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New Illinois governor inherits old set of problems

Rod Blagojevich entered the Illinois governor's office with the state budget falling apart and public confidence shaken by a spectacular scandal. Six years later, Blagojevich is gone but if anything his tenure dug the hole deeper.

 

Group vows change for waterfront as Phila. unit dissolved

A new agency has been formed to revitalize the city's Delaware River waterfront and replace an organization that has been marked by secrecy and scandal since its creation in 1970.

 

Salazar to revisit scandals at Interior

More than a half dozen workers at the Colorado office were disciplined or fired last year after they were accused of using drugs, having sex with oil and gas industry representatives and accepting gifts from them.

 

'Mayor For Life' in Yet Another Tax Flap

This news comes after Barry pleaded guilty in 2005 to two misdemeanor tax charges and admitted to not filing his taxes from 1999 to 2004. So he didn't pay most of the taxes he owed on more than $500,000 in income.

 

Ex-official faces fraud claims

An Eastpointe city councilman who resigned earlier this week amid allegations of insurance fraud is expected to be arraigned on charges
today.

 

Blagojevich Skips Out On Day 3 Of Trial

Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial turned Wednesday to issues that had nothing to do with allegations he tried to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat — instead focussing on accusations he broke hiring laws, wasted taxpayer money and illegally defied the state Legislature.

 

Scandal rocks Tulsa City Hall

A cryptic resignation letter, a city-issued cellular phone and an identification badge were waiting on Paul Zachary’s chair when he arrived for work in Tulsa’s Public Works Department.

This development Jan. 21 would become the city’s first indication that the Public Works Department was about to be caught up in a public corruption scandal that involved millions of dollars in construction and consulting contracts.

 

Kilpatricks, Conyers among 8 named in FBI bribery probe

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, and City Council President Monica Conyers are the major figures cited in a sludge-hauling executive's account of greed and bribery in the Synagro scandal, sources confirmed Tuesday to the Free Press. The three have not been charged with wrongdoing in the case.

 

UCF dean accused of $40,000 spending spree with university credit card

A University of Central Florida dean is under investigation today after auditors discovered he purchased $40,000 worth of high-end electronics for personal use with his university-issued credit card.

 

Senators grill SEC regulators over Madoff scandal

Government and industry regulators were put sharply on the defensive yesterday at a Senate hearing over their failure to uncover the more than 10-year, multibillion-dollar fraud scheme that authorities say was carried out under their noses by Bernard Madoff, a prominent Wall Street figure and money manager.

 

Miss. mayor indicted on Katrina fraud charges

Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr is the highest-ranking public official so far to be charged with fraud related to the storm that slammed the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005.

 

School can expel lesbian students, court rules

An appeals court decided this week that the private religious school was not a business and therefore did not have to comply with a state law that prohibits businesses from discriminating.

 

School Principal Arrested On Drug Charges

Parents at an area school questioned why the principal was still on the job Monday after she was faced with felony drug charges.

 

Arrested Pastor Oversaw FEMA Trailer Program

Neighbors who gave money to a popular Plaquemines Parish pastor to secure FEMA trailers for them want to know where their money and trailers are now that pastor Martin Denesse has been arrested on drug charges.

 

Ex-school chief sues over Oakland firing

A former Oakland County superintendent who went to jail for crimes including the illegal awarding of more than $1 million in school contracts is suing the school district for firing him.

 

Committee Finds Lawmaker Violated Ethics Law

Anchorage Republican Kevin Meyer probably violated state ethics law when he used state resources to prepare and mail his legislative newsletter to non-constituents.

 

Business Ordered to Pay $300,000 in Fraud Case

A Lincoln business has been ordered to pay nearly $300,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to health care fraud.

 

D.A. investigates allegations that Temple City officials solicited bribes

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is investigating allegations that the Temple City mayor and two City Council members solicited tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and a condominium from a developer in exchange for their support of a $75-million mall project.

 

Local officials ask state probe of Portland mayor

Oregon’s attorney general has agreed to investigate Portland Mayor Sam Adams, who has admitted he lied to cover up an affair with a teenager in 2005.

 

Riveria Beach Mayor's car impounded

Just two weeks ago Mayor Thomas Masters was pulled over for speeding.

Now, Friday night he was handed three traffic citations.

 

Former N.Y. majority leader Bruno indicted

Joseph Bruno, who was New York's top Republican as the state Senate majority leader, was accused in a sweeping federal indictment Friday of abusing his public position to enrich himself.

 

Haggard faces more allegations of gay relations

Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard’s former church disclosed Friday that the gay sex scandal that caused his downfall extends to a young male church volunteer who reported having a sexual relationship with Haggard—a revelation that comes as Haggard tries to repair his public image.

 

Documents: Church knew of abuse

Church officials have never acknowledged they knew anything about the abuse while it was happening.

Now, a host of new documents obtained through a court petition by The Indianapolis Star reveal that church officials knew about allegations against Monroe by 1976 -- early in an era of sex abuse that lasted from 1974 to 1984.

 

Steelers Tight End Arrested In Virginia

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jonathan Dekker was arrested early Saturday and charged with obstruction of justice.

 

Lawmakers steamed over snubbed subpoenas

State lawmakers on Wednesday said they don't plan to pursue abuse of power findings against Gov. Sarah Palin, but they do want to know why their subpoenas were ignored in last fall's Troopergate investigation.

 

Merrill CEO's $1.2M redecorating spree

On the day former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain was apparently forced out of a new job at Bank of America, we've learned he'd spent more than $1.2 million to redecorate his office after taking over at the investment firm.

 

Postal worker pleads guilty to stealing gift cards

A Scottsdale postal worker has pleaded guilty to stealing gift cards from letters on his route and using them to purchase items for himself.

 

State Senator and Local Pastor Found Guilty

A federal jury in Birmingham late Wednesday afternoon found state senator EB McClain and retired reverend Samuel Pettagrue guilty on 48 counts each of bribery, money laundering and mail fraud.

 

City taxpayers could pay for Dixon's defense

Baltimore taxpayers could foot the bill for Mayor Sheila Dixon's legal fees under a new policy being drafted by the city law department.

 

Pastor and Music Teacher Charged with Sex Crimes

A man who parents entrusted with the care of their children has been charged with sex crimes. Tony Ray Malbrough worked as a pastor and a music teacher at a Waldorf church when the alleged crimes occured.

 

Former Wheatfield Twp. treasurer pleads guilty

Former Wheatfield Township Treasurer Barb Culham pleaded guilty today to stealing about $51,000 in township funds and tax revenues.

 

Ex-firefighter pleads guilty to lookout tower fire

A former volunteer firefighter has pleaded guilty to charges that he set fire to the High Knob Observation Tower.

 

Former Commissioner Lynette Boggs ordered to pay $2,000 fine

She pleaded guilty to filing a false statement of residency. Boggs was initially indicted in 2007 for felony counts of perjury and filing false documents.

 

Former DSS official accused of embezzling due in court

The former finance director for the South Carolina Department of Social Services accused of embezzling millions from the agency is due to appear in court.

 

Nation keeping eye on California illegal-student case

Several states are keeping an eye on a California court case that could be a bellwether for colleges that discount tuition for undocumented
immigrants.

 

Pastor Charged with Child Sex Abuse

A Maryland pastor has been charged with multiple counts of sexual child abuse. The Charles County Sheriffs Special Victims Unit arrested Tony Ray Malbrough, 44, of Indian Head, on January 18.

 

Portland mayor admits lying about sex with teen

More than a year after denying it, newly elected Mayor Sam Adams has admitted having a sexual relationship with a male teenager in 2005.

 

Gainesville Volunteer Fire Department Dissolved

Prince William County supervisors have voted to dissolve Gainesville's volunteer fire department after an audit uncovered a number of problems.

 

Gov. Perdue faces $21 million in personal debt

Records reveal the governor got the loan from AgGeorgia Farm Credit in Perry on collateral worth less than 20 percent of the loan's value, an unusual move, the newspaper reported.

 

Police investigating credit-card company used by GJ restaurant

Police spokeswoman Kate Porras said the owners of the Cavett House Grille & Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., reported Saturday that the restaurant's credit-card payment company charged patrons multiple times for the initial amount charged. They also reported that the company has withheld credit charges that would be paid to the Cavett House because the restaurant hasn't paid fees from the charges billed to patrons.

 

Teacher fired for using duct tape on student

The Tippecanoe School Corp. has fired a middle school teacher who placed duct tape over a student's mouth to keep him from talking in class.

 

Trial set for two Delray priests accused of stealing from parish

The Revs. John Skehan, 81, and Francis "Frank" Guinan, 66, are scheduled for trial Wednesday, each charged with one count of grand theft over $100,000 - a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

 

Fla. financier said to owe $50 million

Around the same time he mysteriously vanished, hedge-fund manager Arthur G. Nadel owed a $50 million payout to some investors, an accountant said yesterday.

 

Police: Long Island security guard stabs teen moviegoer

Police say the security guard, Ricardo Singh, was directing patrons to exit the theater after a showing of "My Bloody Valentine in 3D" when he got into an argument with a 16-year-old who wanted to wait inside for his ride.

