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Former Union Boss Begins Racketeering and Conspiracy Trial

Trial Begins for Former Ironworkers Union Leader for Racketeering and Conspiracy On Monday, January 5th, a former Union boss for the Ironworkers Local 401 in Philadelphia went to trial for federal charges including intimidation, racketeering and conspiracy. Other defendants in the case opted to a plea deal, so “the Don” will stand trial alone. According to federal prosecutors, 73-year-old Joseph Dougherty created “goon squads” within the ironworkers’ union, which he used to threaten builders, smash beams, and burn down jobsites if potential … [Read more...]

Beauty Queen Faces Fraud Charges Again

Beauty Queen’s Acquittal Overturned and Fraud Charges Trail Continues The 9th Circuit overturned a lower court judge’s ruling on a beauty queen’s acquittal on insurance and mail fraud charges, which claim the woman defrauded her insurance company of $123,000 while her mansion was undergoing repairs. Former Miss Montana Christin Didier was convicted by a jury in 2013 on insurance and mail fraud charges, as well as conspiracy, for collecting $123,000 from her home insurers, the Chubb Group, while her 110-year-old mansion underwent repairs for … [Read more...]

“The Situation” and Brother Plead Not Guilty to Tax Fraud Charges

Reality Star “The Situation” and Brother Plead Not Guilty to Tax Fraud Charges Michael Sorrentino, famous under the moniker “The Situation” on MTV’s popular reality show “Jersey Shore,” and his brother Marc Sorretino, pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges and conspiracy – serious federal charges – on Wednesday, September 24th. The brothers were indicted on federal charges for allegedly failing to pay income taxes on $8.9 million earned through The Situation’s promotional activities. “Jersey Shore” ran from 2009 to 2012, and showcased … [Read more...]

Arizona Man Pleads Guilty in Multimillion Dollar SC Ponzi Scheme

Man from Arizona Pleads Guilty to Federal Fraud Charges in South Carolina Ponzi Scheme A 22-year-old Arizona man, who was indicted with his brother this past spring, pleaded guilty to charges for his role in a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme in South Carolina. Benton T. Hall, from Mesa, Arizona, has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Hall and his brother Gordon were indicted in March of this year for their alleged involvement in a Ponzi scheme run in South Carolina by Ron “Ronnie” Wilson, a former … [Read more...]