friday, January 16

  • UnitedHealth agrees to $350M settlement   UPI / 11:34AM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- UnitedHealth Group Inc., the No. 2 U.S. insurer, agreed to pay the largest settlement ever by a health insurance company for allegedly defrauding customers.
  • Monday, January 12

  • Mich. suit claims $594K gallery art fraud   UPI / 11:34AM
    DETROIT, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Some Michigan art collectors say they were swindled by a well-known Detroit-area gallery that allegedly sold them more than $594,000 in forged artwork.
  • Sunday, January 11

  • Author Penney slams Madoff for losses   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Author Alexandra Penney says U.S. investment adviser Bernard Madoff should be in prison for allegedly conducting a scheme that took all of her life savings.
  • Thursday, January 8

  • Chiropractor sues over online review   UPI / 3:24PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A San Francisco chiropractor has sued a furniture designer, claiming that he was libeled in a review published on Yelp, a Web site that rates businesses.
  • Tuesday, January 6

  • Woman charged with voter sign-up fraud   UPI / 9:44PM
    ST. LOUIS, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A former voter registration worker for two groups has been charged in St. Louis with federal voter registration fraud, U.S. prosecutors said.
  • Two Fla. lawyers charged in Ponzi scheme   UPI / 1:34PM
    MIAMI, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Two Florida lawyers helped bilk investors from around the world out of more than $800 million in a massive Ponzi scheme, U.S. prosecutors say.
  • Monday, January 5

  • N.Y. hospitals named in Medicaid suit   UPI / 2:44PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Seven New York hospitals re-admitted the same drug treatment patients over and over again in a $50 million Medicaid scam, officials allege.
  • Wednesday, December 31

  • Military con man gets probation   UPI / 2:44PM
    SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army veteran from Texas who faked claims of wounds and decorations and a career in the Army Rangers has been sentenced to three years probation.
  • Friday, December 26

  • Consumers lose big to fraud   UPI / 7:04AM
    TOKYO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Fraudulent business practices in Japan produced consumer losses of about $37.62 billion last fiscal year, a government estimate said Friday.
  • Thursday, December 25

  • Police: ID thief targeted Hilfiger, Cuban   UPI / 10:54AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Authorities said a New York man stole tens of thousands of dollars using credit cards taken out in the names of rich and famous men.
  • Monday, December 22

  • Fiat admits subsidiaries paid kickbacks   UPI / 5:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Italy's Fiat will pay $7 million to settle U.S. charges three of its subsidiaries paid kickbacks to the Saddam regime in Iraq under a U.N. relief program.
  • Friday, December 19

  • Fraud burns banks lending to feeder funds   UPI / 9:14AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Banks in Spain, Britain, France and Japan lent billions of asset-secured dollars to feeder funds that funneled money to a New York trader accused of fraud.
  • Thursday, December 18

  • Madoff scandal touched all segments   UPI / 9:24PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Madoff scandal, an alleged Ponzi scheme, touched nearly every segment of New York's real estate world, industry executives say.
  • Ex-Peregrine execs sentenced in fraud case   UPI / 5:34PM
    SAN DIEGO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Two ex-officers of former software firm Peregrine Systems Inc. have received federal prison sentences and await orders of restitution, a U.S. attorney said.
  • Wednesday, December 17

  • Woman accused of cancer hoax   UPI / 4:14PM
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A mother of three in Chattanooga, Tenn. allegedly duped her community into believing she had terminal cancer, say devastated volunteers.
  • Feds arrest L.A. real estate Ponzi broker   UPI / 1:05PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Los Angeles announced the arrest of a real estate broker in an alleged Ponzi scheme that cost investors more than $62 million.
  • Tuesday, December 16

  • Ex-General Re exec sentenced in AIG fraud   UPI / 8:44PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The former top executive of General Re Corp. was sent to prison Tuesday for scheming to manipulate AIG's financial statements, U.S. officials said.
  • Charges dropped against Ray Wersching   UPI / 2:54PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Court documents unsealed this week show former San Francisco 49ers placekicker Ray Wersching was allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor last year.
  • HSBC troubles include fraud and defaults   UPI / 12:14PM
    LONDON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Shares of Europe's largest bank, HSBC Holdings, fell 1.2 percent after the bank said it could stand to lose $1 billion in a massive fraud scheme.
  • Wednesday, December 10

  • Man allegedly used bad checks for mansion   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A Florida man has been charged with using rubber checks to buy his way into a $9 million mansion in Boca Raton, at least temporarily.
  • Wednesday, December 3

  • Empire State 'theft' shows deed fraud risk   UPI / 1:05PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The New York Daily News announced it was the new "owner" of the Empire State building after forging the necessary paperwork to file with the city.
  • Company accused of running Ponzi scheme   UPI / 1:24AM
    PITTSBURGH, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A lawsuit has been filed in Pittsburgh claiming the chief executive officer of a now-bankrupt water-bottling company skimmed millions of dollars.
  • Friday, November 28

  • Olympic parents victims in alleged scam   UPI / 6:34PM
    LONDON, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Five people were arrested in a Beijing Olympics ticket scam whose victims included the parents of gold medalist swimmer Rebcca Adlington, British officials say.
  • Thursday, November 27

  • Scam hits Canadian cell phone users   UPI / 12:54PM
    TORONTO, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A major cell phone service provider in Canada is warning its customers about an ongoing do-not-call scam that could lead to identity theft.
  • Saturday, November 22

  • Conrad Black asks Bush for pardon   UPI / 12:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Disgraced former media tycoon Conrad Black is asking U.S. President George Bush for clemency from his 6 1/2-year prison sentence, officials said.
  • Friday, November 14

  • Lawmaker indicted on racketeering charges   UPI / 1:05PM
    TUCSON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., faces federal racketeering charges in a new indictment handed down in Tucson, officials say.
  • Thursday, November 13

  • Catholic Church drops ACORN funding   UPI / 9:35PM
    BALTIMORE, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Church has halted donations to the community organizing group ACORN due to questionable voter registration drives, a church official says.
  • Friday, November 7

  • Japanese defense official gets prison   UPI / 1:44AM
    TOKYO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A former top Japanese defense official has been sentenced to prison for taking bribes from a defense contractor and giving false testimony to parliament.
  • Wednesday, November 5

  • Bank manager admits $1M embezzlement   UPI / 3:44PM
    CINCINNATI, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A former private client services manager for U.S. Bank in Cincinnati has admitted in court to embezzling more than $1 million.
  • Tuesday, November 4

  • Vet pleads innocent in 9/11 fund fraud   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A former U.S. Navy officer has pleaded innocent to charges he exaggerated the wounds he suffered on Sept. 11, 2001, to collect from a victims' fund.
  • Thursday, October 30

  • Inmate admits Holocaust con   UPI / 11:44PM
    RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A federal prison inmate in Virginia pleaded guilty Thursday to a scheme to obtain Swiss bank funds that belonged to Holocaust victims.
  • Art lover allegedly conned Fortune 500   UPI / 11:05PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A New York woman has been charged with funding her art collection by scamming Fortune 500 companies, persuading them to sell her goods at steep discounts.
  • Wednesday, October 29

  • Indonesian banker sentenced to jail   UPI / 1:54PM
    JAKARTA, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A court in Indonesia sentenced a former governor of the country's central bank to five years in jail Wednesday on corruption charges.
  • Tuesday, October 28

  • Phony flier advises Dems to vote Nov. 5   UPI / 4:54PM
    HAMPTON ROADS, Va., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Virginia state officials are advising residents to disregard a phony state flier advising Democrats to vote on Nov. 5, a day after the actual election.
  • Wednesday, October 22

  • 1-in-10 Canadians hit by Web ID theft   UPI / 9:05AM
    TORONTO, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- About 10 percent of Canadians who shop online report being victims of identity theft, a survey published Wednesday said.
  • Monday, October 20

  • GOP registration collector arrested   UPI / 1:44PM
    SACRAMENTO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The owner of a firm hired to register thousands of Republican voters in California has been arrested for alleged registration fraud, officials said.
  • Wednesday, October 15

  • Fake companies allegedly used in swindle   UPI / 2:14PM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Investigators say Russian Defense Ministry officials swindled the government out of millions of rubles by creating fictitious contractors.
  • Monday, October 13

  • More owners torching cars for insurance   UPI / 8:24AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Insurance fraud investigators say more auto owners are torching their cars to get out from under debt in a bad economy.
  • Thursday, October 9

  • Software executives charged with fraud   UPI / 5:14PM
    SEATTLE, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Executives at a Seattle software company routinely inflated company revenues to attract investors, federal authorities allege.
  • Wednesday, October 8

  • ACORN drawing even more criticism   UPI / 8:14PM
    LAS VEGAS, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A community-based organization's voter drive that has registered some 1.3 million voters is drawing allegations of fraud, observers say.
  • Sunday, October 5

  • Judge: Restitution offer 'ridiculous'   UPI / 1:34AM
    NAPIER, New Zealand, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A New Zealand judge has sentenced a man convicted of fraud to prison, calling the prospect of repayment of millions of dollars "ridiculous."
  • Friday, October 3

  • Leader of Calif. mortgage scam sentenced   UPI / 4:14PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge Friday sentenced a former Los Angeles real estate developer to 14 years in prison for his role in a $50 million mortgage fraud.
  • Thursday, October 2

  • Woman arrested over $3.5M lottery prize   UPI / 8:05AM
    WINDSOR, Ontario, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman and her daughter have been arrested by Ontario Provincial Police in connection with cashing a disputed $3.5 million lottery ticket.
  • Tuesday, September 30

  • Opera buff charged with defrauding clients   UPI / 9:05PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A New York patron of the arts known for his largess to the Metropolitan Opera is on trial, charged with swindling clients of his investment firm.
  • Man charged with Mich. football camp con   UPI / 2:24PM
    WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Police in a Detroit suburb say they had more than 40 complaints against a man charged in an alleged swindle connected to a University of Michigan football camp.
  • Monday, September 29

  • Walgreens pays $9.9 million settlement   UPI / 4:05PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- National pharmacy giant Walgreens Co. paid $9.9 million to settle claims it had overbilled four state Medicaid agencies, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
  • Opposition shut out in Belarus election   UPI / 8:34AM
    MINSK, Belarus, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Opposition leaders say Belarus election results in which only supporters of President Alexander Lukashenko won parliamentary seats are evidence of fraud.
  • Thursday, September 11

  • Congressmen keep funds from guilty donor   UPI / 6:24PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., says he won't give back thousands of dollars he received from a billionaire simply because the donor pleaded guilty in a stock fraud.
  • Wednesday, September 10

  • Hathaway's former beau pleads guilty   UPI / 12:54PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Businessman Raffaello Follieri, U.S. actress Anne Hathaway's former beau, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering.
  • Monday, September 8

  • Iraq probes alleged reconstruction fraud   UPI / 11:24AM
    BAGHDAD, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Iraqi police say they have ordered the arrest of the owner of an Internet company accused of fraudulently taking millions of dollars meant for reconstruction.
  • Wednesday, September 3

  • Judge rules wartime law applies to Big Dig   UPI / 1:44PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A federal judge extended the statute of limitations on charges against Boston "Big Dig" highway construction contractors by citing an obscure wartime law.
  • Saturday, August 23

  • Texas cracks down on honor plate imposters   UPI / 4:24PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Texas drivers seeking military honor license plates will have to provide more paperwork as the state tried to weed out impostors.
  • Man charged with $214M fraud scheme   UPI / 4:14PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A man who set up a Florida company that claims to have its own currency has been charged with trying to defraud the Bank of America of more than $200 million.
  • Wednesday, August 20

  • Horse breeder jailed for forgery   UPI / 8:14AM
    INVERNESS, Scotland, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A Scottish horse breeder has been sentenced to a year in jail for forging documents in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she was sold a dangerous pony.
  • Sunday, August 3

  • Police back Societe Generale executives   UPI / 2:04PM
    PARIS, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A French police report backs assertions by Societe Generale bankers they knew nothing of the massive risky investments by trader Jerome Kerviel, sources say.
  • Saturday, August 2

  • Husband of slain woman charged with fraud   UPI / 9:04PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The owner of a California gold-trading firm, whose estranged wife was stabbed to death Monday, has been arrested on federal charges, the FBI said Saturday.
  • Wednesday, July 30

  • Fla. partly foils alleged Lebanon con   UPI / 3:05PM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 30 (UPI) -- Florida officials say a Lebanese con man nearly tricked a state agency out of almost $6 million, but the plot was discovered before all the money disappeared.
  • Tuesday, July 29

  • Ex-mayor of Newark, N.J., gets 27 months   UPI / 3:54PM
    NEWARK, N.J., July 29 (UPI) -- Sharpe James, the former mayor of Newark, N.J., was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for helping his girlfriend buy city property.
  • Saturday, July 26

  • Headmaster admits stealing car club money   UPI / 10:14PM
    GUILFORD, England, July 26 (UPI) -- The former headmaster of a prestigious British private school has admitted stealing money donated for a car club.
  • Wednesday, July 23

  • Byrd says U.S. money lost in Middle East   UPI / 7:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 23 (UPI) -- Billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars have been lost or wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee said.
  • Tuesday, July 22

  • Mo. healthcare facility to pay $60M   UPI / 9:34PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 22 (UPI) -- A Missouri healthcare facility will pay $60 million for allegedly engaging in improper Medicare billing practices, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.
  • Brit officer accused of stealing $200,000   UPI / 9:04AM
    AMESBURY, England, July 22 (UPI) -- Prosecutors allege a former British Special Forces officer stole $200,000 from his regiment and hid the loot in a flower pot in front of his army base home.
  • Thursday, July 17

  • Wife blames faked-death fraud on husband   UPI / 3:24PM
    HARTLEPOOL, England, July 17 (UPI) -- Anne Darwin, whose husband staged his death in a canoe accident, claimed in an English court Thursday that he forced her to go along with the fraud.
  • Wednesday, July 16

  • Ex-Samsung chairman guilty of tax evasion   UPI / 3:05AM
    SEOUL, July 16 (UPI) -- Lee Kun-hee, former chairman of the global electronics giant Samsung, was found guilty Wednesday of tax evasion in a South Korean court.
  • Tuesday, July 15

  • 2 women get life for insurance killings   UPI / 5:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- Two elderly Los Angeles women received life sentences Tuesday for taking two homeless men off the streets in order to insure them and kill them.
  • Men testify against mother at fraud trial   UPI / 5:14PM
    HARTLEPOOL, England, July 15 (UPI) -- The sons of a British man who faked his death in a canoeing accident to collect on his life insurance testified against their mother Tuesday.
  • Monday, July 14

  • British canoeist's wife stands trial   UPI / 9:44AM
    MIDDLESBROUGH, England, July 14 (UPI) -- The wife of a British man accused of faking his own death in a canoe accident aided in the charade and is guilty of deception, prosecutors say.
  • Tuesday, July 8

  • Olmert faces more police questioning   UPI / 12:24PM
    JERUSALEM, July 8 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is facing further questioning in an investigation of alleged financial fraud, the newspaper Haaretz reported Tuesday.
  • Friday, July 4

  • Polish sailor returns to face sentencing   UPI / 4:16AM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 2 (UPI) -- A Polish national who arranged phony marriages while serving in the U.S. Navy has voluntarily returned to Florida for sentencing.
  • NASCAR's Waltrip rescues swindled soldier   UPI / 4:16AM
    NASHVILLE, July 2 (UPI) -- NASCAR legend Darrel Waltrip says his gift of a Honda Accord to a Tennessee military veteran scammed on the Internet was a "no-brainer."
  • Monday, June 30

  • Brown calls on AU to press Mugabe   UPI / 8:05PM
    SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt, June 30 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the African Union to tell Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe the African country needs a new government.
  • Saturday, June 28

  • Banker admits fraud, rabbi to follow   UPI / 6:54PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- An Israeli banker has pleaded guilty to a tax fraud conspiracy charge in Los Angeles and a New York rabbi is to follow suit, federal prosecutors said.
  • Friday, June 27

  • Hathaway's dog caught in middle of split   UPI / 10:04AM
    NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- The dog U.S. actress Anne Hathaway shares with her ex-boyfriend Rafaello Follieri is being cared for by Follieri's ill mother while Follieri is in jail.
  • Thursday, June 26

  • Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend still in jail   UPI / 3:44PM
    NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- Raffaello Follieri, actress Anne Hathaway's ex-boyfriend, is to remain in a New York jail until he raises the $21 million bail set this week by a judge.
  • Football star awarded $33 million in fraud   UPI / 12:54PM
    BALTIMORE, June 26 (UPI) -- Former Baltimore Raven Michael McCrary was awarded $33 million in damages Wednesday from business partners involved in a Hurricane Katrina insurance fraud.
  • Wednesday, June 25

  • Conrad Black loses in U.S. court appeal   UPI / 4:05PM
    CHICAGO, June 25 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court in Chicago Wednesday shot down the appeal of former media tycoon Conrad Black's corporate fraud conviction.
  • Deliberations begin in fen-phen case   UPI / 12:14AM
    COVINGTON, Ky., June 24 (UPI) -- A jury began deliberations Tuesday in the trial of three Kentucky lawyers charged with defrauding plaintiffs suing over the diet drug fen-phen.
  • Tuesday, June 24

  • Music promoter gets prison for theft   UPI / 10:04PM
    WAUKESHA, Wis., June 24 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin music promoter has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for spending $1 million he got from investors on drugs and cars.
  • Canadian realtors forced to 'be cops'   UPI / 4:16AM
    TORONTO, June 23 (UPI) -- New Canadian laws went into effect Monday forcing Realtors to gather background client information to battle terror-funding and money laundering.
  • Saturday, June 21

  • Royal Group Tech execs charged with fraud   UPI / 4:15AM
    TORONTO, June 20 (UPI) -- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Toronto charged the founder of Royal Group Technology and five other former executives with fraud.
  • Friday, June 20

  • Major Toronto ATM fraud scam broken   UPI / 4:16AM
    TORONTO, June 19 (UPI) -- Police arrested eight people in and around Toronto and charged them with running a multi-million-dollar bank machine fraud and theft ring.
  • Mounties charge 3 former Nortel execs   UPI / 4:16AM
    TORONTO, June 19 (UPI) -- Three former top executives of Canada's Nortel Networks Corp., were charged near Toronto Thursday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with fraud.
  • Thursday, June 12

  • Brunei prince could be British jailbird   UPI / 4:16AM
    LONDON, June 11 (UPI) -- Prince Jefri, brother of the sultan of Brunei, could end up in a British prison after failing to show up at a court hearing.
  • Monday, June 9

  • Court narrows scope of whistle-blower act   UPI / 3:14PM
    WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, in a victory for government contractors Monday, ruled unanimously that the federal whistle-blower law must be narrowly interpreted.
  • Saturday, June 7

  • Feds want GOP official's house   UPI / 12:34AM
    WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- The treasurer of the National Republican Congressional Committee paid the mortgage on his Maryland home with stolen money, federal prosecutors said Friday.
  • Wednesday, June 4

  • Astor's son says his mother was a giver   UPI / 1:24PM
    NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) -- New York socialite Brooke Astor's son argues that he did not loot her estate because she generously gave him millions of dollars.
  • Fraud hits home (and homes) in Las Vegas   UPI / 4:15AM
    LAS VEGAS, June 3 (UPI) -- Mortgage fraud and high foreclosure rates go hand in hand, federal investigators in Las Vegas, Nev., said Tuesday.
  • Thursday, May 29

  • CFTC investigating U.S. crude oil trading   UPI / 4:14PM
    WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators in Washington confirmed Thursday they have been conducting an investigation into possible price manipulation in the red-hot crude oil markets.
  • Friday, May 23

  • Former Bank of Italy governor indicted   UPI / 1:34PM
    ROME, May 23 (UPI) -- Italian courts indicted former Bank of Italy Gov. Antonia Fazio and 16 others Friday on charges of price fixing, embezzlement and insider trading.
  • Bank blames managers in rogue trading case   UPI / 8:44AM
    PARIS, May 23 (UPI) -- Managers at French bank Societe Generale failed to act to stop the biggest trading fraud in history, an internal bank report said.
  • Thursday, May 22

  • Medtronic Spine settles fraud case   UPI / 4:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Medtronic Spine, formerly Kyphon, agreed to pay $75 million to settle allegations of defrauding Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, May 21

  • Canada targets immigration marriages   UPI / 8:54AM
    OTTAWA, May 21 (UPI) -- The Canadian Conservative government has undercover teams in foreign countries working to crack down on immigration marriages of convenience.
  • Thursday, May 15

  • Lawyer testifies in fen-phen fraud case   UPI / 1:21AM
    LEXINGTON, Ky., May 15 (UPI) -- A Kentucky lawyer involved in a fen-phen settlement case said he was advised to tell clients they were entitled to less money than court documents indicated.
  • Monday, May 12

  • 3 accused of taking credit, debit numbers   UPI / 3:20PM
    NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Three men have been indicted for allegedly hacking into a restaurant chain's registers to steal credit and debit card numbers, the U.S. Justice Department said.
  • Guilty plea in Bay Area violin scam   UPI / 12:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, May 12 (UPI) -- A former concert violinist has pleaded guilty in California to charges he defrauded colleagues in his side job as a dealer in high-priced instruments.
  • Friday, May 9

  • Florida player facing criminal charges   UPI / 6:10PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- University of Florida defensive back Jamar Hornsby faces several criminal charges for allegedly using a dead student's credit card.
  • Monday, May 5

  • Fraud trial of Livent principals begins   UPI / 2:20PM
    TORONTO, May 5 (UPI) -- The Canadian fraud and forgery trial for the co-founders of the collapsed Livent entertainment conglomerate began Monday in Toronto.
  • Wednesday, April 30

  • Belarus orders U.S. diplomats out   UPI / 6:12PM
    MINSK, Belarus, April 30 (UPI) -- The Belarusian government expelled 10 U.S. diplomats Wednesday, intensifying a dispute over sanctions imposed on the ex-Soviet state because of its leader.
  • Monday, April 28

  • Indiana voter ID law upheld by high court   UPI / 11:40AM
    WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday upheld a lower court decision requiring voters to show an official photo identification.
  • Sunday, April 27

  • Army starts probe in fraudulent arms deal   UPI / 9:01AM
    WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- A fraud case involving a private arms dealer prompted a U.S. Army review of the process used to supply overseas forces with foreign arms, officials say.
  • Saturday, April 26

  • $13.3M in real estate seized from Amodeo   UPI / 7:30PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 26 (UPI) -- The federal government has seized $13.3 million in real estate from Florida venture capitalist Frank L. Amodeo amidst allegations of embezzlement.
  • Thursday, April 24

  • Snipes gets maximum sentence in tax case   UPI / 7:30PM
    OCALA, Fla., April 24 (UPI) -- Despite pleas from a cavalcade of Hollywood stars, Wesley Snipes received the maximum penalty for tax fraud in a Florida court Thursday, officials said.
  • Wednesday, April 23

  • Defense contractor fraud alleged   UPI / 8:06PM
    ATLANTA, April 23 (UPI) -- Four men have been indicted in Atlanta on charges they conspired to defraud the United States in a defense procurement scheme, prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, April 22

  • Jackie Chan campaigns against piracy   UPI / 9:36PM
    BEIJING, April 22 (UPI) -- Martial arts mega-celebrity Jackie Chan is putting his star power to work against film piracy in China, an industry executive says.
  • Zimbabwe churches seek outside help   UPI / 3:20PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, April 22 (UPI) -- Religious leaders in Zimbabwe are calling on the international community to step in and halt the nation's downward political spiral.
  • Authentication of painting questioned   UPI / 1:10PM
    NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- A fingerprint analyst says evidence used to authenticate a purported Jackson Pollock artwork found in a New York garage may have been copied onto the painting.
  • Monday, April 21

