Articles Tagged with fraud

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A woman who held the position of director of a child care and preschool facility funded by the state has been accused of embezzling over $75,000 by reporting that more than the actual number of children were enrolled and keeping the extra money.

Jan Coleman was employed as the program director for the Hazlehurst United Methodist Church Child Care and Preschool in Mississippi for several years.

Beginning in late 2014 and extending through July 2018, Coleman allegedly falsified the number of children that were attending the program, which is funded by the state Department of Human Services and used for low-income families in need of childcare.

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Two Los Angeles County residents have been charged for their alleged involvement in an immigration scheme allowing them to illegally obtain $1.5 million from Chinese nationals with the false promise of visas.

34-year-old West Covina resident Nianfei Bu, and 37-year-old Hourong Zhang, from Rowland Heights, were taken into custody on Thursday after purportedly pilfering cash from Chinese nationals in 2015 and 2016.

Bu and Zhang allegedly told seven people that if they invested money in one of several five restaurants of which Bu is the proprietor they would be given visas. The money was allegedly taken from the unknowing investors by Bu and Zhang, but the visas were never produced.

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Three women who run Los Angeles County stores are the main focus of an investigation that led to charges against 17 people who allegedly took part in the misuse of food stamp benefits.

Maria Teresa Ramirez, 37, her 54-year-old mother Maria Magdalena Salgado, and 37-year-old Yessica Raquel Garay each reportedly run different locations of three convenience stores owned by the mother and daughter.

Over a 6-year period beginning in 2011, the three women allegedly afforded some of their customers with cards containing SNAP funds the ability get cash instead of food if they agreed to give some of the money obtained to the store as a fee for the service.

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A well-to-do South Carolina man has accused a woman that he believed he was dating for the last decade of exploiting his emotions in order to extort $500,000 from him.

75-year-old Diarmuid Hogan was visiting New York City in 2009 when he met a 23-year-old woman who was employed as a model. The two hit it off and began to talk when the young lady allegedly disclosed that she was in financial trouble.

The woman, Jacqueline Frances Moore, reportedly insinuated that she was open to having a physical relationship with Hogan, and he decided to extend financial assistance for her needs.

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A New Jersey contractor was accused of insurance fraud after a surveillance camera allegedly revealed that he had purposely faked it when he slipped on ice and fell on the ground before filing the claim.

57-year-old Alexander Goldinsky is an independent contractor who was recently hired to provide his services to a company in Woodbridge.

While on the job one afternoon the surveillance camera in the break area for the company’s employees reportedly caught footage of a man who is believed to be Goldinsky. He is seen holding a cup of ice that spills to the floor in what is suspected as a premeditated act before he dropped to the ground on his back and remaining there.

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A San Juan Capistrano woman who said she was married to a firefighter started a fundraiser that was claimed to be support for active fire crews has been accused of accepting thousands of dollars in donations that she allegedly intended to keep for herself.

In August, posts on several social media sites containing pictures of a woman and a firefighter that she said was her husband were created in an attempt to ask the public for donations to assist the people working with him to contain the Holy Fire, which burned approximately 23,000 acres in Southern California.

After seeing the request for donations, several local establishments and individuals contributed their offerings to the cause by giving money and goods such as camping equipment, baby wipes, and other helpful items.

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After allegations that they participated in a voter fraud scheme, nine people are being accused of enticing homeless people with goods in order to get them to falsify signatures.

When suspicions regarding fraudulent signature collection on petitions containing ballot measures and voter registration cards during the 2016 and 2018 elections from people on Skid Row in Los Angeles came to light, an investigation was started earlier this year.

The Los Angeles Police Department used video surveillance and undercover agents and learned that people collecting signatures for ballots and voter registration were using money, food, and cigarettes to convince inhabitants of skid row to sign names that they were instructed to write on the official forms. The names were allegedly downloaded and collected off of the internet by the suspects.

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Three people have been accused of allegedly accepting money from donors after claiming they were family members of a little girl with cancer, and it was discovered that they allegedly have no relation to the child or the fundraising efforts for her recovery.

The family of a 6-year-old girl named Kaylee who was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Wilms’ tumor, which mostly affects youngsters and is found in the kidneys, started a fundraiser in hopes of gaining financial support for their daughter’s medical needs. A campaign that they dubbed “Kicking it with Kaylee” was created by the child’s relatives to raise awareness of their cause.

People in Syracuse, New York, and some surrounding neighborhoods reported that they were visited at their homes by three people who said they were Kaylee’s family members that presented a picture of the child when asking for donations. It is believed that the photo was taken from an online news site and being used to help convince people that they were legitimate proponents for the cause, and donators allegedly gave hundreds of dollars in support.

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A man has been charged with many theft-related felonies after the authorities became suspicious of his business activities and allege that he offered to turn back the mileage on the odometers of cars for customers leasing them from dealerships.

For the past year and a half, a man has allegedly been running a business in Glendale, Studio City, and North Hollywood for which he is accused of accepting payment for using a computer to intervene and tamper with the mileage on leased cars. The lower displayed number has reportedly cost car dealerships $76,394 to their financial services companies.

The man, identified as 44-year-old Serge Oganesian of Studio City, reportedly used a computer to change the mileage readings on odometers on 12 automobiles for his clients before the leasees returned the vehicles to the dealerships.

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Three people are being accused of creating fake airline employee identification cards in order to fly without having to buy tickets.

In early May of 2017, a man allegedly tried to take a flight out of Los Angeles International Airport on Spirit Airlines and when he was asked for identification he produced what is suspected as a manufactured card claiming that he is an employee of Mesa Airlines.

Upon investigation, the authorities purport that the man, identified as 25-year-old Alphonso Lloyd, was connected with two other suspects in the matter.