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Insurance broker admits taking funds

A Maryland insurance broker has admitted bilking the Perth Amboy school district out of $2.5 million.

 

Choir teacher arrested for producing child porn with 'spy pen' during school trip to Pajaro Dunes

Nicolas taught with the San Jose-based Vivace Youth Chorus and Salinas High School. He has been suspended from the chorus and placed on administrative leave at the school, deputies said.

 

George Zimmerman seeks online donations for Trayvon case

The man who claims he killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense is soliciting PayPal donations on a website he created to pay his legal bills, NBC reports.

 

Ex-postal worker sentenced for embezzlement

A former Norwalk U.S. Postal Service employee who admitted earlier this year to embezzling union funds and stealing money orders he sold to customers while working as a mail clerk was sentenced to five years probation in federal court Monday.

 

Guilty plea in hockey embezzlement case

A 54-year-old former accountant accused of embezzling more than $80,000 from a youth hockey association three years ago pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of first-degree larceny.

 

Missing money leaves investors feeling fleeced

An investment adviser who put $10 million of client money and $700,000 of his own into brokerage accounts at MF Global — accuses its fallen CEO, former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, of improperly seizing customer funds to try to keep the firm afloat.

 

Providence Housing Authority Director Placed on Leave

O'Rourke is facing some serious allegations, which include everything from awarding contracts to friends instead of bidding them out, touching female employees inappropriately, and even looking at porn on office computers.

 

Case paused for former court clerk charged in chat room sting

Anne Arundel County prosecutors have paused their case against the former chief deputy clerk of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, who is accused of sending sexually explicit Web links to a detective posing as an underage girl, until he is tried for similar charges in Caroline County, where he was once state’s attorney.

 

U.S. Attn: Ritacco betrayed students, taxpayers

Ritacco, the former superintendent who resigned in disgrace in 2010 after his arrest, admitted today that he took bribes from the district’s former insurance broker and avoided paying taxes on the ill-gotten gains.

 

State Rep. Bob Genetski's drunken driving case adjourned as lawyer prepares to fight blood-alcohol result

Genetski, 45, was charged with misdemeanor drunken driving following his Jan. 19 arrest in East Lansing.

 

Lynn VFW theft tied to gambling

Former Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 507 treasurer George Robertson stole money from the Lynn group and gambled away more than $100,000, a state prosecutor wrote in a statement filed in Middlesex Superior Court Wednesday.

 

Former Mass. treasurer Cahill pleads not guilty

Cahill and the aides face public corruption charges for allegedly orchestrating a television advertising campaign for the state lottery, funded with taxpayer dollars, that prosecutors say was really intended to boost Cahill's failed 2010 campaign for governor.

 

Ft. Kent priest on leave during investigation

A Catholic priest has taken a voluntary leave of absence while the Maine Attorney General's Office investigates allegations against him, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland said on Tuesday.

 

Foxboro pastor charged in lottery scam

The pastor of a Foxborough church has been charged with attempting to scam four elderly people out of their Social Security checks by telling them they were lottery winners.

 

Secretary Of State: Rep. Smith Not Stepping Down Because He Needs Money

Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and White – who had Smith appointed to a vacant state House seat – have all asked Smith to resign following his federal bribery arrest.

 

NFL players may face criminal charges

The NFL Players Association told players involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty case that there is a chance they could face criminal charges and it hired outside counsel to represent them if needed.

 

Report of lawmaker's accident was prank

An official in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration says a Twitter posting he wrote about a state lawmaker being hospitalized after a car accident was an April Fools' Day prank.

 

TaxMasters ordered to pay $195M in fraud verdict

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot said Friday that the Houston-based tax resolution firm violated the law 110,000 times and would pay $113 million to customers who paid fees for company services, along with $81 million in civil penalties and $1 million for attorneys' fees.

 

Major Obama campaign donor accused of fraud

A major donor to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has been accused of impersonating a bank official and stealing more than half-million dollars through an email scam.

 

Investigation of Leander mayor in hands of attorney general's office, DA says

The Texas Rangers have been investigating potential misuse of money and government property by the mayor since last summer, and Bradley said that he was "presented with information sufficient to open a criminal investigation."

 

Arizona bill would let mining firms shroud cases of pollution

Arizona's mining industry is pushing a bill that would shield cases of environmental contamination from civil lawsuits and penalties.

 

Andrew Hamilton Williams, Jr., of Hollywood, Fla., sentenced to 150 years in mortgage fraud plot

The founder of Metro Dream Homes who was convicted in a $78 million mortgage fraud plot has been sentenced to 150 years in prison.

 

Lawmakers fined for keeping campaign-fund expenditures secret

Seven Assembly Democrats who did not report all of their campaign expenses have been fined $150 for violating state campaign finance laws, Secretary of State Ross Miller said Wednesday.

 

Prostitution Bust at Hotel in Silver Spring

A Virginia man and former airport security manager is facing prostitution charges after a bust at a Montgomery County, Md., hotel.

 

Feds: Mormon bishop ran Ponzi scheme

A former Bridgeport-area Mormon bishop bilked investors, including members of his Trumbull congregation, out of more than $400,000 in a Ponzi scheme, federal authorities alleged Tuesday.

 

Carlisle fire chief faces alcohol related charge

A Carlisle firefighter has been charged with drunken driving, speeding and possessing an open container of alcohol in a car.

Fire Chief Scott Burger, a passenger in the car, also was charged with an open container violation.

 

Jury resumes deliberations in Orie public corruption case

The jury that heard the case against state Sen. Jane Orie returned this morning to begin its fifth day of deliberations.

