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  • April 17, 2019

    Opioid Takedown

    As part of the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, the FBI joined partner agencies in announcing the largest law enforcement action to date against illegal opioid prescribers.

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  • April 9, 2019

    Billion-Dollar Bust

    Thanks to a multi-agency investigation, the FBI and Department of Justice announced charges against 24 defendants who were allegedly part of a $1.2 billion fraud scheme against Medicare—one of the largest in U.S. history.

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  • March 18, 2019

    Flooring Company Fined

    A company that was investigated for making false statements regarding the levels of formaldehyde in its laminate flooring products has agreed to pay a $33 million penalty for securities fraud.

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  • March 15, 2019

    Mortgage Fraud

    A real estate fraudster who targeted victims with limited English proficiency was sentenced for swindling homeowners and would-be homeowners out of more than $1 million.

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  • March 7, 2019

    Elder Fraud

    The FBI joined federal partners in announcing the results of a yearlong targeted effort to capture and prosecute fraudsters who prey on the elderly.

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  • March 7, 2019

    Ex-Director Foils Scam

    Former FBI Director William Webster discusses being the target of a Jamaican lottery scam and his role in the ensuing investigation that led to his fraudster’s arrest and conviction.

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  • February 22, 2019

    Sentence Scammers Stopped

    A group of fraudsters who stole more than $4 million from inmates’ families by falsely claiming they could buy sentence reductions are now serving their own prison terms.

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  • February 11, 2019

    Cryptocurrency Fraud

    A company founder who drew investors into the emerging market of digital currencies with false claims—ultimately defrauding them of more than $9 million—will be spending time in prison.

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  • December 17, 2018

    Don’t Be a Mule

    Acting as a money mule, or moving illegally acquired funds at the direction of another person, aids the work of criminals and is itself a crime.

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  • December 3, 2018

    Card Cloners Caught

    A fraudster and his associates who bought credit card numbers online and used them to buy prepaid gift cards and money orders—stealing thousands of dollars in the process—have been sentenced for their crimes.

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  • November 26, 2018

    Elder Fraud

    A Canadian man was sentenced to more than 11 years behind bars for orchestrating a telemarketing credit card scam that defrauded at least 60,000 victims, many of them elderly, out of more than $18 million.

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  • November 19, 2018

    Telemarketing Fraudster Sentenced

    The owner of a Maryland telemarketing company that defrauded small businesses, schools, churches, non-profits, and others out of millions of dollars will be spending time behind bars.

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  • November 5, 2018

    Festival Founder Sentenced

    The creator of the purported luxury music festival Fyre Fest will be spending time behind bars for defrauding investors and customers out of more than $26 million in two separate schemes.

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  • October 19, 2018

    Charity Fraud

    A man who operated a bogus charity and duped multiple corporations out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in matching donations will be spending time behind bars.

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  • September 21, 2018

    Financial Fraud

    A businessman dubbed the godfather of payday lending was sentenced for illegally collecting hundreds of millions of dollars in short-term loans with interest rates that approached 800 percent.

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  • September 18, 2018

    Identity Thief Sentenced

    A Nevada man who stole the personally identifiable information of multiple victims from his former employer and used it to open thousands of fraudulent PayPal accounts will be spending time behind bars.

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  • August 15, 2018

    $100 Million Pharmacy Fraud

    A group of Florida scammers who set up pharmacies to bilk government and private insurance companies ended up writing themselves a prescription for prison time.

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  • August 6, 2018

    Serial Fraudster Gets 40 Years

    A long-time financial predator was recently sentenced following his extradition from Mexico, where he carried out his latest scheme while he was a fugitive from justice in another case.

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  • July 19, 2018

    Illegal Lending

    The owner of a payday lending enterprise used deceptive tactics, illegally high interest rates, and other illicit practices to steal millions of dollars from financially vulnerable people.

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  • July 10, 2018

    GI Bill Fraud Scheme

    In a bait-and-switch scheme, a group of fraudsters used educational programs for veterans to enrich themselves while cheating service members out of an education they were entitled to under the law.

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  • June 28, 2018

    National Health Care Fraud Takedown

    Federal officials announced the largest health care fraud and opioid takedown in Medicare Fraud Strike Force history, which resulted in 601 defendants charged and more than $2 billion in fraud losses.

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  • June 22, 2018

    Ponzi Fraudster Sentenced

    A California man was recently sentenced to a federal prison term for heading up a multi-faceted investment fraud/Ponzi scheme that caused millions of dollars in losses to his investors.

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  • June 1, 2018

    Music Thief Sentenced

    The owner and operator of a hugely popular—and illegal—download service that provided copyrighted music for free will be spending time behind bars for a scheme that caused estimated losses of more than $6 billion.

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  • May 29, 2018

    Mortgage Fraud Fugitive Sentenced

    A Texas building contractor who was handed a nearly 22-year sentence in absentia for his $16 million mortgage fraud scheme received additional prison time upon his return to the U.S. after fleeing to Mexico.

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  • May 17, 2018

    A Pyramid of Lies

    A Tennessee man who took advantage of the implicit trust of friends, neighbors, and family members in his small town will be spending time behind bars for his $43 million investment scheme.

