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  • Man accused of being lottery scam kingpin to plead guilty

    July 17, 2017 9:07 PM

    BISMARCK, N.D. - A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans out of millions of dollars has agreed to plead guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors in North Dakota. The agreement signed by the defense and prosecutors on Friday calls for... more »
  • Power-hungry thieves target doctor's office in theft of electricity meters Play Video

    June 13, 2017 1:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Less than a day after a WBRZ report highlighted a dangerous theft ring, thieves struck again. Tuesday morning, a doctor's office and another business on Picardy were without power due to thieves stealing the power meter from the panel on the side of the building. Pictures... more »
  • With intent to buy moisturizer, woman charged $27,000

    June 9, 2017 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 30 minute trip to the Mall of Louisiana turned into the most expensive shopping experience of one woman's life. Carol Lafitte says last month she walked into Forever Flawless, a luxury skincare company, to purchase moisturizer. It's a product she bought before and says it... more »
  • Sheriff's office warns St. Helena residents of IRS payment scam

    June 6, 2017 4:48 PM

    ST. HELENA – The St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents of an IRS scam after one man was told to pay more than $10,000. On Monday, the sheriff's office responded to a resident receiving a call from someone who identified himself as an investigator with the IRS.... more »
  • Police: contractor arrested again for failing to complete work

    April 12, 2017 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities have once again arrested a man for contractor fraud after the say he failed to complete work that was paid for. The victim says she paid 48-year-old Andrew Darian over $1,000 to complete construction work on her rental property in January. The victim say she... more »
  • U.S. Marshals warn of jury duty scam phone calls

    March 30, 2017 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Marshals Service for the Middle District of Louisiana is warning citizens of a jury duty phone scam. In the scam the caller poses as a U.S. Marshal, Deputy Marshal, or other law enforcement officer and tells the victim that he or she has missed... more »
  • Contractor arrested over undone work

    March 18, 2017 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE -- A contractor who took $4,000 to remove and replace a flooded air conditioning system was arrested Friday. Laroy Turnipseed Sr. was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of misapplication of payment by a contractor. A woman whose house was flooded told... more »
  • BRPD: contractor accused of scamming elderly victim

    March 15, 2017 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Baton Rouge Police detectives have arrested a Denham Springs contractor on multiple fraud charges Wednesday. Police say Andrew Darian was charged with two counts of home improvement fraud, felony theft, misapplication of payment and theft of assets of an aged person. Investigators say two victims,... more »
  • Local disabled child's picture stolen, circulating Facebook Play Video

    January 5, 2017 6:42 PM

    AMITE - We see Facebook posts every day encouraging users to "like" "share" or "comment." Most of the time the posts are harmless. Other times they are scams. When Katie Corken was scrolling through her Facebook timeline, she discovered a photo of her son circulating without her permission. The... more »
  • Deputies searching for fake online puppy sellers

    January 4, 2017 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating two suspects wanted for questioning regarding an online scam. According to the sheriff's office, victims outside of Louisiana reported that they interacted with online sellers to buy puppies. The victims provided money to... more »
  • Sheriff warns Assumption residents about Entergy bill scam

    December 30, 2016 12:40 PM

    ASSUMPTION – The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a scam that is targeting Entergy customers. The sheriff's office has received complaints about residents being directed to particular businesses to buy "Green Dot" money cards to pay delinquent Entergy bills. Residents are then told to scratch the... more »
  • Police: grocery store employees steal $25,000 in refund scam

    November 12, 2016 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Police say three employees at a Baton Rouge grocery store stole more than $25,000 through a return refund scam. According to arrest records, Baton Rouge police officers were called to the Albertson’s Grocery Store on College Drive Friday in reference to employee theft. Store management... more »
  • Entergy reminds customers of utility bill scam

    November 9, 2016 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Entergy is reminding its customers to watch out for a utility bill scam. According to Entergy officials, the scam occurs when someone calls and says that a customer's electric bill payment is past due and that service will be disconnected if a payment is not made.... more »
  • Craigslist sale too good to be true, warning to others Play Video

    November 2, 2016 6:30 PM

    ST. AMANT - There's a warning to watch out for online scams, especially ahead of the holidays. One man says his Craigslist ad produced a result that was too good to be true. John Ballard called 2 On Your Side to help others avoid becoming a victim. He put... more »
  • EBRSO warns residents of scam text messages asking for debit card info.

