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Ex-president of Comoros convicted of selling passports

Nov. 28, 2022 13:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A court in the Indian Ocean island of Comoros sentenced former President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi on Monday to life in prison for illegally selling the country's passports, according to local media reports. The Court for State Security in the capital Moroni also ordered...

Iraqi PM: Probe recovers part of $2.5B embezzled from taxes

Nov. 28, 2022 03:25 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government said on Sunday it will recover part of nearly $2.5 billion in funds embezzled from the country's tax authority in a massive scheme involving a network of businesses and officials. Approximately 182 billion Iraqi dinars, or $125 million, of the...

Vatican court hears secret recording of pope on hostage fees

Nov. 24, 2022 15:05 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican tribunal weighing a financial fraud case heard from an unusual witness Thursday, when a secret recording of Pope Francis was played to the court about the Holy See’s payments to free a nun held hostage by al-Qaida-linked militants. The broadcast of...

Sheriff: Ex-SC official embezzled thousands for own use

Nov. 23, 2022 14:31 PM EST

EFFINGHAM, S.C. (AP) — The former clerk for a small northeast South Carolina town has been charged with embezzlement of public funds. In a post on Facebook, investigators with the Florence County Sheriff's Office said Tina Sullivan, 50, of Marion, was arrested Tuesday and is being...

Auditors in Iraq uncover staggering $2.5 billion tax fraud

Nov. 22, 2022 01:53 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Auditors in Iraq have uncovered a massive scheme in which a network of businesses and officials embezzled some $2.5 billion from the country’s tax authority, despite layers of safeguards. The scandal poses an early test for Iraq’s new government, which was formed...

Mistrial declared in trial of 2 former nonprofit officials

Nov. 08, 2022 14:09 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has declared a mistrial in an embezzlement and bribery case against two men acquitted along with a Philadelphia council member and his wife in a separate case last week. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Monday's decision came after a juror...

Senators say North Dakota farmer detained in Ukraine is home

Oct. 21, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota farmer who had been detained in Ukraine since November 2021 on accusations he planned to kill his business partner is back home, the state's two U.S. senators announced Friday. Kurt Groszhans, from Ashley, North Dakota, has ancestors from...

Russian court rejects Navalny's 2nd prison sentence appeal

Oct. 18, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Russia on Tuesday rejected imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny's second appeal of a nine-year sentence. The 46-year-old dissident is serving the sentence, handed to him in March, on the charges of fraud and contempt of court, in a high-security...

Cardinal challenges Vatican cop over hostage payments

Oct. 12, 2022 17:33 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s fraud and corruption trial took a dramatic twist Wednesday when a once-powerful cardinal challenged the Vatican’s police commissioner on the stand about one of the more peculiar tangents of the case: the Vatican’s half-million euro payments to a self-styled...

Worker charged with taking dozens of checks from ex-employer

Oct. 12, 2022 13:41 PM EDT

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A former administrative assistant in Maine faces four charges of wire fraud after authorities charged her with stealing more than $400,000 from her employer by depositing more than 200 checks into her own account. The worker, who is a former employee of a...