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FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A senior Puerto Ricon official said Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, that the island's government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

3 employees suspended in $4M Puerto Rico online scam

Feb. 14, 2020 4:39 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s government said Friday that it suspended three employees as federal agents investigate an online scam that attempted to steal more than $4 million from the U.S. territory. Manuel Laboy, executive director of Puerto Rico’s Industrial Development...

NYPD officer charged with possessing child pornography

Feb. 14, 2020 4:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran New York City police officer has been charged with possession of child pornography after a federal investigation of his online activity, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. Timothy Martinez, 40, of Staten Island was arrested on Feb. 7 after a search warrant turned up more than...

Man pleads to having child porn on cell phone, which he lost

Feb. 13, 2020 5:03 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who lost a cell phone containing child pornography at a truck stop pleaded guilty Thursday in the case. Christopher Lee Caven, 39, of Belton, admitted he used the phone to receive child pornography via Kik, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography...

FILE - In this July 29, 2015 file photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico's Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A senior Puerto Ricon official said Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, that the island's government has lost more than $2.6 million after falling for an email phishing scam. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

Puerto Rico online scam targeted more than $4M amid crisis

Feb. 13, 2020 12:57 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An online scam that targeted Puerto Rican agencies attempted to steal more than $4 million, police said Thursday, deepening concerns about the management of local government finances during an economic crisis. Authorities have frozen at least $2.9 million, said an official who...

Seminary professor charged with threatening reporter

Feb. 12, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An adjunct professor at a New York seminary was charged Wednesday with cyberstalking for allegedly threatening a television reporter over his coverage of misconduct allegations within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Paul Lubienecki, 62, of Hamburg also is accused of harassing a...

Poland charges 10 with embezzlement, including ex-officials

Feb. 12, 2020 12:39 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland say they have indicted 10 people with embezzling over 3 million zlotys ($780,000) in money and goods from a regional chapter of the Polish Red Cross. Polish media identify four of them as former officials of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party....

Charges dropped against guard accused of threatening Trump

Feb. 12, 2020 9:44 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Florida security guard accused of threatening President Donald Trump after prosecutors said his online video was “a rant by an idiot.” The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports federal and state prosecutors agreed to drop charges...

From left, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Seth Ducharm, Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, Attorney General William Barr, Assistant Attorney General John Demers, and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Byung

Equifax hack highlights China interest in U.S. personal data

Feb. 11, 2020 5:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In 2014, the Obama administration accused five Chinese military agents of targeting Pittsburgh-area industrial companies including Westinghouse Electric, Alcoa and U.S. Steel. Since then, the number of companies allegedly targeted by Chinese hackers has only grown. Chinese President Xi...

Man loses $200K in catfish online-dating scam over artwork

Feb. 11, 2020 4:13 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials are warning of online dating service scams after an Oregon man lost money believing he was entering a personal and business relationship with a person posing as a Florida woman. The 80-year-old man was convinced to hand over $200,000 for what he believed to be an investment to...

Man accused of online threats against Mississippi drug agent

Feb. 11, 2020 8:13 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man is accused of using Facebook to declare “war” on law officers, and posting the home address of a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent and making references to the law officer's family members. Christopher Casey Cook had an ongoing feud with police and...