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Attorney General Barr plans visit to tout fugitive arrests

Nov. 11, 2019 11:37 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr plans to promote a crime-fighting initiative Tuesday in New Mexico as the state struggles to curb some of the highest property and violent crimes rates in the nation. Barr is joining U.S. Marshal Service Director Donald Washington and other...

North Carolina lawyer admits filing false tax return

Nov. 11, 2019 4:38 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina attorney has pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return. The U.S. Department of Justice says in a news release that 70-year-old John Francis Hanzel, from at least 2011 through 2014, Hanzel reported minimal income on his returns, fraudulently...

Jamaican lottery scam victim hoping to get back her $400K

Nov. 10, 2019 5:32 PM EST

HARVEY, N.D. (AP) — A 90-year-old North Dakota woman who was robbed of her life savings by a Jamaican lottery scam says she has been paid back only $287 of the $400,000 she's owed. Edna Schmeets of Harvey, a small central North Dakota town about 77 miles (124 kilometers) northeast of Bismarck, was the...

Correction: Bondi-Conflicts story

Nov. 9, 2019 4:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 8 about Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, stepping down from a lobbying firm as she prepares to defend President Donald Trump in an impeachment investigation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bondi lobbied for a Kuwaiti company with a U.S. defense...

Top antitrust enforcer warns Big Tech over data collection

Nov. 8, 2019 8:01 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (AP) — The Justice Department's top antitrust official warned Big Tech companies Friday that the government could pursue them for anticompetitive behavior related to their troves of user data, including for cutting off data access to competitors. "Antitrust enforcers cannot turn a...

15 charged in multimillion-dollar investment fraud case

Nov. 8, 2019 6:44 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says 15 people have been charged in connection with a $140 million fraud scheme. The agency says the individuals charged in a superseding indictment unsealed Friday in Maryland were involved with an Israeli company that provided sales and marketing for...

Justice Department announces $95M for Tennessee safety

Nov. 8, 2019 4:09 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced approximately $95 million in awards to support public safety efforts in Tennessee. A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee says the awards were announced Thursday in Nashville. They include...

3 charged with smuggling gun parts from US to Saudi Arabia

Nov. 7, 2019 9:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Saudi nationals were charged in Southern California with violating federal export laws by buying $100,000 worth of gun parts in the U.S. while on student visas and smuggling them to Saudi Arabia, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. An indictment returned this week charges Hatim...

Feds investigate practices at youth correctional facility

Nov. 5, 2019 4:35 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut advocacy group is applauding a federal investigation into housing practices at a high-security youth correctional facility. Abby Anderson, head of the Juvenile Justice Alliance, said Tuesday she's not surprised the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating use of...

Man charged in terrorist support case pleads guilty

Nov. 5, 2019 3:52 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man who authorities said thought he was working with an al-Qaida operative to scout locations for a July 4 terror attack in downtown Cleveland has pleaded guilty to federal charges. The U.S. Justice Department said 50-year-old Demetrius Pitts, of Maple Heights, pleaded guilty Tuesday to...