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Health care CEO and doctor charged in multimillion-dollar swindle

Though Mobile Doctors' visits were typically straightforward and took just 10 to 30 minutes, the feds say, the firm nearly always billed the taxpayer for complex, 40-minute-plus consultations.

The firm also often lied that patients were housebound, entitling it to extra government funds, it's alleged.


Ethics regulators grant Wolf extension, senator won't resign Thursday

Cape Cod Sen. Dan Wolf will not resign from the Senate on Thursday, as he had planned, and will instead formally appeal a state Ethics Commission ruling that found him in violation of conflict of interest laws due to his ownership stake in Cape Air.


Indianapolis pastor faces charges for posing as immigration attorney, defrauding Latino families, prosecutors say

A nearly yearlong investigation by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office Grand Jury Division alleges that Lopez received money from families for services that were never rendered. The investigation further revealed that Lopez is not an attorney in Indiana, nor in California or Ohio, where he also has lived.

The pastor for Iglesia De Cristo Nuevo is now charged with corrupt business influence, four counts of forgery and five counts of theft, crimes that could put him in prison for up to 40 years if he is convicted.


PA Cyber founder indicted by federal grand jury

According to the 41-page indictment, which was made public Friday, Trombetta was charged fraud involving two entities, Wingspan and BOSS; fraud involving the computer purchases by PA Cyber from 2009 through 2011; and filing false tax returns each year between 2007 and 2011. The indictment alleges he created a series of overlapping for-profit and nonprofit entities to siphon taxpayer money from PA Cyber and avoid income tax liabilities.


Former UTSA projects manager charged with bribery

A federal grand jury indicted a former University of Texas at San Antonio project manager and three contractors in connection with an alleged bribery scheme ...


Del. Dwyer charged with driving under the influence

State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called for Del. Don Dwyer Jr. to reassess his personal and political lives after the three-term Republican was charged with drunken driving Tuesday - months after pleading guilty to operating a boat while drunk last summer.


Sheridan ex-treasurer pleads in embezzlement case

A former township treasurer in Calhoun County charged with embezzlement has entered a plea.

Calhoun County Sheriff Department detectives alleged she took nearly $100,000 beginning April 1, 2009, while she was Sheridan Township treasurer.


Youth pastor Matt Pitt struggles with cops, in custody in Birmingham after short chase

Embattled youth pastor Matt Pitt was arrested in Birmingham tonight after he ran from law enforcement and then struggled with them before he was handcuffed and arrested.

Pitt, the 30-year-old evangelist wanted on felony charges of impersonating a peace officer, was captured on 20th Street near Vulcan. Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian said deputies got a tip that Pitt, founder of one of the country's largest youth ministries, was on his way to a local television studio.


California to Nevada: Stop giving your mentally ill patients bus tickets to our state

The process is referred to as "Greyhound therapy" or patient dumping, and it's an easy way to reduce the number of patients on a state's rolls and put the burden of their care on another state. According to the Chronicle, the patient dumping practice "has long been rumored as a way for other jurisdictions to transfer their mental health or homeless problems to more liberal enclaves like San Francisco."


Former Fayette VFD Chief Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

Authorities said Timothy Whittington used the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department's account as his own personal bank account, stealing as much as $7,500 over a two-year period. The money was used for a monthly car bill, car insurance payments and a home water bill.


Ex-Piedmont official sentenced for property theft

A former Piedmont official will spend three months in prison for taking surplus government travel trailers for personal use.

Shingler was charged in an indictment with obtaining six travel trailers from the West Virginia State Agency for Surplus Property for Piedmont while serving as the town's foreman in 2009.


Del. Official Used Credit Card on Personal Items

The Delaware deputy state treasurer racked up thousands of dollars in personal expenses on her state-issued credit card.

The News-Journal of Wilmington says Erika Benner's expenses include more than $1,000 for football tickets and private car service to a New England Patriots game.

Benner said she never intended to steal from taxpayers and blamed the inappropriate charges on a "medical disease."


Ill. diocese pays $1M in case tied to NJ official

A former altar boy's lawyer says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria, Ill., will pay $1.35 million to settle a case of sexual abuse that took place when Newark Archbishop John J. Myers was in charge there.

Myers has been under fire in Newark for his handling of a priest who broke an agreement with prosecutors not to have contact with minors.


Former Ill. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to be sentenced

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, learn their fates Wednesday when a federal judge in Washington, D.C., sentences the one-time power couple for misusing $750,000 in campaign money on everything from a gold-plated Rolex watch and mink capes to vacations and mounted elk heads.

