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  • Man pleads guilty to investment fraud scheme

    July 12, 2014 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud for executing a $13 million investment fraud scheme that included victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida. The Advocate reports 59-year-old James R. Holdman, of Baker, Louisiana, entered the plea Friday in federal... more »
  • French trader arrested after fraud, odyssey

    May 18, 2014 9:34 PM

    PARIS (AP) - A Frenchman convicted of one of history's biggest trading frauds has returned home to serve prison time after a pilgrimage to the pope and a plea for presidential clemency. Jerome Kerviel, in footage shown on French television, crossed the border from Italy to France by foot late... more »
  • La. doctor pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

    October 25, 2013 6:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says a Kenner doctor has pleaded guilty to charges he defrauded the state's Medicaid program. Dr. Fiaz Afzal pleaded guilty on Thursday to 35 counts of Medicaid fraud. He was indicted in November 2010 by an East Baton... more »
  • La. recovers $124 million in fraud

    August 14, 2013 9:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal officials say Louisiana recovered more than $124 million in fraudulent Medicaid payments during the last fiscal year, leading the nation in recovery efforts. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported Tuesday that Louisiana's recovery rate of nearly 2 percent of all Medicaid... more »
  • Marrero woman pleads guilty to financial-aid fraud

    July 26, 2013 9:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Marrero woman has pleaded guilty to federal financial-aid fraud during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Lance Africk. The Times-Picayune reports Africk set Shanera Washington-Sylve's sentencing for Oct. 24. She was charged last month with lying about her marital status when applying for financial... more »
  • Woman sentenced for tax refund fraud

    July 19, 2013 8:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has sentenced a Baton Rouge woman to 11 years in prison for filing false claims for tax refunds using the names and Social Security numbers of identity theft victims. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service say Angela Myers... more »
  • Authorities seek woman in Prairieville fraud case

    July 10, 2013 9:06 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (AP) - Ascension Parish authorities are searched for a woman accused of illegally withdrawing money from a woman's bank account. Sheriff's deputies tell The Advocate the fugitive has been seen on surveillance video at Regions Bank in Prairieville using the victim's identification while withdrawing approximately $7,400 from the... more »
  • Federal charges filed alleged bank fraud scheme

    June 17, 2013 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two Baton Rouge businessmen are charged with bank fraud in what federal prosecutors say involved over $368,000 in loans they obtained for construction of a fitness center that did not open. Court records show Matthew Scott Bernard is charged two counts of bank fraud and... more »
  • Acadiana Woman Victim of Tax Refund Fraud; Tips to Protect Yourself

    March 1, 2013 7:11 PM

    Imagine filing your federal taxes and a message comes back saying you've already filed. This year alone, the Internal Revenue Service is investigating more than 500 cases of identity theft refund fraud. The IRS is cracking down and has hired three thousand employees to focus solely on identity theft... more »
  • Feds: Businessman accused of fraud after BP spill

    November 2, 2012 3:54 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana businessman faces a federal wire fraud charge for allegedly seeking to get BP PLC to pay him $1.4 million for supplying a helicopter that the oil giant did not ask for during its response to the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of... more »
  • Kenner Doctor Arrested, Accused of Medicaid Fraud

    July 28, 2012 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The owner of a medical clinic in Kenner has been booked with two counts of Medicaid fraud. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Friday that 78-year-old Dr. George A. Farber Sr. surrendered to his office's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit on Thursday and was booked into the... more »
  • Doctors' former employee sentenced in fraud case

    July 27, 2012 8:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Mandeville woman has been sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Thursday that U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon also ordered 41-year-old Jacqueline Evans Segura to repay $703,263 in restitution... more »
  • Zachary woman sentenced in Medicare fraud case

    July 25, 2012 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Zachary woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $10.9 million for frauds committed against Medicare. The Advocate reports Chikenna Jones and her attorney, Michael A. Fiser, told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady Tuesday that the... more »
  • Dentist convicted of Medicaid fraud

    July 5, 2012 6:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Shreveport dentist has been placed on probation for five years, including two years of home incarceration, for Medicaid fraud. The Advocate reports that State District Judge Lou Daniel also ordered Dr. David Earl Reed to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,100 in restitution, and... more »
  • Man gets prison for oil-spill fraud

