Crime Scene: Cons


Posted at 06:52 AM ET, 06/15/2011

D.C. police officer charged with stealing $43,000 from lottery scam victim

Police say Sgt. Aisha Hackley helped an elderly woman who fell for a lottery scam to open a new bank account, then forged the woman’s signature on checks.

By The Associated Press  |  06:52 AM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Cons & Scams

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 06/07/2011

Jail, $1M restitution for woman in coin sale-and-steal scheme

An Arizona-based rare-coins broker is headed to prison for three to nine years for talking a New York City octogenarian into investing her life savings in gold and silver coins, then stealing them from the woman’s home to resell them.

By The Associated Press  |  08:40 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Cons & Scams

Posted at 07:09 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Court date for man in car rental scheme

A Baltimore man charged in a car rental scheme that authorities believe duped more than 1,500 people is due in court.

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Categories:  From the Courthouse, Baltimore, Cons & Scams

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 12/16/2010

D.C. FD employee faces theft charges

CPR training is a skill that is always in demand. Prosecutors allege that D.C. Fire Department employee Natalie Overton-Williams used that demand to take money from nonprofit groups that should have gone to the District government. Overton-Williams, 41, of Southeast,...

By Theola Labbe'-DeBose  |  06:25 PM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 11/29/2010

Domain names snared in knockoff bust

Forget warm woolen mittens. When federal agents go online to bust counterfeit goods, a few of their favorite things are sports jerseys, DVDs, handbags, golf clubs and poseur UGG boots. Bright copper kettles? No. But full seasons of Curb Your...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  04:44 PM ET, 11/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 10/29/2010

Jail for fake cancer scammer in Md.

A woman who pretended to be terminally ill with stomach cancer and stole money from friends has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Thirty-eight-year-old Dina Perouty Leone of Rosedale was also ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution at sentencing...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:50 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:46 AM ET, 09/24/2010

3 sentenced in mail-fraud scheme

A federal judge sentenced the latest of eight defendants Thursday in a mail and identity theft ring that stole more than $340,000 worth of checks from residential mailboxes in Northwest Washington and two downtown law firms from 2007 until April...

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:46 AM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 AM ET, 09/08/2010

Guilty plea in check-snatching scam

Prosecutors say a Maryland woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud for cashing stolen D.C. and federal treasury checks. Twenty-six-year-old Annternet Howard of Hyattsville, Md., entered the plea on Tuesday and agreed to pay more than $12,000...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:39 AM ET, 09/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010

Fraud charges for Md. doctor

The attorney for a Salisbury cardiologist indicted for health care fraud says he's confident his client will be vindicated. Dr. John McLean is accused of implanting unnecessary stents in the arteries of his patients....

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:30 AM ET, 09/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 08/05/2010

Charges of $3.5M fraud for 6, 4 in Va.

Four family members from Chesapeake are among six people charged with scamming life insurance companies out of millions of dollars. A federal grand jury in Norfolk indicted 58-year-old Mitchell Marks, 57-year-old Laura Marks, 60-year-old Steve Marks, and 41-year-old Danny Marks...

By Washington Post Editors  |  07:53 AM ET, 08/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/17/2010

Ghana-based 'mystery shopper' scam unravels in Loudoun

Have you fallen victim to a "mystery shopper" scam? Loudoun officials recovered $2.1 million in counterfeit checks and money orders they said were part of a "mystery shopper" scheme that originated in Ghana. Now they are in search of anyone...

By Maria Glod  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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