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Pa. sues mortage broker and eight others over alleged fraud

The civil lawsuit filed Friday alleges that Reading-based broker Wesley Snyder, his wife and seven employees violated state consumer-protection laws when they cheated more than 700 homeowners in central and eastern Pennsylvania out of nearly $40 million in an extensive Ponzi scheme.

 

Olympic Gold Medalist Admits Steroids Use

Olympic gold-medal winner Antonio Pettigrew admitted for the first time Thursday that he took performance-enhancing substances during a long, successful track and field career in which he passed all drugs tests.

 

Texas Officials: 15 Mothers Wrongly in Foster Care

Attorneys for Child Protective Services say 15 of the 31 mothers are adults. One is actually 27.

 

Deliberations begin in York coroner trial

McKown, 39, was suspended from his elected office after his May 2006 arrest on cocaine related charges.

 

Youth Pastor Gets Jail, Lifetime Probation For Sex With Teen

A Longmont youth pastor was sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to having a three-year sexual relationship with a teenage girl he met at his Longmont church.

 

Chiropractor Charged With Assaulting Patients

A Revere-based chiropractor was charged with four counts of indecent assault and battery after he was accused of molesting two of his female clients earlier this year.

 

Grant surrenders after indictment

National Football League star Charles Grant is out on $10,000 bond after surrendering to the Early County Sheriff's Office Thursday.

 

City inspectors charged with corruption

In another crackdown on corruption at Chicago's city hall, 15 people have been arrested in connection with a federal investigation targeting the building and zoning department.

 

Housing inspector guilty of taking cash from contractor in North Jersey

Thomas Seibel, 59, of Parsippany, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced Oct. 3.

 

Former McCaskey choir leader charged in sex scandal

Police arrested Norman McMillan III, 25, at his East Frederick Street home Tuesday morning. He is charged with numerous sex crimes, including nine felonies stemming from the alleged affair he had with the female student from November 2005 to June 2006.

 

Bay Meadows Betting Machines Under Scrutiny

California State Senator Leland Yee has called for an investigation into a horse betting scandal involving Bay Meadows racetrack. According to Yee, thousands of Californians may have been ripped off by betting machines that excluded the winning horse.

 

Western Ky. rescue squad decides to quit responding to calls

Local emergency workers in southwestern Kentucky have voted unanimously to stop answering calls, effective midnight Wednesday.

 

Former Alderman McGee's Trial To Begin Monday

The former alderman is charged in state court with election fraud and conspiring to have a man beaten.

 

D.C. DMV Worker Pleads Guilty in Bribery Case

Thirty-nine-year-old Patricia Gonzalez of Takoma Park, Md., admitted issuing about 200 driver's licenses to immigrants who were either ineligible for licenses or had not met the requirements.

 

Franklin Tells Council Members He Plans To Resign

Councilman Franklin told council members he planned to focus on his defense in a case in which he was charged by federal authorities with money laundering and other counts.

 

EMS driver in deadly accident charged with lewd act on a minor

35 year old Gerald Stewart is also the emergency technician involved in a fatal accident downtown, where the ambulance he was driving, struck the car of a college student.

 

Summa cum loony

It seems anyone can get a college degree these days-especially if they go to North Carolina Central University.

Just this month, the university graduated Crystal Mangum, the drug-addled, mentally unstable prostitute who falsely accused three lacrosse players of raping her two years ago.

 

Dennis Rodman Charged With Domestic Violence

Prosecutors in Los Angeles have charged former NBA star Dennis Rodman with domestic violence for allegedly hitting his girlfriend at a hotel last month.

 

Minister arrested in sex sting resigns

A minister arrested in an Internet sex sting has resigned his position at a Dallas-area megachurch, its pastor said Saturday.

 

Elected official makes six figures but doesn't show up for work

When you do business at the Pasco Courthouse it will eventually involve Jed Pittman the Clerk of Court.

According to Pittman, who makes $136,576, he only has to show up 8 days a year in order to get paid.

 

Olympian Montgomery gets 46 months for check fraud

Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery was sentenced to 46 months in prison Friday for his part in a multimillion-dollar fake-check scheme.

Montgomery retired in 2005 after he was banned from track and field for doping. He has a child with Marion Jones, the track superstar who is now in prison for lying about the check scam and about her use of performance-enhancing drugs.

 

AP: Cox Cable Blocks Its Own Internet Subscribers

Cox Communications appears to be interfering with file-sharing by its Internet subscribers in the same manner that has landed Comcast Corp. in hot water with regulators, according to research obtained by The Associated Press.

 

Clarksville DCS Worker Turns Herself In To Police

A DCS worker was in hot water Friday morning for failing to report alleged sexual abuse of a child.

