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Ex-USC coach, parent to plead guilty in college bribery scam

Apr. 23, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former University of Southern California soccer coach and a California insurance executive became the latest people to agree to plead guilty in a college admissions cheating scandal that has netted prominent parents and Hollywood stars, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Laura Janke, who was...

Family charged with scheme to get Masters tickets for resale

Apr. 22, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Four members of a Texas family have been charged with federal crimes in what prosecutors say was a scheme that used stolen identities to get tickets to the Masters golf tournament, then resell those tickets at a healthy profit. Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta don't say...

Nothing wrong with help from Russians, Trump lawyer says

Apr. 22, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted there was "nothing wrong" with the president's 2016 campaign taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in special...

Giuliani: Nothing wrong with Trump camp taking Russian help

Apr. 21, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted Sunday there was "nothing wrong" with the president's 2016 campaign taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in...

Wealthy heiress pleads guilty to charges in sex-trafficking conspiracy case against self-help group NXIVM

Apr. 19, 2019 5:14 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Wealthy heiress pleads guilty to charges in sex-trafficking conspiracy case against self-help group NXIVM.

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

Apr. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation. Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of...

Bodyguard for 'El Chapo' son pleads guilty to conspiracy

Apr. 17, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A purported bodyguard of one of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's sons has pleaded guilty in Chicago to taking part in a drug conspiracy. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 35-year-old Jesus Raul Beltran-Leon admitted Wednesday to his role in the 2013 sale of 46 kilograms of cocaine...

Loughlin, Giannulli plead not guilty in college bribery scam

Apr. 15, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California. The couple is among 50 prominent parents, athletic coaches and...

Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam

Apr. 12, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Florida prep school administrator pleaded guilty Friday to taking college entrance exams for students in exchange for cash to help wealthy parents get their kids into elite universities. Mark Riddell admitted to secretly taking the ACT and SAT in place of students, or correcting...

Homeless 'good Samaritan' gets probation in gas money scam

Apr. 12, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A homeless man was sentenced to five years' probation Friday after admitting last month that he conspired with a couple to scam the public out of $400,000 in donations by concocting a feel-good story about him helping a motorist in distress. Johnny Bobbitt had pleaded guilty in...