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Army private's plea shelved internet fantasy chat defense

Jun. 25, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Army private charged with plotting to murder members of his unit overseas with help from a secretive violent anarchist group was planning a defense calling it all an internet fantasy before pleading guilty just before trial, court records show. Plans for the...

No contest plea for extorting official with explicit photos

Jun. 15, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges related to trying to get $5,000 from a state senator after threatening to release what he said were sexually explicit photos of her. Jeremy Kamperveen, 20, of Plantation, entered an open plea in Broward County...

St. Paul man pleads guilty to online pornography scheme

Jun. 06, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he ran an online pornography scheme that victimized at least 500 girls across the United States and elsewhere. The Pioneer Press reported that 31-year-old Yue Vang entered the plea on Thursday to two...

Ex-Honolulu police officer accused of child sex crimes

Jun. 03, 2022 21:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A man has been arrested for sexually exploiting children while working as a Honolulu police officer, U.S. prosecutors alleged in an indictment. Mason Jordan, 31, used a hidden camera to record sexually explicit videos of a child and then impersonated that child on...

NFT insider trading scheme charges are a 1st, feds say

Jun. 01, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former product manager at an online marketplace was arrested Wednesday in what federal authorities called the first ever digital asset insider trading scheme involving NFTs. Nathaniel Chastain, a former employee of a company that does business as OpenSea, was...

Ex-Danish police employee charged in huge hacking case

May. 27, 2022 05:51 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former employee with the Danish police has been charged with hacking and attempted hacking of 140 employees’ mobile phones, and accessing more than 100 cases of investigative material, investigators said Friday. The material included images of child...

Feds: Fake Army general scammed multiple women out of $1M

May. 25, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Texas man has been arrested for what authorities say was his role in an online romance scam in which women were cheated out of a total of nearly $1 million by someone pretending to be an Army general, federal prosecutors in Rhode Island said Wednesday. ...

Former teacher sentenced to prison in child porn case

May. 25, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky teacher has been sentenced to federal prison on charges of attempted online enticement of a minor and attempted production of child pornography. William Lindsey, 30, of Brownsville, was sentenced to 15 years and 8 months on Tuesday in U.S....

9 guns seized from California man charged with cyberstalking

May. 24, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Police seized an arsenal of guns and ammunition from a Northern California man charged with cyberstalking his former co-workers after being fired from his job, it was announced Tuesday. Bryan Velasquez, 43, of Morgan Hill was charged last week with felony...

Man charged with threatening Oklahoma US Rep. Kevin Hern

May. 23, 2022 15:40 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man known for showing up uninvited at political events to get close to politicians has been charged with threatening an Oklahoma congressman and his family, officials said Monday. Keith Charles Eisenberger, 39, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is charged with...