The trial of Ms. Orie, who is charged with ethics violations, theft of services, obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, forgery and perjury, began Feb. 29.

 

Start of landmark Philly priest abuse case delayed

He is the first U.S. church official ever charged with endangering children. Prosecutors say he failed to act to try to remove Avery and Brennan from ministry despite prior child sex complaints.

 

Fannie and Freddie cheated Oakland and state out of millions in taxes, federal judge rules

Michigan and Oakland County would get millions of dollars under a judge's ruling today that national mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac illegally withheld real estate transfer taxes on foreclosed properties they sold from 2006 to 2011.

 

Ex-Md. state employee gets 6 months for theft

A former Maryland state employee who admitted using a department-issued credit card for personal items has been sentenced to six months in jail.

 

Thomas pays $20,000 toward settlement

Former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. came up with $20,000 this week to chip away at the $300,000 sum he agreed to pay back to the District for stealing public funds from 2007 to 2009, the D.C. Office of the Attorney General said Thursday.

 

Ex-Sandy Springs principal charged over school card expenses

A popular Sandy Springs principal who resigned amid damaging audit revelations is now facing criminal charges.

 

Lawmaker to face embezzlement charges

He is accused of pocketing $28,000 from a life insurance policy that he was helping his friend cash in.

 

Monette Pastor Due In Court After Missing Teen Found

The pastor is to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of first-degree sexual assault and obstructing governmental operations.

 

Perzel to be sentenced in corruption case

Convicted former state House Speaker John Perzel is slated to be sentenced in Pennsylvania's government corruption scandal.

 

Former Hooksett DPW director indicted for theft

The one-time director of Hooksett's Department of Public Works is under indictment on a dozen felony theft charges accusing him of taking a variety of landscaping equipment, generators, a tractor, plow and trailer belonging to the town.

 

Rep. David Hawk Faces Charge Of Domestic Assault

State Rep. David Hawk, R-5th, of Greeneville, was charged with domestic assault Sunday morning following an altercation with his wife at the couple’s home …

 

Report shows Sheridan hospital failed to sterilize equipment last year

Sheridan County Memorial Hospital failed to adequately sterilize equipment used for surgical patients for several months last year, a consumer advocates organization said Tuesday.

 

Former Sunday school teacher pleads guilty to sexual charges

A former Sunday school teacher has pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual battery in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

 

JoJo's Original Soft Serve Owner Joseph Ruhren Of Triangle, Va., Charged With Aggravated Sexual Assault

Joseph Ruhren, 41, of Triangle, owner of JoJo's Original Soft Serve, was charged with 12 counts of forcible sodomy, 4 counts of indecent liberties, 4 counts of carnal knowledge, 2 counts of crimes against nature and 1 count of aggravated sexual battery.

 

27 Conn. state employees fired in fraud probe

The governor says another 15 employees resigned or retired rather than face administrative hearings in connection with special aid that was made available in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

 

Ohio lawmaker indicted on bribery, election falsification, ethics charges

A prosecutor says the three felony bribery charges handed down Tuesday against state Rep. W. Carlton Weddington of Columbus are the first against a state lawmaker since 1912.

 

Teacher accused of improper sexual contact with students

A teacher in Rio Rico, Arizona at Calabasas Middle School, has been arrested on charges that he had inappropriate physical and sexual contact with five students at the school.

 

South Dade PE teacher accused of fondling 15-year-old girl

A high school physical education teacher has been arrested after being accused of luring a 15-year-old girl off school grounds, giving her marijuana and having her perform oral sex on him, according to Miami-Dade police.

 

$70,000 in D.C. fire department shirts unused because of patch

Nearly $70,000 worth of brand-new shirts ordered by the District’s fire department have gone unused because they are adorned with the wrong emblem, fire officials testified Wednesday.

 

Councilwoman Ticketed For Reckless Driving

A Prince George’s County councilwoman who was stopped for high-speed driving and veering across lanes has gotten a ticket for reckless driving.

 

Howard County school administrator facing theft charges

An assistant principal at a Howard County high school is on paid administrative leave after she was charged with stealing credit cards from colleagues and admitted using one of them to buy Christmas presents for her family, according to charging documents.

 

Ex-South Amboy official admits election fraud

A former executive director for the South Amboy Housing Authority faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting he illegally funneled thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.

 

Former District Department Of The Environment Employees Gregory Scott And Joe Parrish Signal Intent To Plead Guilty In DC Bribery Case

Two former District Department of the Environment employees have signaled they will plead guilty in a case involving taking bribes to overlook alleged environmental violations at a southwest Washington construction site.

 

Dallas preacher facing sex charges launches new church

Less than one month after resigning form St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas, the Rev. Tyrone Gordon — accused of coercing young men into "engaging in sexual acts and relationships" — launched a new, unaffiliated church Sunday morning inside the ballroom of the Radisson Hotel in North Dallas.

 

Texas nurse faces death penalty for patient death

On Monday, Kimberly Saenz, a 38-year-old nurse who worked at the clinic, was set to face trial for one count of capital murder that accuses her of killing as many as five patients and five counts of aggravated assault for injuring five others.

 

DELAWARE: Rep. Atkins blasts trooper in email after stop

Rep. John C. Atkins, D-Millsboro, was speeding his way to Dover along U.S. 13 in early January in hopes of making the start of the legislative session at 2 p.m. when a state trooper flagged him between Harrington and Felton.

 

Teacher of the Year Ethel Anderson arrested for sexual relationship with 12-year-old

Hillsborough deputies arrested the 5th grade Language Arts teacher at her home in Riverview Wednesday night, accusing her of having oral sex and inappropriate touching with a 12-year-old boy while at her home.