    May 18, 2012 8:57 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A 28-year-old Gulfport man has been sentenced to prison for 37 months and ordered to make restitution of $27,000 for fraud involving an oil-spill recovery claim. The Sun Herald reports Moses W. Keys was sentenced Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. also ordered three years... more »
  • 4 accused of Medicare fraud in Baton Rouge

    April 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says four former employees at two Baton Rouge psychiatric clinics have been charged with mail-fraud conspiracy in connection with alleged Medicare losses that could exceed $37 million. Cazayoux tells The Advocate the investigation is continuing. Cazayoux says Teryl C.... more »
  • Sentencing in fraud case delayed

    April 5, 2012 11:04 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A judge has agreed to delay sentencing to allow a Louisiana homebuilder more time to come up with $1 million to repay the Small Business Administration. Victor Planetta, whose business is based in Slidell, La., had pleaded guilty in November to making false statements for money... more »
  • 2 in B.R. sentenced for Medicare fraud

    March 23, 2012 6:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two women involved in a Medicare fraud scheme that included false claims and illegal kickbacks have been sentenced to prison. Stephanie B. Williams and Mary H. Griffin were sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady. Williams was sentenced to four years in prison... more »
  • State police arrest pair on insurance fraud

    March 16, 2012 9:55 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - State troopers have arrested two people accused of submitting fraudulent insurance claims in Ouachita Parish. Investigators with the State Police Insurance Fraud Unit arrested 52-year-old Stephen Sanderson of Winnsboro on Thursday and 46-year-old Sherry Williams of Monroe last Friday. They were booked into Ouachita Correctional Center,... more »
  • Developer pleads guilty to bank fraud conspiracy

    March 16, 2012 8:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Covington developer has admitted conspiring to get mortgages for bad loan risks. They say the plot was uncovered during investigation of the federal bank bailout program. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says 43-year-old Troy Fouquet pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy... more »
  • Jurors still deliberating in Stanford fraud trial

    March 2, 2012 11:04 AM

    HOUSTON (AP) - A federal jury has resumed deliberating the fate of jailed Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford on charges he bilked $7 billion from investors in a massive Ponzi scheme. Jurors in the financier's fraud trial in Houston continued deliberating Friday. The panel began deliberations Wednesday. If the jury... more »
  • West Virginina Mine Boss Charged with Fraud in Deadly Blast

    February 22, 2012 10:11 AM

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The superintendent of the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to defraud the federal government, becoming the highest-ranking Massey Energy employee to face criminal prosecution so far over the deadly blast. Former Upper Big Branch mine boss... more »
  • Feds delay sentencing, seek more fraud victims

    February 21, 2012 10:46 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge has put off a former NFL player's sentencing to give prosecutors time to notify possible fraud victims in Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Arizona. The amount of Jeffrey Walker's restitution payment will depend on the number of victims, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Sentencing had been... more »
  • Ex-employee of La. surgeons charged with fraud

    February 14, 2012 9:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A woman who worked as an office manager for a Covington medical practice has been charged with fraudulently paying herself more than $600,000 in authorized salary out of her employer's payroll account. A court filing last week charges 40-year-old Jacqueline Evans Segura with one count of... more »
  • Man sentenced to 46 months for fraud

    February 10, 2012 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 42-year-old Denham Springs man has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison after admitting he defrauded Fidelity Bank of more than $1.2 million. The Advocate report Steve Harold Loga was ordered by U.S. District Judge Frank J. Polozola to begin serving a... more »
  • Patient recruiter pleads in fraud scheme

    February 1, 2012 8:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Atlanta man has pleaded guilty for his role in a Louisiana-based Medicare fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for unnecessary durable medical equipment, including leg and arm braces, power wheelchairs and wheelchair accessories. The U.S. Department of Justice says 61-year-old Fred D. Belcher pleaded guilty... more »
  • Woman sentenced for fraud after Katrina

    January 27, 2012 9:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 37-year-old New Orleans woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for mail fraud and identity theft committed after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said Thursday that Shantell Moses was also ordered to pay $16,915 in restitution to the American Red... more »
  • La. tax preparer indicted for fraud

