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Infamous counterfeiter sentenced to federal prison

Aug. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man who proclaims himself the "world's greatest counterfeiter" is heading to federal prison. The Providence Journal reports that 77-year-old Pawtucket resident Louis Colavecchio was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on Wednesday for producing counterfeit $100...

Lawyer for Israeli diamond magnate denies corruption claims

Aug. 14, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A lawyer for an Israeli diamond magnate facing charges in Switzerland of corruption and forging documents said Wednesday his client didn't send "a single dollar" to "anybody" in Guinea linked to the West African country's late former President Lansana Conte, rejecting allegations by a Geneva...

Trial opens for Utah man accused in major opioid ring

Aug. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stacks of potentially deadly fentanyl-laced pills sealed inside plastic tubs were displayed Monday on a table in a Salt Lake City courtroom, a haul that prosecutors say amounted to a tiny portion of the opioids shipped all over the U.S. as part of a multi-million dollar operation...

Springfield man pleads guilty to fraud scheme

Aug. 8, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A 39-year-old Springfield man has admitted to participating in a fraud scheme involving stolen and counterfeit checks. Robert Simon Rees pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud and possessing stolen mail. Prosecutors say the fraud scheme caused about $19,700 in financial harm to 10...

Police wait downstream for suspect trying to swim to freedom

Jul. 23, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

LAKE LURE, N.C. (AP) — A wanted Tiki bar cook tried to flee authorities by swimming away in a North Carolina river, but was caught by officers waiting downstream. A Lake Lure Police statement says 38-year-old Jesse Lee Boyd was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service on warrants accusing him of forgery or...

UN finds organized crime expanding in Southeast Asia

Jul. 18, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Organized crime syndicates in Southeast Asia are flourishing in the illegal trafficking of drugs, wildlife, counterfeit goods and people, a U.N. report said Thursday. The 179-page report from the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime said that corruption and freer movement of people and...

Mississippi spectators run off with movie's fake $100 bills

Jul. 2, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police chief is warning people in the town of Natchez not to spend money that actors are tossing around: The $100 bills are fake. A movie called "Breaking News in Yuba County" is being shot in and around Natchez, and is due for release next year. Natchez Chief Walter...

Greek police arrest 2 for forging IDs for sale to migrants

Jun. 29, 2019 6:18 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say a Syrian man and an Egyptian woman have been arrested after being found with a stash of stolen passports and IDs, which they were allegedly in the process of forging and selling to migrants for 5,000 euros ($5,685) each. The arrests were made Friday in Athens. As well...

Man accused of forging police report as late for work excuse

Jun. 29, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

LISBON, N.H. (AP) — A man accused of forging a police report to back up his bogus story that he used as an excuse to his boss is facing real charges in New Hampshire. The Caledonian-Record reports that 51-year-old Paul Neilson was charged last week with forgery, a felony punishable by up to seven years in...