 

Former DYRS official investigated in sex assault claim

The former chief of committed services for the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS), a key architect of the District’s juvenile justice reform effort, was placed on paid leave recently from his job as chief probation officer in Alameda County, Calif., after a deputy filed a $1.5 million legal claim accusing him of sexually assaulting her in May.

 

Anne Arundel County executive indicted on misconduct charges

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold was indicted Friday on misconduct charges, stemming from allegations that he directed police officers to perform campaign duties on his behalf and drive him to parking lots where he engaged in sex acts with a county employee.

 

Minister Charged In Abuse Investigation

According to court papers, DeVine, who was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon, beat his son over a prolonged period of more than four hours.

 

No speeding ticket for council member traveling 105 mph on Beltway

A Prince George's County Council member was clocked driving more than 105 mph on the Capital Beltway in her county-owned vehicle but didn’t receive a speeding ticket, police said Tuesday.

 

Former J.P. Pres. Broussard, former J.P. attorney Wilkinson to be arraigned

The new indictment alleged that Broussard repeatedly authorized pay raises for Wilkinson, who in turn recommended pay raises for Broussard's ex-wife, Karen Parker.

 

Report: PETA killed 95% of pets

According to the new report, out of the nearly 2,000 cats and dogs the shelter received, only 24 were adopted, 34 were transferred and the rest were put down.

 

South Florida politician admits sending 'sexxxy' texts to married prosecutor

Federal agents are investigating Florida House Rep. Richard L. Steinberg, D-Miami Beach, for sending a series of suggestive and harassing text messages to a married Miami female prosecutor, court records show.

 

Solyndra abandons efforts to go clean and green

Federal officials hailed Solyndra LLC’s plan to create clean energy when they awarded the company more than a half-billion dollars in loans, but the solar-panel maker’s abrupt closure now threatens to leave behind an environmental mess.

 

Second Person Charged In Day Care Duct-Taping

A second former employee of a now-closed day care center is charged in connection with an incident last year.

 

Police documents reveal officer says Bradford was drunk

The officer who pulled over Colorado State Representative Laura Bradford says she would have registered more than double the legal drinking limit, in newly released police documents.

 

Kansas City priest accused of molesting 4 brothers

Catholic leaders in Kansas City covered up years of sexual abuse of several young children by a priest who led a Christian organization for youth, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by four brothers who say they were victimized as children.

 

Feds probe Illinois jobs grant program

Federal authorities are investigating another Illinois state grant initiative, this one a job-training program run by an administrator who was fired for mismanagement but has returned to work with back pay and a raise, The Associated Press has learned.

 

Former pastor charged with assaulting Wisconsin girl

A former Michigan pastor has been arraigned in Wisconsin on child sexual assault charges.

 

Ex-Sparta mayor indicted

A suspended police captain for a state agency has been accused of filing fraudulent timesheets — going on ski trips, gambling in Atlantic City and performing personal consulting work while claiming he was working.

 

Port Orange fires longtime public works director

Longtime Public Works Director Warren Pike was fired Wednesday for taking city property without authorization and providing his teenage son the access code to the facility where other property was taken.

 

Ex-senator testifies in Alabama bingo trial that Sen. Harri Anne Smith offered money for vote

A former Alabama state senator testified this morning that Sen. Harri Anne Smith, I-Slocomb, thrice in one day offered to give him a campaign contribution if he would vote for a 2010 gambling bill.

 

Prosecutors want Jack Johnson to pay fine before prison term

Prosecutors see no reason why former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson — who has more than $200,000 in the bank — can’t pay a $100,000 fine associated with his extortion conviction before he heads to prison.

 

Alorton mayor resigns amid federal probe

McCallum hasn't been charged with any crime in connection with the federal probe that included a January raid of his home and the village hall.

 

Grand jury to examine Norfolk no-show worker case

The board placed Jill McGlone on paid suspension in 1998. She continued to collect pay and benefits until May 2010.

 

Opening statements set for ex-Okla. senator trial

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled to deliver opening statements in the trial of the former leader of the Oklahoma Senate who is accused of illegally accepting more than $400,000 in payments from three companies that wanted his influence on legislation.

 

Former McMahon fire chief Paul Barth facing new indictment

It's still a 16 count indictment accusing Barth of embezzling or laundering $218,000 from the WHAS Crusade for Children and nearly $100,000 from the McMahan Fire Department, but new developments could affect the case moving forward.

 

State Forestry Chief John Shannon Resigns After Scathing Audit

Longtime Arkansas state Forester John Shannon announced his resignation Friday after a legislative audit questioned financial practices at the Arkansas Forestry Commission that led to the layoff of 34 employees.

 

Basketball Coach Arrested On Indecency Charge

e boys basketball coach at Martinsville High School was arrested Sunday on a public indecency charge in Indianapolis.

 

Ex-Bergen County financing agency chairman gets 2 years in fraud case

Ronald J. O’Malley, the former chairman of Bergen County’s public financing agency, will report to a federal prison in the coming weeks to begin serving a two-year term for using his office to boost a private mortgage business that promised the best rates to an elite clientele.

 

Former L.M. finance director pleads guilty

Christine Mathahs pleaded guilty Tuesday in Winnebago County District Court to stealing more than $200,000 from the Lake Mills School District while she was the school’s business manager from 2005 to 2010.

 

Fireman faces arson charge

Two men, including a Tekonsha Township firefighter, are awaiting arraignment today on arson charges.

