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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, New Zealand's former lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross talks to reporters outside Wellington Central Police Station in Wellington, New Zealand. A New Zealand lawmaker and three political donors face fraud charges over an alleged scheme to hide campaign donations. Lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, was named along with three other men in the case. If found guilty, Ross faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison on each of two charges. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)

New Zealand lawmaker faces fraud charges over donations

Feb. 19, 2020 12:47 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand lawmaker and three political donors face fraud charges over an alleged scheme to hide campaign donations. Lawmaker Jami-Lee Ross on Wednesday was named along with three other men in the case. If found guilty, Ross faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison...

This Sept. 20, 2019, photo shows Massachusetts State Rep. David Nangle in Lowell, Mass. Federal officials announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that Nangle, a Democrat who represents parts of Chelmsford and Lowell, has been arrested and charged with using thousands of dollars in campaign cash to fund personal expenses. (The Lowell Sun via AP)

State representative charged with misusing campaign funds

Feb. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A longtime Massachusetts state representative was charged Tuesday with using tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash for golf club dues, casino trips and other personal expenses. David Nangle, a Democrat who sits on the House Committee on Ethics, faces federal charges including wire...

Prosecutors seek restitution payments from former Biden aide

Feb. 13, 2020 5:08 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former campaign aide who admitted stealing money from Joseph Biden's Senate campaign treasury almost two decades ago has failed to pay court-ordered restitution. A federal judge in Delaware recently granted a request by prosecutors for a writ of garnishment...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, John Davis, then executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, answers lawmakers questions at a hearing at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Special agents from the office of State Auditor, have arrested Davis, and several others in connection with a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme. The indictments include a range of violations involving fraud and embezzlement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Auditor: More than $4M stolen from Mississippi welfare funds

Feb. 6, 2020 7:48 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state auditor said Thursday that investigators believe at least $4 million in federal welfare money was stolen by the former head of the state welfare agency and others in the nation's poorest state. At least $48,000 of that paid for a luxury drug rehabilitation program...

Upstate NY mayor gets probation after federal guilty plea

Feb. 5, 2020 5:40 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A former upstate New York mayor who admitted to stealing campaign contributions avoided prison time Wednesday when a federal judge sentenced him to probation. Ex-Cohoes mayor Shawn Morse, who pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud last year, was sentenced in federal court to two...

Complaint filed over $150K donation to pro-Collins Super PAC

Feb. 5, 2020 5:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An election watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over a $150,000 donation to a Super PAC that has spent money in support of Republican Sen. Susan Collins. The complaint from the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center contends the outfit that made the...

Lev Parnas speaks to the media outside a Manhattan courthouse in New York on Monday, Feb. 3, 2019. An October trial date was set Monday for two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are charged with making illegal campaign contributions. Parnas was the only defendant among four men facing trial to be at the Manhattan courthouse when U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken set the Oct. 5 trial date. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

October criminal trial date set for Giuliani associates

Feb. 3, 2020 5:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An October trial date was set Monday for two associates of Rudy Giuliani who are charged with making illegal campaign contributions. Lev Parnas was the only defendant among four men facing trial to be at a Manhattan courthouse when U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken set the Oct. 5 trial...

Lev Parnas blocked from Senate impeachment hearing Wednesday

Jan. 28, 2020 8:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contributions has a ticket to Wednesday's U.S. Senate impeachment trial, but he won't be going. Instead, Lev Parnas will go to Washington with his lawyers to show support for a fair trial, his...

This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Rudy Giuliani. Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, repeated denials that he is acquainted with Parnas, despite numerous photos that have emerged of the two men together.(House Judiciary Committee via AP)

In recording Trump asks how long Ukraine can resist Russians

Jan. 25, 2020 4:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump inquired how long Ukraine would be able to resist Russian aggression without U.S. assistance during a 2018 meeting with donors that included the indicted associates of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. “How long would they last in a fight with...

This undated image released by the House Judiciary Committee from documents provided by Lev Parnas to the committee in the impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, shows a photo of Lev Parnas with Trump in Florida. Parnas, a close associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is claiming Trump was directly involved in the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, repeated denials that he is acquainted with Parnas, despite numerous photos that have emerged of the two men together. (House Judiciary Committee via AP)

House is given tape of Trump calling for ambassador's ouster

Jan. 24, 2020 10:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani has provided congressional investigators with a recording of President Donald Trump saying he wanted to get rid of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, whose ouster emerged as an issue in the president’s impeachment, his attorney told The Associated Press on...