 

$18M for farm at heart of political scandal

Prosecutors charged D'Amiano demanded campaign donations from a Halper family member in exchange for helping get a favorable offer from county officials for preservation rights to the farm.

 

Texas Substitute Teacher Arrested After Coming to Class Drunk

A substitute middle school teacher suspected of being drunk in class was too intoxicated to complete a sobriety test and was arrested, authorities said.

 

Dirty Hotel Drinking Glasses: Undercover investigation getting results

Three months ago the ABC15 Investigators found some Valley hotels putting your health at risk by not properly replacing the dirty drinking glasses with clean ones.

 

More Problems For The LAUSD, Superintendent Brewer

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David L. Brewer is being criticized for sending two high school administrators back to work after they were criminally charged with failing to report a student's sexual abuse claims.

 

McCain accused of using office to benefit political backer

The Washington Post reports McCain pushed legislation to allow an Arizona rancher to swap remote grassland in the high country for valuable federal property.

 

Throwing away your identity: Agencies respond

WSBT searched the dumpsters of several local government offices and agencies, and we found several people's personal information inside.

 

Feds probe Fossella trip financing

Democratic and GOP congressional officials are scrutinizing Rep. Vito Fossella's mysterious and pricey January 2003 trip to France, the Daily News has learned.

He was the sole lawmaker authorized to go - and his mistress is suspected of joining him.

 

Missing mail found at former postal worker's home

Acting on a tip, postal inspectors recently searched the Apex home of the former employee and found more than 100,000 pieces of mail, Postal Service spokesman Dan Mahowco said. Some of the mail was five or six years old, he said.

 

Rehired Peabody dispatcher suspended by chief

The firefighter who slept through a 911 call but recently won his job back in court has been suspended without pay.

Fire Chief Steve Pasdon yesterday confirmed that he has suspended John Brophy for a total of 12 days for failing to satisfy requirements of his reinstatement. The punishment is a combination of separate suspensions of three, four and five days.

 

6 plead guilty in scandal

Six people identified in a kickback scandal in Brazosport ISD’s special programs department pleaded guilty Friday afternoon.

All were indicted on charges including tampering with a government record, bribery and theft by a public servant.

 

Congressman admits affair

Rep. Vito Fossella of New York acknowledged today that he fathered a child from an extramarital affair, answering questions that arose from his arrest on drunken driving charges last week.

 

Tamarac music teacher accused of molesting fourth student

A music teacher suspected of molesting three students has been accused of fondling a fourth boy, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

 

Vick To Repay $2.4M For Defaulting On Loan

A federal judge in Virginia ordered imprisoned quarterback Michael Vick to repay more than $2.4 million to a Canadian bank for defaulting on a loan.

 

GBI investigating allegations against tax assessors board

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now involved in the investigation into whether the Hall County Board of Tax Assessors committed any crime in the billing of per diem payments.

 

NBA player charged with choking Minneapolis man at downtown hotel

Party-crashing NBA basketball player Richard Jefferson grabbed a man by the throat in a swank downtown Minneapolis hotel and choked him until he briefly lost consciousness, according to charges filed today against the New Jersey Nets forward.

 

UMC thefts on overtime alleged

Not only did University Medical Center employees help their bosses steal from the public hospital — they also charged the hospital tens of thousands of dollars in overtime while doing it, according to police.

 

Former D.C. School Official Gets 6 Months for Theft

A former D.C. school official who oversaw the school system's financial integrity has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $46,000.

 

Carroll grade-school scandal lands on DA's desk

The investigation found violations of special education law and state testing procedures at Old Union Elementary School. Principal Andra Barton, who resigned in the face of termination proceedings, has maintained she has done nothing wrong.

 

EPA might not act to limit rocket fuel in drinking water

An EPA official says there's a "distinct possibility" the agency won't take action to limit a toxic rocket fuel ingredient that has contaminated drinking water supplies around the country.

 

Teacher Charged With Molesting 5 Students

A Santa Monica middle school teacher was charged Tuesday with allegedly molesting five female students.

 

Charges: Ex Vikings DE Darrion Scott Put Plastic Bag Over Child's Head

Former Vikings defensive end and current NFL free agent Darrion Scott has been charged with assault and child endangerment today in Minneapolis. According to the charges, Scott placed a plastic dry cleaning bag over a child’s head.

 

State education administrator may have had inside track on job

A top administrator at the Arizona Department of Education is a convicted felon with no four-year degree, and there are new questions about how he got his job.

Within a year, Houde married his direct supervisor, Janice McGoldrick.

 

Food Pantry Director Accused Of Supermarket Shoplifting

Ronald DiGuilio, 60, and his wife Rita, 57, pleaded not guilty to the charge at their arraignment in Quincy District Court Tuesday. DiGuilio is the executive director of the Randolph Community Food Pantry.

