SEATTLE — A Seattle jury has found the firm of Ernst & Young liable for half of more than $20 million lost by a Washington investment company in the wake of Bernie Madoff’s multi-decade investment scam.
Date: 11/13/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — A federal judge has cut off a developer accused of securities fraud from his Everett-based companies.Lobsang Dargey's businesses, bank accounts, records and other properties will be controlled by a third-party, called a receiver, appointed by U.S. District...
Date: 10/23/2015 | Business
Wayne Simmons claimed to be something of an American James Bond, and if you watched TV or ran his name through Google, you’d have no reason to doubt him. In his public speaking engagements and frequent appearances on Fox News, the purported former CIA operative spoke authoritatively about terrorism...
Date: 10/16/2015 | Nation & World
Development intended to add upscale element to Everett
Date: 10/15/2015 | Business
SEATTLE — Attorneys are arguing in U.S. District Court about who should control properties belonging to an Everett-based developer accused of securities fraud.While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is pursuing a civil complaint against Lobsang Dargey, the
Date: 10/09/2015 | Business
EVERETT — The fraud involved more than a dozen businesses and individuals.Two checks were passed using the account of a man who had died.Others were counterfeited using a Marysville School District account.Police in Everett and Marysville...
Date: 10/06/2015 | Local News
LAS VEGAS — Two former casino dealers and two friends are being accused of siphoning more than $1 million off craps tables over two years by quietly paying phantom bets at a posh Las Vegas Strip resort.
Date: 10/01/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — The FBI is working with federal civil authorities to investigate an Everett developer accused of defrauding foreign investors by diverting millions of dollars for his own use, court papers show.FBI agents on Aug. 24 served a search warrant at Lobsang Dargey's...
Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News
FARGO, N.D. — The wife of a man indicted in a murder-for-hire scheme that originated in the North Dakota oil patch pleaded not guilty Monday in an alleged scam involving her oilfield trucking business.
Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — A Bremerton woman has been charged with illegally collecting federal workers’ compensation death survivor benefits that were being sent to her mother, who had been dead for years.
Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Everett's newest apartment building, Potala Place and Farmer's Market, is at the center of a federal agency's lawsuit against a local developer for alleged fraud. But the outcome of the court case likely will have little immediate effect on downtown development.
Date: 09/06/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — An Everett developer accused by federal authorities of defrauding foreign investors is keeping quiet. But one of Lobsang Dargey's companies, Path America, issued a public statement...
Date: 09/01/2015 | Local News
ENUMCLAW — The King County Sheriff’s Office is urging residents to call 911 if a firefighter comes to their home for an unscheduled safety check.
Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The developer of a hotel, apartment complex and farmer's market in downtown Everett is under investigation by the federal government for allegedly bilking overseas investors out of...
Date: 08/24/2015 | Local News
HELENA, Mont. — A Maryland man has been convicted of wire fraud in Montana for misrepresenting himself as a Grammy-nominated saxophone player and soliciting money for a children’s cancer foundation that prosecutors say benefited only him.
Date: 08/11/2015 | Northwest
MADRID — Spanish police say a congregation of nuns in the southern city of Granada led them to an organization that allegedly defrauded as many as 7,000 victims of up to 7 million euros ($7.7 million).
Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A Washington man who used crowdfunding to collect more than $25,000 for a project that never delivered has been slapped with civil penalties.
Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest
TOKYO — Toshiba’s CEO and eight other executives resigned Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by $1.2 billion over several years.
Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon resident who transitioned to a woman more than three decades ago continued collecting Social Security disability checks under her male identity, fraudulently raking in $250,000.
Date: 07/20/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Stephanie Koppisch was abusing prescription medications when she embezzled $330,000 from the YWCA's coffers.A judge was told Tuesday that the Granite Falls mother has quit using drugs not prescribed to her and has sought mental health treatment.
Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News
SPOKANE — A man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a marijuana business in Spokane Valley last fall in what investigators are calling an insurance scam attempt.
Date: 07/14/2015 | Northwest
BELLINGHAM — Residents in Bellingham County are being warned about bogus missed jury duty calls.
Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest
NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.
Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire
KENNEWICK — A Kennewick man who admitted swindling investors in his biofuels company has been sentenced to four years in federal prison.
Date: 06/09/2015 | Northwest
TACOMA — A 45-year-old woman who used a prison pen pal program to steal identities and file fraudulent tax returns has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.A federal judge sentenced Shannon Henderson, of Tacoma, for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft on Friday.
Date: 05/30/2015 | Northwest
Celebrities — they're just like us. Or so the gossip magazines say.I'll attest to this much: The rich and famous can have as hard a time protecting their money as everyone else. Just ask Kevin Bacon, erstwhile client of Ponzi-scheme con artist Bernie Madoff.
Date: 05/22/2015 | Business columnists
An ex-MillerCoors vice president and seven others face federal charges that they stole $7 million from the brewer to live their own version of the Miller High Life: using the cash to pay for hunting outings and golf trips and to buy stakes in a hotel and arena football team.
