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  • Man behind film tax credit scam must serve probation, pay fines

    November 12, 2015 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice says the man behind a film tax credit scam will be placed on probation and must pay restitution to the state. 46-year-old George Kostuch was sentenced by a U.S. District Judge Thursday to serve three years of probation and ordered to pay... more »
  • BR woman accused of scamming elderly Plaquemine residents

    November 11, 2015 3:27 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Police say a Baton Rouge woman has been arrested in the city of Plaquemine for scamming elderly residents of their money. Police say Latesha Rogers, 37, called an elderly victim in Plaquemine claiming that the victim won $3 million but would have to pay taxes before getting... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in film tax credit scam that cost taxpayers $1.2 million

    October 14, 2015 2:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice reported a man accused in a motion picture tax credit scam and costing Louisiana taxpayers $1.2 million pleaded guilty on Tuesday. 38-year-old Matthew Keith was sentenced to six months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,200,000 in restitution to the state.... more »
  • Tips for preventing contractor scams check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 6, 2015 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There are several ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a bad contractor's scam. When you see a great deal you might not think twice about checking out a contractor. The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) says that is the biggest mistake you... more »
  • Attorney General warns of credit repair scams in wake of big arrests

    September 24, 2015 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office issued a consumer warning Thursday about credit repair scams in the wake of two arrests of individuals behind a national financial fraud scheme in Baton Rouge. Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell said consumers looking to get their credit back on track should... more »
  • Attorney General warns of email-based phishing scams

    September 16, 2015 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office is warning local consumers to beware of email-based phishing scams that direct you to open attachments. "Phishing" attacks occur when internet scammers try to mimic the look of business websites or emails in order to trick the user into entering their personal... more »
  • Don't fall victim to event ticket scams this fall

    September 1, 2015 12:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With football fever ready to strike Southeastern Louisiana yet again, the Attorney General's Office offered some words of caution for fans who intend to take to the web in order to score that elusive set of tickets to see their favorite team suit up and take to... more »
  • Scam using Eastwood's name

    August 6, 2015 8:48 PM

    HELENA, MONTANA- Criminal charges were filed against a man accused of scamming investors to produce a cowboy documentary he said would be narrated by actor and director Clint Eastwood. Prosecutors say Matthew McClintock got more than $24,000 and used nealy all the money for living expenses, to dine out... more »
  • AG warns of donation scams after shooting

    July 26, 2015 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials warned people in Louisiana to be careful when making donations in the wake of a deadly shooting at the Grand Theatre in Lafayette. The Attorney General's Office said whenever tragedies like Thursday night's shooting occur, scams to take advantage of people who want to... more »
  • Sheriff warns of utility phone scam

    July 23, 2015 3:15 PM

    FRANKLIN - Sheriff's deputies warned people about what they believe might be a regional scam where con artists claim to be from an area power provider. Thursday, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said it had received reports of the scam, which is being conducted on the phone. A... more »
  • Grandmother taken by con artists check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 21, 2015 11:24 PM

    CENTRAL - A grandmother is out thousands of dollars after she was tricked into thinking she was helping her grandson, but was actually opening her purse to thieves. Gaynell Whiting said she got a strange call last week that her grandson was in trouble. She said the voice was... more »
  • Scam uses name of LSU great to solicit bogus loans

    June 12, 2015 12:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police warned of a scam where someone is using the name of former LSU star Collis Temple, Jr., to solicit loans. Police said a man is calling area businesses, claiming to be Temple and asking for money for various causes. Temple said people have told him... more »
  • Authorities warn of new phone scam

    June 8, 2015 11:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities warned of a new phone scam in East Baton Rouge parish Monday. A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said they've received numerous reports of a telephone scam in which residents receive a phone call from an individual claiming to be an EBRSO... more »
  • Man wanted for scamming elderly

