Latest Embezzlement News

Gaetz friend was lightning rod for controversy in Florida

Apr. 17, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It all started with a hunch by a central Florida prep school teacher about who had launched a politically motivated smear campaign against him, falsely alleging he was racist and in a sexual relationship with a high school student. Investigators say...

Shoe company exec to plead guilty to embezzling $30M

Apr. 14, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former top executive at a Massachusetts-based shoe manufacturer has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling $30 million from the company, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Richard Hajjar, 64, the former chief financial officer of Alden Shoe Co., agreed to...

Police discover $855K embezzlement scheme in state agency

Apr. 14, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich (AP) — A former state employee was charged with embezzlement after investigators discovered that he stole more than $855,000 paid by well owners who needed permits, the Michigan attorney general's office said Wednesday. The figure likely reached $1.5...

Morris Brown College nears reaccreditation after 20 years

Apr. 13, 2021 20:29 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A historically Black college that barely skirted death during 20 years without accreditation said Tuesday that is near regaining that seal of approval. Atlanta's Morris Brown College said the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools has...

US nominates NY lawyer to monitor United Auto Workers union

Apr. 12, 2021 19:52 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit is recommending that a federal judge name New York lawyer Neil Barofsky to monitor the United Auto Workers union's behavior after a corruption scandal. Appointing an independent monitor is part of a settlement the...

Broadband nonprofit's ex-CEO charged with misusing funds

Apr. 10, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man who served as CEO of a broadband nonprofit has been indicted on federal charges that he misused government contract money and used more than $160,000 in company funds to pay for a boat and a family vacation. A grand jury on Thursday...

Former employee at nonprofit charged with stealing $4.7M

Apr. 09, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former employee of a West Virginia nonprofit organization has been accused of embezzling more than $4.7 million in federal funds, according to court documents. Ruth Marie Phillips, 68, of Chesapeake, Ohio, was charged Wednesday with stealing...

Man who embezzled $36M from L.A. firm sentenced to prison

Apr. 08, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who embezzled more than $36 million from a Los Angeles company was sentenced Thursday to 10 1/2 years in federal prison and ordered to repay the money. Paul McDaniel, 44, used most of the funds he embezzled to pay off $23 million in credit card...

El Salvador's long-dominant parties in crisis after drubbing

Apr. 07, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Saúl Meléndez, a former fighter during El Salvador’s civil war, was for years a loyal member of the leftist political party formed by his fellow ex-guerrillas after the war. But Meléndez has now won his first elected office — not...

Ex-church official who stole $1.2M sentenced on tax counts

Apr. 07, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former western Pennsylvania church administrator who is currently in state prison for stealing $1.2 million was sentenced to a federal prison term related to the embezzlement. David Reiter was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years and must also...