 

Superintendent Jim Paul gets probation for DUI

Escambia County School District Superintendent Jim Paul changed his not guilty plea in a January drunken driving arrest near Tampa and immediately was fined and sentenced to probation and community service.

 

Herley announces guilty plea, $9.5 million settlement

The defense contractor pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing a federal audit and agreed to a $3.5 million fine. The authorities dismissed 31 other charges against the company, according to Herley.

 

N.O. official buys land near development he champions

Just before Christmas, New Orleans Building Corp. CEO Sean Cummings and a friend spent $1.1 million on an empty warehouse in the Faubourg Marigny. Cummings thought the old building would be the perfect spot to open a high-end grocery store for an area with few options for food shopping.

 

Barbara Walters reveals past affair with U.S. senator

After three decades of keeping mum, Barbara Walters is disclosing a past affair with married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke, whom she remembers as "exciting" and "brilliant."

 

Tampa road builder gets 15 years for bankruptcy fraud

Once-prominent Tampa road builder Michael Cone received a maximum 15-year federal prison sentence today after pleading guilty to hiding assets during his company's bankruptcy proceedings.

 

Day care teacher accused of using deputy's stolen credit cards

Deputies accused a 39-year-old preschool teacher of using credit cards stolen from a Hillsborough deputy's patrol car, racking up charges at McDonalds, Home Depot and Wal-Mart.

 

Rodman arrested for alleged domestic violence at LA hotel

Dennis Rodman has been arrested for allegedly hitting a woman at a hotel in the Century City area of Los Angeles.

 

NY Congressman Arrested For DWI In Alexandria

Vito J. Fossella, who represents Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, was arrested some time between midnight and 2 a.m., said Lt. Ray Hazel, spokesman for the Alexandria Police Department.

 

Harassment charge hits Bruce

Rep. Douglas Bruce was instructed Wednesday to stay away from a woman working at the state Capitol who lodged a sexual harassment complaint against him.

 

Montgomery Investment Firm Named in SEC Lawsuit

The chairman of a well known Montgomery investment firm is accused of making secret payments to a politician in exchange for government business. Bill Blount of Blount Parrish Investment Bankers is named in a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Suspended Tampa Middle School Teacher Arrested a Third Time on Charges of Having Sex With Students

A suspended middle school teacher out on bail for allegedly having sex with two students will be back in court Tuesday after police say they caught her having sex with one of them again.

 

Inspector General: Conflict of interest on NASA review board

The NASA inspector general says the space agency is breaking the law by allowing conflicts of interest on a board overseeing the building of a new spaceship to return astronauts to the moon.

 

Business owner enters guilty plea in Dallas City Hall bribery case

The onetime owner of a minority contracting firm admitted in federal court today that she was part of a kickback conspiracy that prosecutors charge funneled money to former Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill and his plan commissioner D’Angelo Lee.

 

FDA faulted on testing of blood substitutes

Experimental blood substitutes raised the risk of heart attack and death, yet U.S. regulators allowed human testing to continue despite warning signs, a scathing new report says.

 

Guttenberg mayor, wife convicted of extortion

Jurors moments ago convicted Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna and his wife of conspiring to commit extortion and falsifying tax returns.

 

Motive Not Known of Special Education Teacher Accused of Taking Students to Motel for Sex

Donna Lou Sanders, 46, of Magnolia, was released on $100,000 bond Friday. She is charged with 12 counts of permitting abuse of a minor, and 10 counts of rape.

 

'CSI' star busted for drug possession

CSI star Gary Dourdan was arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine, heroin, Ecstacy and prescription drugs on Monday.

 

West Virginia University dean resigns in degree scandal

The dean of West Virginia University's College of Business and Economics is resigning in the wake of the scandal over a master's degree awarded to the governor's daughter, the school announced Monday.

 

Most of Money Still Missing in Scandal

Federal authorities are trying to find up to $50 million stolen in an embezzlement scheme run out of the tax office. So far, the FBI has seized about $4 million from bank accounts, three luxury cars, designer clothing and other items, according to papers filed by prosecutors this month in U.S. District Court.

 

Marrero Senator Pleads Not Guilty To Corruption Charges

Shepherd faces a total of seven charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He's accused of using his capacity as an attorney to help launder nearly 2-million dollars for convicted felon and bond broker Gwendolyn Moyo.

 

Despite E-mails, VA Boss Denies Cover Up

The head of health care at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) denied any wrong doing by the agency on Thursday as more internal emails surfaced showing VA officials discussed withholding suicide information from the public.

 

Wesley Snipes sentenced to three years in federal tax case

Snipes was facing sentencing along with his co-defendants, Eddie Ray Kahn, 64, of Sorrento, and Douglas Rosile, 59, of Venice.

