Fraud

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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

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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

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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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2 Men Accused Of Defrauding Delta Of Millions

A federal grand jury indicted two men on charges they were part of a long-running scheme to defraud Delta Airlines. The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta says Michael Yedor of Los Angeles and Paul Anderson of Apple Valley, Minnesota, were indicted June 10. It wasn’t immediately clear if they had lawyers.

06/27/2014

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Minn. ‘Yacht Couple’ Accused In 2nd Fraud

Their story made national headlines. A Minnesota couple accused of taking more than $150,000 in welfare benefits while living in a lake home and aboard a $1 million yacht.

05/28/2014

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MN Man Pleads Not-Guilty In Immigration Fraud Case

A Minnesota man pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that he entered the U.S. under false pretenses by concealing his military service and concealing crimes committed during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

05/12/2014

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Target Says Man Used Fraudulent Card In Texas

Central Texas police have arrested a man accused of using a fraudulent credit card at a Target department store.

05/07/2014

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FBI Investigating Deephaven Welfare Fraud Duo

The FBI is now investigating more claims against the self-declared “Scottish aristocrats” charged with welfare fraud – including the possibility they also defrauded members of a prominent Twin Cities church. The FBI has interviewed members of St. Martin’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church who say that Colin and Andrea Chisholm borrowed thousands of dollars from them, and offered worthless stock certificates as collateral.

04/23/2014

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Lino Lakes Business Owner Faces Identity Theft Charges

The owner of a massage and skin care business in Lino Lakes, Minn. was charged Friday for allegedly making fraudulent charges on her customer’s accounts. Stephanie Rae Lasch, owner of Stone Water Massage & Skin Care, was charged with felony identity theft.

04/11/2014

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