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Seafood and meat fraudster gets 10 years in federal prison 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island man convicted of cheating food distributors out of more than $800,000 worth of seafood delicacies and prime...

R.I. man sentenced to 5 years for COVID-relief fraud scheme

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island man was sentenced to five years in federal prison for using stolen personal identification to defraud banks while fraudulently...

Man sentenced in check-cashing scheme that used R.I. homeless people

PROVIDENCE – A Georgia man was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for fraudulently seeking to cash $677,687 worth of counterfeit checks throughout...

Former accounts payable clerk admits to $300K wire fraud

PROVIDENCE - Grant Devillez, a former accounts payable clerk at a small city business, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of wire fraud Monday at...

Woonsocket condo manager indicted for fraud

PROVIDENCE – Cheryl S. Sullivan, property manager of a Woonsocket condominium community, was arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence on five counts...

R.I. a ‘fraud hot spot’

If it seems everyone in Rhode Island knows someone victimized by fraudulent unemployment claims during the pandemic, it’s because that’s not far from the...
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FRAUD-PREVENTION COMPANY SEON ranked Rhode Island as a "fraud hot spot" for overall fraud rates and business fraud. / COURTESY SEON

R.I. ranked ‘fraud hot spot’ for overall reports, business fraud

PROVIDENCE – Fraud-prevention company SEON has noted Rhode Island as a “business fraud hot spot.” SEON, a fraud monitoring and prevention company with offices in...
FEELING WARY: Steven M. Parente, executive vice president and director of retail banking for Bank Rhode Island, says the bank has taken steps to prevent scammers from tricking customers who use a peer-to-peer payment platform. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A bank phishing scam that hooks younger customers

The nightmare begins with a text message that appears to come from the bank, alerting the customer to a suspicious, unauthorized transaction. Thousands of dollars...

Are you satisfied with the state’s response to the tens of...

During the height of the pandemic, the state was getting 1,000 fraudulent unemployment claims a day. The Rhode Island State Police recently told PBN...

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