 

Arlington councilman got drugs through prostitutes, report says

City Councilman Mel LeBlanc told police last year that he obtained narcotics, including methamphetamines and marijuana, through prostitutes he contacted using online escort services.

 

Police charge Cub Scout leader with sexual abuse at Newport News church

A Cub Scout leader has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a member of his den in the Newport News church where the suspect worked.

 

DC Workers Face Firing For Unemployment Fraud

Lisa Mallory, director of the city's Department of Employment Services, says the city has paid about $800,000 in unemployment benefits to working city employees since 2009.

 

Former Md. pastor pleading to child sex abuse

The former pastor of a Montgomery County Baptist church is striking a plea deal in Frederick on charges he sexually abused a pre-teenage girl.

 

Firefighter To Remain In Jail Until Trial

A federal judge denied bond on an Albuquerque firefighter who was accused of drug trafficking, money laundering and having ties to a drug cartel.

 

550 sexual abuse claims filed against Milwaukee Archdiocese

The Milwaukee Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection last year, saying pending sex-abuse lawsuits could leave it with debts it couldn't afford.

 

South LA Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Taking Photos Of Students Bound, Gagged

Some photos show cockroaches being placed on the students’ faces. Others are being fed a milky-white substance on a spoon that lab tests confirm tested positive for the teacher’s DNA.

 

Area teacher resigns amid investigation

A teacher is being investigated after allegedly sending thousands of text messages to a 16-year-old student over a two-month period.

 

Former DC Neighborhood Commissioner William Shelton Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Former Ward 5 ANC Chairman William Shelton pled guilty to using nearly $30,000 for his own personal expenses.

 

2 tax preparers are charged in identity theft and tax fraud case

Two metro Detroit tax preparers were arrested Friday after authorities say they stole the identities of dead people from around the country to fill out more than 300 phony tax returns and bilk the government out of $800,000 in bogus refunds.

 

NM license data points to fraud

The scenario has been repeated at other addresses since New Mexico changed its law in 2003 to allow illegal immigrants to get the same driver's license as a U.S. citizen ...

 

Teacher arrested for having sex with student

A Sussex Tech High School teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

 

Pastor facing charges over death of neighbor's cat

A Central Texas pastor is being accused of throwing a neighbor's cat off of a bridge.

 

Mass. dentist admits doing paper clip root canals

He pleaded guilty Friday to defrauding Medicaid of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation charges.

 

Tomaselli Says He Changed Emails To Bolster Abuse Case

He also said he changed an email from the Syracuse Police Department to show someone in law enforcement believed his claims. Tomaselli used the emails to show support for his claims when he was interviewed for a Syracuse newspaper.

 

Report: DCPS reported 'human tragedy' as special-ed success

D.C. school officials incorrectly reported their progress in adequately meeting the needs of special education students, saying they quickly handled cases that actually dragged on for years and in some cases may have never provided students services, according to a court-appointed monitor's report.

 

Middletown councilwoman Diana McGlone resigned, council will appoint replacement

She was charged in October by borough police with unlawful use of a computer, a felony, for allegedly logging onto the email account of board President Mary Hiester and deleting messages.

 

Arundel council votes to remove Jones as jail term looms

Jones pleaded guilty in August to a single misdemeanor charge of failing to file nearly three dozen personal and business tax returns over a six-year period.

 

Joyce Bellavance sentenced to 3.5 years for $1.6M embezzlement

The woman responsible for Vermont's largest known government embezzlement was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison today in Burlington.

 

Another Charged in HTJ Corruption Case

Federal charges have been filed against another person connected to former councilmember Harry Thomas' theft of public funds.

 

Former Vt. town treasurer to be sentenced in theft

The former treasurer of the tiny Vermont town of Ira is due to be sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to charges he embezzled more than $300,000.

 

Finance Director Life free on bond

The finance director for the city of Parkersburg is free on bond after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI over the weekend, and his employment status with the city remains shaky.

 

Charges filed in Valley Metro bus scandal

Diane Holdren's company, Holdren's Interiors, was awarded contracts for an office renovation at the bus system's headquarters that were the result of a bid-rigging scheme, federal authorities allege.

 

Sarasota taxpayers could be on hook for Bartolotta's legal fees

Taxpayers could be on the hook to pay attorney fees for the city's top two administrators, who have been accused of deleting public records and spying on auditors.

 

Gov. suspends ‘Quitman Ten’ officials

The three school board members and nine other Brooks County residents were indicted Nov. 22, 2011, on several counts of unlawful possession of ballots, etc., related to hundreds of absentee ballots that arrived in their favor in the 2010 Brooks school board election.

 

Police arrest state representative for DUI

Channel 2 Action News has learned police arrested Rep. Kip Smith, R- Columbus, for DUI after he left a Buckhead Restaurant.

 

Mistrial declared in case against Muncie pastor

A judge declared a mistrial after jurors said they were deadlocked on the two most serious charges against a Muncie pastor accused of seducing two teenage boys.

 

N.J. school official accused of recording boys in shower placed on unpaid leave

Authorities said there were 22 victims, including nine boys who are under the age of 16.

 

Ex-Ward 5 ANC official faces charge of fraud

A former advisory neighborhood commissioner accused in June by the District of Columbia auditor of stealing $30,000 in taxpayer money is being charged with a felony, court documents filed Wednesday show.

 

Elderly Man's Caretaker Charged With Theft

A Crisfield woman is facing theft and related charges following accusations that she stole tens of thousands worth of property and money from a 94-year-old man under her care.

