Fraud, embezzlement, white collar crime
Friday, January 28
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.
SEOUL, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The indicted chief executive officer at South Korea's second largest lender has resigned, Shinhan Bank said.
Monday, December 27
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- An elections panel disqualified 21 parliamentary candidates in Afghanistan on fraud charges, officials said.
Wednesday, November 17
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
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.
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.
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.
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
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- A California home-construction executive was spared a federal prison term Wednesday for manipulating his company's stock options.
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
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
DALLAS, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A Dallas energy deal that apparently satisfied some investors was tainted by Bernard Madoff, an investigator alleges.
Thursday, November 4
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
CHICAGO, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Former Chicago alderman Ed Vrdolyak says he won't appeal a 10-month prison sentence for fraud.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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, 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Iranian media are being prohibited from reporting about government opposition leaders under a purported media directive, opposition Web sites said.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
NASHVILLE, July 21 (UPI) -- The Nashville Predators' majority owners said Wednesday they have bought the shares of convicted fraud artist William "Boots" Del Biaggio.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
MIAMI, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Bankruptcy lawyers in Florida alleged senior Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm partners created fraudulent loans to launder millions of dollars.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
MOSCOW, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Russia's Communist Party says the country's elections chief should resign over alleged fraud.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
LATROBE, Pa., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Federal authorities have charged five LeNature executives and advisers with defrauding U.S. banks and investors of $800 million.
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.
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
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
LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- British investigators say an alleged scam selling fake golf clubs was one of the largest eBay frauds ever uncovered.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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, 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- New York investigators allege Donna Quinter, wife of Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz, committed fraud to receive government rental subsidies.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
CHICAGO, April 9 (UPI) -- Investigators are looking at fundraising by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, sources said.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
CHICAGO, March 25 (UPI) -- Federal indictments handed up in Chicago accuse 24 people -- mostly mortgage loan industry professionals -- of fraud, prosecutors said Wednesday.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
SYDNEY, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- An Australian art dealer has disappeared, leaving clients wondering where their money and artworks are.
Saturday, January 31
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SEATTLE, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Executives at a Seattle software company routinely inflated company revenues to attract investors, federal authorities allege.
Wednesday, October 8
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
BYRON, Ga., April 21 (UPI) -- A Georgia munitions manufacturer faces charges it sold defective diversionary grenades to the FBI, authorities said Monday.
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
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
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
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, 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- The National Republican Congressional Committee said Thursday it suspects its former treasurer may have stolen "several hundred thousand dollars."
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
HARARE, Zimbabwe, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- British real estate mogul Nicholas van Hoogstraten was arrested by police in Zimbabwe on charges of currency theft.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday disallowed securities lawsuits against corporations not directly involved in fraud.
Monday, January 14
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SACRAMENTO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A California man charged with a $25 million life insurance fraud has died of natural causes.
Monday, December 3
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- One of Hillary Clinton's former California fundraisers used his relationship to lure investors into a Ponzi scheme.
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
SEATTLE, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Officials at the U.S. company founded by a businessman now in prison in Moscow deny handling illegal crab meat.
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
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
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
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
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.
INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Indianapolis police have apprehended three men suspected of involvement in a nationwide ticket counterfeiting ring.
Thursday, November 1
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
ROME, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. ambassador to Italy rapped Italian officials Wednesday over the quantity of counterfeit goods produced in the country.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers are fighting to control a counterfeit ticket scam.
Tuesday, October 2
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Long Island, N.Y., saxophonist faces extradition from Germany to face 12 counts of fraud.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
ANTHEM, Ariz., July 13 (UPI) -- An Arizona medical clinic is under investigation after three people died following liposuction surgery.
Thursday, July 12
ROME, July 12 (UPI) -- More tubes of counterfeit toothpaste were seized Thursday in Italy.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
CHICAGO, June 13 (UPI) -- Fallen media baron Conrad Black has declined to testify in the fraud case against him in Chicago.
Tuesday, June 12
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The FBI has arrested a Credit Suisse investment banker in Washington on securities fraud charges.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
MUNICH, Germany, April 19 (UPI) -- Siemens AG supervisory board Chairman Heinrich von Pierer resigned Thursday amid mounting corruption scandals at the German engineering company.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
NEW YORK, March 7 (UPI) -- A New York beautician has been charged with allegedly injecting customers with silicone.
