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Former Virginia Attorney Indicted on Multiple Fraud Charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Virginia attorney on charges that she defrauded elderly clients out of money which she used to buy real estate and make charitable donations, prosecutors said. Cherie Anne Washburn, 44, of Lynchburg, Virginia, …

New Hampshire Woman Pleads Guilty to Demanding Money for Fake Illnesses

A New Hampshire woman has pleaded guilty to sending 12 letters demanding nearly $400,000 in compensation from restaurants and food companies after producing fake medical records saying she became seriously ill after eating their food. Forty-nine-year-old Jacqueline Masse, of Hampton, …

Bookkeeper Charged in Maryland with Embezzling $1M from Employers

A woman who worked as a bookkeeper has been charged in Maryland with fraudulently obtaining approximately $1 million from her employers. Lisa Fore was charged Monday in federal court with four counts of mail fraud and one count of aggravated …

North Carolina Caretaker Gets Prison for Embezzling $330K

A North Carolina woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling more than $330,000 from a man in her care. News outlets report 52-year-old Teresa Denise Schneider also was sentenced Thursday to five years’ supervised release and …

Three Convicted in New York City Fake Accident Fraud Scheme

Three men have been convicted in a trip-and-fall scheme that recruited low-income people and the homeless to defraud New York City-area businesses and their insurance companies. Prosecutors say a federal jury in Manhattan Tuesday found Bryan Duncan, Robert Locust and …

Man Pleads Guilty in Alleged $50M Fraud Scheme in Maryland

A former Maryland resident who ran a telemarketing business hawking light bulbs and cleaning supplies has pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the IRS. Fifty-seven-year-old Eric Epstein of Pompano Beach, Florida, …

New Jersey Siblings Convicted in Multi-Million Dollar Invoice Scheme

Two New Jersey siblings have been convicted of running a multi-million-dollar invoice scheme that defrauded a company where one of them worked. Shevandra Verasawmi, of Matawan, N.J., and Vishallie Verasawmi, of Green Brook, N.J., were each convicted Thursday on one …

Connecticut Pizza Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Fraud Stemming From Fire

The owner of a Connecticut pizza parlor has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge for setting fire to his own business and then collecting insurance money. Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Mustafa Zabana, an Iraqi national living in Westfield, Massachusetts, pleaded …

Assisted Living Facility Staffer Accused of Stealing Funds in New Jersey

Federal prosecutors say the business manager of an assisted living facility stole about $237,000 from an elderly victim under her care. Marcella Drakeford faces six counts of mail fraud. Prosecutors say that beginning in December 2016, Drakeford agreed to help …

Cargill Accountant in New York Sentenced to Five Years for $3.1M Theft

An accountant who admitted to stealing $3.1 million from agribusiness giant Cargill, Inc. has been sentenced to five years in prison. Diane Backis was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Albany to mail fraud and filing a false income tax …