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Judge axes 3 of 4 lawyers in NFL concussion case

May. 24, 2019 5:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The federal judge overseeing the $1 billion NFL concussion settlement has terminated three of four lawyers serving as class counsel. The surprise order Friday afternoon comes just weeks after a hearing to air complaints about new rules that limit the doctors who can evaluate retired...

3 California parents plead guilty in college cheating scheme

May. 24, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Three California parents have pleaded guilty in the college admissions cheating scheme. Marjorie Klapper, Jane Buckingham and Robert Flaxman pleaded guilty in Boston on Friday to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Klapper was charged with paying...

Man who hyped recovery center sentenced for fraud

May. 24, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

MOUNT HOPE, W.Va. (AP) — A man who promoted a Mount Hope substance abuse treatment center that never opened has been sentenced to six months in prison for fraud. The Register-Herald reports David Stevens told local media in 2016 the planned recovery center would provide 100 men with therapy and classes. He...

Chapman University: Student had fake SATs in bribes scandal

May. 24, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A private university in California says it determined one student linked to the biggest school admissions scandal ever prosecuted by federal authorities may have submitted fraudulent SAT scores. Chapman University said Thursday it's evaluating if any action is needed against that...

Man charged with stealing $750k from ATMs

May. 24, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Florida man used fake credit cards to withdraw close to $750,000 from ATM machines in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Seekonk police say they arrested 26-year-old Dean Colin, of Miami, Thursday night after being notified that a man suspected of using fake credit cards to...

California attorney and ADA crusader charged with tax fraud

May. 24, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California attorney who has sued thousands of small businesses for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act has been indicted on charges that he filed fraudulent tax returns on income from the lawsuits. The Sacramento Bee reports that attorney Scott N. Johnson...

The Latest: Polls open in Czech Republic, centrists seek win

May. 24, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the four-day voting in the European Union to fill the 751-seat European Parliament (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Polls have opened for the European Parliament elections in the Czech Republic, with a centrist party led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis expected to win...

Judge freezes assets of Florida church in Ponzi scheme case

May. 24, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The pastor of a Florida church is refusing to turn over $1.7 million that financial regulators claim belongs to people who were caught up in a $30 million Ponzi scheme. The Palm Beach Post reports a federal judge temporarily froze the accounts of Winners Church and pastors Fred...

Tokyo-Vegas investment chief gets 50 years in huge scheme

May. 23, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former head of a Tokyo and Las Vegas investment firm was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in prison for bilking thousands of Japanese victims in what prosecutors called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme that ranks among the largest-ever fraud cases in the U.S. Defendant Edwin...

Arizona man accused of burying his dead mom in his backyard

May. 23, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man has been arrested for allegedly burying his dead mother in his backyard to continue receiving her Social Security checks and Veterans Affairs benefits. Pinal County Sheriff's officials say 66-year-old Daniel Shannon of San Tan Valley is jailed on suspicion of...