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14 charged
6:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Illinois Cracks Down On Medicaid Fraud

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton with Bradley Hart (Illinois inspector general for health care and family services) and Stephen Swofford (Illinois attorney general's office).
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

The Department of Justice is charging 14 people with Medicaid fraud in Illinois.

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.

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Parks Embezzlement
2:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Second Former Parks Official Sentenced For Embezzlement

A second former city parks official will spend three years in federal prison for his role in defrauding the city of $47,000.
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The U.S. District Court of Eastern Missouri has sentenced a former St. Louis city official to three years in federal prison for embezzlement. 

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Parks Department Fraud
8:29 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

St. Louis Parks Department Vows Changes After $465,000 Fraud

Forest Park in the city of St. Louis.
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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.

"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 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."

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Unemployment Fraud
8:11 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Illinois Cracks Down On Unemployment Fraud

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Illinois is getting $2.7 million to strengthen its efforts to fight waste and fraud in unemployment claims.

The grant from the U.S. Labor Department will help beef up anti-fraud programs launched in the past year.
 
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.

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credit card fraud
10:02 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Three sentenced in stolen credit card scheme

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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.

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.

They pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

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Fraud
5:24 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Fraud conviction reinstated for ex-Ill. official

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A federal appeals court has reinstated the wire fraud conviction of a former supervisor for the Illinois secretary of state's office.

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.

Turner did not take any illegal money. He was convicted on the legal theory that he denied taxpayers the honest services they deserved.

The U.S. Supreme Court later narrowed the scope of "honest services" violations, and Turner's conviction was reversed.

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Benefits fraud
4:56 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

19 Illinois residents indicted on unemployment benefits fraud

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Nineteen residents of the Metro East and southern Illinois have been charged with stealing money from the state and federal unemployment insurance programs.

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.

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Fertility Broker Fraud
12:28 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Fertility broker pleads guilty to defrauding six Missouri women

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An Idaho woman who operated a fertility brokerage business has admitted to defrauding six Missouri women who provided eggs for the business.

Janae Helgerson of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Sentencing is March 16.

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.

Paideia Academy
11:35 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Paideia Academy board chairman indicted on federal fraud charges

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Updated 3:53 p.m.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Fred W. Robinson, 69, of St. Louis, and chairman of the board of trustees for Paideia Academy, a now-shuttered charter school in St. Louis, has been indicted multiple fraud charges.

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Investment fraud
4:56 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Mo. Sec. of State warns of investment scams

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Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) is warning citizens to beware of several threats to those seeking to invest their savings.

Carnahan says one such threat is called affinity fraud, which is used to target church congregations, senior centers and social networking websites.

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