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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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Kentucky opts not to seek collection of $20 million judgment from bankrupt oil company


By BRETT BARROUQUERE Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky is not seeking to collect a $20 million judgment the state won in court from a now-bankrupt oil company found to have bilked its customers in a drilling scam. Instead, funds from a court-ordered auction of Young Oil’s assets will go to an Ohio-based bank and other creditors holding collateral as ...

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Court upholds convictions in Kentucky oil drilling scam


By Brett Barrouquere, The Associated Press Two brothers who defrauded millions of dollars from thousands of investors in an oil and gas drilling scheme lost a bid Tuesday to have their convictions and sentences overturned. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that prosecutors presented enough evidence to back their contention that 53-year-old Christopher Cello Smith of Prestonsburg, Ky., ...

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Law enforcement seeks man suspected of scamming ND churches


WILLISTON, N.D. – A child sex offender from California has been scamming churches in several central North Dakota towns, according to the Williams County Sheriff’s Office. Kenneth Monk has entered churches in Washburn, Wilton and Velva, asking for money to help him travel to his wife’s funeral in Forest, Mo., authorities said. Monk has received money in each of the ...

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North Dakota housing scam uncovered in Dickinson

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2 hours ago  •  Associated Press DICKINSON, N.D. — Dickinson police say there is a new scam targeting people looking for housing in southwestern North Dakota. Sgt. Kylan Klauzer says the scam artist finds a piece of property online for lease or sale, then advertises it with altered contact information, hoping to lure people into wiring money. He says the scam is ...

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