 

S.F. landlords charged with tenant terror

A landlord couple have been charged in San Francisco with waging a campaign of terror against their renters in a South of Market building, including cutting out the floor supports at one apartment after the tenant went to court to keep from being evicted, authorities said Wednesday.

 

New $20 Mil. virtual fence on Mexican border to be replaced

They're scrapping the brand-new $20 million system because it doesn't work sufficiently.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff officially signed off on the program just two months ago.

 

Iowa Lawmaker Accused Of Seeking Revenge

A Dubuque hospital has accused Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy of using his position to punish the hospital over a labor dispute involving Murphy's wife and other nurses.

 

E'town teacher charged with sexual abuse

Brian Walters, a teacher at Central Hardin High School was arrested after he was accused of fondling 9-nine-year-old girl earlier this year.

 

Dallas ISD hands millions in contracts to top leaders' firms

The Dallas school district has repeatedly awarded contracts worth millions of dollars to companies whose top executives hold key leadership posts at DISD – including school board President Jack Lowe.

 

Clemson Coaches Avoid Embezzling Charges

Two Clemson University track coaches accused of depositing money collected at campus track and field events into their personal accounts will not be prosecuted.

 

Former tribal secretary sentenced

Louella Oldbear of Del City was convicted by a federal jury in 2007 of embezzling more than $17,000 and making a false statement to the FBI about the use of tribal money to purchase vehicles.

 

Va Beach teacher, coach arrested on child pornography charges

A Virginia Beach high school teacher has been charged with possession of child pornography and is free on bond following his first appearance before a judge Tuesday afternoon.

 

Cops: Pizza Hut Manager Sold Marijuana From Drive-Through Window

Authorities said Monday that state and local investigators acting on a tip went to the Pizza Hut restaurant and found six ounces of marijuana and a set of digital scales in the manager's office.

 

Mayor, wife go to jail for Little League theft

Jim Nehmens, 50, and Kelly Nehmens, 44, pleaded guilty to grand theft by embezzlement and perjury on Thursday.

 

Pope blames society for sex scandal

But, rather than blame the church, he pointed to a breakdown in the values underpinning society.

 

Attorney general expands investigation in state pension scandal

New York's attorney general said Friday that his investigation into the improper awarding of state pension credits had recently uncovered two related schemes: the granting of credits to lawyers who did no work to earn them, and the initiation of the practice in some cases by officials at Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, or BOCES, to gain greater state aid.

 

US probes firefighter disability abuse

Federal authorities issued a flurry of subpoenas across the city yesterday as they launched a grand jury investigation of disability abuse in the Boston Fire Department, including whether dozens of firefighters faked on-the-job injuries to significantly enhance their pensions, according to several officials briefed on the probe.

 

Will County Chief Executive Accused Of DUI

Will County Executive Larry M. Walsh was arrested early Friday for allegedly driving drunk shortly after midnight in Jackson Township near Joliet.

 

Firefighter Accused Of Attacking Girl Placed On Leave

Terrell Don Selby, 49, was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of attacking, strangling and beating a girl with a boot after an argument at his southwest Oklahoma City home.

 

X-Rated Celebrities

 

Diplomat Admits Possessing Child Porn, Having Sex With Girls

Gons Gutierrez Nachman, 42, admitted during a plea hearing in U.S. District Court that he had sex with girls ranging in age from 14 to 17 while serving as a consular officer in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and that he documented the encounters in pictures and videos.

 

Sharpe James guilty on all counts

A federal jury convicted former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and his mistress this morning of hatching a real estate scheme that brought her hundreds of thousands in profit.

 

Police seek child endangerment charge in Sambora case

Police are asking for a misdemeanor child endangerment charge against Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora following his drunken driving arrest in Laguna Beach, Calif., last month.

 

State worker accused in credit card fraud

David Plume, a 48-year-old Albany resident, was charged with felony grand larceny, defrauding the government and official misconduct in Albany City Court, according to the state Inspector General's Office.

 

2 NYC Council Workers Indicted In Slush Fund Case

Two aides to a City Council member have been indicted in connection with a scandal over city lawmakers' practice of using bookkeeping tricks to funnel millions of taxypayer dollars to pet projects and favored community groups.

 

Substitute Teacher Arrested On Child Seduction Charge

A Columbus substitute teacher was arrested Monday after a 17-year-old high school student accused him of engaging in inappropriate behavior with her, Columbus police said.

 

Ex-Middletown Mayor Surrenders Law License

A federal judge has approved the resignation from the bar of a former Middletown mayor sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from law clients to cover gambling debts.

 

Celebrity Tax Deadbeats

 

Rezko trial: Blago wanted presidential run, dangled contracts

A national Democratic fundraiser testified today during Tony Rezko's corruption trial in Chicago that Governor Rod Blagojevich dreamed aloud about running for president.

