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Jury convicts ex-Microsoft worker in digital currency scheme

Feb. 25, 2020 4:46 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A jury on Tuesday convicted a former Microsoft worker of wire fraud and other charges in what prosecutors described as a scheme to steal $10 million in digital currency. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle said 25-year-old Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Kvashuk helped test...

Man accused of impersonating officers in Arizona, New Mexico

Feb. 25, 2020 1:20 PM EST

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — A man sought in New Mexico where he is charged with impersonating a peace officer is now accused of the same crime in Arizona, officials said. Aaron Wells, 30, of Crown King was arrested Friday on charges accusing him of telling people he was an undercover federal agent and of being...

Ex-West Virginia state employee sentenced in wire fraud case

Feb. 25, 2020 4:51 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia state worker has been sentenced to more than a year in prison and ordered to pay over $61,000 restitution after pleading guilty to using a state purchasing card to make personal purchases. Yvonne Dozier, 50, of Boomer, West Virginia, was sentenced in federal...

Utility fires contractor after probe involving wildfires

Feb. 24, 2020 8:29 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric has fired a contractor hired to haul debris from the site of a deadly 2018 Northern California wildfire, saying the company was over-billing the utility and paying “large sums of money and gifts” to two utility supervisors. PG&E Chief...

Latter-day Saints fraud lawsuit moved to settlement hearing

Feb. 24, 2020 2:48 PM EST

Allegations of fraud against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been referred to a settlement conference by a Utah court. McKenna Denson's fraud allegations against Provo Missionary Training Center President Joseph L. Bishop and the church were dismissed more than a year ago because the statute...

Butte counselor pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

Feb. 24, 2020 1:40 PM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A mental health counselor from Butte has pleaded guilty to defrauding Medicaid by billing the federal program for services that she did not provide. Dana Trandahl had been charged with 13 counts of Medicaid fraud and two other felonies that alleged tens of thousands of dollars in fraud....

France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, right, and his wife Penelope, left, leave the Paris courthouse, in Paris, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. He could have been president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to richly pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Former French prime minister and wife go on trial for fraud

Feb. 24, 2020 9:05 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — He was the front-runner to be president of France. Instead, former Prime Minister Francois Fillon is going on trial to face fraud charges after he used public funds to pay his wife and children for work they allegedly never performed. The trial formally began Monday in the presence of Fillon...

Illinois contractor faces federal fraud charges in Indiana

Feb. 23, 2020 4:12 PM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — An Illinois contractor faces federal charges in Indiana for allegedly defrauding a blight removal program of nearly $100,000 in phony invoices. Mahmoud “Mike” Alshuaibi was indicted by a grand jury on six felony counts of wire fraud, theft and making false statements,...

This Sept. 13, 2019, photo shows the closed office of Indiana Virtual School, in Indianapolis, with a message to creditors taped to the door stating that it no longer had assets or bank accounts. A new state audit report said Indiana Virtual School and a sister online school inflated their enrollments by thousands of students and inappropriately paid nearly $86 million to companies linked to the schools' founder or his associates. (AP Photo/Tom Davies)

Indiana Republicans say law adequate despite school fraud

Feb. 22, 2020 11:21 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican leaders are resisting steps toughening state laws on privately operated online schools, pushing aside blame in the alleged enrollment inflation by two such schools that wrongly collected $69 million in taxpayer money. The state audit of Indiana Virtual School and...

Biotech company employee gets prison in securities scheme

Feb. 21, 2020 10:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An employee of a Boston-based biotech company became the second person to be sentenced in a scheme officials say was designed to manipulate the company's stock prices and defraud investors. M. Jay Herod, 52, of Cambridge was sentenced Thursday to serve six months in prison for the scheme...