  • Stun grenades contractor indicted   UPI / 8:26PM
    BYRON, Ga., April 21 (UPI) -- A Georgia munitions manufacturer faces charges it sold defective diversionary grenades to the FBI, authorities said Monday.
  • U.S. indicts Canadian defense contractor   UPI / 4:40PM
    WASHINGTON, April 21 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted a Canadian night-vision goggles maker and two executives on fraud charges, authorities said Monday.
  • Friday, April 18

  • Fingerprints indicate Pollock may be fake   UPI / 3:30PM
    NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- A fingerprint analyst says a purported Jackson Pollock found in a New York garage is a knockoff and alleged the man who authenticated it was a fraud.
  • Wednesday, April 16

  • Ex-Turnkey executives indicted   UPI / 7:21PM
    TEMECULA, Calif., April 16 (UPI) -- Three former executives of the failed portable classroom builder Turnkey Inc. of Temecula, Calif., are facing embezzlement charges, prosecutors say.
  • Monday, April 7

  • LA Times prints Tupac retraction   UPI / 6:30PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Times has issued a retraction of an article about the alleged circumstances surrounding the 1994 shooting of famed U.S. rapper Tupac Shakur.
  • Wednesday, April 2

  • Miami woman sentenced in Medicare scheme   UPI / 6:26PM
    MIAMI, April 2 (UPI) -- The former owner of a Medicare billing service was sentenced to 10 years Wednesday in Miami for her role in a $170 million scheme to defraud the program.
  • Seven charged with Medicare HIV fraud   UPI / 1:31PM
    MIAMI, April 2 (UPI) -- A doctor and six Miami-area residents were indicted Wednesday in an alleged Medicare fraud scheme involving HIV clinics, the U.S. Justice Department said.
  • Tuesday, April 1

  • Mugabe, opposition reportedly in talks   UPI / 7:50PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, April 1 (UPI) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's advisers informally met with opposition leaders about the country's elections, two people familiar with the situation said.
  • Monday, March 31

  • 'Dark Knight' Heath memorabilia is bogus   UPI / 6:10PM
    LOS ANGELES, March 31 (UPI) -- Items being sold as supposedly linked to the late Heath Ledger's work in the new film "The Dark Knight" are fake, Hollywood's Warner Bros. Pictures said.
  • Thursday, March 27

  • Mugabe warned not to 'steal' election   UPI / 7:16PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, March 27 (UPI) -- The main leader of the opposition in Zimbabwe warned President Robert Mugabe not to "steal" Saturday's election.
  • Monday, March 24

  • Feds bust Calif. 'foreclosure rescue' scam   UPI / 3:50PM
    SACRAMENTO, March 24 (UPI) -- Sixteen people were indicted in what authorities in California called the largest "foreclosure rescue" scam in the United States.
  • Wednesday, March 19

  • Producer Levin indicted for stock fraud   UPI / 9:50PM
    LOS ANGELES, March 19 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Los Angeles Wednesday indicted producer and former television company chief executive officer Drew Savitch Levin for stock fraud.
  • Ex-education consultant sent to prison   UPI / 9:01PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, March 19 (UPI) -- A federal judge in San Francisco Wednesday sentenced a former education consultant to 7 1/2 years in prison for bid rigging and fraud.
  • Tuesday, March 18

  • Fake rock star sent to prison   UPI / 2:47AM
    ADELAIDE, Australia, March 18 (UPI) -- An Australian who passed himself off as Bon Jovi guitarist Richard Sambora to obtain $25 million in loans could spend the next 16 years in prison.
  • Saturday, March 15

  • Former GM exec. charged with fraud   UPI / 9:40AM
    CHICAGO, March 15 (UPI) -- A former General Motors executive and a Chicago man were indicted for allegedly diverting about $80 million from the automaker through the sale of bulk metal.
  • Friday, March 14

  • Exporter admits illegal sales to India   UPI / 1:52AM
    WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- A businessman with an office in South Carolina admitted Thursday illegally supplying controlled technology to the Indian government.
  • Thursday, March 13

  • NRCC: Thousands of dollars may be gone   UPI / 6:30PM
    WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- The National Republican Congressional Committee said Thursday it suspects its former treasurer may have stolen "several hundred thousand dollars."
  • Canada cracks down on cancer cure scams   UPI / 4:30PM
    TORONTO, March 13 (UPI) -- Canada's Competition Bureau announced it had convinced about 90 operations advertising cures for cancer to stop or change wording in their ads.
  • Friday, March 7

  • Family arrested for insurance fraud scam   UPI / 1:50PM
    LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police this week arrested several relatives of Curtis H. Connor, who is accused of heading a major auto insurance fraud scam with his family.
  • Tuesday, February 26

  • Report: Pam Anderson files for annulment   UPI / 11:10PM
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Canadian-born sex symbol Pamela Anderson has filed papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking an annulment of her marriage to Rick Salomon.
  • Ill. governor tied to Rezko extortion case   UPI / 10:20AM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Chicago linked Illinois' governor to a case involving real estate developer Tony Rezko that could reach into the presidential race.
  • Friday, February 22

  • Boehner urges indicted Renzi to resign   UPI / 6:10PM
    PHOENIX, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner urged Rep. Rick Renzi to resign following the Arizona Republican's indictment for fraud, extortion and conspiracy.
  • Thursday, February 21

  • NYC worker sentenced for faking operations   UPI / 10:36PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A fired New York City public employee has been sentenced to six months of home confinement for falsely claiming a $30,000 benefit for brain surgery.
  • Wednesday, February 20

  • Utah reservist sentenced for medals   UPI / 5:50PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. Army reservist was given five months in federal prison this week for wearing medals he didn't earn.
  • Saturday, February 16

  • Informant well paid for German tax info   UPI / 8:10PM
    BERLIN, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The German government reportedly paid millions of dollars for information that led to an investigation of tax fraud using banks in Liechtenstein.
  • Thursday, February 14

  • Songwriter Estefano sues 'father figure'   UPI / 11:50PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Latin songwriter and producer Fabio "Estefano" Salgado has filed a Florida lawsuit claiming that his former financial adviser conspired to rob him.
  • Wednesday, February 13

  • N.Y. alleges fraud in healthcare billing   UPI / 6:50PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he is investigating health insurance companies for possible billing irregularities.
  • Saturday, February 9

  • Chinese editor released from prison   UPI / 8:11PM
    GUANGZHOU, China, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A Chinese editor has been released from prison after serving four years of a 12-year sentence government critics said was politically motivated.
  • Friday, February 8

  • Claim: Neo-Nazi Party self-destructing   UPI / 8:31PM
    BERLIN, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Germany's far-right National Democratic Party is collapsing after a series of problems including the arrest of its national treasurer, a published report said.
  • N.Z. man allegedly faked suicide   UPI / 7:20PM
    AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Police in New Zealand say a man who allegedly faked a suicide in 2002 and began a new life was tripped up when he applied for a passport under his real name.
  • Imprisoned tycoon: Russia needs law   UPI / 12:11AM
    CHITA, Russia, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Imprisoned Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, in an interview with The Financial Times, said his country needs the rule of law.
  • Wednesday, February 6

  • Mom of two sets of triplets indicted   UPI / 11:00PM
    DELHI, Ohio, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman with two sets of triplets, whose home recently caught fire, is accused of swindling almost $1,000 from a bank, a report said.
  • Sunday, January 27

  • French trader arrested in tangled fraud   UPI / 12:55AM
    PARIS, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The French trader blamed for possibly the biggest bank fraud in history and for shocking world stock markets appears to have made no money, a report says.
  • Saturday, January 26

  • Real estate mogul Van Hoogstraten arrested   UPI / 6:45PM
    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- British real estate mogul Nicholas van Hoogstraten was arrested by police in Zimbabwe on charges of currency theft.
  • Russia extradites Konovalenko from Germany   UPI / 4:45PM
    MOSCOW, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Russia has extradited former banker Konstantin Konovalenko from Germany to face fraud charges, the Russian Prosecutor General's Office said Saturday.
  • Friday, January 25

  • Doctor gets probation for insurance fraud   UPI / 6:10PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A Georgia doctor who admitted insurance fraud after being suspected of injecting patients with weed killer has received a probationary sentence, a report said.
  • Thursday, January 24

  • Trader fraud costs French bank $7.16B   UPI / 8:40AM
    PARIS, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Societe Generale, France's second largest listed bank, said Thursday a rogue trader's "exceptional fraud" would cost it about $7.16 billion.
  • Wednesday, January 23

  • Annan in Kenyan election mediation talks   UPI / 8:50AM
    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan opened mediation talks in Nairobi Wednesday over last month's disputed Kenyan election results.
  • Friday, January 18

  • 3 charged with selling Chinese fakes   UPI / 12:40AM
    RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Two owners of a New York store and a third man have been charged with importing millions of dollars in counterfeit goods from China.
  • Thursday, January 17

  • Commonwealth criticizes Kenya vote   UPI / 7:50PM
    LONDON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Vote-counting procedures in the Kenyan presidential election did not meet international standards, the Commonwealth Observer Group said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, January 16

  • Cops: Man faked military role in fraud   UPI / 4:01PM
    BROSSARD, Quebec, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Brossard, Canada, man is facing fraud charges after he allegedly ordered large amounts of cleaning supplies in the guise of a Canadian Forces buyer.
  • Tuesday, January 15

  • U.S. Supreme Court limits fraud liability   UPI / 6:46PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday disallowed securities lawsuits against corporations not directly involved in fraud.
  • Monday, January 14

  • S. Korea presidential probe starts   UPI / 11:01PM
    SEOUL, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A special counsel probe against South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak in an alleged stock manipulation scam opened Tuesday.
  • Friday, January 11

  • Suits say Georgia election rigged   UPI / 3:06PM
    TBILISI, Georgia, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Mikheil Saakashvili was the apparent winner of last week's presidential election in Georgia, but challengers filed 29 lawsuits questioning the vote's accuracy.
  • Wednesday, January 9

  • Suharto condition better but critical   UPI / 12:40PM
    JAKARTA, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Former Indonesian President Suharto's condition improved slightly overnight but remains critical, his doctors at a Jakarta hospital said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, January 8

  • Judge orders two trials for ex-mayor   UPI / 2:31PM
    NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the former mayor of Newark, N.J., should be tried separately for land fraud and allegedly living it up with city funds.
  • Thursday, January 3

  • Wash. state uncovers unemployment scam   UPI / 8:50PM
    OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A father and son and their friends used a cell phone bought in Washington state to collect unemployment benefits there, officials said.
  • Sunday, December 23

  • Russian protesters allege vote-rigging   UPI / 9:54AM
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Some 200 Communist Russian demonstrators rallied in St. Petersburg Sunday, claiming results in this month's parliamentary elections were rigged.
  • Friday, December 21

  • U.N. resolution halts fraud panel   UPI / 1:50PM
    UNITED NATIONS, N.Y., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The U.N. General Assembly may put a six-month moratorium on an in-house panel investigating fraud and graft in tainted U.N. contracts.
  • Wednesday, December 19

  • Poland seeks ex-MP now on U.S. visit   UPI / 7:10PM
    WARSAW, Poland, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Polish prosecutors are seeking to press tax fraud charges against a former lawmaker said to be in the United States visiting his ailing mother.
  • Monday, December 17

  • Black's former partner sentenced   UPI / 10:15PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Ex-Conrad Black deputy David Radler was sentenced in Chicago Monday to 29 months in prison for stealing millions from Hollinger International Inc. shareholders.
  • 'Dead' canoeist, wife disowned by sons   UPI / 8:54AM
    HARTLEPOOL, England, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The sons of a British man and woman accused of faking his death have disowned their parents and been cleared as suspects by police.
  • Saturday, December 15

  • 'Missing' man, wife in prison for holidays   UPI / 8:20PM
    HARTLEPOOL, England, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The British boating enthusiast who allegedly faked his own death in a canoeing accident and his wife will spend Christmas behind bars.
  • BBC: Lotto button is fake   UPI / 1:35PM
    LONDON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The BBC denies it misled viewers into believing a red button used before the balls drop during televised Lotto games was real.
  • Wednesday, December 12

  • Pakistani official: Expect vote-rigging   UPI / 1:40PM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A Pakistani political analyst said there is no question next month's parliamentary elections will be rigged in favor of President Pervez Musharraf.
  • Tuesday, December 11

  • 'Missing' U.K. canoeist's wife jailed   UPI / 2:06PM
    HARTLEPOOL, England, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Judges in England ordered the wife of a man who allegedly staged his disappearance five years ago held in custody before her trial begins Friday.
  • Monday, December 10

  • Black sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison   UPI / 4:40PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Disgraced media tycoon Conrad Black was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison, substantially less than the U.S. government had sought for the 63-year-old Canadian.
  • Sunday, December 9

  • FDA bans import of EPFX energy device   UPI / 8:34AM
    SEATTLE, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is banning the import of a desktop energy device that purports to cure serious illness.
  • Saturday, December 8

  • 'Dead' canoeist charged with fraud   UPI / 7:45PM
    HARTLEPOOL, England, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- John Darwin, who resurfaced in London five years after he was supposedly killed in a canoeing accident, was charged with fraud Saturday.
  • Friday, December 7

  • Missing canoeist used fake passport   UPI / 5:06PM
    LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- John Darwin, suspected of faking his own death, reportedly used a false passport to travel to and from Britain during the five years he was missing.
  • Thursday, December 6

  • Defendant in major Ponzi scheme dies   UPI / 10:41PM
    SACRAMENTO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A California man charged with a $25 million life insurance fraud has died of natural causes.
  • Monday, December 3

  • Jailed fundraiser flaunted Clinton ties   UPI / 5:00PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- One of Hillary Clinton's former California fundraisers used his relationship to lure investors into a Ponzi scheme.
  • Russian election results challenged   UPI / 7:50AM
    MOSCOW, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Opposition parties accused President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party of election irregularities Monday after it swept to apparent victory a day earlier.
  • Sunday, December 2

  • Predators hunt for senior nest eggs   UPI / 8:00PM
    SEATTLE, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A Seattle businessman is accused of preying on an 89-year-old woman, allegedly siphoning off a substantial portion of her $2 million nest egg.
  • Friday, November 30

  • Lawyer surrenders in Brooke Astor case   UPI / 2:20PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A New York lawyer surrendered Friday to face charges he took part in the alleged fleecing of the late heiress Brooke Astor by her own son.
  • Thursday, November 29

  • Japan's former defense official in custody   UPI / 7:15AM
    TOKYO, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Japan's expanding investigation into alleged collusion between the Defense Ministry and contractors has led to the arrest of a former vice minister.
  • Tuesday, November 27

  • Fraud alleged in upcoming Russian election   UPI / 10:10AM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A senior Russian elections official in Moscow alleged Tuesday the United Russia party is using threats to secure a victory in Sunday's national Duma election.
  • Wednesday, November 21

  • Moscow woman charged with rock fraud   UPI / 2:01PM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A Moscow woman has been charged with fraud after trying to sell a 50-pound rock with a fake certificate claiming it was worth almost $300 million.
  • Tuesday, November 20

  • Ashcroft firm gets juicy U.S. monitor deal   UPI / 12:51PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's Washington firm is set to collect $52 million to monitor a court settlement engineered by the Justice Department.
  • Wednesday, November 14

  • Crab magnate jailed in Moscow   UPI / 2:30PM
    SEATTLE, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Officials at the U.S. company founded by a businessman now in prison in Moscow deny handling illegal crab meat.
  • Mass. accuses Bear Stearns of fraud   UPI / 12:30PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Massachusetts regulators Wednesday accused Bear Stearns Cos. of fraud for allegedly improperly trading in two Bear Stearns-managed hedge funds that collapsed.
  • Friday, November 9

  • LA man charged with 'botnet' ID fraud   UPI / 3:50PM
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- An alleged computer hacker is set to plead guilty in Los Angeles to charges he used vast computer "botnets" for identity theft and fraud, officials say.
  • Thursday, November 8

  • Siemens slush fund scandal broadens   UPI / 3:30PM
    MUNICH, Germany, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An internal investigation into the Siemens slush fund scandal indicates it is much broader than previously reported, the electronics giant said Thursday.
  • Tuesday, November 6

  • Defense contractor guilty of bribery   UPI / 3:40PM
    SAN DIEGO, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- A Southern California defense contractor faces as long as 20 years in prison for bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham.
  • Monday, November 5

  • Probation given in recount rigging case   UPI / 8:40PM
    CLEVELAND, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A case against two Ohio elections workers for allegedly rigging a ballot during the 2004 presidential election has been dropped in a plea deal.
  • Three suspected in counterfeit ticket ring   UPI / 5:40PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Indianapolis police have apprehended three men suspected of involvement in a nationwide ticket counterfeiting ring.
  • Thursday, November 1

  • Plaintiffs want share in winnings of horse   UPI / 11:41PM
    BURLINGTON, Ky., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- People who claim they were sickened by a diet drug sold by the owners of a Kentucky stable are seeking part of the winnings of the champion horse Curlin.
  • Wednesday, October 24

  • U.S. ambassador raps Italy for piracy   UPI / 8:40PM
    ROME, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. ambassador to Italy rapped Italian officials Wednesday over the quantity of counterfeit goods produced in the country.
  • Insurance company founder guilty of fraud   UPI / 12:20PM
    LONDON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The founder and ex-chief executive of Independent Insurance in Britain has been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the company, leading to its collapse.
  • Monday, October 22

  • Nintendo helps bust huge counterfeit ring   UPI / 6:40PM
    REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A raid ordered by the Hong Kong High Court yielded 10,000 products allegedly used to play pirated Nintendo software, the company said.
  • Saturday, October 20

  • Elderly couple conned art world   UPI / 12:45PM
    LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A British couple in their 80s have pleaded guilty to selling an Egyptian statue for more than $800,000, it was reported Saturday.
  • Tuesday, October 16

  • Court won't block Microsoft RICO suit   UPI / 3:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a lower-court ruling allowing a civil racketeering suit against the Microsoft Corp. and the Best Buy Co.
  • Jailed fundraiser sued by investors   UPI / 9:50AM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Jailed fundraiser Norman Hsu raised money for Democratic candidates from U.S. investors who in turn have sued him for fraud.
  • Saturday, October 13

  • Qwest exec: NSA had pre-911 surveillance   UPI / 12:41AM
    DENVER, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A telecommunications executive convicted of insider trading says his company lost a big federal contract in reprisal for refusing to aid illegal monitoring.
  • Thursday, October 11

  • Ousted Freddie Mac chief gets day in court   UPI / 10:00AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Leland Brendsel was removed as head of the U.S. mortgage funder Freddie Mac four years ago and charged with elaborate accounting manipulations.
  • Tuesday, October 9

  • Lawyer: Missing mayor was in clinic   UPI / 10:40PM
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A missing New Jersey mayor scandalized over false claims about his military service has been in a psychiatric treatment center, his attorney said Tuesday.
  • High court to hear shareholder scope suit   UPI / 10:05AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing what some observers say is the term's biggest business issue: the scope of an investor's right to sue.
  • Israeli PM Olmert in fraud probe   UPI / 8:10AM
    JERUSALEM, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert underwent police questioning at his Jerusalem home Tuesday as part of a bank fraud investigation.
  • Saturday, October 6

  • Coupon clearinghouse target of lawsuit   UPI / 6:40PM
    MILWAUKEE, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A coupon clearinghouse was named in a civil suit in Milwaukee for the alleged disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars during the last decade.
  • Friday, October 5

  • Steelers fight counterfeit ticket scam   UPI / 3:50PM
    PITTSBURGH, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers are fighting to control a counterfeit ticket scam.
  • Tuesday, October 2

  • Audit: Possible Katrina insurance fraud   UPI / 7:20PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Louisiana's insurer of last resort, which did not pay Hurricane Katrina claims, spent $1 million in public money on travel and entertainment, an audit found.
  • Thursday, September 20

  • Federal complaint against Hsu unsealed   UPI / 7:01PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Norman Hsu, a Democratic Party fundraiser, was charged in New York Thursday with running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of more than $60 million.
  • Wednesday, September 19

  • Elderly claim churchgoer swindled them   UPI / 9:41PM
    NAPERVILLE, Ill., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A former investment adviser who allegedly cheated Chicago-area senior citizens out of millions used his church as a character reference, the investors said.
  • Daimler: Kerkorian loses Chrysler appeal   UPI / 4:01PM
    STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A U.S. appeals court ruled investor Kirk Kerkorian had no right to damages over the Daimler-Benz AG and Chrysler Corp. merger, DaimlerChrysler said Wednesday.
  • Steelers' Ward accused of bilking bar   UPI / 1:40PM
    PITTSBURGH, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward and a business associate have been accused by a partner of bilking a bar they co-own.
  • Class-action lawyer Lerach headed to jail   UPI / 1:11PM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- California class-action lawsuit specialist William Lerach will spend between one and two years in prison for paying people to serve as plaintiffs.
  • Tuesday, September 18

  • Trial: Houston oilman a friend of Saddam's   UPI / 7:30AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- The New York trial of Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt has heard testimony that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein considered him one of his few friends.
  • Friday, September 14

  • Hsu blamed Obama for planting news stories   UPI / 12:30AM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- In a letter sent to friends just before he fled California, Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu blamed his troubles on a politician.
  • Tuesday, September 11

  • Clinton campaign to return money   UPI / 8:10AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign said it will begin "vigorous" criminal background checks on its major fundraisers, it was reported Tuesday.
  • Monday, September 10

  • Democratic fundraiser remains hospitalized   UPI / 8:00AM
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A Democratic fundraiser convicted in California of bilking investors was hospitalized in Colorado suffering from an undisclosed illness.
  • Sunday, September 9

  • Tenn. swindler's assets to be auctioned   UPI / 11:30PM
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Almost all the assets of discredited stockbroker Robert McLean are being auctioned by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Nashville Tennessean reported Sunday.
  • Sax mouthpiece inventor fights extradition   UPI / 2:00AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Long Island, N.Y., saxophonist faces extradition from Germany to face 12 counts of fraud.
  • Dem fundraiser shady deals detailed   UPI / 1:21AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Financial records have begun to shed light on the shady dealings of Norman Hsu, the disgraced fundraiser for several top Democratic Party figures.
  • Friday, September 7

  • Fugitive fundraiser arrested -- again   UPI / 1:30AM
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Democratic fundraiser and contributor Norman Hsu was arrested Thursday in Colorado after once again becoming a fugitive on a fraud charge.
  • Thursday, September 6

  • Hyundai chief avoids jail on conviction   UPI / 8:20AM
    SEOUL, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The chairman of Hyundai Motor Co. drew a suspended three-year jail term Thursday from an appeals court in Seoul for embezzlement of company funds.
  • Friday, August 31

  • Fugitive Democratic fundraiser surrenders   UPI / 6:40PM
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu surrendered Friday in California as a fugitive on a 1992 theft charge.
  • Thursday, August 30

  • Bomb threat scammer suspect in Portugal   UPI / 3:21PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. investigators said they believe that an overseas scammer has extorted at least $13,000 with bomb threats to stores and banks across the United States.
  • Tuesday, August 28

  • Court orders arrest of Russian oil mogul   UPI / 9:40PM
    MOSCOW, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Russian court has issued an arrest warrant for the former head of a Russian oil company who is on the lam amid tax-evasion and illegal-business accusations.
  • U.S. has criminal probe into Iraq arms   UPI / 8:51AM
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Criminal investigations have been launched by several U.S. departments and agencies into possible fraud in the delivery of U.S. weapons and supplies in Iraq.
  • Thursday, August 23

