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Water Gap man sentenced in $1 billion oil scam

A Delaware Water Gap man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted on federal fraud charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Richard J. Harley, 71, was found guilty after a two-week jury trial in December 2014 on 23 counts of wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and making false statements ...

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Indictment says lawyer’s bogus BP clients included dog

GULFPORT, Miss. — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Mississippi’s Southern District has indicted a San Antonio attorney, his brother and five others on 95 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and aggravated identity theft for allegedly submitting false claims in BP oil catastrophe litigation. Southern District U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis said at a news conference Thursday the case ...

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Couple pleads to making false claim after Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A couple arrested in February for filing false public records connected to the BP oil spill has pleaded guilty in state court to recreational fishing license fraud. Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier sentenced 60-year-old Derwin Hill and 60-year-old Diana Hill to each pay a $1,500 fine and serve two years of probation. A two-year jail sentence for each was ...

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Hess employee sent to prison for $1M fraud

HOUSTON — An employee of Hess Corporation has been sentenced to just more than a year in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to a company credit card. Monica Causgrove of Lafayette, Louisiana, was sentenced during a court hearing in Houston federal court on Monday. Causgrove was also ordered to pay more than $1 million ...

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Duke Energy warns costumers of new scam

Duke Energy, along with Covington Police, are warning residents of a new scam that has people believing their accounts are overdue. The scam involves a caller pretending to be an employee of Duke Energy and telling the customer their account is overdue and requires immediate payment or the household’s gas and electric services will be turned off.  The caller instructs ...

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Tampa businessman gets 4 years hard time

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William A. Vasden Jr. was sentenced to four years in prison this week after pleading guilty to 30 counts of fraud and one count of making a false statement earlier this year. The 38-year-old Tampa native was involved in a biofuel scam in which he cheated investors out of millions of dollars.  Vasden was the president of USCJO Inc., a ...

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Former Consol Energy manager charged with stealing $440,000 from company in fraud scheme


Torsten Ove | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A former manager of Consol Energy’s land management department was charged Monday with stealing $440,000 from the company in gas royalties through a leasing scheme involving parcels in West Virginia and Illinois. Scott Hamilton, 37, of Houston, Pa., was charged directly by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with 60 counts of mail fraud, and his lawyer ...

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Fort Worth man pleads guilty to oil and gas Ponzi scheme

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram A Fort Worth man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of wire fraud after conning 45 people with a oil and gas Ponzi scheme, the U.S. attorney’s officer said. Jeffrey Watts defrauded investors out of about $5.8 million from 2011 though 2013. Watts told investors that his company, Blue Alpha Energy, invested in oil ...

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