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Election body targets Bolsonaro after he fails to show fraud

Aug. 03, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — After years of attacking Brazil's voting system as susceptible to fraud, President Jair Bolsonaro ignored a Monday deadline from the nation's electoral court to present proof of his claims. And the election authority, in turn, adopted its strongest measures yet aimed...

California man gets prison for $7.6M mortgage fraud scheme

Aug. 02, 2021 20:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A West Hollywood man who defrauded more than 2,000 homeowners and caused $7.6 million in losses was sentenced Monday to more than 12 1/2 years in federal prison, authorities said. Patrick Soria, 35, was “a skillful conman who created a very...

Man, 82, pleads guilty in scheme to swindle political donors

Aug. 02, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) — An 82-year-old Southern California man has pleaded guilty in a New York federal court to defrauding thousands of donors out of more than $250,000 given to phony political action committees purported to be associated with Democratic Party candidates, prosecutors said. ...

Indiana businessman gets 5 years for Ponzi-style scheme

Jul. 31, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A central Indiana businessman has been sentenced to a 5-year prison term after pleading guilty in a Ponzi-style scheme that cost dozens of investors nearly $1.5 million. George S. Blankenbaker Jr., 56, was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in...

Ex-BPD auto repair worker will plead guilty to fraud scheme

Jul. 31, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston Police Department auto repair technician has agreed to plead guilty to a scheme to embezzle more than $260,000 from the department in auto parts and supplies, federal prosecutors said. Bahram Gharony bought parts and supplies, claiming...

US sues Kaiser Permanente over alleged Medicare fraud

Jul. 30, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government has sued Kaiser Permanente, alleging the health care giant committed Medicare fraud and pressured doctors to list incorrect diagnoses on medical records in order to receive higher reimbursements, officials said Friday. The...

AME Zion Church removes bishop after alleged misconduct

Jul. 30, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church has removed a prominent bishop from office after his peers accused him of fraudulently having church property deeds transferred to a shell corporation that then secured millions of dollars in loans against those properties. ...

Receivership closes; $722M recovered for Petters' victims

Jul. 30, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The job of recovering money for the victims of Minnesota businessman Tom Petters' Ponzi scheme has come to an end, as a federal judge has closed the receivership, which recovered $722 million. Petters, of Wayzata, is serving a 50-year prison sentence...

Cleveland council member convicted of theft, tax charges

Jul. 30, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Akron on Friday convicted a longtime Cleveland City Council member on numerous federal charges that included stealing $127,000 in expenses from the city over nearly a nine-year period. The jury deliberated around four hours before returning...

Nurses sentenced for defrauding millions from Medicare

Jul. 30, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two nurse practitioners working in Montana have been sentenced after pleading guilty to trying to defraud Medicare of millions of dollars. Janae Nichole Harper, 34, of Kalispell, was sentenced Friday to 12 months in prison while Mark Allen Hill, 54,...