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French citizen charged in scheme to sell weight loss drug

Nov. 24, 2021 13:25 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A French citizen is facing a charge in New Jersey that he made false statements to try and gain the rights to sell a weight loss drug. Alain Bouaziz was arrested Tuesday night at Newark Liberty International Airport as he prepared to leave the the...

Death charges rare for skyrocketing fatal fentanyl overdoses

Nov. 21, 2021 10:22 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — In a matter of seconds, a tiny blue pill disguised as a prescription painkiller can kill a person with a lethal dose of fentanyl, a drug so powerful that amounts as tiny as a few grains of salt are deadly. Parents of Colorado high school and college students who have died...

Maryland man pleads guilty to stealing church donations

Nov. 20, 2021 10:31 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a scheme to steal donation checks mailed to religious institutions, according to federal prosecutors. Mateus Vaduva, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and...

Small-town workers charged with stealing more than $200,000

Nov. 17, 2021 08:36 AM EST

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Two one-time clerks from a north Alabama town were charged with stealing more than $200,000 by forging checks, making up work hours and buying items with credit and debit cards, authorities said. Shannon James, 43, who worked...

Feds charge 13 people in drug trafficking crackdown

Nov. 11, 2021 09:57 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities have charged 13 people they allege are members or associates of a drug trafficking gang that moved fentanyl, cocaine, suboxone and counterfeit prescription pills from Massachusetts into Maine and New Hampshire and even into a county jail. ...

Man sentenced for bystander's death during police chase

Nov. 05, 2021 17:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has been sentenced to life in prison after a police chase that led to the death of another driver. Brandon Keith Jordan was sentenced Friday for the death of 69-year-old Dennis Affolter of Topeka. Shawnee County...

Mexico announces its biggest seizure of pure fentanyl

Nov. 04, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said Thursday it has made the biggest seizure of pure fentanyl in its history, after five suspected drug traffickers were arrested at a lab along with 260 pounds (118 kilograms) of the synthetic opioid. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than...

Sepp Blatter, Platini indicted for fraud in Switzerland

Nov. 02, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA officials Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were charged with fraud and other offenses by Swiss prosecutors on Tuesday after a six-year investigation into a controversial $2 million payment. The 85-year-old Blatter and 66-year-old Platini now...

Wife accused of theft, convincing spouse he had Alzheimer’s

Oct. 28, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has been charged with larceny after police say she stole nearly $600,000 from her husband and convinced him he had Alzheimer's disease in an attempt to hide her actions. Police said the 63-year-old woman forged documents over...

Charges: City College employee stole $500K in student checks

Oct. 27, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former bursar of the City College of New York has been charged with stealing almost $500,000 in student checks and spending the money on vacations and luxury goods. Joseph Boselli, 58, was charged Tuesday with felony counts including grand larceny...