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Insurance agent who kept premiums gets 2 1/2 years in prison

Dec. 4, 2020 12:07 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Buckeye woman who ran an insurance brokerage firm but kept premiums her clients intended to pay for their policies has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in state prison. The Arizona Department of Insurance announced the sentence for 47-year-old Rosita Johns on Thursday. She had pleaded guilty...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, a county election worker scans mail-in ballots at a tabulating area at the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas. A state judge in Nevada heard arguments but made no immediate decision Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 in a bid by the Donald Trump campaign to nullify the results of the statewide presidential election set to deliver six electoral votes to the Democrat, Joe Biden, based on his 33,596-vote victory. Jesse Binnall, the attorney heading the Trump challenge of the Nevada election on behalf of six Republican delegates to the Electoral College, told Judge James Todd Russell in Carson City that so many fraudulent votes were cast in Democratic-leaning Clark County that Trump won the state, not Biden. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada judge mulls bid to nullify Biden win, stop 6 electors

Dec. 3, 2020 11:01 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A state judge heard arguments but made no immediate decision Thursday on a bid by the Donald Trump campaign to have the president declared the winner of the election in Nevada or to nullify results and stop the state’s six Democratic presidential electors from voting for Joe Biden. ...

5 current and former MTA workers charged with overtime fraud

Dec. 3, 2020 8:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Five former and current employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fraudulently put in for “almost physically impossible" overtime hours that netted them hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra income, authorities said Thursday in announcing charges. Acting U.S....

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., makes a point during a town hall meeting in Topeka, Kan. Freshman Rep. Watkins is fighting to keep his seat in the state’s Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 Republican primary while facing felony criminal charges. Watkins hoped to overcome a challenge from State Treasurer Jake LaTurner in the 2nd District in eastern Kansas. (AP Photo/John Hanna File)

Kansas Rep. Watkins set for Feb. 4 hearing on going to trial

Dec. 3, 2020 7:58 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A hearing is set for Feb. 4 to determine whether defeated Rep. Steve Watkins will face a trial on charges of felony election fraud and other crimes. The Republican congressman for eastern Kansas had initially faced his first appearance in state district court Thursday in Topeka on three...

Attorney charged with plot to steal Somali government funds

Dec. 3, 2020 7:56 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland attorney has been indicted on charges he engaged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $12.5 million in Somali government assets from financial institutions and was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a law firm that kept more than $3 million of the money. A...

Official estimates errors could have cost Trump 103 votes

Dec. 3, 2020 7:26 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Errors in processing certain ballots could have caused President Donald Trump to lose 103 votes in metro Phoenix, an elections official estimated in court Thursday in a GOP lawsuit that seeks to undo Democrat President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona by more than 10,000 votes....

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger makes remarks during a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia investigating man's possible steps to vote illegally

Dec. 3, 2020 6:20 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida lawyer who they say tried to register to vote in a high-stakes runoff in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. They say he was also captured on video urging other Floridians to do the same. Moving to Georgia...

Maryland man pleads guilty to scheme to steal over $233,000

Dec. 3, 2020 5:14 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a scheme to steal more than $200,000 from the company where he worked and another business, a federal prosecutor said. U.S. Attorney for Maryland Robert K. Hur said in a news release that Howard Ware, 42, of Bowie turned in more than...

President Donald Trump listens during a ceremony to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former football coach Lou Holtz, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to get case info

Dec. 3, 2020 4:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive information about election fraud and other matters she could relay to the White House, three people...

Man pleads guilty to role in malware protection scam

Dec. 3, 2020 4:24 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in a computer protection services scam that cheated victims out of nearly $1 million by misleading them into believing that malware had been detected on their computers, federal prosecutors said. Himanshu Asri, 33, of Delhi, India, pleaded...