 

Housing official pleads guilty to stealing gift cards

A Baltimore housing department official pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing from the same batch of gift cards for needy families that Mayor Sheila Dixon is accused of pilfering and has agreed to cooperate in a prosecutor's case against the mayor.

 

Former Fry's exec is arraigned on nine felony charges, enters not guilty plea

On Jan. 6, a grand jury indicted Siddiqui, once a vice president at Fry's Electronics before he was fired Dec. 22, for nine illegal transactions worth about $6 million. He allegedly arranged kickbacks from Fry's suppliers to pay off his huge gambling debts.

 

Ex-Bayley-Ellard principal pleads guilty to touching student

After more than five years of fighting sexual abuse charges, the former principal of the now-defunct Bayley-Ellard High School in Madison admitted today to touching a male student’s buttocks during a hug and shoving a teacher and warning the man not to report the offensive touching.

 

Priest accused of embezzling from Delray Beach parish may be seeking plea deal

The Rev. John Skehan has reached an "amicable resolution" which will be presented to a judge on Jan. 21, the day his trial on a grand theft charge is scheduled to begin, his defense attorney wrote in a court filing.

Skehan is set to be tried at the same time as the Rev. Francis Guinan, 66, who is also charged with one count of grand theft over $100,000.

The priests were arrested by Delray Beach police in 2006, accused of stealing offertory money from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church. Allegations arose that Skehan - and much later Guinan - had misappropriated more than $8 million over decades.

 

FBI raids offices of Bobby Ferguson

The FBI confirmed to the Free Press that they began a raid at 8:30 a.m. on the business offices of Bobby Ferguson, a friend of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and a controversial city contractor who was jailed for pistol-whipping a former employee.

 

Mayor criticized for steering builder's largesse

Mayor Michael Wildes steered more than $100,000 from a city developer to a handpicked group of churches, synagogues and charities late last year, an arrangement the mayor said was beneficial to the city and its residents.

But some city officials said the donations funneled through Wildes were inappropriate and served as a way for the mayor to solidify his base.

 

Judge awards $7.8 million in insurance suit

A federal judge has awarded $7.8 million to a group of mostly state employees who claimed two insurance companies cheated them out of payments related to their cancer treatments.

 

Inauguration declared 'emergency'

President Bush on Tuesday declared the District a federal emergency area, clearing the way for the city to receive federal money to help cover the overwhelming cost of providing security for official inauguration events.

Officials said it was the first time the designation had ever been used for anything other than a national disaster, such as a hurricane or widespread flooding.

 

Councilman gets jail time

Belmont Councilman Bill Dickenson, who maintained his innocence all through trial to allegations he assaulted his former girlfriend and business partner, was sentenced yesterday to 20 days jail, 36 months of probation and 104 hours of domestic violence counseling.

 

Teacher charged in assault of two girls

A middle school teacher has been charged with aggravated sexual battery of two girls at the Portsmouth school he works at.

 

Lovington Commissioner Pleads To Fraud

Lovington City Commissioner David Trujillo has pleaded to charges of fraud, attempted fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in a plea agreement that dropped most of the charges filed against him in 2006.

 

Governor Blagojevich vows to resist impeachment

The scandal-ridden governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, yesterday vowed to fight on after Illinois lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to impeach him.

 

Two indictments, but so many loose ends

City Councilwoman Helen L. Holton and developer Ronald H. Lipscomb were indicted on charges related to an alleged bribery scheme.

 

Council wasn't told of brutality lawsuit

A civil lawsuit against Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman, Police Chief Allan Webster, the five-member City Council and nine city police officers was filed in U.S. District Court late November, but council members are scratching their heads wondering why they didn't hear about it in a recent closed session in which the city's legal matters were discussed.

 

Former Md. lawmaker due at prison for porn offense

A former Maryland state delegate has a 2 p.m. appointment with the federal Bureau of Prisons to start serving a 37-month sentence for possessing child pornography.

 

Mayor Dixon Continues Routine Despite Indictment

One day after being charged with 12 counts of felony theft, perjury, fraud and misconduct in office, Mayor Sheila Dixon is still on the job.

 

Ex-state representative Weyhrauch plans appeal of court ruling

In Bruce Weyhrauch's case, prosecutors say, he was soliciting a Veco job at the same time he was voting on an oil tax pushed by Veco's chief executive, Bill Allen. Prosecutors argue that a failure to disclose what they describe as a conflict of interest amounts to honest services fraud, a federal offense.

 

Hedge Fund Mgr. Arrested At SFO On Fraud Charges

Trabulse had been wanted by the FBI for suspicion of defrauding his clients out of possibly $10 million, according to customs and border protection officials. The exact amount Trabulse allegedly defrauded has not been determined.

 

Teacher charged with possessing child porn

An elementary teacher at a Detroit charter school was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of possessing child pornography.

 

SEC: Asleep at the wheel?

Republican and Democratic House members said Monday that the alleged $50 billion fraud involving Wall Street figure Bernard Madoff reflects deep, systemic problems at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Democrat Roland Burris blocked from Senate

The man named by the scandal-plagued governor of Illinois to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate failed to gain entry on Tuesday when the chamber's secretary rejected as incomplete his credentials for the seat.

 

County Councilman Indicted In Theft Probe

Baltimore County 4th District Councilman Kenneth Oliver was indicted on two counts of felony theft and numerous election law violations involving failure to account for campaign committee funds and expenditures ...

 

Oliver indicted on felony theft charges

Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver was indicted yesterday on felony theft charges involving the personal use of campaign funds, the state prosecutor's office said.

 

Immigrant driving privileges mulled

A panel advising Gov. Jon S. Corzine is considering recommending "driver privilege cards" and in-state college tuition rates for undocumented immigrants.

 

New Mexico governor backed down over pay-to-play probe

Gov. Bill Richardson's gold-plated resume had never been tarnished as he moved up the political ladder from congressman and diplomat to governor.

 

Ex-Detroit Mayoral Aide Gets 120-Day Jail Sentence

Nearly a year after headlines lit a City Hall sex scandal, the former top aide to ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sent to jail Tuesday to serve the same punishment as her boss: 120 days with time shaved for good behavior.

 

Former Bank Manager Sentenced In D.C. Tax Scandal

Walter Jones helped deposit nearly $18 million in fraudulent checks while working at Bank of America after he was befriended by the scheme's mastermind, Harriette Walters. Prosecutors say that in exchange for his help, Jones received cash gifts totaling at least $366,000.

 

Mark Ingram arrested in Flint after nearly a month on the lam

Former NFL star and Flint native Mark Ingram is behind bars, nearly a month after he disappeared on the day he was scheduled to begin serving a prison sentence for bank fraud and money laundering.

 

California Faces $42 Billion Shortfall

Californians expecting a state tax refund have been told they might get IOUs instead.

 

Teacher at UH indicted in fraud

Eric Youn, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Hawai'i, was indicted Tuesday on five felony counts, including second-degree theft and second-degree attempted theft, first-degree extortion and second-degree identity theft.

 

Special needs student left alone overnight on frigid bus

Linda Hockaday was aware Rivera was asleep on the bus, but did not inform the driver he was there, prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint. She didn't want to retrace the bus route and take Rivera home because she had to get to an appointment, the complaint said.

 

Bills Player Arrested Outside Bar

Buffalo Bills safety Ko Simpson was arrested outside a bar in his hometown of Rock Hill after he refused to leave officers alone as they arrested another man, according to a police report.

 

Ex-pastor of St. Leo's abused boy in '70s, parish told

Parishioners at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Little Italy were informed at weekend Masses that their former pastor - who was removed suddenly more than a year ago - molested a 13-year-old boy in the late 1970s at a New York church. Michael Salerno, better known as "Father Mike," was a brother at All Saints Church in Brooklyn when the alleged abuse occurred.

 

Town Accused Of Falsifying Safety Documents

The state is taking the town to court for allegedly falsifying school bus safety documents. Inspectors told Eyewitness News that they have never seen such a level of disrepair.

 

Federal inspectors want Alabama health officials to repay $5.7 million

Federal inspectors said the money was put in an interest-bearing account by the association, and $5.7 million was not actually spent on the intended goods and services before a program deadline.

 

Area priest accused of sexual misconduct

The reported molestation occurred in 1993 between a minor and the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph, now a priest at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, said Adela Gonzales White, communications director with the Diocese of Venice. The alleged misconduct took place when Joseph was assigned to St. Frances Xavier Catholic Church in Fort Myers.

 

H-P Accused Of Illegally Selling Printers In Iran

Hewlett-Packard Co. could be breaking U.S. trade sanctions by using a third-party distributor to sell printers in Iran, The Boston Globe reported Monday.

 

CANYON LAKE: Councilman's wife had a history of unpaid loans, court documents say

Suzanne Kessler, the wife of former City Councilman Frank Kessler, had a habit of borrowing lots of money without paying it off, long before she and her husband were arrested Dec. 17 on charges of embezzlement, court documents allege.

