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Man sentenced for fraud scheme that victimized NFL player

Sep. 18, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for defrauding an NFL player out of $250,000. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Abayomi Jamil Martin of O'Fallon must also repay the money to Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, along with $11,000 to credit card companies....

Takayoshi Yamaguchi, the 78-year-old former chairman of now defunct Japan Life, is arrested and led by police  in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Japanese police arrested Yamaguchi, who was invited to one of annual cherry blossom viewing parties hosted by the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a massive fraud involving thousands of elderly customers.(Kyodo News via AP)

Japan police arrest fraud suspect linked to ex-PM's event

Sep. 18, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police on Friday arrested a man on fraud charges linked to annual cherry blossom viewing parties that were hosted by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but the new government ruled out an investigation into how the party and its budget were used. Abe's annual cherry party came into...

Fraud arrests made over California’s unemployment benefits

Sep. 17, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Investigators unraveling an identity fraud scheme targeting California’s unemployment system have arrested 44 people in Beverly Hills this month alone, officials said Thursday. More arrests are expected as the California Employment Development Department and federal...

Federal judge upholds Oklahoma election law as 'reasonable'

Sep. 17, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Oklahoma Democratic Party's lawsuit challenging the state’s absentee voting rules. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge John Dowell wrote that the state’s absentee voting rules are “reasonable, nondiscriminatory and...

FILE- In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, Lev Parnas arrives to court in New York. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, federal prosecutors brought new wire fraud charges against the associate of Rudy Giuliani, who was involved in attempts to get Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden's son. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Giuliani associates face new federal fraud charges

Sep. 17, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors brought new wire fraud charges Thursday against an associate of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was involved in attempts to get Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Lev Parnas and his business partner,...

Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally for his father, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Saco, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Lawyers: Trump son won't testify in NY probe before election

Sep. 17, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son Eric is willing to comply with a subpoena to testify in a New York investigation into the family’s business practice, but only after the Nov. 3 election, the Trumps’ lawyers said in a court filing Thursday. The lawyers argued Eric...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's big distortions on mail-in voting

Sep. 17, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Thursday continued his monthslong campaign against mail-in voting this November by tweeting critically about the practice, building on complaints he has made all week. The president has recently been trying to distinguish between states that automatically send mail ballots to all...

European Union Council President Charles Michel, left, is greeted by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the entrance of the Presidential Palace following their meeting in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Michel is visiting Cyprus after travelling to Greece amid a diplomatic drive to de-escalate a weeks-long standoff at sea over Turkey's hydrocarbons search in waters were Greece and Cyprus claim exclusive economic rights. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus: EU sanctions an option to halt Turkey's gas search

Sep. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union shouldn’t discard imposing tougher sanctions to get Turkey to give up an “unlawful” hydrocarbons search in the eastern Mediterranean that has ratcheted up tensions, the president of Cyprus said Wednesday. President Nicos Anastasiades said the...

Agency to review spending by utility tied to bribery probe

Sep. 16, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A regulatory agency that oversees utility rates in Ohio has asked an electric company tied to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme to show it did not use customers' money to support passage of legislation to subsidize two struggling nuclear power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of...

Illinois man sentenced for IRS scam that netted nearly $900K

Sep. 16, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An Illinois man who impersonated an IRS employee and stole nearly $900,000 has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. Ashokkumar Patel was sentenced Tuesday by a U.S. district judge to 40 months behind bars with a year of supervision after release, the Sprigfield...