 

LCG Employee Facing 200+ Fraud, Malfeasance Charges Bonds Out of Jail

A Lafayette Consolidated Government Employee, facing more than 200 fraud and malfeasance charges has bonded out of jail. Tracey Dalfrey, 58, made his $585,000 bond Friday night, and was let out of jail around 11pm.

 

Contractor admits offering bribe

A 77-year-old Highmore contractor has admitted bribing the superintendent of Crow Creek Tribal Schools in return for school construction contracts.

 

Pathologist Wecht's attorneys ask judge to dismiss 41 charges

Wecht has been accused of using his former Allegheny County Coroner's staff and resources to benefit his multimillion dollar private practice.

 

'Dr. Phil' Staff Bails Out Jailed Teen

Employees of the "Dr. Phil" television show posted bail for a central Florida teenager jailed for taking part in a videotaped beating of another teen, a spokeswoman for the show's host confirmed Saturday.

 

$LUSH PROBERS EYE FRAUD RAP FOR QUINN

Feds probing the City Council budget scandal are weighing wire- and mail-fraud charges against those who helped send millions into a secret slush fund, The Post has learned.

 

U.S. track and field's dirty dozen affected by BALCO

When famed track coach Trevor Graham goes on trial May 19 for allegedly making false statements to federal investigators, the BALCO doping scandal will have come full circle. Evidence presented by both the defense and the prosecution is expected to link a dozen track and field athletes to performance-enhancing drugs, including two-time Olympic gold medalist Maurice Greene, who has never tested positive for drugs.

 

Shareholders want some of WaMu board out

Groups representing government and union pension funds say some board members should be held accountable for not acting to protect the company amid mounting evidence that housing prices were set to collapse. And others should be punished for doling out fat bonuses to executives while shareholders lost money, they say.

 

Civil rights leader guilty of incest

The Rev. James L. Bevel, 71, a top lieutenant to Martin Luther King who is also credited with helping conceive and organize the Million Man March, faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

DWFS Employee Accused Of Stealing Identities Of Clients Searching For Employment

Former DWFS employee, Laura Bustamante is accused of stealing over one hundred identities and sharing the information with John Johnstun, Joshua Smith and Michelle Charman. They would then open credit cards using the stolen information, officials say.

 

Three TxDOT employees charged with accepting bribes

All three face a charge of accepting bribes in connection with programs that receive federal funds, U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle said in a statement. The charges come after an investigation by the Texas Rangers and the McAllen FBI office.

 

Brooklyn Assemblywoman Convicted Of Taking Bribes

After three days of jury deliberations, Brooklyn Democratic Assemblywoman Diane Gordon was convicted Tuesday on eight counts of taking bribes and official misconduct relating to charges that she sought a $500,000 single-family home as a bribe from a Brooklyn contractor.

 

Scandal at the New York Merc

As part of a plea deal, Steven J. Karvellas admitted he delayed customer orders to buy or sell natural gas contracts while watching the direction the market was moving, according to prosecutors. If the market moved in a direction that made the order profitable, Karvellas took the contract for himself, prosecutors said. They said customer orders would be executed later at a less favorable price or not at all.

 

Scandal on Grant Street: A massive conflict

The head of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, now on paid leave, and his wife, today the former press secretary to the mayor of Pittsburgh, admit they accepted gifts from a Lamar Advertising executive with whom the URA boss, in a previous position, brokered a deal on an electronic billboard.

 

Ex-Miss Nevada USA Takes Plea Deal

A dethroned Miss Nevada USA agreed Wednesday to pay fines for five misdemeanor traffic violations in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge of resisting arrest.

 

Lingerie, iPods on government credit cards

Those charges include Internet dating services, iPods, expensive clothing, a $13,500 dinner and lingerie to be worn during jungle training in Ecuador, the study said.

 

Teacher Busted For Allegedly Having Child Porn

Ivan Carcelen, of Glendale, who teaches at an East LA middle school, was arrested Tuesday night and booked on suspicion of possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct, said Laura Eimiller of the FBI.

 

Teacher Arraigned For Videotaping Girls Bathroom

A Millbrae high school teacher was arraigned and remanded into custody Tuesday morning on drug and pornography charges in connection with his videotaping of girls in the main bathroom of Mills High School, a San Mateo County deputy district attorney said.

 

Priest Accused Of Stalking O'Brien Pleads Guilty

The Roman Catholic priest accused of stalking talk show host Conan O'Brien has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

 

New charges for Smithtown developer

A Smithtown developer was back in court Tuesday to be arraigned on more charges in connection with the Suffolk County District Attorney's probe into corruption in Smithtown's building department.

 

SEC files charges against 5 former San Diego officials

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil fraud charges Monday against five former San Diego city officials, alleging they gave false statements in city bond offerings for 2002 and 2003 that are at the heart of the city's pension scandal.