  • Army employee charged with bribe   UPI / 9:15PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A contract employee with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thursday agreed to plead guilty to taking $299,000 from a sand and gravel supplier.
  • Tuesday, August 21

  • Ex-investor bets on Lou Pearlman's death   UPI / 3:50PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A former investor in a Lou Pearlman business has agreed to buy three lapsing life-insurance policies in case the former U.S. boy-band manager dies.
  • Wednesday, August 15

  • Burlington to pay $97.5 million on claims   UPI / 6:55PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A ConocoPhillips subsidiary will pay the United States nearly $100 million to settle claims it underpaid natural gas royalties.
  • Thursday, August 9

  • Suharto's civil trial begins in Jakarta   UPI / 8:10AM
    JAKARTA, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A civil trial to recover $1.5 billion from former Indonesian President Suharto began in Jakarta on Thursday and adjourned for a month.
  • Wednesday, August 8

  • U.S. computer scientists analyze Web scams   UPI / 12:00PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. computer scientists have found vast differences between the Internet infrastructure used to distribute spam and that used to host advertised scams.
  • Thursday, August 2

  • Judge rules out Toronto travel for Black   UPI / 9:14AM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A U.S. District judge in Chicago quashed a request by convicted newspaper baron Conrad Black to leave the country for his Toronto home.
  • Tuesday, July 31

  • Former Bre-X exec not guilty of fraud   UPI / 11:50PM
    TORONTO, July 31 (UPI) -- An executive prosecuted in one of the biggest stock scandals in Canadian history and the biggest mining scandal of all time was found not guilty Tuesday.
  • Saturday, July 28

  • Big Dig concrete supplier to pay $50M   UPI / 8:20PM
    BOSTON, July 28 (UPI) -- A company that admitted supplying substandard concrete to Boston's Big Dig has agreed to pay $50 million to settle the case.
  • Friday, July 27

  • GPC Biotech faces suit on cancer drug   UPI / 4:30PM
    MUNICH, Germany, July 27 (UPI) -- German firm GPC Biotech is facing a U.S. securities fraud suit alleging the company made false statements about its potential drug satraplatin.
  • Thursday, July 26

  • Cardinal pays $35M to settle SEC probe   UPI / 1:10PM
    DUBLIN, Ohio, July 26 (UPI) -- U.S. drug distribution firm Cardinal Health said Thursday it will pay $35 million to end a government suit based on alleged fraud in revenue reporting.
  • Wednesday, July 25

  • GMTV exec resigns over phone-in scandal   UPI / 5:01PM
    LONDON, July 25 (UPI) -- The managing director of British telecaster GMTV said he will resign because of the controversy that followed a fraudulent phone-in game.
  • Saturday, July 21

  • 2nd Guilty Plea in Iraq Cargo Fraud Case   AP / 3:10PM
    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) -- A former executive of a company that shipped military cargo to Iraq has pleaded guilty to lying about a fraud scheme that bilked the government out of more than a million dollars.
  • Thursday, July 19

  • BBC phone-in scandal prompts suspensions   UPI / 12:24PM
    LONDON, July 19 (UPI) -- The BBC Thursday suspended staff members in the wake of a phone-in scandal as British law enforcement agencies consider whether to launch a criminal probe.
  • Tuesday, July 17

  • Suit says Warhol board uses shady tactics   UPI / 3:00PM
    NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- The Andy Warhol Foundation used dubious tactics to control the late artist's work for its own financial gain, a $22 million lawsuit filed in New York alleged.
  • Sunday, July 15

  • Auction of Economist's Holdings Brings I   AP / 7:00PM
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A court-ordered sale of the estate of a former university economist and professor accused of fraud has brought in $2.35 million for the estimated 600 people who the government says gave him money to invest.
  • Friday, July 13

  • Clinic investigated in liposuction deaths   UPI / 3:44PM
    ANTHEM, Ariz., July 13 (UPI) -- An Arizona medical clinic is under investigation after three people died following liposuction surgery.
  • Thursday, July 12

  • More counterfeit toothpaste found in Italy   UPI / 6:50PM
    ROME, July 12 (UPI) -- More tubes of counterfeit toothpaste were seized Thursday in Italy.
  • Accused Investor's Things Up for Auction   AP / 12:40AM
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A guitar said to have been played by Jimi Hendrix and one crafted for Beatle George Harrison stand in a glass case. Nearby are porpoise sculptures, flowered shirts and boxes of gnomes. Across the room is a purple Jaguar with a leopard-skin painted roof.
  • Wednesday, July 11

  • Police whisteblower will receive $660,000   UPI / 9:41PM
    DETROIT, July 11 (UPI) -- A former accountant who blew the whistle about fraud within the Detroit Police Department will indeed receive a $662,363 judgment from the city.
  • Boy band producer in federal court   UPI / 8:04PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- The producer behind boy bands 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys Wednesday was led into a federal courthouse in Florida to face charges of bank fraud.
  • Tuesday, July 10

  • Conrad Black jury deadlocked   UPI / 6:30PM
    CHICAGO, July 10 (UPI) -- The jury in Conrad Black's fraud and racketeering trial in Chicago sent a note to the judge Tuesday saying it was deadlocked and asking for advice.
  • Fraudster brags to newspaper   UPI / 1:20PM
    PORTSMOUTH, England, July 10 (UPI) -- A British man who bragged about his benefit fraud scheme to a newspaper could face jail time after pleading guilty to the crime.
  • Monday, July 9

  • BBC fined $100K in faking phone-in winner   UPI / 9:10AM
    LONDON, July 9 (UPI) -- The BBC was fined $100,000 for breaking the broadcasting code by faking the winner in a "Blue Peter" phone-in competition last year.
  • Tuesday, July 3

  • SAP admits 'inappropriate downloads'   UPI / 4:20PM
    WALLDORF, Germany, July 3 (UPI) -- German software company SAP AG acknowledged Tuesday one of its units made "some inappropriate downloads" of Oracle Corp. "fixes and support documents."
  • Friday, June 29

  • Ex-intel official charged with fraud   UPI / 12:20AM
    TOKYO, June 28 (UPI) -- A former Japanese intelligence chief was arrested Thursday on suspicion of defrauding a Korean group in a property sale.
  • Wednesday, June 27

  • Adelphia Execs Heading to Prison   AP / 6:00PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Their appeals all but exhausted, Adelphia Communications founder John Rigas and his son, Timothy, will head to prison on Aug. 13 for their role in one of the largest corporate frauds in U.S. history.
  • Saturday, June 23

  • 'Sarah' author loses fraud lawsuit   UPI / 4:21PM
    NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- A New York jury has ordered author Laura Albert to pay a film company $116,500 in a fraud lawsuit over her best-selling book "Sarah."
  • Wednesday, June 20

  • Former Thai PM must return to face charges   UPI / 9:30PM
    BANGKOK, June 20 (UPI) -- Deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been ordered to return to the Asian nation to face charges in an assets concealment case.
  • Saturday, June 16

  • 'Sarah' author lawsuit trials spurs tears   UPI / 5:50PM
    NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) -- The New York civil trial of author Laura Albert was halted when her mother became distraught while answering questions about her mental-health issues.
  • Thursday, June 14

  • Counterfeit toothpaste is discovered   UPI / 1:00PM
    WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said a counterfeit toothpaste falsely packaged as "Colgate" has been found in four states.
  • Wednesday, June 13

  • Black declines to testify in fraud case   UPI / 7:10PM
    CHICAGO, June 13 (UPI) -- Fallen media baron Conrad Black has declined to testify in the fraud case against him in Chicago.
  • Tuesday, June 12

  • Fake blood protein found in China   UPI / 11:54AM
    BEIJING, June 12 (UPI) -- Thousands of vials of fake human blood protein have been seized from hospitals and pharmacies throughout China, the country's drug safety agency reports.
  • Friday, June 8

  • Judge wants Justice Dept. in Katrina case   UPI / 3:54PM
    NEW ORLEANS, June 8 (UPI) -- A New Orleans judge has demanded the U.S. Justice Department get involved in a case of alleged overbilling and underpaying in Hurricane Katrina cases.
  • Wednesday, June 6

  • 5 acquitted in Italian banker's death   UPI / 6:30PM
    ROME, June 6 (UPI) -- An Italian court in Rome Wednesday acquitted five defendants accused of conspiring to kill Robert Calvi, known as "God's banker," in London 25 years ago.
  • Tuesday, June 5

  • Jackson Hewitt Says Federal Probe Widens   AP / 8:00PM
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The federal government has widened its probe into whether the nation's No. 2 tax return preparer helped customers file fraudulent returns to get bigger refunds.
  • Monday, June 4

  • Trump no-show at Black's fraud trial   UPI / 5:40PM
    CHICAGO, June 4 (UPI) -- U.S. real estate developer Donald Trump did not testify at the fraud trial of ex-media baron Conrad Black -- and won't, a Black lawyer said Monday.
  • Sunday, June 3

  • Counterfeit drugs surface in Britain   UPI / 12:10AM
    LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- British health officials say a batch of counterfeit Casodex, a medicine used to treat prostate cancer, has been discovered in the country.
  • Saturday, June 2

  • Migrants See Abuse in Guest Worker Jobs   AP / 12:30AM
    ARCADIA, Fla. -- Kenny Jesus Zavala heard too many horror stories to enter the U.S. illegally. But when a recruiter came to his central Mexico hometown and offered him a legal path as a temporary worker, it sounded too good to pass up.
  • Friday, June 1

  • Military families warned of Red Cross scam   UPI / 12:01AM
    WASHINGTON, May 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department warns of a new scam that targets spouses of soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Wednesday, May 30

  • Indictment: Sept. 11 Used in Tax Fraud   AP / 7:10PM
    NEW YORK - A former top Internal Revenue Service lawyer and three other Ernst & Young partners reduced taxes for Americans making $10 million or more with a fraud that even used the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to disguise their lies, according to an indictment charging the men.
  • Monday, May 28

  • 53 Serbs facing highway toll fraud trial   UPI / 1:22PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, May 28 (UPI) -- A group of 53 people went on trial before a Belgrade court Monday, charged with embezzling $8.6 million in toll money from Serbia's main highway.
  • Saturday, May 26

  • Loan scam busted in three Southwest states   UPI / 6:01PM
    PHOENIX, May 26 (UPI) -- A dozen people were indicted by a federal grand jury in Phoenix on charges stemming from a "brazen" mortgage-loan scam stretching across three states.
  • Thursday, May 24

  • Appeals Court Rejects Rigas Appeal   AP / 6:50PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal appeals court Thursday rejected the appeal of the fraud conviction of John Rigas, making a Hollywood ending unlikely for the one-time projectionist who built one of the nation's largest cable television companies in a tiny Pennsylvania town.
  • Monday, May 21

  • Prosecutor: Ex-Qwest CEO transferred $130M   UPI / 10:12PM
    DENVER, May 21 (UPI) -- Qwest Communications' former chief executive officer tried to hide at least $133 million as lawsuits against him mounted, a U.S. prosecutor in Denver alleges.
  • Judge Rejects Plea in Asbestos Case   AP / 10:00PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- A once high-flying asbestos litigation attorney was ready to plead guilty Monday to fraud involving thousands of clients, but a federal judge rejected the deal and set a date for trial, saying he was unhappy with the plea deal.
  • Saturday, May 19

  • Robert De Niro being sued for fraud   UPI / 8:20PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- An insurance company has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court against Robert De Niro, alleging the actor's fraudulent actions cost them millions.
  • Six charged with rigging Army contracts   UPI / 7:11PM
    SAN ANTONIO, May 19 (UPI) -- Six people were arrested Friday for allegedly taking part in a contract-fixing scheme at the U.S. Army Medical Command at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.
  • Thursday, May 17

  • New Study Renews Click Fraud Debate   AP / 4:50PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Deceptive clicks on Internet advertising links distributed by Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and other online marketing vehicles are probably occurring far more frequently than the network operators acknowledge, according to a study by fraud detection specialist Fair Isaac Corp.
  • Wednesday, May 16

  • Nortel reaches tentative deal on charges   UPI / 8:50PM
    TORONTO, May 16 (UPI) -- Nortel Networks Corp. has reached a tentative settlement with the Ontario Securities Commission over accounting-fraud charges, the regulator said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, May 15

  • Tyco agrees to settle lawsuits for $2.98B   UPI / 1:01PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., May 15 (UPI) -- U.S. conglomerate Tyco International Ltd. said Tuesday it would pay $2.98 billion to settle class-action lawsuits tied to former management accounting fraud.
  • Monday, May 14

  • Texas lawsuits aimed at gold coin scheme   UPI / 4:53PM
    AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 (UPI) -- A pair of lawsuits filed this year in Texas is oriented toward gaining compensation for residents who were allegedly cheated by a gold coin scheme.
  • Thursday, May 10

  • Couple Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading   AP / 10:10PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A married couple, both lawyers, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and securities fraud Thursday in what was described as one of the biggest insider-trading operations since the 1980s, a $15 million scam that reached into some of the nation's top financial firms.
  • Accused Impersonator Freed in Rape Case   AP / 6:10PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A woman who had sex with her boyfriend's brother in her darkened room late one night claimed she was raped, saying the man tricked her into the act by impersonating her boyfriend.
  • Wednesday, May 9

  • Pair indicted in ATM conspiracy case   UPI / 8:51PM
    PITTSBURGH, May 9 (UPI) -- Two Romanian nationals have been indicted for their alleged part in a conspiracy involving the use of card readers on ATM machines in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Friday, May 4

  • Banker arrested in securities fraud case   UPI / 1:34PM
    WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The FBI has arrested a Credit Suisse investment banker in Washington on securities fraud charges.
  • Spanish singer arrested   UPI / 9:30AM
    MADRID, May 4 (UPI) -- Isabel Pantoja, a popular Spanish singer, has been arrested in connection with a notorious corruption scandal involving her boyfriend.
  • Saturday, April 28

  • Woman charged with cancer fraud   UPI / 2:11AM
    JACKSON, Mich., April 28 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman has been charged with pretending to have liver cancer to collect money from well-wishers.
  • Monday, April 23

  • British phone-in competitions halted   UPI / 6:42PM
    LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- The British morning TV program GMTV temporarily ended its phone-in contests Monday amid allegations viewers were defrauded of millions of dollars.
  • Sunday, April 22

  • Mortgage scams plaguing Phoenix residents   UPI / 6:50PM
    PHOENIX, April 22 (UPI) -- Authorities in Phoenix are warning mortgage holders with financial troubles to watch out for scams involving so-called foreclosure rescue companies.
  • Press club president may have fixed awards   UPI / 1:00AM
    DALLAS, April 21 (UPI) -- The Press Club of Dallas is trying to determine if its former president falsified judging in its awards to give herself a string of wins.
  • Saturday, April 21

  • Man pleads guilty to real estate swindle   UPI / 1:50AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- A man who operated a Florida real estate company that investors say was a classic Ponzi scheme has pleaded guilty to fraud.
  • Friday, April 20

  • Nigerian vote postponement sought   UPI / 8:30AM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, April 20 (UPI) -- A court bid by 18 Nigerian opposition parties in Abuja seeks to postpone Saturday's presidential election based on alleged fraud in last week's regional polls.
  • Thursday, April 19

  • Siemens chairman quits amid scandal   UPI / 11:10PM
    MUNICH, Germany, April 19 (UPI) -- Siemens AG supervisory board Chairman Heinrich von Pierer resigned Thursday amid mounting corruption scandals at the German engineering company.
  • Drexel U. to be sued in student-loan probe   UPI / 7:12PM
    NEW YORK, April 19 (UPI) -- New York's attorney general said Thursday he would sue Drexel University for allegedly taking kickbacks from a student lender to promote the lender solely.
  • Tuesday, April 17

  • Man Sent to Prison for Bilking Law Firms   AP / 12:30PM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A Montana man who called himself a private investigator was sentenced to more than 2 years in prison Tuesday for bilking a dozen U.S. law offices, including a firm once used by former AIG chairman Maurice R. Greenberg.
  • Rights group denounces Nigerian election   UPI / 9:01AM
    PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria, April 17 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Tuesday Nigeria's regional elections last weekend were so corrupt, they should be rerun.
  • Monday, April 16

  • Elections trigger violence in Nigeria   UPI / 9:53AM
    LAGOS, Nigeria, April 16 (UPI) -- Violence broke out throughout Nigeria following weekend state elections that protesters claim were rigged to keep the ruling party in power.
  • Saturday, April 14

  • Alleged fraud could cost firm $4.7million   UPI / 8:50PM
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 14 (UPI) -- An alleged bank fraud scheme conducted by a Michigan man could potentially cause Irwin Financial Corp. to lose $4.7 million this year.
  • Friday, April 13

  • Prof Charged in Investment Fraud Case   AP / 12:10AM
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A flamboyant former professor who claimed amnesia after $134 million turned up missing from funds he managed was charged Thursday with lying to federal investigators.
  • Wednesday, April 11

  • U.S. panel revives voter fraud debate   UPI / 9:13AM
    WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has reopened debate on the issue of voting fraud despite an earlier experts' report that said it was minimal.
  • Sunday, April 8

  • Suspicions arise in cruise ship art sales   UPI / 7:50PM
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 8 (UPI) -- A couple from Scottsdale, Ariz., recently joined a growing number of people who are suspicious of cruise ship art auctions.
  • Friday, April 6

  • MarketWatch writer quits on ethics issues   UPI / 7:11PM
    NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- A MarketWatch columnist resigned from the U.S. financial news Web site Friday after questions were raised about her journalistic ethical guidelines.
  • Jackson Hewitt begins internal probe   UPI / 5:40PM
    PARSIPANNY, N.J., April 6 (UPI) -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. said it has launched an internal review after Washington alleged five franchisees defrauded it out of more than $70 million.
  • Professor Accused in $134M Fraud Case   AP / 3:11PM
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - An economics professor known for his flamboyant suits and million-dollar pen collection claimed amnesia after federal investigators discovered about $134 million missing from several investment funds he managed, according to court documents.
  • Former media mogul accused of misusing jet   UPI / 9:10AM
    CHICAGO, April 6 (UPI) -- A Chicago court heard former international media mogul Conrad Black spent nearly $7 million in company funds on personal trips in his corporate jet.
  • Tuesday, April 3

  • Tax Outlets Cited for Bogus Returns   AP / 7:51PM
    WASHINGTON - The government said Tuesday it is trying to shut down more than 125 Jackson Hewitt tax preparation stores in four states for systematic "tax-fraud schemes."
  • Tax Outlets Cited for Bogus Returns   AP / 6:50PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government said Tuesday it is trying to shut down more than 125 Jackson Hewitt tax preparation stores in four states for systematic "tax-fraud schemes."
  • Sunday, April 1

  • Thousands Suspected of Katrina Fraud   AP / 10:40PM
    An Illinois woman mourns her two young daughters, swept to their deaths in Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters. It's a tragic and terrifying story. It's also a lie.
  • Katrina Fraud Stretches Far Beyond Gulf   AP / 2:01PM
    An Illinois woman mourns her two young daughters, swept to their deaths in Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters. It's a tragic and terrifying story. It's also a lie.
  • Tuesday, March 27

  • Beazer Homes faces fraud allegations   UPI / 9:32PM
    ATLANTA, March 27 (UPI) -- Beazer Homes says its internal review has not turned up anything to support fraud allegations that have begun to swirl around the Atlanta-based company.
  • Monday, March 26

  • David Stockman, three others indicted   UPI / 2:43PM
    NEW YORK, March 26 (UPI) -- Former Reagan administration Budget Director David Stockman has been indicted on securities fraud charges, New York court documents showed Monday.
  • Thursday, March 22

  • Perelman to appeal $1.58B court defeat   UPI / 7:30PM
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 22 (UPI) -- Billionaire Ronald Perelman will appeal a Florida ruling reversing a $1.58 billion verdict in his favor that said Morgan Stanley Inc. had defrauded him.
  • Oracle sues rival SAP, alleging theft   UPI / 4:01PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, March 22 (UPI) -- Oracle Corp. said Thursday it sued German rival SAP AG in San Francisco for allegedly engaging in a "massive" theft of internal Oracle information.
  • Jail for crooked bank officials in Algeria   UPI / 12:50PM
    ALGIERS, Algeria, March 22 (UPI) -- Fifteen former officials at Algeria's Khalifa Bank have received prison sentences of eight to 15 years for misappropriating money belonging to clients.
  • Creator of anti-Clinton ad revealed   UPI / 12:21PM
    WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- An employee of an Internet strategy firm working for the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama has admitted to creating a controversial Internet ad.
  • U.S. Suggests Cutting Abramoff Sentence   AP / 12:10PM
    MIAMI (AP) -- Federal prosecutors took the first steps toward reducing the prison sentence of former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, currently scheduled for release in 2011 for a Florida fraud conviction.
  • Wednesday, March 21

  • Ex-employees must pay back $2.26 million   UPI / 8:10PM
    NEWARK, N.J., March 21 (UPI) -- A federal judge has approved a settlement in which more than 80 former employees of a New Jersey company must pay back $2.26 million for false injury claims.
  • Reports: David Stockman may be indicted   UPI / 2:20PM
    WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors are preparing criminal indictments against David Stockman, the former Reagan administration budget director, published reports said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, March 20

  • Media mogul stole $60M, prosecutors say   UPI / 6:00PM
    CHICAGO, March 20 (UPI) -- Ex-media mogul Conrad Black and associates stole $60 million from shareholders, not with masks and guns but in suit and tie, a U.S. prosecutor said Tuesday.
  • Court orders $83M paid for bid rigging   UPI / 5:30PM
    TOKYO, March 20 (UPI) -- A Tokyo court ordered three construction companies to pay $83 million in damages for rigging bids on four publicly financed Tokyo incineration projects.
  • Enron class-action lawsuit limited   UPI / 11:53AM
    NEW ORLEANS, March 20 (UPI) -- A New Orleans appeals court ruled Enron Corp. shareholders may not sue investment banks for their role in the Houston energy trader's collapse.
  • Monday, March 19

  • Radler to pay $63.4 million to Sun-Times   UPI / 9:00PM
    CHICAGO, March 19 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Sun-Times Publisher David Radler and his companies will pay $63.4 million to settle claims by the Sun-Times Media Group, the company says.
  • Minerals springs diluted by tap water   UPI / 6:10PM
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., March 19 (UPI) -- The famed spring water at Saratoga Spa State Park in New York is allegedly being mixed with common drinking water.
  • Grand Theft Auto publisher looks to sell   UPI / 4:31PM
    NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the New York maker of the Grand Theft Auto video game series, said Monday it might sell the company.
  • Sunday, March 18

  • Former government workers in scandal   UPI / 10:42PM
    HOUSTON, March 18 (UPI) -- U.S. government and contract workers once based in Texas have fixed bids and Department of Defense contracts, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
  • Friday, March 16

  • Japan's Horie sentenced for stock fraud   UPI / 10:40AM
    TOKYO, March 16 (UPI) -- Former Japanese dot-com mogul Takafumi Horie was found guilty of violating securities laws and sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Friday.
  • Wednesday, March 14

  • Trump may testify at Conrad Black trial   UPI / 6:10PM
    CHICAGO, March 14 (UPI) -- Real estate mogul Donald Trump may testify at the Chicago trial of deposed media baron Conrad Black, lawyers said during jury selection Wednesday.
  • Ma Ying-jeou confident about Taiwan trial   UPI / 5:21PM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 14 (UPI) -- Former Chinese Nationalist Party Chairman Ma Ying-jeou said this week he is confident that he will triumph in his upcoming corruption trial in Taiwan.
  • Bank of America unit fined $26M by SEC   UPI / 1:53PM
    WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- A Bank of America Corp. brokerage will pay $26 million to settle allegations it issued false research on companies, U.S. regulators said Wednesday.
  • Ex-Croatian general arrested in Austria   UPI / 1:33PM
    ZAGREB, Croatia, March 14 (UPI) -- A retired Croatian general has been arrested in Austria on a Zagreb court warrant accusing him of the theft of $5 million in diamonds, police said Wednesday.
  • Ex-Press Lord's Fraud Trial Set to Begin   AP / 2:00AM
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Former media baron Conrad M. Black's racketeering and fraud trial to get under way with defense lawyers seeking jurors who won't turn sour over his Park Avenue condo, antique Rolls Royce and expense-account vacation on the Pacific island paradise of Bora Bora.
  • Tuesday, March 13

