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The owner of thousands of apartments across Western New York has been indicted in a major fraud scheme.

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A repeat felon is facing criminal charges and a civil lawsuit over allegedly ripping off more than 30 local churches and community groups.

You hear about people being scammed out of money by online thieves all the time, but rarely do you hear one was caught and prosecuted. The U.S. Attorney's Office says that is exactly what happened in a Buffalo court Thursday.

An Alden woman has pleaded guilty to third degree welfare fraud in State Supreme Court. She is one of three women -  all childhood acquaintances - who were charged with fraudulently receiving more than $107,000 in welfare benefits while earning more than a half-million dollars income as aides for an elderly West Seneca woman.

A Western New York home improvement contractor is being sued by the New York State Attorney General's office for defrauding consumers.

When it comes to identity theft and fraud, New York has the dubious distinction of ranking as the ninth most vulnerable state in the nation.

NF woman pleads guilty to stealing by fraud

Sep 6, 2017

A Niagara Falls woman has pleaded guilty to forging her mother's signature in order to get her deceased stepfather's death benefits.

A former Hamburg man is facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for defrauding investors out of more than $10 million in just two years.

A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to five years in prison for scamming elderly victims out of their savings.

A former auto dealership employee has admitted to stealing more than $4.1 million from the business over several years. 

AG warns of scam attempts following storm damage

Mar 10, 2017

As numerous Western New Yorkers begin the process of repairing properties damaged by Wednesday's severe winds, the New York State Attorney General's Office is warning people to beware of attempts to price gouge or scam homeowners.

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A Miami, FL man who was caught at the Canadian border with 73 forged credit cards has been sentenced to just under a year in jail.

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Across the nation, it’s tax season - time to take a look at W-2’s, bank statements, and all the other aspects of your financial life. It’s also a time when trustworthiness is especially important.

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A series of investigations into welfare fraud in Niagara County have resulted in a number of arrests.

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The Chair of the Seneca Party is urging a tribal presidential candidate to reveal information about a shady financial transaction or to withdraw from the race.

Travis Jimmerson contends that candidate Barry Snyder is withholding information regarding $350,000 that remains missing from a Lewiston golf course deal. Snyder has refused to testify in regard to the fraud.

Two close Snyder associates have faced charges for absconding with money in the transaction.

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County Executive Mark Poloncarz has named Erie County Deputy Comptroller Michael Szukala to lead a new county anti-fraud task force.

As a Medicaid inspector, Szukala and a three member team will investigate potential fraud perpetrated by pharmacists and other professionals connected with the aid program. The effort will be funded by the state Department of Health and the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.

Szukala begins his new post on Tuesday.

Interviews will be held to fill his former seat.

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Unemployment insurance fraud is not a new problem in New York State, but it is a crime that many scofflaws get away with.

According to the Buffalo News, the state pays nearly $150 million annually to pay bogus claims, yet only approximately 3 percent of those claims get prosecuted. County district attorneys across the state determine which cases to prosecute, generally selecting the most egregious frauds.

The problems with prosecution tend to be issues of a lack of manpower and difficulty in collecting concrete evidence against the perpetrators.

Former Erie County Legislator David Dale, a disbarred lawyer from Lancaster, faces possible jail time after pleading guilty to a fraud charge.  

Dale, 49, went before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns Tuesday and pled to one charge of first-degree felony scheme to defraud and one count of practice of law by an attorney who has been disbarred.

Woman pleads guilty to snow plow fraud

Mar 28, 2012

Victims of a snow plow fraud will be reimbursed under the terms of a plea agreement reached this morning in State Supreme Court. 

43-year-old Terry Jarvis was arrested in January at her Cleveland Drive home.  Jarvis admitted to collecting payments from 104 clients, for whom she never provided plow services from September to December of 2011. 

She pleaded guilty to first-degree Scheme of Defraud in State Supreme Court this morning.  As part of her plea, Jarvis agreed to pay back her victims to the tune of $21,000.