    May 8, 2015 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they're looking for a man who scammed people out of their money after claiming to be in Baton Rouge performing odd jobs. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said BRPD has an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Dustin Kenneth Gant on charges of theft and stealing from the... more »
  • Police warn 5K run this weekend is a scam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 30, 2015 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police warned people Thursday that a group claiming to organize a 5-mile run in Baton Rouge this weekend is actually a scam. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the Color Mile 5K run advertised for Saturday, May 2, was not a legitimate event. People were warned not... more »
  • Couple charged with defrauding Medicaid

    February 27, 2015 3:33 AM

    BAKER - The state attorney general says a Baker couple has been arrested on charges of allegedly conspiring to defraud the state's Medicaid program of more than $400,000. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 41-year-old Shonda Augustus was arrested Feb. 4 and her husband, 36-year-old Melvin Williams, was arrested Tuesday.... more »
  • Protect yourself: Springtime is scam time check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 26, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Springtime is scam time. Whether it's your tax returns or yard work, scammers are looking to con you to get your money or personal information. National Consumer Protection Week was created to keep that from happening. "We're seeing a lot of disputes about tax prepares," Sam... more »
  • State warns of reported phony 'rebate' scam

    December 11, 2014 3:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is warning the public of a potential scam that has been reported in the Lafayette area involving phony offers for discount store rebate cards. The con artists aim to trick people into providing credit card information. A news release... more »
  • Authorities warn of $100 bill on windshield scam

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM

    BALTIMORE, MD - Authorities in Maryland have warned the public about a potential holiday scam that involves the temptation of a $100 bill left on a car windshield. The simple scheme works like this: Drivers walk to their parked cars and, after they get in the vehicle, they notice... more »
  • Montana AG's photo used in online dating scam

    November 13, 2014 12:17 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS - A Nigerian resident faces charges that he set up an online dating profile using a photo of Montana's attorney general and falsified stories about overseas business problems to scam several women. Felony charges against Kazeem Owonla were filed in Indiana, where one woman reported sending more than $100,000... more »
  • Scam artist posing as detective

    September 25, 2014 6:03 AM

    CROWLEY - Crowley authorities are looking for a scam artist who they say is calling businesses claiming to be a police detective who needs the businesses' credit card information. Police Chief K.P. Gibson say the caller, whose phone number is blocked, claims to be a detective with the police department's... more »
  • Area sheriff warns about scam in the mail

    May 19, 2014 10:44 PM

    CONVENT- Deputies in St. James Parish issued a warning Monday about a scam that is circulating the parish. "Scam letters titled 'Citi Financial' are being circulated," deputies posted on Facebook. They said the literature appears to suggested someone is a promotion lucky winner and a fraudulent $2,837 check is... more »
  • DEMCO warns of disconnect scam

    April 3, 2014 4:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DEMCO warned customers Thursday to be wary of a new attempt to scam people into sending money to con artists posing as utility customers. The company said the scammers were calling co-op members and telling them they needed to make an immediate payment, or else their... more »
  • Walking veteran called a fraud check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 18, 2014 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Mac McQuown walked to the steps of Capitol today, he expected to meet some friends, show his patriotism, and raise awareness about homeless veterans, but what he got was a confrontation with an angry veteran. "He's a fraud," said the man who did not want... more »
  • National Consumer Protection Week check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 25, 2014 9:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - In a world full of credit card scams and identity thefts, it's important to know how to protect yourself. Sam Pleasant with the Attorney General's office joined 2une In Tuesday to talk about how you can do just that for National Consumer Protection Week. Watch the... more »
  • Baton Rouge man booked in Craigslist car scam

    February 19, 2014 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police have arrested a man accused of using Craigslist to swindle thousands of dollars from shoppers in Baton Rouge who thought they were buying affordable used cars from him. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely Jr. says 30-year-old Larry Anthony Sherman was arrested Monday during a traffic stop in New... more »
  • BBB warns of cell phone scam