  • Attorney General Gonzales admits mistakes   UPI / 10:33PM
    WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales admitted Tuesday to making mistakes in the firing of eight federal prosecutors.
  • Monday, March 12

  • Ex-boy band manager accused of Ponzi fraud   UPI / 9:10PM
    ORLANDO, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Louis Pearlman, who once managed boy bands, is accused by Florida regulators of orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, duping investors out of $317 million.
  • Ex-Nortel CEO charged by SEC with fraud   UPI / 7:00PM
    NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. securities regulators Monday charged Nortel Networks' former Chief Executive Frank Dunn with cheating investors out of billions of dollars.
  • Cadbury Schweppes, PriceWaterhouse sued   UPI / 1:01PM
    LAGOS, Nigeria, March 12 (UPI) -- More than 300 Cadbury Schweppes PLC shareholders have launched a class-action lawsuit over the British confectionary and beverage company's accounting scandal.
  • Friday, March 9

  • Jury finds Gateway CFO maneuvered earnings   UPI / 4:50PM
    SAN DIEGO, March 9 (UPI) -- A federal jury ruled U.S. computer company Gateway Inc.'s former chief financial officer manipulated earnings and revenue, U.S. regulators said.
  • Thursday, March 8

  • Politician indicted for money laundering   UPI / 5:50PM
    NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- New York prosecutors Thursday indicted a Brazilian political figure for allegedly stealing more than $11.6 million from a Brazilian public works project.
  • Jury Rules Against Former Gateway Execs   AP / 5:10PM
    IRVINE, Calif. - A federal jury ruled that two former Gateway Inc. executives manipulated earnings to meet analysts' expectations, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, March 7

  • Beautician accused of illegal injections   UPI / 10:50PM
    NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- A New York beautician has been charged with allegedly injecting customers with silicone.
  • Monday, March 5

  • Two ex-Yukos Oil execs sentences for theft   UPI / 4:40PM
    MOSCOW, March 5 (UPI) -- A Moscow court sentenced two former Yukos Oil Co. executives to more than a decade in prison Monday for embezzling $13 billion, Russian news agencies reported.
  • Saturday, March 3

  • Seven plead guilty in $580,000 coupon scam   UPI / 5:50PM
    NEWARK, N.J., March 3 (UPI) -- Seven people involved in an elaborate coupon scam that swindled more than $580,000 from manufacturers have pleaded guilty to related charges in New Jersey.
  • Friday, March 2

  • Bulgaria seen as money laundering center   UPI / 4:50PM
    WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Bulgaria is a major money-laundering center in the Balkans because of its position as a transit country and financial center, a U.S. report said.
  • Prosecutors Crack Insider-Trading Ring   AP / 12:30AM
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The defendants included husband-and-wife lawyers, registered representatives, compliance personnel and hedge fund portfolio managers who improperly relied on hundreds of tips during five years of illegal trading.
  • Thursday, March 1

  • 13 charged with insider-trading schemes   UPI / 6:40PM
    NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- U.S. criminal and regulatory authorities Thursday filed insider-trading charges against 13 people alleged to have netted $15 million in illegal profits.
  • Wednesday, February 28

  • Son Gets 5 Months in Body Burning Fraud   AP / 12:30PM
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A man who admitted burning his father's body a decade ago so the family could continue to cash his Social Security disability checks was sentenced to five months in prison and ordered to pay $133,000 in restitution.
  • Tuesday, February 27

  • Husband of late pianist admits deception   UPI / 10:37PM
    LONDON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The widower of a British pianist has admitted to passing off recordings by other artists as those of his ailing wife, a report says.
  • Alleged fraud televangelist resurfaces   UPI / 8:17PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A televangelist exposed as an alleged fraud 20 years ago on "The Tonight Show" has resurfaced with a new pitch, New York-based "Inside Edition" said Tuesday.
  • Monday, February 26

  • U.S., Macau talk N. Korean bank funds   UPI / 12:29PM
    MACAU, China, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Talks began Monday in Macau between banking officials and U.S. Treasury officials about unfreezing some of North Korea's bank accounts.
  • Friday, February 23

  • 4 Named in Katrina Fraud Cases   AP / 12:00AM
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Four people in Nevada and Oklahoma were charged with fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars meant for victims of Hurricane Katrina, authorities said Thursday.
  • Thursday, February 22

  • $40B Enron trial will proceed, judge rules   UPI / 4:41PM
    HOUSTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A $40 billion Enron shareholder lawsuit will go to trial in April without waiting for the result of a class-action appeal, a U.S. judge has ruled.
  • Wednesday, February 21

  • U.S. prosecutor may appeal Enron ruling   UPI / 4:02PM
    HOUSTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A federal prosecutor told a judge in Houston the government might appeal her ruling tossing out the convictions of a former Enron finance executive.
  • Tuesday, February 20

  • Court throws out Philip Morris verdict   UPI / 12:21PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a $79.5 million punitive-damages award to a smoker's widow Tuesday in a victory for Altria Group Inc.'s Philip Morris USA.
  • Saturday, February 17

  • Fraud alleged in Hatto recordings   UPI / 5:30PM
    LONDON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The woman thought to be one of the greatest pianists Britain ever produced was actually releasing recordings that were studio fakes, a report says.
  • Wednesday, February 14

  • 'Grand Theft Auto' founder pleads guilty   UPI / 5:30PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The former chief executive of the "Grand Theft Auto" videogame publisher pleaded guilty in New York Wednesday to a stock-option backdating scheme.
  • Tuesday, February 13

  • Nicky Hilton sued over hotel project   UPI / 4:20PM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A Chicago developer has sued heiress socialite Nicky Hilton for breach of contract, claiming she reneged on deals to promote a planned Nicky O Hotel.
  • Monday, February 12

  • For-profit school rebuts reports   UPI / 7:00PM
    PHOENIX, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The University of Phoenix Monday disputed contentions in published reports that say the school has a graduation rate of only 16 percent.
  • Wednesday, February 7

  • Grand jury indicts five over Iraqi bribes   UPI / 4:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted three former U.S. Army officers and two others in a bribery plot against Iraq's Coalition Provisional Authority.
  • Tuesday, February 6

  • Judge sends executive back to prison   UPI / 11:31AM
    TOPEKA, Kan., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge sentenced a former Westar Energy Inc. chief executive to two years in prison, despite an appellate court ruling he should go free.
  • FEMA Wants Over $300M in Katrina Aid Back   AP / 3:59AM
    NEW ORLEANS - In the neighborhood President Bush visited right after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government gave $84.5 million to more than 10,000 households. But Census figures show fewer than 8,000 homes existed there at the time.
  • Monday, February 5

  • Hyundai chairman to appeal 3-year sentence   UPI / 11:07AM
    SEOUL, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Hyundai's auto chairman was sentenced to three years in prison Monday for embezzling $96 million and causing a $224 million loss to auto affiliates.
  • Saturday, February 3

  • Fashion's Moses guilty in bank swindle   UPI / 10:50AM
    DETROIT, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A former fashion designer known for fancy fur-lined capes has been convicted by a federal jury in Detroit of bilking banks of some $26 million.
  • Tuesday, January 30

  • 37 companies banned from development bank   UPI / 12:50PM
    MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Philippine-based development bank said Tuesday it banned 37 companies from doing business with it for up to 10 years for violating its anticorruption code.
  • Monday, January 29

  • Toni Braxton files suit against ex-manager   UPI / 8:50PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton has filed suit in New York against her former manager for fraud and breach of contract.
  • Saturday, January 27

  • Army Probes War Contractor Fraud   AP / 8:30PM
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- From high-dollar fraud to conspiracy to bribery and bid rigging, Army investigators have opened up to 50 criminal probes involving battlefield contractors in the war in Iraq and the U.S. fight against terrorism, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Immigration fraud allegations taint model   UPI / 5:41PM
    NEW YORK, D.C., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A New York photographer alleges the head of a clothing company engaged in immigration fraud to get Mexican model Fernanda Romero into the United States.
  • Fla. Retiree Wins Cell Phone Bill Fight   AP / 5:30PM
    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- A 77-year-old retiree has won a two-month battle with a cell phone company over bills for about $31,000 in calls from Nicaragua he says he never made.
  • Thursday, January 25

  • Astor son could face tax fraud charges   UPI / 5:30PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- New York investigators may bring tax fraud charges against the son of philanthropist Brooke Astor related to the sale of a painting owned by his mother.
  • Saturday, January 20

  • Plea bargain rejected in radio scam case   UPI / 7:30PM
    LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A former Kentucky radio personality accused of using a fraudulent charity drive to steal nearly $150,000 has rejected an offered plea bargain.
  • Thursday, January 18

  • EBay Heightens Security Precautions   AP / 1:50AM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Executives at eBay Inc. are touting security as their top priority in 2007 after an internal survey showed that online scammers may be denting the company's reputation.
  • Wednesday, January 17

  • SEC Sues 3 Former Execs of ConAgra Unit   AP / 1:10AM
    DENVER (AP) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued three former executives of a ConAgra Foods Inc. subsidiary, alleging they overstated profits in 1999 and 2000.
  • Tuesday, January 16

  • Israel arrests 11 for soccer game-fixing   UPI / 10:01AM
    JERUSALEM, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Israeli police arrested 11 soccer players and officials Tuesday on charges of fixing soccer matches, fraud, forgery and tax charges.
  • Sunday, January 14

  • Eckstine family says 'son' is imposter   UPI / 7:01PM
    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The family of the late U.S. jazz singer Billy Eckstine is set to begin legal proceedings against a man claiming to be his son and performing under that moniker.
  • Friday, January 12

  • Ex-Currency Trader Ordered to Pay $33M   AP / 1:10AM
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A former currency trader convicted of defrauding hundreds of investors has been ordered to pay more than $33 million in one of the largest fines against an individual sued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • Wednesday, January 10

  • Media rules set for Conard Black trial   UPI / 3:20PM
    CHICAGO, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Journalists covering the fraud trial of fallen media baron Conrad Black in Chicago have been warned be nice or be gone.
  • Thursday, January 4

  • 2 in Calif. Sentenced for Voter Fraud   AP / 9:50AM
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- Two signature gatherers charged with tricking Orange County voters into registering as Republicans were sentenced to three years' probation.
  • Wednesday, January 3

  • Lawsuit claims Apple manipulated options   UPI / 5:20PM
    CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A California lawsuit alleges Apple Computer Inc. granted stock options to coincide with good news, giving four Apple executives overnight windfalls.
  • Friday, December 29

  • Marsh & McLennan agrees to sell Putnam   UPI / 10:40AM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- New York's Marsh & McLennan Cos. has agreed to sell Putnam Investments for $3.9 billion to a Montreal holding company.
  • Wednesday, December 27

  • DaimlerChrysler hires Ex-FBI head   UPI / 10:29AM
    DETROIT, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- DaimlerChrysler has hired former FBI Director Louis Freeh as an independent monitor as it completes an internal probe into employee bribery, the company said.
  • Tuesday, December 26

  • Judges OK $2.4 billion Nortel settlement   UPI / 8:10PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Two U.S. judges approved a $2.4 billion settlement between Nortel Networks and its shareholders Tuesday to resolve accounting fraud lawsuits.
  • Friday, December 22

  • Regulators to Pay Gemstar Shareholders   AP / 11:10PM
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal regulators will soon begin giving $83 million in cash and stock to shareholders of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. who were harmed by a suspected scheme to inflate revenues to meet financial targets.
  • Wednesday, December 20

  • Simpson book deal subject of lawsuit   UPI / 4:11PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The father of murder victim Ron Goldman filed suit against O.J. Simpson in Los Angeles, alleging a $1 million book advance was illegally structured.
  • Sunday, December 17

  • Church gets paid for land that was stolen   UPI / 11:51PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Chicago church is celebrating big-time this Christmas after receiving a check for more than $1 million for land allegedly stolen from it.
  • Tuesday, December 12

  • Feds raid six Swift meat processing plants   UPI / 10:20PM
    GREELEY, Colo., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Federal immigration officials swept through six U.S. Swift & Co. meat processing plants Tuesday in an investigation of identify theft.
  • Identity theft becomes big business   UPI / 6:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A Washington privacy consultant says identity theft has become a money-maker for financial institutions.
  • Monday, December 11

  • Researchers Developing Anti-Fraud Tool   AP / 3:30PM
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Carnegie Mellon University researchers are relying on an old adage to develop anti-fraud software for Internet auction sites: It's not what you know, it's who you know.
  • Serbia customs seize 35 oil tank trucks   UPI / 11:00AM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Serbian customs officers seized 35 tanker trucks with 264,172 gallons of diesel oil allegedly being smuggled into the country, officials said Monday.
  • Friday, December 8

  • Wesley Snipes arrested in tax case   UPI / 2:31PM
    ORLANDO, Calif., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes reportedly has been arrested by federal authorities in Orlando, Fla., for alleged tax fraud.
  • Thursday, December 7

  • Combs fighting Canadian counterfeiting   UPI / 11:10PM
    TORONTO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs is fighting Canadian counterfeiting of his new clothing line.
  • Wednesday, December 6

  • Audit Says FEMA Squandering Katrina Aid   AP / 2:30PM
    WASHINGTON - The government is squandering tens of millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina disaster aid, in some cases doling out housing payments to people living rent-free, investigators said Wednesday.
  • Friday, December 1

  • NYT researcher conviction upheld in China   UPI / 11:00AM
    BEIJING, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Chinese High Court Friday upheld a three-year fraud sentence for a New York Times researcher based in Beijing.
  • Former Mayor Guilty of Voter Fraud   AP / 12:00AM
    WISE, Va. (AP) -- The former mayor of a tiny coal town who prosecutors say masterminded a scheme to buy votes with beer, cigarettes and even pork rinds, pleaded guilty Thursday to 243 felonies, including vote-rigging and corruption.
  • Thursday, November 23

  • Internet scam focusing on 'Oprah' fans   UPI / 7:31PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A series of e-mails has been making the rounds, seeking personal data about people through fake invitations to the "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago.
  • D.C. 'Wig lady' arrested in Boston   UPI / 3:00PM
    BOSTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Boston police have arrested a woman dubbed the "Wig Lady" on charges of swindling banks in Washington and Maryland while wearing disguises.
  • Wednesday, November 22

  • Violence closes court hearing in Congo   UPI / 2:10AM
    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A fire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Supreme Court building interrupted a review of electoral fraud complaints Tuesday.
  • Monday, November 20

  • Ohio Republican fundraiser gets 18 years   UPI / 6:20PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The rare coin dealer and Republican fundraiser at the center of a political scandal in Ohio was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison.
  • Bosnian Immigrants Gets 5 Years   AP / 5:40PM
    BOSTON (AP) -- A Bosnian immigrant was sentenced to more than five years in prison Monday for concealing his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre so that he could get into the United States.
  • Saturday, November 18

  • Claim ex-writer hid assets doesn't fly   UPI / 6:50PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- A Manhattan judge didn't buy accusations from the ex-wife of a Wall Street wiz that he was hiding millions of dollars in their vitriolic divorce.
  • Wednesday, November 15

  • Businessman fined for Chilean sea bass   UPI / 1:21AM
    MIAMI, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The owner of a Spanish fishing fleet has been ordered to pay a $400,000 fine for attempting to illegally import Chilean sea bass into the United States.
  • Saturday, November 11

  • Stewart to settle class action lawsuit   UPI / 12:20AM
    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has announced Stewart plans to pay $5 million of her own money to settle a $30 million U.S. class action lawsuit.
  • Friday, November 10

  • Russian soccer has 'fix' problem   UPI / 3:20PM
    MOSCOW, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Allegations are flying that the fix is in, as far as Russian soccer is concerned.
  • U.S., North Korea to renew money talks   UPI / 1:10PM
    SEOUL, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury representatives are laying plans for bilateral talks with North Korea over counterfeiting and money laundering charges.
  • Thursday, November 9

  • U.S.: Iraq corruption financing insurgents   UPI / 2:20PM
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. monitor of Iraqi reconstruction says corruption in the Iraqi government is running into billions of dollars, money that is financing the insurgency.
  • Tuesday, November 7

  • FBI looking at Va. voter complaints   UPI / 6:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The FBI is looking at allegations of voter deception and intimidation in Virginia, a number of reports said Tuesday evening.
  • Monday, November 6

  • U.S. Army recruiters caught lying   UPI / 11:10AM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Army recruiters in three northeastern states have been caught on undercover news videotape lying to potential enlistees about the war in Iraq being over.
  • Saturday, November 4

  • Police have suspect, unsure of crime   UPI / 8:58PM
    PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Police in a Philadelphia suburb say a man with multiple identities is an identity thief, money launderer or terrorist financier.
  • Friday, November 3

  • Ex-McKesson Execs Acquitted of Fraud   AP / 7:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two former McKesson Corp. executives were acquitted Friday on one count each of federal securities fraud, but a mistrial was declared on six other counts in a $9 billion accounting scandal at the pharmaceutical distribution company.
  • Thursday, November 2

  • Snipes avoid jail time with IRS settlement   UPI / 8:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes will avoid any time in jail on tax fraud charges as part of a recent settlement with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • October's online job ads steady   UPI / 10:49AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Monster Employment Index, a widely followed indicator of U.S. online job demand, remained unchanged in October.
  • Tuesday, October 31

  • Tobacco damages case may be sent down   UPI / 7:41PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court was supposed to hear arguments Tuesday about massive punitive damages against a tobacco company, but it instead focused on a detail.
  • Saturday, October 28

  • Bears say beware of bogus game tickets   UPI / 3:20PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A rise in ticket counterfeiting has prompted the Chicago Bears and city police to increase their vigilance against fakes.
  • Fraud alleged in British-Saudi arms deal   UPI / 8:50AM
    LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Britain scrambled to recover secret documents suggesting an $82 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia was corrupted by price gouging, it was reported Saturday.
  • Friday, October 27

  • Larry Birkhead files paternity suit   UPI / 4:30PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The man who says he is the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, Larry Birkhead, is preparing to mount a legal attack on the trim spa spokeswoman in the Bahamas.
  • Wednesday, October 25

  • Bogus voter-address changes in St. Louis   UPI / 6:51PM
    ST. LOUIS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Hundreds of bogus address changes have surfaced near St. Louis and the election board is warning voters to make sure they get a polling-place notification card.
  • Sunday, October 22

  • Report: U.S. trustees stole $500 million   UPI / 10:01PM
    BAGHDAD, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Investigators have found that members of Iraq's Ministry of Defense entrusted by the United States stole $500 million budgeted for battling insurgents.
  • Saturday, October 21

  • 'Fugitive' Wesley Snipes in Namibia   UPI / 2:01AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Actor Wesley Snipes, indicted earlier this week on U.S. tax evasion charges, is in Namibia making a movie.
  • Thursday, October 19

  • Couple accused of real estate scam   UPI / 12:50PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles couple has been arrested and accused of illegally seizing and renting out property in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
  • Tuesday, October 17

  • France has real poor, welfare cheats   UPI / 9:29PM
    PARIS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- One report released Tuesday said that 3.5 million people in France are living in poverty, while another found that thousands are cheating to get benefits.
  • Aussie calls for checks on drug companies   UPI / 7:19PM
    HOBART, Australia, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The Australian government should take a look at the alleged manipulation of drug trials and research by pharmaceutical companies, an expert says.
  • Wesley Snipes indicted for tax fraud   UPI / 3:39PM
    TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Attorney's office in Tampa, Fla., has issued an arrest warrant for actor Wesley Snipes, indicted for fraud and income tax evasion.
  • Payola case against Entercom is upheld   UPI / 2:51PM
    ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer won the support of a state Supreme Court judge who backed his payola suit against Entercom Communications.
  • Monday, October 16

  • Siblings admit faking kidnapping   UPI / 10:50PM
    ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Two Greek children have admitted they faked a kidnapping after seeing a movie.
  • Saturday, October 14

  • FBI probes possible San Diego condo scam   UPI / 6:40PM
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A San Diego financial adviser has come under scrutiny of the FBI following a raft of lawsuits filed by his clients, The San Diego Union-Tribune said Saturday.
  • Wednesday, October 11

  • D.C. mosque alleges embezzlement   UPI / 11:50AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A major Washington mosque has filed a lawsuit alleging its financial manager embezzled more than $300,000 of its funds into his own businesses.
  • Report disputes wide U.S. voting fraud   UPI / 10:20AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Claims of widespread voter fraud at U.S. polling booths are exaggerated, an independent report done for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says.
  • Southern Lenders, principal indicted   UPI / 9:50AM
    ATLANTA, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- An Atlanta businessman and Southern Lenders Mortgage Corp., Newnan, Ga., were indicted on charges of defrauding the mortgage company's lender of $3.7 million.
  • Monday, October 9

  • Sotheby's pulls Hirst prints from sale   UPI / 11:32PM
    LONDON, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Sotheby's in London has removed three prints from a planned sale of works by artist Damien Hirst because of doubts about their authenticity.
  • Wednesday, October 4

  • Accused FEMA bilker said unfit for trial   UPI / 8:51PM
    GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Galveston, Texas, man accused of bilking at least $232,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been found incompetent to stand trial.
  • Sunday, October 1

  • Lagerfeld lashes out at class allegation   UPI / 10:02PM
    LONDON, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Karl Lagerfeld has lashed out at Paris-based author Alicia Drake over claims in her new book that the German-born fashion designer is not from royalty.
  • Windsor bride-to-be's lineage questioned   UPI / 9:10PM
    LONDON, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- The Times of London says Croatian Princess Paola de Doimi de Frankopan is not really a Frankopan, raising questions about her impending marriage.
  • Saturday, September 30

  • L.A. jury rejects claim in diamond heist   UPI / 6:41PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles jury has decided in favor of Lloyd's of London in a claim stemming from a robbery that the insurer alleges was staged.
  • TV film tells dark story of con man   UPI / 1:40AM
    LONDON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A British film crew that set out to document the life of a charming Irish con man ended up with a darker story of an alleged serial wife batterer.
  • Friday, September 29

  • Abramoff: over 400 White House contacts   UPI / 12:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff billed clients for more than 400 White House contacts, but a congressional report says that number is uncertain.
  • Wednesday, September 27

  • Report: Aussie 'king maker' hid assets   UPI / 9:20PM
    SYDNEY, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A former senior Australian official, embroiled in allegations of tax evasion, hid more than $1 million in secret Swiss bank accounts, a report alleges.
  • Tuesday, September 26

  • 'Dr. Phil' diet plan lawsuit settled   UPI / 2:11PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A $10.5 million settlement has ended a false advertising lawsuit in Los Angeles over weight loss products endorsed by TV therapist "Dr. Phil" McGraw.
  • Fastow sentenced to six years in prison   UPI / 1:51PM
    HOUSTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal judge in Houston Tuesday sentenced Andrew Fastow, the former top finance officer of Enron Corp., to six years in prison.
  • Friday, September 22

  • Stolen U.S.bone grafts sold to British   UPI / 2:00PM
    LONDON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Bone grafts allegedly stolen in the United States have gone to at least 40 British patients, it was reported Friday.
  • Tuesday, September 19