    January 25, 2012 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge woman has been indicted for filing false claims for tax refunds, wire fraud, identity theft, filing a false income tax return and criminal forfeiture. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday charges against Angela Myers, who operated... more »
  • Winnsboro man accused of hunting contest fraud

    January 24, 2012 9:33 AM

    WINNSBORO, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has accused a 54-year-old Winnsboro man of shooting a deer with an illegal weapon - and committing fraud by entering it in four big buck contests. Spokesman Adam Einck said Monday that Billy W. Jordan allegedly shot the buck... more »
  • 2 sentenced in Medicare fraud scheme

    January 13, 2012 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say the owner and a patient recruiter for a medical equipment company have been sentenced in a $4.7 million Medicare fraud scheme. Nnanta Felix Ngari, the owner of Unique Medical Solutions, and Ernest Payne, a patient recruiter, were sentenced Thursday by U.S. District... more »
  • Doctor charged for receiving child porn, fraud

    January 12, 2012 11:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 51-year-old Metairie physician has been charged in a two-count superseding bill of information for allegedly receiving materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors and health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says the charges against Dr. Dan Joachim and Physicians Analytical Services, Inc., a subsidiary... more »
  • Man gets 7 years for bank fraud

    January 12, 2012 10:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 48-year-old Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for bank fraud involving $18 million in fake checks and money orders. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. said Wednesday that Timothy Strain also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Brian... more »
  • Police Bust Credit Fraud Worth "Hundreds of Thousands"

    November 18, 2011 6:48 PM

    Jennings Police busted three suspects, accused of credit card fraud, possibly totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Police said officers discovered 70 Visa gift cards hidden in a vehicle's dash board during a routine traffic stop. Police said they believe the suspects stole the cards from Walmarts along the... more »
  • Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Case

    October 15, 2011 10:37 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Dallas woman who owned a Shreveport tax preparing service has pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent claims for federal income tax refunds. Forty-one-year-old Letitia C. Scott faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine following her guilty plea Friday to one... more »
  • Woman sentenced in insurance murder fraud case

    September 23, 2011 6:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 32-year-old woman has been sentenced to five years for her involvement in an insurance scheme that led to a murder in 2004. U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon on Thursday sentenced Maria Samuels who pleaded guilty. The scheme involved her brother and a murder-for-hire... more »
  • 2 more booked in Livingston on food stamp fraud

    September 21, 2011 9:40 AM

    LIVINGSTON, la. (AP) - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies have booked two more people on counts of felony theft in connection with food stamp fraud. Trey Williams of the Department of Children and Family Services tells The Advocate that brings the number of people arrested on food stamp fraud in the... more »
  • Former Credit Union Official Admits Fraud

    September 9, 2011 7:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A former marketing director at Dow Federal Credit Union in Plaquemine has pleaded guilty in Baton Rouge federal court to a charge of mail fraud. Ashley E. Braud admitted to U.S. District Judge Frank J. Polozola Thursday that she used credit union funds in August... more »
  • Medicare goes high-tech to head off fraud

    June 17, 2011 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say Medicare is adopting technology similar to what credit card companies use to screen claims for clues that can predict fraud. The Obama administration announced Friday it has a awarded a contract worth up to $77 million to defense contractor Northrop Grumman and a group of... more »
  • Oyster house owners arrested in fraud

    June 10, 2011 9:42 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - State police have arrested the owners of a Tangipahoa Parish oyster business in a case involving $105,830 in unpaid bills due a seafood processing company in Terrebonne Parish. Troopers say 63-year-old Vito Caronna and 51-year-old Rhonda Caronna, both of Robert, were booked on counts of issuing... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty to Road Home fraud

    June 10, 2011 9:27 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 65-year-old Harvey woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding the Road Home program. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Cecile Payne's primary residence when Hurricane Katrina hit was in Harvey, but she applied for Road Home money claiming a New Orleans rental house she owned as... more »
  • Sentencing for 5 of 6 in Ball Disaster Fraud

    May 6, 2011 7:03 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal judge is scheduled to sentence five of the six defendants from Ball who have pleaded guilty to defrauding the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Gustav. Those facing sentencing Friday include former town clerk Brenda Kimball, former police chief Jay Barber and three of... more »
  • Mom Arrested in Cancer Fraud Case

