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Trio Sentenced For Ponzi Scheme Hatched In Prison

Three con men who met behind bars were headed back to prison for a $3.5 million Ponzi scheme involving comic books, movies and collectibles.

WBBM Newsradio–05/01/2013


Card Skimmers Hit ATMs At Two Banks In Hinsdale

Authorities were warning Chicago area residents about scammers using skimming devices on ATMS to steal money from people’s bank accounts.

CBS 2–02/06/2013

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Alternative Energy Supplier Has Long Record Of Fraud Complaints

One of dozens of alternative energy suppliers now fiercely competing for your business is a company with a bad track record the CBS 2 Investigators have been reporting on for years.

CBS 2–01/15/2013

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School Investigator: Widespread Fraud Pervades Chicago School Lunch Program

CBS 2 and the Better Government Association first disclosed how Chicago Public School employees were gaming the $175 million program meant for poor children.


Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, arrives at the federal courthouse in Rockford for her arraignment on charges she embezzled $53 million from the town since 1990. (Credit: CBS)

Government Sells Ex-Dixon Comptroller’s Properties For $3M

The U.S. Marshals Service sold three of convicted Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell’s five properties for more than $3 million on Monday.



Doctor Charged With Filing $3.5M In False Claims

The indictment accuses Dr. Paul Madison of ordering his staff to submit false claims for chiropractic manipulation under anesthesia; treatments which were not actually performed.


State Rep. La Shawn Ford walks through a crowd of dozens of supporters at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, after pleading not guilty to bank fraud charges on Dec. 11, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Rep. La Shawn Ford Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

As he made his first court appearance on federal bank fraud charges, state Rep. La Shawn Ford got the rock star treatment from dozens of West Side residents who came out to show their support for the embattled lawmaker.


Waukegan Grocery Owners Admit Food Stamp Fraud

The owners of a Waukegan grocery store have admitted to stealing nearly $850,000 from the federal food stamp program.


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Workers At Clerk’s Office, Morgue Charged With Corruption

A Cook County Circuit Court employee has been charged with stealing $3,500 in traffic ticket payments, the fourth clerk’s office employee to face criminal charges this year, prosecutors announced Tuesday.


Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

GOP: Quinn Has Been Too Slow To Purge Medicaid Rolls Of Cheaters

Top Springfield Republicans are telling Gov. Pat Quinn that he has been too slow purging Medicaid rolls of cheaters.

WBBM Newsradio–09/22/2012

Are gold buyers giving you the most money for your jewelry? (CBS)

Illinois-Based Gold Buyer Shuts Down Amid Fraud Probe

One of the country’s largest gold buyers has shut down, and is now under investigation by state and federal agencies.

CBS 2–08/14/2012

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Todd Stroger’s Former Spokesman Indicted On Fraud Charges

The communications chief for former Cook County President Todd Stroger was indicted on Thursday, accused of steering county business to friends.


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Dozen High-Ranking Educators Accused Of Scamming School Lunch Program

A dozen principals and assistant principals have been removed for allegedly scheming to obtain free or reduced-price school lunches for their own children.

CBS 2–07/13/2012

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Commuter Files Fraud Suit Against Metra, Says Tickets Shouldn’t Expire

Do some popular Metra tickets actually qualify as gift certificates under Illinois law? That’s what one man is arguing in a class-action fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against the commuter rail agency he calls a “profiteer,” claiming the tickets’ one-year expiration dates are therefore unlawful.



Pension Management Executive Accused Of Defrauding Clients

A former executive at a company that administers employee pensions has been indicted for allegedly defrauding benefit plans of more than $8.5 million.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2012

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Media Mogul Conrad Black Released From Prison

Media mogul Conrad Black has been released from prison, having completed about three of his 6 1/2–year sentence for defrauding investors.

CBS Chicago–05/04/2012

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Official: Menard Prison Guards Committed $10 Million Worth Of Fraud

Guards at Menard prison downstate may have committed millions of dollars’ worth of fraud stemming from workers’ compensation payments, the state Department of Corrections has told lawmakers.

CBS Chicago–05/03/2012

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Police: Indiana Youth Baseball Coach Took Parents’ Money And Ran

Multiple felony charges are expected Wednesday against a 40-year-old man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Little League team in northwest Indiana.

CBS Chicago–04/24/2012

Cameras observed a repairman seemingly damaging siding after a hail storm. (NICB)

Ill. Attorney General Sues Hail-Damage Repair Firm After CBS 2 Investigation

Four contractors are being sued by the Illinois Attorney General for ripping off local homeowners, and one of the operations was first exposed by CBS 2′s Dave Savini during a hidden-camera investigation last year.


Letitia Mika of Chicago says she was ripped off by a fraudulent debt-settlement company. (CBS)

Chicago Woman Says She Was Ripped Off By Debt-Settlement Firm

A Chicago woman says she forked over $1,800 to a company that kept the money instead of paying off her debt. CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.