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OH Women Arrested for Fraud after Facebook “Check-in”

by FraudReport 20. February 2015 05:51

Facebook strikes again! An Ohio woman, who had a warrant out for her arrest after failing to show up for her arraignment on Workers’ Comp fraud charges, was caught because she “checked-in” on Facebook.

According to, Knapper was sentenced on November 18, 2014 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas for working while receiving workers’ comp benefits. She pleaded guilty to one count of workers’ compensation fraud, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.

BWC began investigating Knapper when its Special Investigations Department identified that she earned wages while receiving disability benefits. Investigators found that she worked as a nursing assistant for three companies in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky in 2011 and 2012 while collecting various types of workers’ compensation benefits.

Knapper failed to show up for her arraignment on June 20, 2013, after which an arrest warrant was issued. She was eventually arrested almost a year later on June 3, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama. Investigators learned of her whereabouts after they saw a Facebook post where she publicly tagged herself at a Wal-Mart store. The BWC Special Investigations Department advised local authorities, who later arrested Knapper.

She was ordered to pay $8,252.23 in restitution to BWC and placed on community control with three years of basic supervision. If she violates the terms of her community control, she will then get to serve six months in jail.

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Spouse of PA Socialite Charged with Fraud Commits Suicide

by FraudReport 11. February 2015 08:38

Recently we brought you the story of Claire Risoldi, the PA socialite who is facing fraud charges with her husband, son and daughter. Her family is back in the news today due to an even sadder issue: the suicide of her husband, Tom French.

The BucksCounty coroner says the death was a suicide. Dr. Joseph Campbell said an autopsy performed on February 6th showed that Tom French died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head while he was in his vehicle in the driveway of his home the previous afternoon.

The 64-year-old was charged in massive insurance fraud scam, according to LehighValleyLive and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office said, related to $20 million in insurance claims that were paid after several house fires. Also listed in the 2013 claim was $10 million in jewelry that a grand jury found Claire Risoldi falsely claimed was stolen by volunteer firefighters.

The attorney general's office also stated that the family used the insurance money to fund an "excessively extravagant lifestyle.”

A preliminary hearing on a slew of charges -- including forgery, theft by deception and corrupt organizations -- against French was postponed from this coming Monday until March 10, court papers say. He was free on $10,000 bail after his Jan. 22 arraignment on the charges, court papers say.

The charges stem from an investigation by the attorney general's office Bureau of Criminal Investigations, which was presented to a grand jury.

At about 4:30 on the afternoon of February 5th, authorities responded to a report of a man with a gunshot wound.

The home was being rented by a relative, while French and his wife were renting a home about a block away while their mansion was being repaired.

French left two suicide notes, according to, insisting that he was innocent and also overwhelmed by the fallout from the charges.

"I committed no crime," French wrote, according to the source, who claimed to have firsthand knowledge of the notes. French also called the charges against him "unfounded allegations," the source said.

The source said French also wrote, "I am very sad to have done this . . . but there comes a time when pressure has reached its peak."

In the second alleged note, the source said French wrote, "I can't deal with this any further, the negative stigmatism, the false accusations, the embarrassment, being snubbed by friends, and the unfairness demonstrated to this day" by the state Attorney General's Office.

Officials said they cannot verify the existence of the notes.

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