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Man convicted of sex crimes for posing as medical researcher

Dec. 14, 2019 3:06 PM EST

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Provo man has been convicted of sex crimes after he falsely claimed to be a medical professional conducting anatomy research on women contacted through Craigslist. Jury verdicts Friday convicted 36-year-old Borzin Mottaghian of two counts each of object rape, sexual battery and...

Pinal County detention officer accused of sexual offense

Dec. 12, 2019 9:46 AM EST

COOLIDGE, Ariz. (AP) — A Pinal County detention officer has been arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor. Phoenix police said the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 42-year-old Rick Vasquez on Wednesday at his Coolidge home. Authorities said child pornography...

Author of simulated video of mass shooting pleads not guilty

Dec. 9, 2019 9:06 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 30-year old California man pleaded not guilty Monday to weapons and child abuse charges after online videos appeared to show him pointing an assault rifle and rehearsing a mass shooting from a downtown San Diego hotel room. Steve Homoki was arrested Thursday with 14 guns at his home in...

Italy investigates Maltese prof implicated in Russia probe

Dec. 9, 2019 9:58 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Prosecutors in Sicily are investigating suspected embezzlement by a mysterious Maltese academic who has been linked to a U.S. probe of hacked emails. Agrigento Prosecutor Salvatore Vella said by telephone Monday that his office is investigating Joseph Mifsud for suspected embezzlement of at...

Lincoln man gets 2 years in federal prison for cyberstalking

Dec. 6, 2019 12:03 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for cyberstalking. Alec Eiland, 20, was sentenced Thursday in Lincoln’s federal court, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Eiland had earlier pleaded guilty. FBI investigators said Eiland used social media accounts...

Family members charged with helping teen inmate elude police

Dec. 6, 2019 10:30 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) — Family members of one of the four Tennessee juveniles who broke out of a detention center over the weekend are charged with housing and helping the 15-year-old escapee elude authorities, Nashville police confirmed to news outlets. Decorrius Wright, 16, and Calvin Howse, 15, were...

2 Russians charged in 'Evil Corp' global cybertheft ring

Dec. 5, 2019 5:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department unsealed charges Thursday against the alleged leader and a top associate of a Russian cybercriminal gang that U.S. and British officials say developed and distributed malware used to steal at least $100 million from banks and other financial institutions in more...

Prosecutors: Man illegally downloaded over 60K lab reports

Dec. 5, 2019 12:21 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A Louisiana man illegally downloaded more than 60,000 lab reports through a New Jersey health care company, prosecutors said. David Manno, 34, of Marrero, Louisianna, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one count of wire fraud in Newark federal court, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a...

Tips to help small business owners avoid phishing scam

Dec. 4, 2019 10:35 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Phishing scams that infect a computer and potentially allow hackers to invade bank and other accounts are highly preventable — but it takes eternal vigilance on the part of computer users. Even small business owners or employees who think they’re careful about clicking on...

Mother charged with murder in deaths of 2 young children

Dec. 2, 2019 4:34 PM EST

KEMPTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are linking the mother of two young children found hanging in a Pennsylvania home to internet searches for suicide and crime shortly before their deaths, according to court documents filed in support of murder charges against the woman. Lisa Snyder, 36, was charged with...