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  • April 30, 2018

    Obstruction of Justice

    A Missouri lawyer was sentenced for obstruction of justice after embezzling funds given to him by his criminal client that were supposed to be used for the client’s court-ordered restitution payment.

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  • April 23, 2018

    $20 Million Investment Fraud

    An Atlanta businessman and his business manager were recently sentenced to federal prison terms for defrauding a wealthy investor and several banks out of millions of dollars.

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  • March 12, 2018

    Pill Mill Doctor Sentenced

    A Detroit-area doctor, eventually stripped of his medical license, received prison time for his role in an illegal drug distribution operation and multi-million-dollar health care fraud scheme.

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  • February 22, 2018

    Elder Fraud

    A coordinated action aimed at those who prey on senior citizens has resulted in charges against more than 250 subjects who collectively victimized more than a million people.

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  • February 21, 2018

    Sober Home Fraud

    The owner of several purported sober homes and drug treatment centers in Florida was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for defrauding insurance companies and forcing patients into prostitution, among other crimes.

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  • February 15, 2018

    Investment Fraud

    Two Virginia men were sentenced for their roles in a $10 million investment fraud scheme involving the tax-deferred retirement savings accounts of approximately 60 victims in multiple states.

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  • February 12, 2018

    A Dishonest Broker

    The owner of a brokerage company was sentenced to more than six years in prison for defrauding mortgage applicants and banks in the Pittsburgh area while enriching himself in the process.

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  • January 19, 2018

    International Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

    A businesswoman and a lawyer were recently sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms for their roles in an international fraud and money laundering conspiracy that defrauded dozens of victims.

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  • January 5, 2018

    Theft of Federal Housing Funds

    The CFO of a non-profit organization that helped find affordable housing for the elderly, homeless families, and the mentally disabled has been sentenced for stealing federal housing funds.

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  • December 28, 2017

    Snake Oil Salesman

    A man who used the oil boom in the Bakken region as the backdrop for a fraudulent housing scheme was sentenced for defrauding investors of more than $2 million.

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  • December 21, 2017

    Civil Forfeiture

    A Kentucky home where two brothers abused dozens of children over more than two decades has been sold, and the proceeds will benefit a local advocacy group that serves young abuse victims.

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  • December 18, 2017

    Affinity Fraud

    When white-collar criminals exploit trusting members of their church or social circle, it’s called affinity fraud. In Utah, a law enforcement partnership is working to educate the public about these costly scams.

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  • December 4, 2017

    Health Care Fraud

    The recent sentencing of a Texas woman to 10 years in prison marked the end of a long-running, multi-million-dollar health care fraud scheme that placed vulnerable patients at risk.

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  • November 27, 2017

    Feeding Program Fraud

    An Arkansas couple and several co-conspirators received prison time for stealing $11 million in funds from a program intended to feed children from low-income families.

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  • November 6, 2017

    Fraudulent Tutoring Services

    A father and son who headed up two Chicago-area tutoring companies were sentenced to federal prison for running a scam that short-changed low-income students in more than 100 school districts around the nation.

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  • November 1, 2017

    Staged Accident Ring

    Members of a staged car accident ring in Connecticut bilked insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by staging dozens of automobile crashes over a three-year period.

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  • October 27, 2017

    Commodities Fraud

    A Peruvian national living in New York was sentenced to 12 years for stealing more than $1.2 million from unsuspecting investors in a Ponzi scheme involving commodities fraud.

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  • September 19, 2017

    A Psychological Twist

    A mother and son who owned several psychological services companies received lengthy prison terms for fraud schemes spanning six years that bilked Medicare of more than $13 million in bogus claims.

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  • September 15, 2017

    Bankruptcy Fraud

    In this unusual bankruptcy fraud case, an Indiana woman stole her husband’s identity—while the couple was still married—and began to loot his 401(k) retirement fund and other assets.

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  • August 25, 2017

    Wanted: Your Campus ID

    Students at colleges and universities across the country are being warned of a credit card scheme that enlists them to help purported classmates buy high-end electronics at their campus bookstores.

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  • August 15, 2017

    Financial Fraud

    A well-regarded estate planner with impressive training and credentials was sentenced to a decade behind bars for betraying her clients and defrauding them out of millions of dollars.

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  • July 24, 2017

    Seizing the Moment

    The seizure and civil forfeiture of three former drug houses in Rutland, Vermont is helping to restore a community hit hard by the opioid epidemic.

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  • July 13, 2017

    Nationwide Sweep Targets Enablers of Opioid Epidemic

    Charges were announced against more than 400 individuals for their roles in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings to Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE.

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  • July 6, 2017

    Telecom Hacking Scheme

    A Pakistani man who laundered nearly $20 million in a massive international hacking and telecommunications fraud scheme is serving time for his crime.

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  • June 29, 2017

    The Case of the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Fraud

    A man who claimed that DreamWorks stole his idea for the characters and story behind the popular 2008 film ‘Kung Fu Panda’ is behind bars after his fraud scheme backfired.

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