Local News
9:46 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Why Are There So Many Ponzi Scheme Cases In Charlotte?

Mugshot of person #5247 better known as Charles Ponzi. Although the scheme existed long before Ponzi, his version of the scheme became so infamous we now know these as Ponzi scheme.
Credit Public Document

It’s a scheme that goes by many names like the Pyramid and the Matrix. Historically, it was called the “Peter-to-Paul.” We know it best as a Ponzi scheme. And a surprising number of these cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office here in Charlotte.

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Local News
4:19 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Cannon Put On House Arrest For Illegal Vote

Cannon leaves the courthouse after being ordered to in-house detention until his prison sentence begins.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon found himself in court again today, four weeks after he was sentenced to prison for public corruption. This time, it was voter fraud.

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Charlotte Talks
12:09 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Internal Fraud And Prevention

Internal fraud has existed just about as long as businesses have existed. But the problem of fraud has increased exponentially as business and technology have become more and more complex. No matter the size of a business, the importance of looking for fraud has never been higher, and because of that, there is an increasing need for fraud prevention professionals. We’ll be joined by experts in the field of fraud prevention to talk about what kinds of fraud are plaguing businesses, the areas of business fraud usually occurs, and the prevention methods that are available.

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5:42 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Charlotte Investors Victim Of $44M Ponzi Scheme

A Statesville man is indicted on charges of operating a $44 million dollar Ponzi scheme that defrauded over 200 people since 2007.

Daniel Williford faces five federal counts of money laundering following an FBI investigation.

Fifty-five-year-old Daniel Williford doesn't fit the image of someone who runs a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme. He owns a middle-class four-bedroom home in Statesville, valued at about $200,000. He's a former airline pilot who went into the computer business for himself about 20 years ago.

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Local News
4:33 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Charlotte Businessman Pleads Guilty To Immigration Fraud Scheme

A Charlotte resident pleaded guilty in federal court this week to running an immigration scheme that parlayed hundreds of temporary work visas into profits of $13.2 million. 

This fraud is textbook in a lot of ways, says Deputy Special Agent in Charge Ryan Spradlin of Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta, because "it fell within the technology sector. That seems to be more of a common H-1B visa concern for us."

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Local News
12:06 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

NC To Tap Tax Refunds Of Unemployment Cheaters

Cheaters who manage to keep collecting unemployment once they've found work will face stiffer penalties and the strong possibility of losing their tax refund in 2013.  The North Carolina Division of Employment Security is trying to recover nearly $50 million in fraudulent payments.

North Carolina's been paying a record amount of unemployment during this recession, so it stands to reason that fraud has increased, too.  When you get a job, you're supposed to report that to the unemployment office so they stop sending you checks.

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