Latest U.S. Department of Justice News

Texas man charged with election threats to Georgia officials

Jan. 21, 2022 19:31 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that a Texas man has been arrested on charges of posting threatening messages on Craigslist about killing government officials in Georgia following the 2020 election. It was announced as the first arrest by the Justice...

Pocan asks Justice Department to investigate fake electors

Jan. 21, 2022 10:15 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland for a Justice Department investigation into 10 Republican electors who submitted false paperwork last year saying former President Donald Trump had won in the battleground state. ...

Ex-Chick-fil-A workers sent to prison in Alabama fraud case

Jan. 21, 2022 09:15 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two former Alabama Chick-fil-A employees have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme to steal nearly $500,000 from the Georgia-based fast-food firm. A federal judge in Alabama handed down the sentences on Thursday, the U.S. Department of...

US drops case against MIT professor accused of ties to China

Jan. 20, 2022 17:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department dropped charges Thursday against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor accused of concealing ties to the Chinese government, a further setback to a federal initiative that was set up to prevent economic espionage and theft by Beijing of trade...

2 North Carolina tax preparers sentenced in filing scheme

Jan. 19, 2022 08:23 AM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina tax preparers have pleaded guilty to charges that they prepared fraudulent tax returns with an estimated loss to the government of $1.5 million, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Court documents say Whitney Danielle Sales owned and...

Feds furious they were not told about police training slide

Jan. 18, 2022 18:57 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice have told Portland’s police chief and city attorney to give them all “original, unredacted” Portland police Rapid Response Team training materials, furious the city didn’t make them aware when it knew months ago of a...

US regulators aiming at illegal and anticompetitive mergers

Jan. 18, 2022 15:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. competition regulators have mounted an effort to tighten enforcement against illegal mergers, in line with President Joe Biden’s mandate for greater scrutiny to big business combinations. The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission announced...

Taiwan pays $900,000 for ally Guatemala to lobby Washington

Jan. 18, 2022 02:04 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Guatemala has hired for $900,000 a major supporter of former President Donald Trump to seek influence with U.S. officials in an unusual lobbying contract paid for by its ally Taiwan, foreign lobby records show. Ballard Partners registered as a foreign agent with the...

Judge denies North Dakota's federal oil leasing request

Jan. 15, 2022 10:36 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has denied North Dakota’s request for an order forcing the federal government to hold oil lease sales. The Bureau of Land Management is planning to hold such a sale in the first quarter of 2022 after canceling all sales last year. The Bismarck...

Prosecutors recommend dropping charges against MIT professor

Jan. 14, 2022 16:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending dropping charges against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who was accused last year of hiding work he did for the Chinese government while also collecting U.S. dollars for his nanotechnology research, a person familiar with...