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.
Michael Avenatti became a familiar face on cable news shows when he represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her case against Donald Trump. Avenatti loudly voiced his distaste for the president, and even toyed with the idea of taking on Trump in the 2020 election.
In the North Carolina General Statutes, the crime of embezzlement is referenced in Chapter 14, Article 18. In general, embezzlement refers to the theft or larceny of money, property or other assets by an individual in a position of responsibility or trust over said resources and usually takes place in corporate and other employment settings.
People who have led honest, productive lives can get caught up in white collar crimes. Sometimes, the potential for seemingly-easy money is hard to resist. Financial stresses can also lead people to make bad decisions. Some convince themselves that no one is really hurt by their actions.
A small business owner from Rocky Mount is the target of a federal tax fraud investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Larry Hill Jr. of Hill's Tax Service of filing "false, fictitious and fraudulent refunds" on behalf of customers of the tax business as well as in his personal tax filings. In total, the US DOJ asserts that Hill filed for $14.4 million in fraudulent tax refunds.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's office is estimating that former school secretary Emily Hawkins embezzled at least $40,000 from the Collettsville school where she worked. The investigation into the alleged employee theft began after local law enforcement received tips about suspicious purchases that Hawkins had made.
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.
A fraud scheme that involved cash for crops while the same farmers made insurance claims for damaged produce has resulted in at least 41 people reaching negotiated pleas or simply pleading guilty to insurance fraud charges in North Carolina. The farmers involved had made fraudulent insurance claims for allegedly damaged products that included soybeans, tobacco, corn and wheat, but none of the involved products were actually unsellable.
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.