The 48-year-old son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson is expected to step before the judge at the hearing to make a statement, a moment defendants typically use to apologize or ask for mercy. An emotional Jackson held back tears earlier this year when he entered a guilty plea to conspiring to defraud his campaign.


Former mayor's embezzlement trial continued

Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' trial on charges of embezzlement and false pretense has been rescheduled for a second time.

The 47-year-old Davis was indicted by a DeSoto County grand jury on the felony charges in December. The three-count indictment accuses Davis of embezzlement by a public official linked to his city-leased vehicle and using city gasoline in his personal vehicle.


Arizona pension system gave out bonuses

The state's Public Safety Personnel Retirement System gave performance and retention bonuses to its highest-paid staff along with guaranteed pay raises and additional compensation the past five years, as taxpayers were bailing out the financially troubled pension trust.

The five- and six-figure bonuses and additional pay were awarded to managers and investment staff even when the pension trust posted financial losses in 2008, 2009 and 2012, The Arizona Republic has found.


Former Joliet Diocese priest deported to Bolivia

A former priest in the Joliet diocese, who attempted to commit suicide after being charged with sexually molesting a young boy for five years, was deported to Bolivia on Tuesday.

In 2004, Flores befriended a 7-year-old St. Charles boy while a seminarian at St. Mary's Church in West Chicago and allegedly had repeated sexual contact with him over a five-year period. In June 2009, Flores was ordained and sent to Holy Family Church in Shorewood to serve as parochial vicar.


Ex-church director pleads guilty to sex charges

A 53-year-old man who worked as a church youth director in Arkansas and western Missouri has pleaded guilty to child sex crimes.

Myers, of Blue Springs, is a former youth director at First United Methodist Church in Springdale, Ark., and at Christ United Methodist Church in Independence, Mo. He admitted engaging in illegal sexual activity with a 16-year-old Arkansas girl in the early 1990s and later bringing her to Kansas City, Mo., for the same purpose.


Cicero agrees to $675,000 settlement in sexual-harassment case vs. town president

Cicero Town President Larry Dominick says he knows this much about sexual harassment: "You're not supposed to touch 'em, talk dirty, all kinds of stuff like that."

But despite that, the Town of Cicero has agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle a sexual harassment case against Dominick - again.


Ex-Nevada Assemblyman to be Arraigned in California

Former Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks is set for an arraignment in a Southern California case stemming from a car chase and police confrontation in March.

Brooks is scheduled to appear Tuesday in a Victorville, Calif. courtroom on charges including evading and resisting an officer and harming a police animal.


Stamford firefighter charged with forging bills

Police working with the Secret Service have charged a veteran Stamford firefighter for allegedly trying to make his own U.S. currency in his North Stamford basement.

During the first search of his house a week ago Thursday, police unexpectedly found what they said was a forgery operation after narcotics officers determined the firefighter's son was dealing drugs.


Source: Former school board member used man's academic record

The man who resigned from the Baltimore City school board on Thursday, questioned about false credentials, used another man's academic record, according to a graduate of Coppin State University.

Last month, Hamilton was appointed by the mayor and governor to the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, claiming a resume that included the degree from Coppin and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University -- neither is true, according to those institutions.


Bacterial outbreak at Shands has infected eight in burn unit

A bacterial outbreak that struck the UF Health Shands Hospital's burn unit in March ultimately infected eight patients, the hospital's chief medical officer announced Monday, with one patient still in an isolation unit created in the outbreak's aftermath.

The hospital would not confirm Monday whether any deaths had occurred.


3 Ex-Penn State Officials In Court For Child Sex Abuse Coverup Hearing

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, retired university vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley are accused of failing to tell police about a sexual abuse allegation involving Sandusky and then trying to cover it up.


FedEx pays $21.5M to settle overcharge complaints

FedEx has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging it charged too much for deliveries to a Bank of America office in Tampa and other locations.

FedEx will pay $21.5 million to settle the suit and agreed to end practices that a plaintiff's attorney said resulted in improper delivery charges, Bloomberg reported.


Sex, money and lies: ‘Culture of Corruption’ boomerangs on Democrats as scandals blossom nationwide

The Democratic Party is battling scandals from New York to San Diego and from city hall to Capitol Hill, as the party finds itself on the defensive over embarrassing lapses ranging from sexual misconduct to multiple scandals ensnaring the Obama administration.


Former Mashantucket Pequot Chairman Guilty of Embezzlement

A federal jury in New Haven found the former chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot nation guilty of embezzlement on Wednesday.

Michael Thomas, 45, was convicted of charging more than $100,000 in unauthorized personal expenses to the tribe.


