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This Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, Hinds County Detention Center booking photograph shows former Mississippi Department of Human Services Director John Davis in Raymond, Miss. Davis and five other people were indicted and arrested for allegedly embezzling millions in federal money meant for the poor through an investigation by the Mississippi State Auditor's office. (Hinds County Detention Center via AP)

5 plead not guilty in welfare fraud case in Mississippi

Feb. 21, 2020 1:15 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Trial dates have been set for the former head of Mississippi's welfare agency and some of the other people charged with misusing money that was intended to help needy people in the nation's poorest state. Court records show former Department of Human Services director John Davis...

Arizona gets court order blocking vaping firm's products

Feb. 20, 2020 11:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general has obtained an injunction against a New Jersey-based vaping company he recently sued that bars the company from marketing or selling any of its products in the state. The injunction against Eonsmoke was announced by Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday....

Bolivia's former President Evo Morales attends a meeting with members of his political party, the Movement Towards Socialism Party (MAS), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Bolivia will hold elections on May 3. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Bolivia bars ex-President Morales from running for Senate

Feb. 20, 2020 9:52 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal on Thursday rejected the candidacy of former President Evo Morales for a Senate seat in May's elections because he does not reside in the South American country, a decision the ousted leader called a “blow to democracy.” Morales, who...

Lawsuit: 52 people faked Uber accidents for insurance money

Feb. 20, 2020 9:36 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some South Carolina residents deliberately caused hit-and-run accidents while in Uber rides as part of an insurance scam, a car insurance company says in a lawsuit. The lawsuit from James River Insurance says 52 people were involved in an insurance scheme that cost the company more...

Time Warner Cable to pay $18.8M in California internet case

Feb. 20, 2020 9:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Time Warner Cable will pay $18.8 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed it misled more than 170,000 California customers who paid for high-speed internet service that they didn't receive, prosecutors said Thursday. Eligible customers will receive about $16.9 million in refunds in...

Former Louisiana council member found dead amid fraud case

Feb. 20, 2020 4:33 PM EST

BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — The body of a former Louisiana elected official who had been indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion has been found in an isolated, wooded area, authorities said Thursday. Chris Roberts, 42, was found dead of an apparent suicide late Wednesday night in Plaquemines Parish, the...

Ex-UConn employee gets prison time for health care fraud

Feb. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former UConn Stamford employee accused in a scheme to defraud Connecticut's state employee medical benefits plan and other government health care programs was sentenced to federal prison. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer sentenced Kwasi Gyambibi, 41, to one year of prison and...

Louisiana tax preparer arrested on fraud charges

Feb. 20, 2020 12:25 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana tax preparer has been arrested on multiple felony charges for an alleged scheme involving millions in fraudulent charitable donations and improper business expense deductions. The Louisiana Department of Revenue, in a news release Thursday, said Brischea Bowman Johnson,...

Man pleads guilty to petition fraud involving LA's Skid Row

Feb. 20, 2020 9:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty for participating in a scheme to offer money and cigarettes to homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms. Norman Hall, 62, entered his plea...

Car salesman gets 6+ years for stealing $3M from clients

Feb. 20, 2020 4:08 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former salesman at a Florida Porsche dealership has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for scamming more than 30 customers out of about $3 million by creating fake sales orders for rare cars. U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith sentenced Shiraaz Sookralli, 45, in Fort...