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EXPLAINER: Charmed by Madoff, SEC later tightened its rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until Bernie Madoff’s scheme came crashing down and the biggest Ponzi scheme in Wall Street’s history came to light, he appeared...

Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff dies in prison at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — Bernard Madoff, the infamous architect of an epic securities swindle that burned thousands of investors, outfoxed regulators and earned him...

“Sour Grapes” wine fraud con man deported to Indonesia

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A one-time California man who bilked wine collectors out of millions by selling cheaper booze he rebottled in his kitchen...

California inmate pleads guilty to $100,000 COVID fund fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California prison inmate pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to steal more than $100,000 in unemployment benefits designed to help...

Feds charge 3 more in massive California unemployment fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday that they have charged three Southern California women with using prison inmates' names to bilk a...

Man who embezzled $36M from L.A. firm sentenced to prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who embezzled more than $36 million from a Los Angeles company was sentenced Thursday to 10 1/2 years...

California advances bill aimed at massive unemployment fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday advanced what they called commonsense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping...

Ex-California man charged with $14M boiler room scam

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California man was charged Wednesday with running a “boiler room" scheme that bilked more than 100...

Ex-Northeastern track coach charged with nude photo scheme

BOSTON (AP) — A former track and field coach at Boston's Northeastern University was arrested Wednesday and charged with using bogus social media accounts...

Californians charged with runnng $6M home-selling scam

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A brother and sister from Southern California have been charged with running a $6 million scheme in which they sold...

Man accused in $227M Ponzi scheme involving film rights

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of running a $227 million Ponzi scheme that solicited investors for...

‘Real Housewives’ star pleads not guilty to fraud charges

NEW YORK (AP) — A Utah woman with a star role in “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reality show pleaded not guilty...

San Diego woman sentenced for nearly $400M Ponzi scheme

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego businesswoman whose Ponzi scheme bilked hundreds of people out of nearly $400 million was sentenced Wednesday to...

2 members of Salt Lake City’s ‘Real Housewives’ arrested

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two members of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reality television show appeared in court for the first...

Economist who pulled Albania out of 1997 anarchy dead at 58

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Bashkim Fino, who was appointed to shepherd Albania out of almost total chaos when fraudulent investment schemes collapsed 24 years...

GOP lawmakers seek greater control over local elections

Partisan takeovers of election boards. Threats to fine county election officials and overturn results. Even bans on giving water to voters while they stand...

Former top broker gets over 17 years for scamming clients

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania financial adviser who earned millions by pushing high-risk, high-fee investments on unsuspecting retirees was sentenced Friday to...

Georgia Gov. Kemp signs GOP election bill amid an outcry

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp drew protests Thursday as he signed into law a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes...

Lawsuit accuses Mormon church of fraud in use of donations

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Huntsman, a member of one of Utah's most prominent families and brother of a former governor, sued The...

Oregon won’t say how much it has lost to unemployment fraud

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials continue to refuse to publicly disclose how much money the state has lost to unemployment insurance fraud during...

Ex-top aide to former Maltese PM charged with corruption

ROME (AP) — A former top government aide in Malta who was investigated by a journalist later killed by a car bomb has been...

Founders of California fecal matter-testing company indicted

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who founded a biotech company that tested fecal matter are accused of bilking their investors and...

Agents found no evidence of backdated ballots, report says

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Postal Service investigators did not find evidence of any backdated presidential election ballots in the post office in Erie,...

Stiff adoption scheme term sought for Arizona ex-politician

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona prosecutors are seeking the stiffest possible prison sentence for a former metro Phoenix politician convicted in an illegal adoption scheme...

Florida teen sentenced in hack of celebrity Twitter accounts

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teenager was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for his role in hacking the Twitter accounts of...

Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump call urges patience

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia prosecutor investigating potential efforts by Donald Trump and others to influence last year’s general election has a message for...

Georgia prosecutor investigates election after Trump call

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor said Wednesday that she has opened a criminal investigation into “attempts to influence” last year’s general election, including...

California sues major US nursing home operator over ratings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general and local officials sued the nation's largest senior living home operator Monday, alleging the company misled consumers...

‘Dating scammer’ faces more time after escape, capture

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who has twice served prison terms for using dating services to defraud women is facing more...

What to do if you are a victim of unemployment fraud

Unemployment fraud in the U.S. has reached dramatic levels during the pandemic — the Labor Department inspector general’s office estimates that more than $63...

Bolivia’s ex-interim leader says authorities seek her arrest

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's former interim president said Friday that authorities are seeking her arrest as they move against officials who backed...

4 more Californians added to federal virus relief fraud case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged four additional Southern California residents with participating in a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19 relief funds,...

Newspaper: China to soon try 2 Canadians on spying charges

BEIJING (AP) — A Communist Party newspaper says China will soon begin trials for two Canadians who were arrested two years ago in apparent...

Garland vows return to ‘normal’ Justice Dept. on 1st day

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking the reins at the Justice Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland sought Thursday to assure career staffers that he would prioritize...