 

Mendelson enters D.C. schools flap over sex-abuse allegation

D.C. Public Schools officials failed to report an allegation of child sexual abuse to the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) and, instead, retaliated against the Ward 7 activist who alerted them to it, then lied about a report having been made, council member Phil Mendelson says in a letter to Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

 

Clark County Firefighter Facing Several Charges

John Brush told fire investigators that he would make up fake emergencies to get Clark County firefighters called out and then he would use his badge to enter the fire station and steal the chow money.

 

Former prison food director's pension cut by comptroller's office; Was paid even though he skipped work on Fridays

Dean, who was the director of the food production center at Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, admitted to submitting false time sheets, travel vouchers and asked for free food and donations from state vendors.

 

D.C. Council member Thomas officially charged

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns.

 

Deal rabbi Ben Haim sentenced to five years in prison today

Rabbi Eliahu Ben Haim, the 60-year-old Long Branch resident who was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for admitting he laundered more than $1.5 million for family friend Solomon Dwek.

 

Former M&T Bank assistant VP pleads guilty to fraud scheme

A former assistant vice president of M&T Bank pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to being involved with a scheme to defraud one of the bank's customers and a federal institution, prosecutors said.

 

126 new photos released of Lt. Gov’s wreck

State police have released 126 new photos of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray’s state vehicle that was wrecked when the pol fell asleep at the wheel and rolled the car.

 

Maersk to pay federal government $31.9 million

The Norfolk-based Maersk Line Limited and its Danish affiliate, Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping firm, have agreed to pay the federal government $31.9 million to resolve allegations that they submitted false claims related to shipments of cargo containers in support of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

Top 10 D.C. scandals of 2011

 

Blue Shield pays L.A. $2 million over pulling policies from sick patients

Blue Shield of California agreed to pay $2 million to settle a 2008 lawsuit with the city of Los Angeles, alleging the health insurance provider rescinded hundreds of policies after patients were hospitalized or required major medical procedures, it was announced today.

 

Columbia Heights IHOP On Most Wasteful List

Also on the list are the 15 million dollars spent on one of the bridges to nowhere in Alaska, and the 10 million dollars spent for a remake of Sesame Street for the Pakistani market.

 

DC Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.'s 2nd Payment of $50,000 To DC Not Yet Paid

In July, Thomas agreed to pay the District $300,000, although he admits to no wrongdoing.

 

Charges Against Neb. Lt. Governor's Son Dropped

Authorities say Joel Sheehy accidentally shot himself in the face with a 9 mm pistol early on the morning of Feb. 2.

 

Coaches charged as naked teens play near highway

Three coaches for a team associated with Champion Baptist College are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after a witness reported naked kids playing by the side of the road after midnight.

 

Prosecutors want delay in mayor's sex assault case

Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to delay the trial of Grady Sims, who is the mayor of Walnut Grove and a former jail warden accused of sexually assaulting an inmate and trying to cover it up.

 

Firefighter is expected to be charged today

Multiple charges are expected to be filed today in 34th District Court against a firefighter accused of sexually abusing his 16-year-old daughter for three years.

 

Watsonville: Security guard arrested after reportedly forcing off woman's pants, underwear

A 43-year-old security guard was arrested after allegedly pulling down a woman's pants in a Main Street parking lot early Friday, police said.

 

Former M&T assistant vice president charged with mail fraud

A former assistant vice president for M&T Bank in Baltimore has been charged with mail fraud, prosecutors said, after she defrauded a federal export credit agency and an international corporation to pay American Express bills and her taxes.

 

Disgraced legislator rebuilding law practice

Mecklenborg resigned under pressure after he was convicted following a DUI arrest in Indiana in April.

 

ECONOMY: Bank of America to pay $335M for discriminatory lending

Bank of America has agreed to pay $335 million to resolve allegations that its Countrywide unit engaged in a widespread pattern of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers.

 

Ex-Duluth car dealer sentenced for swindling customers, partner

A former Duluth car dealer was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to more than six years in prison for swindling about $8 million from customers and former business partners.

 

Church treasurer arrested for alleged embezzlement

Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper released a statement that Nicole Abernathy, 35, of Emerson, was arrested and charged with the theft of approximately $20,492.00 from the Trinity United Methodist Church ...

 

Tax credit for homeowners means big break for some, nothing for thousands

Since the late 1970s, when it was devised as a low-cost way to keep a lid on tax increases, the homestead credit has morphed into a massive subsidy fueling widespread inequality — a problem made worse by errors in billing and inadequate oversight.

 

Liquor store owner sentenced in corruption scheme

Federal prosecutors say Melhi bribed a police officer to help him smuggle untaxed alcohol and gave money, campaign donations and other gifts to Johnson in exchange for licenses, permits and favorable legislation.

 

Bethany official resigns after arrest

The public safety director of the town of Bethany Beach resigned his position today in the wake of an arrest over the weekend for inappropriately touching a female co-worker at the department’s Christmas party last week.

 

Firefighter Charged in Fatal Crash

A Middletown firefighter turned himself in to police in connection with a fatal car crash in July, and there is a warrant for the other driver.

 

Barry: New tax lien a result of poor communication

The filing arrived less than two years after federal tax collectors filed a separate lien notice against the Mr. Barry, citing more than $15,000 in unpaid taxes from 2005 to 2008.

 

Report: half of schools fail federal standards

Nearly half of America's public schools didn't meet federal achievement standards this year, marking the largest failure rate since the much-criticized No Child Left Behind Law took effect a decade ago, according to a national report released Thursday.

 

Hollywood mayor cited for speeding in his own city

It's not a good idea to speed in your hometown, especially when you are the mayor of a city that recently slashed the pay of its police officers.