    April 22, 2011 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A mom who created an elaborate lie by telling people her child had cancer in order to steal money from them has been charged with multiple counts of theft, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office news release said. Jacinta K. Millikin, 42, told Wildwood... more »
  • Sentencing Date Set in Town of Ball Fraud Case

    April 18, 2011 7:59 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A federal prosecutor is asking U.S. District Judge Dee Drell to give lesser sentences to four town of Ball officials who cooperated in a disaster-fraud investigation involving former Mayor Roy Hebron. In motions filed Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cytheria Jernigan asks Drell for leniency in sentencing... more »
  • Texas codefendant may change NOPD fraud plea

    February 4, 2011 9:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Court records indicate that the owner of a Brownsboro, Texas, security firm might plead guilty in a case accusing him of plotting with a New Orleans police commander to get kickbacks from a hurricane security contract. Both Joseph Branch of Gladius Inc. and police Capt. Michael... more »
  • Man pleads guilty to fraud related to oil spill

    January 24, 2011 5:54 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal authorities say a Jackson man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud related to a scheme to collect $90,000 in claims related to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The U.S. attorney's office in Jackson said 39-year-old Dennis L. Moore pleaded guilty in federal court... more »
  • 7 Accused of Oil Spill Damage Fraud

    December 11, 2010 10:55 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities say seven people have now been indicted for allegedly filing fraudulent damage claims for money following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The charges involve two in Texas and North Carolina, four charged in Alabama, Michigan and Mississippi, and one in... more »
  • Louisiana man pleads in prison system fraud

    October 20, 2010 10:12 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lake Charles man accused of overbilling the state prison system for more than $170,000 in fertilizer has pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges. 69-year-old Wallace "Gene" Fletcher faces up 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines and restitution. Fletcher entered his... more »
  • Voter Fraud Allegation In Ville Platte

    October 13, 2010 7:34 PM

    (note: the candidates/campaign signs shown in this story's video are not necessarily involved in the investigation or allegations of fraud.) Accusations of voter fraud tonight in Ville Platte where at least a dozen residents claim they unknowingly handed over their votes to a stranger. They contacted KATC and reporter... more »
  • Audit: Alleged payroll fraud under Broussard

    October 7, 2010 10:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state audit says former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard and former Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson may have broken state payroll laws by giving $45,000 in excess pay to Broussard's wife and hiring two politically connected individuals as paralegals who had no qualifications. The report,... more »
  • La. doctor, company owner plead guilty to fraud

    October 4, 2010 10:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans doctor and the owner of a medical equipment company have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to submit more than $775,000 in fraudulent Medicare claims. Dr. Dahlia Kirkpatrick and Emmanuel Komandu, owner of Baker-based Alpha Medical Solutions Inc., each face maximum... more »
  • Widespread Credit Card Fraud in the Natchitoches Uncovered

    September 24, 2010 12:47 PM

    NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) - A multi-agency investigation has uncovered a widespread credit card fraud in the Natchitoches area that netted about $50,000 in losses to card owners. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. tells The Times that the investigation centers on transactions made at a Natchitoches restaurant, which apparently was... more »
  • More than 1,300 Charged with Hurricane Fraud

    September 15, 2010 10:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 1,300 people have been charged in federal fraud cases related to the 2005 hurricanes in the five years since the storms struck the Gulf Coast, the Justice Department said Tuesday. A report released by the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force says investigators have screened... more »
  • Co-owner of missing painting charged with fraud

    September 9, 2010 9:59 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A con man carried out an "inartful fraud" when he fooled an art collector into thinking they were partners in the $1.1 million purchase of a missing painting but was actually ripping the investor off, a federal prosecutor said Thursday. Thomas Doyle, 54, was arrested on... more »
  • Jury deadlocks in actress's LA marriage fraud case

    September 3, 2010 10:05 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge declared a mistrial Friday after jurors told him deliberations had grown hostile in the marriage fraud case of Mexican-born actress Fernanda Romero and her husband. The couple were accused of entering a sham marriage designed to allow the soap opera star to get... more »
  • 22 new Katrina fraud charges announced

    August 26, 2010 9:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina a few days away, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced the latest round of fraud cases arising from the storm. Letten outlined charges Thursday against 22 people accused of bilking government agenciquaor aid programs out of amounts ranging from $2,000... more »
  • Pineville Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