Priest pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Timothy Murray, a non-practicing Catholic priest with the Archdiocese of Detroit, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Detroit to one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

Murray, 62, of Novi, was removed from public ministry in 2004 after he was accused of touching a 13-year-old boy's genitalia. Then, he was not charged due to the length of time passed since the alleged abuse and the report of the allegation.


McDonnell apologizes, repays Jonnie Williams' loan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday announced he had repaid with interest tens of thousands of dollars in loans given to him and his family by a wealthy businessman and, for the first time, apologized for the "embarrassment" the ongoing scandal has brought the state.

The announcement comes as federal and state investigations have been looking into gifts Mr. Williams gave the McDonnell family. The gifts included $15,000 to pay costs associated with Mr. McDonnell's daughter Cailin's wedding, a shopping trip for first lady Maureen McDonnell and a Rolex inscribed with the words "71st governor of Virginia" that Mrs. McDonnell gave her husband.

Mr. Troy investigated the matter at the request of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who also received thousands of dollars in gifts from Mr. Williams - some of which he failed to properly disclose.


Anthony Weiner Caught in Another Sexting Scandal

Anthony Weiner found himself caught in another sexting scandal Tuesday like the one that destroyed his congressional career, but stood side-to-side with his wife to say that he will remain in the race for mayor of New York City.

The woman said Weiner promised to help her get a job at the political website Politico and suggested meeting in a Chicago condo for a tryst.

The woman claimed that she and Weiner exchanged nude photos of themselves and engaged in frequent phone sex.


Manatee school district will resume investigation into allegations against Frazier

Charges date back to 2006 and include inappropriate relationships with students, calling female students out of class and into is office as a parent liasion for reasons unrelated to school, groping five female students students, as well as two female staff members, a teacher and a guidance counselor. The misdemeanor charges against Frazier include that he grabbed one student's buttocks in at least 20 different encounters, giving long hugs, trying to buy one student an alcoholic drink when he ran into her at a local restaurant, and rubbing another student's shoulders on the football field.

Frazier is currently on paid administrative leave, and Mills said that he is not ready to make a decision on Frazier's employment status with the school district.


D.C. Water lobbied for stormwater exemption

Buried in the give-and-take of public notice and comment are signs that D.C. Water, the independent city water utility charged with conducting clean river projects, lobbied for an exemption from the stormwater retention requirements at those sites where they need to manage it most, according to environmental groups that thwarted the effort.


Cincinnati-area lawmaker indicted on 16 felony charges

State Rep. Peter Beck has been indicted by a grand jury on 16 felony charges related to an alleged financial scam, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Deters announced on Friday.

The charges stem from Beck’s activities during his work as CFO at Christopher Technologies LLC, or CTech.


Prosecutor: Cuccinelli won’t face charges over late reports

A three-month investigation by Richmond prosecutors has cleared Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II of criminal wrongdoing for his failure to report in financial disclosures thousands of dollars he received in personal gifts.


Berrios' unlawful political firings expected to cost taxpayers $529,000

County taxpayers will likely be on the hook for the $529,000 expected to be paid to 11 employees who were fired for unlawful political reasons by Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios after he took office in 2010.

Berrios is an old school politician who has a history of unapologetically flouting hiring rules and putting relatives on the payroll.


Ex-Vernon official fights for fat pension

Bruce Malkenhorst took home more than $911,000 a year as city manager of the tiny city of Vernon. His reign ended shortly before he was convicted of misappropriating public funds, and he walked away with an annual pension that eventually topped $500,000, the largest in the California Public Employees' Retirement System.


Blagojevich lawyers appeal ex-Governor's conviction

Lawyers for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence.

Jurors convicted the 56-year-old for wide-ranging corruption, including his bid to profit from his power to appoint someone to the state senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president.


Texas principal arrested in Fla. in online child sex sting

A 54-year-old elementary school principal in North Texas visiting family in Florida has been arrested in an online child sexual predator sting.

Documents from Boynton Beach police indicate Paulsen began chatting online last week with someone he thought was a boy under age 16. An affidavit says an undercover officer continued the conversations and received sexually explicit photos from Paulsen.


Former Broward court clerk charged with stealing driver IDs

To the casual observer, it looked like one Broward County court clerk was working harder than her colleagues, but federal prosecutors say her extra effort was dedicated to stealing drivers' IDs and selling them for income tax fraud.

At least three times between October 2011 and March 2012, Kyles fraudulently used her work computer to steal the names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and other personal information of drivers, which she then sold to someone else who used them to file income tax returns, according to the indictment.


D.C. ethics board censures, fines Marion Barry

The District’s ethics board censured and fined D.C. Council member Marion Barry on Thursday for failing to disclose gifts he received from city contractors.


