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July 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Northwest musician sentenced to prison for charity album scam

A Vancouver, Wash., musician and record producer has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for a scheme to lure investors into bogus music projects, including a charity album he allegedly said would feature songs by Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. Kasey Anderson, the frontman and guitarist for the alt-country group Kasey Anderson and the…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Kasey Anderson and the Honkies, U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. District Court

June 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Ex-Mariner’s wife gets prison for stealing from Felix Hernandez’s wife

TACOMA — The wife of former Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero was sentenced today to 12 months and a day in prison for using a bank card belonging to the wife of pitcher Felix Hernandez to go on a massive online shopping spree. In addition, Maria Jacqueline Peguero was ordered to have three years of supervision following her release…

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March 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Ex-employee sentenced for embezzling $350K from Lake Forest Park Water District

The former office manager of the Lake Forest Park Water District was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for embezzling more that $350,000 and using it to purchase personal items and pay college tuition for her children, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. In addition to the prison time, Jackee Bormann-Zweekhorst, 41, was ordered to pay $404,000 in…

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February 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Wife of ex-Mariner to change plea in credit-card scheme

The wife of former Seattle Mariners outfielder Carlos Peguero is scheduled to plead guilty to federal wire-fraud charges later this week  for allegedly using a debit card belonging to the wife of pitcher Felix Hernandez to make thousands of dollars of unauthorized online purchases, according to court records. Maria Jacqueline Peguero is scheduled to appear for…

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November 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Renton man who sold fake Chihuly glass gets 5 months

The Associated Press A man who sold fake Dale Chihuly glass art has been sentenced to five months in prison by a judge who said he would have preferred to send him to basic training in the Army. Michael Little, of Renton, pleaded guilty to wire fraud after his arrest last spring. He admitted he sold…

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September 11, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Lake Forest Park Water District ex-manager pleads to $350K theft

The former office manager of the Lake Forest Park Water District pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to wire fraud after she embezzled more than $350,000 from the water district, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The water district serves about 900 customers in North King County, with an annual budget of about $600,000. According…

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August 21, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Northwest musician pleads guilty to bogus charity recording

A popular Northwest musician and record producer has pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to lure investors into bogus music projects, including a charity album he allegedly said would feature songs by Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Lady Gaga. Kasey Anderson, the frontman and guitarist for the alt-country…

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June 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Indictment: Auburn woman faked cancer diagnosis to steal $400,000

An Auburn woman has been indicted on charges she faked a cancer diagnosis and convinced an elderly victim to give her more than $400,000 for treatment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The woman, 51-year-old Julie Ann Dahlquist, allegedly committed the wire fraud scheme between May 2009 and September 2012, collecting 190 checks of up to…

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June 19, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Renton man admits selling fake Chihuly artwork, faces up to 20 years

A 35-year-old Renton man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to scheming to advertise and sell fake artwork by Dale Chihuly through the Internet, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Michael Little admitted he committed wire fraud by buying generic glasswork and artwork over the Internet and falsely claiming to buyers that it was authentic Chihuly…

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January 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Northwest musician accused of bilking investors in charity album scheme

A well-known Northwest musician and record producer surrendered today to the FBI following an investigation into allegations that he bilked investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting a bogus charity album he said would feature songs from mega-artists like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Lady Gaga. Kasey Anderson, the guitarist and frontman for the…

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