 

Council Chooses Replacement for Former Councilman

Robert J. White III. resigned earlier this month after admitting to the bribery charge in federal court. Federal prosecutors say White took a $500 bribe from a Cleveland businessman who was cooperating with the FBI.

 

Ex-NY lawmaker caught in online sex scandal pleads guilty

At 61, a former New York lawmaker and member of the state parole board got himself entangled in a sex scandal - that of trying to entice minors online for sex.

 

Ex-Contractor Gets 21/2 Years in Prison In Cunningham Case

A former defense contractor who gave more than $1 million in gifts -- including cash, home furnishings, a Rolls-Royce and an antique commode -- to then-Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif.) was sentenced yesterday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison.

 

Bond Set at $100K for Savannah Firefighter

Cudlip has been arrested in the death of a bicyclist in Bluffton. ... He's charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and involuntary manslaughter.

 

The Best (and Worst) Sex Scandals of 2008

Amid 2008's many sex scandals, it was a miracle there was any time left to monitor an epochal presidential election. There were many genuine, dirty affairs - and some duds inevitably got overhyped.

 

Smoking Gun? More Evidence That Cheney Had Bigger Role in 'Plamegate'

Vice President Dick Cheney may have had a larger hand in the Bush administration's leaking of Valerie Plame's name to the press than originally thought.

 

Ortloff Pleads Guilty in Connection with Sex Scandal

Former New York Assemblyman Chris Ortloff has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a sex scandal.

 

Fairbanks Catholic diocese receives complaints

The Diocese of Fairbanks, which is under bankruptcy protection, received 288 claims from people who said they had been molested by Roman Catholic clergy.

 

The Buzz: Another governor scandal?

A federal grand jury is investigating how a California firm that contributed to the political activities of Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico - the Democratic nominee to head the Commerce Department - won a lucrative government contract.

 

14 claim abuse by priests, monks, nuns

Fourteen former students of what is now the Marty Indian School have accused Catholic priests, monks, nuns and others of repeated sexual abuse.

 

UnitedHealth settles with SEC in stock scandal

Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. settle a civil lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission related to a stock-options backdating scandal that enveloped the company in 2007.

 

People: Amy Winehouse tops scandal list

The gossipmongers at FoxNews.com came up with these top celebrity scandals for 2008:

 

Dallas City Hall Scandal Trial Delayed 6 Months

Instead of next month, the trial will now begin at the end of June for former Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hill, former Plan Commissioner D'Angelo Lee, developer Brian Potashnik and nine others.

 

Where'd the bailout money go? Shhhh, it's a secret

It's something any bank would demand to know before handing out a loan: Where's the money going? But after receiving billions in aid from U.S. taxpayers, the nation's largest banks say they can't track exactly how they're spending the money or they simply refuse to discuss it.

 

Bribe nets Moultrie 16 months in Miss. Trial

Robert Moultrie, the founder of The Facility Group, must serve 16 months in federal prison for his guilty plea to a charge of paying an illegal gratuity to then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove in 2003.

 

Pastor Accused Of Mortgage Fraud Scheme

An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a Denver minister accused of stealing $80,000 through a mortgage fraud scheme that relied on false information to get reduced interest rates.

 

SEC fails investors again

Regulators at the Securities and Exchange Commission were warned a decade ago that Madoff's operation was a fraud. Over the years, repeated complaints about Madoff were ignored by the SEC and other agencies and regulators.

 

Campaign of terror at grade school

Upset she had not received the class assignment she desired, Susan Romanyszyn planted a series of threatening notes around Longstreth Elementary, where she taught fourth grade.

 

U.S. Lawmakers Get a Raise

Members of Congress will soon have a bit more money in their wallets.

 

Cowdery intends to plead guilty today

State Sen. John Cowdery, elected to six terms in the Alaska Legislature and the state's oldest active lawmaker, announced Thursday he intends to plead guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and extortion.

 

Mount Clemens postal worker accused of stealing gold

A postal worker got caught when he stole gold from a mailed parcel and tried to sell the gold to the same pawn shop that had sent the parcel, federal authorities allege.

 

Lawmaker hires lawyer as other alcohol-related incidents come to light

State Representative Jeff Wood has apparently changed his mind about not hiring an attorney for his drunken driving and marijuana case.

Wood is due in court Jan 26 on possible charges of three-time OWI and marijuana possession.

 

Ex-schools official is guilty

Together, court papers say, former assistant Ecorse schools superintendent Douglas A. Benit and his wife, Mary Ann Elam Benit, operated a $7.3-million scheme to defraud the district and the U.S. government in a federally funded program to connect low-income school systems to the Internet. And now both are expected to go to prison early next year.

 

Police: PTA Mom Caught Half-Naked in SUV With Boy

A New York PTA official and a 13-year-old boy were allegedly caught in the back seat of an SUV behind an elementary school, police said.

 

OPEC Drastically Slashes World's Oil Flow

OPEC announced Wednesday cuts of 2.2 million barrels a day from its output - the largest ever at one time - to stem crude prices that have plummeted over 70 percent from summer highs of nearly $150.

 

Report on DC Tax Office Scandal

An independent review of the D.C. tax office scandal has concluded that manager Harriette Walters was able to embezzle more than $48 million over two decades largely because of a "culture of apathy and silence" in the office.

 

Morgan Stanley Is One Bank That Cites a Loan From TARP Money

Banks that were rescued with billions of dollars in public funds have, in most cases, refused to provide specifics about how they have used or intend to use the money.

 

Convicted former senator barred from state contracts

Maryland's Board of Public Works voted today to bar convicted former state senator Thomas Bromwell from receiving state contracts.

 

Former credit union CEO charged with stealing

Federal prosecutors say former River Valley Credit Union CEO Gary Ellis, of Newmarket, N.H., took extra salary, bonuses and other payments over a four-year period before his dismissal in 2005.

 

Sentencing Set to Begin for Former CIETC Leaders

Ramona Cunningham pleaded guilty to her role in a scam that involved spending more than $1.5 million on executive bonuses and salaries. Cunningham was the CEO at the Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium.

 

Elder in House of Yahweh sect gets 30 years for molesting girl

An elder of a sect known as the House of Yahweh was sentenced to 30 years in prison for molesting an 11-year-old girl during a phony cervical cancer exam.

The sect's leader, Yisrayl Hawkins, faces trial next year on bigamy and child-labor charges. He is accused of having more than 20 wives, performing polygamous weddings and forcing about 40 children to work at his 44-acre compound in rural Clyde, near Abilene. Hundreds of his followers have legally changed their last names to Hawkins.

 

Former Mayor Scandal Makes Time's 2008 List

Jailed former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick snagged the No. 9 spot on Time magazine's 2008 Top Ten Scandals list.

 

Ex-UnitedHealth CEO's Options Unfrozen

A federal judge has lifted an injunction freezing millions of UnitedHealth options held by the managed care company's former Chief Executive Dr. William McGuire.

 

Two Indicted In Memphis Cafeteria Investigation

James Jordan and Sheila Brown were each indicted by a state grand jury for theft of services over $1,000; theft of property over $500; and two counts of official misconduct.

 

Madoff Scandal a Major Blow to Jewish Philanthropists, Charities

The arrest on Thursday of Wall Street trader Bernard L. Madoff, who FBI agents say defrauded investors of an estimated $50 billion, has had immediate consequences in the Jewish philanthropic world.

 

Sen. Craig loses appeal in airport sex sting case

Idaho Sen. Larry Craig on Tuesday lost his latest attempt to withdraw his guilty plea in a Minneapolis airport bathroom sex sting case, but said he's considering another appeal.

 

Priest Sex Abuse Case Should Go to Jury Today

The fourth sex abuse trial involving the Burlington Diocese is expected to wrap up today.

 

Al Unser Jr. an extortion victim

The New Mexico district attorney's office says auto racing great Al Unser Jr. has been the victim of extortion in a prostitution scandal.

 

Alleged Madoff fraud has worldwide exposure

The list of investors who say they were duped in one of Wall Street’s biggest Ponzi schemes is growing, snaring some of the world’s biggest banking institutions and hedge funds, the super rich and the famous, pensioners and charities.

 

Lye, boric acid banned as food additives in China

China has released a list of illegal food additives, including substances commonly used as industrial dyes, insecticides and drain cleaners.

 

Indian Americans linked to Illinois scandal

An Indian American fund-raiser for the scandal- plagued Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has come under the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s scanner as it probes the governor’s attempt to “sell” or “trade” the US Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

 

She stole from the poor to give to herself

A judge today sentenced a former Teaneck woman to seven years and three months in prison for stealing more than $200,000 in funds from a federal nutrition program she oversaw to pay for an ice cream maker, house cleaning services and other personal expenses.

 

Ill. officials issue fresh calls for resignation

A handful of Illinois' top politicians called disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich incapacitated Sunday, issuing fresh calls for his resignation as lawmakers gear up for a session that could lead to his impeachment.

 

Wyeth Paid Ghost Writers to Author Favorable Medical Journal Articles on its HRT Drugs

Documents revealed by Sen. Charles Grassley's office show that the drug company Wyeth paid ghost writers to author medical journal articles hyping up the benefits of its HRT drug Prempro.

