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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters during a news conference in which she announces that the state will shut down its system for processing unemployment claims to combat fraud, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The 2 1/2-day shutdown will delay payments to some jobless workers while the state installs anti-fraud processes. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas to shut down unemployment system to deal with fraud

Jan. 27, 2021 11:00 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims are prompting Kansas to shut down its processing system this weekend, meaning some jobless workers will have payments delayed as the state installs new anti-fraud protections, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. Kelly acknowledged that...

Mississippi businessman accused in scheme to hoard PPE

Jan. 27, 2021 7:32 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman has been indicted in a $1.8 million scheme to hoard personal protective equipment amid the pandemic and price gouging health care providers in critical need of the same. Kenneth Bryan Ritchey, 57, of Ocean Springs, the owner of a pharmaceutical wholesale...

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Proud Boys leader was government informant, records show

Jan. 27, 2021 6:53 PM EST

The leader of the Proud Boys, who was arrested in Washington shortly before the Capitol riot, previously worked undercover and cooperated with investigators after he was accused of fraud in 2012, court documents show. Henry “Enrique” Tarrio helped law enforcement in a variety of investigations...

Ex-Sedgwick County commissioner fined for ethics violations

Jan. 27, 2021 6:13 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell was fined $25,000 on Wednesday after admitting to nine campaign finance violations. The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fined O'Donnell for violations that included using campaign money for personal use and fraudulent...

Florida man guilty of laundering stolen COVID relief funds

Jan. 27, 2021 5:15 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who received more than $1.9 million in coronavirus relief funds faces up to 20 years in federal prison for laundering most of the money through a fake business and purchasing a luxury car and a pickup truck, federal prosecutors said. Keith William Nicoletta, 48, of Dade...

Far-right influencer charged in 2016 Clinton voter scheme

Jan. 27, 2021 4:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A self-styled far-right propagandist was arrested in Florida on Wednesday on charges he used social media to try to suppress votes for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A criminal complaint accused 31-year-old Douglass...

8 people accused in Minnesota Medicaid fraud scheme

Jan. 27, 2021 3:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eight people accused in scheme to bilk the state's Medicaid program out of more than $860,000 were charged Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court with a combined 46 counts of felony theft. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said the alleged ringleader of the fraud, Trenea...

Leader in oxycodone prescription fraud sentenced to 4 years

Jan. 27, 2021 11:22 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who fraudulently obtained and sold 2,400 oxycodone pills by having others pass fake prescriptions at Portland-area pharmacies was sentenced Tuesday to four years in federal prison. Chase Adam Conway, 36, sent women into pharmacies to fill the bogus prescriptions, obtaining 90 to...

Everett man pleads guilty to mortgage scam

Jan. 27, 2021 8:33 AM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The manager of an Everett, Washington, call center pleaded guilty Tuesday to a scam that took $2.5 million from about 1,000 distressed homeowners who were facing foreclosure, according to federal prosecutors. Edwin Josue Herrera Rosales, 34, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in...

Priest for voter fraud exorcisms leaves Wisconsin diocese

Jan. 26, 2021 11:08 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A priest who livestreamed exorcisms aimed at rooting out what he, former President Donald Trump and some Trump supporters have falsely claimed was widespread voting fraud in the presidential election has left a Roman Catholic diocese in Wisconsin. The Diocese of Madison said it and the...