The former headmaster of a Huntersville Christian school has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling $9 million from the school and its affiliated church, and using it for personal expenses.

Hickory Doctor Pleads Guilty To Health Care Fraud

Oct 5, 2015

A doctor in Hickory pleaded guilty Monday to charging Medicare and Medicaid nearly half a million dollars in fraudulent reimbursement claims. It's the latest example of how the U.S. Attorney's office in Charlotte is building a reputation for being especially aggressive in prosecuting health care fraud.

Sun. Headlines: Dealer Faces Jail For Fraud

May 24, 2015

The former president of a Charlotte-based classic car dealership will be sentenced next month after reaching a plea deal on federal mail fraud and identity-theft charges.  The Charlotte Observer reports 50-year-old Joseph Carroll is scheduled to be sentenced June 12 in Cincinnati, more than a year after signing a plea agreement.  

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Some lawyers say the U.S. Attorney's office in Charlotte is building a reputation for being especially aggressive in prosecuting health care fraud. As an example, the office earlier this year won its largest settlement ever with a single doctor.

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.

Cannon Put On House Arrest For Illegal Vote

Nov 6, 2014
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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.

Internal Fraud And Prevention

Jun 4, 2014

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.

Charlotte Investors Victim Of $44M Ponzi Scheme

Dec 19, 2013

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.

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."

NC To Tap Tax Refunds Of Unemployment Cheaters

Nov 6, 2012

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.