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May 2014 Archives

3 women plead guilty to wire fraud conspiracy

With money tight in today's time, many people begin to consider illegal activity as a means of keeping their head above water. Three Georgia women have pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy for their part in an identify theft scam that fraudulently allowed them to deposit tax refunds into several financial institutions in the Pittsburgh area.

Lawyer claims misconduct in federal crime trial

Here's an interesting story about alleged fraud that took place in Pennsylvania. According to the May 22 news, a man from Philadelphia has been found guilty in a $14.6 million mortgage-fraud scheme. He reportedly victimized 35 people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but now he's looking to appeal that conviction.

Doctor accused of federal drug charges

When you're accused of participating in illegal activities such as drug sales, it's important to make sure you have a strong defense. You have every right for your story to be heard when you're charged with federal drug charges or face the consequences of those charges. One local man will need to defend himself after he was accused of advocating the use of painkillers for his patients.

Woman receiving Social Security checks charged with federal crime

There are a number of ways to be charged with a federal crime, and stealing is one of them, especially when it involves stealing checks from the government. Fraud, which includes claiming the identity of someone else, can lead to serious charges when taken to court, especially when the fraud has allegedly been taking place over the course of decades like in this case. This woman faces up to 10 years in prison for reportedly taking her mother's Social Security checks for around 30 years; the federal crime could place her in jail until she's over 80 years old.

Pennsylvania pharmacist faces federal charges for fraud

Health care fraud is increasingly common in the United States as doctors attempt to submit false claims in order to receive payment. However, these schemes are illegal and can result in serious penalties. A Pennsylvania pharmacist faces federal charges for his alleged role in a scheme to defraud insurance companies.

Target security breach may be related to Pittsburgh area company

While the internet has done big things for people from one side of the world to the next, it has also opened up the opportunity for related crime. Last December, Target's computer systems were compromised. As a result, personal and financial information associated with as many as 70 million people was stolen.

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