Amid FBI probe, Texas official hired from big donor family

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is under FBI investigation over claims of using his office to help a political donor,...

2 postal workers linked to California unemployment fraud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two U.S. Postal Service employees were arrested Wednesday on charges that they abused their positions to purchase postal money orders...

US narrows in on organized extremists in Capitol siege probe

As members of the Oath Keepers paramilitary group shouldered their way through the mob and up the steps to the U.S. Capitol, their plans...

Thai woman now in California over huge Navy corruption case

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former executive for a Singapore-based defense contractor linked to a sweeping corruption scandal that cost the Navy some $35...

Man who bilked ‘black-ish’ star in romance con sentenced

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who romanced three women, including “black-ish” star Jenifer Lewis, in order to con them out of money for...

Push to oust judge over absentee vote ruling sparks outcry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Republican-dominated Tennessee House is sparking fears of an unprecedented breach of judicial independence by moving forward with a proposal...

Antivirus software creator charged with cheating investors

NEW YORK (AP) — Antivirus software entrepreneur John McAfee was indicted on fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges alleging that he and cohorts made...

Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has appealed to congressional leaders to use their influence...

Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police appealed to congressional leaders Thursday to use their influence...

UN envoy: Myanmar army is ‘surprised’ at opposition to coup

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar said the generals who have seized power in the Southeast Asian nation indicated they...

Nearly 100 on trial in Sicily for suspected Mafia EU fraud

ROME (AP) — A trial began in Sicily on Tuesday for 97 suspected Mafia members and white-collar professionals allegedly in cahoots with mobsters in...

Pandemic loan program at high-risk for fraud, auditor finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emergency loans made to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic have been added to a list of government programs considered at...

Huawei daughter back in Canada court in US extradition case

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Lawyers for a senior executive for Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies were in court Monday arguing evidence should be...

Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave...

EU urges parties in ex-Soviet Georgia to ease tensions

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A top European Union official visited ex-Soviet republic Georgia on Monday and urged all of its parties to engage in...

2 men plead guilty in California charter school fraud case

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An Australian man and his Southern California business partner who ran a network of online charter schools pleaded guilty Friday...

United will pay $49 million to settle air mail fraud case

United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to avoid criminal prosecution and settle civil charges of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service in the...

Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies

A faction of local, county and state Republican officials is pushing lies, misinformation and conspiracy theories that echo those that helped inspire the violent...

Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gathering of conservatives this weekend in Florida will serve as an unabashed endorsement of former President Donald Trump's desire to...

Man sentenced for concert investment scheme

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced Monday to four years and nine months in federal prison for his part in a...

Garland says laws must be ‘fairly and faithfully enforced’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general says the Justice Department must ensure laws are “fairly and faithfully enforced” and the...

Police arrest 2 accused of California unemployment fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When police in California's capital city searched an apartment in mid-January, the most telling item they found wasn't the illegal...

More charges against Chinese scientist in visa fraud case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Chinese researcher visiting Stanford University who was charged with visa fraud after she allegedly hid her military background is...

Trump rips McConnell as GOP divide deepens post-Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most caustic sign yet of deepening GOP divisions, former President Donald Trump blistered Mitch McConnell as a “political hack”...

Riot lawsuit just part of Trump’s post-impeachment problems

NEW YORK (AP) — Acquitted by the Senate of inciting last month's U.S. Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump faces more fallout from the...

EU’s anti-fraud body warns against COVID-19 vaccine scams

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU's anti-fraud office, OLAF, is urging member states to be vigilant against scammers offering to sell fake COVID-19 vaccines as...

Fox hosts Dobbs, Bartiromo strike back in voting fraud suit

Three Fox News hosts — Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro — are seeking the dismissal of claims against them and their employer...

Trial highlights: Trump grievances, angry outbursts and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a whirlwind defense, Donald Trump's impeachment attorneys aired a litany of grievances Friday, arguing the former president bore no responsibility...

Riot video spotlights mob’s focus on stopping Biden win

As the insurrectionists breached the U.S. Capitol, smashing windows and climbing in over the jagged glass, some of their first audible cries were a...

Fake German heiress released from prison in fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) — Anna Sorokin, a grifter convicted of paying for a lavish lifestyle by impersonating a wealthy German heiress, has been released...

Trump can’t hang on to lawyers after false election claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump spent much of his career deploying high-powered lawyers to do his bidding. Now he is having trouble finding top-tier...

Former executive pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

BOSTON (AP) — A former private equity executive who cofounded an investment firm with U2′s Bono pleaded guilty Wednesday to paying $50,000 to have...

Government investigating massive counterfeit N95 mask scam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating a massive counterfeit N95 mask operation in which fake 3M masks were sold in at least five...

Trial highlights: history lessons, Trump tweets and more

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump will stand trial for impeachment after the Senate rejected arguments from the former president's lawyers Tuesday that the chamber...

