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Heiress pleads guilty in NXIVM sex slave case

Apr. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harbored someone who was...

The Latest: Crown of Thorns presented at Paris service

Apr. 19, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:35 p.m. The Crown of Thorns relic saved from the fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral has been presented to worshippers at special Good Friday ceremony. Many believe the crown was placed on the head of Jesus...

Congo court annuls sentence for exiled opposition leader

Apr. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A lawyer for Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi says a court has annulled his three-year prison sentence, enabling him to return from exile in Belgium. The Court of Cassation, or supreme court of appeals, made the judgment Friday, saying that Katumbi can enter Congo a free man....

'Real Housewives' husband Giudice loses immigration appeal

Apr. 18, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — "Real Housewives of New Jersey" husband Joe Giudice (JOO'-dys) has lost his appeal to avoid deportation to Italy. His attorneys said Thursday they are "extremely disappointed" by the Board of Immigration's decision and have appealed to the federal circuit court in Philadelphia. Giudice...

Japanese father, son appear in Las Vegas in $1.5B fraud case

Apr. 18, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two former investment executives from Japan pleaded not guilty in Las Vegas on Thursday to criminal fraud charges in what prosecutors have called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme. Junzo Suzuki, 70, and his son, Paul Suzuki, 40, arrived in custody in the U.S. on Wednesday, and...

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...

Federal grand jury investigating N Carolina ballot fraud

Apr. 17, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal grand jury meeting in North Carolina is weighing whether to recommend criminal charges in the tainted congressional race. The grand jury is meeting Tuesday through Thursday in Raleigh to review election irregularities in the 9th Congressional District. State elections board...

Czech police advise indictment of prime minister for fraud

Apr. 17, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech police are recommending the indictment of Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies. Prague's prosecution office said Wednesday it has received the results of the police investigation into Babis' possible involvement in the $2 million fraud....

Affidavit details fraud case of man linked to Russian agent

Apr. 16, 2019 7:31 AM EDT

A South Dakota man linked to an admitted Russian covert agent is accused of obtaining at least $2.3 million from 78 people for bogus investments dating to at least 1997, according to documents unsealed Monday. Businessman and conservative political operative Paul Erickson, of Sioux Falls, has pleaded not guilty...

Some overseas Indonesians may vote again after fraud claim

Apr. 16, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Election Supervision Agency said Tuesday about 320,000 overseas voters in neighboring Malaysia's biggest city should vote again in presidential and legislative elections after finding evidence that postal ballots had been tampered with. Election officials rushed to...