 

Charges Filed Against Council Candidate Over Lewd Acts

Misdemeanor charges of committing a lewd act and urinating in public were filed Monday against San Diego City Council candidate John Hartley.

 

Meet Congress' "King Of Pork"

According to an estimate by Taxpayers for Common Sense, he's steered more than $600 million in earmarks to his Pennsylvania district in the past four years and $2 billion since 1992. But what's been good for Murtha and his district is not always good for taxpayers.

 

Council opens probe into Ferguson contracts

A Detroit City Council committee today opened an inquiry into contracts awarded to four companies with ties to Bobby Ferguson, a friend of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, whose relationship with the mayor’s office has come under scrutiny.

 

Veterans Affairs Employees Spend Billions on Government Credit Cards

Veterans Affairs employees last year racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in government credit-card bills at casino and luxury hotels, movie theaters and high-end retailers such as Sharper Image and Franklin Covey — and government auditors are investigating, citing past spending abuses.

 

Adelanto mayor resigns in midst of Little League scandal

The mayor of the Mojave Desert town of Adelanto has resigned in the midst of a scandal involving embezzlement of Little League money.

 

Trio Arraigned In Library Scandal

Three people accused of ripping off more than $1 million from the Sacramento Public Library appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday.

 

Woodside councilwoman charged with DUI

Woodside Councilwoman Carroll Ann Hodges spent Friday night in the First Chance substance-abuse facility in San Carlos and had to take a cab home the next day -- the consequence of being pulled over by the California Highway Patrol and being charged with drunken driving, she told The Almanac.

 

Man Accused Of Raping 4-Year-Old In His Care

A 59-year-old Deltona man who ran a day care out of his home in Central Florida is accused of raping a 4-year-old in his care.

 

Scandal surrounds Aramark

Across the nation, coalitions of students, workers, and their allies have been protesting large-scale food service company, Aramark, over allegations that it has been mistreating workers committing fraud and providing low quality food.

 

Former Superintendent Charged With Filing False Tax Return

The information alleges that Livingston reported income totaling $102,110, when he knew his income was more than $200,000.

 

FAA lax with airlines, whistle-blowers say

Government officials have blocked enforcement of safety rules at major airlines for years because they have a cozy relationship with the companies, according to the testimony of U.S. inspectors who will appear before Congress Thursday.

 

Brother of Louisiana's indicted Rep. Jefferson charged in unrelated New Orleans bribery case

The eldest brother and political strategist of indicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson has been charged with giving payoffs to a school-board president — a bribery case apparently unrelated to the one against the congressman.

 

State commission investigates probes into Spitzer scandal

State investigators are investigating the people who did the investigating into last year's scandal involving then-Governor Eliot Spitzer and some of his top staffers.

 

Scientist: CDC Bosses Ignored Warning

A federal scientist said Tuesday his bosses ignored pleas to alert Gulf Coast hurricane victims earlier about severe health risks from formaldehyde in government-issued trailers and once told him not to write e-mails about his concerns.

 

Best-Selling Doctor Accused Of Molestation

A doctor, whose best-selling books led to an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," has been accused of sexually molesting seven young boys while treating them at Children’s Hospital in Boston.

 

HUD Chief Resigns Under Cloud

The Bush administration's top housing official, under criminal investigation and intense pressure from Democratic critics, announced Monday he is quitting.

 

Police: Teacher Told Class to Hit Tardy Student

A Delta high school teacher is facing child abuse charges for allegedly telling students to beat up another student who was late for class.

 

Former bookkeeper's lawsuit details Fay's life of excess, homosexuality

In court documents obtained this weekend by The Darien Times, D’Erario also describes a life of excess and overt homosexuality led by former St. John pastor, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay. The lawsuit says that Fay had a formal commitment ceremony while pastor and among other things, used church money to buy Burberry outfits for his dog.

 

Bush aide resigns for alleged wrongdoing

An aide to President Bush has resigned because of his alleged misuse of grant money from the U.S. Agency for International Development when he worked for a Cuban democracy organization.

 

Two city hall workers reach plea in scandal

Two of the four people charged in the city hall bonus scandal reached a plea deal with prosecutors today, while the other two accused were cleared of all charges.

 

Governor of Puerto Rico charged in corruption scandal

Anibal Acevedo Vila, Democratic governor of Puerto Rico since 2005, was charged with corruption linked to campaign financing and faces prison time if convicted, US authorities said Thursday.

 

Early signs of corruption uninvestigated for months

In July 2006, Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz asked the state to investigate why Sheriff Richard Hernandez seemed to be turning a blind eye to three large casino-style game rooms on major county roads. At about the same time, a jail administrator showed Goertz evidence of Hernandez using county inmates and materials to operate his own custom barbecue pit building business.

