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Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case

Apr. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone who was...

The Latest: Crown of Thorns presented at Paris service

Apr. 19, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:35 p.m. The Crown of Thorns relic saved from the fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral has been presented to worshippers at special Good Friday ceremony. Many believe the crown was placed on the head of Jesus...

Former hospital exec, ex-detective husband accused of fraud

Apr. 19, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The former chief operating officer of a Pennsylvania hospital system and her ex-detective husband were charged with an embezzlement scheme that funded vacations, paid for concert tickets and underwrote operation of a 72-acre motocross racetrack, authorities said Friday. Stephanie and...

Congo court annuls sentence for exiled opposition leader

Apr. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A lawyer for Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi says a court has annulled his three-year prison sentence, enabling him to return from exile in Belgium. The Court of Cassation, or supreme court of appeals, made the judgment Friday, saying that Katumbi can enter Congo a free man....

Businessman pleads guilty in aquaponics investment scheme

Apr. 19, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota businessman accused of defrauding investors in a scheme to build an $11 million fish farm has pleaded guilty to wire and mail fraud. Tobias Ritesman entered the plea to 18 fraud counts in a federal courtroom Thursday afternoon. He was scheduled for trial next week....

Woman sentenced for her role in email fraud scheme

Apr. 19, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A woman from Colombia has been sentenced for her role in an email scheme that defrauded companies in Iowa and other states. Prosecutors say Karina Henao was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to 13 months in prison. Henao also was ordered to pay more than...

'Real Housewives' husband Giudice loses immigration appeal

Apr. 18, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — "Real Housewives of New Jersey" husband Joe Giudice (JOO'-dys) has lost his appeal to avoid deportation to Italy. His attorneys said Thursday they are "extremely disappointed" by the Board of Immigration's decision and have appealed to the federal circuit court in Philadelphia. Giudice...

Japanese father, son appear in Las Vegas in $1.5B fraud case

Apr. 18, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two former investment executives from Japan pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas on Thursday to criminal fraud charges in what prosecutors have called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme. Junzo Suzuki, 70, and his son, Paul Suzuki, 40, arrived in custody in the U.S. on Wednesday, and...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

Apr. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation. Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of...

Tax preparer sentenced for fraudulent tax returns

Apr. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 45-year-old tax preparer who filed dozens of fraudulent returns has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole. Onrea Knox-Lewis, of Kansas City, was sentenced Thursday and was ordered to pay $238,666 in restitution to the government. She pleaded...