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Auditors found liable for $10M in Madoff losses in Washington

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

Judge puts Everett-based developer Dargey into receivership

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

Fox News guest charged with lying about CIA

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

Visitors preview Potala Place

Development intended to add upscale element to Everett

Date: 10/15/2015 | Business

SEC seeks oversight of Everett-based developer accused of fraud

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, Marysville police catch suspected check fraud ringleader

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

Vegas casino dealers charged with skimming $1 million

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

FBI investigating Everett developer accused of defrauding investors

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

Woman pleads not guilty to scamming investors in oil patch

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

Bremerton woman charged with stealing death benefits

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

Apartment complex in Everett unlikely to be halted by lawsuit

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

Lobsang Dargey company denies wrongdoing in alleged fraud

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

Officials issue warning about firefighter impersonators

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

Feds: Developer of big Everett project skimmed investor money

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

Maryland musician convicted of wire fraud in Montana

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

Nuns’ tipoff leads Spanish police to arrest 212 for fraud

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

Washington man behind crowdfunded project ordered to pay penalty

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

Toshiba’s CEO resigns over doctored books

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

Oregon resident worked as woman, collected disability as man

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

Prison term for woman who embezzled $330K from YWCA

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

Man pleads guilty to arson at marijuana business

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

Whatcom County warns residents about missed jury duty scam

BELLINGHAM — Residents in Bellingham County are being warned about bogus missed jury duty calls.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Northwest

Why Americans are getting new credit cards

NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire

Kennewick man sentenced to 4 years for fraud

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 woman gets 30 months for tax-fraud scheme hatched in Purdy prison

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

‘Sudden wealth syndrome’ takes a toll on the rich

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

Charges: MillerCoors exec lived high life with fraud

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

King County judge censured for under-reporting income

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

Boyfriend of psychic sentenced in con of Oregon timber heir

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

Lawmaker facing ethics violations to resign

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

Fraudulent HVAC businesses target local seniors with scam

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

Man accused of golf-related scam arrested in Connecticut

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

Russian man’s lawyers tell Seattle judge that charges should be dismissed

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

Financier sentenced for defrauding Oregon widow

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

Prison sentences for egg thefts in Cuba

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

Feds: Former tribal police chief in Washington stole $30,000

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

Fake IRS agents launch huge tax scam

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 woman sentenced in investment fraud scheme

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

Man accused of using Seahawks’ names to obtain prescription drugs

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

Steilacoom store owner sentenced for lottery fraud

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 businessman pleads guilty to federal tax fraud

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

CEO of energy company sentenced for securities fraud

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

Visa wants to track your smartphone

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

Wife of Seattle triple murderer sentenced in tax case

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

Scammers pose as IRS agents

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

Prosecutors say alleged Russian hacker has money for lawyer

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

Judge allows Russian accused of hacking to change lawyers

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

Covington boat maker’s fraud persists, authorities say

SEATTLE — Philip Warnock’s deceptions go back decades.

Date: 12/14/2014 | Local News

Everett woman accused again of stealing

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

Man sentenced to 2 years in medical fraud case

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 couple faces charges for EBT fraud

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

School consultant hit with Medicaid-fraud lawsuit

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

'Mystery shopper' scam at work in Snohomish

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

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