 

Middle School Teacher Accused Of Producing Child Porn

Prosecutors said Shulick met a 16-year-old girl from Fairfax County through a social networking Web site between October 2007 and March 2008 and took pictures of her engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

 

State files lawsuit in CIETC scandal

The Iowa attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit to recover more than $1.3 million the state and others must repay in federal funds that were misspent by a now-defunct job training agency and its officials.

 

A Failure To Disclose Disciplinary Incident

Family Support Magistrate Christopher F. Oliveira should have disclosed a 2004 disciplinary incident in his background on a mandatory questionnaire he filled out to obtain his new $121,615-a-year quasi-judicial post, a gubernatorial spokesman said.

 

Former teacher pleads guilty to criminal sex act

The former Skaneateles teacher accused of having sexual relations with a female student entered a guilty plea Thursday morning.

 

Mayor’s criminal charges won’t bar him from office

Tim McKinney, 55, faces misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance and speeding. Arraignment is May 7 in Berryville District Court.

 

Former staffers to plead no contest in Mayor Pro Tem bonus scandal

Two former members of the Mayor Pro Tem’s office are expected to plead “no contest” to charges they illegally took more than $200,000 in bonuses and raises. The ex-staffers are scheduled to enter their pleas Friday morning.

 

Court examiner faults accounting practices of bankrupt lender

Bankrupt mortgage lender New Century Financial Corp. used improper accounting practices while making risky loans, creating "a ticking time bomb" that led to the company's rapid downfall, a court examiner said in a report released Wednesday.

 

Vice Principal Charged With Child Sex Abuse

A vice principal at a Prince George's County elementary school has been indicted on child sex abuse charges.

Shadrick Woods, 39, of Lanham, was charged with two counts of child sex abuse and two counts of third-degree sexual offense.

 

Minister Accused Of Wanting To 'Play Doctor,' Have Sex With 15-Year-Old

A Winter Park minister is accused of wanting to "play doctor" and have sex with what he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

 

'BRIBE' POL WANTED A 'LEGIT' LOOK

Diane Gordon wanted to "keep everything legit" as she hammered out a bribery deal that would score her a custom-built home, prosecutors charge.

 

Beach Town Mayor Accused Of Spending $30 To Bribe Voters

Atlantic Beach Mayor Irene Armstrong has been indicted on charges of spending $30 to bribe two voters on Election Day.

 

State Official Left Agency Amid Scandal, Consulting Work Followed

The former state official who wrote a bogus letter to help Rep. Thomas Wright apply for a charitable loan later worked closely with the agency he left amid the scandal.

 

Bounty hunters charged

Two bounty hunters are in jail after they were accused of breaking into a residence and illegally detaining an individual.

 

Animal control officer charged with drowning kittens

Kevin Murphy is accused of drowning up to 50 kittens last year.

 

Former CEO Indicted On Charges Of Falsely Portraying Lung Drug

The former head of a Brisbane biopharmaceutical company was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco Tuesday on charges of falsely portraying a drug as effective against a lung disease.

 

Police: Hotel Guard Raped, Pushed Spring Breaker Off Balcony

Panama City Beach police have arrested a hotel security guard accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old spring breaker.

 

N.Y. Gov. Paterson Admits Several Marital Affairs

The state's new governor revealed Tuesday that he had affairs with several women, including a state employee. The confession came a day after he took over from former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who was driven from office amid a prostitution scandal.

 

Detroit Council Asks Mayor to Resign

The City Council on Tuesday asked Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick to resign in light of evidence that he lied under oath and plotted to cover up an extramarital affair with his former chief of staff.

 

Destrehan Band Director Arrested For Allegedly Having Sex With Student

St. Charles Sheriff's Deputies arrested Byron Toups, band director at Destrehan High School, and charged him with molestation of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile, and simple battery.

 

Former insurance commissioner faces Aug. 18 trial date

A jury trial for former Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher has been scheduled for Aug. 18 in Tulsa County District Court.

 

Kurt and Lisa Heintz face dozens of lawsuits

New details have surfaced regarding what several banks are calling one of the largest mortgage schemes ever in Michigan.

Kurt and Lisa Heintz own Great Lakes Broker Funding. The company faces about two dozen lawsuits, including one from California-based Indymac Bank.

 

Local Animal Sanctuary Owner Arrested

In one of the largest anti-cruelty raids of recent times, more than 600 cats living in squalor were seized from the property known as the Tiger Ranch Cat Sanctuary in Tarentum, Pa., by a team of animal welfare experts from the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA) and the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

 

DSS employee charged with failure to report abuse

Police say 38-year-old Lisa Gibson regularly visited the home where 65-year-old Mary Terry lived with her 84-year-old mother and should have known the woman was starving to death.

