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FILE - This April 20, 2015, file photo shows then-Parma, Mo., Mayor Tyus Byrd. State auditors announced Wednesday, July 1, 2020 they have found that more than $115,000 in fraudulent payments and purchases were made by former leaders of Parma, a southeastern Missouri town of about 700. State Auditor Nicole Galloway said that the examination looked at the four-year period that Byrd served as mayor. Byrd lost her reelection bid in April 2019. The audit found improper payments to Byrd and the former city clerk, and improper expenditures for things such as gift cards and appliances. ( J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

Audit finds more than $115K in fraud in small Missouri town

Jul. 1, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — State auditors have found more than $115,000 in fraudulent payments and purchases made by former leaders of a tiny Missouri town that drew widespread attention last year when two mysterious fires burned records that were being sought for the audit. State Auditor Nicole Galloway said...

Minnesota woman sentenced to 4 years in ginseng scam

Jul. 1, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty in an elaborate ginseng farm fraud scheme, prosecutors said Wednesday. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Mai Vang, 51, of Brooklyn Center pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft-by-swindle...

File---Picture taken June 24, 2020 shows the Wirecard logo at the headquarters of the payment service provider in Aschheim, Germany.  (Sven Hoppe/picture-alliance/dpa via AP, file)

Wirecard headquarters raided in probe of accounting scandal

Jul. 1, 2020 5:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Investigators searched the headquarters of German payment systems provider Wirecard and four other locations Wednesday as part of their probe of an accounting scandal that led to the arrest of the company's longtime CEO and forced the firm to file for bankruptcy protection. Twelve prosecutors...

West Virginia woman sentenced after faking death

Jul. 1, 2020 4:31 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who faked her own death to get out of a fraud charge has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison, officials said Tuesday. Julie M. Wheeler, 43, was sentenced for defrauding a federal health care program and now faces local charges for reporting a...

Appeals court panel weighs Wilmington Trust convictions

Jun. 30, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys representing former executives for the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program have asked a federal appeals court panel to overturn their convictions. Defense attorneys argued Tuesday that prosecutors had failed to...

Fugitive now in China sentenced in 'birth tourism' scheme

Jun. 30, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A fugitive who pleaded guilty to a visa fraud scheme in which Chinese women gave birth in California so their children would be U.S. citizens has been formally sentenced. Chao “Edwin" Chen, who is now in China, was sentenced Tuesday to more than three years by a federal...

Pandemic probe: Brazilian governor targeted in police raid

Jun. 30, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governor of Brazil’s Amazonas state was targeted by a police raid on Tuesday over allegations of corruption related to COVID-19 spending. Federal police ordered the preventive detention of eight people and raided more than a dozen addresses of people linked to Gov. Wilson...

FILE - In this April 11, 2016, file photo, former FIFA vice president Alfredo Hawit leaves federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Hawit, the former president of soccer’s governing body for North and Central American and the Caribbean, has been sentenced to time served for his role in accepting $1.66 million in bribes in the FIFA scandals and will return to Honduras after 4 1/2 years in the U.S. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Ex-CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit sentenced to time served

Jun. 29, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former president of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean was sentenced to time served for his role in accepting $1.66 million in bribes in the FIFA scandals and will return to Honduras after 4 1/2 years in the U.S. Alfredo Hawit of Honduras,...

Ex-Cincinnati councilwoman pleads guilty in vote-sale case

Jun. 29, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Cincinnati city councilwoman accused of accepting $15,000 as part of a scheme to trade votes for money has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. Tamaya Dennard entered the plea in federal court to a count of honest services wire fraud, meaning defrauding citizens and the...

In this photo taken on Sunday, June 28, 2020, former Israeli Air Force general and leading critic of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel poses for a photo in Tel Aviv, Israel. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel wasn't looking to politics. But as his prime minister became further enmeshed in corruption, he felt he could no longer stay silent. So, he picked up a sign and took to the streets in an individual act of protest. Now, after his highly-publicized weekend arrest during a peaceful demonstration, he has become the unquestioned leader of the growing grassroots movement demanding that Benjamin Netanyahu step down. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

A quiet Israeli ex-general emerges as new foil to Netanyahu

Jun. 29, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Unlike many of his fellow Israeli generals, Amir Haskel wasn't looking to politics in retirement. After 32 years in the Israeli Air Force, he became a Holocaust researcher and was satisfied with publishing books, leading student delegations to former concentration camps in Poland and...