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Russian pleads guilty in Virginia to large-scale card fraud

Jan. 23, 2020 6:31 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Russian national pleaded guilty Thursday to running a website that helped people commit more than $20 million in credit-card fraud. Aleksei Burkov, 29, of St. Petersburg, Russia, entered the plea to charges including fraud and money laundering in a federal court in Alexandria. He...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 file photo, Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, left, arrives at Greece's supreme court in Athens. Greece's justice minister has signed an order on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, for bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik to be extradited to France - concluding an international legal battle surrounding the Russian former cryptocurrency trading platform operator. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, file)

Greek high court upholds Vinnik extradition order to France

Jan. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek high court on Thursday rejected Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik's final appeal against his extradition to France, ending a more than two-year legal tug-of-war between three countries seeking to put him on trial. Vinnik's Greek lawyer, Zoi Konstandopoulou, said...

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei, leaves her home to go to B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Thursday, January, 23, 2020. Wanzhou is in court for hearings over an American request to extradite the executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec ends

Jan. 23, 2020 4:55 PM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian judge said Thursday she will announce her decision at a later date after ending the first phase of an extradition hearing that will decide whether a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is sent to the United States. This week's hearings dealt with the...

Former executive sentenced in $1.8 million embezzling case

Jan. 23, 2020 4:02 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former human resources director from St. Louis was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for embezzling more than $1.8 million from her employer. Nicole Scott, 42, also must pay back the money. She pleaded guilty in October to one federal count of wire fraud. Federal prosecutors...

Treatment center owner gets prison for $48 million fraud

Jan. 23, 2020 11:13 AM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — The owner of two closed substance abuse treatment centers in Ohio was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for what federal authorities say was a massive Medicaid fraud scheme. Ryan Sheridan, 39, of Leetonia, apologized before his sentencing Wednesday in Youngstown. He pleaded guilty...

Venezuelan sentenced in $250,000-monthly ATM skimming scheme

Jan. 23, 2020 7:21 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Venezuelan man who pleaded guilty to stealing debit and credit card information from ATMs has been sentenced to four years in prison. Ricardo Abdel and his conspirators installed pinhole cameras at ATM machines in Georgia, Florida and California to record card and pin numbers, and...

Man accused of Hurricane Irma disaster assistance fraud

Jan. 23, 2020 4:18 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been accused of lying about damage caused by Hurricane Irma, federal prosecutors announced this week. An indictment was returned charging Deontre Javan Taylor, 26, of Jacksonville, with disaster assistance fraud. He faces up to 30 years in federal prison. Taylor...

Former Utah university employee sentenced for stealing $380K

Jan. 22, 2020 8:05 PM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A former Utah Valley University employee was sentenced to four months in county jail after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $380,000 from the university to pay for travel expenses and a private theater business, a judge said. Jennifer Clegg, 43, pleaded guilty to communications...

Man charged with insurance fraud after 2018 wildfire

Jan. 22, 2020 7:44 PM EST

SHASTA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man allegedly schemed to get an unearned $43,000 insurance payout after a wildfire destroyed his home and vehicles, even though he was going to receive more than $1 million for his properly insured property, officials said Wednesday. Stephen Cortopassi, 64,...

Man accused of defrauding investor of nearly $10 million

Jan. 22, 2020 6:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who cultivated the image of being a heavyweight in the Las Vegas sports gambling scene has been charged in U.S. District Court with operating a wire fraud scheme that defrauded one victim of millions of dollars, court records show. Federal prosecutors filed documents...