Monday, March 5
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- A Washington privacy consultant says identity theft has become a money-maker for financial institutions.
Monday, December 11
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.
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
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
TORONTO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs is fighting Canadian counterfeiting of his new clothing line.
Wednesday, December 6
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
BEIJING, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A Chinese High Court Friday upheld a three-year fraud sentence for a New York Times researcher based in Beijing.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
MOSCOW, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Allegations are flying that the fix is in, as far as Russian soccer is concerned.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
CHICAGO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A rise in ticket counterfeiting has prompted the Chicago Bears and city police to increase their vigilance against fakes.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
ATHENS, Greece, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Two Greek children have admitted they faked a kidnapping after seeing a movie.
Saturday, October 14
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
BOSTON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Massachusetts bank regulators closed seven mortgage firms for allegedly operating without licenses and inflating consumer incomes on loan forms.
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
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.
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
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
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.
BRISBANE, Australia, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Australia's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has criticized "dishonest" media coverage of the conflict in Lebanon.
Wednesday, August 23
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
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
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
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
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
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, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Dozens of parcels of Illinois real estate have been pirated from their owners, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday.
Friday, August 4
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 CITY, May 21 (UPI) -- The emir of Kuwait said Sunday he has been forced to dissolve the country's Parliament.
Friday, May 19
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.
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
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.
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
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.
SEOUL, May 15 (UPI) -- South Korean prosecutors plan to indict the scandal-plagued head of Hyundai Motor Co.
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
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, 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
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
NEW YORK, May 1 (UPI) -- A key clinical trial for the antibiotic Ketek is being questioned after reports of patients suffering severe liver damage.
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
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
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
SEOUL, April 28 (UPI) -- South Korean authorities Friday arrested Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong Koo on charges of embezzlement and breach of trust.
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
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
LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- British victims of tainted blood transfusions charge health officials with covering up details of the case by hiding documents.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Buyers of houses in two Ohio subdivisions have sued the developer claiming that they are victims of predatory lending.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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, 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
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.
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
LONDON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Canadian-born Conrad Black, indicted in a U.S. fraud case, is professing his innocence.
Thursday, November 17
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Groundbreaking herpes virus research will be retracted and looked at again after scientists suspect data manipulation.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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.
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
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
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, 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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- An imprisoned ex-oil tycoon said he will run for Parliament in Russia, MosNews reports.
Monday, August 29
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
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.
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.
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
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, 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
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
OTTOWA, Ontario, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Canadian investigators say they will not charge anyone involved in secret recordings of federal officials.
Thursday, August 11
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
HAGUE, Netherlands, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- President Bush has nominated Ameriquest founder Roland Arnall as the next ambassador to the Netherlands.
Saturday, July 30
OTTAWA, July 30 (UPI) -- The Canadian Supreme Court is urging Parliament to pass clearer laws against Internet crime.
Wednesday, July 27
GUATEMALA CITY, July 27 (UPI) -- Guatemalan authorities are seeking the extradition of former President Alfonso Portillo from Mexico on corruption and embezzlement charges.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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, 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, 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 4 (UPI) -- Pakistan Thursday arrested 11 people for producing fake copies of software and compact discs, officials said.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- The United States Wednesday refused to support the call for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to resign.
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
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
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
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
BURLINGTON, Vt., March 18 (UPI) -- A former University of Vermont professor has admitted faking data he submitted with applications for federal grants.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
OSLO, Norway, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A former Norwegian game show host faces 80 days in jail for helping his former trainer hide assets.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
TOKYO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Japanese authorities have indicted the former vice president of a major bank for allegedly misleading regulators.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
TOKYO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- An in-house investigative team at Japanese cosmetics-maker Kanebo Ltd. has accused three executives with improprieties.
Wednesday, October 27
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
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
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
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged Slim Down Solution LLC, Maderia Management, and others with misrepresenting their product.
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
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
NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The insurance brokerage arm of Marsh & McLennan has been charged with price fixing and collusion.
Wednesday, October 13
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.
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, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Sao Paulo's former Mayor Paulo Maluf and his son Flavio were indicted Tuesday on multiple felonies including tax invasion.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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, 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
LIMA, July 5 (UPI) -- The daughter of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori says allegations that she misused funds are false.
Friday, July 2
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.