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Former digital marketing exec sentenced for $23M theft

Jun. 09, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former executive who embezzled more than $22 million from a Los Angeles-based digital marketing company was sentenced Wednesday to more than 6 1/2 years in federal prison. Dennis Blieden, 31, of Cincinatti also was ordered pay nearly $22.7 million...

Feds: Pennsylvania man faked Trump family personas in fraud

Jun. 08, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Pennsylvania man was charged Tuesday with creating fake online identities for ex-President Donald Trump's brother and youngest son to dupe hundreds of people nationwide into donating thousands of dollars to what prosecutors described as a phony political organization. ...

Ex-mayor sentenced to jail, restitution for thousands stolen

Jun. 08, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

SPRINGDALE, Wash. (AP) — The former mayor of Springdale in northeastern Washington was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail and to pay more than $15,000 in restitution for stealing public funds. Elizabeth Calderwood, 43, pleaded guilty last month to six counts of theft...

Ex-Olympic skater charged with defrauding virus relief fund

Jun. 08, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Olympic figure skater has been arrested on charges that he ripped off a program to help struggling small businesses harmed by the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Tuesday. Luka Klasinc, a 48-year-old Slovenian man, was arrested Monday and...

California gun bust leads to charges of $600,000 in fraud

Jun. 07, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In what a district attorney called a “dangerous combination,” prosecutors say a gun bust has led investigators to uncover $600,000 in pandemic-related fraud from California's beleaguered unemployment agency. Adrian Sykes, 24, was arrested...

Maryland man gets 6 years for $1 million in fraud schemes

Jun. 04, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man was sentenced to more than six years for a series of fraud schemes that cost victims more than $1 million. As part of his guilty plea, he agreed to pay the money back. Robert Lee Snowden, 45, of Owings Mills was sentenced on Wednesday to...

Feds: Ring of Venezuelans stole thousands in stimulus money

Jun. 02, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities say a ring of Venezuelans living in South Florida and Mexico stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in U.S. government stimulus checks from people who were struggling financially during the the COVID-19 pandemic. Jesus Felipe Linares...

Feds take down Medicare scams that preyed on virus fears

May. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced criminal charges Wednesday against more than a dozen people from Florida to California in a series of Medicare scams that exploited coronavirus fears to bill tens of millions of dollars in bogus claims. A common hook...

Hacker who sold UPMC employee information pleads guilty

May. 21, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to hacking a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employee database, stealing the personal information of more than 65,000 people and then selling the information online. Justin Johnson, 30, is being held at Butler...

Animal rescue owners charged with animal neglect

May. 19, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Portland residents have been charged with criminal animal neglect after investigators say they mistreated and neglected animals at their pet facility. Tori Head and Samantha Miller both face 157 counts of second-degree animal neglect, 13...