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Alabama judge charged with theft, ethics violation resigns

Jul. 8, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama judge accused of misusing court funds and stealing money from clients has resigned from his post. Former Limestone County District Judge Doug Patterson announced he would be stepping down effective July 3, according to a letter to the Alabama Supreme Court filed Tuesday....

FILE - This May 27, 2019, file photo shows the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. A federal judge in Detroit dismissed General Motors’ lawsuit Wednesday, July 8, 2020, alleging that rival Fiat Chrysler paid off union leaders to get better contract terms than GM. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Judge dismisses GM's bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

Jul. 8, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit has tossed out General Motors’ lawsuit alleging that Fiat Chrysler paid off union leaders to get better contract terms than GM. In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman wrote that GM’s alleged injuries were not caused by FCA violating...

Ex-Air Force employee charged with stealing $774K

Jul. 7, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man who worked as an Air Force travel coordinator has been indicted on charges that he stole more than $774,000 in government funds. Monday’s federal indictment in Maryland charges Eddie Ray Johnson Jr., 59, of Brandywine, with theft of government property and money...

Former North Carolina town officials accused of embezzlement

Jul. 3, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three former town officials have been arrested on a number of embezzlement charges following their indictment this week, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation said. A news release from the agency said an investigation requested last year by Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook...

France's former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, right, and his wife Penelope wear protective masks as they arrive at Paris courthouse, in Paris, Monday, June 29, 2020. A Paris court is set to render or postpone a verdict in the fraud trial of former Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Monday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French ex-prime minister Fillon, wife found guilty of fraud

Jun. 29, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon was found guilty Monday in a fraud case of having used public funds to pay his wife and children more than 1 million euros ($1.13 million) since 1998 for work they never performed. The couple's lawyers immediately appealed Monday's verdict from the...

Russian film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov, wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, leaves the Meshchansky court after hearings in Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Acclaimed Russian director convicted but not sent to prison

Jun. 26, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow judge convicted an acclaimed Russian theater director of embezzling state funds and imposed a three-year suspended sentence Friday in a case widely seen as politically motivated. Kirill Serebrennikov, 50, one of the most prominent theater and film directors in Russia, and his...

Indiana woman gets 3 years for stealing $540K from employer

Jun. 26, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis woman has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than a half million dollars from a small business and using the money to buy jewelry and pay for trips to Aruba. Kenya Dake, 51, was sentenced Thursday to a 37-month prison...

Atlanta reality TV star charged with misusing relief funds

Jun. 24, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A reality television star who appeared on the show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” was indicted Wednesday for allegedly using coronavirus relief funds intended to help small businesses survive to pay for luxuries such as a Rolls-Royce and custom jewelry, federal officials said....

Russian theatre and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, centre, wearing a face mask with a portrait of Russian rock singer Viktor Tsoi, takes photos of the media prior to his hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 22, 2020. Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded a six-year prison term for an acclaimed theater director accused of embezzling state funds, in case widely seen as politically motivated.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russian prosecutors seek prison term for theater director

Jun. 22, 2020 6:47 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors on Monday demanded a six-year prison term for an acclaimed theater director accused of embezzling state funds, a case widely seen as politically motivated. Kirill Serebrennikov, 50, arguably Russia’s best-known theater and film director, and his associates were...

Congo president's chief of staff guilty in corruption trial

Jun. 20, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A court in Congo on Saturday sentenced the president’s chief of staff, Vital Kamerhe, to 20 years of forced labor after he was found guilty of corruption and embezzlement of more than $50 million. His lawyers said they would appeal. Kamerhe, 61, has called the trial a...