Fraud

Man Sentenced For Illegally Buying, Selling $4M Of TobaccoA 40-year-old man was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison for illegally buying and shipping millions of dollars worth of tobacco products to Minnesota. Rashid Fehmi Ibrahim was convicted of six counts of shipment, transport, receive, possess, sell, distribute and purchase contraband smokeless tobacco.
AG: Shakopee Inmate Defrauded Medical Assistance ProgramMinnesota's Attorney General has filed felony fraud charges against a 51-year-old woman. With an aging population and soaring hospital costs, home healthcare delivers efficient medical care.
Half Of Convicted 'Yacht Couple' Indicted On Further FraudThe man who avoided federal investigators while living on a private yacht, claimed to be Scottish royalty, and was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for welfare fraud has been indicted for allegedly stealing more than $2 million from investors.
Lawsuit Alleges MN Agency Data Breach Revealed Fraud Tipster's IdentityA tipster who alerted a Minnesota government agency to potential fraud involving unemployment benefits sued Thursday after her identity was mistakenly revealed to the man she turned in, leaving her fearful for her safety. Michele Meier's lawsuit against the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development alleges a data breach put her and her child at risk of retaliation.
State Sen. Hayden, Wife Settle Dispute Over Nonprofit PaymentsDemocratic state Sen. Jeffrey Hayden and his wife will pay $2,750 to settle a dispute over expense reimbursements from the troubled Community Action of Minneapolis nonprofit. The Minneapolis legislator and wife, Theresa, reached agreement last week with a court-appointed receiver to pay less than the $3,500 initially sought.
Commerce Dept.: Criminals Posing As Police In ID Theft CallsMinnesotans beware: criminals are aiming to steal your money by posing as members of law enforcement over the phone. The Minnesota Commerce Department says phone scammers are calling people and claiming they are investigating an identity fraud case that involves the victim.
Mpls. Restaurant Responds To Credit Card Fraud ClaimsCustomers of a Minneapolis restaurant say they have been overcharged thousands of dollars. Since October, Linus Nyambu and others say the Blue Nile Restaurant has taken small amounts of money out of their accounts at a time -- which have added up to thousands in overdraws.
Charges: Man Stole Hundreds Of Thousands From Ill GrandmaA White Bear Lake man was charged Tuesday with stealing thousands of dollars from his grandmother after relatives contacted police with suspicions of fraud. The Minnesota Department of Commerce says Dennis Lee Olson, 42, is charged with theft by swindle from Betty Jane Braun between 2008 and 2013, when she passed away.
Good Questions: Caller ID, Halloween Candy & Wisdom TeethSandy asks: Why does caller ID sometimes show your own phone number? It is called "spoofing," and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it is against the law.
Court Document: Minn. Sen. Hayden Owes For Nonprofit ExpensesTravel expense claims submitted by a Democratic state senator and his wife have come under scrutiny from a court-appointed receiver examining the finances of a Minneapolis nonprofit group that was shut down last year. Roughly $3,400 in conference travel expenses paid to state Sen. Jeff Hayden and wife Theresa by Community Action of Minneapolis have been flagged as improper in a court document filed Thursday
Trial Of Indicted Minneapolis Nonprofit Head Moved To 2016The federal fraud trial for a former Minneapolis nonprofit leader has been postponed until April. William Davis and his son, Jordan, were supposed to stand trial in November on charges they siphoned public money for personal use or claimed expense reimbursements they weren't permitted to. A revised schedule in the case was filed Thursday.
November Trial Set For Nonprofit Leader With Political TiesA politically connected nonprofit executive pleaded not guilty Monday to federal fraud charges as his attorney looked ahead to a November trial that could see prominent figures called to the stand.

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