Tag: Frauds and Swindling

$3.4 Million Medicaid Fraud Inquiry Hovers Over Nursing Home Where Comatose Woman Was Raped and Had Baby

State investigators in Arizona are examining $3.4 million in possible Medicaid fraud at the parent company of a Phoenix nursing center where a woman in a vegetative state was raped and gave birth to a boy in December, according to court records. The inquiry into the company, Hacienda HealthCare, began […]

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After German Journalism Scandal, Critics Are ‘Popping the Corks’

BERLIN — He told the story of a Syrian boy who believed he had helped start the country’s civil war with a prank. He profiled an American woman who traveled around the United States to watch executions. He brought to life, in astoundingly granular detail, the anguish of a would-be […]

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As the Trumps Dodged Taxes, Their Tenants Paid a Price

They were collateral damage as Donald J. Trump and his siblings dodged inheritance taxes and gained control of their father’s fortune: thousands of renters in an empire of unassuming red-brick buildings scattered across Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Those buildings have been home to generations of strivers, municipal workers and […]

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Former Bloomberg Executives to Be Charged in Construction Fraud Scheme

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] More than 18 months ago, the Manhattan district attorney’s office opened yet another investigation into fraud in the city’s $62 billion construction industry, this one involving Bloomberg L.P., the financial information and media company […]

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Huawei Executive Took Part in Sanctions Fraud, Prosecutors Say

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The reasons that the United States asked the Canadian authorities to arrest a top executive of the Chinese technology company Huawei last week had been shrouded in mystery. On Friday, the details of the arrest and what led up to it came out in a Canadian […]

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Whitaker’s Ascent at Justice Dept. Surprised Investigators of Firm Accused of Fraud

WASHINGTON — As Federal Trade Commission lawyers investigated a Miami company accused of defrauding thousands of customers last year, they were stunned to learn about a new job for a figure in their inquiry, Matthew G. Whitaker: He had been named chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “You’re […]

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Acting Attorney General Sat on Board of Company Accused of Bilking Customers

WASHINGTON — Matthew G. Whitaker, the acting attorney general, served on the advisory board of a Florida company that a federal judge shut down last year and fined nearly $26 million after the government accused it of scamming customers. The company, World Patent Marketing, “bilked thousands of consumers out of […]

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Burglar Steals iPad From Home of Banker Tied to Paul Manafort, Police Say

A burglar broke into a Manhattan penthouse early Tuesday and made off with a briefcase and an iPad belonging to a banker who once did work for President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, the police said. The homeowner, David Fallarino, 38, is a loan officer at Citizens Bank who […]

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Donald Trump, Mesmerist

We get the word “mesmerize” from a doctor named Franz Anton Mesmer, who in Paris in the late 18th century posited the existence of an invisible natural force connecting all living things — a force you could manipulate to physically affect another person. Mesmer’s work inspired the stage hypnotists of mid-19th-century America. Before rapt audiences, […]

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Paul Manafort’s Accountant Testifies She Helped Alter Financial Documents

She also sent letters to banks noting that Mr. Manafort anticipated a $2.4 million payment by November 2016 for work in Ukraine. In fact, his Ukraine work for Mr. Yanukovych — whom prosecutors called Mr. Manafort’s “golden goose” — had ended at least a year earlier. Other financial records showed that Mr. Manafort’s company, DMP […]

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Worried About the I.R.S. Scam? Here’s How to Handle Phone Fraud

Lee Meyer, a retired New York City schoolteacher, recently began getting strange telephone calls on weekday afternoons. A woman claiming to be a Treasury Department official left a message and a phone number, Mr. Meyer said, telling him he needed to settle a “tax-fraud charge” or else he would be hauled in front of a […]

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DeVos Proposes to Curtail Debt Relief for Defrauded Students

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed on Wednesday to curtail Obama administration loan forgiveness rules for students defrauded by for-profit colleges, requiring that student borrowers show they have fallen into hopeless financial straits or prove that their colleges knowingly deceived them. The DeVos proposal would replace Obama-era policies that sought to ease access to […]

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U.S. Breaks Up Fake I.R.S. Phone Scam Operation

The people who were duped were instructed to pay using prepaid cards or to wire money. The call centers then turned to a network of “runners” based in the United States, who typically used the cards to purchase money orders that were deposited into bank accounts. Runners also redeemed funds from wire transfers with false […]

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A World Tour of Fake Places That Fool the Eye

Advertisement Gregor Sailer traveled the globe photographing Potemkin villages, architectural landscapes that are clones, impostors or frauds. Gregor Sailer’s “Carson City VI/Vargarda, Sweden, 2016.” Mr. Sailer, an Austrian photographer, photographed 25 modern-day Potemkin villages, erected by government, military or city authorities.CreditCourtesy of the artist By Andrew Dickson July 12, 2018 ARLES, France — The neighborhood […]

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Manafort Is Transferred From Jail Where He Was Treated Like a ‘V.I.P.’

WASHINGTON — Hoping to delay his trial in Virginia on charges of bank fraud and money laundering, Paul Manafort instead managed this week to get himself transferred from a jail where prosecutors said he described his treatment as “V.I.P.” to one where his lawyers claim he is worried about his safety. Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s […]

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Battling Fake Accounts, Twitter to Slash Millions of Followers

In recent months, Twitter has taken a number of steps to improve what Ms. Harvey and other company officials call “healthy conversation” on the platform, including rooting out fake and automated accounts. Last month, Twitter announced that as of May, its systems were “locking” almost 10 million suspicious accounts per week, far more than last […]

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How to Make Trump’s Tax Returns Public

On June 14, the New York State attorney general, Barbara Underwood, filed a civil complaint against President Trump and his three oldest children, accusing them of “persistently illegal conduct” in using the Donald J. Trump Foundation as “little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their […]

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Manafort Trial Is to Go Forward, but Judge Warns Mueller to Stay Within Authority

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Northern Virginia who had sharply criticized the special counsel’s case against Paul Manafort refused on Tuesday to dismiss the charges, clearing the way for Mr. Manafort to stand trial on charges of financial fraud. Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been charged in two jurisdictions with a […]

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