 

Mishandling of state contracts prompts call for resignation

The state's transportation secretary came under fire from an Eastern Shore lawmaker Tuesday during a hearing on a scathing audit of the State Highway Administration.

 

Judge delays date Blagojevich is to report to prison

After lowering the price on their Ravenswood Manor home, the Blagojevichs believe, their attorneys say, that a sale is getting closer. The ex-governor would like to be available to shepherd it through.

 

Shelby County worker accused of stealing, selling inmates' personal information

According to the indictment, Delbridge stole the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of people listed in the criminal justice system’s computer.

 

Nelson County official charged with embezzlement

Nelson County’s emergency services coordinator has been charged with embezzlement after authorities say he kept a donated big-screen TV for himself.

 

Top Jindal official booked with DWI

Police arrested state Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater and booked him early Saturday with driving while intoxicated and other counts, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison records show.

 

Sailor gets 5 years from military jury for manslaughter in shooting of unarmed man outside bar

Forty-three-year-old Rodney Williams was convicted by a civilian jury of the same charge last year in the death of Nicholas Nalls, but he only got a year and a $2,500 fine. The Navy was unhappy with that sentence.

 

Audit faults state's handling of lent-out guns

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police lost track of hundreds of state-owned firearms it issued to volunteer trainers in hunter education programs, creating a "public safety risk" and a potential misuse of federal money, according to a recent audit by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

 

Two Pemberton First Aid Squad members charged with stealing funds

Two high-ranking members of the Pemberton First Aid and Emergency Squad were charged with stealing funds and using organization money to pay for equipment such as a computer, knives and clothing for personal use, authorities said Thursday.

 

Father, son guilty of overbilling NSA $1.5M

The conviction came about a month after the elder Turley's daughter, Christina Turley Knott, 50, of Edgewater, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to fraudulently billing NSA and failing to pay taxes on $4.5 million she embezzled from her father's manufacturing company.

 

List of Illinois politicians who faced legal troubles

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is just the most recent figure on a long list of Illinois politicians who have dealt with legal problems.

 

Randolph doctor admits taking $725K for services never performed

An ear, nose and throat doctor who practiced in Randolph pleaded guilty today to defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of more than $725,000 by submitting false claims for services he never performed.

 

NJ health inspector indicted, charged with accepting bribe

A suspended East Orange health inspector was indicted today on charges he accepted a $1,000 bribe from a local grocery store in return for overlooking health code violations, state authorities said.

 

Ex-Miss. county official charged for Katrina fraud

Prosecutors say Ladner was given the authority to award millions of dollars in ditch cleaning contracts, with some going to relatives, with a portion of the money funneled back to him and his wife.

 

Judge at sentencing: Blagojevich clearly ringleader

Rod Blagojevich was clearly the ringleader of the schemes for which he was convicted, a federal judge said today at the sentencing hearing for the ousted Illinois governor on corruption charges that include trying to sell an appointment to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat.

 

Sandusky arrested on new sex abuse charges

Ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and arraigned Wednesday on new sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers, the state attorney general's office said.

 

Audit: Maryland highway admin. broke laws to conceal overspending

Maryland's State Highway Administration broke state laws by using $11.3 million in funds since 2008 for unapproved purposes and to conceal overspending on projects, according to an government audit.

 

State employees at center of post-Irene benefits probe

An undetermined number of state employees were among those who fraudulently took federal aid offered under a $12.4 million disaster-relief program for spoiled food in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Sunday.

 

FAA Administrator Charged With DWI in Va.

Randy Babbitt, 65, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, was charged with driving while intoxicated on Saturday, December 3, 2011.

 

Plea deal in works with ex-CEO McNeer

Plea negotiations are expected to result in a less serious felony charge against Charles McNeer, the retired Wisconsin Energy Corp. chief executive charged with the attempted murder of his wife, Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen said Thursday.

 

1 fired, 3 others charged in alleged fraud within Sheriff's Office

Bell, 36, and three others were charged yesterday with a scam to bilk the office of more than $400,000.

 

Waterville city councilor arrested

A Waterville city councilor is free on bail after Augusta police arrested her on a criminal speed charge Monday morning.

 

Legislator faces ethics investigation

A York County lawmaker faces an investigation by the state attorney general and possible criminal charges for allegedly misusing state campaign funds, submitting false documents to investigators and other violations, following a vote by the state ethics commission Wednesday.

 

Ex-Oxford tax collector charged with larceny

The town's former tax collector, who the town alleges misappropriated more than $670,000, has been arrested on larceny and forgery charges.

 

Judge upholds guilty verdict for politician Sylvia Poitier on corruption charges

Suspended Deerfield Beach City Commissioner Sylvia Poitier will face sentencing in January on four misdemeanor charges of falsifying documents after a Broward judge on Wednesday denied her defense attorney’s motion to acquit Poitier and reverse a jury’s guilty verdict reached Nov. 16.

 

Arundel councilman sentenced to five months in federal prison

An Anne Arundel councilman was sentenced to five months in federal prison Monday on a charge that he failed to file nearly three dozen personal and business tax returns over a six-year period.

 

Syracuse fires assistant basketball coach Fine

Thirty-six years after he was hired as an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University, Bernie Fine is out of a job amid an investigation into child molestation allegations against him.

 

Alyeska agrees to $600,000 penalty to settle federal cases

The alleged failures included a fire in the containment area of a crude oil storage tank at Pump Station 9 in which a portable heater ignited escaping oil vapors; a 900-gallon oil spill at a valve along the pipeline; and a failed operation involving a "scraper pig," which is a device used to clean the inside of a pipe.

