Coppell man charged with scamming $17 million in PPP money to buy luxury cars and homes

Federal investigators say a Coppell man fraudulently applied for dozens of federal stimulus PPP grants and received more than $17 million that he spent buying real estate and luxury cars such as a Bentley and a Corvette.



Government prosecutors have now charged dozens of people with fraudulently receiving grants from the Payroll Protection Program.


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Government prosecutors have now charged dozens of people with fraudulently receiving grants from the Payroll Protection Program.

A coalition of federal agencies charged Dinesh Sah, 55, of Coppell, with applying for $24.8 million in PPP loans for 15 businesses that claimed to have more than 500 employees, but in fact, many of the businesses were registered after the CARES Act was passed and did not have any employees, according to court documents detailing the indictment.

“Mr. Sah exploited this terrible pandemic for personal gain – and he should be held accountable to the American people for that behavior,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox in

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2 lawyers charged in alleged scheme to steal nearly $750K in surplus foreclosure cash

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Two Florida lawyers have been charged in an alleged foreclosure fraud scheme that cost victims nearly $750,000.

Rashida Overby and Ria Sankar-Balram were arrested Oct. 5, according to a press release and stories by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel (here and here) and Law360.

The lawyers allegedly filed fraudulent court documents in which they claimed to represent elderly property owners or heirs of deceased property owners who were owed surplus funds from foreclosure sales. After judges granted the pleadings, the lawyers allegedly kept part of the money and wired the rest to two co-conspirators.

The alleged co-conspirators, Illya and Patricia Tinker, are already in jail following a conviction in a different fraud scheme that took ownership of 44 homes through forged documents. Sankar-Balram helped represent them in their

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Three charged with running brothels out of Framingham homes

Three men have been arrested in connection with trafficking women for sex at two brothels in Framingham homes that served as fronts for human trafficking, state Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday.



Maura Healey wearing a suit and tie: BOSTON MA. - SEPTEMBER 16: AG Maura Healey discusses Purdue Pharma bankruptcy filing during a press conference on September 16, 2019 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON MA. – SEPTEMBER 16: AG Maura Healey discusses Purdue Pharma bankruptcy filing during a press conference on September 16, 2019 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Federal immigration officials are also investigating the case, the Herald was told.

Alejandra Arguello-Uribe, 38, and Karime Gallon Moreno, 19, both of Framingham, were arrested there on Wednesday by State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office.

Arguello-Uribe and Moreno were charged with one count each of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, keeping a house of ill fame and maintaining a house of prostitution, in connection with a brothel that they allegedly helped operate out of a Melrose Street home,

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Litchfield County resident charged with shooting and killing bear as Connecticut population grows and number of bears entering homes breaks record

State environmental police charged a 26-year-old Litchfield County man this week with shooting and killing a black bear following a confrontation with his dog — at a time when the bear population has been steadily growing in Connecticut and spilling into residential neighborhoods.

William O’Connor, 26, of Thomaston, was charged Tuesday after he fired a .22-caliber long rifle in the direction of the mother bear and struck it near his property line, state environmental officials said. O’Connor was “reportedly fearing for his dog’s safety” after his dog had run toward the female black bear and her two cubs.

As the bear was “making huffing noises toward the dog,” O’Connor went back inside his house to retrieve his gun before firing, officials said.

He was charged on a misdemeanor count of illegal taking of a black bear by officers who work for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection,

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