The Arizona Democratic Party is comparing the way Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey ran Cold Stone Creamery to a Ponzi scheme. To push the point, the party held a bit of an ice cream party at its Phoenix headquarters today, showing off gallons of ice cream labeled: "Doug Ducey's Pistach ... More >>
A trio of top-tier scam artists from Mesa who preyed on wealthy Mormons will spend a large part of their lives in prison. Duane Hamblin Slade and his pal Guy Andrew Williams, both in their mid-40s, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary on September 30th to 15 and 12.5 years, respective ... More >>
Among the FBI's Most Wanted are individuals from Arizona (or with ties to the state) who have evaded authorities for decades in cases involving child porn, the sexual assault and sodomy of children and defrauding the public out of millions of dollars. Suspects featured here are presumed innocent - ... More >>
A Phoenix federal jury found a Mesa father and son guilty of operating a $100 million Ponzi scheme that swindled members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guy Williams, 42, and Brent Williams, 66, were convicted Friday, June 27, on 38 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, ... More >>
A Scottsdale man who once had a role in a $64 million Ponzi scheme will spend his weekends in jail for the next eight months for stealing cacti.The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona says 46-year-old Kenneth Cobb stole eight saguaro cacti from federal land, which is one of the biggest no-nos in Arizo ... More >>
Dan Wise, a former Scottsdale accountant, was arrested yesterday for crimes related to allegedly running a $66 million Ponzi scheme, marking the fourth time he's been arrested in connection with the same scheme.Wise, 55, was indicted earlier in the week on 102 federal charges for the alleged scheme, ... More >>
We first came upon John Dowd when he represented Major League Baseball in the Pete Rose scandal. Dowd was the consummate Washington D.C. bigtimer who could bloviate with the best (or the worst) of `em. (If you have trouble viewing this clip, try Firefox). At least a few readers may remember ... More >>
Our former colleague Sarah Fenske (now toiling as the managing editor at our sister paper in St. Louis, the Riverfront Times, wrote a cool story last April about a shady and shaky attorney named Grant Goodman. Bernie Madoff, the crook who's got to be near and dear to attorney Grant Goodma ... More >>
A Securities and Exchange Commission supervisor handled the finances for a Scottsdale-based flim-flam artist's Ponzi scheme, than received a $25,000 retirement buyout package. Investigators with the Arizona Corporation Commission notified the SEC late last year about its naughty employee after ... More >>
U.S. Attorney Paul Charlton has a rare opportunity to investigate Sheriff Joke. Will he do it?
Arthur Andersen accountable in BFA collapse, state says
Accountant who audited Keating firm also gave BFA a clean slate, lawsuit claims
Former Taco Bell owner and Baptist Foundation ex-director files lawsuit against BFA
Snell Johnson is a well-known sculptor. Some investors know him best as a con artist.