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Louisiana man pleads guilty in airline baggage scam

Nov. 27, 2021 14:58 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man has pleaded guilty in an airline baggage scam that resulted in more than $300,000 in fraudulent claims, federal prosecutors said. Pernell Anthony Jones, Jr., 31, of Kenner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail...

Man gets more than 2 years for pit bull-selling scheme

Nov. 25, 2021 12:56 PM EST

MOUNT RAINIER, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after selling pit bull puppies online but failing to deliver the animals to buyers. The Washington Post reported Thursday that Fonjeck Eric Azoh, 42, of Mount Rainier, received...

Eastern Shore seafood company fined for visa fraud

Nov. 25, 2021 10:19 AM EST

SECRETARY, Md. (AP) — A company that processes seafood and produces ice on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been fined $240,000 for visa fraud related to the employment of temporary workers. The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the owner of Capt. Phip’s Seafood Inc.,...

Nigerian man sentenced in fraud scheme that targeted women

Nov. 24, 2021 13:54 PM EST

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has sentenced a Nigerian man to more than seven years in prison for conspiring to launder approximately $1.89 million in mail and wire fraud proceeds in a scheme that targeted women. Jabin Okpako, 36, and his...

Federal judge tells lawyers to pay in US election fraud case

Nov. 24, 2021 13:27 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has ordered two lawyers who filed a class action lawsuit alleging the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump to pay more than $180,000 in attorney’s fees for defendants Dominion Voting Systems, Facebook and others, saying the lawsuit was...

Elizabeth Holmes denies deception at her criminal trial

Nov. 24, 2021 00:11 AM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, a former billionaire accused of engineering a massive medical scam, expressed some remorse while on the witness stand Tuesday, but denied trying to conceal that her company's blood-testing methods weren't working as she...

Elizabeth Holmes denies deception at her criminal trial

Nov. 23, 2021 23:38 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes, a former billionaire accused of engineering a massive medical scam, expressed some remorse while on the witness stand Tuesday, but denied trying to conceal that her company's blood-testing methods weren't working as she...

Juul to pay $14.5 million to settle Arizona vaping lawsuit

Nov. 23, 2021 21:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — E-cigarette giant Juul Labs will pay Arizona $14.5 million and vowed not to market to young people in the state to settle a consumer fraud lawsuit. The settlement announced by Attorney General Mark Brnovich Tuesday is the second Juul has reached with...

Montana man pleads guilty to pandemic relief loan fraud

Nov. 23, 2021 19:30 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The owner of an eastern Montana restaurant pleaded guilty Tuesday to spending $75,000 from a federal COVID-19 relief loan to buy vintage automobiles rather than using it as working capital for his business, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday. ...

8 Philadelphia police employees accused of pandemic fraud

Nov. 23, 2021 14:10 PM EST

Eight civilian Philadelphia Police Department employees were indicted on charges of collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance they were not entitled to because they remained employed. Seven of the employees are dispatchers and one is a clerk. A...