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Ponzi scheme convict wants prison release due to pandemic

Jul. 14, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man sentenced to nearly 20 years only nine months ago for running a $100 million Ponzi scheme is hoping a federal judge will order his release from prison because of the coronavirus pandemic. Arthur Lamar Adams, 61, filed a petition in the U.S. District Court in Jackson...

FILE - This March 12, 2019, file photo shows the University Village area of the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. A California couple has agreed to plead guilty to paying $250,000 to get their daughter into the University of Southern California as a fake volleyball recruit. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

California couple agrees to guilty pleas in college scam

Jul. 10, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A California couple agreed Friday to plead guilty to paying $250,000 to get their daughter into the University of Southern California as a fake volleyball recruit. Diane Blake and Todd Blake will plead guilty in front of a judge at a future date, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston...

Justice Dept.: Ohio State researcher shared work with China

Jul. 10, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A medical researcher and professor who had been working most recently at Ohio State University is facing federal charges in what prosecutors say was a sophisticated scheme to transfer U.S.-backed research to China. Song Guo Zheng, 57, of suburban Hilliard, and his research groups...

France investigating millions in virus unemployment fraud

Jul. 10, 2020 7:08 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Organized crime groups sought to defraud the French state of millions of euros meant for workers left jobless by the virus lockdown, prosecutors said Friday. France had an exceptionally generous temporary unemployment scheme that subsidized workers’ salaries while restaurants, schools...

FILE - In this May 6, 2019, file photo, Michael Cohen, former attorney to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building before beginning his prison term in New York. Cohen, was returned to federal prison, weeks after his early release to serve the remainder of his sentence at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal Bureau of Prisons said Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

Jul. 9, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, was returned to federal prison Thursday, after balking at certain conditions of the home confinement he was granted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Records obtained by The Associated Press said Cohen was...

New sex abuse charges against former USC campus gynecologist

Jul. 9, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New charges have been filed against a former University of Southern California campus gynecologist accused of sexually assaulting young women who were his patients, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Thursday. The additional charges involve five new alleged victims of...

West Virginia mail carrier admits attempted election fraud

Jul. 9, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia postal carrier pleaded guilty Thursday to altering mail-in requests for absentee voter ballots. Thomas Cooper entered the plea in federal court in Elkins to attempted election fraud and injury to the mail, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said in a statement. Cooper was...

Frontier Northwest to pay over undisclosed customer fees

Jul. 8, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Frontier Communications Northwest will pay $900,000 to Washington state after an investigation by the attorney general’s office found the company charged customers undisclosed fees and misled them about the speed of its internet service. The Seattle Times reports that Attorney...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2019 file photo, Paul Erickson leaves the federal courthouse, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Erickson, a former conservative operative who was once linked to a Russian agent has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Monday, July 6, 2020, in South Dakota. (Abigail Dollins/The Argus Leader via AP File)

South Dakota man linked to Russian spy sentenced for fraud

Jul. 6, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former conservative operative who was once romantically linked to a Russian agent was sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison in South Dakota. Paul Erickson pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering as part of fraudulent investment schemes he operated for many...

File---Picture taken June 24, 2020 shows the Wirecard logo at the headquarters of the payment service provider in Aschheim, Germany.  (Sven Hoppe/picture-alliance/dpa via AP, file)

Second executive arrested in Wirecard scandal in Germany

Jul. 6, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Another executive with bankrupt payment company Wirecard has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of aggravated fraud, prosecutors said Monday. The suspect, the head of a company subsidiary in Dubai, had returned to Germany to face proceedings. The arrest comes after former CEO...