Date: 05/06/2015 | Business Wire
OLYMPIA — The state judicial discipline commission has censured a part-time judge for under-reporting her income, which allowed her to collect extra unemployment benefits.
Date: 05/03/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — The final defendant has been sentenced in an extraordinary con that defrauded the heir to an Oregon timber fortune of $15 million.
Date: 04/30/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — A state representative is resigning this week following allegations of falsified travel expense forms, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the House chief clerk.
Date: 04/29/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The scam has been making its way around the Pacific Northwest, including Snohomish County.People pretending to represent real heating and air conditioning businesses are bilking homeowners and pressuring them into paying for shoddy work.In some...
Date: 04/27/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s insurance commissioner says a Connecticut man accused in a golf-related scam and charged with three felony counts has been arrested during a search of his home.
Date: 04/21/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Lawyers for a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. restaurants and stealing credit card numbers have asked a federal judge to dismiss the indictment against him, arguing that the U.S. Secret Service overstepped its authority when agents took him into custody in the Maldives.
Date: 04/08/2015 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — The former chief executive of a Portland firm that provided investment services to the wealthy was sentenced Tuesday to almost six years in prison for defrauding a widow out of more than $1 million.
Date: 03/31/2015 | Northwest
HAVANA — More than a dozen people were sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison for conspiring to divert millions of eggs to the black market, Cuban official media reported Friday.
Date: 03/21/2015 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — A federal grand jury has indicted the former police chief of the Swinomish Tribe in Washington state on charges he embezzled more than $30,000.
Date: 03/19/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Fake IRS agents have targeted more than 366,000 people with harassing phone calls demanding payments and threatening jail in the largest scam of its kind in the history of the agency, a federal investigator said Thursday.
Date: 03/13/2015 | Business Wire
GIG HARBOR — A 70-year-old Gig Harbor woman must spend six months in prison and pay $2.9 million in restitution for participating in a fraud scheme that bilked millions from would-be investors.
Date: 03/07/2015 | Northwest
SPOKANE — The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries says a 34-year-old man accused of faking on-the-job injuries and using the last names of Seattle Seahawks players to obtain prescription drugs has been charged with 12 felony counts.
Date: 03/03/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — A Steilacoom store owner who tried to claim a $1,000 winning lottery ticket that wasn’t hers pleaded guilty Monday to fraud.Veva Maddox was sentenced in Thurston County Superior Court to 30 days of electronic home monitoring.
Date: 03/03/2015 | Northwest
STANWOOD — A Stanwood businessman was ordered last week to pay nearly $200,000 in payroll taxes he never collected.
Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — A federal judge has sentenced the CEO of a China-based energy company to five years in prison for securities fraud.
Date: 02/21/2015 | Northwest
NEW YORK — Those days of calling your bank to let them know that, yes, you really are in Thailand, and yes, you really did use your credit card to buy $200 in sarongs, may be coming to an end.
Date: 02/14/2015 | Business Wire
PORTLAND, Ore. — The wife of Seattle triple murderer Melvin Johnson was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for her role in a scheme that involved the filing of bogus tax returns.
Date: 02/03/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Kathleen Banks came home Friday morning from running errands to find a message on her answering machine.“It was hard to understand, something about owing taxes and being in trouble,” the retired Everett resident said.She dialed the number left by the message.
Date: 01/25/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — After a federal judge on Thursday appointed a public defender to represent a Russian man accused of hacking into U.S. businesses, prosecutors filed a motion saying the man has plenty of assets to cover his defense, including piles of cash, expensive cars and property in...
Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A Russian man who prosecutors say made millions as a "prolific computer hacker" and "a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers" was allowed to dismiss his private lawyers on Wednesday and is waiting for a federal judge to decide...
Date: 01/14/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Philip Warnock’s deceptions go back decades.
Date: 12/14/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — April Laughlin was sent to prison four years ago after embezzling more than $200,000 from her employer.It doesn't look like the Everett woman has mended her ways.Laughlin, 35, is in legal trouble again for allegedly stealing from two employers.
Date: 12/09/2014 | Local News
SPOKANE — A California man who told central Washington residents that God taught him how to construct a laser that cured cancer will spend two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to medical fraud.Edward J. Brown, 67, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Spokane.
Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest
SPOKANE — A Spokane couple faces multiple fraud charges for allegedly using other people’s Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to purchase food and drinks for their vending machine business.Spokane Police served search warrants Thursday on the owners suspected of EBT card fraud.
Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — The state attorney general’s office has filed a Medicaid-fraud lawsuit against a Wenatchee-based company for reportedly providing fraudulent training to dozens of school districts around the state.
Date: 12/04/2014 | Northwest
SNOHOMISH — A new twist on an old scam has arrived in Snohomish.This rendition involves an invitation to become a "mystery shopper."The scam works like this: Victims are sent a bogus check to cover their "mystery shopper" purchases,...
Date: 12/02/2014 | Local News