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Hundreds of counterfeit watches shipped into Chicago

Jul. 11, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 200 counterfeit watches were found in late June and early July at a mail facility at O'Hare International Airport, federal authorities said this week. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the facility inspected the 175 parcels containing 193 watches due to incorrect...

Infamous counterfeiter recently released from prison dies

Jul. 9, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who proclaimed himself the “world’s greatest counterfeiter” has died just weeks after his release from his latest prison sentence. The Providence Journal reports Louis “The Coin” Colavecchio died Monday in hospice care after...

Group smuggling e-waste to Africa busted in Spanish islands

Jun. 29, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities announced Monday that they had dismantled a criminal network that smuggled some 2,500 tonnes of waste, including discarded and hazardous electronic equipment, from Spain's Canary Islands to several countries in Africa. Spain's Civil Guard arrested 34 people, including a...

Three sentenced for trafficking counterfeit Disney DVDs

Jun. 27, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three people were sentenced in federal court in Eastern Kentucky this week for trafficking counterfeit Disney DVDs. Hongtao Zhu, Hui Lin, and He Lin were sentenced to 46 months in federal prison on Wednesday and ordered to pay nearly $900,000 in restitution, according to a news...

In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, an Indian municipal worker sweeps the road outside the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, India. India has ordered Pakistan to halve its embassy staff in New Delhi and said it would do the same in Islamabad after two Indian officials were abducted at gunpoint in Pakistan, the Indian foreign ministry said Tuesday, June 23, 2020. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the abducted officials returned to India on June 22, describing “graphic details of the barbaric treatment that they experienced at the hands of Pakistani agencies.” (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

India orders Pakistan to reduce embassy staff by half

Jun. 23, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has ordered Pakistan to reduce its embassy staff in New Delhi by half and said it will do the same in Islamabad after two Indian officials were seized at gunpoint in Pakistan, the Indian foreign ministry said Tuesday. India’s Ministry of External Affairs said the officials...

Florida man gets 10 months in federal prison for visa fraud

Jun. 19, 2020 4:17 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for forging documents for visa applications. Carl Farey, 55, was sentenced Thursday in Orlando federal court, according to court records. He previously pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting visa fraud. Homeland Security...

Mississippi man pleads guilty to counterfeiting charges

Jun. 18, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man pleaded guilty Thursday to making counterfeit money and using it at yard sales. Purvis Dustin Ward, 33, of Rankin County, was caught Nov. 2 after several yard-sale organizers in Rankin County called police saying a man and woman were using counterfeit bills,...

Clerk to stand trial on altering voter records charges

Jun. 14, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — An election official in suburban Detroit will stand trial on charges related to the handling of absentee ballot records. Sherikia Hawkins was bound over this week to Oakland County Circuit Court, the Michigan Attorney General's office said. Hawkins is the elected clerk in...

In this June 1, 2020, photo, people gather near the Cup Foods grocery store where George Floyd died in Minneapolis. Floyd was accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes from the grocery store. His story is similar to that of other African Americans who died at the hands of police over minor offenses. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Floyd's death spurs question: What is a black life worth?

Jun. 12, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For 12-year-old Tamir Rice, it was simply carrying a toy handgun. For Eric Garner, it was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. For Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Ahmaud Arbery, it was the minor offenses of jaywalking, failing to signal a lane change and trespassing on a residential...

School leader out after Facebook comments about George Floyd

Jun. 5, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) — A school board near Lansing voted to fire its superintendent Friday after he partly blamed George Floyd for his fatal encounter with police. The Grand Ledge school board heard hours of public comment during a special meeting, the Lansing State Journal reported. Brian Metcalf will...