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First trial linked to Ohio family slayings set to start

Nov. 17, 2019 11:56 AM EST

More than three years after authorities discovered the grisly slayings of eight family members at four separate homes in southern Ohio, the first trial connected to the investigation is set to begin. Rita Newcomb isn’t charged with any of the Rhoden family slayings but instead is accused of forgery,...

Woman pleads guilty to demanding money for fake illnesses

Nov. 15, 2019 1:24 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman has pleaded guilty to sending 12 letters demanding nearly $400,000 in compensation from restaurants and food companies after producing fake medical records saying she became seriously ill after eating their food. Forty-nine-year-old Jacqueline Masse, of Hampton,...

Not guilty pleas entered in forgery, theft case

Nov. 13, 2019 8:25 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck woman has pleaded not guilty to using fraudulent letters and a judge’s forged signature to swindle more than $800,000 from people who thought they were loaning her money. Thirty-two-year-old Autumn Morrell entered the pleas Tuesday to three counts of theft and three...

Authorities: Wounded infant's dad used him as 'human shield'

Nov. 13, 2019 7:28 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia father whose infant son was critically wounded in a shooting last month stands accused of using the child as a "human shield" while attempting to buy drugs with counterfeit money. Nafes Monroe is charged with child endangerment and reckless endangerment. It's not known if...

Counterfeit airbags seized at Southern California airport

Nov. 12, 2019 3:13 PM EST

ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its officers seized eight counterfeit Honda airbags at Southern California's Ontario International Airport. The agency said Tuesday the fakes were found in September during an enforcement examination of express air cargo packages. Automotive...

Wife of Espanola city councilman is convicted of voter fraud

Nov. 7, 2019 3:55 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The wife of Espanola City Councilor Robert Seeds has been found guilty of tampering in the 2016 election in which her husband won a District 4 seat by two votes. A Rio Arriba County jury on Thursday convicted Laura Seeds on five counts of felony voter fraud. She was found guilty of...

Bookkeeper charged with embezzling $1M from employers

Nov. 6, 2019 4:12 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman who worked as a bookkeeper has been charged in Maryland with fraudulently obtaining approximately $1 million from her employers. Lisa Fore was charged Monday in federal court with four counts of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. The charges are in a criminal...

Minneapolis man charged with absentee ballot fraud

Nov. 5, 2019 5:27 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Minneapolis man with 13 felony counts of voting fraud. Abdihakim Amin Essa allegedly signed as witness for 13 people casting absentee ballots last year when he was not authorized to do so. A criminal complaint told campaign workers...

DEA warns of counterfeit pills containing fentanyl

Nov. 4, 2019 10:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning that Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing large quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing the deadly opioid fentanyl. The DEA said Monday the pills have been showing up on Long Island and New York City, as well as other parts of...

Jury convicts man for counterfeiting more than 48,000 DVDs

Oct. 30, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine jury has convicted a former video rental chain owner of mail fraud and copyright infringement following charges that he sold more than 48,000 counterfeit copies of copyright protected movies. Fifty-two-year-old Douglas Gordon was once the owner of a chain of video stores in...