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Elizabeth Holmes accuses ex-lover, business partner of abuse

Nov. 29, 2021 20:36 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Disgraced entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes described herself as the abused puppet of her former lover and business partner Sunny Balwani in tearful testimony Monday, part of her attempt to refute accusations that she lied about a flawed blood-testing technology she had...

Inside the 'big wave' of misinformation targeted at Latinos

Nov. 29, 2021 18:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before last year's presidential election, Facebook ads targeting Latino voters described Joe Biden as a communist. During his inauguration, another conspiracy theory spread online and on Spanish-language radio warning that a brooch worn by Lady Gaga signaled Biden was...

Ex-UND student accused of stealing from COVID-19 relief fund

Nov. 29, 2021 16:57 PM EST

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A former University of North Dakota student is accused of stealing more than $330,000 in federal coronavirus relief money, according to federal court documents. Enroy Duncan allegedly devised a scheme to defraud the government by filing a false...

Louisiana man pleads guilty in airline baggage scam

Nov. 27, 2021 14:58 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty in an airline baggage scam that resulted in more than $300,000 in fraudulent claims, federal prosecutors said. Pernell Anthony Jones, Jr., 31, of Kenner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail...

Man gets more than 2 years for pit bull-selling scheme

Nov. 25, 2021 12:56 PM EST

MOUNT RAINIER, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after selling pit bull puppies online but failing to deliver the animals to buyers. The Washington Post reported Thursday that Fonjeck Eric Azoh, 42, of Mount Rainier, received...

Eastern Shore seafood company fined for visa fraud

Nov. 25, 2021 10:19 AM EST

SECRETARY, Md. (AP) — A company that processes seafood and produces ice on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been fined $240,000 for visa fraud related to the employment of temporary workers. The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the owner of Capt. Phip’s Seafood Inc.,...

Nigerian man sentenced in fraud scheme that targeted women

Nov. 24, 2021 13:54 PM EST

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has sentenced a Nigerian man to more than seven years in prison for conspiring to launder approximately $1.89 million in mail and wire fraud proceeds in a scheme that targeted women. Jabin Okpako, 36, and his...

Federal judge tells lawyers to pay in US election fraud case

Nov. 24, 2021 13:27 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has ordered two lawyers who filed a class action lawsuit alleging the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump to pay more than $180,000 in attorney’s fees for defendants Dominion Voting Systems, Facebook and others, saying the lawsuit was...

Elizabeth Holmes denies deception at her criminal trial

Nov. 24, 2021 00:11 AM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, a former billionaire accused of engineering a massive medical scam, expressed some remorse while on the witness stand Tuesday, but denied trying to conceal that her company's blood-testing methods weren't working as she...

Elizabeth Holmes denies deception at her criminal trial

Nov. 23, 2021 23:38 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, a former billionaire accused of engineering a massive medical scam, expressed some remorse while on the witness stand Tuesday, but denied trying to conceal that her company's blood-testing methods weren't working as she...