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Ex-CEO sentenced to 7 years for visa fraud scheme

Sep. 20, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The former CEO of two Bellevue tech firms has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for a sophisticated visa fraud scheme that cheated workers out of their wages and cheated the government out of over $1 million in taxes. KOMO reports that 50-year-old Pradyumna Kumar...

Police: 5 men spent $12K at casino using stolen identity

Sep. 20, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Five men stand accused of using 81 illegally obtained gift cards to spend nearly $12,000 at an Atlantic City casino. Atlantic City police say William Newhart, of Philadelphia, opened a credit card in another man's name without his permission. Newhart then allegedly used it to buy...

Michigan funeral home manager faces fraud-related charges.

Sep. 20, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A man who formerly managed a funeral home in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula is facing charges after authorities say he didn't properly handle prepaid funeral contracts. WPBN-TV reports 69-year-old Denis Johnson was arrested this week and is facing fraud-related charges. He...

Phoenix man gets prison for extorting nude photos from girls

Sep. 19, 2019 11:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man accused of threatening nearly a dozen young Tempe girls in order to get nude photos of them has been sentenced to 4½ years in prison. Maricopa County prosecutors say 25-year-old Jarre Edward Bjelic was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to three counts of theft by...

NJ man charged with terrorism offenses targeting landmarks

Sep. 19, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man who allegedly photographed or recorded video of landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, the White House and Boston's Fenway Park as potential terrorism targets in the early to mid-2000s has been charged with terror offenses by authorities who say he was working on behalf...

The Latest: WVa magistrate resigns over education

Sep. 19, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of a West Virginia magistrate (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A West Virginia magistrate has resigned after it was discovered that she never finished high school. A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court of Appeals shared a copy of former Ohio County...

North Carolina man charged with defrauding Connecticut firm

Sep. 19, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A North Carolina man is accused of defrauding a Connecticut company out of more than $350,000 through a charity matching gift program. Steven Strange is charged with using his company's matching gift program by submitting fraudulent records of donations to a charity he created, from...

25 Californians charged with $150M in health care fraud

Sep. 18, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five Southern California doctors and others are accused of billing Medicare and other health plans for $150 million in fraudulent charges. Federal cases were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles and Santa Ana. Authorities say the defendants billed Medicare, Medicaid, private...

Prosecutors: 58 accused of Texas health care, opioid fraud

Sep. 18, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 58 people across Texas have been charged with assorted health care fraud that's been blamed for $66 million in losses and unlawful distribution of opioids. The Justice Department on Wednesday announced that the individual cases include 20 people charged with diverting...

Group busted for alleged pay-TV fraud in Europe

Sep. 18, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A European Union law enforcement agency says it helped bust a criminal network that was allegedly responsible for fraud with pay-TV subscription services, in the first case of its kind on the continent. EU judicial coordination agency Eurojust said one person was arrested and...