    February 4, 2014 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Better Business Bureau is warning cell phone users about a scam that could cost them money on their wireless bill. The scam has been called the "one-ring" scam because phones ring once before they are disconnected. If the person tries to return the call, they... more »
  • Pornography scare used to scam people out of money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 3, 2014 9:53 PM

    ZACHARY - An internet hoax created by scammers nearly caught a woman in our area Monday. Her internet devices were locked and only showed a phony FBI notification alerting her to an investigation over her viewing of child pornography and rape videos. "I thought I was legally in... more »
  • Police: Scammer targets attorneys

    January 7, 2014 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators accused a Baton Rouge man this week of scamming at least three area attorneys. Baton Rouge Police arrested Gregory James Edwards, 32, on multiple accounts of felony theft. Police say Edwards claimed to have been in traffic crashes, then took cash advances from the... more »
  • Scammer taking advantage of deaf students check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 14, 2013 8:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Con artists are taking advantage of people with disabilities. The Louisiana School for the Deaf said at least one person is attempting to con people into donating money to a basketball team for the deaf. The school says over a two year period, and as recent... more »
  • Scam warning for Seniors

    September 3, 2013 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Seniors in Louisiana are being warned about a telephone scam targeting them. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says telephone con artists are promising free medical alert devices. It comes after an increased number of calls have been reported which try to trick people into thinking... more »
  • No, you did not win $1 million

    August 19, 2013 10:35 PM

    BAKER- Police issued a warning Monday night about a scam involving Publishers Clearing House. Authorities said people are being told they won $1 million, but had to wire money first. A few people complied and were scammed. People who get similar calls are being asked to report them... more »
  • Men robbed at gunpoint in online dating scam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 9, 2013 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say a group is using a fake female profile on a dating website to rob men. 25-year-old David Washington has already been charged with six counts of robbery in connection to the crime. Police believe there are at least two other accomplices, including a woman.... more »
  • Credit card information swiped from many in the area check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 23, 2013 9:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A number of people in the Baton Rouge area have been warned by their banks that credit and debit cards have been compromised. Some people's warning also comes with bad news; it was too late and purchases were made out of state or out of the... more »
  • Con artists targeting Entergy customers

    June 28, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Entergy is warning customers about a scam, where con artists are trying to trick people into thinking they are late in utility payments. The calls warn people they are late, and if they don't pay power will be disconnected within the hour. It's totally false, the... more »
  • New scam charges $83 for deed copy

    May 20, 2013 12:59 PM

    OPELOUSAS - A new scam has emerged in St. Landry Parish in the form of letters directing the recipient to pay a firm $83 for a copy of a deed to their property. The Daily World reports the St. Landry Parish Clerk Charles Jagneaux offers the same service for no... more »
  • Man accused of selling bogus newspaper ads

    March 28, 2013 8:57 AM

    SHREVEPORT- A 61-year-old Minden man faces charges in at least six parishes and one Texas county in connection with an alleged scam that involved selling bogus newspaper ads. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says David Edward Dix is accused of going into several Caddo businesses and stating that he works... more »
  • Man accused in phony roof repair scam

    March 21, 2013 12:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man after they said he scammed at least three elderly victims in Baton Rouge with phony roof repairs. Lt. Don Kelly said officers arrested Brandon Ferguson, 24, of Baker Wednesday night in suspicion of theft and stealing from the elderly. Kelly said... more »
  • Deputies: man arrested for Pop-A-Lock scam

    February 28, 2013 2:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a man accused of operating a scam where he conned victims out of money to pay for a made-up Pop-A-Lock service call. Gerald Rester is charged with theft, vagrancy, and since he ran from a deputy, also resisting an officer. According to a report... more »
  • Thousands of dollars returned to asphalt scam victims

    February 22, 2013 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's attorney general said his office is delivering checks totaling $184,800 to 18 victims of a driveway asphalting scam. Many of the victims are elderly, and all overpaid for driveway repairs which AG Buddy Caldwell said involved shoddy work and poor materials. At least one victim... more »
  • Notre Dame AD encouraging Te'o to speak publicly

