Tag: Frauds and Swindling

Duke University to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle Claims of Research Misconduct

Duke University will pay $112.5 million to the federal government to settle allegations that researchers submitted applications and reports containing falsified data to win more than two dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Justice Department said on Monday. “Taxpayers expect and deserve that federal grant dollars will […]

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The Conversation: The Kids Aren’t All Right

Gail Collins: Bret, as always we’ve got a lot to talk about. The mass shooting in New Zealand, of course. But perhaps we can get started with something less painful. Everybody’s been talking about that college admissions scandal. What’s your take? Bret Stephens: We definitely should get to talking about the terrorism in Christchurch, not […]

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Status Anxiety and the Scam Economy

Scammers and cheats are the paradigmatic figures of our age, and not just because a con man is president of the United States. Again and again in recent years, people who’ve scaled the cultural heights have been revealed as audacious frauds. The systems and institutions that confer status in our society keep being exposed as […]

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Improper Voting Occurred at Methodist Conference That Strengthened Ban on Gay Clergy

It was a momentous vote for the United Methodist Church, as the future of the country’s second-largest Protestant church hung in the balance. In a former football stadium in St. Louis last month, church officials and lay leaders from around the world voted to strengthen their ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy, a decision […]

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Paul Manafort Faces Up to 10 Years in Second Sentencing

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, who was sentenced last week to 47 months in prison, faces the prospect of even more time behind bars when a federal judge in the District of Columbia sentences him on Wednesday for conspiracy. Closing out the special counsel’s highest-profile prosecution, […]

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Manafort Faces Up to 10 Years in Conspiracy Cases

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, who was sentenced last week to 47 months in prison, faces the prospect of even more time behind bars when a federal judge in the District of Columbia sentences him on Wednesday for conspiracy. Closing out the special counsel’s highest-profile prosecution, […]

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Who’s Been Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal? Here’s the Full List

In what the Justice Department called its largest ever college admissions prosecution, federal authorities charged 50 people on Tuesday with taking part in a nationwide scheme to game the admissions process at highly competitive schools like Yale and the University of Southern California. [Read more on the Justice Department’s largest […]

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Bribes to Get Into Yale and Stanford? What Else Is New?

One of the funniest stories I ever heard about the college admissions madness came from an independent consultant who was paid handsomely to guide families through it and increase the odds that Harvard or Yale said yes. He recounted the involvement of one father and mother in their son’s personal […]

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New York State Should Investigate the Trump Organization

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was on to something. In her questioning of Michael Cohen, she asked if Donald Trump had ever provided “inflated assets to an insurance company.” He answered in the affirmative — and also testified to rampant tax fraud by Mr. Trump and allegedly by the Trump Organization officials Allen […]

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Manafort’s 47 Months: A Sentence That Drew Gasps From Around the Country

WASHINGTON — Judge T.S. Ellis III offered some pointed advice for those who expected him to throw the book at President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for perpetrating a decade-long, multimillion-dollar fraud scheme. “Go and spend a day in the jail or penitentiary of the federal government,” Judge Ellis […]

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A College Chain Crumbles, and Millions in Student Loan Cash Disappears

When the Education Department approved a proposal by Dream Center, a Christian nonprofit with no experience in higher education, to buy a troubled chain of for-profit colleges, skeptics warned that the charity was unlikely to pull off the turnaround it promised. What they didn’t foresee was just how quickly and […]

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How Giuliani Might Take Down Trump

Any onetime Mafia investigator who listened to the Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen testify Wednesday would have immediately recognized the congressional hearing’s historical analogue — what America witnessed on Capitol Hill wasn’t so much John Dean turning on President Richard Nixon, circa 1973; it was the mobster Joseph Valachi turning on […]

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Why Allen Weisselberg, Trump’s Money Man, Could Face Scrutiny Next

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In testimony before Congress this week, Michael Cohen cast himself as a central figure in schemes that could threaten the presidency of Donald J. Trump. But Mr. Cohen said he didn’t work alone, unexpectedly […]

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Mark Harris, Tainted by Fraud Allegations, Will Not Run in New North Carolina Election

Mark Harris, the North Carolina Republican who nearly won a seat in Congress last year but saw his political fortunes collapse after the revelation that his campaign had financed a fraud-tainted voter-turnout effort, said on Tuesday that he would not run in a new election. In a statement on Tuesday, […]

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Sentencing Memo Paints Manafort as Someone Who ‘Repeatedly and Brazenly’ Broke Law

Federal prosecutors on Saturday portrayed Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, as a hardened, remorseless criminal who “repeatedly and brazenly” violated a host of laws over more than a decade and did not deserve any breaks when he is sentenced in coming weeks. The prosecutors’ sentencing memo, filed in […]

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Manafort ‘Repeatedly and Brazenly’ Broke Law, Prosecutors Say in Sentencing Memo

In a new court filing unsealed on Saturday, prosecutors cited sentencing guidelines that could result in a prison term of up to 22 years for Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, for conspiracy charges to which he pleaded guilty last fall. Mr. Manafort is scheduled to be sentenced next […]

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Jeffrey Skilling, Former Enron Chief, Released After 12 Years in Prison

Jeffrey K. Skilling, the former chief executive of Enron whose lies contributed to the sudden collapse of the energy company in one of the country’s most high-profile cases of corporate fraud, was released from federal custody on Thursday after serving more than 12 years in prison, the federal authorities said. […]

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Election Fraud the G.O.P. Won’t Stress About

Memo to President Trump and the Republican Party: This is what actual voting fraud looks like. North Carolina election officials are detailing how a longtime political operative, working for a Republican candidate, conspired to steal last year’s election for the state’s Ninth Congressional District. L. McCrae Dowless Jr. dispatched minions […]

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Betsy DeVos vs. Student Veterans

As the political makeup of the 116th Congress begins to congeal, the question of what, if anything, this divided government can do together looms. Although there is faint hope of cooperation on most issues, if there is something that could unite President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell, […]

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In North Carolina, Investigators Find Ballot ‘Scheme’ in House Race

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina elections regulator said Monday that “a coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” potentially involving more than 1,000 absentee ballots or request forms took place last year in the state’s Ninth Congressional District. The regulator, Kim Strach, the executive director of the North […]

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A Man in Florida Mistakenly Received a $980,000 Tax Refund, and Officials Say He Tried to Keep It

The average tax refund is usually a couple of thousand dollars, but a man in Florida who earned less than $3,500 mistakenly received a check for a much higher amount: $980,000. How? He filed his taxes. The man, 29-year-old Ramon C. Blanchett, filed a 2016 income tax return in February […]

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Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators

President Trump’s inaugural committee was ordered on Monday to turn over documents about its donors, finances and activities to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, according to two people familiar with their investigation into the committee’s activities. A lawyer working with the inaugural committee received a subpoena on Monday evening seeking documents […]

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