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Maryland Business Owner Convicted for Defrauding Insurer of More Than $15M

A Maryland business owner has been convicted after a trial on federal charges for conspiring to burn down his business in order to obtain insurance proceeds. A federal jury convicted Demetrios ‘Jimmy’ Stavrakis, age 53, of Lutherville-Timonium, Md., for an …

Philadelphia Businessman Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for $34M Fraud

A Philadelphia businessman who amplified the size of his legal benefits firm to gain more than $30 million in loans has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison. Gary Alan Frank was sentenced in Philadelphia where the judge described …

Philadelphia Bookkeeper Sentenced for Embezzling Nearly $1.6M from Employer

A Philadelphia bookkeeper who embezzled nearly $1.6 million from his New Jersey employer over a 10-year period has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison. Peter Goodchild must also pay restitution under the sentence imposed Thursday. Prosecutors …

Connecticut Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraud for Embezzling $400K from Employer

A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $400,000 from her employer. Federal prosecutors say 56-year-old Vicki Miller, of Colchester, pleaded guilty to wire fraud Friday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. Prosecutors say Miller was a bookkeeper …

Alabama Woman Sentenced for Embezzling More Than $600K from Fire Departments

A federal judge has sentenced an Opelika, Alabama, woman to prison for embezzling more than $600,000 from volunteer fire departments in Alabama. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said Wednesday that a judge sentenced 63-year-old Andrea Payne to 42 months for …

New York City Uber Driver Gets Three Years for Kidnapping Sleeping Passenger

A man who drove for Uber in New York City has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for abducting a woman who fell asleep inside his vehicle. A judge Monday also ordered Harbir Parmar to pay more than …

Moving Companies Owner Pleads Guilty to More Than $1M Fraud Conspiracy

A New Jersey man who owned moving companies has admitted cheating customers by low-balling estimates and then jacking up prices once the goods were on his trucks. Rami Zubidat of Clifton on Wednesday pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy …

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 …

New Haven Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $100K

A former New Haven employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 from the Connecticut city. Daniel Lion, of Hamden, pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge Wednesday. Court documents say New Haven employed the 64-year-old Lion for …

Employee Charged with Stealing $900K from New Jersey Insurance Broker

A former accounting specialist in the Ridgefield Park, N.J., office of an insurance broker was arrested and charged with allegedly defrauding her employer of approximately $900,000, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced. Violeta McGough, 55, of Bergenfield, N.J., has …