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Former auto transport owner arrested, charged with wire and mail fraud

PROVIDENCE – Michael Chaves, former owner of CAT/Colonial Auto Transport Inc. in East Providence, now defunct, was arrested and charged with wire fraud and...
THE AMERICAN CIVL LIBERTIES UNION of Rhode Island says the DLT is taking interim steps to contact and to be available to residents whose unemployment benefits were frozen. Those steps come after the ACLU filed a lawsuit over the department's method of addressing fraud.

DLT to increase reach-out efforts due to lawsuit over frozen benefits

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Labor and Training is taking interim action to notify and review unemployment insurance benefit payments that have been...

Pawtucket man sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for role in...

PROVIDENCE – Shawn Whitfield, of Pawtucket, has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for his role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing scam that was...
TWO PROVIDENCE RESIDENTS pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding the state and federal government for roughly $450,000 over a two-decade period in U.S. District Court

Two-decade con yielded $450,000 until feds caught up to them

PROVIDENCE – U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. accepted the guilty pleas of a Rhode Island couple for defrauding the U.S. government...
MICHAEL CHAVES, owner of CAT Inc. in East Providence, is facing 10 charges in U.S. District Court for alleged tax evasion, falsification of records, fraud and identity theft. / COURTESY CAROL M. HIGHSMITH

East Providence automobile transport company owner charged with fraud, tax evasion,...

PROVIDENCE – Michael Chaves, owner of CAT Inc., an automobile transport company in East Providence, was charged with fraud, identity theft, tax evasion and...

R.I. man charged with defrauding investors in Ponzi scheme

PROVIDENCE – David Wagner of East Greenwich and Downing Partners LLC and its subsidiaries have been charged with defrauding investors out of millions of dollars. Separate...

College intern sentenced to five years for tech-support fraud

PROVIDENCE – Bishwajeet Kumar Jha, 21, a college intern from India who led a “tech support” scheme to defraud elderly individuals of their retirement...

Better Markets applauds Supreme Court decision on liability of fraud

PROVIDENCE – Better Markets, a nonprofit advocating for the public’s interests in financial markets, applauded a new U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case...
JILL MARTINHO, of Swansea, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to causing a loss of $557,974 to Walco Electric Co. and to willfully filing false tax returns. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CAROL M. HIGHSMITH

Woman defrauds Providence company of over $557,000

PROVIDENCE – A Massachusetts woman pleaded guilty to defrauding a Providence company of more than $557,000 and to willfully filing false tax returns in...
ANDREW LELLING, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, says CareWell Urgent Care Centers has agreed to pay $2 million in the wake of allegations it had defrauded Medicare and Medicaid in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. / COURTESY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Urgent-care company with R.I. site agrees to pay $2M in false-billing...

BOSTON – An urgent-care company with locations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island has agreed to pay $2 million to resolve allegations it defrauded Medicare...

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