Fraud

Two people from Beaumont and one from Houston pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Florida in connection with their participation in a $4.4 million dollar federal prison sentencing reduction scheme March 30.

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A former U.S. Congressman and one of his associates were indicted March 28 for their roles in orchestrating a scheme to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from charitable foundations and the individuals who ran those foundations. Some of the funds were used to illegally finance the politician’s campaigns for public office and to pay for his personal expenses and those of his associates. Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas and Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A.

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A Longview, Texas mother and son have been indicted on federal charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherson on March 23.

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Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer is warning residents that scammers are targeting the area with the popular "Publisher's Clearing House" con, which has recently been featured in The Examiner and is still circulating after years. 

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Still fighting forfeiture of more than $3 million in annuities the U.S. government acquired from former Beaumont Independent School District electrician Calvin Walker, wife Stacy Walker argued to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that her husband had no right to bargain away property that belonged to her as well. This past week, March 9, the court handed down an opinion.

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Up to $40,000 is missing from CASA of the Sabine Neches Region in Orange and, while no one has yet been charged, Executive Director Nikki Jones was fired following the revelation that a CASA credit card was used for cash advances at casinos and to pay for a lavish cruise, luxury hotel stays and other extravagances.

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Police in Vidor have made multiple arrests for forgery recently. William Grubbs, 45, of Orange was arrested Feb.

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Feb. 6, officers in Vidor arrested a suspect they believe has been creating counterfeit checks, reports Chief Rod Carroll. 

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Brian David Haney, 37-year-old partial owner of Vidor Family Pharmacy, pleaded guilty in Austin on Dec. 14 to federal bribery and tax charges in connection with a health care fraud scheme.

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane, Haney pleaded guilty to a two-count Information charging him with willful offer and payment of illegal remuneration in relation to a federal health care program and one count of making and filing a false income tax return.

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Police in Orange are investigating a case of suspected insurance fraud following a single-car accident that appeared to have resulted in injuries to the parties involved, all of whom were paid by insurance, reports the Orange Police Department (OPD).

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