Special Coverage: Fraud

CEO of Marin County medical device maker faces federal fraud indictment

Lawrence Gerrans, CEO of San Rafael-based Sanovas Inc., is accused of siphoning company money to buy a multimillion-dollar home and pay for personal expenses, according to federal prosecutors.

Sebastopol hospital district rejects Anthem fraud claims

The district that owns Sonoma West Medical Center in Sebastopol says its toxicology-testing operations are proper and well-documented.

Jury: ex-Sonoma Valley Bank officials guilty of fraud

Convictions related to their roles in a $35 million real estate loan scandal that caused the institution’s collapse in 2010 and cost many elderly investors their retirement savings.

FBI task force to crack down on North Bay fire fraud

A group of more than a dozen agencies, including several from Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties, will investigate and prosecute fraudulent activity related to the October fires, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Marin County raises real estate docs fees

With a new state law and local resolution going into effect, Marin County residents will be paying higher fees for recording most documents, beginning in January.

Ex-head of large Santa Rosa law firm sentenced to prison

A former partner at one of the North Coast's largest law firms is off to prison for defrauding a client of more than $200,000.

Criminal trial opens in Sonoma Valley Bank collapse

Directors of the failed Sonoma bank are expected to take the stand in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

Identity thief sought to buy 100 gold coins

Co-defendant in bank fraud to be sentenced Oct. 27

Founder of $283M biotech fund charged with fraud

G. Steven Burrill spent the fund’s money on family vacations to St. Barts and Paris as well as jewelry, gifts, car service and private jets, according to the SEC.

Email lures CEOs into cyberfraud

Darknet Codeshop allowed criminals to shop for bank customer data specifically by bank or city.

Sick heiress needs money. For every $1 you send, receive $1,000 return.

One accomplice from Great Britain is sentenced to nine years in prison in this fraud scheme. Punishments for a Napa man and three other Californians will be decided later this year.

EDD former employee charged with fraud, identity theft

Fake business names used to mask alleged fraud

Santa Rosa doctor accused of taking illegal kickbacks

A Santa Rosa surgeon pleaded not guilty to charges of accepting more than $300,000 in illegal kickbacks and fraudulent billings while treating workers’ comp patients.

Home-oxygen company to pay $11.4 million to settle fraud charges

Sales representative turned whistleblower will receive $1.8 million

Pacific Pulmonary Services owner in Novato to pay $11.4 million to settle fraud charges

The owner of Pacific Pulmonary Services, a nationwide home-oxygen provider with North Bay offices in Santa Rosa, Novato and Fairfield, agreed April 25 to an $11.4

Tilting at windmill fraud

Fraud charges swirl around a Solano County wind farm.

Vallejo contractor charged with Lawrence Berkeley Lab fraud

U.S. Department of Justice alleges illegal contract-bidding schemes.

Tracking the roots of financial fraud

Fraud experts have seen it all before: the lure of high returns, the covering up, the impeccable résumé, the generosity of the individual, all elements present in the case of the late Clay Stephens and Novato-based Warren Capital Corp.

Sausalito pain clinic warns patients of data theft

SAUSALITO -- Bay Area Pain Medical Associates on Friday publicly warned of the theft of computers that contained the names of nearly 2,800 patients.

Former WTN executive pleads guilty to fraud, tax charges

Martin Christopher Edwards, a former top executive of The Winetasting Network indicted nearly a year ago over nearly $900,000 diverted from the Napa company, has resurfaced and pleaded guilty, according to a statement from federal prosecutors Wednesday.

Share your thoughts: Need for policies against embezzlement, fraud

[poll id="57"] View all polls. As investigators continue to aggressively pursue allegations of business embezzlement in the North Bay, regional fraud experts warn that many local companies and nonprofits still lack the basic internal practices needed to catch and prevent those crimes.

Embezzlement: A serious issue too few take seriously

As investigators continue to aggressively pursue allegations of business embezzlement in Sonoma County, regional fraud experts warn that many North Bay companies and nonprofits still lack the basic internal practices needed to catch and prevent those crimes.

Breaking the 'fraud triangle' at your business

Our local community has been hit hard recently with numerous cases of workplace embezzlement or theft.

Former Humbolt Creamery CEO gets 30 months in prison

Richard Ghilarducci, the former chief executive officer of Humboldt Creamery in Humboldt County, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for loan fraud and ordered to pay $7 million in restitution, the U.S

Accounting: Zeisler, Zeisler & Rawson add Johnson to San Rafael firm name

Accounting firm Zeisler, Zeisler, & Rawson of San Rafael announced the addition of Johnson to the firm name. 

Smaller firms likely to get Sarbanes-Oxley exemption

Part of financial reform; but experts question wisdom of move NORTH BAY – It is increasingly likely the Wall Street reform efforts in Congress will include a permanent exemption from Sarbanes-Oxley for public companies with less than $75 million in market capitalization, something small businesses have been hoping for since the inception of the law.

The orgins of the financial crisis

Want to better understand the source of the financial crisis and the role mortgage fraud played in it?

Fraud can devastate a business; how to prevent it

For more than 30 years I’ve been investigating fraud: figuring out how it happened, tabulating the costs, repairing the failed internal control systems and consoling the victims.

No contest plea entered in real estate fraud case

SANTA ROSA – The Sonoma County District Attorney's office said Juan Carlos Alcala of Windsor pleaded no contest to nineteen felony counts and admitted three special allegations for defrauding real estate investors, money laundering and elder fraud.

Smith Dollar garners FDIC mortgage fraud contract

‘There are thousands and thousands of these cases;’ firm doubles to 11 attorneysSANTA ROSA – By the time the mortgage debacle really hit, Sonoma County law partner Rachel Dollar was already well-established in the lending fraud niche, having closed numerous complex, federal cases and publishing a book and widely followed blog on the topic.

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