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Guilty Plea in Arkansas U-Haul Rental Insurance Scam

A Jonesboro, Ark., woman has been sentenced to five years’ probation, court costs and restitution after pleading guilty to her role in a staged automobile accident in 2014 involving a U-Haul rental. Jennifer Haggins, 31, entered a plea of guilty …

Third Person Pleads Guilty in Kansas City Arson, Insurance Fraud Scheme

A Kansas City man has pleaded guilty to participating in a $235,000 arson and insurance fraud conspiracy. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Joseph Levi Little is the third person to plead guilty in the scheme. Tina Shonk, of Independence, was sentenced …

Black Elk Energy Agrees to $4.2M Penalty Over Deadly Gulf Oil Platform Fire

An energy company pleaded guilty on May 12 to safety and environmental charges, agreeing to a $4.2 million penalty and avoiding manslaughter charges in connection with a 2012 offshore oil platform fire that killed three workers. Court documents show Houston-based …

Ohio Physician Pleads Guilty to Role in Pill Mill

Margaret Temponeras, 52, of Portsmouth, Ohio, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, which she did through a pain clinic and dispensary, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Southern District …

Convicted Ohio Burglar Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Cincinnati man serving time in an Indiana prison for burglary got a short break from prison March 9, but only to plead guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in an Ohio courtroom, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reported. John …

Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty in Texas in Opioid Pill Mill Case

Carolina Giselle Berrio, a/k/a “Carolina Slocum Berrio,” “Karrie,” 37, of Lafayette, Louisiana is the latest defendant to plead guilty to being involved in a large opioid “pill mill” operation, according to U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of …

Guilty Plea Expected for Fire at North Dakota Somali Restaurant

An attorney for a Minnesota man accused of firebombing a Somali restaurant across the North Dakota border in Grand Forks said that any racial overtones were overblown by people who aren’t familiar with the case. Defense attorney Ted Sandberg made …

Former Oklahoma Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty to $500K Scam

A former insurance agent in Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to scamming $505,126.43 from his clients, the Oklahoma Insurance Department announced. A joint investigation including the OID’s Anti-Fraud Unit led to the charges against Gary Edward Hibbing, 52, formerly of Grove. …

Former Iowa Firefighter Again Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

A former Iowa firefighter pleaded guilty to insurance fraud related to a string of cases spanning Buchanan, Clayton and Delaware counties, the Iowa Department of Insurance reported. Terry Russell Groth, a former Strawberry Point firefighter, entered the plea on Feb. …

Former Texas Agent Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Faces 20 Years in Prison

A 64-year-old former Texas insurance agent has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering, federal prosecutors say, and faces up to 20 years in prison for what amounted to a Ponzi scheme. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales Eastern District …