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Utah ‘Real Housewives’ star seeks fraud case dismissal

Jun. 16, 2021 21:49 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jen Shah and her defense attorneys have asked a federal judge in New York this week to dismiss charges against her in a fraud case because officers allegedly coerced her into waiving her Miranda rights when she was arrested...

Mistrial declared in case of University of Tennessee prof

Jun. 16, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge declared a mistrial Wednesday in the case of a former University of Tennessee researcher charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government. U.S. District...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jun. 16, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

York Dispatch. June 14, 2021. Editorial: Awful ‘audit’ idea hatched by GOP in Pa. It seemed only a matter of time before Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania hopped on the “election audit” bandwagon. Turns out, they’ve...

Man pleads guilty in $20M fraud on coronavirus aid programs

Jun. 15, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese man who prosecutors say tried to get $20 million in federal aid for distressed businesses pleaded guilty Tuesday to two criminal charges. Muge Ma entered the plea in Manhattan federal court to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, admitting...

Jurors deliberate over whether professor hid ties to China

Jun. 15, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors have begun weighing the fate of a University of Tennessee professor charged with hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from the federal government. Anming Hu, an associate professor in the...

Emails show Trump pressured Justice Dept. over 2020 election

Jun. 15, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the last weeks of his presidency, Donald Trump and his allies pressured the Justice Department to investigate unsubstantiated claims of widespread 2020 election fraud that even his former attorney general declared without evidence, newly released emails show. ...

Assets recovered from large Ponzi scheme reach $722 million

Jun. 15, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bankruptcy trustee's search to recover assets linked to one of the largest financial crimes in Minnesota's history has netted $722 million. Doug Kelley says his work to collect assets from Tom Petters' $1.9 billion Ponzi scheme is nearly done 13...

Centene settles Ohio suit alleging Medicaid fraud for $88M

Jun. 14, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Centene Corp. has agreed to pay Ohio $88.3 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the pharmacy benefit manager overbilled the state's Medicaid department for pharmacy services it provided, the state's top lawyer announced Monday. Republican Attorney...

Florida man accused of fraud in ticket business scheme

Jun. 14, 2021 03:01 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of defrauding investors he recruited for a business opportunity where he was supposed to secure coveted tickets and resell them for a profit. The federal indictment against Thomas Coelho, 52, of St. Petersburg, charges him...

2 Florida men accused of defrauding investors

Jun. 13, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed fraud charges against a Florida man investigators say misappropriated more than $1 million in investor funds for personal use. The SEC also says it caught Larry Brodman using money from newer investors to pay a portion of the...