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Lawsuit: Community college program was human trafficking

Jan. 14, 2021 1:22 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Eleven students from Brazil and Chile have filed a federal lawsuit accusing a northwest Iowa community college, a recruitment company, a pet food manufacturer and a packaging company of human trafficking and involuntary servitude. The lawsuit filed Monday in the Northern District of...

Prosecutor: 5 accused in 58 break-ins at 49 businesses

Dec. 19, 2020 4:19 PM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor says a burglary ring hit 49 businesses a total of 58 times over four months, and five people are accused. Targets included gas stations, dollar stores and popular restaurants in Macon, and burglaries occurred from Dec. 23, 2019, into April, said Bibb County District...

Colorado court OKs rules on sealing criminal court records

Dec. 18, 2020 1:18 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday voted to approve rules for how criminal trial judges can restrict public access to court records, a direct response to Denver Post stories that exposed how thousands of cases have been kept from public view with little to no oversight for how that was...

FILE - In this July 21, 2014, file photo, Dina Manzo attends

Reputed mobster admits assaulting 'Real Housewives' hubby

Dec. 17, 2020 7:53 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A reputed mobster admitted assaulting the then-boyfriend and now husband of a former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member in exchange for a deeply discounted lavish wedding reception. John Perna, 43, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, a photo of Rev. Robert Brennan, right, is displayed during a news conference in Philadelphia. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia charged Brennan, a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew the accuser and his family. Two years ago U.S. attorney William McSwain in Philadelphia joined the long line of ambitious prosecutors investigating the Roman Catholic church's handling of priest-abuse complaints. The Justice Department had never brought a conspiracy case against the church. McSwain sent subpoenas to dioceses across Pennsylvania asking them to turn over their files and submit to grand jury testimony if asked. The dioceses pledged to comply. But as McSwain's tenure nears its end as President-elect Joe Biden takes office next month, there's no sign that any sweeping church indictment is afoot. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

DOJ probe of Catholic church abuse goes quiet 2 years later

Dec. 13, 2020 8:23 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia joined the long line of ambitious prosecutors investigating the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of priest-abuse complaints. The Justice Department had never brought a conspiracy case against the church, despite exhaustive reports...

Feds: Florida couple stole, sold teacher certification test

Dec. 11, 2020 4:23 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple is being charged with stealing questions from a state test to certify teachers and principals and selling them to people seeking jobs in education, a U.S. attorney announced Friday. Kathleen and Jeremy Jasper of Estero were indicted on dozens of charges, including...

South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling holds up a cell phone while discussing contraband cell phones outside of Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, S.C., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Stirling and other law enforcement authorities gathered to discuss a federal indictment of 40 alleged members and associates of a South Carolina gang on racketeering charges ranging from drug and firearm charges to those related to a murder, a kidnapping and two drive-by shootings. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

Kidnapping, murders part of largest RICO case in SC history

Dec. 10, 2020 5:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities have indicted 40 people in what they say is South Carolina's largest racketeering conspiracy case in history, stemming from four state inmates orchestrating hits and trafficking drugs by using contraband cellphones while behind bars. The 147 counts in the...

Ex-Los Angeles councilman pleads not guilty to corruption

Dec. 7, 2020 7:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former City Council member Jose Huizar pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges that he took bribes to help developers win favors for large building projects in the city's burgeoning downtown district. Huizar entered the plea to a new racketeering indictment that added additional...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019 file photo, Casanova attends the world premiere of Amazon Prime Video's

Rapper Casanova surrenders in federal racketeering case

Dec. 3, 2020 7:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The rapper Casanova remained in federal custody Thursday after surrendering to law enforcement in a gang-related federal racketeering case, authorities said. The New York City rapper, whose legal name is Caswell Senior, was charged in an indictment unsealed this week against 18 members of...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019, file photo, Casanova attends the world premiere of Amazon Prime Video's

18 indicted, including rapper, in gang-related activity

Dec. 1, 2020 10:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday announced the indictment of 18 people, including New York City rapper Casanova, in connection to a litany of gang-related crimes including racketeering, murder, drugs, firearms, and fraud offenses. Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss and other law enforcement...