Epstein suicide prompts conspiracy theories, skepticism

New York 08/10/19, 17:50

Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide in federal custody is provoking skepticism among online conspiracy theorists and even some officials who question how he could have killed himself in a highly secured part of the jail set aside for high-profile inmates. Epstein had been placed on suicide watch following an incident just over ...

Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers

U.S. 06/18/19, 09:25

The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy theorists.The book, "Nobody Died ...

Health executive says he bribed Arkansas governor’s nephew

U.S. 06/12/19, 17:06

A former health care executive admitted Wednesday to taking part in a conspiracy to bribe a former Arkansas lawmaker who is also the governor's nephew, in a widening corruption probe that's ensnared several legislators and lobbyists.Robin Raveendran, 63, pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Missouri to conspiracy to commit ...

Uncle denies theft in Hawaii power couple’s corruption trial

U.S. 06/05/19, 19:07

The first question a special federal prosecutor asked a witness Wednesday in an ongoing Hawaii corruption trial: Did you take the mailbox at the home of a now-retired police chief and his wife?"Absolutely not," answered Gerard Puana.U.S. prosecutors say framing Puana was key to a conspiracy by ex-Honolulu chief Louis ...

Man accused of helping run ‘El Chapo’ cartel due in US court

U.S. 05/29/19, 21:39

A Mexican man accused of running a death squad for convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was due in a Texas courtroom on Wednesday to face a raft of charges.U.S. prosecutors announced Tuesday that Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo had been extradited to Texas on 2012 charges of conspiracy to ...

Coach pleads to college admissions scam, could hurt Loughlin

Sports 05/14/19, 15:37

A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California switched her plea to guilty Tuesday in the college admissions scam, admitting to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.Laura Janke, 36, has agreed to cooperate with ...

2 convicted in college basketball corruption trial

Sports 05/08/19, 15:20

An aspiring sports business manager and an amateur basketball coach were convicted of bribery conspiracy Wednesday at a trial that showed top college coaches were paid off to steer NBA-bound athletes to favored handlers. The verdict capped the two-week trial of Christian Dawkins and youth basketball coach Merl Code in a ...

Man pleads guilty to riot conspiracy in Virginia rally

U.S. 04/29/19, 14:54

A member of a white supremacist group pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to riot at a white nationalist rally in Virginia and at other demonstrations in California.Thomas Walter Gillen, 25, of Redondo Beach, California, became the second member of the Rise Above Movement to plead guilty after four members of ...

Ex-mayor in federal pay-to-play scheme faces sentencing

U.S. 04/24/19, 05:06

A former Pennsylvania mayor convicted of exchanging public works contracts for campaign contributions is set to be sentenced as part of a federal pay-to-play investigation that led to raids of two city halls a week apart.Vaughn Spencer, the Democratic mayor of Reading from 2012 until his failed reelection bid in ...

Ex-coach, parent to plead guilty in college admissions scam

Soccer 04/23/19, 10:24

Two more people charged in a sweeping college admissions scandal have agreed to plead guilty.Authorities said Tuesday that former University of Southern California assistant women's soccer coach Laura Janke will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and cooperate with federal authorities.Toby MacFarlane, a former senior executive at a title insurance company, ...

Family charged with scheme to get Masters tickets for resale

Golf 04/22/19, 17:41

Four members of a Texas family have been charged with federal crimes in what prosecutors say was a scheme that used stolen identities to get tickets to the Masters golf tournament, then resell those tickets at a healthy profit.Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Augusta don't say how many ...

Vegas man charged with murder in California doctor slaying

U.S. 04/19/19, 16:31

A 27-year-old ex-convict was charged Friday with murder and conspiracy in the killing of a California doctor whose bludgeoned corpse was found last month in the trunk of an abandoned car in the desert outside Las Vegas.Jon Logan Kennison stood in shackles and acknowledged the charges against him in connection ...

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

U.S. 04/18/19, 18:29

A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation.Kent Covington, a minister at the Word of Faith Fellowship in ...

Accused test taker in college scandal set to plead guilty

Sports 04/12/19, 12:21

A Florida prep school administrator is set to plead guilty to taking entrance exams for students in a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme.Mark Riddell is due to enter guilty pleas Friday afternoon to one count each of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to ...

Homeless man faces sentencing in $400,000 GoFundMe scam

U.S. 04/12/19, 00:17

The homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000 is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.Johnny Bobbitt pleaded guilty last month in state court to conspiracy to commit theft by deception. He has been accepted into a drug program ...

Loughlin, husband and 14 parents face new charge in scam

Entertainment 04/09/19, 12:52

Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were hit Tuesday with a new charge in the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme.The move comes a day after fellow actress Felicity Huffman, 12 other parents and a coach agreed to plead guilty — signaling an escalation in ...

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