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Arizona lawsuit names former opioid manufacturer executives

Jul. 18, 2019 12:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top attorney is accusing former opioid manufacturer executives of trying to sell a prescription drug through unethical means. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that his office filed a consumer fraud lawsuit Wednesday against Chandler-based Insys Therapeutics Inc. The state...

Prosecutors say father intentionally drove boys off pier

Jul. 17, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was charged Wednesday with capital murder after prosecutors say he drove his family off a Los Angeles pier, killing his two severely autistic sons. Ali Elmezayen (EL-mah-ZION) faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder and there's a special circumstance allegation...

School board member pleads guilty to defrauding employer

Jul. 17, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut school board member who prosecutors say was part of a scheme to defraud the Illinois-based company he worked for has pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud. East Haven Board of Education member John T. Finkle III said after court Tuesday he didn't know yet what he would...

Former tech company employee sentenced for embezzling $1.9M

Jul. 17, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former Missouri technology company employee has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for embezzling $1.9 million. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 45-year-old Leaman George Crews III also was ordered Tuesday to repay the money. Prosecutors say Crews used a company...

2 arrested in multi-year probe of Muncie public corruption

Jul. 16, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A Muncie city official and a local contractor have been indicted on federal charges that are the latest to come out of a probe of public corruption in the central Indiana city. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Debra Nicole Grigsby of Muncie and 60-year-old Tony Franklin of Yorktown...

Feds: Microsoft worker stole millions in digital currency

Jul. 16, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A former Microsoft worker has been charged in what investigators describe as a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency. The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle says 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Kvashuk helped test Microsoft's online retail sales platform. He's accused of...

Prosecutor: Israeli woman oversaw $145M investor fraud plot

Jul. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Recorded telephone calls, company emails and videotaped evidence will show that an Israeli woman oversaw a "massive" scheme to defraud tens of thousands of investors across the globe out of tens of millions of dollars, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. "She trained (employees)...

Lawyer sentenced to 5 years for scamming Barkley, others

Jul. 16, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer convicted of swindling NBA star Charles Barkley and using the name of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bolster an investment scam was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre also ordered Donald Watkins to pay about $14...

Steamy text message sparks marriage fraud investigation

Jul. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island. The Boston Globe reports Prince Mark Boley, a Liberian man living in Providence, married Amanda Hames-Whitman in 2016. According to court documents, the two visited a...

Ex-county commissioner indicted on fraud charge

Jul. 16, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A horse owner and former county official in North Carolina is accused by prosecutors of funneling public money meant to boost the local economy into remote businesses that staged or promoted equestrian shows. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release on Tuesday that an...