A team investigating fraud by for-profit colleges is getting defanged under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Coincidentally, some of DeVos’s top hires in the Department of Education are former deans, lawyers, and executives from for-profit colleges!
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Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland is reportedly looking to make a plea deal with federal prosecutors after being charged with wire fraud.
The Trump administration’s “voter fraud commission,” haphazardly barfed up amidst very real external threats to our election system, is not going particularly well. Following this bald and incredibly irresponsible attempt at wide-scale voter suppression, ACLU has sued, the Electronic Privacy Information Center has sued
One year and a lifetime ago, American society was vaguely stable and fundamentalist Mormon cult leader Lyle Jeffs was facing federal charges for food stamp fraud and money laundering. Jeffs disappeared while awaiting trial, with his court-appointed lawyer dryly suggesting that perhaps he’d been raptured into Heaven. …
Malachi Love-Robinson, a 20-year-old who practiced medicine in Florida without a license and adopted the nickname “Dr. Love,” will spend a year in prison for unrelated fraud charges.
Last summer, Abby Lee Miller pled guilty to federal charges of withholding $775,000 worth of income while she was filing for bankruptcy. In late March, she let go of her stranglehold on reality TV show Dance Moms, which birthed the career of preferred Sia stand-in Maddie Ziegler. On Tuesday, Miller finally received…
Abby Lee Miller, the choreographer famous for manipulating fame-hungry, weak-willed mothers by punishing their children on the brilliant Lifetime hit Dance Moms, has quit the show ahead of her May 8 sentencing on charges of federal bankruptcy fraud.
Malachi Love-Robinson, a.k.a. Dr. Love, the Florida teen accused of running a bogus medical practice, has been arrested yet again, this time for grand theft and—believe it or not—fraud.
The fundamentalist Mormon sect leader who disappeared in June while on house arrest apparently slipped out of his ankle bracelet by using olive oil, the FBI said. He’s now at large, considered armed, dangerous, and in possession of some surprisingly Pinterest-worthy escape tips.
A Texas judge has dismissed a misdemeanor charge against David Daleiden, the creator of a series of bogus undercover sting videos targeting Planned Parenthood. Daleiden still faces a felony charge, but in his customary fashion, he went ahead and issued a statement declaring victory over Planned Parenthood.
Sarma Melngailis, who has been on the lam for 10 months after allegedly stealing nearly $2 million from her raw vegan restaurant Pure Food and Wine, was arrested along with her husband in Sevierville, Tennessee after a delivery of extremely not-vegan Domino’s pizza revealed their location.
Extra-manly megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll, who championed a brand of Christianity that focused a whole lot on being incredibly sexist and anti-gay, is being sued by former members of Mars Hill, the church he founded. The suit accuses Driscoll of fraud and racketeering, claiming he misappropriated church funds to try…
Teresa Giudice/Jew-Dee-Chay is home from her 15 months in federal prison. In addition to her husband, four daughters and private spray tan session, Teresa was welcomed home with a brand new Lexus.
Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller appeared in court on November 2, 2015 in order to plead her innocence in a bankruptcy fraud case. Just last month Miller was charged with 20 counts of bankruptcy fraud.
Lawyers for ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert told a federal judge this morning that he will plead guilty later this month in a case where he’s accused of bank fraud and lying to the FBI. Several media outlets have reported that Hastert is suspected of agreeing to pay a man millions to cover up sexual abuse.
Three people have been charged with mail and wire fraud and conspiracy after running a sweepstakes scam specifically targeted at the elderly.
In 2004, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump launched a traveling seminar and workshop series called Trump University that claimed to educate students in the secrets of real estate and guide them into becoming Trump-like moguls. The “school” mostly ceased operations in 2011, but continues to be, as the …
For anyone who grew up learning how to type from Mavis Beacon (back in the day when computer programs were advertised in catalogs and came in over-sized boxes), this news will come to you as a bit of a shock: Mavis Beacon never existed. You learned how to type from a fraud. Your life as you know it has been one…