 

US: Blackwater guards, including Rochester man, used grenades on unarmed Iraqis

Blackwater Worldwide security guards opened machine gun fire on innocent, surrendering Iraqis and launched a grenade into a girls' school during a gruesome Baghdad shooting last year, prosecutors said Monday in announcing manslaughter charges against five guards.

 

Ambulance attendants accused of molesting patients

An investigation by The Associated Press has uncovered that over the past 18 months, at least 129 ambulance attendants across the U.S. have been accused of sex-related crimes on duty or off.

 

Wal-Mart pays $54 million to settle wage complaints

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s biggest retailer, agreed to pay $54.3 million to settle a Minnesota lawsuit over wages after a judge ruled the company broke state laws by requiring employees to work off-the-clock.

 

Maryland Couple Sentenced in DC Tax Scam

Prosecutors say the fraudulent checks were part of a scheme led by former D.C. tax office worker Harriette Walters, who stole money from the city through fake property tax refunds.

 

Spirit Creek sex investigation closed; 7 implicated

It started with two, then there were four...now at least seven people are accused, directly or indirectly, in a sex scandal at Spirit Creek Middle School. The implicated range from the top down, including a principal, a former public safety officer, a graduation coach, and several teachers.

 

Blackwater Guards Indicted For Shooting

Five Blackwater Worldwide security guards have been indicted and a sixth was negotiating a plea with prosecutors for a 2007 shooting that left 17 Iraqis dead and became an anti-American rallying cry for insurgents, people close to the case said Friday.

 

Prince William Gym Teacher Arrested

A Prince William County gym teacher was arrested after two 16-year-old girls said they were sexually abused by him.

 

FEMA worker gets jail sentence

A former FEMA worker who stole the identities of disaster victims to go on shopping sprees - which a federal judge called "low down" - has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison.

 

Blagojevich arrested, charged in Obama successor probe

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges he brazenly conspired to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder as part of what federal prosecutors called a "political corruption crime spree."

 

Report: Gov. Blagojevich Taken Into Federal Custody

The "Chicago Tribune" cited a source as saying the detainment occurred at his home on Chicago's North Side this morning. There has been a multi-year investigation into alleged corruption in Blagojevich's administration. There have been allegations relating to state jobs, contracts and appointments regarding the governor's fundraising.

 

Fossella gets 5-day jail sentence for drunken driving

U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella of New York was sentenced to five days in jail Monday for a drunken-driving incident in Virginia that led to revelations he had fathered a child from an extramarital affair.

 

O.J. Simpson to serve at least nine years in prison

Former gridiron great O.J. Simpson will serve at least nine years in prison for his role in an armed confrontation with sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel in 2007.

 

Louisiana Voters Oust Indicted Rep. Jefferson

Indicted Democratic U.S. Rep. William Jefferson was ousted Saturday from his New Orleans area district, while Republicans narrowly held on to the seat vacated by a retiring incumbent.

 

More Details Emerge About Night Giants' Burress Shot Himself

It started as a typical Friday night at the Latin Quarter: exclusive guest list, $200 bottles of Moet champagne and well-dressed clientele lining up to pay a $30 cover charge to party at the swank Manhattan club.

 

Firefighter accused of sex abuse of two girls

Craig Rawnsley, who lives in North Yarmouth, faces eight felony counts and four misdemeanor counts under the indictments handed up by a grand jury in Cumberland County.

 

Taxpayers out billions so far on bank holdings

Stock intended to eventually earn taxpayers a profit as part of the Bush administration's massive bank bailout has lost a third of its value — about $9 billion — in barely one month, according to an Associated Press analysis. Shares in virtually every bank that received federal money have remained below the prices the government negotiated.

 

Decorated Newton firefighter arrested

A decorated Newton firefighter is facing his fourth charge of driving under the influence charge, after police said he crashed a car into a tree last month.

Police said Lt. Daniel Doherty, who smelled of marijuana, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs (fourth offense), leaving the scene of property damage and disorderly conduct.

 

Top aide Carl Andrews leaving Paterson amid investigation to start consulting firm

Carl Andrews, Gov. Paterson's deputy secretary for intergovernmental affairs and a former Brooklyn state Senator, plans to start a lobbying and political consulting firm.

 

Ex-Atlantic City official sentenced for blackmail

Former Atlantic City Council President Craig Callaway has been sentenced to three years in prison for helping set up a political rival in a videotaped sex session.

Callaway is already serving a 40-month federal sentence for bribery and Thursday's sentence will be served at the same time.

 

Ex-priest named in molestation suit

A former St. Thomas More Parish priest molested an 11-year-old Munster boy in 2004, according to a lawsuit filed today against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gary.

 

Feds Arrest Birmingham Mayor on Bribery Charges

The mayor of Alabama's largest city, Larry Langford, was arrested Monday on federal bribery and fraud charges connected to a multibillion-dollar sewer bond deal that has driven the surrounding county to the brink of bankruptcy.

 

Mayor Langford Indicted on 101 Federal Counts, Arrested

CBS 42 News has learned that Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford was arrested early Monday morning on federal charges.

 

Fugitive Ex-Beauvoir Teacher Indicted on Child Porn Charge

A federal grand jury indicted a former Beauvoir Elementary School teacher Monday on a charge of production of child pornography.

Eric Justin Toth remains a fugitive. He was featured on "America's Most Wanted."

 

Ex-soccer coach takes plea deal

A former Santa Rosa youth soccer coach agreed to admit one count of sexual acts with a teenage girl Monday, minutes before the girl was set to testify about the details of the encounter at a preliminary hearing.

 

Ex-Detroit mayoral aide pleads guilty in scandal

The ex-chief of staff for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has pleaded guilty in their text-messaging sex scandal case and will serve 120 days in jail.

 

Trace Of Melamine Found In US Infant Formula

Health officials have detected traces of melamine in samples of infant formula put on the market in the United States, an FDA spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

 

NBC's military analysts

Among the participants in the Pentagon program were NBC and MSNBC, which threw open their studio doors to the Pentagon pundits without ever disclosing their closed-door prep sessions with the pro-war administration.

 

Former landfill official sentenced

A former senior Wicomico County landfill official will serve a nine-month sentence starting this week for funneling almost a half-million dollars in fuel and other materials from the county facility to a private contractor.

 

Psych Drug Maker Paid Massachusetts General Hospital to Build Child Psychiatry Research Center, Push Psych Drugs

It's the latest financial scandal involving Big Pharma's under-the-table pushing of psychiatric drugs, and this time, a Massachusetts hospital is apparently on the take.

Massachusetts General Hospital took millions of dollars from Johnson & Johnson, makers of Risperdal, a psychotropic drug used to alter the brains of children. In an apparent return the favor, the hospital stated it would "move forward the commercial goals of J&J," which is about as blatant an admission of guilt as anyone should need to arrest these conspirators for bribery and fraud.

 

LIQUORGATE, ANYONE?

Was political pressure behind the State Liquor Authority's recent decision to let two upscale Manhattan restaurateurs - and convicted tax-evaders - keep their liquor licenses?

As The Post first reported on Monday, SLA Chairman Daniel Boyle says that former state Sen. Carl Andrews, now a top aide to Gov. Paterson, pressured him to vote against revoking licenses from the Cipriani chain of restaurants in August.

 

Insurer won't pay Duke lacrosse players

Duke University's insurer has refused to pay any of the settlement between the school and any of the players involved in the Duke lacrosse scandal.

 

Judge spares Bonds of five counts

A federal judge has set the stage for the perjury case against former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds to move forward, leaving intact most of the felony charges accusing him of lying to a grand jury about using steroids.

 

Former PUC workers sued in bribe case

Two employees with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission took thousands of dollars in kickbacks to steer city business to a plumbing contractor, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Monday in a lawsuit.

 

FBI expose Philadelphia news readers' secrets in 'anchorbabe scandal'

The egos and libidos of America’s elaborately groomed TV news anchors have been revealed in excruciating detail by an e-mail snooping case that finally came to an end yesterday with one of them placed under house arrest.

 

Ex-Bellevue Exec Admits Accepting Bribes

The former executive director of Bellevue Hospital has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes while serving in the position. As a result of his plea, Carlos Perez, will forfeit $25,000 and will be sentenced to five years of probation.

 

Turner: ‘Meet me at 2:30’ on the steps of City Hall

Embattled Roxbury City Councilor Chuck Turner arrived at City Hall this morning to a crush of cameras and reporters and vowed to defend himself, just as he did on Friday following his arrest on corruption charges.

 

Govt pays millions for unapproved drugs

Taxpayers have shelled out at least $200 million since 2004 for medications that have never been reviewed by the government for safety and effectiveness but are still covered under Medicaid, an Associated Press analysis of federal data has found.

 

As Bush's Term Ends, Some Big Names Seek Pardons

With a backlog of applications piled up at the Justice Department, high-profile criminals and their well-connected lawyers increasingly are appealing directly to President Bush for special consideration on pardons and clemency, according to people involved in the process.

