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 North Carolina developer is facing criminal charges once again. This time, the developer has been charged with 72 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. The man was charged last year with insurance fraud and obtaining money by false pretenses.
A former Greensboro city council candidate and five other accused gang members have plead not guilty to federal charges of racketeering in District Court. The man is the leader of the North Carolina Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.
As millions of Americans go online to shop for the upcoming holidays, the North Carolina Attorney General has issued caution about the possibility of identity theft or stolen credit card online. There are several tips that any online shopper should follow to avoid the possibility of theft or swindle.
Nine close friends and family members were indicted on insurance fraud charges after allegedly staging car accidents. The nine people are from both North Carolina and South Carolina. They were indicted on the fraud charges in a Polk County grand jury and are scheduled to appear November 30.
North Carolina has halted the Medicaid benefits to a well-known provider present in eight counties in the western part of the state. The Division of Medical Assistance has stopped providing Medicaid benefits to New River Behavioral Healthcare after four alleged instances of fraud were uncovered.
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.
Two people were stopped along North Carolina U.S. 70 in Newport for suspected reckless and careless driving when officers uncovered much more - 70 counterfeit credits cards, more than $1000 in cash, gift cards and pre-paid credit cards. In the vehicle, there were also a variety of high-end electronics likely purchased with the counterfeit credit cards.
South Carolina law enforcement authorities have charged two North Carolina men with defrauding an elderly woman. The 84-year-old woman was allegedly defrauded out of thousands of dollars by two Asheville men on two separate occasions in 2010.