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Los Angeles City Council suspends indicted councilman

Oct. 20, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas pleaded not guilty Wednesday to public corruption charges only hours after his colleagues suspended him and the city controller cut off his pay. Ridley-Thomas, 66, entered pleas to bribery, fraud and conspiracy for...

Connecticut lawmaker arrested, accused of COVID funds misuse

Oct. 20, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut state legislator who works as an aide to the West Haven City Council is accused of creating a company that received more than $600,000 in federal COVID-19 relief funds for services that were never provided. Rep. Michael DiMassa, a...

Former NFL player guilty of ID theft, COVID-19 relief fraud

Oct. 20, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former NFL wide receiver and South Florida native has pleaded guilty to stealing identities to fraudulently obtain coronavirus-related unemployment insurance benefits in California. Kenbrell Armod Thompkins, 33, pleaded guilty Monday in Miami federal...

Guilty plea entered in state senate election fraud case

Oct. 20, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former campaign worker for a Connecticut state senator pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges that she conspired to fraudulently obtain public funds for the senator's 2018 legislative campaign. Tina Manus, 42, of Stratford, worked on the...

Massachusetts man faces unemployment, mortgage fraud charges

Oct. 20, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man was charged with illegally obtaining unemployment benefits meant for people who lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, and claiming that the assets of a nonprofit he worked for were his own in a mortgage application, federal prosecutors said....

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Oct. 20, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Oct. 17, 2021. Editorial: Time to rein in quid pro quo culture of Harrisburg The culture of Harrisburg would be best described as “clubby.” After legislative sessions at the State Capitol on Third Street, lawmakers and...

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. ...