 

Disgraced pastor returns, as Christian businessman

Earlier this month, a guest took the pulpit at Open Bible Fellowship in Morrison, Ill., a 350-member church surrounded by cornfields. The speaker was an insurance salesman from Colorado named Ted Haggard.

The former superstar pastor, disgraced two years ago in a sex-and-drugs scandal, had returned — this time as a Christian businessman preaching a message that was equal parts contrition and defiance. Haggard linked his fall to being molested in second grade and apologized again.

 

Beacon Hill - a slippery slope of scandals

Fall has been an unhappy season of scandal at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

The usually collegial and staid Senate has seen two of its members charged with felonies and forced to resign this month.

 

Napolitano is no stranger to Washington scandals

President-elect Barack Obama's likely pick for Homeland Security secretary, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, is no stranger to headline-making Washington scandals and controversies.

 

Former Hill aide pleads guilty to hiding gifts

Trevor L. Blackann pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to lying on his 2003 tax returns.

 

Mass. Sen. Dianne Wilkerson resigns in wake of bribery charges

Massachusetts state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson resigned from office Wednesday, a day after being indicted on eight federal counts of attempted extortion for allegedly accepting $23,500 in bribes from undercover agents she thought were businessmen.

 

Charges added to indictment of Congressman Renzi

A racketeering charge and other counts have been added to an indictment against Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.

Among other things, Renzi was originally charged with engineering a swap of federally owned mining land to benefit himself and a former business partner.

 

Prescription drugs cited in Locklear DUI charge

Prosecutors in Santa Barbara have charged Heather Locklear with misdemeanor driving under the influence, citing prescription drugs.

 

WellCare can't file quarterly financial reports

WellCare Health Plans, already under investigation by far too many state and federal agencies, has reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it will be unable to file past quarterly financial reports. This latest news only raises further questions about the company's future viability, which was rocked by scandal since federal agents raided its head in October 2007.

 

Banned firms got new U.S. contracts in Iraq

A firm suspended from U.S. government contracts for allegedly bribing Army officers was awarded a new contract in Iraq two days after the suspension was imposed, government investigators found. The Pentagon paid the suspended company more than $1 million under the new contract.

 

Wilkerson says she can't afford a lawyer

Embattled state Senator Dianne Wilkerson has asked a federal magistrate judge for a court-appointed lawyer, saying she cannot afford to pay an attorney to defend her against charges that she took $23,500 in bribes.

In a two-sentence motion filed late Friday, Wilkerson asked US Magistrate Judge Timothy S. Hillman to appoint Max D. Stern as a taxpayer-funded lawyer.

 

Ex-state NJ Sen. Bryant guilty on all counts

Former New Jersey state Sen. Wayne Bryant has been convicted of bribery and fraud.

The once powerful Camden County Democrat was accused of being paid for a job that required no work at a scandal-ridden state university in exchange for securing state funding for it.

 

Denver Teacher Charged In Student Sex Scandal

A 27-year-old Sheridan High School teacher accused of having a sexual encounter with a male student has been formally charged and suspended from her job.

 

County parks employee arrested in bribe investigation

Fresno County sheriff's detectives have arrested an employee of the county's Parks and Recreation department for taking bribes from four people on probation who were assigned to work crews at Kearney Park.

 

June trial set for ex-Marmaduke superintendent

Jerry Don McIntosh was indicted in May for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. He's accused of conspiring with two bus drivers - Ray Mike Graham and James Mark Graham - to defraud the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System.

 

Ex-San Francisco supervisor Ed Jew pleads guilty to perjury

Former San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew pleaded guilty today in San Francisco Superior Court to one count of perjury for lying about his place of residence on documents he filed while running for office in 2006.

 

Former San Francisco Pleads Guilty to Perjury

Ed Jew was charged with perjury, elections code violations, voter fraud and filing false documents for claiming to live in the sunset neighborhood when he ran for the District 4 seat.

In a separate federal case, Jew pleaded guilty last month to charges of extortion, mail fraud and soliciting a $40,000 bribe from the owners of several tapioca drink shops in return for help obtaining city permits.

 

Truck-driving tester sentenced in West Plains fraud case

The tester employed by a now-defunct West Plains truck driving school was sentenced today in federal court for his role in a conspiracy to provide fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses to large numbers of Somali and Bosnian nationals, according to a news release from John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

 

Priest apologizes for ordering car with Obama stickers removed

A Fairfield priest who had asked for a car with several Obama for President stickers to be removed from the church parking lot a week ago apologized today to churchgoers for his outburst.

The Rev. Sebastian Meyer, pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, read an apology at all the church's Masses "for the poor judgment I showed in expressing myself."

 

Fire captain will be tried over fatal hit-and-run

A high ranking county firefighter pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges stemming from a 2005 fatal hit-and-run accident.

Konrad Kala Mossman, a Pahala Fire Station captain, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that caused the death of Dale Kanani Tim Sing on Aug. 4, 2005, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

 

Marzilli resigns his seat in Senate

State Senator James Marzilli abruptly resigned his Senate seat yesterday, four months after he was indicted on charges of accosting four women in downtown Lowell.

 

The ACORN mess: A scandal grows

ACORN is being investigated by the federal government and is suspected of perpetuating a massive nationwide voter registration fraud. But before all those nuts hit the fan, ACORN had a giant internal scandal: Founder Wade Rathke kept from the group's board the fact that his brother, Dale, had embezzled more than $1 million from ACORN a decade ago.

 

Firefighter Charged With Arson

Firefighters are expected to put out the fires, not start them, but that wasn't the case with 42-year old Michael D. Murphy of Huntington, Md.

 

Firefighter Charged With Setting Restaurant Fire On Way To Work

A 19-year veteran of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department has been charged with setting a fire on his way to work.

 

Ex-NJ senator's corruption trial to go to jury

For eight weeks, the panel has heard testimony about whether former state Sen. Wayne Bryant broke any laws with a job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Federal prosecutors say Bryant's job was really a bribe to encourage him to secure more funding for the school. He's also accused of using another public job -- for the Gloucester County Board of Social Services -- to improperly pad his pension.

 

Former DC tax clerk sentenced for mortgage fraud

A federal judge has sentenced a former D.C. tax office worker to three years probation in a mortgage fraud scandal.

 

N.J. grocery exec sentenced for tax evasion

Prosecutors say he underreported his income by $2.4 million to evade nearly $860,000 in taxes.

 

AG Investigates Boss' Failure To Pay Workers Health Insurance Premiums

Just days after it closed, Winthrop Printing's 70 employees received a letter from their health insurance company, Harvard Pilgrim, informing them their health insurance had been terminated as of May 4, 2008 due to non-payment.

Several employees showed original pay stubs to Team 5 Investigates, confirming that their bosses had been deducting the employees' contribution toward health care from paychecks until June 28, 2008, the day Winthrop Printing closed. It remains unclear where that money is now.

 

U.S. congressman breaks silence on sex scandal

Even today, two years after Mark Foley's very public fall from grace, the former congressman can't explain why he sent lurid, sexually explicit computer messages to male teens who had worked as Capitol Hill pages.

 

Priest: No communion for Obama supporters

A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

 

Judge orders Draper to start repayments in beef case

James A. Draper, a Tennessee man found guilty in the Mississippi Beef Processors scandal, has been ordered to pay $187,725 in restitution to the State Auditor's Office.

In July, he was found guilty of defrauding the state and laundering that amount through his own personal account in 2002 in connection with claims about equipment purchases for the facility in Yalobusha County.

 

Lawyer releases deposition by Weakland in fraud case

A lawyer this morning released portions of a video deposition taken in June of retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland in which Weakland acknowledges that he had returned abusive priests to church ministry without alerting parishioners.

 

Feds seek Mongo records in Kilpatrick political funds probe

A federal grand jury has subpoenaed records from Detroit political consultant Adolph Mongo that would show whether he was paid by, or did work for, one of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s political and nonprofit funds.

 

New probe in Chauncey politics

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation interviewed the Chauncey mayor and several Village Council members last week, examining an allegation that the council president tried to bribe the mayor of the Athens County community by offering her $2,000 to resign.

 

Closing arguments begin in ex-NJ senator's trial

At the peak of his political power, Wayne Bryant could have had a sign above his door that read "senator for hire," a federal prosecutor told jurors Wednesday as he delivered his closing argument in Bryant's corruption trial.

 

Man sentenced in 9/11 fraud case

A former Greenwich man who credited himself and his golden retriever Bear with recovering bodies at the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001, has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison after his conviction for fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars in government relief funds, according to court records.

 

Wish I was kidding

 

Fed Concealing Information On $1.5 Trillion In Loans; Bloomberg Files Lawsuit

Bloomberg had asked the Fed to see documents concerning the collateral the Fed accepts in exchange for freshly digitized credit in its bailouts. The Federal Reserve first insisted a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request and then said the data required is from the Fed New York which does not fall under the FOIA.

 

Trial date set for Castroneves

Race car driver Helio Castroneves will stand trial in March in Miami federal court on tax evasion charges.

 

Former principal arrested in rape case

A former principal of a private Christian school who is accused of sexually assaulting a student has been ordered jailed after the girl told detectives he's been sending her text messages.

