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Ex-utility employee gets prison for California fraud scheme

Jan. 25, 2021 8:39 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former Pacific Gas & Electric employee was sentenced Monday to nearly two years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme to secure PG&E contracts for his cousin's business, federal prosecutors said. Ronald S. Schoenfeld, 65, was also ordered to pay nearly $1.5...

Alaska man admits setting fire at Seattle police precinct

Jan. 25, 2021 7:17 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A 20-year-old Alaska man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal arson conspiracy charge, acknowledging he set a fire outside a Seattle police precinct during summer protests while others tried to bar a door to keep officers from leaving. Surveillance video showed Desmond David-Pitts piling trash...

2 more plead guilty in fire at Minneapolis police station

Jan. 23, 2021 4:39 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two more men have pleaded guilty to federal arson charges for their roles in a fire that damaged a Minneapolis police station during civil unrest in the days following the death of George Floyd, prosecutors announced. Davon De-Andre Turner, 25, and Branden Michael Wolfe, 23, both of St....

This photo provided by Polk County (Iowa) Jail shows Douglas Jensen.  Authorities have arrested Jensen from Des Moines, Iowa, who allegedly took part in the riot at the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, that officers assisted the FBI in arresting Jensen on Friday night at his home. (Polk County (Iowa) Jail via AP)

Iowa conspiracy theorist stays in custody, ordered to DC

Jan. 22, 2021 9:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A right-wing conspiracy theorist from Iowa seen prominently in videos taunting a U.S. Capitol police officer and pursuing him upstairs inside the building during the Jan. 6 riot must remain in custody and will be taken soon to Washington to face charges, a federal judge said Friday....

Magistrate denies bond for Ohio man in Capitol breach case

Jan. 22, 2021 1:58 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A federal magistrate refused Friday to set bond for an Ohio man charged with helping plot the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Dayton judge said didn’t see a way to ensure public safety if she allowed Donovan Crowl, 50, out of jail. Magistrate Sharon Ovington cited the...

Northwest Indiana man faces possible Washington trial

Jan. 22, 2021 12:58 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A Northwest Indiana man charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol could face trial in Washington on misdemeanor counts. Kash Lee Kelly, 32, of Hammond, appeared Thursday before a federal magistrate to face charges of illegal entry into a restricted federal...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, a person wears a vest supporting QAnon at a protest rally in Olympia, Wash., against Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington state stay-at-home orders made in efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. President Joe Biden's inauguration has sown a mixture of anger, confusion and disappointment among believers in the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Inauguration sows doubt among QAnon conspiracy theorists

Jan. 20, 2021 7:31 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — For years, legions of QAnon conspiracy theory adherents encouraged one another to “trust the plan" as they waited for the day when President Donald Trump would orchestrate mass arrests, military tribunals and executions of his Satan-worshipping, child-sacrificing enemies....

Texan pleads guilty to helping dad evade arrest in killings

Jan. 19, 2021 6:38 PM EST

IRVING, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has pleaded guilty to helping his father evade arrest for over 12 years in the fatal shootings of the man's two teen sisters. Islam Yaser-Abdel Said, 32, of Irving, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest, concealing a person from arrest and...

3 militia members charged with plotting Capitol breach

Jan. 19, 2021 6:22 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Federal authorities presented new details on Tuesday about three self-described members of a paramilitary group who are the first to be charged with plotting the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The FBI said a Virginia man, Thomas Edward Caldwell, appeared to be a leader of the effort....

Health fraud case: Mississippi pharmacy owner gets 18 years

Jan. 16, 2021 5:04 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi owner of pharmacies and pharmacy distributors has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and ordered to repay the government nearly $287.7 million for his part in what prosecutors described as a $510 million health care fraud involving high-priced pain cream. Wade...