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Burke Mountain attorney appeals determined value of resort

Aug. 9, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

BURKE, Vt. (AP) — An attorney for the Burke Mountain ski resort is appealing a decision to uphold the market value of the resort at $18.7 million. William Roger Prescott, an attorney with Downs Rachlin Martin, wrote to town officials recently contesting the ruling by the the town assessor, the Caledonian...

Colorado man sentenced threatening to kill official, lawyer

Aug. 8, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for threatening to kill a New Mexico state official and an attorney with a law firm in connection with a fraud case. Federal prosecutors said Andrew Graham , 40, of Snowmass, Colorado, had pleaded guilty to sending...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misleads on mail ballots, virus vaccine

Aug. 8, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of relentless attacks by President Donald Trump and his allies on mail-in voting for the November election, and truth took a beating at every turn. Fearing a pandemic-induced surge in such voting will work against him, Trump persisted in arguing that fraud is rampant for...

Man pleads guilty to altering checks, trying to cash them

Aug. 8, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty in federal court to trying to cash stolen checks after picking a community mailroom lock, rummaging through packages, and leaving with some mail. Prosecutors said a video surveillance camera showed a man picking the lock in January and taking...

FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, Ariel Quiros, left, former owner of Jay Peak Resort, stands outside the federal courthouse in Burlington, Vt., after his arraignment on fraud charges over a failed plan to build a biotechnology plant using foreign investors' money. The Miami businessman, accused of being the mastermind behind a massive fraud case involving foreign investors' money in Vermont developments, is expected to plead guilty in next week in a plea deal in which prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than eight years in prison. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)

Miami business to plead guilty in Vermont fraud case

Aug. 7, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Miami businessman accused of being the mastermind behind a massive fraud case involving foreign investors' money in Vermont developments is expected to plead guilty next week in a plea deal in which prosecutors are seeking a sentence of more than eight years in prison. Ariel...

Arizona wins $22.5 million judgment against NJ vaping firm

Aug. 7, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general has obtained a $22.5 million judgment against a New Jersey-based vaping company along with a court order permanently barring the company from selling its products in the state. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the judgment against Eonsmoke on Friday. The...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 7, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT Five to 10 days before power is restored in Connecticut after Isaias? Not acceptable. Not during coronavirus. Hartford Courant Aug. 5 Tropical Storm Isaias was an extraordinary storm, hitting harder and doing...

Guam fraudulent unemployment cases double with ID theft

Aug. 7, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The amount of fraudulent unemployment claims in Guam has more than doubled over the last few weeks, the Pacific Daily Times reported Thursday. The fraud has caused delays in the issuance of legitimate unemployment claims. Some people have had to wait more than a week after they were...

Officials: 5 business owners charged in federal loan scheme

Aug. 7, 2020 3:38 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Five small business owners are accused of fraudulently obtaining about $4 million in federal funds created to help businesses amid the pandemic, and using them for personal expenses. The scheme began when four of the business owners submitted or helped submit loan applications that sought...

Humira maker to settle California lawsuit for $24 million

Aug. 6, 2020 9:56 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The maker of the drug Humira will pay $24 million to settle a California lawsuit that alleged it violated an insurance fraud law, the state Department of Insurance announced Thursday. AbbVie Inc. agreed to change the way it markets Humira but continues to deny wrongdoing, according...