 

N.J. Councilman Arrested For Peeing on Crowd

New Jersey Councilman Steven Lipski has been arrested for urinating on a crowd of concert goers at Washington's 9:30 club Saturday night, the New York Daily News reports.

 

Police say former state lawmaker was using drugs behind bar

Former state Rep. Nick Stepovich, a businessman who remains active in Republican Party politics, was arrested early Saturday morning behind a bar in downtown Fairbanks.

 

Marilla's Losses Include $10,700 in Work Hours

As details surface about the scandal at the Town of Marilla Highway Department, it is becoming clearer that some town officials and workers had knowledge, before his February arrest, of the criminal actions committed or organized by the late David Pierce during his term as Marilla Highway superintendent.

 

Rep. Kino Flores under investigation

Travis County prosecutors are investigating state Rep. Kino Flores, D-Palmview, on suspicion of accepting discounted airfare from campaign contributors, his attorney confirmed Friday.

 

Ex-New York governor avoids charges in call girl scandal

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer escaped charges Thursday in the high-priced call girl scandal that brought him down earlier this year.

 

Conroy gets more money in Steel Point case

What had been a $366,524 jury award in the Steel Point corruption case just quadrupled.

 

Former DMV worker on
trial for fraud

A former clerk for the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles is on trial for creating phony driver's licenses in exchange for cash.

 

Bonds wants federal charges dropped

Barry Bonds wants a U.S. judge in California to dismiss most of the charges he faces from the steroids scandal, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported.

 

IRS employee charged with bribery, stealing refund

An IRS employee in Las Vegas has been charged with accepting a bribe in exchange for preparing a false audit report for a taxpayer and stealing another taxpayer's federal income tax refund and economic stimulus check.

 

D.C. Clerk Goes to Trial on Bribery, Extortion Charges

Ikela Dean, a former D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs worker, went on trial Tuesday for bribery and extortion charges in U.S. District Court.

 

Sen. Wilkerson Not Stepping Down Immediately

State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, who was photographed by the FBI allegedly stuffing bribe money under her sweater, says she's not resigning immediately, saying she wants an orderly transition.

 

Scandal on the Congressional Campaign Trail: Who Survived?

Scandal took its toll on members across both sides of the isle in the 2008 election.

 

Former N.C. Asst. Principal Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges

A former North Carolina assistant principal has pleaded guilty to in appropriately touching a student on school property.

 

Stars & Bars: Mugshots of the rich and infamous

 

Yuba CPS worker took $10,000 bribe, Placer sheriff's office says

Yolanda Perez Fryson was arrested Thursday in Rocklin on suspicion of extortion, accepting a bribe as a public official and possession of stolen property, according to a release from the Placer County Sheriff's Department.

 

At WaMu, a loan factory

"At WaMu it wasn't about the quality of the loans; it was about the numbers," Cooper says. "They didn't care if we were giving loans to people that didn't qualify. Instead, it was how many loans did you guys close and fund?"

 

Ethics Complaint Filed Against Palin

Gov. Sarah Palin, R-AK, is again under fire for charging the state for her children to travel with her while conducing official state business. Friday, Retired Anchorage electrical lineman Frank Gwartney filed an ethics complaint against Palin with Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg. Gwartney says he filed this complaint because he is sick of corruption in Alaska.

 

Feds allege Melton attempted to bribe officers

The federal government's legal team is taking an aggressive stance against Jackson Mayor Frank Melton.

 

Mass. senator charged with bribery ends campaign

The Massachusetts state senator who was photographed by the FBI allegedly stuffing bribe money under her sweater ended her write-in campaign for re-election on Friday.

 

Band Director Accused Of Sex With Her Student

A high school band director in Orange County has been charged with having sex with one of her students.

 

Ex-Niles mayor pleads guilty in kickback scheme

Nicholas Blase, the former mayor of Niles, pleaded guilty Friday to pocketing in excess of $420,000 in a kickback scheme that spanned more than three decades.

 

Band director resigns after indecent exposure arrest

Choctawhatchee High School band director Randy Nelson resigned late Thursday after he was arrested for indecent exposure.

 

3 Sentenced in New Orleans School Probe

A corruption probe of the Orleans Parish School Board has resulted in prison terms for a former school official, a contractor and the owner of an insurance agency.

 

Nurse Arrested For Leaving Elderly Patients Unattended

Pinellas County deputies say Epifania V. Fitzgerald put one of the patients at an assisted living facility in charge and left. When she returned 2 1/2 hours later, authorities were there.

 

Waves of scandal rattle Beacon Hill

Senator Dianne Wilkerson seemed to think last week that her Senate colleagues would go easy on her. And she had reason. All her past indiscretions had been overlooked, and the collegial body that meets in a powder-blue room with cushy chairs has never tried to oust one of its own before a conviction for a crime.

 

Health Care Exec Guilty In $1.9B Fraud Case

A federal jury in Ohio has convicted a former health care financing executive in a $1.9 billion fraud case likened to the Enron or WorldCom scandals.

 

State Dept. warns of possible identity theft

The State Department said Friday it has warned nearly 400 passport applicants of a security breach in its records system that may have left them open to identity theft.

 

DC Sues Bank For $105 Million

Mayor Adrian Fenty announced the District of Columbia is suing Bank of America for $105 million dollars. The bank was the primary financial institution used by Harriette Walters. She is the former tax office manager who admitted to stealing $48 million over 20 years.

 

Shadow Senator Asked to Resign Following DWI Arrest

The D.C. Republican Party has called for the resignation of shadow Sen. Paul Strauss after he was arrested for driving drunk on Oct. 1.

 

Agriprocessors Manager Arrested in Deepening Kosher Meat Scandal

The former plant manager of Agriprocessors, Inc., the nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant, has been arrested on federal conspiracy charges.

 

Former pastor found guilty of indecency

Rodolfo Sosa was convicted on all counts against him — five counts of indecency with a child by contact and one of indecency with a child by exposure. He faces up to 20 years on each indecency by contact charge and up to 10 years on the remaining charge.

 

Feds Allege Melton’s Past ‘Crimes,’ Including Bribery

U.S. Department of Justice attorneys served notice yesterday that they plan to detail Mayor Frank Melton’s “other crimes” and “wrongs” in his upcoming trial for allegedly leading police and teenage friends to destroy a duplex at 1305 Ridgeway Street on Aug. 26, 2006. That evidence will include Melton’s destruction of other houses, ordering of police officers to kick in a hotel door, filling out a false arrest warrant for Albert “Batman” Donelson and an attempt to bridge two police officers with promotions.

 

House joins probe into agri fund scam

With Jocelyn Bolante, the alleged mastermind behind the $728-million fertilizer fund, now back in the country, the House of Representatives said it would now join the fray in investigating the scandal.

 

Anniston architect indicted in 2-year college case

An Anniston architect has been indicted on conspiracy, bribery and obstruction of justice charges in the ongoing investigation of Alabama's two-year college system.

 

Wilkerson's campaign to respond to bribery allegations

Senator Dianne Wilkerson's campaign is planning to respond this afternoon to the FBI's allegations that she took eight bribes totaling $23,500 to secure a liquor license and pave the way for a towering Roxbury development.

 

U.S. Indicts Alleged Accomplice of Fundraiser Rezko

William F. Cellini, an Illinois Republican Party leader, was indicted by a U.S. prosecutor for his alleged role in the fraud scheme that led to the conviction of Antoin ``Tony'' Rezko, a former fundraiser for Barack Obama's U.S. and state senate campaigns.

 

Towson High teacher charged in sex-abuse case

A 59-year-old Towson High School teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a girl in Baltimore, according to court documents. Bernard Wenker was indicted Friday on sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree assault charges.

 

Sentencing Set for D.C. Tax Office Scam Mastermind

A former District of Columbia tax office manager convicted of embezzling nearly $50 million from the city's treasury will be sentenced in March.

Harriette Walters pleaded guilty last month to wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and tax evasion. She faces up to 18 years in prison and paying restitution.

 

Stevens secured $2.7 million for friend's road

Just 0.7 miles long, Crow Creek Road isn't a road to nowhere. It runs straight to the Double Musky Inn, a Cajun bistro owned by a Bob Persons, a close friend of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.

 

Palin faces ethics complaint over kids' travel

A new ethics complaint against Sarah Palin accuses the Alaska governor of charging the state when her children traveled with her.

The Associated Press reported this month that Palin charged the state more than $21,000 for her three daughters' commercial flights since she became governor in December 2006. She later ordered changes to travel forms to specify official business on the trips.

 

Wenona official faces indictment

Wenona City Administrator William R. Simmons has been indicted on a felony official misconduct charge for allegedly interfering with a traffic citation written by a Wenona police officer.

 

Former Principal Found In Motel Room With Teens Sentenced

A former high school principal found in a motel room with two teenage girls has been sentenced to one year in the House of Correction.

 

Jury awards woman $568,000 in case against Progressive Select Insurance

Michelle Lorenzo sued Progressive Select Insurance after the company failed to pay her claim despite her policy having uninsured motorist coverage.