Service dog program director charged with animal cruelty

Carrboro police charged Deb Cunningham, the program director of Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws, with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty following the death of a service dog in her care.

Cunningham put Worthy, a two-year-old Golden Retriever, in her car in the parking lot of Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws[EENP] on Lloyd Street in Carrboro about noon June 10 with the windows rolled up. When she went to get him out of the car two hours later, he was unresponsive.


Judge tosses campaign-violations lawsuit against Phoenix Councilman DiCiccio

A Maricopa County judge on Monday tossed out a lawsuit filed by three Phoenix residents accusing Councilman Sal DiCiccio of campaign-finance violations related to his creation of a non-profit corporation.

Complaints against DiCiccio are still being investigated by the city.


Day care worker charged with child abuse

A day care worker is facing charges of criminal abuse after a child said they saw their sibling pulled from a cot.

The child's mother went to Jeffersontown Police. who obtained video surveillance that captured three instances of abuse.


United Way of Delaware chief's pay raised as groups see cuts

Dozens of charities are scrambling to keep their programs running in the wake of funding cuts from the United Way of Delaware, which fell short of its campaign goal this year but managed to give its executive director a pay raise and bonus.

One item that escaped the ax is the salary of United Way President Michelle Taylor, who made about $257,000 last year and received a raise and a bonus this year, although officials would not offer specifics.


Report: Florida youth facilities report staff sexual misconduct

Nearly five percent of youth in Florida juvenile facilities reported sexual victimization by staff in 2012, according to estimates the U.S. Department of Justice released last month.

The highest rate of misconduct was reported at Palm Beach Juvenile Correction Facility in West Palm Beach, where an estimated 16 percent of youth reported sexual activity with workers.


W.Va. sheriff's secretary accused of stealing

A Fayette County Sheriff's Department secretary has been charged with stealing more than $30,000 from her office.

Sheriff Steve Kessler says 42-year-old Cheryl Lynn Gray of Oak Hill was charged Friday with embezzlement, falsifying accounts and two counts of forgery Friday.


MD Lawmakers in Boat Crash Gets Crabbing Citation

A Maryland state lawmaker convicted in a boating crash has been cited for illegal crabbing.

The media reports that Del. Don Dwyer, who last month was convicted of operating a motorboat while drunk, was cited in Sillery Bay this week.


Ex-PTA president found guilty in Middleboro embezzlement case

The former president of the Middleboro PTA was found guilty Monday of embezzling from the organization.

Ellis was charged in late April with one count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme, along with Douglas Russell, 45, for alleged embezzlement of $30,000 combined since 2009 from the PTA.


Utah vets wait years for VA to process claims, investigation finds

They've served their country but their claims for help go untouched for days, months or even years.

Veterans seeking help for war-related injuries wait nearly 400 days on average for their claims to even be processed by Department of Veterans Affairs. Salt Lake City's office has one of the worst backlogs in the nation and it's only growing.


Illinois' bad credit costing taxpayers millions

Illinois is paying the price - in both dollars and reputation - for years of ignored warnings about its pension crisis.

For decades, lawmaker have skipped or shorted payments to state retirement funds, creating a $97 billion pension shortfall and giving Illinois the lowest credit rating of any state.


Lansdowne firefighter sentenced in child sex abuse charges

A former firefighter for the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department received a 15-year sentence Monday for sexually abusing a teenage boy prosecutors said he mentored in a training program at the station.

Prosecutors said Cottle engaged in sexual acts with the boy numerous times, sometimes videotaping their encounters, and had moved in with the boy and his mother after she believed Cottle would be a positive male role model.


IRS sends 23,994 refunds to "unauthorized" workers at Atlanta address

The Internal Revenue Service sent 23,994 tax refunds worth a combined $46,378,040 to "unauthorized" alien workers who all used the same address in Atlanta, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

Four of the top 10 addresses to which the IRS sent thousands of tax refunds to "unauthorized" aliens were in Atlanta, the audit revealed.


Tulsa pastor arrested for having sex with 15-year-old girl

Police arrested a northside pastor who they say impregnated a 15-year-old girl.

The police report says the girl lived with the pastor and that they had sex at the pastor's house, at his church, at a hotel and inside of his truck at a metro park.


Peaceoholics, WEALTHY misused federal grant money, officals said

The DC Attorney General filed two civil law suits against "Peaceoholics, Inc." and "WEALTHY" for misusing federal grants.

A lawsuit reveals that Peaceoholics submitted a false grant application and used the money for two luxury SUVs for CEO Jauhar Abraham, officials said in a news release.