 

Some ALFs pay kickbacks for residents, task force told

When assisted-living facility owner Linda Cole phoned another owner in the hope of buying his Internet domain name, the man told her he found new residents the old-fashioned way: He paid for them.

 

Feds prevent prosecution of Bill Allen for sex crimes

Did the federal government sell out victims of sexual abuse in order to nail some politicians for taking cheap bribes?

 

Laurel Schools chief resigns after DUI arrest

According to the police report on the Saturday arrest, when officers tried to pull Young out of his wrecked truck, he resisted by holding on to the steering wheel. His blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

 

Ex-Youth Pastor Enters Sexual Exploitation Plea

A former Council Bluffs youth pastor has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenager at the church where he worked.

 

Football coach’s wife accused of inflating players’ grades

An Antioch Community High School teacher is accused of tampering with the school’s computers and changing the grades of dozens of students.

 

2 former NJ union officials arrested for bribery

Federal authorities say they sold “union books”, or proof of union membership, so lower-paid non-union workers could use them.

 

Former scout leader charged with exploiting kids

Randy Hass, who is 45, turned himself in Friday after being indicted on 32 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and five counts of official misconduct.

 

State agency told disabled it had no money while building $34 million surplus

Over the past two years the Developmental Disabilities Administration hadn't spent at least $34 million intended to help people with disabilities - and actually returned more than $25 million to the state's General Fund.

 

Citadel, former counselor named in sexual assault suit

The Bell Legal Group filed a lawsuit Friday against Michael J. Arpaio and The Citadel alleging that the former Marine captain sexually assaulted a boy at the school's summer camp in 2001.

 

Report: Second Mile Paid Penn State For Use Of Facilities In 2008-09

According to a report from Fox News, Penn State was paid for sleep-over camps by Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, years after what’s been described as an “unenforceable” ban that was supposed to keep Sandusky off campus.

 

Police accuse principal of battery against student

A high school principal faces a battery charge after police say he pinned a 13-year-old against a wall and put his hands around the child's neck at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek.

 

Provo LDS Bishop Accused Of Failing To Report Child Abuse

Charges are in the works for a Provo LDS bishop accused of failing to pass on claims of sexual abuse to police.

 

Police: Teacher at Christian school masturbated while kids in classroom

A longtime teacher at Schaumburg Christian School was charged with sexual exploitation of a child Tuesday for allegedly masturbating while students were in his classroom — an act, police said, that he might have performed repeatedly for 10 years or more.

 

Police arrest firefighter following shooting at South Palm Beach condo

Authorities have arrested an off-duty Palm Beach County firefighter in connection with Tuesday morning's shooting at the Palmsea Condominium in South Palm Beach.

 

Judge delays sentencing for former Secaucus Mayor Elwell

A federal judge has postponed until early next year the sentencing of former Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell and admitted middleman Ronald Manzo in a scheme to accept a bribe from a developer.

 

Gov't: Former Prince George's councilwoman should get year in jail

Johnson, the wife of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, resigned her council seat after pleading guilty in June to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe of her husband.

 

Fla. jury awards $100M in priest abuse case

A Miami jury returned a $100 million verdict Thursday against a retired Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing dozens of boys over many years — an amount unlikely to ever be collected, but one a victim's attorney said sends a strong message to child predators.

 

Ex-Pa. State Senator Re-Sentenced To 61 Months

Vincent Fumo was convicted of defrauding the state Senate, a neighborhood nonprofit and museum of millions.

 

Former commissioner guilty on corruption charges

A former Hillsborough County commissioner accused of taking bribes has been convicted on corruption charges.

 

Ex Pastor Love sentenced to life for murder

A former Independence pastor admitted Wednesday that he killed the husband of a woman he was having an affair with.

 

Police: Bus firm chief didn't pay E-Z Pass

Accumulated 3,396 E-ZPass violations totaling $12,664.45. When administrative fees are added, the total comes $84,900 ...

 

Penn St. Officials Surrender in Sex-Abuse Case

Two Penn State officials surrendered Monday on charges that they failed to report suspected child-sexual abuse by a former coach and committed perjury in their related grand jury testimony.

 

Child sex charges, possible cover-up rock Penn St

An explosive sex abuse scandal and possible cover-up rocked Happy Valley after former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, once considered Joe Paterno's heir apparent, was charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year period.

 

Car fire lands postal worker in jail

Peachtree City Police charged a U.S. Postal Carrier with stealing department store gift cards right out of the mail, but it's how they said they discovered the crime that has people talking.

 

Frey arrested on sealed charge, released

Frey, who in September pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge tied to allegations that she embezzled more than $750,000 from her union members ...

 

Former insurance agent admits she scammed elderly clients

A former insurance agent accused of scamming five elderly retirees out of more than $1 million has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree theft.

 

Bribery trial of Md. state senator enters 6th week

The jury in the bribery trial of a senator accused of selling his influence to help a grocery store chain heard testimony Monday from two employees of another company that paid the senator while the General Assembly considered legislation significant to the business.

 

Ex-Fairfield school official found guilty in molestation case

The former vice principal of a Fairfield elementary school has been convicted of molesting two boys in Sacramento County.

 

Contracts paid Mullin backers $2M

The three members of the Wayne County Airport Authority who led a search that selected the county's economic development czar as CEO made nearly $2 million total as a result of county contracts since 2009, records show.

 

Royal Oak Township supervisor faces new federal conspiracy charges

Less than two months after he was indicted on three counts of bribery, new charges were announced this week against the supervisor of Royal Oak Township.