 

DWP 'Knowingly' Overcharged Customers for 10 Years

Don't worry (yet), the DWP's overcharging scandal only involves governmental customers such as Metro, LA County and LA Unified School District. "The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had been imposing illegal and unjustified overcharges on their governmental customers for several years," said Attorney General Brown in a statement. "The L.A. school district and the other governmental agencies desperately need every available dollar in these hard economic times." A total of $160 million will be refunded to the agencies.

 

Former Official Pleads Guilty in Wicomico Landfill Thefts

Kenneth L. Townsend of Salisbury pleaded guilty Monday to theft-scheme
more than $500. He was superintendent of the landfill and one of five people charged in a theft ring that allegedly stole more than $430,000 in fuel, automotive parts and truck tires.

 

FORMER TRACK STAR MONTGOMERY GETS 5 YEARS FOR HEROIN CHARGES

Disgraced former Olympic track star Tim Montgomery, once dubbed "the world's fastest man," was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for dealing heroin to an informant.

 

Uses for $700B Bailout Money Keep Changing

First, the $700 billion rescue for the economy was about buying devalued mortgage-backed securities from tottering banks to unclog frozen credit markets.

 

Bidding process for Palin's pipeline was flawed

Gov. Sarah Palin's signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.

 

Former Mount Vernon DPW official gets prison in $1.25 mill. trash hauling scam

A former supervisor in the Mount Vernon Department of Public Works was sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an allegedly mob-connected scheme to overbill the city for waste removal.

 

Bryant's UMDNJ dean not rewarded for funding

A former medical school dean accused of hiring former State Sen. Wayne Bryant for his influence on the state budget did not receive personnel evaluations based on his ability to bring taxpayer money to the school, according to testimony yesterday.

 

Marine Products Supply Firm Pleads Guilty For Participating in Conspiracy to Commit Bribery

The Justice Department announced Thursday that a marine products supply firm pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a criminal fine for participating in a conspiracy to commit bribery.

 

Former Teacher Charged in Sex Scandal

CBS 21 News has confirmed that state police filed charges late Thursday against 42-year-old Michael Calnon in connection with a months-long investigation.

Calnon is facing a slew of charges, incluing corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault.

 

Fireman's sex trial begins with bombshell

A prosecutor told jurors today that a volunteer Hawthorne firefighter sexually assaulted a girl he knew for nine years -- including an encounter at the firehouse itself -- beginning when she was 9 years old.

 

Basketball coach faces sex charges

A man who was a summer league basketball coach has been charged with having sex with three teenage girls, two of whom were on his team.

 

Investors 'stuck' high and dry in WexTrust fraud case

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged in August that WexTrust and two of its owners operated a Ponzi-type scheme by promising unusually high returns to earlier investors and paying them with money raised from later investors ...

 

Conn. lawmaker quits over old abuse claims

A Connecticut state legislator has resigned following revelations he paid $100,000 to a woman who claims he molested her 30 years ago when she was a teenager.

State Rep. George Wilber, a Democrat, has never faced criminal charges ...

 

Republicans spent $150,000 on Sarah Palin's clothes

The Republican Party has spent $150,000 in upmarket designer stores on dressing Sarah Palin for the part of vice-president.

 

Miss Louisiana Teen USA Lindsey Evans Stripped of Her Crown With 10 Days to Go

Oh Lindsay Evans, just because you’re Miss Louisiana Teen USA doesn’t mean you’re above the law. Hot chicks get arrested all the time! Don’t they teach you common sense in the South?

 

Jesuit School Sheltered Molesters, Groups Say

Two Roman Catholic priests who until recently lived on the campus of Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx sexually abused teenagers there in the 1960s and ’70s, two groups that advocate for sex-abuse victims.

 

Former public guardian is found guilty

A jury Tuesday found Juanita Browne guilty of 15 felonies and one misdemeanor charge in connection with her involvement in the Ventura County Public Guardian Office.

 

Feeding The Machine

A Quick Look At Who Gives To, And Who Benefits From, Bill Mason's Campaign Treasury

 

Phipps testifies in former lawmaker's corruption trial

Businessman Steve Phipps testified today in the corruption trial of former state Rep. Randall Erwin that he paid Erwin a $6,000 bribe.

 

Paterson aide to release five years of records when he didn't pay taxes

Gov. David Paterson's top aide will publicly release records about a five-year period when he did not file federal and state income tax returns, the governor said today.

 

Friend: Stevens 'gets hysterical' at spending own money

A recorded phone call from one of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' longtime friends kicked off the prosecution's closing arguments Tuesday in the Alaska lawmaker's corruption trial.

"Ted gets hysterical when he has to spend his own money," Bob Persons told a mutual friend in the recording, which was played for jurors by Joe Bottini, the assistant U.S. attorney for Alaska.

 

Bryant defense calls 11 witnesses today

Eleven witnesses took the stand Tuesday morning as attorneys for former state Sen. Wayne Bryant resumed the defense they began late Monday.

Among the charges against Bryant is that he attempted to defraud the state pension system by claiming work done by associates for the Gloucester County board as his own.

 

Ex-Orange Mayor Mims Hackett to be sentenced for bribery

Former Orange Mayor Mims Hackett is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court today for accepting a $5,000 bribe and bilking taxpayers by filing phony receipts for travel expenses.

 

Kelty admits guilt, skirts jail

After more than a year maintaining his innocence, former mayoral candidate Matt Kelty admitted Monday to lying to a grand jury and filing bogus campaign finance reports.

 

Sen. Stevens may have misused staff

Sen. Ted Stevens admitted during his corruption trial that he used his Senate staff for personal duties, a possible violation of ethics rules according to experts.

During his trial, Stevens and his wife Catherine admitted under oath that one of his aides coordinated the couple's finances, paid their bills and helped monitor the home remodeling project central to the charges against him.

 

Freddie Mac Secretly Paid Lobbyist To KO Bill

Freddie Mac secretly paid a Republican consulting firm $2 million to kill legislation that would have regulated and trimmed the mortgage finance giant and its sister company, Fannie Mae, three years before the government took control to prevent their collapse.

 

NH city clerk accused of protecting relative

The city clerk in Manchester, N.H., has been charged with protecting a relative who allegedly stole $90 from the city.

An indictment charges Clerk Carol Johnson with two counts of official oppression, a misdemeanor.

 

U.S. Close to $1 Trillion Deficit: Now What?

That would be a record in today's dollars – and would represent the highest level of federal red ink as a share of the overall economy of any US budget since the 1940s. For each household, this year's deficit would pile on an extra $8,620 of federal debt.

 

Fossella Convicted of Drunken Driving

A judge has convicted U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella, R-NY, of drunken driving and will later decide if he should serve time in jail.

 

DWI trial of Staten Island's Fossella begins today

After two postponements, Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Staten Island-Brooklyn) will go on trial this morning to face drunken-driving charges that led to the revelation he fathered a child with a Virginia woman during an extramarital affair.

 

New York Yankees Pitcher Joba Chamberlain Arrested for DUI

New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, speeding and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

 

Indicted Ariz. congressman wants case dismissed

Lawyers for U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi have asked a federal judge to dismiss corruption charges against him or bar prosecutors from using evidence gathered by the FBI, alleging that agents violated his constitutional rights as a congressman.

 

Manzo testifies before grand jury

For several hours yesterday, the former chief of staff to the highest-ranking Democrat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives testified before a grand jury investigating whether public dollars were illegally used for campaign purposes.

 

IMF Investigates Chief's Relationship With Ex-Employee

The International Monetary Fund, a key institution in the global financial crisis, has hired a law firm to investigate whether its chief had an improper relationship with a female employee.

Allegations regarding IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn's relationship with the employee were first brought to the attention of the dean of the fund's executive board, A. Shakour Shaalan, this summer ...

 

FEMA blamed for slow housing response to Ike

Officials say families continue living in tents and sleeping in cars more than a month after the storm.

 

New York official seeks to recover AIG bonuses

Recently bailed out by the federal government, AIG is afloat only because of billions of dollars in government loans. With more and more taxpayer money committed, lawmakers and others have expressed outrage about high pay in general at financial firms and in particular at some of the perks that have come to light at AIG.

 

Election star "Joe the Plumber" lacks license

After Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama made him into the most famous plumber in America, it turns out Joe Wurzelbacher isn't a licensed plumber after all. Oh, and his real name is Sam.

 

ODOT stripper scandal unveiled

Rogue employees at an Ohio Department of Transportation office near Cleveland dished out more than $11 million in contracts to vendors who repaid them with fishing trips, Las Vegas hotel rooms and sex with strippers, an investigative report found yesterday.

 

ODOT sex scandal revealed

Sex in a minivan parked in a state-owned garage.

Payments to strippers for sexual favors and at least one attempted breast augmentation.

Gifts and gratuities, even "wads of cash," for steering public contracts to specified vendors.

 

Top Pa. Democratic aide in Bonusgate scandal appears before grand jury

Mike Manzo, a former top House Democratic aide, appeared before a grand jury in Harrisburg this morning, a week after he gave explosive testimony in open court implicating his onetime boss, Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, in the Bonusgate scandal.

