Fraud

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Charges: Woman, 71, Bilked From Estate Sales

A woman from Hopkins is accused of stealing money from her property estate clients. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says she’s illegally collected nearly $150,000.

07/31/2015

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Financial Adviser Gets 25 Years In $13M Fraud

A Minnesota investment adviser has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for defrauding investors of millions of dollars. Forty-two-year-old Sean Meadows of Eden Prairie was sentenced Friday in federal court in St. Paul. Prosecutors say Meadows used his financial planning and asset management firm, Meadows Financial Group.

06/27/2015

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Police Suspect Personal Care Assistant In ID Theft Investigation

Minneapolis Police say at least 36 people are the victims of a recently discovered identity theft ring that was operating in the metro area. On Wednesday, investigators in the financial crimes unit displayed many of the stolen items and forged documents that are causing theft victims to scramble to repair the damage.

06/10/2015

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Carver Co. Sheriff: Beware Of Door-To-Door Tax Scammers

The Carver County Sheriff’s office is warning metro residents of a door-to-door scammer posing as a Minnesota Department of Revenue agent. Sheriff Jim Olson says the scammer is demanding people to pay back taxes immediately or they will call local law enforcement.

06/03/2015

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2 Get Federal Prison Terms In Arizona Mortgage Fraud Case

Men from Minnesota and Texas have been sentenced to federal prison terms in a mortgage fraud case in Arizona.

05/20/2015

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Warrant Out For Man Who Sold Fake Minnesota Wild Tickets

Prosecutors say an out-of-towner took advantage of Minnesota Wild fever — and now he’s wanted by police. Investigators say Michael Nottrodt flew in from Florida for the Wild playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.

05/08/2015

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Fmr. Viking Accused Of Multi-Million Dollar Ponzi Scheme

Two Minnesota men, including a former Minnesota Vikings tight end, are charged with running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of millions of dollars. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 66-year-old Stu Voigt and 61-year-old Jeffery Gardner face several criminal charges in connection to a real estate scheme between 2005 and 2007.

04/15/2015

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Man, 42, Gets 15 Years For Elaborate Fraud & Identity Theft Conspiracy

A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for “orchestrating an identity theft, check, and tax fraud scheme that spanned more than 10 years”, the United States Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

04/15/2015

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Burnsville Man Charged With Selling Fake Wild Tickets

The Minnesota Wild are going to the NHL playoffs, but police say they’re worried some fans are being taken for a ride. Police believe there may be at least 40 cases of fraudulent tickets, and they think 28-year-old Ahmed Dahir of Burnsville is behind the tickets.

04/09/2015

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Forest Lake Couple Charged In Public Assistance Fraud Scheme

A Forest Lake couple is facing felony charges, accused of bilking taxpayers for about $115,000 in public assistance benefits they weren’t entitled to.

03/30/2015

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Lawmakers To Introduce Bill To Curb Insurance Fraud

Insurance fraud is growing in Minnesota. Experts say this crime alone costs the average family more than $1,400 a year in higher insurance premiums.

02/12/2015

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Court Hearing Held For ‘Serial Stowaway’ In Florida

A court hearing will be held Tuesday in Florida for a woman police say flew to Florida from the Twin Cities, without a ticket. Marilyn Hartman, 63, was arrested Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. after she checked into a hotel under another person’s name.

02/10/2015

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Minn. Stops Accepting TurboTax Returns Due To Potential Fraud

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has stopped accepting tax returns filed using Intuit’s TurboTax individual software because of potential fraud.

02/05/2015

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Farmington Couple Charged In ‘American Girl’ Swindle

A Farmington couple face felony theft by swindle charges after buying discounted American Girl merchandise from an online retailer, then fraudulently returning the items at the Mall of American for a full refund. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says Jennifer Jo Cho, 37, and Henry Lim Cho, 34, returned over 134 items without a receipt to the American Girl store at the Mall of America – reaping $5,374 in the process.

01/22/2015

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Nearly 60 Counts Against Wis. Couple For Alleged Bilking

A Wisconsin couple is facing almost 60 felony counts between the two of them.

01/09/2015

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Man Guilty Of $167K Welfare Fraud Gets 21 Months In Prison

The man who avoided federal investigators while living on a private yacht, and who claimed to be Scottish royalty, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and was ordered to pay full restitution. Colin Chisholm pleaded guilty to collecting more than $167,000 through welfare fraud.

01/05/2015

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Fmr. Stillwater Mayor Allegedly Involved In Million Dollar Fraud Case

A fraud charge is offering more information to what may have led to the mayor of Stillwater’s resignation last month. Former Stillwater mayor Ken Harycki is also an accountant. He’s charged with helping a client defraud the government of more than $10 million.

12/17/2014

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4 Charged In $4 Million Gov’t Benefits Scam

A former daycare operator is in jail while police search for her husband as part of a multimillion-dollar fraud investigation. Yasmin Ali of Fridley and her husband, Ahmed Mohammed, are charged with felonies along with two other men — Joshua Miller of St. Paul and Jordan Smith of Cottage Grove.

12/17/2014

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Henn. Co. Sheriff: Beware Of Phone Scammers

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens about phone scams. Residents have reported being called by people who claim arrest warrants are out for them due to unpaid court fees, fines or missed jury duty. The sheriff’s office says the calls have led to unauthorized credit card use, identity theft and other forms of fraud.

12/13/2014

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Minn. Man Gets 12 Years For Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Federal officials say a 39-year-old man was sentenced this week to more than 12 years in prison for orchestrating a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.

12/09/2014

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White Bear Lake Man Arrested For Allegedly Selling Fake Vikings Tickets

If you’re heading to a game this weekend, you may want to double check your tickets. Police are investigating a man who they believe sold fake tickets to a Vikings game, and they think he may have sold even more to other sporting events.

10/31/2014

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Minn. Attorney General Sues Credit Card Fee Processor

Valley Lettering in North St. Paul is always looking for more business. So as convenience to customers, owner Don Buckentin takes credit or debit cards. But for each transaction, he pays a fee. “This was far more than pennies,” Buckentin said. “This was hundreds of dollars.”

10/15/2014

Law, Judge, Justice

Twin Sisters Plead Not Guilty To Medical Fraud

Twin sisters who once lived in Massachusetts, and now live in Minnesota, have pleaded not guilty to charges they stole more than $580,000 from federal, state and local agencies by allegedly providing unlicensed psychological services.

09/16/2014

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Twin Sisters In MN Face Medical Fraud Charges

Twin sisters who once lived in Massachusetts have been charged with stealing more than $580,000 from federal, state and local agencies by allegedly providing unlicensed psychological services. The Massachusetts attorney general’s office says neither Nita Guzman nor her sister, Nina Tischer, is licensed to practice psychology in the state.

09/16/2014

Taxes

MN Inmates Charged With Filing $400K In False Tax Returns

Two inmates at a Minnesota prison are accused of filing $400,000 in false tax claims to the Internal Revenue Service, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Tony Terrell Robinson, 30, and Tanka James Tetzlaff, 39, were each charged Tuesday with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and 10 counts each of making false claims.

08/19/2014

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