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Sheldon Silver, NY power broker sent to prison, dead at 77

Jan. 24, 2022 20:43 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his conviction on corruption charges, has died in federal custody. He was 77. Silver died Monday, the federal Bureau of Prisons said,...

2nd Colorado clerk accused of election security breach

Jan. 24, 2022 16:28 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic Secretary of State on Monday ordered a Republican county clerk who has echoed former President Donald Trump's demands for “audits” of elections to return a copy he says he made of his county's election system, a potential breach of security. ...

Spanish monarch's sister and husband break up after 25 years

Jan. 24, 2022 08:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The sister of Spain's King Felipe VI, Cristina de Borbón, and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, are announcing the end of their marriage after nearly 25 years together, Spain's state news agency EFE reported Monday, citing a statement from the couple. The announcement...

Once allies, Stormy Daniels and Avenatti face off at trial

Jan. 23, 2022 13:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stormy Daniels, the porn star who catapulted herself and Michael Avenatti to fame with lawsuits against former President Donald Trump, will have a starring role in court beginning Monday when prosecutors try to prove that the California lawyer cheated her of $300,000 in book...

Appeals court upholds conviction, sentence of ex-officer

Jan. 23, 2022 11:21 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction and nine-year prison sentence of a former Newark police officer in alleged kickbacks to the former head of the city’s scandal-ridden water corporation. Janell Robinson, 46, was sentenced a year ago on mail...

Application period opens for New Hampshire fraud victims

Jan. 23, 2022 10:53 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Victims of what authorities have called the largest financial crime in New Hampshire history can now apply for compensation from a $10 million fund. Lawmakers created the fund as part of the state budget approved in June. It seeks to compensate victims of...

County official pleads guilty to misdemeanor election fraud

Jan. 21, 2022 21:22 PM EST

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — An East Texas county commissioner and his wife have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor election fraud after reaching a plea deal that allows him to remain in office. Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown and his wife Marlene Jackson entered their pleas Thursday...

8 years in prison for Nevada woman in elder fraud conspiracy

Jan. 21, 2022 18:18 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 38-year-old Las Vegas woman has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison after she was convicted in New York in an elder fraud conspiracy targeting about 7,500 victims and generating about $10 million in proceeds. Federal prosecutors say Romana...

Woman sent to prison, must repay $7.5 million in fraud case

Jan. 21, 2022 16:08 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southeast Missouri woman has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $7.5 million in restitution in a Medicaid and Medicare fraud case. A federal judge in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday sentenced 42-year-old Brandy McKay. The Cape Girardeau woman...

US man accused of faking death to avoid charges jailed in UK

Jan. 21, 2022 15:22 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An American man who authorities say faked his own death to evade prosecution for rape and financial fraud before fleeing to Scotland was jailed Friday after he failed to show up for an extradition hearing. Nicholas Alahverdian, who has used a number of aliases...