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Vikings Owner: Lawsuit Won’t Impact Stadium Deal

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is urging an authority overseeing the new Vikings stadium to take extra precautions as it finalizes an agreement with the team’s New Jersey-based owners given their legal woes back home.

08/08/2013

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Fmr. Chisholm Man Pleads Guilty To Defrauding Customers Of $1M

A 26-year-old Michigan man, formerly of Chisholm, pleaded guilty to defrauding customers of his custom car shop out of more than $1 million. Edwin Scott Verdung pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, and one count of transaction money laundering while working at Memory Lane Classics.

08/01/2013

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Nurse Pleads Guilty In Drug Fraud Case

A 38-year-old nurse from Madelia pleaded guilty in Minneapolis Federal Court Thursday to fraudulently getting the controlled substance oxycodone while working at an inpatient health care facility.

08/01/2013

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Good Question: What Can You Buy With Food Stamps?

In an average month, 514,900 Minnesotans receive SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. The average monthly payment is $117.26 per person. In a visit to Bergan’s SuperValu, WCCO loaded seven items into a grocery cart – cookies, candy, ice cream, dishwashing detergent, hot macaroni and cheese, dog food and steak – to test shoppers on their knowledge of what’s eligible.

06/19/2013

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Mpls Man Pleads Guilty To Fleeing Duluth Prison

A federal inmate who escaped prison in Duluth earlier this year pleaded guilty to his illegal flight Thursday in federal court. Michael Joseph Krzyzaniak, 64, of Minneapolis, escaped the federal prison camp in March 2013 and specifically pleaded guilty to one count of escape from custody.

06/13/2013

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Mound Man Found Guilty Of Fraud With Petters Company

A 59-year-old Mound, Minn., man was found guilty by a jury Wednesday in federal court for fraudulently raising money for investment in Petters Company, Inc. James Nathan Fry, a hedge fund manager, was convicted of five counts of securities fraud, four counts of wire fraud, and three counts of making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

06/12/2013

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Shakopee Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Food Stamps

A 47-year-old Shakopee man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to using other people’s food stamps. Chin Son Kim pleaded guilty to one count of food stamp fraud.

06/12/2013

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MN’s Most Rapidly Growing Crime Might Surprise You

A coalition of groups are launching a statewide campaign to stop elder abuse, as 30,000 cases of senior citizen fraud and abuse have been reported in just the last couple of years in Minnesota. The shocking fact is that’s only a fraction of what’s going on.

06/11/2013

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Faribault Man Sentenced For Stealing $400K From Employer

A 39-year-old Faribault man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court for stealing more than $400,000 from his employer, money he then used to build his nearby lake home.

04/30/2013

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Shakopee Man Charged With Defrauding Food Stamp Program Of $29K

A Shakopee man was charged Thursday with one count of food stamps fraud, costing the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) over $29,000.

04/19/2013

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2 Escape From Low-Security Federal MN Prison

Two men convicted for fraud have escaped from a low-security federal prison camp near Duluth, Minn., according to authorities.

03/31/2013

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Denny Hecker Moves To His 9th Prison

Though he’s currently incarcerated, fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker remains a man on the move. Hecker has been moved to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in Littleton, Colo., according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

03/29/2013

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Tax Fraud Trio Pleads Guilty

The third and final member of a tax fraud trio pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

03/27/2013

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5 Years In Prison For Investment Scam

A Rochester man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for swindling more than $11 million in investment scam.

03/19/2013

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Former Minn. Man Pleads To Investment Scheme

A former Minnesota man accused of defrauding investors out of more than $2 million has pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Federal prosecutors say Garry Milosevich, formerly of Duluth, and his partner, Daniel Tepoel, ran a fraud scheme from 1997 until 2007.

01/18/2013

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St. Paul Man Sentenced In Stolen Art Scam

A St. Paul man has been sentenced to three years of probation for claiming his pricey art had been stolen and then collecting insurance money.

01/15/2013

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Audit: Nonprofit Director Misused Grant Money

The executive director of a Minnesota nonprofit could face criminal charges after allegedly using grant money to pay for things like designer jeans and her son’s rent.

12/06/2012

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Care Attendant Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Stealing Minor’s ID

A 40-year-old personal care attendant pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding and stealing the identity of a minor in her care, the Justice Department said.

11/19/2012

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Lumberjack Days Employee Charged With Theft By Check

A Stillwater man who worked for the annual Lumberjack Days Festival has been charged with five counts each of theft-by check and issuing dishonored checks.

11/09/2012

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Former Mora School Official Faces 4 Felonies

A former Minnesota high school principal is accused of stealing more than $37,000 that was supposed to go to his school’s baseball team.

10/15/2012

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2 Mpls. Women Pleaded Guilty To Stealing $1.5M From ING

A Minneapolis woman pleaded guilty on Thursday in federal court to stealing more than $1 million from the ING life insurance company.

09/27/2012

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Man Pleads Guilty To False $250K Art Insurance Claim

A St. Paul man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to filing a false insurance claim for $250,000 worth of art. Jason William Sheedy, 39, was charged via an information with one count of wire fraud in connection to the incident.

08/17/2012

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Former Viking Michael Bennett Pleads Guilty To Fraud

Former Minnesota Viking Michael Bennett has pleaded guilty to his role in a South Florida tax refund and identity theft scheme.

08/07/2012

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Two Mpls. Women Charged With Stealing More Than $1M

Two Minneapolis women were charged Thursday in Minneapolis federal court with stealing more than $1 million from the ING life insurance company.

07/26/2012

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Reports Of Fraud, Abuse Surround Federal Free Phone Program

A federal program is giving away thousands of free cell phones and minutes in Minnesota, and you’re paying for it.

07/19/2012

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