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June 5, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Plea deal in Spokane bleach ‘miracle cure’ case

SPOKANE (AP) — A Nine Mile Falls man accused of helping sell industrial bleach as a miracle cure for HIV, cancer and other diseases has made a plea deal to avoid federal prison time. The lawyer for Chris Olson says he pleaded guilty to bottling and labeling drugs shipped across state lines. The Spokesman-Review reports

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January 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Social Security fraud sends ex-Bellevue man to prison

A former Bellevue resident who collected his mother’s Social Security benefits for 23 years after her death was sentenced to six months in prison Monday and ordered to pay $188,436 in restitution. Raymond C. O’Dell, 70, who now lives in Arizona, was also fined $20,000 for theft of government funds and sentenced to an additional six…

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November 8, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Man convicted of 36 charges stemming from Seattle schools scandal

A King County jury today found David A. Johnson guilty of three dozen criminal charges related to the theft of funds from a Seattle Public School District program designed to assist minority-owned businesses in receiving school-district contracts. Johnson was convicted of 30 counts of first-degree theft and six counts of second-degree theft, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He will face…

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October 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

8 people indicted in Seattle-area thefts of $1.5 million

The Associated Press Eight people have been indicted — and two of them arrested — in connection with what federal prosecutors describe as a $1.5 million bank fraud scheme back in 2005 and 2006. According to an indictment unsealed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Thursday, the defendants used credit-card transaction devices to impersonate stores, including…

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September 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM

AG announces settlement in timeshare fraud case

OLYMPIA (AP) — At least 1,500 people in Washington state who were victims of a timeshare and travel scam will receive up to $20,000 each under a settlement announced by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Ferguson announced Thursday that it has recovered $1.2 million from Jonathan Gibbs, who along with his wife, Christine, had claimed to handle…

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July 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Bellevue developer, girlfriend convicted in $2.7M tax scheme

A former Bellevue real estate developer and his girlfriend were convicted Wednesday of 25 counts of tax evasion and false statements for failing to report more than $23 million in income or pay more than $2.7 million in taxes. Winston Bontrager, 64, and Pauline Anderson, 65, were convicted on all counts presented by prosecutors in U.S. District…

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October 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Former owner of Seattle construction company convicted of fraud

A King County jury has found the former owner of a South Seattle construction company guilty of securities fraud for deceiving investors out of their money. Laurence Anthone, who owned MA Quik Framing, was tried in Superior Court on 15 criminal counts of theft and securities fraud.  On Wednesday, the jury found him guilty of eight counts of…

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September 21, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Seattle couple in waterfront home sentenced for welfare theft

A Seward Park chiropractor and his girlfriend, who lived in a $1.2 million waterfront home while collecting tens of thousands of dollars in welfare, were each sentenced to 18 months in prison today. David Silverstein, 60, was also fined $30,000 and Lyudmila Shimonova, 53, was also ordered to pay more than $261,000 in restitutuion. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Silverstein has…

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July 30, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Ex-Mercer Island church usher admits to Ponzi scheme

The former usher of a Mercer Island church pleaded guilty last week to securities fraud for stealing more than $3 million from church members and others, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Stephen J. Klos, 86, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of securities fraud for running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded elderly victims, the prosecutor’s office said today. Prosecutors…

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May 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Seattle couple plead guilty to collecting welfare in million-dollar home

A Seward Park chiropractor and his live-in partner pleaded guilty today to the theft of government funds for collecting welfare benefits and food stamps while living in a $1.2 million lakefront home in South Seattle. Under a plea agreement, David Silverstein, 60, and Lyudmila Shimonova, 53, will pay more than $261,000 in restitution plus an additional civil penalty of…

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