 

DiBella Must Pay $791K

Hartford's regional sewer czar William A. DiBella was ordered to pay nearly $800,000 on Thursday for taking a sham fee on a pension deal growing out of the 1990s investment scandal that sent his friend, former state Treasurer Paul Silvester, to prison.

 

Pastor Accused of Stealing Hurricane Relief Funds

Noah Thomas, 42, the pastor of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, was charged with mail fraud.

 

Priest seeks to postpone prison surrender date

A Darien priest who stole about $1.3 million from his Darien parish to support a luxurious lifestyle has asked a judge to postpone the date he must report to federal prison.

 

Coach Admits To Using Gun To Threaten Referee

A youth football coach has pleaded guilty to using a loaded gun to intimidate a referee during a game last year in Montgomery County.

 

Katrina Victims Complain About Red Tape

Two and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of miserable homeowners are still waiting for their government rebuilding checks, and many complain they can't even get their calls returned. But the company that holds the big contract to distribute the aid is doing quite well for itself.

 

Hookers, Madams And Their Alleged Ties To Celebs

 

Vallejo's fire union partied on city's dime

While Vallejo's finances were plunging faster than a roller coaster at the Six Flags amusement park, the city's firefighters were going abalone diving, grilling tri-tip and drinking cocktails on the public's dime, records show.

 

Meat Exec Admits Sick Cows Were Slaughtered

The president of a California slaughterhouse at the center of the largest beef recall in U.S. history now acknowledges that cattle were illegally slaughtered at his plant.

 

Detroit mayor pressured to resign

The mayor is under investigation for lying in sworn testimony about an affair with his chief of staff in a police whistleblower trial as well as for a secret $8.4 settlement he brokered without the city council"s knowledge.

 

"Teach Me To Trade" Infomercial Stars Charged

Linda Woolf, 48, of Sandy, Utah, and David Gengler, 34, of Draper, Utah, passed themselves off as successful investors and persuaded consumers to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $40,000 to learn the "Teach Me to Trade" stock picking system, according to an indictment in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

 

Celebrity DUI's

 

Sources: Spitzer under prostitution investigation

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is under investigation for allegedly meeting with a prostitute in a Washington hotel, two sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN.

One of the sources said Spitzer is identified in a criminal complaint as "Client-9," and that Spitzer's alleged involvement was caught on a federal wiretap.

 

Foster Child Sues Abusing Ex-Lawmaker

One of two foster daughters raped by a former South Dakota lawmaker is suing him and his wife. Ex-state Rep. Ted Klaudt, 49, was convicted on four counts of second-degree rape involving the two children at his hotel suite during the 2005 and 2006 legislative sessions in Pierre.

 

Senators Demand Audit Of Iraq Oil Revenue

The Democratic chairman and Republican former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee have asked U.S. government auditors to determine what Iraq is doing with the billions of dollars in oil revenue it generates.

 

Texas oil exec sentenced in scandal

The sentence Friday came on a guilty plea last August from David Chalmers to approving millions in kickbacks to Saddam Hussein's Iraq regime.

 

Indian doctor in US syringe scandal

As many as 40,000 people may have been infected with the deadly hepatitis C virus or HIV from a Las Vegas clinic, owned by Dr Dipak Desai, which has been reusing syringes and medical vials for nearly four years.

 

Canary Capital Partners: Anatomy Of A Scandal

On September 3, 2003, then New York State Attorney General Elliot Spitzer filed a complaint against New Jersey based hedge fund, Canary Capital Partners. The complaint alleged that Canary Capital entered into illegal agreements with multiple, nationally known mutual fund companies to defraud investors.

 

Firm linked to scandal switches to new name

SFRN Inc. announced Wednesday that its new name is Engenuity Group Inc., a change it formally filed with state regulators in January.

In the old name, the "N" stood for Warren Newell, the former county commissioner who was sentenced to five years in prison in January after pleading guilty to a federal corruption charge stemming from his undisclosed profit in a land deal.

 

Judge approves $660M abuse settlement

A judge on Monday approved a $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse, the largest payout yet in a nationwide sex abuse scandal.

 

Former cheerleader coach enters pre-trial intervention following 2007 WSHS scandal

Former Ware Shoals High School cheerleading coach Jill Moore has reportedly entered an intervention program that would, if completed, expunge her record of the charges levied against her by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office last year.

 

Scandal, Theft And Fraud At The GOP

The NRCC is missing tens of thousands of dollars, and they’re pretty sure it was stolen by the committee’s treasurer, Christopher Ward (who abruptly left the organization a few weeks ago).

 

Prosecutors: Ex-Mayor's Girlfriend Got Breaks on Land Deals

A woman who had an extramarital affair with Sharpe James received preferential treatment in purchasing city-owned land she quickly sold for a hefty profit, prosecutors alleged Thursday in the former Newark mayor's federal corruption trial.

 

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