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Ex-Chicago Council member gets year in prison for corruption

Jun. 24, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago City Council member has been sentenced to a year and one day prison after pleading guilty to corruption charges. U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso sentenced 66-year-old Alderman Willie Cochran on Monday, saying he is part of "long and pathetic tradition" of political...

Jury awards $6M in Drew Brees diamond-fraud lawsuit

Jun. 21, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A jury has awarded more than $6 million to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in a lawsuit that claimed a San Diego County jeweler sold him over-priced diamonds. The San Diego Union-Tribune says a Superior Court jury made the award Friday in a fraud suit Brees and his wife filed...

Indian man gets 7 years for arranging 80 fake marriages

Jun. 20, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — An Indian man living in Florida has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for arranging more than 80 fraudulent marriages. Court records show that 47-year-old Ravi Babu Kolla was sentenced Thursday in Panama City federal court. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to...

Property belonging to convicted disability lawyer is sold

Jun. 20, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky businessman has purchased a large statue of Abraham Lincoln and office space belonging to a disability attorney convicted of fraud and sentenced to 27 years in prison. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Thursday that Jerry Flannery purchased the statue and some 11...

Former head of charity pleads guilty in embezzlement case

Jun. 20, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The former lead fundraiser of a Louisiana hospital foundation has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $550,000 for his personal use. News outlets report 49-year-old John Paul Funes entered guilty pleas Thursday on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. Prosecutors say the...

Contractor charged with taking kickbacks on Army projects

Jun. 19, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A construction executive from Tennessee was paid at least $436,000 in kickbacks in a scheme involving multimillion-dollar contracts at two Georgia military bases, according to court filings by federal prosecutors. A grand jury indicted David Kennedy on charges of wire fraud and taking...

AP source: Manafort to remain in federal custody

Jun. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been transferred to a correctional facility in New York but will remain in federal custody while he faces state fraud charges, a Justice Department official said Tuesday. Manafort, who is serving a federal prison sentence, is waiting to be...

Ex-first lady heads to runoff in Guatemala presidential race

Jun. 17, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former first lady emerged Monday as the top vote-getter in the first round of Guatemala's presidential election, but she will have to compete in an August runoff that will determine the next leader of this Central American nation where tens of thousands have fled poverty and gang...

4 family members plead guilty in Masters golf ticket scheme

Jun. 17, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Four members of a Texas family pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges in what prosecutors called a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament, which were then resold at a profit. Stephen Michael Freeman of Katy, Texas, appeared before a U.S....

Thais arrest Italian convicted in George Clooney fraud case

Jun. 17, 2019 3:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said they have arrested an Italian man wanted in his home country after he fled a jail sentence handed down for fraudulently using the name of actor George Clooney to lure people into investing in a bogus clothing company. Thailand's Crime Suppression Division said in a statement...