    September 29, 2016 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a phone scam asking bank users for their debit card number. An area bank has reported that several of its customers have reported receiving text messages from the phone number (844)-584-3379 stating that their debit card... more »
  • FBI warns residents of telephone scam trying to get personal info.

    September 28, 2016 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The FBI New Orleans Division and the Internet Crime Complaint Center have received reports of a telephone scam where callers pose as a government agency to gain personal information. The caller sometimes poses as the FBI or IRS and advises the resident that the IRS has... more »
  • 2 psychologists plead guilty in $25 million Medicare scam

    September 7, 2016 10:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities say two psychologists have admitted participating in a $25 million scam that billed Medicare for unnecessary or nonexistent tests on nursing home residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A Justice Department news release says 62-year-old Beverly Stubblefield of Slidell, Louisiana, and 46-year-old John Teal... more »
  • Officials warn flood victims of scam artists requesting personal information

    September 6, 2016 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and FEMA are urging residents affected by the recent flooding to not provide personal information to scam artists. Both agencies are aware that there are scam artists posing as FEMA inspectors and have contacted flood victims asking... more »
  • State treasurer issues warning about unclaimed property scam

    August 9, 2016 11:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy is warning that a new scam is targeting people by pretending that a national organization has their unclaimed property. The treasurer's office said Monday that letters have been sent to people claiming to be from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators. The... more »
  • Sad story was fiction, and woman is out thousands of dollars Play Video

    June 24, 2016 9:07 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A Prairieville woman says a scam artist used a heart-bleeding story, Amazon and a reasonably priced camper to swindle her out of thousands of dollars. Cissy Blackwell was hoping to purchase a new camper to enjoy this summer. "I'm ready to get on the road," she... more »
  • Police warn of scam involving fake Entergy representatives

    June 21, 2016 9:17 PM

    WALKER - Police in Walker are warning residents of a reported scam in the area where a 1-800 number contacts Entergy customers and tells them their balance is past due. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the caller informs the resident that the owe between $900... more »
  • 4-year sentence for man in diet pill scam

    May 6, 2016 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors say a Florida man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for illegally selling diet pills that were mislabeled as "all natural" diet supplements. A news release from U.S. Attorney Walt Green in Baton Rouge says 52-year-old John Wesley Hoag of... more »
  • Deputies in St. Mary Parish warn of ongoing sweepstakes scam

    February 3, 2016 2:30 PM

    FRANKLIN - Sheriff’s deputies in St. Mary Parish say they’ve received reports of a sweepstakes scam taking advantage of the elderly via a series of official-looking documents sent out through the mail. Deputies say on Jan. 28 one older victim from the Franklin area said that during a phone... more »
  • Residents warned of IRS scam in East Feliciana Parish

    January 15, 2016 8:55 PM

    CLINTON - The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Department is warning residents to be aware of a scam involving callers claiming to be from the IRS or a debt colllector calling on behalf of the IRS. According to deputies, the caller tells them they owe money, and a lawsuit will... more »
  • Plaquemine Parish detectives warn residents about IRS phone scam

    December 23, 2015 3:40 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives warned residents of the area about an ongoing IRS telephone scam that was used on at least one parish citizen this week. A Belle Chasse resident reported they received two automated phone calls Tuesday afternoon within a three hour period on... more »
  • BRPD say be wary of Police Union scam

    December 15, 2015 5:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said Tuesday people in Baton Rouge have been receiving scam phone calls from someone claiming to be with the Baton Rouge Police Union. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the union does not do any phone solicitations specifically so they don't get confused with scam calls. ... more »
  • December 8, 2015 Morning News Pop

    December 8, 2015 8:12 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Multiple 18-wheelers involved in fiery wreck; I-10 shutdown in both directions between LA 77 and I-10/110 split EBRSO warns of phony warrant scam Heisman hopes tackled, Fournette not a finalist Next several days: morning fog, afternoon sun, gradual warming Updates... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 »
  • 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 »

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