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Disability fraud leads to guilty plea by former postal worker

A woman who used to serve as a Postal Service worker in Minnesota was accused of stealing disability benefits totaling over $100,000 paid to her by the federal government. The fraud that was alleged against her spanned the 3.5-plus years, leading up to May 2019. The woman has since pleaded guilty to the theft charge.

According to authorities, the woman admitted to taking part in dog-agility activities while simultaneously stealing disability benefits. Theft occurred in that she claimed that a job injury kept her from being able to work full time, which was not true. Still, she apparently convinced a doctor to declare she should limit her work efforts to a maximum of two hours' worth of sedentary activities each day.

11 in Minnesota face Medicaid fraud charges

Eleven people currently face criminal charges for allegedly scheming to steal from the Medicaid program in Minnesota. The 11 individuals who allegedly committed fraud are said to have attempted to steal over $800,000. According to authorities, these individuals were involved in nine separate fraud cases in the state involving Medicaid.

Both local police officers and the attorney general in Minnesota conducted the fraud investigations that led to the 11 individuals' recent arrests. The defendants face a variety of felony charges, including abetting/aiding theft and identify theft. In one case, two people who owned a home health care business are said to have stolen $260,000 from Minnesota's Medicaid program by seeking funds for services they did not provide and then paying clients who agreed to falsify their time sheets.

Fraud cases can seem to come out of nowhere for professionals

As a capitalist country, the United States often seems to value success over honesty. Many people will attempt to get ahead in business by engaging in what they may consider to be rule-bending practices that are federal or felony offenses.

Professionals in a wide range of industries, from the medical field to financial services, could find themselves facing serious accusations of fraud that seem to come out of nowhere. It is only through the discovery process and reviewing the state documentation for the case that you will learn how long the investigation has taken.

Man charged with multiple felonies following alleged shooting

A 25-year-old man in Minnesota was recently accused of committing multiple felony crimes. The felonies with which he has been charged are associated with a shooting that police said took place in early September. The reported shooting ended up harming a child and a woman.

According to police, multiple people got together at a home one day when a dispute broke out between two women who were roommates. The women's family members also engaged in the fight. Authorities said that one of the women's male cousins reportedly had a gun at the scene and was trying to defend the woman and his mom. Meanwhile, the family members associated with the other women were also at the home with a box cutter, bat and electroshock weapon in hand.

Man convicted on tax fraud charges in Minnesota

A boat dealership co-owner in Minnesota was recently convicted of engaging in fraudulent activity. Specifically, the court found that he defrauded the state's Department of Revenue. The conviction comes after the man entered a guilty plea to fraud charges in early September.

According to authorities, the man filed three phony tax returns while overseeing his company's financial and tax matters. The DOR began to investigate the man back in 2018 when it received information that he was neglecting to report all of his sales tax information. Following the tip, the government department seized financial documents after obtaining search warrants.

Feds investigate organizers of popular Twin Cities festival

The community celebrated when the organizers of St. Paul’s Grand Old Day announced the event would not, in fact, be cancelled for 2019, as they had initially announced. The revived festival went on to draw an estimated 200,000 guests when it was held in June, delighting supporters.

Little did revelers know, the group behind the long-running festival was under increasing scrutiny. A local investigation into the organization’s finances was already underway, and later that summer it would balloon into something much more.

Man sentenced to prison following felonies related to DUI

A man in Minnesota was recently sent to prison after committing multiple drunk driving offenses. Specifically, he was sentenced to four years behind bars for committing a probation violation following a felony drunk driving conviction in 2017. Fortunately, people accused of felonies related to drunk driving in Minnesota cannot be convicted until and unless the government can prove their guilt in court.

The man who was recently sentenced to prison after violating his probation terms is 49 years old. Back in 2017, the court gave him a stayed sentence, meaning that a prison sentence would not be imposed unless he failed to fulfill his probation conditions. However, he was sentenced to a year in jail and then given seven years of probation.

Several arrests for felonies, other crimes made at festival

Several people were arrested during a recent Minnesota festival highlighting camping and country music. According to authorities, multiple people were charged with felonies at the yearly WE Fest, which was held at a ranch. In addition, several others were charged with less severe crimes during the festival.

Authorities ended up stopping 1,461 cars during the 37th yearly festival. This is an increase from the more than 1,300 cars stopped in 2018, but it is also a decrease from the 1,469 cars stopped in 2017. These stops led to nine felony arrests involving drugs.

Man charged with drug-related felonies after traffic stop

Minnesota authorities recently accused a 24-year-old man of taking heroin and then driving while intoxicated. They thus arrested him on felony charges of drug possession and DWI. However, like anyone else in Minnesota who is accused of felonies, the man is presumed innocent until and unless the government can prove his guilt in court.

The recent DWI arrest occurred when police observed a car parked in the wrong direction in a fire lane one day. When the police approached the car, they reportedly saw a man who had many signs of being impaired. For instance, he was allegedly shaking, was sweating heavily, had fresh injection marks and had constricted pupils.

Couple accused of fraud following alleged welfare scheme

A couple in Minnesota were recently accused of engaging in a scheme involving welfare. Their alleged scheme caused a Minnesota county to lose over $20,000. The two individuals now face felony fraud charges in connection with the reported scam.

According to authorities, a husband and wife did not tell the truth about their earnings, all in an effort to receive financial assistance from the government. Authorities filed charges against them for illicitly getting food stamps totaling over $21,000. The accused also allegedly received medical assistance totaling more than $7,500 even though they did not actually qualify for it.

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