Latest Counterfeiting and forgery News

Republican lawmakers including House Republican minority leader James Townsend of Artesia, top center, consult with the lead attorney for the legislature, Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga, bottom left, as tensions flare between Republicans and Democrats on procedural maneuvers on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Legislature approved a $7.6 billion budget in the final hours of a 30-day legislative session that also included pension reforms, new college scholarships, stricter oversight of tobacco sales, new investments in early childhood education and incentives for rooftop solar. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers reach budget deal as tense session ends

Feb. 20, 2020 9:47 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators forged a budget agreement Thursday that increases annual spending on government programs and school districts by more than a half-billion dollars, with new investments in early childhood education and college scholarships in a state afflicted by high rates of...

Man accused of trying to pass fake $100 at sheriff's office

Feb. 20, 2020 11:57 AM EST

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a convicted felon was arrested after he tried to use a fake $100 bill to add money to a jailed inmate's account. The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office said an employee immediately recognized the bill as a counterfeit Wednesday and notified investigators....

Man pleads guilty to petition fraud involving LA's Skid Row

Feb. 20, 2020 9:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty for participating in a scheme to offer money and cigarettes to homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms. Norman Hall, 62, entered his plea...

Man accused of selling fake Tide sentenced to probation

Feb. 19, 2020 9:17 AM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of selling fake Tide laundry detergent has been fined $1,000 and sentenced to a year of probation. The Kansas attorney general's office say 44-year-old Brian Glenn, of Baldwin City, was sentenced after pleading guilty last week to one misdemeanor county of...

Wyoming jail returns funds after receiving counterfeit bills

Feb. 18, 2020 7:07 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming jail unwittingly helped an inmate earn a profit from counterfeit money when it returned unused funds from a commissary account where he's accused of depositing fake bills, authorities said. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office returned $261.69 to Edwardo Vlahos when...

Indiana woman allegedly embezzled $327K from her employer

Feb. 13, 2020 1:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana woman who seemed upset when her employer offered her a promotion is now accused of embezzling more than $327,000 from the business following an audit by suspicious company officials. Denise Eileen King, 55, faces one count of felony theft for her alleged...

Concerns raised amid 3 overdose deaths in Washington state

Feb. 12, 2020 4:58 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three people have died in Washington state from separate fentanyl-related overdoses on the same day, health officials said. Kraz Lee Adrian, 26, was one of three people who was found dead Thursday, KOMO-TV reports. Kraz thought was he taking a Percocet pill he bought on the street for his...

Prosecutors: School system given phony asbestos test results

Feb. 12, 2020 7:36 AM EST

A businessman who was in charge of monitoring asbestos in a Louisiana school system submitted false air monitoring and lab testing reports for years, federal prosecutors said. In a federal indictment released this month, Marc A. Victoriano is accused of defrauding the Terrebonne Parish School Board of more than...

Wichita police investigate four overdoses last weekend

Feb. 11, 2020 12:06 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are investigating whether four overdose cases from last weekend involved Oxycodone pills that might have been embedded with fentanyl. A 19-year-old man died and a 16-year-old boy fell unconscious after taking the pills, police said. The teenager was revived and taken to...

Randy Jacobson, left and Diane Jacobson speak to other Trump supporters beforef a campaign rally for President Donald Trump Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

'QAnon' conspiracy theory creeps into mainstream politics

Feb. 9, 2020 8:25 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was more than halfway through his speech at a rally in Milwaukee when one of his hand gestures caught the eye of a supporter standing in the packed arena. The 51-year-old woman believed the president had traced the shape of the letter “Q” with his...