    January 18, 2013 12:51 PM

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says he is encouraging linebacker Manti Te'o to speak publicly about being the victim of a hoax involving a dead girlfriend who never existed. Swarbrick says he believes Te'o has to explain exactly how he was duped into an online... more »
  • Coupon site Bigtip.com shocking local businesses check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2012 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A coupon site may be taking your money and creating problems for local business owners. Bigtip.com is a national coupon site based out of Seattle, Wash. They charge people a subscription fee to receive coupons for local restaurants and stores in Baton Rouge, including Mellow Mushroom,... more »
  • Tracking system ensures donations go where needed check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 30, 2012 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In addition to providing free meals and clothes, St. Vincent de Paul helps pay for utilities, rent and even prescription drugs, but only for those truly in need. "There's only so much dollars for helping to prevent homelessness or to avoid eviction," says Micheal Acaldo, St.... more »
  • One pleads guilty in coupon website "scam"

    November 1, 2012 10:16 PM

    PHOENIX, Arizona- One person has pleaded guilty in connection with a coupon website that some in the Capital City area call a scam. Savvyshoppersite.com was busted by investigators after a WBRZ News2 Investigation in March. People said they paid for coupons on the site, but couldn't use them because... more »
  • Residents stuck with debris after contractor scam check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 27, 2012 4:41 PM

    CENTRAL - Dozens of people in Central are stuck with Hurricane Isaac debris in their yards. This, after contractors who collected it told them the city would haul it away. City leaders warn that DPW workers will not pick up debris cut down by paid contractors. David Barrow,... more »
  • Medical equipment owner sentenced in Medicare scam

    August 22, 2012 7:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The owner of several durable medical equipment companies that operated in Louisiana has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in multiple Medicare fraud schemes involving fraudulent claims and illegal kickback payments. U.S. District Judge James J. Brady sentenced 37-year-old Henry Lamont Jones,... more »
  • iPad Scam hits Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 9, 2012 10:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Buyers beware. You may be be offered an inexpensive iPad by someone on the street. Don't take the bait because it's likely fake. One Baton Rouge woman says she was tricked into buying one. A man approached her at a gas station on Airline Highway. She... more »
  • WBRZ mentioned in email scam

    July 23, 2012 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - News 2 viewers contacted WBRZ Channel 2 today, saying they received a scam email which claimed the TV station was giving away gift cards worth thousands of dollars. The email is not true, and could lead to people's personal information being stolen. The email asks... more »
  • Police: People in Walker hit by utility bill scam

    July 18, 2012 9:45 AM

    WALKER - A popular bank fraud scam is back, and it's hitting our area hard. The Walker Police Department says they've received complaints that several people in the area were hoodwinked into transferring thousands of dollars to someone claiming to offer government assistance with utility bills. The scam... more »
  • Cell phone texting scam could cost you check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 31, 2012 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new texting scam could be costing you big bucks and you may not even know it. The texting scam works by auto-dialing random numbers and sending them things like trivia or ringtones, without asking permission and then charging your cell phone bill. Cell carriers are... more »
  • 4 accused of running card game scam

    May 1, 2012 7:46 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Authorities in Lake Charles say four men posing as business owners scammed several people out of more than $10,000 through a card game. The Calcasieu Parish sheriff said the men disguised themselves as business owners and contacted several small businesses about constructing a building in Lake Charles.... more »
  • Ex-cop, sheriff's deputy charged in insurance scam

    April 6, 2012 2:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two law enforcement officers from the New Orleans area have been charged with plotting to make a fraudulent insurance claim. A court filing Friday charges former New Orleans Police Sgt. Kevin Guillot and former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy Daniel Spears with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Federal... more »
  • Authorities caution citizens about potential scammers

    March 8, 2012 4:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Chief Deputy Jason Ard of Livingston's Sheriff's Office sent out a press release Thursday reminding people to be wary of potential scammers identifying themselves as independent contractors. LPSO encourages citizens who are approached by individuals soliciting renovations, to ask for proper identification, a contractors license, references and... more »
  • Man gets prison time for computer scam