  • British art forger gets 2 years   UPI / 11:10PM
    LONDON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A British graphic designer who conned two respected art dealers into buying his forgeries of Victorian paintings has been sentenced to two years in prison.
  • Sunday, September 17

  • Woman fined for cheating Steve Irwin fans   UPI / 2:21AM
    BRISBANE, Australia, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A woman and a teenager were charged in Australia with trying to take advantage of admirers of the television "Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin.
  • Wednesday, September 13

  • Study software alters e-vote ballot tally   UPI / 5:20PM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. computer scientists say they've created and demonstrated vote-stealing software that can be quickly installed on a common electronic voting machine.
  • Serbia breaks car insurance fraud ring   UPI / 7:20AM
    BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Serbian police have arrested 15 people on charges of collecting insurance claims through phony car accidents throughout the country.
  • Saturday, September 9

  • Massachusetts shuts 7 mortgage firms   UPI / 3:10PM
    BOSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Massachusetts bank regulators closed seven mortgage firms for allegedly operating without licenses and inflating consumer incomes on loan forms.
  • Halliburton lawsuit lists Super Bowl party   UPI / 10:30AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed in Washington claims U.S. taxpayers funded a big screen TV and snacks that Halliburton Co. sent to Iraq for the 2005 Super Bowl.
  • Thursday, August 31

  • Anti-Israel news photo hoax alleged   UPI / 11:40AM
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A news photo that circulated worldwide of a Lebanese ambulance hit by an Israeli missile was a hoax, the Israeli Arutz Sheva broadcaster said Thursday.
  • Ohio delays destroying 2004 ballots   UPI / 10:40AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Under threat of a lawsuit, Ohio's secretary of state has requested postponing the destruction of ballots from the 2004 presidential election.
  • Tuesday, August 29

  • Streisand tickets invalidated over fraud   UPI / 6:50PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- More than 1,000 tickets for Barbra Streisand's upcoming U.S. tour have been invalidated by Ticketmaster after being found to have been fraudulently purchased.
  • Monday, August 28

  • Mexican court upholds election   UPI / 11:10PM
    MEXICO CITY, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Mexican court Monday upheld the results of last month's presidential election saying there was no fraud, as claimed by the losing candidate.
  • Australian official slams war reporting   UPI / 9:10PM
    BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has criticized "dishonest" media coverage of the conflict in Lebanon.
  • Wednesday, August 23

  • Bracelet maker accused of false claims   UPI / 2:38PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The manufacturer of the "ionized" Q-Ray bracelet has been accused in Chicago of false advertising for claiming the product acts as a pain reliever.
  • Wednesday, August 16

  • Singer Gentry accused of false hunt   UPI / 11:11PM
    DULUTH, Minn., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- Federal investigators have accused country singer Troy Lee Gentry in Duluth, Minn., court of killing a tame black bear held in a cage.
  • Tuesday, August 15

  • Phony talent agent fakes bookings for cash   UPI / 3:38PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- A phony talent agent posed as a prominent Chicago promoter and booked dates for clients he did not represent and collected fees from clubs.
  • Sunday, August 13

  • Online credit card fraud rises in Britain   UPI / 4:00PM
    LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Six months after Britain introduced new credit and debit cards, increasing theft via the Internet has caused banks and retailers to consider new technology.
  • Saturday, August 12

  • Five arrested for alleged mortgage fraud   UPI / 11:00AM
    ATLANTA, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Five people, including a convicted robber and his parole officer, have been arrested in an alleged Atlanta mortgage fraud scheme.
  • Monday, August 7

  • Hawthorne Heights suing own record label   UPI / 8:50PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The band Hawthorne Heights has filed suit in Chicago against Victory Records head Tony Brummel and his company, the band's label.
  • Sunday, August 6

  • Chicago landowners swindled in scam   UPI / 11:40PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Dozens of parcels of Illinois real estate have been pirated from their owners, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday.
  • Friday, August 4

  • Academy: Oscar on auction block is fake   UPI / 7:50PM
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- An auction house has canceled the sale of an Oscar statuette after film academy officials in Beverly Hills, Calif., determined it is not authentic.
  • Do's and don'ts for nips and tucks   UPI / 6:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The death of a Massachusetts woman last week from a sham liposuction should raise red flags to consumers about fraudulent cosmetic procedures, experts say.
  • Aging man allegedly stole thousands   UPI / 1:08AM
    MIAMI, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Investigators in Florida say a 71-year-old man used fake identification to steal between $150,000 and $200,000.
  • Thursday, August 3

  • $700 million returned to Nigeria   UPI / 1:30AM
    LAGOS, Nigeria, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Nearly $700 million stashed away in Swiss banks by Nigeria's late military leader, Gen. Sani Abacha, has been returned to the government in Lagos.
  • Lindsay Lohan summoned to testify for mom   UPI / 12:20AM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Singer-actress Lindsay Lohan has been subpoenaed to testify in Los Angeles in a lawsuit alleging her mother committed fraud.
  • Monday, July 31

  • Election protests paralyze Mexico City   UPI / 8:10PM
    MEXICO CITY, July 30 (UPI) -- More than a million protesters clogged the streets of the Mexican capital Monday, pledging to remain until an electoral recount.
  • Fingering fraud takes toll on students   UPI / 12:37AM
    MADISON, Wis., July 30 (UPI) -- Blowing the whistle on a professor's alleged scientific misconduct has taken a toll on the careers of six University of Wisconsin-Madison students.
  • Saturday, July 29

  • Suspect sought in 'Magic Cheese' scam   UPI / 7:40PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, July 29 (UPI) -- Chilean police police want France to extradite a woman who allegedly scammed thousands with a "Magic Cheese" face powder business.
  • Tuesday, July 25

  • Insurer: Chinese counterfeits increase   UPI / 12:40AM
    LONDON, July 24 (UPI) -- An insurance company official told a meeting of British executives that counterfeiting by Chinese companies is increasing geometrically.
  • Tuesday, July 11

  • Losing Mexican candidate alleges fraud   UPI / 8:50PM
    MEXICO CITY, July 11 (UPI) -- The losing candidate in Mexico's presidential election claims he has proof of electoral fraud, El Universal reported Tuesday.
  • Sunday, July 9

  • Funeral service held for Ken Lay   UPI / 9:30PM
    ASPEN, Colo., July 9 (UPI) -- Friends and family of the late Ken Lay gathered at tiny Aspen Chapel in Colorado Sunday, to remember the former Enron chairman and celebrate his life.
  • Saturday, July 8

  • Lopez Obrador supporters rally   UPI / 10:51PM
    MEXICO CITY, July 8 (UPI) -- Thousands of supporters of presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gathered Saturday in Mexico City to protest the nation's election results.
  • Friday, July 7

  • Berlusconi again faces corruption trial   UPI / 3:30PM
    MILAN, Italy, July 7 (UPI) -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Friday was ordered to stand trial on fraud and other charges involving his family's television network.
  • Wednesday, July 5

  • Heart attack kills Enron founder Ken Lay   UPI / 10:50AM
    ASPEN, Colo., July 5 (UPI) -- Former Enron Corp. chairman Ken Lay has died of a massive heart attack suffered while he was in Aspen, Colo., KPRC-TV, Houston, reported Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, July 4

  • Brando will contested over alleged forgery   UPI / 1:50PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 4 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles lawsuit filed by Marlon Brando's former aide claims the late actor's will was rewritten and his signature on it forged days before his death.
  • Saturday, July 1

  • Ill. hiring target of U.S. investigation   UPI / 8:18PM
    CHICAGO, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. investigators say they have allegations linking Illinois agencies to massive political hiring, the Chicago Tribune reports.
  • Friday, June 30

  • Cherokees file suit over stock deal   UPI / 6:09PM
    MUSKOGEE, Okla., June 30 (UPI) -- Cherokee tribal councilors have filed a lawsuit in Oklahoma against Chief Chad Smith and two business leaders for alleged securities fraud.
  • Two Jackson personalities emerge in suit   UPI / 2:10PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 30 (UPI) -- A voicemail recording and videotaping of Michael Jackson presented in a Santa Monica Superior court over a $3.8 breach of contract revealed his two personas.
  • Thursday, June 29

  • Brad Pitt imposter charged with forgery   UPI / 6:10PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 29 (UPI) -- A 29-year-old Jordanian man faked an identification card by downloading Brad Pitt's photograph from the Internet to try to claim cash at a Dubai money exchange.
  • Compulsive-shopper thief jailed   UPI / 12:30PM
    PHILADELPHIA, June 29 (UPI) -- A former Pennsylvania credit union manager who stole $1.5 million to support her compulsive shopping disorder has been sentenced to 27 months in jail.
  • Saturday, June 17

  • Schwimmer wins libel suit   UPI / 1:30PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 17 (UPI) -- Former "Friends" star David Schwimmer has been awarded $400,000 in the Los Angeles defamation suit he filed against a former celebrity fundraiser.
  • 'Idol' winner wins $2 million lawsuit   UPI / 12:38AM
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 16 (UPI) -- "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million by an Alabama circuit court in a lawsuit against his former manager.
  • Friday, June 16

  • Prison for teacher who faked cancer   UPI / 3:20PM
    NEW BEDFORD, Mass., June 16 (UPI) -- A former Massachusetts teacher has been sentenced to two years in prison for collecting $37,000 from well-meaning donors who thought she had cancer.
  • Monday, June 12

  • Settlement divides stage union local   UPI / 8:40PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- A Hollywood union local has become divided after its executive board voted to settle a misappropriation case against one of its former members, a report says.
  • Prof. alleges Marquette map a fraud   UPI / 12:46AM
    PEORIA, Ill., June 11 (UPI) -- An Illinois history professor says a map accepted as proof of Frenchman Jacques Marquette's 1673 journey up the Illinois River is a fraud.
  • Saturday, June 10

  • Trustee: Bankrupt hockey star was cheated   UPI / 5:46PM
    DETROIT, June 10 (UPI) -- A bankruptcy trustee says that hockey star Darren McCarty of the Calgary Flames was cheated of as much as $3 million by a business associate.
  • Company to pay $500K for faux polish   UPI / 10:50AM
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 10 (UPI) -- A Grand Rapids, Mich.-based footwear company has agreed to pay the makers of Kiwi brand shoe polish $500,000 for selling fake products under the Kiwi name.
  • Thursday, June 8

  • Serb police nab car insurance fraud group   UPI / 12:00PM
    BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro, June 8 (UPI) -- Serbia's police have arrested 20 people on suspicion of collecting insurance money for false car accidents.
  • Tuesday, June 6

  • Oil tycoon to be reporter for prison paper   UPI / 11:00PM
    MOSCOW, June 6 (UPI) -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the jailed Russian oil baron, has been assigned to be a reporter for the prison newspaper.
  • Saturday, June 3

  • Faux sales nab shelter, school property   UPI / 8:50AM
    CHICAGO, June 3 (UPI) -- Property of a Chicago prep school and a homeless shelter are the latest items in a property sale scam allegedly traced to a disbarred attorney, a report says.
  • Wednesday, May 31

  • Suit claims Monroe memorabilia is fake   UPI / 8:11PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 31 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles lawsuit claims many of the items in a Marilyn Monroe exhibit aboard the Queen Mary are bogus.
  • Tuesday, May 30

  • Arizona leads U.S. in identity theft   UPI / 9:10AM
    PHOENIX, May 30 (UPI) -- Police in Arizona, which leads the nation in identity theft, say they're in a constant battle to keep up with the technology used to steal identities.
  • Monday, May 29

  • Chinese millionaire released from jail   UPI / 5:17AM
    SHANGHAI, China, May 28 (UPI) -- A Shanghai real estate developer has been released after spending three years in prison for fraud and price manipulation, Shanghai Daily reported.
  • Thursday, May 25

  • Chinese and U.S. scientists to cooperate   UPI / 4:57AM
    BEIJING, May 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Science Foundation opened an office in Beijing Wednesday, aimed at encouraging greater collaboration between Chinese and U.S. scientists.
  • Wednesday, May 24

  • Detention extended for ex-minister   UPI / 12:00AM
    MOSCOW, May 23 (UPI) -- A Russian court ruled Tuesday that Yevgeny Adamov, the former nuclear energy minister, can remain in custody until Aug. 8.
  • Tuesday, May 23

  • Indonesia's Suharto in worsening condition   UPI / 10:00AM
    JAKARTA, May 23 (UPI) -- Former Indonesian President Suharto suffered from fresh internal bleeding Tuesday as doctors in Jakarta struggled to locate the source, a report said.
  • Report: Iraqi society awash in corruption   UPI / 9:00AM
    BAGHDAD, May 23 (UPI) -- Iraq's political development is being hobbled by corruption among government ministers down to police officers accepting bribes, The Los Angeles Times reports.
  • Monday, May 22

  • Illegal aliens sue over alleged ID scheme   UPI / 8:30PM
    ELIZABETH, N.J., May 22 (UPI) -- A lawsuit claims that two former Salvation Army officers in New Jersey bilked illegal immigrants of thousands of dollars with a green card scheme.
  • Sunday, May 21

  • Kuwait sheik dissolves Parliament   UPI / 5:10PM
    KUWAIT CITY, May 21 (UPI) -- The emir of Kuwait said Sunday he has been forced to dissolve the country's Parliament.
  • Friday, May 19

  • Jackson accuser's mother to face trial   UPI / 7:01PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) -- The woman whose son accused pop star Michael Jackson of child molestation in 2003 will stand trial for welfare fraud and perjury in Los Angeles.
  • EU freezes assets of Belarus president   UPI / 4:17AM
    BRUSSELS, May 19 (UPI) -- The European Union has frozen the assets of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, considered Europe's last dictator, over the country's disputed election.
  • Tuesday, May 16

  • Hollywood producer pleads guilty in scam   UPI / 11:31PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- A producer pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday to scamming investors with a bogus TV show about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Hyundai to delay Czech factory work   UPI / 3:47PM
    SEOUL, May 16 (UPI) -- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co., whose chairman has been arrested, is indefinitely postponing construction of a car factory in the Czech Republic.
  • Monday, May 15

  • U.S. bars entry to Belarus officials   UPI / 10:00PM
    WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The United States has barred entry to members of the Belarus government and others because of "fraud" in the recent election in that country.
  • Hyundai chairman to be indicted   UPI / 5:00PM
    SEOUL, May 15 (UPI) -- South Korean prosecutors plan to indict the scandal-plagued head of Hyundai Motor Co.
  • Closing arguments begin in Enron trial   UPI / 12:30PM
    HOUSTON, May 15 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in the Houston fraud and conspiracy trial of Enron Corp.'s former leaders began closing arguments Monday in U.S. federal court.
  • Sunday, May 14

  • Charge: Bear's domestic really cleaned up   UPI / 11:00PM
    CHICAGO, May 14 (UPI) -- A housekeeper stole more than $251,000 from a former NFL player, forging his signature on checks and depositing them at her bank, Chicago prosecutors said.
  • Saturday, May 13

  • Shanghai dean fired for fake chip research   UPI / 6:10PM
    SHANGHAI, China, May 13 (UPI) -- Shanghai Jiatong University said Dean Chen Jin has been fired for fake research in developing the Hanxin computer digital-processing chip, a report said.
  • Thursday, May 11

  • Bush donor reportedly wants to admit guilt   UPI / 9:01PM
    TOLEDO, Ohio, May 11 (UPI) -- Tom Noe, the coin dealer and Republican fundraiser caught up in two Ohio scandals, has told a federal judge he wants to plead guilty.
  • Monday, May 1

  • Validity of key clinical trial questioned   UPI / 9:06PM
    NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- A key clinical trial for the antibiotic Ketek is being questioned after reports of patients suffering severe liver damage.
  • Woman claims husband kept her as slave   UPI / 5:11PM
    CHICAGO, May 1 (UPI) -- A woman suing her wealthy husband for divorce in Chicago claims she spent the last six years as a terrified slave enduring sadomasochistic assaults.
  • Sunday, April 30

  • Alleged fraud in Iraq security program   UPI / 1:31PM
    WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- A federal audit says that using private firms to train and equip Iraqis to safeguard oil pipelines and transmission towers is a failure.
  • Saturday, April 29

  • Fraud victims lose home   UPI / 12:01AM
    DEER PARK, N.Y., April 28 (UPI) -- A New York couple appears finally to have lost the house they lived in throughout their married life, victims of a fraudulent mortgage deal.
  • Friday, April 28

  • Head of Hyundai Motor Co. arrested   UPI / 2:27PM
    SEOUL, April 28 (UPI) -- South Korean authorities Friday arrested Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong Koo on charges of embezzlement and breach of trust.
  • Money laundering thrives in Dubai   UPI / 1:37PM
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 28 (UPI) -- Dubai's diverse economy and multi-national population make it attractive to money launderers who try to transfer large sums using e-mail and text messages.
  • Thursday, April 27

  • House puts off ethics reform debate   UPI / 7:08PM
    WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives halted debate Thursday on a lobbying reform bill, as Republicans struggled to find agreement among themselves on the issue.
  • Sunday, April 23

  • Tainted blood victims allege cover-up   UPI / 9:01PM
    LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- British victims of tainted blood transfusions charge health officials with covering up details of the case by hiding documents.
  • Stolen tissue recipients tested for HIV   UPI / 9:30AM
    ATLANTA, April 23 (UPI) -- Atlanta-area patients who received grafts of human tissue from body parts stolen from funeral homes are being tested for hepatitis, syphilis and HIV/AIDS.
  • Thursday, April 20

  • Vietnam rocked by gambling scandal   UPI / 2:57PM
    HANOI, Vietnam, April 20 (UPI) -- Vietnam's communist party is set for a shake-up after it was learned 200 civil servants used $7 million of government funds to bet on European soccer games.
  • Actress pleads guilty in TV scam   UPI / 1:56PM
    LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) -- A would-be actress has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about a Hollywood producer's TV scam that bilked investors out of $5 million.
  • Millions seized from illegal Chinese banks   UPI / 11:36AM
    BEIJING, April 20 (UPI) -- China says its crackdown last year on foreign exchange transactions by illegal banks helped uncover 47 of them from whom $38 million were seized.
  • Sunday, April 9

  • DeLay not expected to fade away   UPI / 7:50PM
    WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Most on Capitol Hill have an opinion on the future of Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, when he leaves Congress but no one expects him fade from view, it was reported.
  • Tuesday, March 28

  • Feds may probe Camden test scores   UPI / 7:50PM
    CAMDEN, N.J., March 28 (UPI) -- There may be a federal investigation of what appear to be inflated test results in Camden, New Jersey's poorest city.
  • Wednesday, March 8

  • DNA: Yes, Snuppy is definitely a clone   UPI / 4:34PM
    SEOUL, March 8 (UPI) -- Seoul National University scientists investigating the work of disgraced cloning pioneer Woo Suk Hwang have found Snuppy is a genuine cloned dog.
  • Monday, March 6

  • Stem cell expert admits faking data   UPI / 7:04AM
    SEOUL, March 6 (UPI) -- South Korean stem cell expert Hwang Woo-suk Monday admitted to prosecutors he ordered the fabrication of research data for publication last year.
  • Thursday, March 2

  • Lawsuit filed over Nigerian e-mail scam   UPI / 10:34AM
    IRVINE, Calif., March 2 (UPI) -- A California doctor has filed a lawsuit to prevent his elderly psychiatrist father from losing any more money to a Nigerian e-mail scam.
  • Tuesday, February 28

  • Sophia Bush cites 'fraud' against Murray   UPI / 10:24PM
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- "One Tree Hill" star Sophia Bush has filed for an annulment in Los Angeles charging Chad Michael Murray, her co-star and husband of five months, with fraud.
  • Sunday, February 26

  • Man sentenced for deadly insurance fraud   UPI / 6:00PM
    CHICAGO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A former Chicago commodities trader has been sentenced to 190 years in federal prison for an insurance scam that left his mother dead in a fire.
  • Saturday, February 25

  • Woman embezzles $1 million from hospital   UPI / 6:40PM
    LONDON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A British hospital manager has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the National Health Service of more than $1 million.
  • Tuesday, February 21

  • Ohio home buyers claim fraud   UPI / 9:45PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Buyers of houses in two Ohio subdivisions have sued the developer claiming that they are victims of predatory lending.
  • 'Maid to the stars' gets prison term   UPI / 7:50PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- A New York housekeeper was sentenced to one to three years in prison Tuesday for "cleaning out" her celebrity employers' valuables.
  • Japan to require insurance on house sales   UPI / 6:40AM
    TOKYO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Sales of new houses or condominiums in Japan will soon have to include liability insurance, following a scandal over structural defects in new buildings.
  • Monday, February 6

  • Hollywood P.I. indicted on federal charges   UPI / 8:40PM
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano Monday pleaded not guilty to a 110-count federal indictment charging him with spying on celebrities and others.
  • Many think direct deposit via Net   UPI / 12:10AM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Nearly half of U.S. adults think direct deposit of payments of wages or government benefits go via the Internet to a checking account, a survey finds.
  • Saturday, February 4

  • Guilty Defense official blames businessman   UPI / 1:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The former U.S. Defense Department official who arranged to bilk millions in Iraqi reconstruction money said a U.S. businessman started the scheme.
  • Wednesday, February 1

  • Label founder and rapper arrested in Miami   UPI / 9:51PM
    MIAMI, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Cash Money Records founder and rapper Bryan "The Birdman" Williams has been arrested on weapons and fraud charges in Miami Beach.
  • 'Pieces' to include Frey explanation   UPI / 5:16PM
    NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The next 100,000 copies of "A Million Little Pieces" will include author James Frey's admission he "altered events and details all the way through the book."
  • Monday, January 30

  • Pinochet daughter free on bail   UPI / 10:40PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The eldest daughter of ex-Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was released on bail Monday after being arrested on passport fraud and tax evasion charges.
  • Raid nets 50,000 pirated CDs and DVDs   UPI / 9:41PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- New York police arrested three men and seized an estimated 50,000 illegally copied DVDs and CDs being peddled on the streets.
  • Saturday, January 28

  • Malaysian raids net piracy equipment   UPI / 9:20PM
    JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Malaysian police and government agents raided factories and seized equipment that could have produced more than 81 million pirated films.
  • Warner Bros. reconsiders Frey film   UPI / 6:30PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Author James Frey's confession that he made up parts of his best-seller "A Million Little Pieces" has Warner Bros. reconsidering plans to make a film version.
  • Friday, January 27

  • Los Angeles sues video game maker   UPI / 5:11PM
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Los Angeles is suing Rockstar Games for embedding sex scenes in its popular videogame, "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas."
  • Wednesday, January 25

  • Illinois lawmakers consider imposter bill   UPI / 8:51PM
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Former Supreme Mary Wilson sang a little and testified a lot about an Illinois bill to keep new bands from using the names of established groups.
  • 'Survivor' Hatch convicted of tax evasion   UPI / 5:01PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch was convicted by a federal jury in Providence, R.I., Wednesday of tax evasion and filing a false tax return.
  • Seoul cool to U.S. sanctions on N. Korea   UPI / 3:36AM
    SEOUL, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The United States has asked for South Korea's cooperation in preventing North Korean financial crimes, but Seoul says no additional measures are necessary.
  • Tuesday, January 24

  • Experts: Chinese map likely phony   UPI / 8:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A recently unveiled map purporting to show a Chinese explorer discovered America in 1418 has been met with skepticism from cartographers and historians.
  • Monday, January 23

  • Norwegian scientist admits more cheating   UPI / 4:51PM
    OSLO, Norway, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A Norwegian researcher who started a scandal by admitting fabricating an article in the medical journal The Lancet has admitted additional cheating.
  • Wednesday, January 18