 

Wayne County inflated, $5.5-billion investment claim, review finds

Turkia Awada Mullin has maintained that she brought in $5.5 billion in new business and thousands of jobs to Wayne County in the more than two years she oversaw economic development at the county.

 

Teacher arrested for choking and dragging 6 yr. old

Baker police arrested a Bakersfield Elementary School teacher for choking and dragging a six-year-old student at school Wednesday, according to a Baker Police Department news release.

 

Rev. Jones receives a three-year sentence

The case against Jones and PDC began last year, when he was arrested by DEQ agents at his Opelousas office for allegedly knowingly violating PDC's permits by discharging untreated sewage from his five systems that serve small subdivisions in and around the Ville Platte area and for a sixth in the Mamou area.

 

Wrongful Stun-Gunning Will Cost City Big Bucks

The Pittsburgh City Council has approved paying $62,000 to cover the attorney fees of a man who won just $269 when a federal court jury found officers were wrong to use a stun gun on him.

 

School fires teacher charged with sex assault

A Devereux Glenholme School teacher charged with sexually assaulting a teenage student has been fired, school officials said.

 

Daytona official arrested in beating

A marketing manager for a liquor company in town for Biketoberfest was looking for a facial surgeon Monday after police said he took a severe beating from a drunken city department head.

 

Ex-Lawmaker Testifies At Currie’s Bribery Trial

Prosecutors say Currie was paid more than $245,000, payments that were bribes and extortion for his help in a variety of issues ranging from the placement of traffic lights to land acquisition and energy efficiency requirements.

 

Mayor Vincent Gray Orders Police Not To Help FEDS Catch Illegal Immigrants

DC Mayor Vincent Gray signed an executive order on Wednesday instructing police and other city agencies not to help identify illegal immigrants for ICE or other federal agencies.

 

Md. Teacher Accused of Choking First Graders in Court

A trial is set to begin Monday for a Montgomery County teacher, accused of punching and choking several of her first grade students.

 

Bishop, Diocese Facing Charges In Priest Porn Case

The Jackson County prosecutor announced on Friday that Bishop Robert Finn has been charged with a misdemeanor for not bringing pornography found on a priest's computer to police.

 

Pastor Accused of Trying to Rob Parishioner

Rickey Alan Reed, pastor of First Free Methodist Church in Smyrna, was charged with attempted aggravated burglary after church member Jean Harris set up video surveillance on the back door to her home.

 

Tennessee Lawmaker Arrested on DUI and Gun Possession Charges

A Tennessee lawmaker has been arrested on charges of DUI and possession of a gun while under the influence.

 

Former court clerk charged in chat room sting

The former chief deputy clerk of the state's second highest court was charged last month with using his work computer to send sexually explicit Web links to a Baltimore City police officer who was posing as a 13-year-old girl.

 

Millington Mayor Richard Hodges arrested on bribery charges

Agents arrested Millington Mayor Richard Hodges on bribery charges this afternoon, the culmination of a 10-month probe into official misconduct in the small city.

 

Pastor makes court appearance

A Salina pastor accused of rape, aggravated criminal sodomy and aggravated indecent liberties with a child made a first appearance Monday in Saline County District Court via closed circuit television.

 

Former Johnson County official is accused of giving false information about homeland security funds

A former Johnson County health director will be in court this month on criminal charges that he gave false information about how his department spent federal homeland security grant money.

 

CDC executive arrested for child molestation, bestiality

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of child molestation and bestiality for sexual acts involving a 6-year-old boy.

 

Broker, loan officer plead guilty in mortgage-fraud case

A Severna Park mortgage broker pleaded guilty Friday in a mortgage fraud case that left lenders with more than $940,000 in losses, robbed homeowners of at least $1.2 million in home equity and pushed 16 homes into foreclosure, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office said.

 

Former Youth Football League President Charged with Embezzlement

The Former President of the Upper Loudoun Youth Football League is facing six felony counts of embezzlement.

 

Death penalty won't be sought for former FAU officer charged in escort's slaying

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a former Florida Atlantic University police officer accused of fatally shooting a Boynton Beach escort.

 

Ex-Councilwoman Johnson gets delay of sentencing

Leslie Johnson pleaded guilty in June to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe that also ensnared her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson.

 

Longtime Kwame Kilpatrick fund-raiser Emma Bell pleads guilty to tax evasion

The one-time fund-raiser for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty today to income tax evasion, admitting she received more than half a million dollars from various Kilpatrick fund-raisers and never reported it.

 

Police: City Official Hid Xbox Stolen In Burglary

The Rochester city clerk has been accused of hiding an Xbox her son stole during a Rochester home invasion in August, police said.

 

4 Arrested in Alleged Government Bribery Case

Two employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two others were arrested Tuesday in a vast $20 million bribery and kickback case that prosecutors say paid for more than a dozen properties, Rolex and Cartier watches, fancy sports cars, first-class airline tickets and a trove of other personal luxuries.

 

Angel Food Ministries forced to close

There had been signs the past few years that Angel Food Ministries, headquartered in Monroe, Ga., was in trouble, starting with an FBI raid on its offices in 2009. There also were revelations the founders made six-figure salaries.

 

D.C. is a sieve for tax dollars

Federal officials last week charged Mary Ayers-Zander, an employee in the city's Office of Tax and Revenue, with stealing $414,800.

 

Tax Preparer Indicted For $3.4 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

According to the indictment, Mercado operated a tax preparation business, Union Hispana, based out of Northern Virginia. Beginning in 2004, Mercado allegedly began helping clients of complicit realtors secure personal mortgage loans by creating fraudulent tax letters stating that the borrowers had self-employment income and owned their own businesses.