Saturday, April 17, 2021

COVID Feature: The Wages of Fraud is Prison

Raymond Magana, 40, of Santa Clarita, Ca., pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits. Magana admitted that he fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans by submitting fake tax documents and...

True Abilities

Firefighters are heroes. They sacrifice their lives to save others in peril. They control and extinguish fires and rescue people and animals from dangerous situations. These brave people need to be in really good shape and know how to handle heavy equipment. (The job...

Able, Just Not Willing

Unemployment insurance provides payments to those who are unable to secure employment through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, this benefits program is seen by fraudsters as an opportunity to line their own pockets. Angela Stubblefield of Tacoma, Wash., has been sentenced for filing fraudulent...

COVID Feature: One Fraud Too Many

Two men from California’s San Fernando Valley have been arrested in connection with a fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan scheme. Business partners Steven Goldstein and Raymond Magana are accused of illegally obtaining more than $1.95 million in PPP loans for their companies by...

Stolen Funds

Michael Ray Williams of Daly City, Calif. has been sentenced after pleading no contest to two felony counts of insurance fraud. Williams illegally worked multiple jobs while collecting tens of thousands in workers’ compensation benefits from different insurers.  Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance...

Off with Her Head

Identity theft occurs when a fraudster uses another person’s identity to gain unauthorized access to their financial information. As you know, fraudsters will employ a variety of schemes to collect personally identifiable information from unsuspecting victims. Today’s case is about two Sacramento women who...

A Fallen Fraudster

California resident Fernando Torres Garcia was recently arraigned at the Kern County Superior Court after surrendering in early October. Garcia faces nearly a dozen counts of insurance fraud which alleges that he lied to his employer and the Federal Government in an attempt to...

Fraud On-the-Job

Workers’ compensation benefits are meant to provide financial compensation to those who have been injured while on-the-job. Fraudsters often try to abuse this program by lying about sustaining injuries or being unable to work. A California woman from San Leandro admitted to forging signatures...

It Runs in the Family

All is not as sunny as it should be in the city of San Ramon, Calif. A mother and son duo recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit insurance premium fraud, along with a white collar crime enhancement. Selina Singh and Kabir Singh admitted...

COVID Feature: No Rest for the Fraudulent

The coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted the country’s economy and left many unable to financially support themselves and their families. Fraudsters have made the circumstances worse by taking advantage of the vulnerable state of the nation and the programs Congress approved to help alleviate...
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