    February 3, 2012 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A judge has sentenced a 41-year-old Denham Springs man to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to a charge that he participated in a scheme to steal $157,366 from Southern University. Scott D. Woodall served as information technologies director at Southern's College... more »
  • Kenner PD warns about pre-recorded phone scam

    February 3, 2012 4:15 AM

    KENNER - Some Kenner residents received pre-recorded telephone calls this week indicating that a family member was arrested or involved in a serious accident. It was a scam, according to the Kenner Police Department. A spokesman for the department said Thursday the calls are apparently an attempt to "hijack" phones... more »
  • Fortuneteller Family Scam?

    September 1, 2011 7:29 PM

    A family in Fort Lauderdale,Florida amassed a $40 million dollar fortune by telling fortunes and authorities say it was a scam. Rose Marks and her family claimed to talk with gods, spirits and even Michael the Archangel to cure diseases and break curses. In return, they asked for jewelry, gold... more »
  • State Treasurer warns of unclaimed property scam

    August 4, 2011 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Treasurer John Kennedy has issued an alert to Louisiana citizens regarding a national unclaimed property email scam uncovered by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA). According to NAUPA, Americans are receiving deceptive messages stating that it is from the director of NAUPA and that... more »
  • Council: Scam crews claim FEMA requires sandbags

    May 26, 2011 8:38 AM

    HOUMA- The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government says private work crews in the Gibson area have been telling elderly residents they have to sandbag their homes to get federal disaster relief. A statement on the government's website says that's false, and people should call the sheriff's office if they're approached by... more »
  • Army Reaches Out to Chinese Community after Scam

    April 18, 2011 7:38 PM

    The Army has to do damage control after 100 immigrants in the Chinese community of El Monte, California thought they were joining the U.S. Army for a fee of $400 each. Authorities say Yupeng Deng posed as a recruiter and they arrested him last week on charges of selling bogus... more »
  • AG: Members of international fraud ring charged in La.

    March 21, 2011 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four Romanian-Moldovan nationals that investigators believe scammed millions from Americans over the Internet are on their way to face racketeering charges in Baton Rouge. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced today that Dimitar Dimitrov, 22, Radu Manolache, 40, Ion Antohi, 25, and Andrei Golovco, 27, had all... more »
  • Inspector General releases report on Miracle Place Church

    March 16, 2011 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Inspector General's Office released a report today that claims a Baker church and drug treatment facility scammed the federal government out of more than $750,000. According to the report Ricky Sinclair and the Miracle Place Church of Baker, as well its All The Way... more »
  • Asphalt scam in Walker

    February 10, 2011 6:18 PM

    WALKER - Police have received reports of scammers targeting the residents of Walker. According to the Walker Police Department, three men in a red, slightly new Ford truck or a white Chevy truck are offering to use left-over asphalt to pave driveways. The men ask for a small... more »
  • Former broker accused of swindling almost $1M from clients

    January 28, 2011 3:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Federal authorities in New Orleans accused a former stock broker today of stealing almost a million dollars from his clients. Michael Wooton, 45, of Metairie was charged in federal court with mail fraud, according to U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. Prosecutors claim that starting in 2006, Wooton... more »
  • Potential scams top 7,000 in BP spill compensation

    January 27, 2011 5:03 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The administrator of a $20 billion fund responsible for compensating victims of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill says he has received more than 7,000 potentially fraudulent claims. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg told a Senate panel in Washington on Thursday that 7,575 claims have been deemed to be... more »
  • Three plead guilty to Medicare fraud

    January 25, 2011 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Three people pleaded guilty today to taking part in a health-care fraud plan to scam more than $5 million from Medicare. U. S. Attorney Don Cazayoux said today that Thompson W. Chinwoh, Stephanie Dangerfieldand Samuel B. Johnson could face up to ten years in prison for the... more »

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