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  • Warrants issued in Saints ticket scheme

    December 18, 2014 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An arrest warrant has been issued for a 28-year-old accused of acting as a ticket broker and selling Saints football tickets but never providing the tickets. Matthew Alexander Dunn faces felony theft and issuing worthless checks charges, according to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2. The warrants... more »
  • 2 sentenced in $258 million Medicare fraud scheme

    November 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The U.S. Justice Department says the operator of community health centers in Baton Rouge and a patient recruiter for a community mental health center in Houston have been sentenced in a $258 million Medicare fraud scheme. The sentences were handed down Friday in federal court in... more »
  • Vitter wants clean slate of overseers after Ponzi victims get no help

    July 18, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In another blow to people who lost around $1 billion in a Ponzi scheme, the SEC lost its appeal to recoup money for victims of R. Allen Stanford. Stanford was convicted and sentenced in 2012 of using investors money to fund companies that went out of business.... more »
  • Stripper scheme busted Play Video

    June 12, 2014 7:13 AM

    NEW YORK CITY - Four New York City strippers and the a club owner have been arrested after investigators discovered they stole more than $200,000 from unsuspecting men. Prosecutors say they worked together to drug wealthy businessmen by spiking their drinks. Then the girls would run by thousands of... more »
  • Third man flushed in BREC's two-ply theft Play Video

    May 9, 2014 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a third man they say is rolled up in a toilet paper scheme that cost taxpayers $2600. Officers charged Tim Tran, 41, with possession of stolen goods and resisting arrest. An arrest report says former BREC warehouse manager Cordell Curtis gave approximately 90... more »
  • LSU reimbursing students affected by fast food scam Play Video

    March 27, 2014 7:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU Police arrested four fast food workers recently in connection with a scheme to overcharge university students who paid for meals at the student union McDonald's with a school-issued card. Investigators said records showed at least $31,000 in overcharges were made while the scheme went on,... more »
  • Wedding color scheme argument leads to stabbing

    December 27, 2013 2:48 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C.- Deputies in South Carolina say a woman stabbed her fiance on Christmas Day after they argued over what colors should be used in their wedding. Authorities say the man was trying to leave a home near Blythewood after the argument when Krysta James attacked him around 8:30 p.m.... more »
  • Leaders of fake ID distribution ring sentenced

    October 21, 2013 1:37 PM

    ATHENS, Ga.- The masterminds of a fake ID manufacturing and distribution ring have been ordered to serve jail time, participate in community service and pay a $5,000 fine. University of Georgia Student William Trosclair and former Gainesville State University student Tyler Andrew Ruby pleaded guilty last week to manufacturing false... more »
  • Woman sentenced in Medicare fraud scheme

    October 11, 2013 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 51-year-old Plaquemine woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after admitting she led a $300,000 Medicare fraud scheme that also resulted in prison terms for her mother and daughter. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson ordered Linda Jackson, no relation, into immediate... more »
  • Man arrested in cyberbullying scheme

    July 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    ZACHARY - Police arrested a Zachary man they said tried to bully a 16-year-old into having sex with him, including creating an elaborate social media hoax. Lt. Don Kelly with Baton Rouge Police said detectives arrested Latrell Stepter, 20, on suspicion of cyberbullying, indecent behavior with juveniles and computer-aided... more »
  • Local woman sentenced in tax scheme

    April 19, 2013 10:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 59-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $117,000 in restitution for a tax scheme involving homebuyer credits. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says Brenda Matthews pleaded guilty in October to making false claims to... more »
  • 2 businessmen charged with Katrina kickback scheme

    January 24, 2013 4:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two businessmen have been charged with engaging in a kickback scheme involving a Hurricane Katrina debris removal contract administered by the Army Corps of Engineers. A one-count indictment Thursday charges 51-year-old Anthony Penn, of New Orleans, and 52-year-old Kenneth Johnson Sr., of Atlanta, with conspiring to defraud... more »
  • Announcement planned after cocaine arrests

    December 17, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police planned a press conference today to discuss the arrest of workers accused of stealing drugs from the Baton Rouge courthouse. Last week police arrested William Colvin and Debra Bell, both of whom worked in the Clerk of Court's office, in suspicion of stealing a large... more »
  • Sisters sentenced in federal identity theft, fraud case

    November 16, 2012 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A U. S. District judge sentenced two Baton Rouge sisters to four years in federal prison apiece for running a three-year, six-figure credit card scheme. U. S. Attorney Don Cazayoux Jr. said Trachell Brown was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for bank fraud and... more »
  • 6 La. residents arrested on Medicaid fraud charges

    October 19, 2012 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Six personal care attendants from northeast Louisiana are accused of scheming to defraud the state's Medicaid program. Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says the six are accused of submitting timesheets to their employer that falsely stated they provided in-home services to Medicaid patients who... more »
  • La. man indicted in alleged tax fraud scheme

