fraud

Former MPS Administrator to Serve Prison Time for Fraud

Former Jeff Davis High School Assistant Principal Walter James, the third has pleaded guilty to fraud charges. James portrayed himself as the owner of a consulting firm while also working for Montgomery Public Schools. Prosecutors say he and others submitted invoices for professional development services that were never performed. He’s been sentenced to five years in prison and he must…

WANTED: Man Suspected of Using Counterfeit Money to Load Money onto Green Dot Card at Prattville Dollar General

The Prattville Police Department is currently investigating a Fraud Investigation that occurred at a retail store. On August 9, an unknown male entered the Dollar General on Martin Luther King Drive in Prattville. The suspect used counterfeit US Currency in order to load money onto a green dot card. Investigators are hoping that someone will be able to identify the…

Alabama Department of Labor Warns Unemployment Recipients to be Cautious of Fraud

The Alabama Department of Labor is warning Alabamians receiving unemployment compensation to be wary of fraud and to protect their personal identifying information. Unemployment compensation fraud has always occurred, but instances are increasing significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is a problem that is occurring nationwide, as unscrupulous individuals and crime rings are attempting to defraud states of millions of…

Businessman Accused of Faking Own Death to Avoid Prosecution for COVID-19 Loan Fraud

Authorities have captured a businessman accused of faking his own death to avoid prosecution for fraudulently seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in forgivable loans intended for businesses struggling during the pandemic. The U.S. Marshals Service says David Staveley, who also goes by Kurt Sanborn, was captured last week in Georgia. Prosecutors say the Andover, Massachusetts, man sought nearly $440,000…

Alabama U.S. Attorneys Warn Citizens of Misleading Information Regarding Face Masks Exemptions

The three United States Attorneys in Alabama join together to warn citizens that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent. Inaccurate flyers or other postings have been circulating on the web and via social media channels regarding the use of face masks and the Americans…

Prattville Man Convicted in Fraudulent Car Sales Scheme

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Robert Brandon Malone, 35, of Prattville, pleaded guilty to three counts of federal wire fraud and one count of transporting a stolen vehicle, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., FBI Special Agent in Charge James Jewell, and Prattville Police Chief Mark Thompson.  The federal charges arise from multiple schemes orchestrated by Malone to…

Former Auburn Defensive Back, 9 other ex-NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten former NFL players have been charged with defrauding the league’s healthcare benefit program. They include five who played on the Washington Redskins, including Clinton Portis and Carlos Rogers. Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which was established as part of a collective bargaining agreement in 2006. It provides…

Whistleblower Receives $14.7 Million For Uncovering Billing Scam

U.S. District Judge Virginia Hopkins entered judgment in the amount of $14,708,630.06 on behalf of whistleblower Barry Taul, who uncovered and reported an illegal kickback and false billing scheme that defrauded the Alabama Organ Center and taxpayers. A jury found in favor of Mr. Taul in the whistleblower case on Feb. 5. After discovering the fraud perpetrated by Nagel Enterprises,…

Accused Gas Pump Skimmers Facing Federal Charges

Alabama authorities say they’ve shutdown a major credit and debit card skimming operation that spanned four states, including Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia. 30-year-old Eunises-Llorca Manses and 34-year-old Reiner Perez-Rives are accused of installing skimming devices on gas pumps in those several states… including one gas station in Ozark, Alabama. Authorities say the crooks would target unsuspecting victims at gas stations…

Prattville Police Search for Burglary and Fraud Suspect

Prattville police are searching for a man wanted for breaking into a vehicle and credit card fraud. Police say the man used a stolen debit card at the One Stop liquor store in the 2000 block of Fairview Avenue on December 6th. Authorities say he is also a suspect in other related cases. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers…