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Wyoming jail returns funds after receiving counterfeit bills

Feb. 18, 2020 7:07 PM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming jail unwittingly helped an inmate earn a profit from counterfeit money when it returned unused funds from a commissary account where he's accused of depositing fake bills, authorities said. The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office returned $261.69 to Edwardo Vlahos when...

Indiana woman allegedly embezzled $327K from her employer

Feb. 13, 2020 1:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana woman who seemed upset when her employer offered her a promotion is now accused of embezzling more than $327,000 from the business following an audit by suspicious company officials. Denise Eileen King, 55, faces one count of felony theft for her alleged...

Concerns raised amid 3 overdose deaths in Washington state

Feb. 12, 2020 4:58 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three people have died in Washington state from separate fentanyl-related overdoses on the same day, health officials said. Kraz Lee Adrian, 26, was one of three people who was found dead Thursday, KOMO-TV reports. Kraz thought was he taking a Percocet pill he bought on the street for his...

Prosecutors: School system given phony asbestos test results

Feb. 12, 2020 7:36 AM EST

A businessman who was in charge of monitoring asbestos in a Louisiana school system submitted false air monitoring and lab testing reports for years, federal prosecutors said. In a federal indictment released this month, Marc A. Victoriano is accused of defrauding the Terrebonne Parish School Board of more than...

Wichita police investigate four overdoses last weekend

Feb. 11, 2020 12:06 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are investigating whether four overdose cases from last weekend involved Oxycodone pills that might have been embedded with fentanyl. A 19-year-old man died and a 16-year-old boy fell unconscious after taking the pills, police said. The teenager was revived and taken to...

Randy Jacobson, left and Diane Jacobson speak to other Trump supporters beforef a campaign rally for President Donald Trump Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

'QAnon' conspiracy theory creeps into mainstream politics

Feb. 9, 2020 8:25 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was more than halfway through his speech at a rally in Milwaukee when one of his hand gestures caught the eye of a supporter standing in the packed arena. The 51-year-old woman believed the president had traced the shape of the letter “Q” with his...

FIlE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo a U.S. Secret Service special agent stands as Marine One, with President Donald Trump aboard, lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The White House is throwing its support behind a plan to relocate the U.S. Secret Service in order to better focus on the growing threat of online financial crimes. Shifting the agency from within the Department of Homeland Security to the Treasury Department would require action from Congress. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Secret Service may leave Homeland Security, rejoin Treasury

Feb. 7, 2020 2:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is throwing its support behind a plan to transfer the U.S. Secret Service back to the Treasury Department to better focus on the growing threat of online financial crimes. Shifting the agency from within the Department of Homeland Security to the Treasury would require...

Kansas insurance agent sentenced to probation for fraud

Feb. 6, 2020 12:20 PM EST

SMITH CENTER, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas insurance agent has been sentenced to three years of probation and fined $3,000 for fraud that included filing false claims against the insurance policies of her customers and keeping the payments for herself. Trisha Wiehl, 42, of Smith Center, was sentenced Wednesday...

Providence man pleads guilty to role in bank fraud scheme

Feb. 4, 2020 2:55 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to defraud banks of more than $100,000 by depositing phony checks and then quickly withdrawing the funds before the banks discovered the checks were fraudulent, federal prosecutors say. Edmilson Rodrigues, 21, of...

Former county assessor charged after alleged misuse of funds

Jan. 31, 2020 5:14 PM EST

CALIFORNIA, Mo. (AP) — Former Moniteau County Assessor Amanda Trimble has been charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor after an investigation found she misused county funds, prosecutors said Friday. Trimble was charged Thursday with forgery, stealing $750 or more and filing false documents, all...