  • Jailed congressman has art time revoked   UPI / 8:40PM
    CLEVELAND, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The price of art by former U.S. Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio, for sale on eBay has skyrocketed now that he is not permitted to paint.
  • Friday, January 13

  • Science retracts cloning articles   UPI / 6:16PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- The journal Science has retracted two articles by a discredited South Korean scientist who claimed production of a stem-cell line from a cloned human embryo.
  • Thursday, January 12

  • U.S. to show proof of North Korean fraud   UPI / 6:50AM
    SEOUL, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. officials will visit Seoul this month with evidence of North Korea's counterfeiting of U.S. dollars, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea said Thursday.
  • Tuesday, January 10

  • Taxpayers not told about frozen refunds   UPI / 9:11PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The taxpayer advocate, in an annual report to Congress, said that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service froze thousands of refunds without notifying taxpayers.
  • Kim Jong Il on visit to China   UPI / 3:40AM
    BEIJING, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il entered China aboard his armored train early Tuesday, crossing the border amid tight security.
  • Monday, January 9

  • Jury selection to start in Hatch trial   UPI / 8:30PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The tax evasion and fraud trial of "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch won't begin in Providence, R.I., until the week's end, a court clerk said Monday.
  • Scientist admits cloned stem cells faked   UPI / 6:40AM
    SEOUL, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk has admitted that embryonic stem cells he purportedly cloned last year were faked, local press reported Monday.
  • Sunday, January 8

  • Hastert wants to tighten lobbyist rules   UPI / 10:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert says the House will move to tighten the rules governing lobbyists' access to lawmakers.
  • Saturday, January 7

  • Five former San Diego officials indicted   UPI / 8:20AM
    SAN DIEGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Former top San Diego city employees have been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and mail fraud in an ongoing corruption probe.
  • Friday, January 6

  • Art store raids net alleged illegals   UPI / 9:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A raid on 11 San Francisco art stores catering to tourists and suspected of selling fakes and illegal ivory netted 29 arrests on immigration violations.
  • Thursday, January 5

  • Bush, lawmakers separate from Abramoff   UPI / 11:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- President Bush and U.S. lawmakers have moved to dump thousands of dollars in campaign donations from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
  • Wednesday, January 4

  • Chinese journalist freed from prison   UPI / 4:46AM
    DALIAN, China, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping, imprisoned for reports on official corruption, has been freed ahead of an expected U.S. visit by President Hu Jintao.
  • Tuesday, January 3

  • Monitors investigate Iraqi election   UPI / 8:46PM
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A team of international monitors in Iraq is reviewing complaints of fraud and voter intimidation during last month's parliamentary elections.
  • Virgin affiliate accused of tax evasion   UPI / 7:51PM
    TOKYO, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Virgin Entertainment Japan Ltd. has been accused of concealing about $36 million in income in 2004, reported Yomiuri Shimbun Tuesday.
  • Tuesday, December 27

  • Hwang associates gave key witness $30,000   UPI / 7:10AM
    SEOUL, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Two members of a stem-cell research team allegedly gave $30,000 to a former member of the group to retract comments about fabricating research data.
  • Thursday, December 22

  • Judge says no to Hatch trial delay   UPI / 9:40PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch has lost his bid for a delay of his Providence, R.I., trial on charges of federal tax evasion.
  • Tuesday, December 20

  • Authorities investigate canceled rap show   UPI / 3:15AM
    DOTHAM, Ala., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Alabama prosecutors in two counties were investigating a canceled hip-hop concert that left local businesses out of thousands of dollars.
  • Saturday, December 17

  • Iraqi group says voters were threatened   UPI / 12:20PM
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The National Iraqi list, the election bloc headed by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, accused other groups Saturday of intimidating voters.
  • Friday, December 16

  • Conrad Black trial set for March 2007   UPI / 2:40PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The former head of Hollinger International Inc. has 15 months to prepare a defense against U.S. charges of fraud and related offenses.
  • Thursday, December 15

  • N.Korea channeling funds through Austria   UPI / 5:15AM
    SEOUL, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- North Korea is channeling financial transactions through Austria after U.S. sanctions closed its banking access in Macau, South Korean sources said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, December 14

  • Gambling ring on reality TV smashed   UPI / 7:40PM
    LONDON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- An Internet gambling site has smashed a betting scam that was raking in a fortune from wagers based on inside tips on the outcome of reality TV shows.
  • Iraq seizes forged ballots at Iran border   UPI / 9:50AM
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Iraqi border police have seized several thousand forged ballots in a truck entering the country from Iran, but fear other loads managed to get through.
  • Friday, December 9

  • Feds investigate missing bank accounts   UPI / 5:26PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The FBI and U.S. Bank are investigating money missing from dozens of accounts opened mostly by low-wage earning Mexican immigrants.
  • Tuesday, December 6

  • State Farm hit by $8M in punitive damages   UPI / 1:00PM
    HOLTON, Kan., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A Holton, Kan., judge awarded more than $8 million to a Kansas woman and her brother-in-law, who claimed State Farm Insurance maliciously prosecuted them.
  • Monday, December 5

  • Dr. Phil admits diet product ignorance   UPI / 11:40AM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The New York Daily News has acquired e-mail in which TV star "Dr. Phil" McGraw admits knowing little about diet products he's being sued for endorsing.
  • Thursday, December 1

  • Conrad Black keeps appointment with judge   UPI / 5:20PM
    CHICAGO, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Conrad Black, a Canadian press baron turned British lord turned U.S. defendant, was arraigned Thursday in Chicago.
  • Saturday, November 26

  • Election protests planned in Azerbaijan   UPI / 5:20PM
    BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Police in the capital of Azerbaijan broke up a demonstration Saturday protesting alleged fraud in the recent election.
  • Friday, November 25

  • Marriage of convenience turns sour   UPI / 10:10PM
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Officials in Virginia Beach, Va., say they have noticed a rise in marriages between U.S. citizens, often Navy men, and Eastern Europeans.
  • Tuesday, November 22

  • His indicted lordship stands up his honor   UPI / 11:20AM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Conrad Black, the one-time press baron indicted for fraud by Chicago authorities, did not appear for his scheduled Tuesday arraignment.
  • Friday, November 18

  • Lord Black says he is innocent of fraud   UPI / 10:40AM
    LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Canadian-born Conrad Black, indicted in a U.S. fraud case, is professing his innocence.
  • Thursday, November 17

  • Herpes study withdrawn over manipulation   UPI / 4:40PM
    PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Groundbreaking herpes virus research will be retracted and looked at again after scientists suspect data manipulation.
  • U.S. indicts Conrad Black for fraud   UPI / 3:40PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. officials filed fraud charges Thursday against the former head of Hollinger International Inc., a once-great newspaper group, and his associates.
  • Friday, November 11

  • Former Uriah Heep singer guilty of fraud   UPI / 8:20PM
    NAPSBURY, England, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A former lead singer for British prog-rockers Uriah Heep claimed "hard times" forced him to illegally seek council tax benefits.
  • Thursday, November 10

  • Cancer faker gets two years in jail   UPI / 3:50PM
    RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A Richmond, Va., woman who lied about having terminal cancer to friends and co-workers at the police department has been sentenced to two years in jail.
  • Wednesday, November 9

  • Chile says Pinochet OK to stand trial   UPI / 10:31PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Chilean physicians said the country's former dictator Augusto Pinochet is well enough to stand trial, El Mercurio reported online Wednesday.
  • Millionaire accused of faking own death   UPI / 10:20PM
    SYDNEY, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- An Australian millionaire who allegedly faked his own death to collect on $2.8 million in life insurance has been found.
  • Tuesday, November 8

  • Non-card fraud up sharply in Britain   UPI / 4:50PM
    LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Bank card fraud is falling in Britain as chip and personal identification number technologies frustrate more and more thieves.
  • Monday, November 7

  • FEMA fraud claimed in Detroit   UPI / 10:45PM
    DETROIT, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency allegedly was the victim of widespread fraud following heavy rainstorms in Detroit in September 2000.
  • Saturday, November 5

  • Former Mouseketeer in trouble again   UPI / 5:34PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A Mouseketeer from TV's 1950s "Mickey Mouse Club" has been charged with mail fraud for taking more than $300,000 in payouts from a class-action suit.
  • Friday, October 28

  • Australian company cleared in Iraq scandal   UPI / 7:06AM
    CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- An Australian wheat exporter said Friday it had no idea that $221 million it paid to transport wheat in Iraq was channeled to former President Saddam Hussein.
  • Tuesday, October 25

  • China arrests Libyans in banking crackdown   UPI / 6:10AM
    BEIJING, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Beijing police detained 41 suspects, including five from Libya, for running underground banks that transferred millions of dollars in and out of China.
  • Monday, October 24

  • Corruption rampant in China's banks   UPI / 5:16AM
    BEIJING, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Corrupt bank officials stole $198 million from China's state-owned commercial banks in the first half of this year, official media have reported.
  • Wednesday, October 19

  • Pinochet: Immunity on fraud charges lifted   UPI / 8:40PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet Wednesday had his immunity from prosecution stripped in connection with tax fraud charges.
  • Tuesday, October 18

  • Refco files for bankruptcy, selling units   UPI / 8:21AM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Refco Inc., New York's giant commodities and futures brokerage firm, has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of an accounting scandal.
  • Saturday, October 15

  • Federal task force gets Katrina scammers   UPI / 2:01PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- At least 34 people have been detained by federal investigators looking into fraudulent claims of Hurricane Katrina aid.
  • Thursday, October 13

  • Refco division down, CEO under arrest   UPI / 5:40PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- New York brokerage Refco Inc. Thursday closed an over-the-counter division, citing a shortage of cash.
  • Monday, October 10

  • Chinese activist missing after mob beating   UPI / 3:21AM
    GUANGZHOU, China, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A Chinese political activist who helped remove a village chief accused of embezzling is missing after being severely beaten by a mob in the village.
  • Wednesday, October 5

  • Dr. Phil sued over discontinued diet plan   UPI / 2:10PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- A fraud complaint filed in Los Angeles against TV's "Dr. Phil" McGraw over his diet plan could turn into a nationwide class-action suit.
  • Monday, October 3

  • Major fraud alleged in Afghan election   UPI / 11:10AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- U.N. monitors say Afghanistan's Sept. 18 parliamentary elections were marred by significant fraud and voter intimidation.
  • Thursday, September 29

  • Macau government takes charge of bank   UPI / 4:55AM
    MACAU, China, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The Macau government has taken over management of the Banco Delta Asia bank following a U.S. report that the bank was helping North Korea launder money.
  • Wednesday, September 28

  • Pair wins $800,000 from State Farm   UPI / 9:21PM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Two Missouri people acquitted of automobile insurance fraud were awarded $800,000 in damages for malicious prosecution of their case.
  • Man poses as Mick Jagger at N.Y. club   UPI / 7:01PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A man posing as rock star Mick Jagger got the VIP treatment from a New York nightclub including free drinks, a security guard and lots of attention.
  • Tuesday, September 27

  • 700 identities stolen from Canadian bank   UPI / 10:40AM
    MONTREAL, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A Canadian bank has urged 700 clients to close accounts and cancel credit cards after an employee's laptop computer was stolen.
  • Saturday, September 24

  • Calif. man arrested in TV show con   UPI / 12:55PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A California man was arrested for allegedly bilking investors out of millions for a non-existent TV show he said was backed by President Bush.
  • Monday, September 19

  • Macau bank cuts North Korean ties, for now   UPI / 8:50AM
    MACAU, China, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A Macau bank has temporarily cut ties with North Korea after U.S. authorities accused it of money laundering for Pyongyang.
  • Tuesday, September 13

  • Woman gets 30 days for cancer fraud   UPI / 11:40PM
    SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A Utah woman who received more than $5,000 from friends, neighbors and even children by claiming to have cancer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail.
  • Chinese bankers reject plea bargain   UPI / 6:05AM
    RENO, Nev., Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Two Chinese bank officials who fled to the United States after being charged with embezzlement have rejected a plea bargain that would protect their families.
  • Monday, September 12

  • Companies offering ID theft insurance   UPI / 11:10AM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. insurance companies are reporting a surge in the sales of identity theft policies employers have begun offering employees as a low-cost benefit.
  • Thursday, September 8

  • Electronic con artists using Katrina   UPI / 9:00PM
    BOONE, N.C., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The Web site scambusters.org warns grifters and scam artists are already taking advantage of impulses to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
  • 'Survivor' winner indicted for tax evasion   UPI / 6:40PM
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury Thursday indicted "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch on charges of tax evasion and using charitable donations for personal expenses.
  • Tuesday, September 6

  • Jackson accuser's mom pleads innocent   UPI / 8:40PM
    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The mother of the boy who accused Michael Jackson of molestation pleaded innocent to five charges of welfare fraud in Los Angeles Tuesday.
  • Wednesday, August 31

  • Jailed Russian makes Parliament run   UPI / 8:40PM
    MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- An imprisoned ex-oil tycoon said he will run for Parliament in Russia, MosNews reports.
  • Monday, August 29

  • Switzerland may send Adamov to Russia   UPI / 10:54PM
    GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Former Russian Nuclear Minister Yevgeny Adamov reportedly has agreed to extradition from Switzerland to Russia to face fraud charges.
  • Tuesday, August 23

  • Russian businessman on jail hunger strike   UPI / 11:10PM
    MOSCOW, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once the richest man in Russia, has gone on a prison hunger strike to protest the treatment of his former partner.
  • 'Lost hiker' charged with insurance fraud   UPI / 10:20PM
    ST. GEORGE, Utah, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A man who turned up in Australia after he disappeared from a Utah campground has been charged with insurance fraud.
  • Mom of Jackson accuser charged   UPI / 6:21PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The mother of the teen who accused Michael Jackson of molesting him has been charged in Los Angeles with welfare fraud and perjury.
  • Monday, August 22

  • SEC charges two former Bristol-Myers execs   UPI / 6:32PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. officials Monday charged two former Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. managers with fraud in an alleged plot to manipulate earnings data in 2000 and 2001.
  • Friday, August 19

  • Singapore fines Chinese jet fuel company   UPI / 12:50PM
    SINGAPORE, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Singapore's central bank has fined a Chinese state-owned jet fuel company's parent $4.8 million for selling shares in a firm right before it collapsed.
  • Thursday, August 18

  • U.S. charges ex-Hollinger exec with fraud   UPI / 4:20PM
    CHICAGO, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors have charged former Chicago Sun-Times publisher David Radler, one-time president of Hollinger International Inc., with fraud.
  • Saturday, August 13

  • No charges in Canada secret recording case   UPI / 12:00PM
    OTTOWA, Ontario, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian investigators say they will not charge anyone involved in secret recordings of federal officials.
  • Thursday, August 11

  • Chile arrests Pinochet's wife and a son   UPI / 12:10AM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Chile has arrested the wife and youngest son of former military dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges they aided him in a tax fraud scheme.
  • Wednesday, August 10

  • Investigation finds FEMA fraud in Florida   UPI / 9:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- An investigation into illegal payments to Florida storm victims shows there were nearly three times as many funeral claims as official 2004 storm deaths.
  • Scandal at Volkswagen deepens   UPI / 6:50AM
    BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- New information in the fraud and bribery scandal at German carmaker Volkswagen AG has seriously implicated former personnel chief Klaus-Joachim Gebauer.
  • Monday, August 8

  • U.N. oil-for-food acts evoke guilty plea   UPI / 7:34PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A former U.N. procurement officer has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering in Manhattan federal court.
  • Sunday, August 7

  • Bush nominee's company faces lawsuits   UPI / 10:50AM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- President Bush's nominee for ambassador to the Netherlands is the head of a company rife with lawsuits.
  • Saturday, August 6

  • U.S. auto rates drop for some   UPI / 2:15PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Many U.S. drivers are finding their car insurance rates dropped, and this year, auto premiums are estimated to rise only 1.5 percent.
  • Thursday, August 4

  • Harvard settles conflict-of-interest claim   UPI / 7:11PM
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department has settled a suit against Harvard University involving two staffers who invested in Russia while advising on the Russian economy.
  • Wednesday, August 3

  • New charges in New Orleans corruption case   UPI / 3:51PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Six more people were charged in New Orleans in an alleged scheme to skim money from an $81 million energy-saving contract under former Mayor Marc Morial.
  • Banks to repay losses by stolen cash cards   UPI / 8:20AM
    TOKYO, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Japan's upper house of legislature passed a bill requiring financial institutions to compensate consumers' losses because of counterfeit or stolen cash cards.
  • Monday, August 1

  • Ameriquest chief nominated as ambassador   UPI / 8:10PM
    HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- President Bush has nominated Ameriquest founder Roland Arnall as the next ambassador to the Netherlands.
  • Saturday, July 30

  • Canadian high court urges Internet control   UPI / 11:50AM
    OTTAWA, July 30 (UPI) -- The Canadian Supreme Court is urging Parliament to pass clearer laws against Internet crime.
  • Wednesday, July 27

  • Guatemala wants ex-leader back for trial   UPI / 8:01PM
    GUATEMALA CITY, July 27 (UPI) -- Guatemalan authorities are seeking the extradition of former President Alfonso Portillo from Mexico on corruption and embezzlement charges.
  • Man sentenced in student visa scam   UPI / 6:40PM
    BECKLEY, W.Va., July 27 (UPI) -- The ex-president of Education Management Services was sentenced in West Virginia to four years in prison for a fraudulent student visa scheme.
  • Monday, July 25

  • Photographer guilty in Cameron Diaz case   UPI / 8:21PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 25 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles jury convicted a photographer of perjury, forgery and attempted theft for signing Cameron Diaz' name to a release of topless photos.
  • Sunday, July 24

  • N.J. woman accused in Simpson scam   UPI / 2:21PM
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., July 24 (UPI) -- New Jersey police say a woman posed as an assistant to singer/actress Jessica Simpson and scammed a slew of expensive swag she planned on selling on eBay.
  • Friday, July 22

  • VW to pay Indian state $2.44 million   UPI / 12:50PM
    WOLFSBURG, Germany, July 22 (UPI) -- Volkswagen AG will pay an Indian state nearly $2.44 million to compensate for the damage done by a top company executive in a fraud and bribery scandal.
  • Photographer denies forging Diaz signature   UPI / 7:01AM
    LOS ANGELES, July 22 (UPI) -- The man accused of forging Cameron Diaz's signature on a release for topless photos he took of her, says someone else must have done it.
  • Tuesday, July 19

  • Former Russian minister in Swiss custody   UPI / 10:50PM
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 19 (UPI) -- Former Russian Nuclear Energy Minister Yevgeni Adamov must remain in Swiss custody while a court decides on his extradition.
  • Monday, July 18

  • Tobacco case reaches high court   UPI / 4:44PM
    WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to reverse a lower-court ruling that gutted its $280 billion suit against the tobacco industry.
  • Report: N.Y. Medicaid rife with fraud   UPI / 11:10AM
    NEW YORK, July 18 (UPI) -- New York has the most expensive Medicaid program in the United States, and it is rife with fraud and corruption, the New York Times said Monday.
  • Corruption affair at German chip maker   UPI / 4:05AM
    MUNICH, Germany, July 18 (UPI) -- A top manager of German computer chip maker Infineon has resigned amid a fraud and bribery scandal.
  • Thursday, July 14

  • Bank of China executives face trial   UPI / 8:40AM
    CHANGCHUN, China, July 14 (UPI) -- The corruption trial of Liu Jinbao, former vice chairman of the Bank of China in Hong Kong, ended in Changchun Thursday but no verdict was announced.
  • Wednesday, July 13

  • Feds: Xenadrine weight loss claims false   UPI / 8:25PM
    WASHINGTON, July 13 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission has accused RTC Research & Development LLC of making false weight loss claims for its dietary supplement Xenadrine EFX.
  • Manila anti-Arroyo protest draws thousands   UPI / 6:45AM
    MANILA, Philippines, July 13 (UPI) -- A planned protest in Manila calling for the resignation of Philippine President Gloria Arroyo drew some 30,000 people Wednesday, below organizers' expectations.
  • Friday, July 8

  • Kickback scandal at tinplate manufacturer   UPI / 7:10AM
    ANDERNACH, Germany, July 8 (UPI) -- Three members of the board of directors of a German tinplate manufacturer have resigned after being accused of misusing company funds.
  • Thursday, July 7

  • PA urged to approve churchman's dismissal   UPI / 8:00AM
    AMMAN, Jordan, July 7 (UPI) -- A Jordanian legislator Thursday urged the Palestinian Authority to approve the dismissal of Jerusalem's Greek Orthodox Patriarch over illegal property deals.
  • Tuesday, July 5

  • FTC goes after diet pill CortiSlim   UPI / 9:11PM
    LOS ANGELES, July 5 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission is going after CortiSlim, a pill distributed by a California company that claims it reduces weight by cutting down on stress.
  • Saturday, July 2

  • New corporate laws no magic bullet   UPI / 10:30AM
    NEW YORK, July 2 (UPI) -- Lawyers say that requiring CEOs to certify their companies' financial filings is not making fraud prosecutions easier in the United States.
  • Thursday, June 30

  • Ebbers parting with fortune to settle suit   UPI / 2:10PM
    NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- WorldCom Inc. founder Bernard Ebbers, facing life in prison for the world's biggest corporate fraud, is turning over nearly all his assets to burned investors.
  • Wednesday, June 29

  • Ebbers faces rest of life behind bars   UPI / 8:50AM
    NEW YORK, June 29 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors want the founder of WorldCom Inc., convicted of the most expensive business fraud case in history, to spend the rest of his life in prison.
  • Tuesday, June 28

  • 'Lord of the Rings' director sues New Line   UPI / 12:00PM
    LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- "Lord of the Rings" Director Peter Jackson earned about $200 million for the Oscar-winning trilogy but says New Line Cinema owes him up to $100 million more.
  • Monday, June 27

  • Giant law firm linked to fraud, conspiracy   UPI / 8:40AM
    LOS ANGELES, June 27 (UPI) -- A giant New York law firm that reaped tens of billions in class-action lawsuit awards faces possible indictment for decades of alleged misdeeds.
  • Wednesday, June 22

  • Lindsay Lohan's uncle charged with fraud   UPI / 12:40PM
    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y., June 22 (UPI) -- Actress Lindsay Lohan's uncle, Paul Sullivan of Old Bethpage, N.Y., was arrested on charges he scammed $132,000 from a Sept. 11, 2001, disaster relief loan.
  • Monday, June 20

  • Japanese credit card info leaked in U.S.   UPI / 4:30AM
    TOKYO, June 20 (UPI) -- Data on some 6,500 MasterCard holders in Japan may have been stolen through a security breach reported in the United States, the Yomiuri Shimbun said Monday.
  • Saturday, June 11

  • More scandal in Ohio workers' comp case   UPI / 7:51PM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 11 (UPI) -- There are new revelations about the scandal-plagued Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, that it borrowed $250 million from money earmarked for the disabled.
  • Thursday, June 9

  • Japanese tycoon headed for trial   UPI / 11:06AM
    TOKYO, June 9 (UPI) -- Tokyo prosecutors are preparing for the trial of Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, one of Japan's most powerful and wealthy tycoons, the long-time head of Seibu Railways Co.
  • Tuesday, June 7

  • Whistle-blower beaten   UPI / 1:50PM
    SANTA FE, N.M., June 7 (UPI) -- A whistle-blower at the Los Alamos National Laboratory was reportedly severely beaten in the parking lot of a Santa Fe, N.M., topless bar.
  • Disney fails to get lawsuit dismissed   UPI / 1:40PM
    WILMINGTON, Del., June 7 (UPI) -- A Delaware court rejected a request by the Walt Disney Co. to dismiss a lawsuit filed by ex-directors who say the studio lied about how it picks directors.
  • Monday, June 6