Ex-Conn. church leader faces sentencing for fraud

A former Trumbull church leader is facing sentencing for a scheme that authorities say defrauded investors including members of his congregation of more than $400,000.

Blackwelder was bishop of the Bridgeport ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Port Manatee CFO placed on leave amid thefts

A top official at Port Manatee, whose son is in jail for reportedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronics from port offices after securing a job there, has been put on paid leave.


Ex-fire chief facing theft charges now Hayden mayor

A former acting Hayden fire chief accused of theft and trafficking in stolen property has been sworn in as the community's mayor.

He was arrested a month before his election by Pinal County sheriff's deputies for allegedly taking money from a fundraising dance for the Hayden Volunteer Fire Department and chainsaws meant for the Asarco Mine in Kearney.


Former lawmaker to be sentenced in election case

A former east Arkansas legislator convicted of conspiracy to commit election fraud is appearing in court to be sentenced.

Hallum pleaded guilty in September, along with his father and two campaign workers. Prosecutors said Hallum bribed voters and used absentee ballots to commit fraud in the 2011 election for his seat.


Day care worker accused of drugging snacks

A central Ohio day care worker sprinkled drugs on snacks to get children in her day care to sleep during the day, according to police charges filed Monday that the woman adamantly denies as a misunderstood joke.

Tammy Eppley was charged in Franklin County Municipal Court with six counts of child endangering after police in suburban Westerville say they obtained text messages in which she admits giving children the allergy drug Benadryl and Melatonin, a hormone and sleep aid.


Carlsbad police: Mormon missionary turns himself in for sexual abuse

Convicted by a guilty conscience, a Mormon missionary reportedly turned himself in for sexually abusing a female child, according to a police report.

He is facing charges on six counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.


School Board president arrested in hit and run

State police have arrested the president of the Livingston Parish School Board after a 21-year-old Mississippi man was killed in a hit & run in St. Helena Parish.


Nearly 20 investigators suspended from Department of Juvenile Justice

Channel 2 Action News is following a developing story at the state Department of Juvenile Justice where the commissioner has suspended 19 investigators and the former head of the investigations unit.

According to the spokesman, all internal investigations are supposed to be concluded in 45 days, but 20 cases of alleged sex abuse of young detainees are still open despite being filed last year.


America's Worst Charities List

The list of the 50 worst charities in America as identified by the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting.


Principal placed on leave as investigation continues

A Niagara Falls elementary school principal is on paid administrative leave while police investigate allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

Sources tell the Gazette the allegations of sexual misconduct may date as far back as 15 years. Generally, the statute of limitations on crimes of that nature is 10 years.


Former county commissioner Hurley sentenced to 36 months

Al J. Hurley, a former member of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners, was sentenced last week to 36 months in prison stemming from his acceptance of illicit payments in exchange for his official efforts to secure government contracts for a private contractor.


Camarillo Associate Principal Facing New Molestation Allegations

Camarillo High School Associate Principal Felix "David" Gallegos currently faces five misdemeanor charges of child molestation and sexual battery after a teacher and student accused him of inappropriately touching them while on campus earlier this year.


Michael Brown is latest D.C. lawmaker to plead guilty to federal charges

Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown pleaded guilty Monday to a public corruption charge for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in cash stuffed in duffel bags and coffee cups while in office, following in the footsteps of two other former city lawmakers who pleaded guilty last year to federal crimes.


Bribery charge filed against ex-DC councilmember Michael Brown

Former District of Columbia Councilmember Michael Brown has been charged with bribery and is scheduled to plead guilty.

Court documents say from July 11, 2012 to March 14, 2013 Michael A. Brown directly and indirectly corruptly demanded, sought, received, accepted, and agreed to receive $55,000 in cash from undercover FBI employees.


Homestead mayor under investigation for possible ties to land purchase

The Miami-Dade State Attorney is investigating allegations tied to Homestead Mayor Steven Bateman's efforts to help Dade Medical College buy downtown land cheaply.

Taxpayers in the city would have received less than 40 cents on the dollar from the land sale.


Camarillo HS Associate Principal Accused Of Inappropriately Touching Staff Member, Student

An associate principal at Camarillo High School has been accused of inappropriately touching an underage female student, along with a female staff member.


Marion Barry got gifts from 2 D.C. contractors

D.C. Council member Marion Barry has reported receiving thousands of dollars in gifts from two construction firms that do business with the city, and the owner of one of the firms said Thursday he gave Mr. Barry the money to pay his bills because the former mayor was in a “tight crunch.”


Ex-housing authority director pleads guilty to embezzling $30K

The former executive director of the Fairfield Housing Authority pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling $30,000 from the agency.

