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Maryland man pleads guilty in sprawling investment scam

May. 16, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A bogus investment scheme that entrapped hundreds of individuals and corporate investors and might involve as much as a half-billion dollars has unraveled in guilty pleas for wire fraud and conspiracy from a Maryland man who prosecutors say amassed a fortune in luxury cars, costly wines...

Coach pleads to college admissions scam, could hurt Loughlin

May. 14, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California switched her plea to guilty Tuesday in the college admissions scam, admitting to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo...

Sentencing for 2 Louisiana prison guards in abuse case

May. 14, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Separate sentencings are scheduled Wednesday for two former Louisiana prison guards who pleaded guilty to plotting to hide the fact that they sprayed chemical into the faces of kneeling, handcuffed inmates. Former Sgt. Demario Shaffer and former Officer David Parker are the first of four...

Man convicted of conspiracy to sell fentanyl

May. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been convicted in New Hampshire of participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. Prosecutors said 46-year-old Santo Benito Lara, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, sold fentanyl in Lawrence to a cooperating individual on multiple occasions in New Hampshire last...

Ex-Fugees rapper charged in campaign finance conspiracy case

May. 10, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the founding members of the 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees has been charged in a campaign finance conspiracy that took place during the 2012 presidential election, the Justice Department said Friday. A four-count indictment accuses Prakazrel "Pras" Michel of conspiring with...

Fraudster who used ice cream to lure seniors is sentenced

May. 10, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who defrauded Medicare by using the promise of ice cream to lure senior citizens into genetic testing was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison. Seth Rehfuss had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. U.S. District Judge Ann...

2 convicted in college basketball corruption trial

May. 8, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach were convicted of bribery conspiracy Wednesday at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer NBA-bound athletes to favored handlers. The verdict capped the two-week trial of Christian Dawkins and youth...

Atlanta clothier pleads guilty in basketball corruption case

May. 7, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Atlanta clothier and former NBA referee pleaded guilty in a college basketball scandal Tuesday, admitting to teaming up with ex-Auburn basketball assistant coach Chuck Person in a bribery scheme. Rashan Michel, 44, of Atlanta, pleaded guilty to bribery conspiracy, acknowledging a role in...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin on 'no collusion'; economy myths

May. 6, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still pulling numbers out of thin air on the economy. Trump repeatedly asserted that the U.S. economy is perhaps the best "ever" and insisted that last quarter's gross domestic product was the highest in 14 years. Neither claim is true. The president bragged the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin and the no-collusion chorus

May. 4, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "no-collusion" chorus sang loudly this past week, with President Donald Trump in full-throated roar and even Russian President Vladimir Putin chiming in. The upshot: substantial misrepresentations of what the special counsel's Russia investigation actually found. A review of recent...