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor sues daughter   UPI / 1:10PM
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has filed suit in California, alleging her daughter forged her signature to steal $2 million.
  • Saturday, June 4

  • Jordan Islamists seek to punish Chalabi   UPI / 7:34AM
    AMMAN, Jordan, June 4 (UPI) -- Jordan Islamic lawmakers called on Prime Minister Adnan Badran Saturday to exclude Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi from a general amnesty.
  • Thursday, June 2

  • Guilty verdict in S. African graft trial   UPI / 8:30AM
    DURBAN, South Africa, June 2 (UPI) -- South Africa was rocked Thursday when a judge found a financial adviser to the deputy president guilty of defrauding the government.
  • Japan issues new ID cards for foreigners   UPI / 8:04AM
    TOKYO, June 2 (UPI) -- Japan has begun issuing new high-tech alien registration cards to cut down on forgeries and alterations by foreigners seeking to overstay their visas.
  • Monday, May 30

  • Police doubt tale of WWII soldiers   UPI / 4:44AM
    GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines, May 30 (UPI) -- Philippine security forces suspect that reports of lost Japanese soldiers in Mindanao may be a scam, as evidence emerged that one, at least, was not Japanese.
  • Saturday, May 28

  • Official invested public money in coins   UPI / 1:14AM
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 27 (UPI) -- The director of Ohio's Bureau of Workers Compensation has resigned following the revelation that he invested $50 million in public money in rare coins.
  • Friday, May 27

  • Clinton finance director cleared   UPI / 4:01PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's former national finance director was aquitted by a Los Angeles jury Friday of campaign fraud.
  • Swiss insurer admits to weak accounting   UPI / 12:40PM
    ZURICH, Switzerland, May 27 (UPI) -- Switzerland's Zurich Financial Services AG said Friday that some of its international units, including two Australian groups, artificially boosted earnings.
  • Thursday, May 26

  • Boston U2 fans stung with fake tickets   UPI / 1:30PM
    BOSTON, May 26 (UPI) -- Hundreds of U2 fans in Boston paid as much as $2,000 for tickets that turned out to be photocopies and completely worthless.
  • Toronto judge: 'Put 'em back, Mr. Black'   UPI / 1:00PM
    TORONTO, May 26 (UPI) -- A Toronto judge has ordered embattled financier Conrad Black to return 12 boxes he carried out of an office from which he is about to be evicted.
  • Wednesday, May 25

  • AIG bracing for N.Y. civil complaint   UPI / 9:10AM
    NEW YORK, May 25 (UPI) -- American International Group Inc. is bracing for a New York state civil complaint that accuses the insurance giant of bad accounting and deception.
  • Thursday, May 19

  • Defense offers to pay jurors in Enron case   UPI / 4:08PM
    HOUSTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Ex-Enron Broadband Services executives on trial in Houston offered to supplement jury pay after learning some jurors complained about the lengthy trial.
  • Former Russian minister to be sent home   UPI / 10:24AM
    MOSCOW, May 19 (UPI) -- Russian officials say they will not allow former Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov to be sent to the United States to face embezzlement charges.
  • Tuesday, May 17

  • Indian minister charged with embezzling   UPI / 10:40AM
    NEW DELHI, May 17 (UPI) -- A senior member of India's cabinet was charged Tuesday with siphoning $600,000 of state funds to buy animal fodder in the 1990s.
  • Jury socks Morgan Stanley with big fine   UPI / 10:00AM
    NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- A Florida jury has socked Morgan Stanley with an order to pay $604.3 million to an investor defrauded by the big New York bank.
  • Chalabi seeks trial in Jordan civil court   UPI / 6:00AM
    BAGHDAD, May 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi has asked for a trial in a Jordanian civil court on charges of embezzlement, refusing a possible royal pardon.
  • Friday, May 13

  • Minister sentenced for Dion extortion   UPI / 4:20PM
    LAS VEGAS, May 13 (UPI) -- A Las Vegas minister was sentenced to nine years in prison for trying to extort millions of dollars from the husband of singer Celine Dion.
  • Thursday, May 12

  • Robin Williams sues to halt impersonator   UPI / 1:01PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 12 (UPI) -- Oscar winner Robin Williams can get pretty wild at times but he's totally serious about an impersonator he has gone to court to try to stop.
  • Monday, May 9

  • Talabani to settle Chalabi Jordan case   UPI / 12:13PM
    ALGIERS, Algeria, May 9 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani says foreign troops will remain in place until the national army is restructured and rehabilitated.
  • Thursday, May 5

  • John Barrymore claims women defrauded son   UPI / 10:20PM
    LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- Drew Barrymore's half-brother has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles claiming that two women who offered to care for his brain-damaged son instead defrauded him.
  • Ind. man charged with bank fraud   UPI / 8:51PM
    ST. LOUIS, May 5 (UPI) -- An Indiana man has been indicted in St. Louis on charges involving a scheme to defraud three area banks, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.
  • Ex-Russian minister charged in Pittsburgh   UPI / 7:21PM
    PITTSBURGH, May 5 (UPI) -- A former Russian cabinet minister and a former U.S. nuclear engineer have been charged with stealing money to be used for Russian nuclear safety.
  • Nichols' brother refuses to pay taxes   UPI / 3:11PM
    DETROIT, May 5 (UPI) -- Lawyers in Michigan are looking to prosecute the brother of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols for his admitted failure to pay federal income taxes.
  • Wednesday, May 4

  • U.S. investigates alleged Iraq embezzle   UPI / 11:05PM
    WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. government has opened an embezzlement investigation aimed at officials who failed to account for nearly $100 million in Iraqi reconstruction funds.
  • Pakistan arrests fake software makers   UPI / 11:01AM
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 4 (UPI) -- Pakistan Thursday arrested 11 people for producing fake copies of software and compact discs, officials said.
  • Second British arrest made for vote fraud   UPI / 10:50AM
    BRADFORD, England, May 4 (UPI) -- British police made a second arrest Wednesday related to postal voting fraud in the run-up to Thursday's general election.
  • Thursday, April 28

  • Ary indicted for selling space artifacts   UPI / 1:34PM
    WICHITA, Kan., April 28 (UPI) -- Former Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center President Max Ary was indicted for fraud and theft of government property, including several space artifacts.
  • Indian flood 'hero' under investigation   UPI / 4:20AM
    PATNA, India, April 28 (UPI) -- The top administrator of an Indian state, named a "hero" by Time magazine, is being investigated for allegedly diverting $4 million in flood relief funds.
  • Thursday, April 21

  • Campus war hero branded phony   UPI / 6:50PM
    RALEIGH, N.C., April 21 (UPI) -- Lisa Jane Phillips, a Meredith College student, regaled many with her heroic war adventures but the campus police chief smelled a scam.
  • Thursday, April 14

  • Spain: Court finds bank head innocent   UPI / 6:21PM
    MADRID, April 14 (UPI) -- A Spanish court Thursday cleared Banco Santander Central Hispano President Emilio Botin of fraud charges, El Pais reported in its online edition.
  • Friday, April 8

  • Drummer says T-Bird 'born to stall'   UPI / 12:54PM
    DALLAS, April 8 (UPI) -- E-Street Band drummer and Conan O'Brien bandleader Max Weinberg is suing a Dallas car dealer over a deal that turned sour, "Celebrity Justice" reports.
  • Thursday, April 7

  • Internet access bid-rigging charged   UPI / 5:10PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 7 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in San Francisco Thursday indicted six companies and five individuals on charges of Internet program fraud at schools in seven states.
  • Gorton seeks DOJ probe into Wash. vote   UPI / 2:30PM
    SEATTLE, April 7 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., joined the fray in his state's election controversy, calling for a criminal probe of the ballot count in King County.
  • Canadian lawyers probed in mortgage scam   UPI / 1:30PM
    TORONTO, April 7 (UPI) -- Seventy-two Ontario lawyers are being investigated in a $300 million mortgage fraud scheme, the Toronto Star reported Thursday.
  • Wednesday, April 6

  • Report: FBI probes welds on new Bay bridge   UPI / 2:10PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., April 6 (UPI) -- The FBI is reportedly investigating the quality of the welding on the new Bay Bridge being built over San Francisco Bay.
  • Tuesday, April 5

  • Suit tests alleged online advertising scam   UPI / 1:10PM
    TEXARKANA, Ark., April 5 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed in Arkansas may determine the liability of Internet companies for a form of online advertising fraud.
  • Wednesday, March 30

  • Wal-Mart, Walgreens lose AbEnergizer suit   UPI / 9:50PM
    SAN DIEGO, March 30 (UPI) -- Walgreens Drug Stores and retail giant Wal-Mart have agreed to pay a $650,000 settlement with the Napa, Solano and San Diego, Calif., county district attorneys.
  • United States backs Annan   UPI / 8:32PM
    WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- The United States Wednesday refused to support the call for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to resign.
  • Black sued by his former company   UPI / 12:20PM
    TORONTO, March 30 (UPI) -- Canadian press baron Conrad Black is facing a $636 million misappropriation lawsuit from the company he once used to control his publishing empire.
  • Monday, March 28

  • China tells banks to stop fraud   UPI / 12:33AM
    BEIJING, March 28 (UPI) -- China has told its banks to step up measures to stop loan fraud and embezzlement amid a series of scandals over misconduct.
  • Thursday, March 24

  • U.N. to peacekeepers: Phone home, but pay   UPI / 3:00PM
    UNITED NATIONS, March 24 (UPI) -- The Ethiopia-Eritrea U.N. peacekeeping mission is trying to recover $364,000 in fraudulent telephone calls by troops and civilian personnel.
  • Monday, March 21

  • Violent protests spread to second city   UPI / 5:04AM
    OSH, Kyrgyzstan, March 21 (UPI) -- Opposition protesters have seized the regional administration building in Osh, Kyrgyzstan's second largest city, the Interfax news agency reported Monday.
  • Friday, March 18

  • Professor admits faking data   UPI / 6:10PM
    BURLINGTON, Vt., March 18 (UPI) -- A former University of Vermont professor has admitted faking data he submitted with applications for federal grants.
  • Victim loses $154,000 in e-mail scam   UPI / 5:50AM
    HONG KONG, March 18 (UPI) -- A Chinese-American engineer lost close to $154,000 in what is known as the Nigerian e-mail scam last year, a Hong Kong court has heard.
  • Thursday, March 17

  • Ex-KBR employee indicted in Kuwait case   UPI / 5:21PM
    PEORIA, Ill., March 17 (UPI) -- Two men, one an ex-employee of Kellogg, Brown & Root, were indicted in Illinois for alleged contract fraud in Kuwait, the Justice Department said Thursday.
  • Wednesday, March 16

  • Head of big Chinese bank leaves suddenly   UPI / 10:50AM
    BEIJING, March 16 (UPI) -- The abrupt departure of the head of one of China's largest banks is being seen as fallout from a corruption scandal, the BBC said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, March 15

  • Russian oligarch files for Ukrainian visa   UPI / 11:32PM
    KIEV, Ukraine, March 15 (UPI) -- Exiled Russian media oligarch Boris Berezovsky, living in Britain as a political refugee, has filed for a Ukrainian visa, a Ukrainian official said.
  • Graft probe at large Chinese bank   UPI / 5:40AM
    BEIJING, March 15 (UPI) -- The chairman of the China Construction Bank has been sacked and is being investigated for graft, the South China Morning Post reported Tuesday.
  • Monday, March 14

  • Miffed Mussolini starts hunger strike   UPI / 12:14PM
    FLORENCE, Italy, March 14 (UPI) -- The granddaughter of Italy's wartime dictator Benito Mussolini has gone on a hunger strike in Florence after being disqualified as a political candidate.
  • Friday, March 11

  • Mortgage fraud rules to be tightened   UPI / 10:40AM
    WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Treasury Department plans to crack down on mortgage fraud by requiring more financial institutions to report signs of such fraud.
  • Tuesday, March 8

  • Admissions hackers face rejection   UPI / 11:40PM
    PITTSBURGH, March 8 (UPI) -- Applicants who tried to get advance notice of their status at some of the most prestigious U.S. business schools may find that a costly act.
  • Saturday, February 26

  • 'Doctor' admits to unlicensed surgery   UPI / 2:10AM
    SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A California man faces up to 12 years in prison after admitting that he performed plastic surgery without a medical degree.
  • Thursday, February 24

  • EU raids glass maker in price-fixing probe   UPI / 4:31PM
    ST. HELEN''''S, England, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- European Union investigators raided the offices of Pilkington, a British glass-making firm, in a cartel investigation, the Financial Times reported Thursday.
  • Wednesday, February 23

  • Fake U.S. 'bad-news' soldier hunted   UPI / 8:30AM
    FORT STEWART, Ga., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. military police at Fort Stewart, Ga., are seeking a cruel hoaxer who told a woman her husband had been killed in Iraq, the Savannah Morning News reports.
  • China skimps on mine safety   UPI / 3:11AM
    BEIJING, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- China's watchdog agency for coal mine safety was quoted in state media Wednesday saying six billion dollars promised for improvements had not been delivered.
  • Friday, February 18

  • Oregon trio sentenced for tax scheme   UPI / 3:10PM
    PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Three people associated with the "Christian Patriot Association" have been sentenced in Oregon for tax violations, the Justice Department said Friday.
  • Home developer wrote 2,772 bad checks   UPI / 12:51PM
    INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors have charged an Indiana developer with fraud, money laundering and conspiracy for allegedly writing 2,772 bad checks for $217 million.
  • Thursday, February 17

  • Sharon's son could be facing indictment   UPI / 5:41PM
    JERUSALEM, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon escaped indictment Thursday in a 1999 campaign funding scandal, but his son Omri may not be so fortunate.
  • Tuesday, February 15

  • Lawsuit targets Seattle-area tax preparers   UPI / 4:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The Justice Department filed suit Tuesday to stop two Seattle-area men from helping customers use sham trusts to evade federal income taxes.
  • Parmalat bankers face Italian charges soon   UPI / 11:10AM
    MILAN, Italy, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Prosecutors investigating the collapse of Italian dairy giant Parmalat are ready to ask a Milan court to charge some of the company's big lenders with fraud.
  • Friday, February 11

  • Complaint targets alleged Calif. tax scam   UPI / 1:10PM
    FRESNO, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The Justice Department asked a judge in California Friday to bar a woman and her business, Vincent & Associates LP, from preparing tax returns for clients.
  • Wednesday, February 2

  • Electronic Harry Potter books are fakes   UPI / 2:54PM
    LONDON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- J.K. Rowling, author of the popular Harry Potter series, says anyone offering an electronic copy of her sixth book is a fraud, the Times of London reported.
  • Tuesday, February 1

  • Czech court upholds minister jail sentence   UPI / 2:04PM
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A five year jail sentence against former Czech Finance Minister Ivo Svoboda was upheld Monday by a Prague appeals court.
  • Thursday, January 27

  • FTC raps Spanish-speaking credit pitch   UPI / 9:31PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission is accusing two firms targeting Spanish-speaking consumers of violating federal law with claims they can improve credit ratings.
  • Wednesday, January 26

  • Bernie Ebbers finishes first day at trial   UPI / 10:30AM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The man at the heart of WorldCom's $11 billion accounting scandal was described to New York jurors as, alternately, being all virtue or all vice.
  • Tuesday, January 25

  • Japan public radio CEO, 2 aides resign   UPI / 2:20PM
    TOKYO, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Japanese public broadcaster NHK's top executive and two aides resigned as viewers refused to pay mandatory fees in the wake of an embezzlement scandal.
  • Friday, January 21

  • N. Calif. woman charged in embezzlement   UPI / 5:40PM
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Northern California woman has been charged with embezzling more than $700,000 from her employer and using the money to remodel her house.
  • Peru pressident to cooperate in probe   UPI / 9:33AM
    LIMA, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Peru President Alejandro Toledo says he will cooperate with an investigation into a possible signature forging scandal leading up to his election.
  • Wednesday, January 19

  • Wash. GOP levels specific fraud charges   UPI / 5:23PM
    SEATTLE, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Washington State Republicans have given a judge a list of specific irregularities from the November election, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said Wednesday.
  • Dupont Dow firm to plead in price-fixing   UPI / 3:52PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC will plead guilty and pay an $84 million fine for price-fixing of synthetic rubber, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, January 18

  • Man pleads in Oil-For-Food investigation   UPI / 5:10PM
    MANHATTAN, N.Y., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A man has pleaded guilty in Manhattan as an unregistered agent for pre-war Iraq in the U.N. oil-for-food program, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
  • Panel says Chen faked election shooting   UPI / 6:30AM
    TAIPEI, Taiwan, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A Taiwan commission has found that the shooting of President Chen Shui-bian and his running mate on the eve of the election was staged to win sympathy votes.
  • Friday, January 14

  • Class-action complaint filed against Taser   UPI / 9:03PM
    ATLANTA, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Georgia law firm Chitwood & Harley LLP said Friday it filed a class-action complaint charging Arizona-based Taser International, Inc. with securities fraud.
  • $600 million offered in Marsh fraud suit   UPI / 6:01PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Marsh & McLennan has offered $600 million to settle insurance bid-rigging charges filed by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
  • Thursday, January 13

  • Minorities get raw deal in mortgage market   UPI / 1:50PM
    DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Minorities living in less affluent neighborhoods are more likely to be charged more penalties in mortgage fees, an activist group reported Thursday.
  • Wednesday, January 12

  • Former Nortel execs triggered bonuses   UPI / 4:41PM
    TORONTO, D.C., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Former Nortel executives allegedly used inappropriate accounting methods to trigger large bonuses for management, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.
  • Judge issues warrant for 'Crazy Cabbie'   UPI / 2:01PM
    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A federal judge issued an arrest warrant for deejay Lee "Crazy Cabbie" Mroszak, who skipped a New York court hearing on tax charges and may be in drug rehab.
  • Tuesday, January 11

  • Grand jury indicts former AOL officials   UPI / 9:50AM
    ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- A federal grand jury in Virginia has indicted two former America Online executives and four associates on conspiracy and fraud charges.
  • Saturday, January 8

  • Catherine Deneuve questioned by police   UPI / 1:13AM
    PARIS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Two of France's most celebrated film stars, Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, have reportedly been questioned about the money they allegedly received for going to parties given by a suspected swindler.
  • Friday, January 7

  • Norwegian TV show host faces jail time   UPI / 9:50PM
    OSLO, Norway, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A former Norwegian game show host faces 80 days in jail for helping his former trainer hide assets.
  • Australian teens arrested for Web scam   UPI / 9:11PM
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- At least four Australian teens were arrested for participating in a Web banking scam that cost victims millions of dollars, silicon.com reports.
  • Thursday, January 6

  • Counterfeit bills turn up around Japan   UPI / 5:04AM
    TOKYO, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Counterfeit 10,000 yen notes, similar to bills passed at crowd-packed shrines and temples over the New Year holidays, are turning up throughout Japan.
  • Wednesday, January 5

  • SEC sues TV Azetca in fraud case   UPI / 2:11PM
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. and Mexican officials jointly investigated TV Azteca, a big Spanish TV programmer, and its chief executive before filing securities fraud charges.
  • Friday, December 31

  • Putin aide attends Khodorkovsky trial   UPI / 4:10PM
    MOSCOW, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A top aide to President Vladimir Putin visited the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky Friday, Interfax news agency reported.
  • Wednesday, December 29

  • Police accuse antique forgerers   UPI / 5:50PM
    TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Israeli Police indicted four antiquity collectors and dealers Wednesday for having forged artifacts to fetch high prices for them.
  • Infinity pulls Crazy Cabbie off the air   UPI / 5:30PM
    NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- New York deejay Crazy Cabbie has been pulled from K-ROCK in the wake of federal charges and a "meltdown" on the Howard Stern show, a report said.
  • Yukos founder rips Vladimir Putin   UPI / 10:30AM
    MOSCOW, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The former head of Russia's once-mighty Yukos oil group said President Vladimir Putin's drive to liquidate the company has been destructive and senseless.
  • Tuesday, December 28

  • LAPD nabs forged-art dealer   UPI / 2:10PM
    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police Tuesday sought the source of forged paintings allegedly sold to unsuspecting buyers by a Southern California physician.
  • Monday, December 27

  • Russia detecting more corruption   UPI / 3:01PM
    MOSCOW, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Russian police are uncovering more bribery and corruption than they did in past years, Interfax news agency reported Monday.
  • Friday, December 24

  • Lawmaker quits after campaigner's fraud   UPI / 5:50AM
    TOKYO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A member of Japan's lower house of Parliament resigned Friday rather than face dismissal because of her campaign worker's election violations.
  • Wednesday, December 22

  • Stewart says she's doing fine   UPI / 3:30PM
    ALDERSON, W.Va., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Martha Stewart says she's doing fine and spending her idle time exercising while serving her five-month sentence in a West Virginia minimum-security camp.
  • Japan indicts top UFJ executives   UPI / 10:20AM
    TOKYO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Japanese authorities have indicted the former vice president of a major bank for allegedly misleading regulators.
  • China raises penalties for pirating goods   UPI / 6:30AM
    BEIJING, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- China has set tougher penalties for copyright piracy in an effort to meet WTO requirements and appease the United States and other trading partners.
  • Tuesday, December 21

  • Ukrainian polls show Yushchenko ahead   UPI / 3:43AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Public opinion polls in Ukraine give opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko a 15 percent lead over Viktor Yanukovych in Sunday's presidential election rerun.
  • China's state television under scrutiny   UPI / 3:34AM
    BEIJING, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Chinese officials have ordered a thorough audit of the finances of state-owned China Central Television as evidence of irregularities at the station emerges.
  • Monday, December 20

  • FTC cracks down on envelope stuffing scams   UPI / 9:21PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Monday it has ended a fraudulent and misleading pitch for work-at-home envelope stuffing business opportunities.
  • Ukraine's candidates to debate on TV   UPI / 4:20AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Ukraine's two presidential candidates will meet Monday evening in a televised debate ahead of Sunday's repeat of the nation's disputed election.
  • Friday, December 17

  • UK credit scam crooks get 6 1/2 years   UPI / 3:20PM
    LONDON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Two Nigerian nationals face more than six years in prison for running what police say was the largest fake credit card and document operation in Britain.
  • Chinese whistle-blowing official detained   UPI / 6:10AM
    FUZHOU, FUJIAN, China, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Communist Party leader in south China's Fujian province who blew the whistle on local officials' corruption has been detained, along with his wife.
  • Thursday, December 16

  • N.Calif. man charged in $13 million scam   UPI / 6:10PM
    OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A California man was indicted Thursday on charges he swindled four banks out of $13 million in a scheme involving fraudulent loans sold.
  • Ex-Charter chief pleads guilty   UPI / 5:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- An ex-chief operating officer of Charter Communications Inc. pleaded guilty in St. Louis Thursday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
  • Wednesday, December 15

  • Diet patch manufacter and retailer charged   UPI / 6:01PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission Wednesday accused the makers and retailers of Weight Loss Patches with making false and unsubstantiated claims
  • Tuesday, December 14

  • Fake insurance sales on the rise   UPI / 10:01AM
    KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The National Association of Insurance Commissioners warned Tuesday there is a rise in fake insurance sales.
  • Friday, December 10

  • Stolen cars turn up in Jamaica   UPI / 11:31AM
    MIAMI, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Authorities said they are investigating a ring that took stolen cars from south Florida and elsewhere in the United States and disposed of them in Jamaica.
  • Wednesday, December 8

  • FTC seeks to stop CAMCO tactics   UPI / 10:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission says a federal judge has frozen the assets of the Capital Acquisitions & Management Co., a nationwide debt collection firm.
  • Tuesday, December 7

