Articles Tagged With ‘Fraud’




Medicare fraud plan working

Medicare fraud is being battled by a yearlong experiment with competitive bidding for wheelchairs, diabetic supplies and personal medical equipment, and the results appear to show significant savings of taxpayer dollars. [San Francisco Chronicle] According to government officials, the effort... (Continue reading)

Atascadero’s liars and thieves $7.5 million rip off

OPINION By DAVID BROADWATER Not many locals were shocked to learn that Atascadero City officials allegedly fraudulently obtained and used $8 million in federal taxpayer money from FEMA, revealed by the recent release of its OIG (Office of Inspector General)... (Continue reading)

California a leader in mortgage fraud

California continues to lead the nation in questionable home loans, with Santa Clara, Orange and San Bernardino counties among the areas with the highest number of suspected mortgage fraud cases, federal financial officials reported this week. [CaliforniaWatch] San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

Red wine researcher besmirched

Red wine’s benefits to cardiovascular health have been extolled for years, and now an East Coast researcher known for his research on the issue is being accused of falsifying data. [SF Chronicle] Behavior of Dipak Das of the University of... (Continue reading)

Gearhart appraiser loses license over land fraud

An Atascadero-based appraiser whose inflated appraisals helped North County Developer Kelly Gearhart defraud investors out of more than $100 million has lost his license. The California Attorney General’s office ordered Terry Pippin to surrender his license in December. Pippin made false... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles woman sentenced to six years in prison for fraud

A Paso Robles woman was sentenced this morning to 72 months in federal prison for orchestrating a scheme to defraud the United States Department of Education out of a $35 million grant, according to a U.S. Attorney’s office press release.... (Continue reading)

Campaign treasurer accused of fraud gets bail

Kinde Durkee, the campaign treasurer for many California Democrats who is accused of taking campaign funds for her personal use, was slated to be released from jail on $200,000 bond on Friday. [LAWeekly] last week, FBI agents arrested Durkee for... (Continue reading)

Camp San Luis Obispo whistle-blower spurs military reform

In response to bonus and incentive fraud plaguing the California National Guard and revealed by a federal auditor working at Camp San Luis Obispo, reform may soon be enacted if three “urgency” bills moving through the state legislature become law. The... (Continue reading)

Camp San Luis Obispo office OK’d $15.2 million in fraudulent claims

A former California National Guard manager admits she submitted $15.2 million in false and fraudulent claims to the United States Department of Defense (USDOD)—all of which was approved at an office at Camp San Luis Obispo, then wrongfully paid out... (Continue reading)

Former EFI employee: ’We all knew it was fraud’

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Three former employees of defunct Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) claim they witnessed fraudulent behavior while employed at the Paso Robles hard money lending firm. Speaking to CalCoastNews on condition of anonymity, the individuals provided new details... (Continue reading)