    August 26, 2010 8:45 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Pineville woman has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in a case that involved using someone else's identity to steal money by opening accounts at various banks and credit card companies. The Town Talk reports that 36-year-old Lanetta Littleton faces... more »
  • Feds to Outline Anti-fraud Efforts After Spill

    August 24, 2010 7:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Justice Department officials are outlining their efforts to curb fraud in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer of the Justice Department's criminal division are scheduled to brief reporters on the topic Tuesday in Baton... more »
  • Conterfeit Money Making Its Way Around Acadiana

    August 2, 2010 7:22 PM

    Counterfeit money is making its way around Acadiana. So far, three businesses in Kaplan have found fake money, but officials believe there is much more out there. Annie Trahan, owner of Annie's Bar in Kaplan, said "He asked for change. He gave her four fives and she gave him... more »
  • Fake Check Scam in Crowley

    July 26, 2010 7:22 PM

    According to a study by the Federal Trade Commission, one-third of adults have been approached with fake check scams and more than a million have fallen victim these kind of scams. One Eunice women, Valon Phillips, almost fell victim to a secret shopping scam. She's received checks for being... more »
  • Largest Medicare Fraud Bust Ever

    July 16, 2010 12:41 PM

    MIAMI (AP) - Federal authorities said Friday they are conducting the largest Medicare fraud bust ever in five different states and arrested dozens of suspects accused in scams totaling $251 million. Several doctors and nurses were among those arrested in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge, La.,... more »
  • Feds: Largest Medicare Fraud Bust Carried Out

    July 16, 2010 9:22 AM

    Federal authorities are conducting the largest Medicare fraud bust ever, with raids in five states leading to the arrests of dozens of suspects. Several doctors and nurses were among those authorities hoped to arrest Friday in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge, La. Authorities said 36 people... more »
  • Rayne Man Arrested For An Alleged Insurance Fraud

    July 13, 2010 6:31 PM

    Today, the Louisiana State Police Region 2 Insurance Fraud Unit arrested a Rayne man for insurance fraud and theft charges. On October 13, 2009, 32-year-old Demoine Declouette of Rayne, LA, allegedly filed a claim with his insurance company after his vehicle, a 2008 Dodge Ram, caught fire. Declouette's claim, which... more »
  • Slidell Woman Pleads Guilty to Katrina Fraud

    July 2, 2010 6:32 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Slidell woman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining disaster aid from the American Red Cross in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Federal prosecutors said 27-year-old Sylvia Barnes submitted four applications for assistance and received $4,695 when the Red Cross limited awards to a one-time payment of up... more »
  • Feds Indict Man, Woman in Health Care Fraud Case

    June 6, 2010 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 44-year-old Franklin man and a woman who worked for him have been indicted on charges of health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Stan Lemelle says a grand jury handed up a 10-count indictment on Thursday against Ray A. Kirt and 57-year-old Peggy Mingo faces six... more »
  • Woman Pleads Guilty to Red Cross Fraud

    May 27, 2010 7:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 27-year-old Hammond woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding the American Red Cross. Keyona Dalton pleaded guilty to making fraudulent applications for financial assistance during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. According to court documents, the Red Cross made disaster assistance money of up... more »
  • Contractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges

    May 20, 2010 9:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 41-year-old New Orleans contractor charged with two counts of felony theft for work he didn't do for Hurricane Katrina victims pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to 10 years on each count. Kevin Meadows was also ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution during Wednesday's plea... more »
  • Police Juror Among 7Arrested for Fraud

    May 19, 2010 9:45 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - State police said the seven people arrested Tuesday on felony theft counts, including two elected officials, were involved in a check-cashing scheme designed to divert insurance money from a Clinton nonprofit organization and a Weyanoke church. Authorities arrested veteran West Feliciana Parish Police Juror John... more »
  • Owners of Medical Staffing Firm Arrested for Fraud

    May 19, 2010 9:35 AM

    VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - The owners of a medical staffing business in Ville Platte have been arrested on a fraud charge. Brett McElwee and Daniel Fuselier, owners of First Choice Medical Staffing, surrendered at the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. It was not immediately known whether the men... more »
  • Lacombe Man Sentenced for Fraud Linked to Katrina

