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Paraguayan ex-politician, husband plead guilty in conspiracy

Sep. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former member of Paraguay’s Congress and her husband have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering, U.S. authorities announced. Cynthia Elizabeth Tarragó Diaz, 41, and her husband Raimundo Va, 45, agreed to accept at least $2 million in U.S. currency from...

Man convicted of scamming elderly through dating sites

Sep. 17, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man from Nigeria has been convicted in Maryland of helping to scam elderly victims out of thousands of dollars. WJLA reported Wednesday that Seun Banjo Ojedokun, 37, was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a federal court in Greenbelt. He faces up to 20 years in...

Illinois man sentenced for IRS scam that netted nearly $900K

Sep. 16, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An Illinois man who impersonated an IRS employee and stole nearly $900,000 has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. Ashokkumar Patel was sentenced Tuesday by a U.S. district judge to 40 months behind bars with a year of supervision after release, the Sprigfield...

Georgia man gets prison for Masters golf ticket scheme

Sep. 14, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man was sentenced Monday to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain tickets to the Masters golf tournament. Federal prosecutors say Stephen Michael Freeman, 42, of Athens, and three family members in Texas...

Fifth indicted in a scheme to rig state education contracts

Sep. 11, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Memphis lawyer has been indicted for conspiring with a former top official in the Mississippi Department of Education to rig contracts and steal public money, authorities said Friday. Errol Harmon, 47, is charged with conspiracy, bribery, and interstate transportation in aid of...

Neo-Nazi pleads guilty over threats to journalists

Sep. 8, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Neo-Nazi has pleaded guilty in federal court in Seattle to a charge that he conspired to threaten journalists. Johnny Roman Garza, 21, of Queen Creek, Arizona, entered the plea by video conference Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to one count of conspiracy to mail threatening...

Former ComEd official charged in federal bribery probe

Sep. 5, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former ComEd vice president has been charged with bribery conspiracy, the first criminal charge tied to a federal probe that has implicated House Speaker Michael Madigan. The one-count criminal information document charging Fidel Marquez became public late Friday, the Chicago Tribune...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo provided U.S. law enforcement, authorities escort Mexican drug lord Joaquin

El Chapo's lawyers appeal his US drug conspiracy conviction

Sep. 5, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman wants his U.S. conspiracy conviction thrown out. An appeal filed Friday argues that a judge made rulings allowing a jury to hear faulty evidence at his trial. It also cites reports that before reaching a guilty verdict,...

In this Jan. 29, 2020 photo made available by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, confiscated hammerhead shark fins are displayed at the Port of Miami. Federal authorities say they indicted 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious metals after disrupting a criminal enterprise that dealt drugs and sold illegally harvested shark fins to buyers overseas. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine in Savannah, Georgia, told a news conference Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uncovered the conspiracy while investigating the illegal practice of cutting the fins off live sharks and dumping them back into the water to die. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)

Indictment accuses 12 of illegally trading shark fins, drugs

Sep. 4, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities said Thursday that they have charged 12 people and seized nearly $8 million in cash, jewels and precious metals after disrupting a criminal enterprise that dealt drugs and sold illegally harvested shark fins to buyers overseas. U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine of...

Former education head, contractors accused of fudging bids

Sep. 3, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former top official at the Mississippi Department of Education and three contractors who worked with the agency are being accused by the federal government of stealing thousands of dollars from the state of Mississippi by manipulating the bidding process for contracts and inflating...