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Patisserie Holdings’ CFO Arrested as UK Fraud Office Probes Accounting Scandal

Patisserie Holdings Plc finance chief Chris Marsh was arrested as U.K. fraud prosecutors opened a probe into an accounting scandal that threatens to shutter the cake baker’s 200-plus stores. The police in Hertfordshire, England, said they had arrested a 44-year-old …

Woes of California Wildfire Victims Include Cleanup Crews, Fraud

One year after a devastating series of wildfires ripped through Northern California wine country, destroying thousands of homes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ first experience cleaning up after a wildfire has turned into an expensive bureaucratic mess and California’s …

Judge Allows New Jersey Case Against Drugmaker to Advance

A New Jersey court is allowing most of the state’s lawsuit against the maker of OxyContin to move forward. Superior Court Judge Thomas Moore dismissed a public nuisance claim against Purdue Pharma. But he’s allowing other the state’s case to …

Former California Agent Arrested for Allegedly Stealing And Misusing Consumer Information

Andrew Barcoma Go, 51, of Bellflower, Calif., was arrested on seven felony counts including six for identity theft and one for grand theft after allegedly falsifying information on insurance applications to steal over $34,000 from Farmers Insurance. After receiving a …

Lawsuit Says Maine Wholesale Owner Embezzled $1.5M in Lobsters

A Maine lobster wholesaler is suing one of its owners, claiming he embezzled nearly $1.5 million worth of lobsters. Sea Salt, which is a Saco-based restaurant and wholesale lobster company, alleges Matthew Bellerose created a sham customer who received thousands …

Texas Workers’ Comp Fraudster Sentenced for Double Dipping

A Travis County, Texas district court has sentenced Gary Hunt of Austin on workers’ compensation fraud charges. Hunt reported a job-related injury while working as a sales coach for Radiant Plumbing Service Inc., and claimed he was unable to work …

Sicilian Gangsters Crushed Limbs to Fake Car Accidents in Insurance Fraud: Police

Sicilian gangsters dropped 25-kilo (55-pound) cast-iron weights on the limbs of drug addicts, alcoholics and other vulnerable people to obtain insurance payments for fake car accidents worth hundreds of thousands of euros, police said Wednesday after making 11 arrests in …

Former Hawaii Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud

A former Honolulu, Hawaii police officer suspected of staging a home burglary pleaded guilty to two charges of insurance fraud related to the incident. Travis E. Copeland pleaded guilty last week and faces up to five years in prison for …

Florida Man Sentenced to Five Years’ Probation for Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Trinity, Fla., man has been sentenced to five years’ probation, with the first six months to be served on home detention, for making a false statement in connection with his workers’ compensation benefits. As part of the sentence issued …

California Doctor Indicted in $700K Workers’ Comp Fraud Scheme

Dr. Gary Royce Wisner, 61, of Lodi, Calif., is scheduled for arraignment today at the San Joaquin County Superior Court on 11 felony counts of insurance fraud for allegedly bilking insurers out of more than $700,000 by providing unnecessary and …