Elizabeth Gutierrez, 47, of Ridgefield, who entered the plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez in Hartford, faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence.


Lawmakers react to Sen. Ron Calderon investigation

The FBI declined to say why it's searching, but the Calderon name came up when the agency looked into the way the Central Basin Water District gave out contracts.


Ex-alderman went along with bribery plan - thought it would never go: attorney

Disgraced former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano went along with a plan to bribe a Los Angeles County official because he believed the official didn't exist and that the bribe would never be delivered, his attorney says.

Pre-trial rulings made by Judge John Tharp mean jurors won't hear about Medrano's 1996 conviction for accepting a $31,000 bribe while serving on the Chicago City Council.


Treasury report finds $50 million spent on IRS conferences

A government watchdog has found that the Internal Revenue Service spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees between 2010 and 2012, according to a House committee.


SC senator resigns amid ethics probe, case goes to SLED

State Sen. Robert Ford now faces a state criminal investigation, following a Senate ethics probe that led to his resignation Friday.

The S.C. Senate Ethics Committee found “substantial” and “overwhelming” evidence that Ford violated state ethics laws by depositing campaign checks into his personal bank account, and using campaign money to pay for personal expenses, including a doctor’s visit, a car loan and items bought at adult stores.


Minn. mayor charged with criminal sexual conduct

The mayor of Halstad is accused of forcing a female acquaintance to have sex with him last week.

The Forum newspaper reports 44-year-old Steve Sortland was charged Wednesday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.


Wal-Mart to pay $81.6M for illegal waste disposal

Ending an environmental investigation that lasted nearly a decade, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to improperly disposing of pesticides, fertilizer and other hazardous products and will pay a fine of $81.6 million.


Fmr. Atl. schools official resigns in Dallas, faces federal indictment

Former Atlanta schools official Jerome Oberlton has resigned from his post as Dallas Independent School District chief of staff, telling Superintendent Mike Miles he expects to be indicted for his work in the Atlanta school district years ago, reports The Dallas Morning News.


Former Crawford County 911 director indicted on attempted fraud charges

According to the indictment, Gagliardo was employed as the county 911 director when he and Washington, 50, the owner of Washington Electronics in Pittsburg, schemed to obtain fraudulent contracts from multiple local governments for 911 equipment or storm warning equipment under the name of Washington Electronics.


Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner Resigns Amid Charges She Took Cash

Arkansas' state treasurer resigned Tuesday after being accused of taking at least $36,000 in cash - sometimes stashed in a pie box - from a broker who later came to manage a large share of the state's $3.3 billion investment portfolio.


Criminal trial set to begin for Ex-NC Rep. LaRoque

As a powerful member of the Republican leadership in the N.C. House, Rep. Stephen A. LaRoque railed for years against big government and those who take taxpayer handouts.

According to a 77-page federal indictment, LaRoque scammed taxpayers to finance a lavish lifestyle that included a six-figure salary and $300,000 in interest-free personal loans used to buy a house, new cars, an ice-skating rink and a collection of jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs.


Heroin bust in hotel room paid for by Vt. taxpayers

Police say the Herrons were recently evicted from their Burlington home and got state vouchers to stay at this South Burlington motel free. Inside, police found heroin, crack cocaine and two young children sleeping on the floor next to uncapped needles.


Moraga School District Insurers Settle Sex Abuse Suit For $2.85M

The Moraga School District's insurance company has reached a $2.85 million settlement with a former student for sexual abuse claims, district officials announced this week.

The suit also alleges that the former administrators' failure to act and protect students' welfare led to her being sexually abused hundreds of times over a five-year period by Correa.


Lassen park negligent in boy's death

In a ruling penalizing the government for destroying evidence, a federal judge said park officials must be considered negligent in the death of a 9-year-old boy who was crushed by a collapsing trailside wall at Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2009.


U.S. says Apple was 'ringmaster' in e-book price-fixing

The U.S. Justice Department says Apple Inc. was the "ringmaster" in a scheme to force Inc. to raise prices on its electronic books.


Sussex Co. Councilman Accused of Sexual Assault

The lawsuit filed this week in Kent County Superior Court alleges that Republican Councilman Vance C. Phillips forced sex on the woman several times in 2011, beginning a few weeks after she turned 18.

The 17-page complaint includes graphic details involving bondage and sex toys during the sex acts that she says happened in Kent and Sussex counties.


Dwyer will plead guilty to operating boat under the influence

State Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. of Pasadena, who was involved in a powerboat crash last August that injured him and several others, will plead guilty Tuesday in Annapolis District Court to operating a boat while drunk - part of plea deal that his attorney said includes prosecutors not seeking a jail sentence.


