Fraud, Forgery Charges in Investment Scheme

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The North Carolina Secretary of State’s office continues its investigation into a Durham man’s investment scam. A grand jury handed up an indictment in the case last week, charging the 60-year-old with almost 40 counts of investment fraud, 12 counts of forgery and 12 counts of uttering forged documents. Authorities say there are likely more,
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You’re Free to Go – for the Price of a Kidney

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In an unusual deal, two sisters will be released from prison after serving just 16 years of their life sentences. The two had been convicted for their part in a 1994 armed robbery that netted $11. Jamie and Gladys Scott’s case has been the subject of debate for years. Supporters have said the sentences were too
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‘drugs and Desperation’ – Repeat Robber Suspect Arrested

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Authorities arrested a 37-year-old Durham man this week in connection with the series of Wake County bank robberies. Picked up for probation violation, he was later charged with one count of attempted common law robbery and six counts of common law robbery. Common law robbery, in which the suspect does not produce a weapon, is
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Bank Executive Pleads Guilty in Embezzlement Case

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An executive from a western North Carolina bank pleaded guilty this week to charges involving more than $1 million in loans. The banker was charged with one count of theft/embezzlement/misapplication by a bank officer after she falsified at least 11 loan applications between March 2006 and November 2009. The falsified loans were made to straw
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Gold Theft and Pawning Increases in the Recession

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Where there is a will, there is a way. In the down economy, people are turning to sell whatever they don’t need for some extra cash. A lot of times, that happens to be gold. An entire industry of businesses have been started to serve the nationwide cash-for-gold market, further incentivizing people to steal jewelry for
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