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Fraud News October 2017: Health Care Fraud, Cyber Crime & More

Fraud News October 2017: Health Care Fraud, Cyber Crime & More

Stay up to date with recent cases involving alleged fraud or theft throughout the country, the FBI’s website,, provides a great source of information.

Below you can review the October 2017 fraud cases referenced on the FBI’s website and throughout the internet.

Healthcare Fraud

Read Article: Former Fresno County Administrator Pleads Guilty To Stealing Health Care Funds

October 10, 2017

Christina Hernandez, 39, of Las Vegas, Nevada, pleaded guilty today to embezzlement from a health care benefits program, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to the plea agreement, Hernandez was a provider relations specialist at the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health, which was responsible for administering mental health service benefits for Fresno County’s Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

Mortgage Fraud

Read Article: Atwater Real Estate Professionals Among Four Indicted

October 19, 2017

FRESNO, Calif. — On October 12, 2017, a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment against John Ballard, 55, and Judy (Calderon) Ballard, 54, of Atwater and Sherry Herbert, 54, and Andrea Todd, 53, of Fresno, charging them with conspiracy, wire fraud and bank fraud in connection with a fraudulent short-sale scheme, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Public Corruption

Read Article: Construction Company Owners Sentenced to Federal Prison for Paying Over $1 Million in Bribes for City of Atlanta Contracts

October 10, 2017

ATLANTA – Elvin R. Mitchell, Jr. and Charles P. Richards, Jr. have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to pay over $1 million in bribe payments in exchange for receiving lucrative contracts with the City of Atlanta.

Cyber Crime

Read Article: Oilpro.Com Founder Sentenced To Prison For Hacking Into Competitor’s Computer System

October 6, 2017

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that David W. Kent, the founder of professional networking website (“Oilpro”), was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to one year and one day in prison for intentionally accessing a protected computer without authorization. The charge stemmed from Kent’s role in repeatedly hacking into a competitor’s database to steal customer information and attempting to sell Oilpro to the same company whose database Kent had hacked. Today’s sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote.

Elder Financial Abuse

Read Article: Federal Jury Convicts Lawyer on Charges of Defrauding an Elderly Couple and a Bank to Prevent Foreclosure on Aurora Property

October 10, 2017

CHICAGO — A lawyer licensed to practice in Illinois has been convicted on federal fraud charges for scheming to provide falsified documents to prevent foreclosure on a nearly $2 million parcel of land in Aurora. The fraud left an elderly couple out of $300,000.

Identity Theft

Read Article: Twelve people indicted installing credit-card skimmers on gas pumps in five states and stealing account information from thousands

October 17, 2017

Twelve people were charged in a 26-count indictment for their roles in a conspiracy to install credit-card skimmers on gas pumps in at least five states, including several locations in Northeast Ohio, and steal credit-card account information from thousands of people.



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