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Prosecutors: Man defrauded Amazon out of $290,000 by returns

Sep. 21, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man scammed Amazon out of nearly $300,000 by seeking refunds for products that he never actually returned, according to federal prosecutors. The U.S. Department of Justice said court filings show Hudson Hamrick of Charlotte was...

Kremlin's party gets 324 of 450 seats in Russian parliament

Sep. 21, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's ruling party will get 324 of the 450 seats in the next national parliament, election authorities announced Tuesday. The number is less than the pro-Kremlin party, United Russia, won in the previous election but still an overwhelming majority. ...

Psychologist indicted for $100,000 in false Medicaid claims

Sep. 21, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A northeast Georgia psychologist has been indicted for allegedly billing Medicaid for almost $100,000 in false claims. The Times of Gainesville reports that Dr. Guy Jordan was indicted last week on charges of Medicaid fraud...

Texas doctor who defied state's new abortion ban is sued

Sep. 20, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A San Antonio doctor who said he performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas law all but dared supporters of the state's near-total ban on the procedure to try making an early example of him by filing a lawsuit — and by Monday, two people obliged. ...

Republican Dean Heller announces run for governor of Nevada

Sep. 20, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Dean Heller announced plans to run for governor in Nevada, declaring Monday that he would oppose state mandates on masks and vaccines and tighten voting laws if elected to lead the battleground state. Heller has historically...

3 members of South Dakota family sentenced for grain fraud

Sep. 20, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Three members of a South Dakota family accused of bilking millions from farmers due to risky speculation in the grain business have been sentenced to time behind bars. Jared Steffensen and his wife, Tami Steffensen, pleaded guilty earlier to theft...

Government resumes prosecution in deadly 'swatting' case

Sep. 20, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas gamer whose online dispute with another player sparked a deadly hoax call will have to face a jury after violating the terms of a diversion deal he made with prosecutors, a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren granted...

Judge says he'll toss some of ex-mayor's fraud convictions

Sep. 20, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday said he planned to toss several convictions against the Massachusetts mayor elected at just 23 years old who was found guilty by jurors of bilking investors and extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana businesses. ...

Mop up: Ballot-stuffing videos taint Russian election

Sep. 20, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — In one surveillance video, a hand appears from behind a Russian flag to stuff ballots into a box. In another, a woman is seen removing ballot papers from under her clothes and, with the help of another woman, puts them into the box amid sounds of giggling. ...

Grand jury indicts ex-lawmaker in alleged kickback scheme

Sep. 20, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former high-ranking Democratic state legislator and Albuquerque public school administrator has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of racketeering, money laundering, fraud and ethics violations in connection with an alleged kickback scheme, prosecutors said...