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SCAM STOPPERS: Lee H. Vilker, head of the criminal division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island, helps prosecute people ­accused of defrauding others through investment schemes. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In some investor scams, warning flags are waving

As a federal prosecutor, Lee H. Vilker deals with not only criminal defendants but the victims of those crimes. Vilker, head of the criminal division...

Former AT&T Illinois president faces corruption charges

NEWPORT – A city property owner who served as president of AT&T Illinois has been charged in federal court with participating in a conspiracy...
BROWN DERMATOLOGY SETTLED a discrimination complaint that was investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office, after the family member of a deaf patient said the practice failed to provide a qualified sign language interpreter for medical appointments between 2018 and 2021. / COURTESY BROWN DERMATOLOGY

Brown Dermatology agrees to pay $31K in deaf patient’s discrimination case

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island dermatology practice with 10 locations across the state reached a $31,000 settlement on Thursday over allegations of discrimination lodged...

East Greenwich man pleads guilty to charges related to ‘Ponzi-like scheme’

PROVIDENCE – An East Greenwich resident pleaded guilty to two counts of security fraud and one count of wire fraud in Manhattan Federal Court...

Employee charged with defrauding R.I. small business

PROVIDENCE – An accounts-payable clerk for Décor Craft Inc. was charged with misappropriating about $302,000 for personal use and for use by an acquaintance,...
THE U.S. Attorney's office in Boston announced Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, that Columbia Gas Columbia agreed to plead guilty to violating the Pipeline Safety Act following an investigation into the catastrophic gas explosions. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA

Utility to pay $53M for gas explosions that damaged homes

BOSTON (AP) – A utility company blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of...
GRANT DEVILLEZ of Dayville, Conn., was charged with mishandling roughly $302,000 of a Providence-headquartered small business Décor Craft Inc. / COURTESY U.S. DISTRICT COURT

Employee charged with defrauding R.I. small business

PROVIDENCE –  An accounts payable clerk for Décor Craft Inc. was charged with mishandling roughly $302,000 for personal use and for use by an...
FALL RIVER Mayor Jasiel F. Correia has been arrested on charges that he defrauded investors and used funds to pay for a lavish lifestyle and political campaign. / COURTESY FALL RIVER

Fall River mayor arrested in FBI investigation

FALL RIVER – Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II has been arrested on charges that he defrauded investors and used funds to pay for a...
CVS PHARMACY has agreed to pay $1.5 million for violations of the Controlled Substances Act in New York to resolve a federal investigation. Stores on Long Island had failed to report loss or stolen controlled substances in a timely manner. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS Pharmacy to pay $1.5M for violations of the Controlled Substances...

WOONSOCKET – CVS Pharmacy Inc., the subsidiary of CVS Health Corp., has agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve a federal investigation into certain...
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