  • Japan plans passports with IC chips   UPI / 4:52AM
    TOKYO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A new kind of passport containing an integrated circuit chip is part of the Japanese government's anti-terrorism program, Yomiuri Shimbun reported Tuesday.
  • Monday, December 6

  • OSCE debates doubling Ukraine monitors   UPI / 3:50AM
    SOFIA, Bulgaria, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The European security organization OSCE is debating whether to nearly double the number of poll monitors at Ukraine's Dec. 26 election, the BBC reported Monday.
  • Friday, December 3

  • Microsoft sues for lewd 'spam'   UPI / 11:10AM
    SEATTLE, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Microsoft Corp. has filed class action lawsuits against vendors of sexually explicit commercial e-mail, the Seattle Post-Intelligence said Friday.
  • Thursday, December 2

  • Japanese mega-bank executives arrested   UPI / 5:32AM
    TOKYO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Japanese prosecutors Wednesday arrested three executives of UFJ Bank for allegedly falsifying and destroying documents to conceal bad loans.
  • Wednesday, December 1

  • Suit targets alleged La. tax scams   UPI / 3:11PM
    NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it has filed suit to stop two Louisiana men from selling an alleged tax scam.
  • Ukraine house votes to fire Yanukovych   UPI / 7:50AM
    KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Political chaos in the Ukraine entered its 10th day Wednesday as parliament voted to fire Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and form an interim government.
  • Tuesday, November 30

  • Insurer AIG to pay $80 million   UPI / 3:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Insurer American International Group, and two subsidiaries will pay $80 million to settle securities allegations, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
  • Friday, November 26

  • Chile seizes Pinochet assets   UPI / 6:00AM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Chilean officials have seized the assets of former dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet, La Tercera newspaper reported Friday.
  • Wednesday, November 24

  • AIG head investigated for manipulation   UPI / 2:40PM
    NEW YORK, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. prosecutors are investigating whether the head of American International Group manipulated the company's share price to cut the cost of a big acquisition.
  • Tuesday, November 23

  • U.S.: Ukraine poll result not final   UPI / 3:10PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said Tuesday Ukrainian authorities must address concerns of electoral fraud that have led to protests across the country.
  • Japanese firm admits lying about filters   UPI / 5:32AM
    TOKYO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A Japanese manufacturer misrepresented the ability of its top-selling filters to remove harmful particles from truck exhaust, Mainichi Shimbun reported Tuesday.
  • Monday, November 22

  • Attempted check fraud rises   UPI / 3:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., said Monday that attempted check fraud at U.S. banks rose last year.
  • Saturday, November 20

  • FTC settles credit repair scam charges   UPI / 10:40AM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- A Colorado telemarketer has agreed to settle federal charges he deceived consumers in financial distress of more than $200 each.
  • Thursday, November 18

  • Mark Thatcher on Guinea coup plot charge   UPI / 9:40AM
    LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Mark Thatcher has been charged by Equatorial Guinea over his role in an alleged coup plot, the country's government confirmed Thursday.
  • Wednesday, November 17

  • Suit targets Ill. man's alleged tax scam   UPI / 12:12PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The Justice Department asked a federal judge in Chicago Wednesday to stop sales of a tax scheme called the "Reliance Defense Package."
  • Tuesday, November 16

  • Spitzer sees new pleas in probe   UPI / 2:42PM
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- New York's Attorney General Eliot Spitzer told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday he expects his insurance industry probe to yield additional guilty pleas.
  • Saturday, November 13

  • Japanese man swindled for about $57,000   UPI / 5:30PM
    WARABI, Japan, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Japanese man has lost about $57,000 to con artists who pretended to be his surgeon son and a plaintiff in a non-existent fatal malpractice suit.
  • Friday, November 12

  • Jackson to protest outside Lehman Brothers   UPI / 6:52PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Lehman Brothers' handling of retirees' accounts is drawing fire from U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who says senior citizens have been victimized.
  • Wednesday, November 10

  • Illinois sues Internet diet fraud   UPI / 5:31PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing a Nevada company that used an Internet pop-up ad to deceptively market a fraudulent weight-loss product.
  • Thursday, November 4

  • Britain probes BAE, Saudi for fraud   UPI / 1:30PM
    LONDON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Britain's Serious Fraud Office is investigating suspected false accounting involving arms manufacturer BAE Systems and Saudi Arabia.
  • Wednesday, November 3

  • FTC files complaint against FuelMAX   UPI / 9:01PM
    CHICAGO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission has asked a judge to halt illegal spam used to make claims about an "automotive fuel saver" that doesn't save fuel.
  • Saturday, October 30

  • Air bags the subject of fraud   UPI / 3:30PM
    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Airbags protect millions of people in the United States, but they are expensive to replace once they have been deployed.
  • Friday, October 29

  • Japanese banker embezzles $9.2 million   UPI / 5:53AM
    TOKYO, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A former employee of Japan's Mizuho Bank faces charges for embezzling more than $9.2 million from customers' accounts and spending the money on gambling.
  • Putin aide predicts more tax probes   UPI / 5:43AM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- More Russian oil companies can expect Yukos-style investigations and tax cases, a top aide to President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
  • Thursday, October 28

  • England arrests six more for race fixing   UPI / 11:20AM
    LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Police in England have made six more arrests in a widespread crackdown on race fixing that has shaken the horse racing industry, the Telegraph said Thursday.
  • Two Colorado registration workers charged   UPI / 10:31AM
    DENVER, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Two workers in a Colorado voter registration drive Thursday faced charges of falsely filling out multiple voter forms to boost their pay.
  • Kanebo execs falsified earnings   UPI / 7:40AM
    TOKYO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- An in-house investigative team at Japanese cosmetics-maker Kanebo Ltd. has accused three executives with improprieties.
  • Wednesday, October 27

  • France offers info to oil-for-food probe   UPI / 11:10AM
    PARIS, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- In response to U.S. charges of fraud, France has offered classified documents to U.N. investigators looking into corruption in the Iraqi oil-for-food program.
  • Tuesday, October 26

  • Appeals court upholds Motorola   UPI / 11:50AM
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a $2.13 billion judgment for Motorola in its case against a wealthy Turkish family in a fraud case.
  • Thursday, October 21

  • Qwest said paying $250 million in probe   UPI / 4:50PM
    DENVER, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Qwest, the Denver-based phone service, is expected to pay $250 million to settle a three-year federal fraud investigation, it was reported Thursday.
  • Tuesday, October 19

  • Slim Down defendants pay $725,000   UPI / 9:41PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged Slim Down Solution LLC, Maderia Management, and others with misrepresenting their product.
  • Officials allege crack-for-registrations   UPI / 1:20PM
    DEFIANCE, Ohio, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A 22-year-old Defiance, Ohio, man faces a felony charge stemming from a scheme in which the man allegedly was to be given crack cocaine for registering voters.
  • Monday, October 18

  • Observers denounce Belarus election   UPI / 1:30PM
    MINSK, Belarus, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- International observers have denounced weekend elections and a referendum in Belarus as falling "significantly short" of international standards, the BBC said.
  • Friday, October 15

  • Marsh & McLennan accused of price fixing   UPI / 6:50PM
    NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The insurance brokerage arm of Marsh & McLennan has been charged with price fixing and collusion.
  • Wednesday, October 13

  • Company ordered to stop credit card calls   UPI / 8:50PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. federal court, acting on a federal complaint, has ordered a Canadian company to stop calling consumers and selling non-existent credit cards.
  • FTC warns about voter registration scams   UPI / 8:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission Wednesday issued warnings about voter registration scams used by identity thieves.
  • Tuesday, October 12

  • Sao Paulo ex-mayor indicted   UPI / 5:30PM
    SAO PAULO, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Sao Paulo's former Mayor Paulo Maluf and his son Flavio were indicted Tuesday on multiple felonies including tax invasion.
  • CFTC settles charges with Options Advisors   UPI / 2:20PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Tuesday it has settled fraud charges against Options Advisors in Clarendon Hill, Ill.
  • Monday, October 11

  • Russian security man faces kidnap charge   UPI / 3:10AM
    MOSCOW, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Russian police have detained a security services officer in connection with the kidnapping of a Dagestani businessman last month, the Moscow Times reported.
  • Saturday, October 9

  • NASA worker charged with fake inspections   UPI / 12:20AM
    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- A veteran NASA safety inspector appeared in court Friday in Florida to answer charges that he filed false reports of checks on the space shuttle.
  • Wednesday, October 6

  • Sun-Times' admits to circulation inflation   UPI / 12:30PM
    CHICAGO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The owner of Chicago's Sun-Times newspaper has admitted an eight-year scheme to inflate circulation by overstating daily sales by as many as 50,000 copies.
  • Officials probe voter registration forms   UPI / 11:31AM
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- The elections supervisors' office in Tallahassee, Fla., and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are questioning some voter registration forms.
  • Ex-Peregrine executives indicted   UPI / 11:31AM
    SAN DIEGO, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A San Diego grand jury indicted eight former executives of Peregrine Systems on securities fraud, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
  • U.S. says allies helped Iraq oil chicanery   UPI / 9:23AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Four allies blocked U.S. efforts to stop Saddam Hussein from pillaging funds from the United Nations oil-for-food program, the Washington Times said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, October 5

  • Corruption found in Iraqi oil-for-food   UPI / 10:10AM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Saddam Hussein routinely purchased military equipment for seven years with funds from the U.N. oil-for-food program, congressional investigators have learned.
  • Monday, October 4

  • Manufacturers laud counterfeit crackdown   UPI / 4:00PM
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The National Association of Manufacturers welcomed Monday U.S. efforts to crack down on counterfeit and pirated goods.
  • Saturday, October 2

  • Chile accuses Pinochet of tax evasion   UPI / 1:30PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Chile has filed a lawsuit against former dictator Augusto Pinochet, accusing him of fraud and tax evasion, La Tercera newspaper reported Saturday.
  • Wednesday, September 29

  • Martha Stewart to serve sentence in W.Va.   UPI / 3:30PM
    NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- TV icon Martha Stewart will serve her five-month prison sentence not in Connecticut as she had requested but in a rural town in West Virginia.
  • Mitsui employee embezzles $28 million   UPI / 8:00AM
    TOKYO, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Japan trading house Mitsui and Co. says that a former employee of its affiliate in the Netherlands has been arrested for pocketing $28 million over five years.
  • Tuesday, September 28

  • GEICO warns about glass repair   UPI / 2:53PM
    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- San Diego-based Government Employees Insurance Co. Tuesday warned California motorists to avoid dishonest windshield repair shops.
  • Monday, September 27

  • Muraoka indicted in political fund scandal   UPI / 4:52AM
    TOKYO, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Former Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Kanezo Muraoka was indicted Sunday for his alleged role in failing to report a $0.9 million political donation.
  • Friday, September 24

  • Seattle man barred from tax preparing   UPI / 3:53PM
    SEATTLE, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A judge ordered a Seattle man doing business as "The Tax Clinic" to stop preparing allegedly fraudulent tax returns, the Justice Department said Friday.
  • Judge's notes linked to Halliburton probe   UPI / 11:13AM
    PARIS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A Paris judge has notes implicating French and foreign firms in a Nigeria kickback scheme involving Halliburton, Le Figaro reported Friday.
  • Wednesday, September 22

  • EU has $3 billion in false farm claims   UPI / 11:20AM
    BRUSSELS, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- European Union auditors are questioning why no attempts have been made to recover $3 billion in inflated farm compensation claims, The Telegraph reported.
  • Tuesday, September 21

  • Tobacco racketeering suit begins   UPI / 6:01PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Tobacco firms spent millions of dollars to mislead the public about the link between tobacco and cancer, a U.S. Justice Department lawyer said in court Tuesday.
  • Wednesday, September 15

  • Infineon to plead to price-fixing   UPI / 3:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A German computer hardware manufacturer has agreed to pay a $160 million fine for international price-fixing, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
  • Monday, September 13

  • SEC draws bead on former Qwest CEO   UPI / 11:50AM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The Securities and Exchange Commission has warned the former head of Denver's Qwest Communications it may sue him.
  • Wednesday, September 8

  • Audit set for Russian space facility   UPI / 2:10PM
    ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Kazakh and Russian watchdog agencies have agreed to conduct a joint audit of the Baykonur cosmodrome, local media reported.
  • Tuesday, September 7

  • USS Elder Enterprises, others   UPI / 9:32PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has accused several firms offering Spanish-speaking people work-at-home jobs with failing to provide paid for assistance.
  • Seller of Coral Calcium banned from TV   UPI / 8:30PM
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it has banned Kevin Trudeau from TV infomercials for making false claims his product Coral Calcium cured cancer.
  • Tuesday, August 31

  • Former Enron executive pleads guilty   UPI / 4:53PM
    HOUSTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A former executive with Enron Broadband Services pleaded guilty Tuesday in Houston to conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud.
  • Monday, August 30

  • Banker pleads guilty to taking $16 million   UPI / 5:20PM
    EDMONTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A former Bank of Montreal branch manager in Edmonton, Alberta, pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding his employer of $16 million.
  • Saturday, August 28

  • Six sailors accused of fraud   UPI / 3:50PM
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Six sailors from a San Diego-based U.S. Navy ship have been charged with defrauding the government, the San Diego Union Tribune reported Saturday.
  • Wednesday, August 25

  • Shell's top officers may be prosecuted   UPI / 3:01PM
    LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- British and U.S. regulators will pursue whoever is responsible for inflating Royal Dutch/Shell Group's oil and gas reserves, the Independent said Wednesday.
  • Tuesday, August 24

  • FTC settles case with Cyberrebate.com   UPI / 7:40PM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Federal Trade Commission Tuesday announced a settlement with New Yorkers Joel Granik and Joseph Lichter, who operated Cyberrebate.com.
  • Monday, August 23

  • Sentencing in L.A. celebrity charity scam   UPI / 4:50PM
    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Former fundraiser Aaron Tonken was sentenced to five years in prison Monday on fraud charges stemming from his promotion of charity scams in Los Angeles.
  • Florida officials to probe fraud at polls   UPI / 1:10PM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Allegations that New York state residents may have voted illegally in Florida elections has produced calls for a formal investigation by Florida officials.
  • Thursday, August 19

  • Parmalat sues ex-auditors for $10 billion   UPI / 11:01AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Italian dairy conglomerate Parmalat SpA has sued its former auditors, Deloitte & Touche and Grant Thornton, for $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.
  • Monday, August 9

  • Ex-Mrs. Minnesota convicted of fraud   UPI / 11:10PM
    MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Denise Henderson, a former Mrs. Minnesota International, was convicted Monday of defrauding Social Security of nearly $194,000 in disability payments.
  • Friday, August 6

  • Report: Halliburton regularly deceptive   UPI / 10:50AM
    NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Houston's Halliburton, the big oil-field services firm, regularly deceived investors from 1998 to 2001, a new filing in a shareholder class-action suit says.
  • Drug giant pays $150m penalty   UPI / 12:20AM
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The drug giant Bristol-Myers has agreed to pay a $150 million penalty to settle a case brought against it by the SEC, the New York Times said Thursday.
  • Thursday, August 5

  • Ex-Enron executive pleads in California   UPI / 6:30PM
    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A former Enron Corp. executive pleaded guilty in San Francisco Thursday to his part in the manipulation of the California energy markets.
  • Wednesday, August 4

  • Bank of China executives suspended   UPI / 12:30AM
    BEIJING, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Two executives of the Bank of China Hong Kong have been suspended and are under investigation in Beijing for the misuse of bank funds.
  • Friday, July 30

  • Former Enron executive pleads guilty   UPI / 2:51PM
    HOUSTON, July 30 (UPI) -- The former head of Enron Corp.'s broadband Internet business pleaded guilty Friday in Houston to a charge of securities fraud.
  • Online dating service raided for swindling   UPI / 7:41AM
    TOKYO, July 30 (UPI) -- Japanese police raided 23 facilities of a free online dating operation in Yokohama Friday, suspected of swindling millions of dollars with false promises.
  • Americans arrested for piracy in China   UPI / 6:10AM
    SHANGHAI, China, July 30 (UPI) -- Chinese police have arrested two Americans as suspected ringleaders of a DVD piracy operation, the Ministry of Public Security said Friday in Shanghai.
  • Wednesday, July 28

  • China cracks down on Internet porn   UPI / 5:50AM
    BEIJING, July 28 (UPI) -- China's Ministry of Public Security has shut down 700 Web sites running pornographic content in less than a fortnight, according to local news reports.
  • Monday, July 26

  • Japan TV station fires producer for fraud   UPI / 3:52AM
    TOKYO, July 26 (UPI) -- Japan's sole public broadcaster has fired one of its top producers and fined a top executive for embezzling funds from the station over a five-year period.
  • Wednesday, July 21

  • CDE brings charges against Pinochet   UPI / 1:51PM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, July 21 (UPI) -- The Council for Defense of the State of Chile has voted to launch an investigation into the secret bank accounts of former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
  • Tuesday, July 20

  • Massive fraud trial collapses in Nigeria   UPI / 1:50PM
    ABUJA, Nigeria, July 20 (UPI) -- The biggest fraud case in Nigerian history involving $242 million is in limbo by a judge's declaration it was outside his jurisdiction, the BBC reports.
  • Afghanistan cracks down on voter fraud   UPI / 8:41AM
    KABUL, Afghanistan, July 20 (UPI) -- The Afghan government has pledged to crack down on voter registration fraud, accusing some officials of misusing the registration system.
  • Monday, July 19

  • Bush promises to investigate Pinochet acco   UPI / 6:10PM
    WASHINGTON, DC, July 19 (UPI) -- President Bush told Chile's President Ricardo Lagos Monday the U.S. Senate will make a full investigation of former dictator Augusto Pinochet's secret accounts.
  • Saturday, July 17

  • China to wage war on Internet pornography   UPI / 11:31AM
    BEIJING, July 17 (UPI) -- A senior Communist party official in China says the country should wage a people's war against pornographic Web sites.
  • Friday, July 16

  • China gets tough on money laundering   UPI / 5:41AM
    BEIJING, July 16 (UPI) -- Legislators and government agencies have begun working together to combat the laundering of billions of dollars in illegal funds in China.
  • Washington bank hid Pinochet funds   UPI / 1:32AM
    SANTIAGO, Chile, July 16 (UPI) -- A Washington-based bank helped former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet hide upwards of $8 million, according to a Senate report.
  • Tuesday, July 13

  • McGreevey fundraiser accused of obstruction   UPI / 2:30PM
    NEWARK, N.J., July 13 (UPI) -- Charles Kushner, New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey's top fundraiser, has been charged with using a prostitute to block a federal tax-fraud investigation.
  • High-tech passport forgers arrested   UPI / 6:41AM
    TOKYO, July 13 (UPI) -- Six Chinese and two Peruvian nationals were arrested for selling fake passports and alien registration cards to foreigners in Japan, police said Tuesday.
  • Monday, July 12

  • Yukos trial begins in Moscow   UPI / 3:10PM
    MOSCOW, July 12 (UPI) -- A court in Moscow began the trial Monday of former Yukos chief executive officer Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Menatep head Platon Lebedev.
  • Thursday, July 8

  • Lay rejects criminal allegations   UPI / 5:12PM
    HOUSTON, July 8 (UPI) -- Former Chairman and CEO Ken Lay said Thursday, after a Texas court hearing, he accepts responsibility for Enron's collapse, but is not guilty of any crime.
  • Wednesday, July 7

  • Scientists crack mystery of 'fake' Vermeer   UPI / 1:12PM
    LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- A painting by Dutch artist Vermeer, once thought to be a forgery, is due to be auctioned by Sotheby's in London Wednesday for an estimated 3 million pounds.
  • Monday, July 5

  • Fujimoris daughter denies guilt   UPI / 6:00PM
    LIMA, July 5 (UPI) -- The daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori says allegations that she misused funds are false.
  • Friday, July 2

  • Seven arrested for China defense exports   UPI / 3:40AM
    WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Seven people from two New Jersey companies were arrested Thursday on charges of selling weapons-related equipment to China.
  • Thursday, July 1

  • Company sued over breast enhancement ads   UPI / 6:20PM
    SEATTLE, July 1 (UPI) -- The Washington state attorney general has sued the company Nature's Advantage over claims for breast-enhancement products marketed over the Internet.
  • Four acquitted of money-laundering scheme   UPI / 1:11AM
    HONG KONG, July 1 (UPI) -- Hong Kong's High Court Wednesday acquitted four men accused of laundering almost $12 million a day in money transported from mainland China.
  • Tuesday, June 29

  • Brazil: Lula gets more bad polling news   UPI / 6:20PM
    SAO PAULO, June 29 (UPI) -- Confidence in the Brazilian government and President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva continues to plummet, according to a poll released Tuesday.
  • Former Peru spy chief jail term increased   UPI / 3:04PM
    LIMA, June 29 (UPI) -- A Peruvian court sentenced the nation's former intelligence chief, Vladmir Montesinos, to 15 years in prison, Voice of America reported Tuesday.
  • Menem: Argentina in state of semi-anarchy   UPI / 10:41AM
    BUENOS AIRES, June 28 (UPI) -- Former Argentine President Carlos Menem condemned the nation's current leadership Monday. saying the country was in a state of "semi-anarchy."
  • Monday, June 28

  • Joint lawsuit filed against loan shark   UPI / 6:11AM
    OSAKA, Japan, June 28 (UPI) -- Over 100 victims of loan shark Susumu Kajiyama are filing a collective lawsuit against him, demanding nearly $1 million in damages.
  • Friday, June 25

  • Rap's DMX arrested at JFK airport   UPI / 12:10PM
    NEW YORK, June 25 (UPI) -- Hip-hop star DMX was arrested for allegedly attempting a carjacking at New York's JFK Airport while posing as an FBI agent.
  • Thursday, June 24

  • Former Georgia majority leader indicted   UPI / 8:11PM
    ATLANTA, June 24 (UPI) -- The former majority leader of the Georgia Senate has been named in a 142-count federal fraud indictment for allegedly using his office for personal gain.
  • Funds missing from Chinese Olympic group   UPI / 2:00PM
    BEIJING, June 24 (UPI) -- An audit has found widespread corruption and embezzlement involving government funds for China's Olympic committee, the BBC reported.
  • Tuesday, June 22

  • Farmers beaten for protesting land sales   UPI / 1:30AM
    XIAN, China, June 22 (UPI) -- Farmers who resist the sale of their land for development in northern China have been beaten and intimidated by criminal gangs and local officials, reports say.
  • Monday, June 21

  • Argentine courts back off Menem   UPI / 1:40PM
    BUENOS AIRES, June 21 (UPI) -- Argentine courts will not pursue the extradition of former President Carlos Menem, wanted on fraud and corruption charges, the daily La Nacion said Monday.
  • Newspapers inflated circulation   UPI / 1:40PM
    CHICAGO, June 21 (UPI) -- The Chicago Sun-Times possibly trashed as many as 20,000 to 30,000 copies of the paper a day to keep advertising rates up, the Wall Street Journal said.
  • Friday, June 18

  • 8th defendant pleads in visa fraud case   UPI / 5:50PM
    SACRAMENTO, June 18 (UPI) -- The eighth defendant in a massive visa fraud case has pleaded guilty in Sacramento, Calif., the U.S. Justice Department said Friday.
  • Advertisers sue Sun-Times   UPI / 5:20PM
    CHICAGO, June 18 (UPI) -- Three advertisers have filed class-action fraud lawsuits against the Chicago Sun-Times for inflating newsstand circulation figures for years.
  • Wednesday, June 16

  • Trial starts for Russia's wealthiest man   UPI / 10:30AM
    MOSCOW, June 16 (UPI) -- A show of support highlighted Wednesday's start of the Moscow trial of Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky for fraud, embezzlement and tax evasion.