In a jaw-dropping scandal that recently took the nation by storm, dozens of wealthy parents were charged with cheating and lying to get their children into top-tier schools. The federal investigation - dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" - is the most far-reaching college admissions prosecution in national history.
Money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the federal government are just two of the charges that a local Charlotte company is facing after a grand jury voted to indict Boggs Paving in a government contracting fraud scheme. Over the last 10 years, Boggs has won as much as $88 million in federal contracts, based in part on its assertions that it regularly does business with or subcontracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).
After making $4.8 million worth of false claims to Medicaid, Rodnisha Cannon received approximately $2.5 million in reimbursements from the federal health care insurer. For her efforts, Cannon will be spending at least two years in prison for identity theft with the possibility of for at least 20 more to be tacked on at her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled, for the health care fraud and money-laundering scheme.
Gary Martin, formerly of Asheville, set up Queen Shoals Consultants as a North Carolina limited-liability company in 2007. Through the company, Martin and several others accumulated investments totaling $28.5 million dollars. Those 'investments' were then funneled through a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Sidney Hanson. Hanson was separately convicted of securities and wire fraud; he is serving a 22-year-prison sentence.
After he skipped his sentencing hearing last week, a federal judge in Charlotte issued a fugitive warrant for 52-year-old John Bridges. Bridges had entered into a plea deal related to federal white collar crimes he had committed against charities and friends, to the tune of approximately $2 million.
Stephen LaRoque, former chairman of the North Carolina House Rules Committee, was indicted this summer on eight counts of money laundering and theft. Federal prosecutors recently added four more charges to LaRoque's growing list of federal offenses, including tax evasion and knowingly filing false tax returns.
A former resident of North Carolina pled guilty last week to federal charges in connection with a $32.5 million Ponzi scheme. The federal money laundering charges were brought against the 60-year-old man for his role in inducing investments with false statements and fraudulent misrepresentations through the business Queen Shoals Consultants.
A 50-year-old Salisbury, North Carolina, man has been indicted for running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded victims of more than $2.3 million, according to the federal indictment. The man allegedly told victims that he would be using the money for a fake oil pipeline company and for retirement investments. Instead, he used the money to fund a personal investment account and lavish trips abroad.
A North Carolina couple is facing serious white collar crime charges after they allegedly received more than $100,000 in kickbacks for supporting a family member's government contract. The white collar crime charges include theft of government money, conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering.
A North Carolina businessman is facing 74 counts of criminal charges after being indicted in federal court last week. The charges are the result of allegations that he engaged in fraud and money laundering to the tune of $4 million through the use of fraudulent credit applications.