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  • Man seeks delay bribery scheme trial

    February 4, 2014 7:23 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette private investigator who allegedly orchestrated a bribery scheme to get favorable treatment for DWI defendants in the local court system is asking a federal judge to push back his scheduled March 10 trial. Five others, including three former employees of the 15th Judicial District... more »
  • Reggie indicted in money laundering scheme

    August 15, 2013 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Mandeville businessman Raymond Christopher Reggie faces federal fraud allegations for the second time in eight years. In an indictment made public Wednesday in Baton Rouge, The Advocate reports the 51-year-old Reggie is accused of five counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering... more »
  • State police: 11 involved in alleged crash scheme

    June 26, 2013 6:35 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - State police say 11 people are suspects in a scheme to make phony injury claims for adults and children in staged automobile accidents. In a Tuesday news release, state police alleged that three accidents were staged from September 2011 through May 2012. Six children, ranging in... 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 »
  • New Iberia woman sentenced in tax refund scheme

    May 21, 2013 8:49 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 40-year-old New Iberia woman has been sentenced to 26 months in prison in a tax refund scheme that netted $77,349 that the woman used for gambling expenses. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Veta Thompson was accused of receiving the money as a refund after submitting... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Ex-judge gets prison in bribery scheme

    September 9, 2010 9:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former state judge has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme to allow inmates to get out of jail without paying any bond money. Sixty-two-year-old Wayne Cresap, who sat in St. Bernard Parish, also was ordered Thursday to... more »
  • Ponchatoula Man Arrested for Alleged Ponzi Scheme

    November 19, 2009 11:51 AM

    (Baton Rouge, LA)-Investigators with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office, with the assistance of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, arrested William J. Chaucer, Jr., of Ponchatoula, Louisiana today for creating a Ponzi scheme that has cost at least 200 investors over $11 million dollars. This arrest is the result of a... more »

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