Stafford County Doctor Faces 95 Charges

Media outlets report that 54-year-old Dr. Nibedita Mohanty was arrested Friday for allegedly prescribing tens of thousands of doses of narcotics to drug-addicted patients and drug traffickers.


Archdiocese silent on sex abuse investigation at Monsignor Slade Catholic School

Three days after Anne Arundel County police descended on Monsignor Slade Catholic School to investigate allegations of child sex abuse, the Archdiocese of Baltimore will not discuss the employment status of staff members under investigation.


Federal probe cites major problems at Nevada mental hospital

A Nevada psychiatric hospital under scrutiny for busing hundreds of patients out of state in recent years suffers from "systemic" problems that compromise the safety of the patients who are being discharged, a federal investigation has determined.

The agency's report stemmed from a specific complaint about the treatment of a homeless man, suffering from schizophrenia and depression, who in February was discharged from Rawson-Neal to a Greyhound bus bound for Sacramento, without any arrangement for his treatment or housing.


Bridgeport mayor admits defrauding his town

The mayor of a southeastern Illinois town faces up to 80 years in federal prison and $1 million in fines now that he's admitted using bogus invoices to skim money from his community.

Schauf admitted he submitted false invoices, contracts and bills to the town for services and equipment, then took a portion of money from all of them for his personal use.


Michael Jackson defender files sex abuse claim

A dancer-choreographer filed a claim against Michael Jackson's estate related to alleged child sex abuse by the late pop icon.

Wade Robson, now 30, denied in testimony at Jackson's child molestation trial in 2005 that he had been molested by the singer.


Mark Sanford: Sex, lies and back to Congress

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford has won a special election for his old U.S. House seat, withstanding an extra-marital affair, a days-long disappearance to meet his mistress in Argentina, a lie about where he had gone, a divorce, a trespass charge brought by his former wife, and the uncomfortable first meeting on primary night between his teenage boys and mistress-turned-fiancee.


Singer Lauryn Hill faces tax evasion sentencing

Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007.


Former Wall school official accused of failing to report sex assault on special needs student

A grand jury this morning indicted a former Wall assistant school superintendent on charges that she failed to report to police allegations that a teacher sexually assaulted a 4-year-old special needs student, then lied to police when they questioned her about it.

The indictment also says that district employees who knew about Brower's false statements to police and her attempted coverup were fired, transferred, or forced to retire or resign within weeks.


Bishop McManus of Worcester arrested for drunken driving; admits 'terrible error in judgment'

Bishop Robert J. McManus, head of the Diocese of Worcester, was arrested for driving under the influence this weekend after police stopped him in Narragansett, R.I., police said.

McManus was arrested at 10:32 p.m. Saturday on charges of drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and refusing a chemical test ...


Another NY lawmaker arrested on corruption charges

Former Senate Minority Leader, John Sampson, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements.

Sampson embezzled $440,000 then lied to federal authorities about it, the indictment claims.


Founder of Sports Institute Arrested; Millions Vanished

He faces 18 criminal charges including embezzlement and forgery.

Doyle's now defunct Institute for International Sport received almost 600 thousand dollars in taxpayer's funds, to be located at the University of Rhode Island.


Ethics Board Admonishes DC Councilmember Orange

D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange has been admonished by the city's ethics board for improperly interfering with health officials trying to close a business infested by rats.

Orange was ordered to attend ethics training as a result of the admonishment ...


Ex-Lawrence School Chief Ordered To Repay $10K

A former Lawrence school superintendent has been ordered to repay $10,000 after being convicted of using school resources for himself.

A jury convicted Laboy in March 2012 of fraud and embezzlement, finding he used school employees for tasks such as electrical work at his home, driving his son around and disposing of his trash.


Huff sentenced to two years of supervised probation in DUI case

Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff was sentenced Tuesday to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.


John Leopold, Ex-County Executive, Ordered To Volunteer At Food Bank

Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is doing his court-ordered community service at a local food bank.

The 70-year-old Leopold, who served 30 days in jail, was ordered to complete 400 hours of community service after he was convicted in January for misconduct in office.


Bishop: Rev. Michael Fugee should not have been allowed in youth ministry at Colts Neck church

A Catholic priest once accused of molesting a child 10 years ago should not have been allowed to be involved in youth ministry at a Colts Neck church, Bishop David M. O'Connell said Monday.


Senate leader's former employer would benefit from his legislative pitch

Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, has authored two bills that would directly benefit the company that employed him up until the start of the legislative session this year.


NJ 'Teacher of Year' faces sentencing on sex charge

A former teacher of the year in Essex County is awaiting sentencing after admitting to a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.

