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Richard Scrushy Now Broke and Bustednew

At the end of one of the few remaining court battles in the HealthSouth saga, a Jefferson County circuit court judge saw what 12 jurors in criminal court did not - he found the former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy guilty and liable for the massive accounting fraud at the company.
Birmingham Weekly  |  Kyle Whitmire  |  06-23-2009  |  Business & Labor

House Republican Inquiry into Secrets Surrounding Cap-and-Trade Fraud Convictionnew

A former Pasadena businesswoman convicted of engineering a fraudulent cap-and-trade pollution credit deal is at the heart of a congressional inquiry into the government's latest response to global warming.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Kevin Uhrich  |  05-18-2009  |  Crime & Justice

On Ponzi Capitalismnew

Two names have been wed in the news this month: Charles Ponzi, the con artist busted in 1920, and Bernard Madoff, one of America's most successful hedge fund managers and a reputable pillar of the Wall Street financial community. But I'm confused, because a ponzi scheme also describes the global economy.
Artvoice  |  Michael I. Niman  |  12-29-2008  |  Economy

Was Roxanna Brown an Art-World Fraud?new

Her questionable death in federal custody means we may never know.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  11-03-2008  |  Art

Insiders Accuse Orange County School Board of Trying to Cover Up Fraudnew

It seems logical that if Orange County Public Schools discovered that a contractor was bilking them for thousands of dollars, maybe more, they'd do something about it immediately. But that apparently didn't happen.
Orlando Weekly  |  Deanna Morey  |  07-31-2008  |  Crime & Justice

A Career Con Man Brings His Talents to Cleveland's Art Worldnew

Isaac Coleman Jr. had been committing fraud for two decades before he moved to Bratenahl and reinvented himself.
Cleveland Scene  |  Lisa Rab  |  05-09-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Rep. Peter Welch Cracks Down on War Contractor Fraudnew

Vermont's congressman exposed a legal loophole that makes it easier for some overseas private contractors to defraud the federal government.
Seven Days  |  Ken Picard  |  04-28-2008  |  Politics Robert Paisola and His Online Version of Three Card Montenew

With a rap sheet including convictions for insurance fraud and possession of kiddie porn, Robert Paisola finds it tough to land real work. So he's created a special new hustle: a game of endlessly multiplying websites and his own form of electronic extortion against those who try to shut him down.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Stephen Dark  |  05-23-2007  |  Crime & Justice

Think Globally, Scheme Locallynew

Businessman Ralbert Brooks-Hamilton owes nearly $500,000 in loans he secured through a program to pump cash into Oakland's downtrodden neighborhoods. Lately, according to federal agents, he's posed as an investment-seeking Nicaraguan diplomat.
East Bay Express  |  Justin Berton  |  10-24-2005  |  Politics

G.I. Jerks Are as Real as Rambonew

A wave of wannabe warriors claiming service in Afghanistan and Iraq are looking to profit by deception, as one woman learned after moving in with a man she believed to be a career soldier.
Dallas Observer  |  Glenna Whitley  |  09-05-2005  |  War

Divorce Mediator Was Not the Lawyer He Claimed to Benew

Gary Karpin operates what he says is a booming one-man mediation business called "Divorce With Dignity." Two clients say he preyed on vulnerable divorcees, both romantically and financially.
Phoenix New Times  |  Paul Rubin  |  02-01-2005  |  Children & Families

Why Shoppers Ought to Think Twice About Ordering Onlinenew

Writing from prison, Internet scammer Brandon Samuel Brooks explains how, between the ages of 15 and 20, he stole about $100,000 from unsuspecting rubes over the Internet.
The Pitch  |  Tony Ortega  |  12-13-2004  |  Crime & Justice

Seductress of the Saintsnew

Sandra Camille Bridewell told her seatmate on a plane that she was a missionary in need of assistance. In fact, she is a swindler, known in Dallas as the Black Widow, who gains the confidence of the generous by pretending to be a super-spiritual minister with a hotline to Jesus.
Dallas Observer  |  Glenna Whitley  |  12-13-2004  |  Crime & Justice

Fat Chance of Losing Weight Electronicallynew

The AbTronic Electric Fitness System promised consumers they could get “six-pack abs” by using its device, but the Federal Trade Commission found that wasn’t true.
Westword  |  Eric Dexheimer  |  12-07-2004  |  Science

The Voting Story Ohio's Secretary of State Didn't Want You to Readnew

In the months leading up to the Nov. 2 election, Ken Blackwell, Ohio's Republican secretary of state, did all he could to suppress the vote, ensure chaos and limit media scrutiny. Four Scene reporters covered the weirdness in Cleveland and Akron.
Cleveland Scene  |  Denise Grollmus, Kevin Hoffman, Chris Maag and Rebecca Meiser  |  11-11-2004  |  Politics

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