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Doctor, 66, faces 3 years in prison in fraud scheme

May. 17, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana doctor has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health insurers. The U.S. Justice Department said in a Friday news release that John Eastham Clark, 66, of Baton Rouge was sentenced to 37 months. Clark pleaded guilty...

Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA

May. 17, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration acted in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner when it sought to end an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that the...

South Carolina man sentenced in 'Sovereign Citizen' scheme

May. 17, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for defrauding people through a "sovereign citizen" scheme. The U.S. Department of Justice says 53-year-old Ronald Allen Wright was sentenced this week in the scheme that took more than $140,000 from several people between...

South Carolina tech firm, CEO indicted on fraud charges

May. 17, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina technology company and its leader are accused of fraudulently obtaining numerical internet addresses worth a total of up to $14.4 million. The Post and Courier reports Micfo LLC and its CEO, 36-year-old Amir Golestan, were indicted this week in federal court on...

Schiff plans 'enforcement action' against DOJ over Mueller

May. 16, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel will vote on "enforcement action" against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, yet another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump's administration...

Lawmakers urge special session on state prisons

May. 16, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to call a special session as the state attempts to respond to scathing Department of Justice findings regarding state prisons. Leaders of both parties held a Thursday press conference to discuss legislators' attempts to...

US, European officials bring charges in global malware case

May. 16, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten people, including five Russian fugitives, have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers worldwide and sought to steal $100 million from victims, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday. The malware enabled...

Senate confirms Trump official as Justice Department deputy

May. 16, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to confirm Jeffrey Rosen as deputy attorney general, the second-ranking official at the Justice Department. The vote was 52-45. Rosen replaces Rod Rosenstein, who left the department last week. Rosentein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and had overseen his...

Oregon to appeal federal judge order in murder case

May. 15, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Justice will appeal a federal judge's ruling that ordered the release or a new trial for Frank Gable, convicted of murder for the 1989 stabbing death of Oregon's prison chief Michael Francke. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the state filed its notice of...

2 ex-guards sentenced for covering up abuse of inmates

May. 15, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

MONROE, La. (AP) — Two former Louisiana prison guards will spend time behind bars for covering up abuse of inmates in 2016 when they worked at the Richwood Correctional Center in Louisiana. The U.S. Justice Department says in a news release Wednesday that 34-year-old Demario Shaffer of Delhi was sentenced...