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The Absolute Best, Most Terrific Reporting On Trump University

President-elect Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits from students who say they were defrauded by Trump University. Here’s a primer on the best reporting on Trump University.

November 20, 2016
The Ernst & Young building rises above Times Square .

Ernst & Young To Pay $11.8 Million To Settle Audit Charges

Ernst & Young will pay $11.8 million to settle charges over “failed audits” of oil services company Weatherford International.

October 18, 2016
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Citizens United Hits New Low, Scams Elderly

New reports suggest that Citizens United is scamming the elderly by soliciting fundraising from senior citizens with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

October 14, 2016
The sign outside the Wells Fargo & Co. bank in downtown Denver April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Regulators Danced With Wells Fargo For Years Before Penalties

Federal regulators were aware of wrongdoing at banking giant Wells Fargo & Co. as early as March 2012 and issued a string of supervisory letters ordering changes over the next three years, holding off on penalties while the creation of phony bank accounts and falsely issued credit cards to pad employee bonuses continued.

September 21, 2016
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shows company documents to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during his testimony before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the firm's sales practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Senators Push Wells Fargo CEO On Pay Clawbacks After Bogus Accounts

Earlier this month, the lender agreed to pay $190 million in penalties and customer payouts to settle the case involving the creation of credit, savings and other accounts without customers’ knowledge. About $5 million will directly go to customers, many of whom might have paid a small fee on the unwanted accounts

September 20, 2016
A Wells Fargo branch is seen in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, February 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

Wells Fargo Schemes Prove The Value Of Vigorous Bank Regulation

Regulators slapped the fine on Wells Fargo through a settlement after discovering that employees created fake email addresses, fraudulently applied for credit cards and moved unwitting customer’s money to the new accounts. The misbehavior earned bonuses and let employees meet aggressive sales quotas.

September 17, 2016
Veteran Affairs, Veterans

Cure To Some VA Waits Creates New Ills

A plan to unclog the pipeline for disability claims in the Veterans Affairs Department has ended up re-clogging it with fraudulent claims. Veterans with great needs are bumped out of appointments by fakers. And money that could go to those too disabled to work a regular job gets diverted to the well-bodied.

July 21, 2016
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch stands during the announcement of law enforcement action against the state of North Carolina in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo

U.S. Completes ‘Takedown’ Of Medicare Fraud: Officials

U.S. law enforcement officials have charged 301 suspects with trying to defraud Medicare and other federal insurance programs in 2016, marking the “largest takedown” involving health care fraud allegations, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

June 22, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Trump Didn’t Pay Hundreds Of Employees: USA Today

USA Today counted “[a]t least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings” in which scores of carpenters, painters, waiters, bartenders, lawyers, and other employees and contracted companies accuse Trump of bilking them on the bill.

June 10, 2016

#EndorseThis: Trump Yells At Journalists For An Hour, Previews Presidential Press Conferences

When Donald Trump announced that he would be giving a press conference today to discuss his misdealings with veterans groups, members of the media covering his remarks should have known they were in for a wild ride.

May 31, 2016
Wayne Simmons on Fox News

Wayne Simmons, Right Wing Media’s Benghazi Expert, Pleads Guilty To Fraud

In an April 29 press release the Department of Justice noted that Simmons “falsely claimed he spent 27 years working for the Central Intelligence Agency” and had pleaded guilty “to major fraud against the government, wire fraud, and a firearms offense.”

April 30, 2016

‘CAPTURED’: Book Features “People In Prison Drawing People Who Should Be”

Let’s call them ‘Portraits of The CEOs as Con Men.’

February 19, 2016

How To Protect Yourself From Online Shopping Scams During The Holidays

With more people buying gifts online over the holidays, the potential for fraud is high. Scammers know people are looking for good deals and trying to fulfill their holiday wish lists, often without a lot of time.

December 2, 2015

Why You Should Consider Freezing Your Credit Reports Even Before Your Information Is Stolen

So far this year, more than 100 data breaches have resulted in an estimated 153 million financial records being stolen, and experts say credit monitoring isn’t nearly enough

November 17, 2015
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Getting Started: Preventing ID Theft On Vacation

Here’s what you can do to make sure thieves don’t ruin your vacation.

July 6, 2015
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Fraudsters Targeting Senior Citizens Looking For Love Online

Senior citizens are especially vulnerable to Internet dating scam artists because they are often widowed and lonely.

July 6, 2015

Chicago Public Schools Inspector General: Employee Orchestrated $870K Billing Fraud

Find out how an employee bilked Chicago schools of nearly $1 million.

January 5, 2015

New York Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Federal Charge

The law finally caught up with GOP Congressman Michael Grimm.

December 23, 2014

Judge Says Illinois Governor Elect’s Former Company Not Responsible For Nursing Home Fraud

Bruce Rauner isn’t joining the long tradition of Illinois governors in legal trouble (yet.)

December 17, 2014

Their Major Was ID Theft And Tax Fraud

This stunning crime is a South Florida special.

November 25, 2014
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Predators Follow Prey To Florida

Yet again, white-collar crooks are flocking to Rick Scott’s Sunshine State.

November 18, 2014

Bank-Fraud Scheme Used Homeless People To Cash Checks

By Mark Morris, The Kansas City Star KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– Some Atlanta gang members had no clue in October 2011 that their future freedom rested on a routine chore performed by an convenience store employee in Olathe, Kan. Cleaning up his trash bins about 6 a.m., the QuikTrip manager noticed that someone had dumped […]

August 25, 2014

Ponzi ‘Feeder’ Admits $20 Million Role In Rothstein Fraud

By Paula McMahon, Sun Sentinel FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Broward County, Fla., man pleaded guilty to his role in Scott Rothstein’s $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme Tuesday in federal court. After some last-minute hesitation, Frank Preve, 70, of Coral Springs, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Preve, who worked with […]

August 19, 2014

Lawyer With Mysterious Background Defends Behavior In Jailhouse Interview

By Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS — It started as a tale of intrigue. Nobody answered the phone at a small law office in St. Peters. Clients arriving for appointments in late October found an eerie scene: door unlocked, nobody there, computers running, case files on the floor. The question of where Jeffrey […]

August 11, 2014

UBS Charged With Tax Fraud In France

Paris (AFP) – Swiss bank UBS was on Wednesday charged with tax fraud in Paris for allegedly helping rich French clients to hide money in Switzerland, a judicial source said. The bank, which was already under investigation for illegal solicitation of customers in France, will now have to pay a total bail of 1.1 billion […]

July 23, 2014