    October 12, 2012 7:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A landfill executive awaiting trial on charges he conspired with his brother-in-law to embezzle nearly $1 million from a New Orleans-based construction management company has been indicted on new charges stemming from an alleged tax fraud scheme. Dominick Fazzio, a tax preparer who also serves as... more »
  • Stanford to learn sentence for role in $7B swindle

    June 14, 2012 7:09 AM

    HOUSTON - If federal prosecutors have their way, former Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford could receive a prison sentence that spans two centuries for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. The 62-year-old Stanford is set to be... more »
  • Gulfport man gets 12.5 years for oil spill fraud

    June 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - A Gulfport man, identified as the mastermind of a family scheme to illegally obtain about $100,000 in oil spill recovery money, has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison. The Sun Herald reports U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden sentenced 50-year-old Bobby Earl Keys to 12½... more »
  • Investors: Stanford verdict won't restore losses

    March 7, 2012 7:17 AM

    HOUSTON - Investors taken in by Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford are expressing relief after a federal jury convicted the ex-financier on charges he bilked them out of more than $7 billion in a 20-year Ponzi scheme. But they say the verdict won't do much to make up for what... more »
  • Jury reaches verdict in financier Stanford's trial

    March 6, 2012 11:39 AM

    HOUSTON- A federal jury has reached a verdict in the Houston fraud trial of jailed Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford. U.S. District Judge David Hittner says the jury's verdict on charges Stanford bilked investors out of $7 billion in a massive Ponzi scheme would be announced later Tuesday. Jurors have... more »
  • Prosecutor: Stanford flushed away investor funds

    February 29, 2012 11:27 AM

    HOUSTON- A federal prosecutor says Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford flushed away investor funds on yachts and businesses that were money pits as part of a massive Ponzi scheme. Prosecutor William Stellmach said Wednesday that Stanford lined his pockets "with billions of dollars of other people's money" as closing arguments... more »
  • Trial resumes Monday for Port Allen police chief

    October 23, 2011 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Trial resumes Monday for Port Allen Police Chief Fred Smith, who was indicted after an FBI sting that paid officials in several Capitol-area cities to get public contracts for a fictional business to clean garbage cans. The trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson is... more »
  • La. businessman gets new trial date

    December 24, 2010 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has set a new trial date for a businessman charged with participating in a kickback scheme involving contracts for New Orleans' crime surveillance program. Mark St. Pierre was scheduled to be tried in February on charges that include conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery and money... more »
  • Two indicted in alleged HBPA election scheme

    November 18, 2010 3:31 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Two people face federal charges in an alleged scheme to rig elections in the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. A Thursday statement from U.S. Attorney Jim Letten in New Orleans says charges against Sean Alfortish, a former Kenner City Court magistrate, and Jefferson Parish resident Mona... more »
  • La. man gets 30 years for Ponzi scheme

    July 23, 2010 4:58 AM

    A Louisiana businessman who pleaded guilty to defrauding about 180 mostly elderly investors out of nearly $20 million in a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Matthew Pizzolato agreed to pay more than $15 million in restitution before he was sentenced. Pizzolato pleaded guilty to fraud,... more »
  • BR man accused of $3.7 million scheme

    June 26, 2010 1:17 PM

    A Baton Rouge man has been accused of defrauding about 40 people out of more than $3.7 million in an alleged investment scheme. A federal mail fraud charge filed Friday accuses 59-year-old Ray Aguillard of telling investors that their money would be used to operate loan finance companies. The charges... more »
  • Seven arrested in church fraud scheme

    May 18, 2010 1:55 PM

    Several individuals who allegedly took part in a check-cashing scheme designed to take money from a church in St. Francisville, are under arrest. Union Bethel Family Church leaders contacted Louisiana State Police to investigate the improper handling of church monetary funds by John and Carol Cobb dating back to... more »
  • Tax Credit Scheme Plea

    May 13, 2010 11:27 AM

    The head of a now-defunct movie studio has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his sale of nonexistent tax credits to investors - including members of the New Orleans Saints. Once CEO of Louisiana Film Studios LLC, Wayne Read, pleaded guilty to charges of interstate transportation of stolen... more »
  • Trooper allegedly put tracker on coach's car

    March 4, 2010 8:04 AM

    A state police investigator is accused of attaching a tracking device to a high-school baseball coach's car as a favor to a friend. Senior Trooper Travis Colombel of Mathews was released on $2,000 bond after being booked with malfeasance. Terrebonne Parish sheriff's Lt. Shane Fletcher pleaded guilty last month to... more »
  • La. man sentenced in stolen check scheme

    February 18, 2010 5:06 AM

    A New Orleans man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for his role in a scheme to cash stolen checks. Eddie Matthews III was sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $25,000 in restitution to banks he defrauded. Federal prosecutors... more »
  • Acorn foe: Phone scheme was to investigate senator

    January 29, 2010 1:17 PM

    A conservative activist accused of trying to tamper with a Louisiana senator's phones says he wanted to investigate criticisms that constituents calling her office couldn't get through. James O'Keefe posted a statement Friday on the Web site biggovernment.com. He says he learned about problems with calls to Democratic... more »

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