The Latest: Republicans criticize Trump lawyers’ performance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): ...

UK tech tycoon fights US extradition over ill-fated HP deal

LONDON (AP) — A British tech entrepreneur appeared in a London court Tuesday to fight extradition to the United States on fraud charges stemming...

Georgia election officials investigate Trump call

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's secretary of state's office on Monday opened an investigation into a phone call between Donald Trump and the state's top...

Florida man sentenced in Giuliani-related fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida businessman whose fraud-busting business was exposed as a fraud itself was sentenced Monday to a year and a...

Israeli PM pleads not guilty as corruption trial resumes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded not guilty Monday as his trial on corruption charges resumed in a Jerusalem courtroom just...

Ex-investment executive to plead guilty in admissions scam

BOSTON (AP) — A former private equity executive who cofounded an investment firm with U2's Bono agreed to plead guilty in connection to the...

Internet access restored as Myanmar coup protests grow

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — As enthusiastic crowds of tens of thousands marched through the streets of Myanmar’s biggest city on Sunday to protest last...

Myanmar junta blocks internet access as coup protests expand

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s new military authorities appeared to have cut most access to the internet on Saturday as they faced a rising...

Tax forms help reveal extent of unemployment fraud in US

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Unemployment agencies across the U.S. became lucrative targets for criminals when they were bombarded with claims last year as millions...

GOP Missouri lawmaker indicted on fraud refuses to resign

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker refused to resign after being indicted on federal fraud charges for falsely claiming a treatment she...

Terrorist’s sister-in-law sentenced in sham marriage scheme

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The sister-in-law of a terrorist who carried out a 2015 Southern California attack that took 14 lives was sentenced...

Voting company sues Fox, Giuliani over election fraud claims

MIAMI (AP) — A voting technology company is suing Fox News, three of its hosts and two former lawyers for former President Donald Trump...

Lawyer who stole $4M from clients gets 15 years in prison

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A disbarred lawyer who stole more than $4 million from clients and even sent phony checks to convince them he...

Woman who tried to fake death gets extra year in prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who tried to fake her death to avoid being sentenced for health care fraud has received...

Manager in California AIDS office charged with $2M fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A manager of California's Office of AIDS has been charged with defrauding the state out of about $2 million that...

California unemployment chief vows changes after missteps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Irate California lawmakers on Wednesday shared heartbreaking stories of constituents living out of of their cars while trying in vain...

Missouri lawmaker asked to resign amid stem cell fraud case

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state lawmaker indicted on federal fraud charges for falsely promoting a treatment as having stem cells to help...

Lawyer who pushed voter fraud claims under investigation

ATLANTA (AP) — State election officials are investigating whether one of the most outspoken proponents of the claim that the presidential election was stolen...

Gov: Fraudster raised money pitching Giuliani as firm’s face

NEW YORK (AP) — A fraudster facing sentencing next week lured one investor by bragging that Rudy Giuliani had agreed to be the face...

The Latest: UN Security Council to meet about Myanmar coup

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The Latest on the military takeover in Myanmar (all times local): ...

Myanmar military denies coup threats over vote fraud claims

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military on Saturday denied its chief was threatening to stage a coup over complaints of election fraud, saying the...

Beverly Hills doctor sentenced in massive medical scam

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Beverly Hills doctor who authorities say performed unnecessary surgeries on patients in one of the nation's largest medical...

Fix is in! Disgraced ex-NBA ref Donaghy turns to wrestling

Tim Donaghy already brought the sort of crooked, scripted outcomes professional wrestling loves to the NBA -- and lost his job and went to...

Myanmar election commission rejects military’s fraud claims

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s election commission rejected allegations by the military that fraud played a significant role in determining the outcome of November’s...

Unemployment fraud audit creates fresh questions for Newsom

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the face of a new scathing audit about California's failure to prevent billions in unemployment insurance fraud, Gov. Gavin...

Fugitive arrested in credit card scam targeting crafts chain

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A California man charged in a widespread credit card scam involving arts-and-crafts retailer Michaels is back in New Jersey after...

Audit: California jobless agency’s inaction led to fraud

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment agency was warned early in the pandemic to prepare for an increase in fraudulent jobless claims, yet it...

Proud Boys leader was government informant, records show

The leader of the Proud Boys, who was arrested in Washington shortly before the Capitol riot, previously worked undercover and cooperated with investigators after...

Far-right influencer charged in 2016 Clinton voter scheme

NEW YORK (AP) — A self-styled far-right propagandist was arrested in Florida on Wednesday on charges he used social media to try to suppress...

California banker stole $1M from customer with dementia

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — A former branch manager of a Southern California bank was sentenced Monday to more than three years in prison for...

California: Criminal rings loot billions in jobless funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sophisticated hackers, identity thieves and overseas criminal rings stole over $11 billion in unemployment benefits from California last year, but...

Ex-utility employee gets prison for California fraud scheme

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former Pacific Gas & Electric employee was sentenced Monday to nearly two years in prison for his role in...

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