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Phoenix Auto Body Shop Owner Guilty of Fraud

PHOENIX – In Phoenix, an auto body shop owner has been found guilty of insurance fraud and forgery when he authorized his employees to do additional damage to wrecked vehicles which were brought in his shop in order to collect more insurance payments. The owner of 1st Class Collision, Michael Griesa, was convicted on Thursday 19 June 2014, according to…read more →

Examining Insider Trading Transactions

The phrase “insider trading” instantly invokes images of corrupt business executives plotting behind closed doors. However, properly disclosed insider trading can be legal. Stiff financial and legal penalties can result if the people involved with an insider trade do not provide information to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about the trade. What is Insider Trading? Insider trading takes place…read more →

5 Reasons Why People Shoplift

Shoplifting involves stealing items from a commercial establishment, so it is also referred to as ‘Retail Theft’. Shoplifting is more common than one would expect; surveys suggest that one out of ten people living in the U.S have committed the crime, at least once if not multiple times. More surprising is the fact that only 15% of shoplifters have stolen…read more →

3 men arrested in massive food stamp fraud charges in Arizona

PHOENIX – According to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, three men were arrested on fraud charges in Phoenix when authorities broke up a massive food stamp fraud ring and seized almost $700,000 in cash. The three men, named Kameel Sweiss, Ameer Sweiss, and Faday Sweiss were workers at K&S convenience store. Phoenix police raided the convenience store early Wednesday and…read more →

How to Determine Intent for Mortgage Fraud

Cash Back/Kickback Scheme Determining intent for mortgage fraud is a pretty universal defense for all cases but here is one that we see the most;  the Cash Back/Kickback scheme.  In a “Cash Back” scheme, the investor offers to purchase a property for more than the asking price, with the intention to obtain a loan from a lender for the inflated…read more →

Arrests made in Phoenix-area Walmart thefts

From CBS 5: Three people are in custody and three others are wanted in connection with the thefts of more than $230,000 in electronics from Valley-wide Walmart stores, police said. The thefts began last year in mid-July and continued until mid-April. On Tuesday, Manuel Tafoya, 19, and Joseph Keller, 18, were arrested by property crimes detectives from the Peoria Police…read more →

Ex-lawmaker’s federal fraud trial set for next month

RALEIGH, N.C. — Former Rep. Stephen LaRoque’s trial on charges of fraud and misappropriation of funds is scheduled to begin May 20. U.S. Senior District Judge Malcolm Howard will preside over the case at the federal courthouse in Greenville. LaRoque was indicted last July on eight counts of misusing federal funds and money laundering, and prosecutors later tacked on four…read more →

Tax crimes result in prison sentences, fines

With the deadline for filing income tax returns rapidly approaching, Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, and Jeannine A. Hammett, special agent in charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, announce recent tax fraud prosecutions and sentencings, and deliver a powerful warning to those who are thinking about breaking the law by committing…read more →

Rhode Island Lawmaker’s husband arraigned on fraud charges

Henry Fellela, the husband of State Representative Deborha Fellella (D-Johnston), was officially arraigned on fraud charges. He is accused of intercepting a Shell gas station credit card and making more than $700 in fraudulent purchases. At the arraignment police said that this is not Fellela’s first run in with the law. They noted that aside from similar charges in 1995…read more →

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