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FRAUD

A Nigerian national was extradited from the United Kingdom to Bismarck, where he appeared in federal court on Monday to face fraud charges related to an alleged $348,000 wire and mail fraud scheme perpetuated against a Dickinson based company.
A Dickinson man, formerly the executive vice president of U.S. operations at a publicly traded Canadian oil-services company, was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison for perpetrating a scheme to fraudulently inflate the company’s reported revenue that resulted in shareholder losses in excess of $886 million.
Brian Gader, a livestock marketer, from Napoleon, North Dakota, has consented to the federal Packers and Stockyards Act officials who claim he failed to pay $700,000, for cattle in a timely fashion. An administrative law judge suspended in his federal registration under the act for 10 years.
The U.S. Attorney’s office has indicted Kent Pfaff, a Washburn, North Dakota, area farmer for federal crop insurance fraud.

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Consumer protection officials cautioned residents to be wary of scam artists during the holiday season.
According to an indictment filed in the U.S. district court for North Dakota, Enroy Oneil Duncan created a scheme to defraud the federal government by filing a false PPP loan application for his company called Homeinhome Senior Care LLC, which is based in Colorado.
The Class A felony theft charge against Brian W. Gader will be dismissed if he pays $227,103.02 owed to Lake Region Livestock and commits no new offenses within the next year.
Napoleon, North Dakota, cattle buyer Brian Gader faces numerous legal challenges, including a theft charge in a cattle deal, has lost his license to purchase cattle and is accused of failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases. With debts in the millions, Gader, 65, says he is "working on" his issues.
Robert Blom, 59, of Corsica, South Dakota, will be sentenced in November.
A court order barred Stephen Webster Hill from working as a contractor in 2011.

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The justices, in a 6-3 decision authored by conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, sided with former Cumming, Georgia police sergeant Nathan Van Buren in an appeal of his conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, reversing a lower court ruling that had upheld a jury verdict against him.
With both the frequency and cost of cybercrime on the rise each year, businesses are advised to stay vigilant and informed to avoid falling victim.
Dr. Wilson Asfora funneled payments from medical device companies through expensive meals hosted for friends and colleagues at a restaurant owned by the surgeon and his wife. He is accused of performing unnecessary surgeries, defrauding government health care plans of millions.

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