• Judge Issues Gag Order in Allen Stanford Trial Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 4:09 AM ET

    The judge in the upcoming trial of Texas financier Allen Stanford has issued a sweeping gag order, barring the defendants, attorneys and even Stanford's alleged victims from talking to the media ahead of Stanford's January trial.

  • Beazer homes

    The Department of Justice has responded to a blistering critique by a government investigator of its investigation of Beazer Homes, the troubled Atlanta-based homebuilder that has come under fire for alleged mortgage fraud.

  • Forget Finance, New York is Trash Capital of the World Wednesday, 22 Sep 2010 | 3:49 PM ET
    City of New York Department of Sanitation

    New York City’s quasi-military $1.2 billion Department of Sanitation is the largest such municipal operation in the world.

  • Bell City Officials Arrested Over Public Funds Misuse Tuesday, 21 Sep 2010 | 2:52 PM ET
    gavel and money

    Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley announced on Tuesday the arrest of eight current or former Bell city officials, including former city manager Robert Rizzo, over alleged misuse of the city's public funds.

  • Wall Street sign

    A top federal prosecutor in New York will on Thursday declare another front in the war on Wall Street fraud, focusing new resources on civil litigation to complement existing criminal actions.

  • Enron's Former CEO Denied Bid to Be Freed on Bail Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 7:06 PM ET
    Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling

    A federal appeals judge has denied former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling's motion to be freed on bail while the appeals court considers whether to grant him a new trial.

  • Germany's Nordbank Embroiled in Frame-Up Allegations Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 10:10 AM ET

    German state-owned bank HSH Nordbank is caught up in a furor of allegations from magazine Spiegel that it used break-ins, bugging and planting of child pornography on a laptop computer to engineer the ousting of high-level employees.

  • Tax on WHAT? 12 Wacky Taxes You May Be Paying Thursday, 2 Sep 2010 | 9:52 AM ET

    From candy to cows and strippers to sparklers, the government wants to charge you extra for just about everything these days. Here are 12 of the wackiest taxes you may be paying.

  • Hecht: Hope and Optimism for New Orleans' Future Thursday, 26 Aug 2010 | 1:50 PM ET
    Marine from Camp Lejeune, N.C., marks a home to indicate he found no occupants as houses in the lower Ninth Ward are checked for bodies or people who are still stranded more than two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit.

    To really know if we have succeeded, to really know if we have created a New Orleans region better than before, we have to go out ten years. Here we will find the “new normal” that will come to pass after the Katrina money has run dry, and the economy is left to stand on its own.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Bernard Madoff's Life Behind Bars Wednesday, 25 Aug 2010 | 11:18 AM ET
    Bernie Madoff

    Convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff is somewhat of a celebrity at Butner Federal Correctional  Institution. How could he not be? But celebrity only gets you so far, and for Madoff—a private man even in happier times—it is a double-edged sword.

  • Victims Fight Back as Madoff Sits Behind Bars Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 | 9:51 AM ET
    Bernie Madoff

    Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, estimated at $65 billion dollars, is still making headlines, as investigators follow the money trail nearly 14 months since he was sentenced to 150 years in prison.

  • Hacker’s Arrest Offers Glimpse Into Crime in Russia Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 | 6:06 AM ET

    On the Internet, he was known as BadB, a disembodied criminal flitting from one server to another selling stolen credit card numbers despite being pursued by the United States Secret Service.

  • If the allegations in a civil case filed in a federal court in Chicago hold up, you can even haul off $10 million if you stick to $9 here or 20 cents there.

  • Stolen Innocence: Theft of Children's Identity Rising Friday, 13 Aug 2010 | 10:54 AM ET

    As children head back-to-school, it is a good time to remember that parents should be very careful when they share their children's Social Security numbers. Though you can't completely protect children against identity theft, there are things you can do.

  • US Probes Corruption in Big Pharmaceuticals Friday, 13 Aug 2010 | 7:27 AM ET
    gavel and money

    The US Department of Justice is scrutinizing payments by leading pharmaceuticals companies in markets around the world. The FT reports.

  • How Many Social Security Numbers Do You Have? Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 3:02 PM ET
    Social Security Card

    So how many Social Security numbers do you have? That may seem like a ridiculous question, but a recent study found more than 20 million Americans have multiple Social Security numbers associated with their name in commercial records.

  • GAO Finds For-Profit Schools Encouraged Fraud Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 3:03 PM ET

    An investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) contends that for-profit colleges encouraged fraud and engaged in deceptive and questionable marketing practices.

  • Thousands of Healthy Workers Still on Disability: GAO Wednesday, 4 Aug 2010 | 11:51 AM ET
    Postal worker

    A Government Accountability Office report to be released Wednesday will reveal that thousands of federal and private-sector employees nationwide may be committing fraud by collecting disability benefits from the federal government when they’re perfectly healthy and working full-time jobs.

  • Gold Prices May Suffer as Scam Complaints Rise Friday, 30 Jul 2010 | 12:08 PM ET
    Cash and gold

    Gold bugs like to think they have all their bases covered. The price of the precious metal can only go up whether the economy is facing inflation or deflation, or so they claim. But beyond the lack of evidence for the metal's value thriving in either scenario, gold investors now face a situation that even they can't put a positive spin on.

  • Former Enron CEO Skilling Seeks Release From Prison Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 6:51 PM ET
    Jeffrey Skilling

    Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’who is three-and-a-half years into a 24-year prison sentence—wants out of jail while a federal appeals court reconsiders his case.

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  • With investigators eager to confirm that Joel Salinas is running a $39 million investment fraud, he runs out of options and sets off on a final escape.

  • The $1.5 million raised to produce a movie was a scam. Instead Eric Jagclicic spent investor money on fancy cars, exotic pets, and more.

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