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US warns about foreign efforts to sway American voters

Oct. 03, 2022 22:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are warning ahead of the November midterms that Russia is working to amplify doubts about the integrity of U.S. elections while China is interested in undermining American politicians it sees as threats to Beijing’s interests. An unclassified...

Nevada county's plans to hand-count early ballots challenged

Oct. 03, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A rural county in Nevada where conspiracy theories about voting machines run deep is planning to start hand-counting its mail-in ballots two weeks before Election Day, a process that risks public release of early voting results. Several voting and civil rights...

Former Kentucky lawmaker sentenced to prison in fraud case

Oct. 03, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky lawmaker Robert Goforth was sentenced Monday to two years and one month in federal prison for health care fraud and money laundering. Goforth, who resigned from the Kentucky House in 2021, also faces two years of supervised release, media outlets...

Fraud, scam cases increasing on Zelle, Senate report finds

Oct. 03, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Incidents of fraud and scams are occurring more often on the popular peer-to-peer payment service Zelle, according to a report issued Monday by the office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, giving the public its first glimpse into the growing problems at Zelle. The report...

Romance scammer gets 25 years in prison for money laundering

Oct. 03, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man found guilty of laundering millions of dollars accrued by online fraud, including scamming vulnerable people on dating websites, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. Elvis Eghosa Ogiekpolor was convicted earlier this year of one count of...

Georgia election probe enters new phase with search warrants

Oct. 03, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies broke the law trying to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state is seeking search warrants in the case, a sign that the wide-ranging probe has entered a new phase. The...

EXPLAINER: Favre, other sports figures in welfare fraud case

Oct. 03, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

Mississippi's largest public corruption case, in which tens of millions of dollars earmarked for needy families was misspent, involves a number of sports figures with ties to the state — including NFL royalty Brett Favre and a famous former pro wrestler. At the center, though, is...

Montana judge knocks down Republicans' tighter voting laws

Oct. 03, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge struck down as unconstitutional three laws that restricted voting in the state, saying there was no evidence of the widespread voter fraud that the 2021 Republican-sponsored laws ostensibly were targeting. The laws ended same-day voter...

Republican tepid on Trump in Nevada gubernatorial debate

Oct. 02, 2022 20:38 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's Republican gubernatorial candidate, Joe Lombardo, sought in a debate on Sunday to distance himself from former President Donald Trump over his lies about the 2020 election, but said Trump's policies were better than those under the Biden administration, which he blames...

Trump: 'King' to some in Pennsylvania, but will it help GOP?

Oct. 02, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

MONONGAHELA, Pa. (AP) — The Trump-Pence sign still hangs on the older building off Main Street in this historic town, a lasting vestige of the campaign fervor that roused voters, including many who still believe the falsehood that the former president didn’t lose in 2020 and hope he'll run in...