Reading from the Voice Media empire: A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced Caroline Zarate Boyle after she pleaded guilty to ripping off her former employer, the U.S. Postal Service, by pretending to have cancer. This admission and the punishment she’ll receive as a result have earned her a place in our Cancer Faker Hall of Fame, which has inducted seven members over the last eight years. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Nahid Moshrefi, also known as Dr. Venus K. Moshrefi, describes herself as a specialist in natural healing therapies. But she’s characterized by prosecutors with the First Judicial District DA’s office as a fraud who faked cancer in order to bilk an elderly man out of $69,000, and a jury has now agreed. Westword has the story.
Reading from the Voice Media empire: Jana Koretko, an author and publisher of erotic books, has been arrested on accusations that she systematically ripped off a slew of fellow writers for more than $125,000 total. The result is an alleged criminal gangbang that no one enjoyed. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Scott Pack has been indicted bya grand jury for one of the largest-ever fraud cases in the marijuana industry. The grand jury’s findings tie Pack to what prosecutors describe as a massive operation that grew marijuana for out-of-state distribution and previously led to the indictment of sixteen people. Among those indicted along with Pack is Renee Rayton, a former marijuana enforcement officer. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Caroline Zarate Boyle has been indicted on allegations that she pretended to have cancer, and she’s not alone. Indeed, she’s the seventh woman from her state in recent years to have been publicly accused of faking cancer. Meet them here. Westword has the story.
Arizona pistol-shooting champion Matt Burkett was arrested this week following a fraud indictment related to his Scottsdale firearms manufacturing business, Predator Tactical.
Burkett stands accused of ripping off his customers, according to a six-page federal grand jury indictment from February 1 filed in the U.S. District Court of Missouri.
He was picked up and booked into federal custody on Tuesday on an arrest warrant. At a hearing on Thursday, Arizona U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns ordered him to be released from detention. He’s being represented by a federal public defender.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Notorious criminal impersonator James Hogue has pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies and one misdemeanor over an illegal shack he built on the property of a glamorous ski area. They’re the latest convictions in a bizarre life of lies. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Hogue is among the most notorious criminal impersonators in American history. First, he faked his way into high school when he was in his mid-twenties. Then he faked his way into Yale when he was even older. And that was just the beginning of his criminal career. Westword has the story.
A former Medicare provider who owned an ambulance company has been found guilty of engaging in organized crime after deceiving dozens of mentally disabled patients and attempting to steal more than $1.3 million through fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid programs, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday.
A Harris County judge sentenced the 44-year-old Houston man, Chimaroke Echenwune, to 30 years in prison for the elaborate theft.