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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | April 8, 1998
The sentencing of one of Maryland's most notorious con artists has been delayed while experts evaluate her mental health amid claims that she is an unstoppable swindler, obsessed with gems, ritzy cars and luxury penthouses.Deborah S. Kolodner, convicted in November of running a $3 million insurance fraud scheme, is arguing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore that she committed the crimes in "diminished mental capacity" because of prescription medications and a troubled life. She is asking for leniency.
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SPORTS
By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2002
WASHINGTON -- A California gambler yesterday filed suit against Autotote Systems Inc., alleging that the company's widely used wagering equipment is so badly designed and operated that honest bettors have lost millions of dollars to fraud. Jimmy "The Hat" Allard, who described himself as an actor turned professional "racehorse analyst," said the admission of bet rigging by a former Autotote computer programmer prompted him to file the class-action suit. "For years, I have said I believe somebody is getting into the computers and I believe somebody is past-posting us," Allard said at a news conference at the National Press Club.
BUSINESS
By Lorene Yue and Lorene Yue,Your Money | February 13, 2005
Lots of buyers and sellers have discovered the fun and profit of dealing with Internet auction sites. Unfortunately, so have plenty of crooks. Fraud represented 61 percent of the more than 635,000 consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission last year. Fraud related to any type of Internet activity dominated, while problems specifically tied to Internet auctions (nondelivery, lower value than promised, delays) ranked highest among complaints. Experts recommend a thorough reference check before doing business with an unknown seller, avoiding wire transfer services for making payment and being leery of escrow services suggested by the seller.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | January 26, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - HealthSouth Corp. founder and fired chief executive Richard M. Scrushy was a "cunning" and "hands-on leader" who directed a $2.7 billion accounting fraud and enriched himself as he fooled investors, a prosecutor told jurors yesterday at the start of Scrushy's fraud trial. "You're going to hear evidence that Richard Scrushy knew about the conspiracy, that he participated in the conspiracy and that he profited from the conspiracy," U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin told jurors in her opening statement.
BUSINESS
By THE DENVER POST | March 16, 2005
The Securities and Exchange Commission sued 12 former Qwest Communications International Inc. executives - including one-time chief executive officer Joseph P. Nacchio - yesterday for allegedly inflating the company's financial performance and misleading investors. The SEC described Qwest under Nacchio as "a culture of fear" with subordinates desperate to meet his demands to hit revenue targets. The SEC accused the executives of a "massive financial fraud" that caused Qwest to record about $3 billion in false revenue and helped inflate its stock to cinch its 2000 merger with U S West, a regional phone company.
NEWS
By BOSTON GLOBE | October 29, 1996
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Nobel laureate David Baltimore, his career ravaged by a decade-long scientific fraud case that was only recently judged baseless, called yesterday for major changes in the way government and academia pursue alleged misconduct and blasted "self-appointed fraud police" who presume scientists are guilty until proven innocent.In his first extended public comments on the case, Baltimore, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of immunology and molecular biology, also had harsh words for his critics, calling them "scurrilous," "pernicious," "bulldogs" and "out of control."
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | June 18, 2004
FIFTY-FIVE minutes into his opening statement in the Nathan Chapman fraud case, federal prosecutor Jefferson Gray's voice rose from its dreary monotone, thus nearly awakening several courtroom spectators from apparent narcoleptic stupor. But the moment passed, all remained slumberous, and Gray droned on a little longer. He used language that only occasionally bisected colloquial English. He had stirring phrases such as "adherence to provisions of documents." He said "fiduciary" a lot. A couple of jurors seemed to hang on for dear life, awaiting the arrival of a turn of phrase that sounded like the mother tongue.
NEWS
August 22, 1997
A Baltimore company has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a fraud claim that it improperly dumped contaminated waste into the city's sewers, the U.S. attorney's office said yesterday.The company, Clean America, had a contract to dispose of waste water contaminated by fire-fighting foam used to douse jet fuel fires after tests at the Randle Cliff Research Laboratory in Chesapeake Beach.Instead of shipping the waste to a facility in Delaware, prosecutors say the company instead decided to dump it down city sewer drains.
NEWS
By LAURA SMITHERMAN and LAURA SMITHERMAN,SUN REPORTER | May 26, 2006
Two decades ago, when Enron Corp. was a fledgling natural gas pipeline, Barry Minkow was busy bilking Wall Street and investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars with his ZZZZ Best Co., a sham of a carpet-cleaning company that never made a profit. Minkow eventually reformed himself as a minister and corporate-fraud investigator, but if he were still a financial crook, "I'd run a carpet-cleaning hedge fund," he offers. "Or you go offshore, baby. It's the latest twist in investment fraud.
BUSINESS
By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | November 8, 1991
Robert Shulman, Bolar Pharmaceutical Inc.'s former president, chief executive and board chairman, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, obstruction of justice and other charges tied to fraud in the company's generic-drug operation.First Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary P. Jordan said in U.S. District Court in Baltimore yesterday that Shulman also has agreed to plead guilty to an unspecified antitrust violation to be filed here soon by the U.S. Department of Justice.Lawrence G. McDade, assistant director of the Justice Department's consumer litigation office, told Judge John R. Hargrove yesterday that Shulman and Jacob H. "Jack" Rivers, Bolar's former executive vice president, masterminded the company's massive fraud to skirt federal procedures in the manufacture and sale of its highly profitable products for six years.
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