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SC attorney Alex Murdaugh denied bond on $3M theft charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A judge denied bond Tuesday for a prominent South Carolina attorney who has become embroiled in two multimillion-dollar insurance fraud cases months after he found his wife and son dead in their home. The judge said Alex Murdaugh's considerable...

Wisconsin GOP leader defends keeping election records secret

Oct. 19, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Tuesday defended not releasing documents related to an ongoing investigation he ordered into the 2020 election, saying putting them out now would be like police revealing details of a murder probe. ...

2 charged with fraud over Mississippi worker training money

Oct. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A former community college administrator and a furniture business employee in Mississippi are facing fraud charges amid accusations that they misused public money intended to train people for jobs, the state auditor says. The Northeast Mississippi...

Executive who embezzled $48 million gets 75-month sentence

Oct. 18, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former publication company executive was sentenced to more than six years in prison Monday in a $48 million embezzlement plot. A federal judge sentenced Nestor Charriez to 75 months and also ordered him to pay $43 million in restitution. ...

'Never lose hope,' expelled French envoy tells Belarusians

Oct. 18, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France says its ambassador to Belarus has been ordered out of the country amid growing tensions between Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and the West. Ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste’s departure on Sunday was due to the “unilateral decision” of...

University offers to rehire prof acquitted of ties to China

Oct. 16, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has offered to reinstate a professor who was acquitted of federal charges that had accused him of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving NASA research grants, a letter obtained by the Knoxville News...

North Carolina nursing assistant sentenced for elder fraud

Oct. 16, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A certified nursing assistant in North Carolina has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution for defrauding a disabled military veteran, prosecutors said. Tracey McNeill, 51, of Raeford pleaded guilty in...

Former Boeing test pilot pleads not guilty in 737 Max case

Oct. 15, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Boeing test pilot pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he deceived regulators by withholding information about a key system that played a role in two deadly crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets. Mark Forkner made his first...

California union leader booked on tax, embezzlement charges

Oct. 15, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The former executive director of California’s largest labor union was booked into jail Friday after she and her husband had their first court appearance on charges including tax fraud, embezzlement, perjury and failure to pay unemployment insurance taxes. ...

Three Missourians indicted in coronavirus aid fraud scheme

Oct. 15, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted three Missourians in an alleged scheme to use the identities of people who had died to collect thousands of dollars from federal funds meant to help people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Warren W. Watkins,...