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Coroner: Leader of large organic food scheme dies by suicide

Aug. 20, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term, a coroner said Tuesday. Police officers found Randy Constant dead in a vehicle in his...

Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients

Aug. 20, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he had been impaired while on duty was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients who authorities say he misdiagnosed and whose records he later altered to conceal his...

Coroner: Mastermind of largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history dies by suicide, days after sentenced to prison

Aug. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Coroner: Mastermind of largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history dies by suicide, days after sentenced to prison.

2 moms charged in adoption scams were Florida jail inmates

Aug. 18, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida women scammed two adoptive couples in cases that appear unrelated but started when they were pregnant in the same jail, authorities said. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that no evidence indicates the scams were coordinated, but acknowledged...

Leader of largest US organic food fraud gets 10-year term

Aug. 16, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said Randy Constant orchestrated a...

Whistleblower accuses GE of fraud, misleading investors

Aug. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A whistleblower who warned regulators about Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme is now accusing General Electric of misleading investors, sending the company's stock on a downward spiral. Investigator Harry Markopolos accused GE on Thursday of engaging in accounting fraud worth $38 billion,...

Michael Avenatti blames arrest on 'vindictive' prosecutors

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to dismiss criminal charges that he extorted Nike, and he is blaming his arrest on what he calls vindictive prosecutors as he releases material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes. Avenatti's attorneys...

UK judge sentences Schwimmer lookalike to 9 months in jail

Aug. 15, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British judge has sentenced a lookalike of "Friends" actor David Schwimmer to nine months in prison for theft and fraud. Judge Sara Dodd sentenced Abdulah Husseni on Thursday for using a stolen bank card to make or attempt to make fraudulent purchases at four shops in Blackpool, northwest...

Texas father, son get prison in scam targeting airline staff

Aug. 15, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas father and son convicted of fraud must serve a combined 15 years in federal prison for a hearing aids insurance scam targeting American Airlines employees. Prosecutors say 69-year-old Terry Lynn Anderson was sentenced Wednesday to eight years and ordered to repay nearly $13.7 million...

'Chrisley Knows Best' stars charged with federal tax evasion

Aug. 13, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal grand jury in Atlanta on Tuesday indicted reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley on charges including tax evasion, alleging among other things that they tried to hide their income from "Chrisley Knows Best" from the IRS. The 12-count indictment also accuses the pair of...