August 29, 2013 |
CASPER, Wyo. -- Robert Arthur Reed solicited investors nationwide for a wind farm here. But a federal judge ruled here this week that all the telephone huckster was really selling was a bunch of hot air. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ordered the 53-year-old Utah man to serve 12 years in prison for defrauding 83 investors nationwide of more than $4.4 million by promoting investment in nonexistent wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota....
March 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Three years after a major influence-peddling scandal rocked California and the nation's largest public pension fund, a federal grand jury indicted two former top officials on fraud, conspiracy and obstruction charges. The indictment, unsealed Monday in San Francisco, names as defendants Federico Buenrostro Jr. of Sacramento, a former chief executive of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, and Alfred J.R. Villalobos of Reno, Nev., a former CalPERS board member and one-time deputy Los Angeles mayor.
July 14, 2008 |
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Artist Steven Kurtz has never been shy about challenging the establishment, using a blend of performance art and science with his Critical Art Ensemble to stir debate about such things as genetically modified crops and germ warfare. A 2007 performance had CAE members launching, with some fanfare, a harmless strain of bacteria onto volunteers in Leipzig, Germany, to re-create the U.S. military's secret 1950 mock anthrax test on San Francisco. Kurtz's latest installation is another questioning of authority -- with a personal twist.
August 18, 2002 |
A woman was convicted of fraud Friday for collecting thousands of dollars in life insurance on three slain lovers after allegedly using voodoo threats for years to keep witnesses silent. Josephine Gray was charged with murder after the first two deaths in 1974 and 1990, but the charges were dropped after witnesses wouldn't testify. The murder charges were refiled in January because witnesses agreed to testify after learning that Gray would remain in jail pending the fraud trial.
March 8, 2002 |
A computer specialist was charged Thursday with operating a sex show Web site on a high-speed line that he got the Army to pay for by telling them it was used for communicating with forces in Bosnia. A 68-count indictment charged Gilbert Benjamin, 49, of Neptune, N.J., with mail and wire fraud and submitting false claims with the intention of defrauding the government, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Michael Guadagno.
May 10, 2000 |
Four telemarketing salespeople were convicted Tuesday by a federal jury in Santa Ana for their roles in a scheme that defrauded more than 500 investors across the country of almost $5 million. The jury convicted Stephen James Stapleton of Dana Point, Jon William Long of Long Beach and San Diego, Nancy Ann Klatter of Costa Mesa and Robert Edwin Perkins Jr. of Newport Beach of 17 counts each of mail and wire fraud. Long was convicted of an additional count of mail fraud.