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Guilty plea in Arlington voter fraud case

Christy Goodman reports in the Virginia Politics blog that William Cockerham pleaded guilty to voter fraud Wednesday in Arlington Circuit court.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 17, 2011; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Arlington, Cons & Scams, Politics  
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Fishmongers mislabeled, sold illegal seafood

Two Arizona fishmongers pleaded guilty in federal court this week to illegally selling imported fish laced with banned antibiotics, improperly inflating the quality and size of fish and shrimp, and falsely claiming that foreign farm-raised shrimp was actually U.S. wild-caught...

By Allison Klein  | January 25, 2011; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Allison Klein, Around the Nation, Cons & Scams, From the Courthouse  
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Trial for accused cancer scammer

A woman has been ordered to stand trial in Baltimore County on charges she got $10,000 from former Ravens player Mike Flynn by fraudulently claiming she's dying of cancer. Prosecutors say Lisa Hoppenstein Cohen told friends and acquaintances she had...

By The Baltimore Sun  | January 13, 2011; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Baltimore, Celebrities, Cons & Scams, From the Courthouse  
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Clinton, Md., counterfeiter sentenced

Rontrail Jamar Williams, 35, of Clinton was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud for running a multi-state counterfeiting operation that produced checks and driver's licenses, federal prosecutors said. For the past six years,...

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | January 7, 2011; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cons & Scams, From the Courthouse, Mary Pat Flaherty, Pr. George's  
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Phone scam targets grandparents

The phone rings. When the elderly woman answers, a panicked caller on the other end claims to be a grandchild or another relative in urgent need of help. There's been an accident, or an arrest, or a hospital visit. They...

By Josh White  | December 17, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Around the Nation, Cons & Scams, Financial Crimes, Identity Theft, Josh White  
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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  | December 16, 2010; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Cons & Scams, Fires & Fire Safety, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Older Entries in This Category »

15 months for $1M theft from Archives, Maria Glod , November 30, 2010
Domain names snared in knockoff bust, Mary Pat Flaherty , November 29, 2010
Police: arrests in phony robbery report, Tom Jackman , November 26, 2010
Jail for fake cancer scammer in Md. , Washington Post Editors , October 29, 2010
Professor gets 50 months in fraud, Washington Post Editors , September 24, 2010
3 sentenced in mail-fraud scheme, Washington Post Editors , September 24, 2010
Guilty plea in check-snatching scam, Washington Post Editors , September 8, 2010
Fraud charges for Md. doctor , Washington Post Editors , September 2, 2010
Jail for Walter Reed scammer, Washington Post Editors , August 26, 2010
Guilty plea in D.C. identity thefts, Washington Post Editors , August 19, 2010
2 years for check-stealing postal worker, Washington Post Editors , August 12, 2010
Jail time for Md. man's fake seizures, Washington Post Editors , August 11, 2010
Charges of $3.5M fraud for 6, 4 in Va. , Washington Post Editors , August 5, 2010
Guilty plea in D.C. 'skimming' case, Washington Post Editors , July 30, 2010
Guilty plea in Defense Dept. fraud, Washington Post Editors , July 28, 2010
Lawyer indicted on 3 more fraud counts, Tom Jackman , July 21, 2010
Police issue warning on rental scam, Dan Morse , July 1, 2010
Feds go after Nigerian scam profits, Maria Glod , June 10, 2010
ATM thievery in Alexandria, Mary Pat Flaherty , March 23, 2010
 
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