fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois Cracks Down On Medicaid Fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-cracks-down-medicaid-fraud <p>The Department of Justice is charging 14 people with Medicaid fraud in Illinois.</p><p>The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton, said over the past few years, dozens of people have fleeced a Medicaid program that pays personal assistants to help disabled or sick Medicaid recipients live at home. The intention is to save the state money by keeping people in their homes and out of costly institutions such as hospitals or nursing homes.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 23:26:14 +0000 Jess Jiang 36752 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Cracks Down On Medicaid Fraud Second Former Parks Official Sentenced For Embezzlement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/second-former-parks-official-sentenced-embezzlement <p>The U.S. District Court of Eastern Missouri has sentenced a former St. Louis city official to three years in federal prison for embezzlement.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:28:30 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33284 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Second Former Parks Official Sentenced For Embezzlement St. Louis Parks Department Vows Changes After $465,000 Fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-parks-department-vows-changes-after-465000-fraud <p>The head of the St. Louis city parks department has apologized for an elaborate fraud in which two high-level employees stole nearly $465,000 from the city.</p><p>"We know that we are the stewards of an incredible legacy, and stewards of the taxpayers' money," Gary Bess told the parks committee. "We want their trust, and know that we have to earn it. That's why I'm as&nbsp;disappointed as anyone that this has happened. On behalf of everyone in the administration, and the parks department, I'd like to apologize. It's not who we are."</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:29:19 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31613 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Parks Department Vows Changes After $465,000 Fraud Illinois Cracks Down On Unemployment Fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-cracks-down-unemployment-fraud <p>Illinois is getting $2.7 million to strengthen its efforts to fight waste and fraud in unemployment claims.</p><p>The grant from the U.S. Labor Department will help beef up anti-fraud programs launched in the past year.<br>&nbsp;<br>The Illinois Department of Employment Security says it has begun garnishing tax returns of unemployment cheats, working more closely with the attorney general and holding business leaders personally liable for misstating company obligations.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 13:11:41 +0000 The Associated Press 4916 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Cracks Down On Unemployment Fraud Three sentenced in stolen credit card scheme http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/three-sentenced-stolen-credit-card-scheme-0 <p>Two Illinois women have been sentenced to federal probation for their roles in a credit card fraud scheme involving customers at a steakhouse where they worked.</p><p>Thirty-two-year-old Jamie Erwin of Glen Carbon was given five years of probation and 22-year-old Shadwonna Bausily of Alton was given three years.</p><p>They pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit access device fraud.</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:02:56 +0000 The Associated Press 4638 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Three sentenced in stolen credit card scheme Fraud conviction reinstated for ex-Ill. official http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fraud-conviction-reinstated-ex-ill-official <p>A federal appeals court has reinstated the wire fraud conviction of a former supervisor for the Illinois secretary of state's office.</p><p>Cecil Turner was convicted on four counts of wire fraud in 2006 for covering up a scheme in which three janitors were paid for hours they didn't work.</p><p>Turner did not take any illegal money. He was convicted on the legal theory that he denied taxpayers the honest services they deserved.</p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court later narrowed the scope of "honest services" violations, and Turner's conviction was reversed.</p> Sat, 08 Sep 2012 22:24:28 +0000 The Associated Press 4544 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fraud conviction reinstated for ex-Ill. official 19 Illinois residents indicted on unemployment benefits fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/19-illinois-residents-indicted-unemployment-benefits-fraud <p>Nineteen residents of the Metro East and southern Illinois have been charged with stealing money from the state and federal unemployment insurance programs.</p><p>The 12 men and 7 women are accused of stealing a total of $368,000 in benefits. Two of those charged were incarcerated while receiving benefits, and 17 others were employed.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:56:28 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4157 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 19 Illinois residents indicted on unemployment benefits fraud Fertility broker pleads guilty to defrauding six Missouri women http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fertility-broker-pleads-guilty-defrauding-six-missouri-women <p>An Idaho woman who operated a fertility brokerage business has admitted to defrauding six Missouri women who provided eggs for the business.</p><p>Janae Helgerson of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Sentencing is March 16.</p><p>Helgerson was arrested in February. Her business, Mid-West Egg Donation, matched couples seeking to conceive a baby with women willing to provide eggs. Federal prosecutors say Helgerson collected payments from couples, but egg donors in Missouri failed to receive nearly $30,000 owed to them.</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:28:32 +0000 The Associated Press 2678 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fertility broker pleads guilty to defrauding six Missouri women Paideia Academy board chairman indicted on federal fraud charges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/paideia-academy-board-chairman-indicted-federal-fraud-charges <p><strong>Updated 3:53 p.m</strong>.</p><p>According to the U.S. Attorney&#39;s Office, Fred W. Robinson, 69, of St. Louis, and chairman of the board of trustees for <a href="http://www.tpacharter.com/">Paideia Academy</a>, a <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shuttered-mo-charter-school-keeps-leftover-cash">now-shuttered charter school</a> in St. Louis, has been indicted multiple fraud charges.</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:35:07 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Kelsey Proud 2040 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Paideia Academy board chairman indicted on federal fraud charges Mo. Sec. of State warns of investment scams http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-sec-state-warns-investment-scams <p><a href="http://sos.mo.gov/">Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan</a> (D) is warning citizens to beware of several threats to those seeking to invest their savings.</p><p>Carnahan says one such threat is called affinity fraud, which is used to target church congregations, senior centers and social networking websites. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:56:51 +0000 Marshall Griffin 1715 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Sec. of State warns of investment scams