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Oath Keepers trial: Jan. 6 was 'rebellion,' prosecutor says

Oct. 03, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates planned an “armed rebellion” to keep President Donald Trump in power, a federal prosecutor contended Monday as the most serious case yet went to trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. ...

Homeless 'good Samaritan' gets probation in gas money scam

Oct. 03, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to conspiring with a New Jersey couple on a bogus feel-good story of helping a motorist in distress that garnered more than $400,000 in online donations has been sentenced to three years' probation. Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 39,...

Romance scammer gets 25 years in prison for money laundering

Oct. 03, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man found guilty of laundering millions of dollars accrued by online fraud, including scamming vulnerable people on dating websites, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. Elvis Eghosa Ogiekpolor was convicted earlier this year of one count of...

EXPLAINER: Favre, other sports figures in welfare fraud case

Oct. 03, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

Mississippi's largest public corruption case, in which tens of millions of dollars earmarked for needy families was misspent, involves a number of sports figures with ties to the state — including NFL royalty Brett Favre and a famous former pro wrestler. At the center, though, is...

The Oath Keepers' Capitol riot trial, explained

Oct. 03, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A trial that started this week in Washington, D.C., is the biggest test yet in the Justice Department’s efforts to hold accountable those responsible for the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a violent assault that challenged the foundations of American democracy. ...

Trump at center of Oath Keepers novel defense in Jan. 6 case

Oct. 01, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The defense team in the Capitol riot trial of the Oath Keepers leader is relying on an unusual strategy with Donald Trump at the center. Lawyers for Stewart Rhodes, founder of the extremist group, are poised to argue that jurors cannot find him guilty of seditious...

Capitol riot jury picked for 1st seditious conspiracy trial

Sep. 29, 2022 18:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A jury was selected Thursday in the seditious conspiracy case against the founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates in the highest profile prosecution stemming from the Capitol riot to reach a trial. A panel of 12 jurors and four alternates...

Missouri health executives plead guilty in widespread fraud

Sep. 29, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two former executives of a Missouri health nonprofit have pleaded guilty to their roles in a corruption scheme that ensnared several Arkansas elected officials and lobbyists, federal prosecutors said. Bontiea Bernedette Goss, 63, and her husband, Tommy Ray...

EXPLAINER: Rare sedition charge at center of Jan. 6 trial

Sep. 28, 2022 11:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The founder of the Oath Keepers and four associates are on trial in the Capitol attack on charges that include seditious conspiracy — a rarely used Civil War-era accusation that strikes to the heart of what prosecutors say happened that day. Stewart Rhodes and...

Jan. 6 sedition trial underway for Oath Keepers leader

Sep. 27, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of the founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group and four associates charged with seditious conspiracy, one of the most serious cases to emerge from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Amid complaints by...