    May 13, 2010 9:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 53-year-old Lacombe man has been sentenced in connection with a disaster loan he and his wife applied for in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Keith Stobaugh was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation and fined $1,500 following his guilty plea to misprision of a... more »
  • Real Estate Investor Accused

    May 13, 2010 9:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Metairie man who built his real estate business into a major apartment landlord has been charged with mail fraud in connection of an alleged scheme that cost investors at least $3.5 million. Federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday that Michael Smuck, 61, sold a Houston apartment complex... more »
  • Ex-state Worker Pleads Guilty

    May 12, 2010 10:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A former state social service worker has pleaded guilty in connection with a federal food stamp fraud investigation that has resulted in charges against 13 people. Andrea Broussard admitted Wednesday in Lafayette to fraudulently obtaining $345 in federal disaster assistance in 2005 after hurricanes Katrina and... more »
  • 2 Charged: Fraudulent Tax Refunds

    May 7, 2010 10:18 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A St. Charles Parish sheriff's deputy and a tax preparer have been indicted on charges they used the identities of prison inmates to fraudulently obtain more than $800,000 in tax refunds. The sheriff's deputy, 42-year-old Warren LeBeauf, and the tax preparer, 36-year-old Tamara Scott-Landry, were charged Thursday... more »
  • Lafayette AFLAC Employee Arrested for Insurance Fraud

    March 31, 2010 3:42 PM

    Today, troopers with the Louisiana State Police Region 2 Insurance Fraud Unit arrested a Lafayette man for various charges pertaining to insurance fraud. In December 2009, troopers received information that indicated an AFLAC insurance agent may have been inappropriately receiving money from insurance premiums. During their investigation, troopers learned twenty-six... more »
  • 2 Indicted On Tax Fraud

    March 25, 2010 6:01 PM

    Angela M. Gallow, 45, of Oberlin, La., and Cella "Ceanne" J. Gallow, 59, of Mamou, La., were charged today with conspiracy and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan announced. An initial appearance for both defendants to appear in U.S. District Court... more »
  • Former Property Insurer Pleads Guilty To Theft

    March 22, 2010 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The former head of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort has pleaded guilty to one count of theft by fraud. Terry Lisotta entered his plea Monday in Baton Rouge, where he had been scheduled for trial. Sentencing was set for April 23. State District Judge... more »
  • Iberia Sheriff's Office Makes Arrests For Check Fraud

    March 9, 2010 7:25 PM

    On March 9, 2010 at approximately 03:00 pm the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint of individuals cashing and attempting to cash forged checks at two local banks. Deputies responded to the 1100 block of E. Admiral Doyle, Whitney Bank, and also to the 600 Block of E. Admiral... more »
  • Franklin woman arrested for filing false report

    February 26, 2010 9:40 AM

    FEBRUARY 26, 2010 THE FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO 11 COMPLAINTS IN THE PAST 24 HOURS AND MADE THE FOLLOWING ARRESTS: 2-25-2010 @ 11:36 AM, 38 BELINDA PENTARD, OF WEBER ST - FRANKLIN, LA WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FILING A FALSE REPORT. MS. PENTARD WAS PROCESSED AND... more »
  • Feds join civil suit against Dr. Patel

    November 24, 2009 3:04 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The federal government has intervened in a civil lawsuit against a Lafayette cardiologist convicted of charges he performed medically unnecessary heart procedures. Dr. Mehmood Patel was sentenced in June to 10 years in prison for his conviction on 51 counts of health care fraud. He is... more »
  • Ville Platte insurance agent accused of fraud

    November 10, 2009 9:29 AM

    A Ville Platte agent has been issued a cease and desist order, summary suspension of his licenses and fine notice today for allegedly providing fraudulent proofs of insurance. John Melvin Lavergne, 64, was served by Department of Insurance Fraud Section Investigators with an order to cease and desist from... more »
  • St. Landry Deputy arrested for doctor shopping

    October 23, 2009 2:37 PM

    St. Landry- On October 22, agents with Louisiana State Police Region II Criminal Investigation Division arrested a St. Landry man and his girlfriend for charges of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud. In October 2009, agents began an investigation on thirty-one-year-old Devin Acaldo and his girlfriend twenty-nine-year-old Stephanie... more »

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