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Former Employee of Ohio Insurer Charged with Embezzling $2.9M

A former longtime employee of Ohio’s biggest health insurance company has been charged in federal court in Cleveland with embezzlement for diverting nearly $3 million in phony payments that he deposited into his own bank account. Joseph Satava, 69, of …

North Dakota Farmers Accused of Intentionally Spoiling Spuds Plead Not Guilty

Two brothers who operated a North Dakota potato farm pleaded not guilty to charges they intentionally spoiled their spud crop after the 2006 harvest in order to collect federal disaster payments. Aaron Johnson, 50, and Derek Johnson, 47, along with …

Oklahoma Insurance Agent Accused of Defrauding Elderly Couple

Tulsa insurance agent Presley Keith Dennis has been arrested and accused of defrauding a Muskogee couple out of nearly $300,000, the Oklahoma Insurance Department reported. The arrest follows an investigation by the department’s anti-fraud unit. The victims, an 80-year-old man …

Ohio Doc Faces More Charges in Unneeded Surgeries

More charges have been filed against a Cincinnati, Ohio, spine doctor accused of performing unnecessary surgeries in Ohio and Kentucky and billing health care programs millions of dollars, according to court documents. Abubakar Atiq Durrani, 45, had already pleaded not …

Ex-Kansas Insurance Agent Accused of Stealing $2M

Federal prosecutors have charged a former Kansas insurance agent with stealing nearly $2 million from policyholders. The U.S. attorney’s office says a 51-count indictment unsealed June 25 alleges 41-year-old Jason Matthew Pennington, of Bel Aire, defrauded customers and lied to …

Iowa Pharmacist ‘Vehemently Denies’ Fraud Charges

An Iowa City pharmacist will contest federal criminal charges alleging that he improperly filed insurance claims for expensive drugs needed to treat patients with hemophilia, his attorney said. Michael F. Stein made an initial appearance in federal court in Des …