DePalo pleaded guilty in February to child endangerment. She is expected to avoid jail time and instead be subject to lifetime parole supervision.


Former Dartmouth College official admits embezzling from Vermont, New Hampshire nonprofits

Federal prosecutors and the lawyer for the former chief financial auditor at Dartmouth College soon will begin sparring over how much money he stole from several not-for-profit organizations in Vermont and New Hampshire.


No criminal charges to be filed against Shanklin

Shanklin was being investigated for misusing Metro Government funds and programs for her own benefit.

The Louisville Metro Council could still proceed with removing Shanklin from office for ethics violations.


Ethics report: Ex-charter school chief's 'self-dealing' cost taxpayers $1.5 million

The former head of an embattled Monroe County charter school broke state ethics and conflict-of-interest rules by funneling more than $1.5 million in taxpayer money to himself, his family, his businesses and his church, an investigative report made public by Commonwealth Court says.

The Rev. Dennis Bloom, founder of the Pocono Mountain Charter School, engaged in a pattern of "self-dealing," according to the state Ethics Commission report, which also sheds more light on his alleged tax problems.


Patient Dumping In San Francisco

Some of Nevada's fragile mentally ill patients are being sent elsewhere for care- but not necessarily with their consent. A Las Vegas hospital is allegedly practicing "patient dumping" by putting these mentally ill patients on a bus with a one-way ticket to California.

Some patients have allegedly been sent to east coast cities like Miami and New York.


Abuse-ridden ALF ordered to close

The Hillandale Assisted Living Facility, a Tampa Bay-area home where disabled young adults were raped, beaten, drugged and locked in a dank closet - one resident was struck by a car and killed - may be closing its doors on the orders of state health regulators.

The Pasco County home had been the scene of much reported abuse, neglect and mayhem since it opened its doors in 2005, and advocates for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities had lobbied the state to close it.


D.C. can’t account for $1 billion for development

Despite a booming commercial real estate industry that is the envy of almost every U.S. city, the District of Columbia is unable to account for more than $1 billion of public/private funding in fiscal 2012 intended for local, small- and minority-owned businesses, according to a city report.


San Jose Moving Company Accused Of Scamming Hundreds Of Customers

Authorities were looking for the owner of a San Jose moving company, his wife and three others after prosecutors on Monday said hundreds of customers were overcharged and told their furniture and other belongings would be held in storage unless they paid the higher fees.


Raw sewage flowing into Miss. River at St. Louis

Millions of gallons of raw sewage are pouring into the Mississippi River from a St. Louis wastewater treatment plant where 2 of 3 pumps have failed.

The spill isn't likely to affect the river's recreational users, given that the currents are dangerously elevated. But many communities downriver from St. Louis draw their drinking water from the river.


Ex-US Rep. Weiner weighing run for NYC mayor

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur), who resigned over a sexting scandal in 2011, says he's weighing a run for New York City mayor this year.

Weiner represented Queens and Brooklyn for more than a decade before resigning amid the scandal over his lewd online behavior.


Anne Arundel County man indicted on lottery ticket thefts

A Lothian man was indicted Thursday on multiple counts of theft for stealing lottery tickets while he was employed by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, according to the Maryland Attorney General.


DC finds cheating on tests at 11 schools

The district's Office of the State Superintendent released results Friday from its annual audit of standardized testing in the city.

The audit was released on the same day it was revealed that city school officials knew in early 2009 about possible widespread cheating. An internal memo shows that an analyst found 191 teachers at 70 schools may have erased their students' wrong answers and filled in the right ones.


Ex Nebraska Bank Exec Admits Embezzling Nearly $1.4M

Matthew Monheiser pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to stealing $1,364,953.66 from the former First National Bank in Sidney.

Most of the money was obtained by creating loans or issuing cashier's checks in customers' names, increasing existing loans or creating new loans in customer names.


Former state senator Mandy Dawson freed after serving federal prison term

Former state lawmaker Mandy Dawson has been released from federal prison after serving every day of her six-month sentence for income tax evasion, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

She pleaded guilty last year to concealing income she secretly received from lobbyists and others for what a judge called "nefarious" purposes.


Investigation of inappropriate behavior led to Skaggs' resignation

Former Hall County Extension agent Billy Skaggs resigned as chief operating officer of the Georgia Department of Agriculture last week after an internal investigation showed that he drank alcohol, went swimming in some state of undress and damaged a state vehicle during a training seminar last year.


Youth shelter employee arrested on sex charge

A Johnny Gray Jones Youth Shelter employee has been arrested for having inappropriate sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl at the facility, Bossier City police say.