Today’s Fraud News

friday january 18, 2019

Washington developer denies role in $6M crash con

January 17, 2019, Spokane, WA — Spokane developer Ron Wells appeared in federal court this week and pleaded not guilty to charges that he was involved in a $6 million scheme to defraud insurance companies through a series of staged collisions. Wells was indicted on Dec. 19 along with other defendants who are accused of… more info > The Spokesman-Review

No early release for Ohio contractor who bilks homeowners

January 17, 2019, Washington County, OH — A man who bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars from residents in a local construction scam withdrew his request to be released early from prison on Wednesday, after being faced in court by several of his victims. Anthony Combs, 50, formerly of Lake Magnolia Way, N.C., removed his request for a… more info > The Marietta Times

New York firefighter allegedly runs med transport firm on side

January 17, 2019, Monsey, NY — A 41-year-old Monsey volunteer firefighter who became a respected Rockland voice on fire prevention faces multiple fraud charges for working several jobs while out on disability and accepting more than $100,000 in state benefits. Raphael Ziegler, the Monsey Fire Department president and New… more info > Lohud

Missouri man gets disability, runs wood-pallet firm on side

January 16, 2019, Jefferson City, MO — James Flannery of Gerald has been charged in federal court on allegations of wire fraud, making false statements to an agent, misuse of a social security number and theft of government funds. All four are felony charges. Information concerning the case has been obtained from PACER, the U.S. Courts… more info > Gasconade County Republican

South Carolinian allegedly steals $9M in treating autistic kids

January 16, 2019, Columbia, SC — Federal authorities are seeking to recover $9 million that they say a S.C. woman stole in a wide-ranging scheme involving false medical bills for treating autistic children. Susan A. Butler, the “founder” of the S.C. Early Autism Project, is charged with overbilling Tricare and Medicaid… more info > The State