fraud

47 people charged in $250 Million Feeding Our Future fraud scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR) — The founder of Feeding Our Future and 46 others have been charged in what federal officials are calling the largest pandemic fraud in the country. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger of Minnesota announced charges against founder Aimee Bock and others that include conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering, and bribery. Authorities allege the massive fraud scheme took at least…

Fargo Police Give Letter of Recognition to Walmart Employee Who Spotted Credit Card Thieves

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A Walmart employee is awarded a Letter of Recognition by Fargo Police for alerting authorities about a theft in progress. Travis Roerich, an action protection manager for Walmart in Fargo, contacted police when he spotted four people making suspicious transactions that appeared consistent with credit card fraud. Officers found the suspects in a vehicle with credit…

IRS says tax preparer filed fraudulent returns in North Dakota, several states

FARGO (KVRR) – The Internal Revenue Service is investigating a tax preparer from Houston, Texas in connection with allegedly filing fraudulent tax returns for clients in at least 15 states, most of them in North Dakota. A newly unsealed search warrant affidavit in U.S. District Court in Fargo identifies the man as Casper Akoto. The affidavit says Akoto is under…

North Dakota oil executive sentenced to prison for fraud

BISMARCK, N.D. – A former North Dakota oilfield executive whose false claims about his company’s value resulted in more than $886 million in shareholder losses has been sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay back $406 million. The government had asked for a 20-year sentence for 61-year-old Joseph Kostelecky before his sentencing hearing. Kostelecky, of Dickinson,…

Minnesota farmer sentenced to prison for farm loan fraud

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR) – A Slayton, Minnesota, man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and  ordered to pay restitution for converting collateral that secured loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says 54-year-old Mark Alan Engelkes pledged 15,641 bushels of soybeans as collateral in order to obtain loan proceeds of…

Sen. Amy Klobuchar stops in Moorhead to address scams targeting seniors

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Moorhead Mayor Shelly Carlson address a problem that’s grown exponentially throughout the pandemic: scams targeting seniors. “This is on the rise once again and it could get worse,” Klobuchar said at a press conference Thursday morning. Older Americans lose an estimated $3 billion every year from financial scams, according to AARP. The…

District Election Officer for North Dakota To Monitor Election Day Fraud

FARGO, N.D. — The Justice Department is ready to respond to reports of voter fraud and other misdeeds on Election Day. Rick Volk will serve as the District Election Officer for North Dakota and handle complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses. He will be in contact with the Justice Department Headquarters in Washington, D.C. It is part of…

3M files 18 lawsuits over alleged unlawful N95 mask sales

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP)–The leading manufacturer of N95 masks in the U.S. says it has investigated 4,000 reports of fraud, counterfeiting and price gouging in connection with the product and filed 18 lawsuits as a result. 3M, based in Maplewood, is among the largest global producers of the N95 mask, which has been approved by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational…