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The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us to navigate unchartered waters. Fraud related to this outbreak is no exception. Get the latest headlines here to stay informed.

Bedazzled

Benjamin Tifekchian, 47, of Portland, Ore., was undoubtedly bedazzled by the thought of obtaining free money from the U.S. Government during the global COVID-19 pandemic. He used his jewelry business, Bencho Jewlery Inc. (Bencho), to illegally apply for and receive emergency financial assistance to...

Where the Heck is She?

There’s nothing more interesting than reading about fraudsters on the run. (They always think they can avoid the long arm of the law.) Tamara Dadyan, 42, of Los Angeles, Calif., and seven cronies stole $18 million in COVID-19 relief loans from the Paycheck Protection...

Dumb Luck

Becoming a day trader is not for those who are risk averse. To be successful, one must be disciplined, patient, knowledgeable about the stock market, and adaptable when trading strategies go wrong. (Oh, and you need a lot of money to get started, plus...

Feeling Justified

Trevor Gene Lanius-McLeod, 48, of Helena, Mont., thought he was justified in receiving $1 million in COVID-19 relief funds. When he filled out four applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans with the Valley Bank of Helena, he was certifying that everything he put...

Pandemic Duplicity

Covid-19 has been challenging, to say the least, for many people over the last two years. While some individuals have used these unfortunate circumstances to improve their lives, others have taken advantage of the unfortunate situation to boost their bank accounts. One such deceptive...

‘Til Fraud Do Us Part 

A San Fernando Valley, California man, his wife, and his brother have been sentenced to two years in federal prison for running an elaborate COVID-19 fraud scheme. Richard Ayvazyan, 43; Marietta Terabelian, 37 (Richard’s wife); and Artur Ayvazyan, 41 (Richard’s brother); schemed to fraudulently obtain more than $20 million in Paycheck Protection...

There’s Nothing Funny About Fraud

Being a stand-up comedian in the time of COVID-19 has been difficult, to say the least. There is nothing funny about a pandemic that has caused undue stress and strain. It’s hard to make a living entertaining people when a communicable disease was raging...

Sink, Sank, Sunk

When considering the purchase of a yacht, there are some important details to think about: Do you have the funds for a down payment and can you handle the monthly payments? Can you dock it behind your house, or do you need to store...

Same Story, Different Day

Just as the acclaimed movie Groundhog Day portrays a monotonous, unpleasant, and repetitive situation, the growing number of articles about COVID-19 fraud related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is becoming rather tedious to sort through. While the stories we see each day may...

A Liar, A Fraudster, A Murderer, Oh My!

You would think that a criminal, who has spent a substantial amount of time behind bars, might want to be wary of breaking the law again. Well, sad to say, Kyle McLemore, 44, of Philadelphia, Pa., apparently forged full steam ahead into another criminal...
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