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  • U.S. charges 6 with text messaging consumer fraud Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 28- Six men have been criminally charged over an alleged "mobile cramming" scheme in which they bilked hundreds of thousands of mobile phone users out of more than $50 million by providing unwanted text messaging services, U.S. authorities said on Thursday. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan announced the charges nearly a year after the defendant...

  • China fraud fears Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 2:02 PM ET
    China fraud fears

    Peter Navarro, UC-Irvine Business professor and director of Netflix documentary "Death of China," discusses reports that one of China's biggest companies is being investigated for potential fraud.

  • May 26- A Connecticut venture capital executive accused of insider trading and of cheating his clients out of tens of millions of dollars has fled the country, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said. Iftikar Ahmed, a former general partner at Oak Investment Partners, left the United States some time before May 18 in violation of a judge's order in the...

  • CHICAGO, May 21- A U.S. appeals court on Thursday reversed a $2.46 billion judgment against HSBC Holdings Plc in a long-running securities fraud class action stemming from a consumer finance business it bought more than a decade ago. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said HSBC and three former Household International Inc executives were entitled...

  • FTC sues phony cancer charities Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    FTC sues phony cancer charities

    CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports on a major consumer fraud case revealed by the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Connecticut fund executive faces new SEC fraud charges Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 4:03 PM ET

    The SEC said Ahmed induced his Greenwich, Connecticut- based firm into overpaying for investments in two Asian e-commerce companies, and pocketing $20 million for himself. The SEC wants Ahmed to give up illegal gains and pay a civil fine. The SEC brought related civil charges.

  • NEW YORK, May 13- A federal appeals court on Wednesday signaled a willingness to overturn part or all of the conviction of a former Jefferies Group Inc trader accused of defrauding investors after the financial crisis by lying about mortgage bond prices. In weighing Jesse Litvak's appeal in the closely watched case, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New...

  • NEW YORK, May 13- A federal appeals court on Wednesday signaled a willingness to overturn part or all of the conviction of a former Jefferies Group Inc trader accused of defrauding investors after the financial crisis by lying about mortgage bond prices. In weighing Jesse Litvak's appeal in the closely watched case, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New...

  • May 13- A Massachusetts lawyer has admitted to trading on inside information about American Superconductor Corp that a fellow golfer was told in confidence by an executive, his attorney said on Wednesday. Douglas Parigian, 56, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy and securities fraud charges after a federal judge in Boston refused to dismiss the case in...

  • *SEC says company hid information from investors, auditor. In a complaint filed in the federal court in Indianapolis, the SEC accused ITT, Chief Executive Kevin Modany and CFO Daniel Fitzpatrick of hiding how ITT expected to owe hundreds of millions of dollars because its underlying loans had performed "abysmally," with "extremely high" default rates.

  • May 8- A pension fund has sued U.S. currency broker FXCM Inc for allegedly misleading investors about its financial prospects and concealing weaknesses in its core business before its stock dropped 90 percent in January. The International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 478 Pension Fund accused FXCM of fraud and artificially inflating its stock price...

  • May 6- A former managing partner at the failed Connecticut hedge fund firm New Stream Capital LLC was sentenced on Wednesday to 2 -1/ 2 years in prison after he admitted to being part of a scheme that prosecutors say defrauded investors out of $46 million. The sentence was announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Connecticut. Prosecutors said that in 2007, New...

  • First Libor jury trial delayed in London Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 2:35 PM ET

    LONDON, May 6- The London trial of Tom Hayes, a former UBS and Citigroup trader who is the first person in the world to face a jury trial over allegations of a conspiracy to rig Libor interest rates, has been delayed by two weeks. The Serious Fraud Office said on Wednesday the high-profile trial at London's Southwark Crown Court, that had been due to begin on May 11, would...

  • May 5- A former top executive of the failed Connecticut hedge fund firm New Stream Capital LLC was sentenced on Tuesday to 2-3/ 4 years in prison, after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud clients as the 2008 financial crisis approached. Former managing partner David Bryson had pleaded guilty last May to a charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

  • May 5- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday sued three defendants it accused of running a fraud and Ponzi scheme in which they raised more than $62 million from investors eager to benefit from growth in the North Dakota oil industry. According to the SEC, North Dakota Developments LLC and its owners, Robert Gavin and Daniel Hogan, illegally...

  • Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 4:37 PM ET
    Los Angeles sues Wells Fargo

    The city of Los Angeles is suing Wells Fargo for what it deems "unlawful and fraudulent conduct." Shark tank investor Kevin O'Leary and the Closing Bell team, weigh in.

  • LONDON, May 5- British IT entrepreneur Mike Lynch said Hewlett-Packard Co had failed to produce a "smoking gun" to back its claim he masterminded a complex fraud that led it to overpay by more than $5 billion when HP bought Autonomy in 2011.. The U.S. company is suing Autonomy founder Lynch and former Autonomy finance director Sushovan Hussain for in excess of $5...

  • Autonomy's Lynch: No 'smoking gun' in HP $5B claim Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 10:57 AM ET
    Mike Lynch

    Mike Lynch said Hewlett-Packard had failed to produce a "smoking gun" to back its claim that he masterminded a fraud to inflate the value of Autonomy before it was bought.

  • LONDON, May 5- British IT entrepreneur Mike Lynch said Hewlett-Packard Co had failed to produce a "smoking gun" to back its claim that he masterminded a complex fraud to inflate the value of Autonomy by as much as $5 billion before HP bought it in 2011.. The U.S. company is suing Autonomy founder Lynch and former Autonomy finance director Sushovan Hussain in London...

  • May 4- DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc, one of the largest U.S. kidney dialysis providers, said it agreed to pay $450 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit accusing it of deliberately wasting medicines in order to receive higher Medicare payments. The lawsuit alleged that DaVita, whose largest shareholder is Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, used...