 

FBI LAUNCHES ACORN PROBE

The FBI has launched an investigation into ACORN, the scandal-scarred activist group that is facing accusations of voter-registration fraud across the country.

 

Investigations Continue in Grade Changing Scandal

Leaders at Fresno Unified want some answers about the controversy around the point changing scandal at Edison High. It involves a high school football player whose math grade may have been changed to keep him on the team.

 

MMDA enforcer faces multiple raps

A Metro Manila Development Authority enforcer is facing multiple charges for allegedly extorting money from a vendor, punching a policeman who arrested him, and going amuck at a Quezon City police station.

 

Rights leader sentenced to 15 years for incest

A one-time top lieutenant to Martin Luther King Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for having sex more than a decade ago with his then-teenage daughter.

 

UPDATE: Attorney: Ex-lawmaker negotiating plea in bribery investigation

A defense attorney for former state Rep. Mark Walker says he is negotiating a plea agreement to a misdemeanor charge of violating a state election law.

 

Study: Bottled Water Has Contaminants Too

Tests on leading brands of bottled water turned up a variety of contaminants often found in tap water, according to a study released Wednesday by an environmental advocacy group.

 

Bailed-out AIG defends English hunting trip

A handful of top executives from American International Group Inc. spent thousands of dollars during a recent English hunting trip, even as the New York-based insurer asked for an additional $37.8 billion loan from the Federal Reserve.

 

Magoffin County official arrested in sex sting

Lexington police charged an eastern Kentucky official in an Internet sex case.

WKYT-TV reported the arrest of Magoffin County Deputy Judge-Executive Walter Edward Hardin.

 

Cops: Texas teacher offered better grade for sex

A teacher initially placed on leave over a book controversy has been charged with trying to have sexual contact with three students, allegedly even asking one girl what she would do for a better grade.

Kaleb Tierce, 26, was indicted Thursday on three counts of attempted improper relationship between educator and student, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

 

Congressman's $121,000 Payoff to Alleged Mistress

West Palm Beach Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-FL), whose predecessor resigned in the wake of a sex scandal, agreed to a $121,000 payment to a former mistress who worked on his staff and was threatening to sue him, according to current and former members of his staff who have been briefed on the settlement, which involved Mahoney and his campaign committee.

 

Report is Out; Finds Palin Abused Power in Firing Walt Monegan

A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner. The investigative report concludes that a family grudge wasn't the sole reason for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan but says it likely was a contributing factor. The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a commissioner to settle a family dispute.

 

Ethics probe: Witness stands by story she was offered cash for voucher vote

Former Rep. Susan Lawrence appeared Wednesday before a House Ethics Committee to describe an encounter with Rep. Greg Hughes in which she claims Hughes offered her $50,000 in campaign aid if she would support a plan for private school vouchers.

 

Witness: Ex-Sen. Bryant Changed Course On Funding

Former State Sen. Wayne R. Bryant agreed to pay for some reforms to the state's child welfare system in 2004 only after he learned that some of the money would benefit his employer, a witness at Bryant's corruption trial said.

 

In Dozens of Calls, Palins and Aides Pressed for Trooper’s Removal

The 2007 state fair was days away when Alaska’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, took another call about one of his troopers, Michael Wooten. This time, the director of Gov. Sarah Palin’s Anchorage office was on the line.

 

City College misused funds, probe finds

The financial transactions, made at the direction of then-Chancellor Philip Day in 2006, appear to have violated state laws against misusing taxpayers' funds and concealing the true source of political donations ...

 

Fed Grants AIG Additional $37.8 Billion Loan

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday agreed to provide insurance giant American International Group Inc. with a loan of up to $37.8 billion, on top of one made to the troubled company last month.

 

ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe

Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote.

 

State reviewing per diem payments to Palin

Gov. Sarah Palin's practice of charging the state when she stays in her home must be reviewed to determine if she should pay taxes on the payments, state Finance Director Kim Garnero said Tuesday.

Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, released two years' worth of tax returns last week that did not list the per diem payments she received since becoming Alaska governor in December 2006.

 

AIG Hid Risky Practices, Documents Show

Executives at American International Group Inc. hid the full range of its risky financial products from auditors as losses mounted, according to documents released Tuesday by a congressional panel examining the chain of events that forced the government to bail out the conglomerate.

 

After Bailout, AIG Execs Head to California Resort

Less than a week after the federal government committed $85 billion to bail out AIG, executives of the giant AIG insurance company headed for a week-long retreat at a luxury resort and spa, the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California, Congressional investigators revealed today.

 

NYC Crane Inspector Charged in Bribery Scheme

The former acting chief inspector of cranes in New York City, where there have been two deadly crane accidents this year, has been charged in a bribery scheme that investigators say dates back to 1996.

 

How airlines have betrayed us

Airline passengers are usually a forgiving lot. When a flight doesn't take off as planned, they understand. When they have to pay extra for a checked bag because of “higher” fuel prices, they oblige.

 

University President Pleads Guilty to Drunken Driving

The president of Davenport University has pleaded guilty to a first-time drunken-driving charge and refusing to take a breath test during his arrest.

Randolph Flechsig, president of the Michigan school, entered the plea Monday.

 

Lehman Brothers Boss Defends $484 Million in Salary, Bonus

In the first Congressional hearing into the financial crisis, the former CEO of the bankrupt Lehman Brothers, Richard Fuld, became the poster boy for Wall Street greed today as he defended the $484 million he received in salary, bonuses and stock options since 2000.

 

As Lehman Collapsed, Execs Were Rewarded

Days from becoming the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, Lehman Brothers steered millions to departing executives even while pleading for a federal rescue, Congress was told Monday.

As well, executives who feared for their bonuses in the company's last months were told not to worry, according to documents cited at a congressional hearing.

 

Bryant used 'MAC account' to steer millions, jury told

As one of New Jersey's most powerful politicians, former State Sen. Wayne Bryant was allowed to disburse $4 million from a supposedly merit-based grant program to whatever projects he saw fit, according to testimony at his political corruption trial yesterday.

The school hired Bryant, a Camden County Democrat, in 2003. Prosecutors have called Bryant's job a bribe in exchange for his influence as chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

 

Episcopal Bishop Defrocked In Cover-Up

An Episcopal bishop in Pennsylvania has been defrocked after a church panel found him guilty of covering up his brother's sexual assaults of a teenage girl in the 1970s.

Charles E. Bennison Jr. deserved to be ousted from the clergy because of his "very significant failures to fulfill his responsibilities" and "a fundamental lack of professional awareness," the special Court for the Trial of a Bishop said in documents released Friday.

 

Cayton indicted on felony drug, theft and bribery charges

A grand jury on Thursday indicted Emily Cayton, the drug court coordinator for Columbia County Circuit Court, on drug, theft and bribery charges.

 

Feds seek delay in sentencing former La. official

Federal prosecutors are asking to postpone sentencing for a former Louisiana film commissioner who is cooperating with investigators in a bribery case.

Mark Smith pleaded guilty last year to taking about $60,000 in bribes to help inflate tax credits meant to lure film production to the state.

 

Bonus Scandal: Preliminary hearing set

Prosecutors are summoning 27 witnesses to testify at next week's preliminary hearing in the legislative bonus scandal.

The witness list includes a woman who was allegedly hired to do little work by her boyfriend, then the chief of staff to house Democratic leader Bill DeWeese, because of their sexual relationship.

 

Castroneves and sister indicted for tax crimes

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and TV “Dancing With The Stars” champion Helio Castroneves was indicted Thursday on tax evasion and tax fraud charges, accused of using offshore accounts to hide millions of dollars in income from the Internal Revenue Service.

 

Pastor Admits Killing Church Deacon

Former pastor Richard Scott Harper pleaded guilty to the 2004 killing of church deacon Thad John Reynolds Wednesday. Harper killed Thad Reynolds in a deadly love triangle, police said.

 

Detroit mayor accused of texting additional women

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is now charged with exchanging romantic text messages with additional women in the scandal that has him fighting allegations that he lied under oath about an intimate relationship with his former chief of staff. An investigator's report says the Wayne County prosecutor's office has determined that Kilpatrick sent and received text messages with "intimate or romantic content" to several women who were not his wife or former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.

 

Contractor says he never billed senator

When FBI agents investigating political corruption in Alaska arrived at oil pipeline magnate Bill Allen's doorstep in 2006, he quickly cut a deal that would end up putting his friend Sen. Ted Stevens in peril.

Allen, who pleaded guilty to bribing state legislators, agreed to secretly record conversations with Stevens and also testify in federal court about more than $250,000 in home renovations and other gifts he lavished on his longtime fishing and drinking buddy.

 

Youth pastor accused of sexual abuse

A 41-year-old Enumclaw man has accused his former youth pastor of sexually abusing him more than 20 years ago, saying the abuse continued even after he told church leaders.

 

Legislative ethic probe begins on 2 lawmakers

Utah House members will meet soon to start ethics investigations on two of their own — Reps. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, and Phil Riesen, D-Millcreek.

 

City spends another $46,400 to reach beneficiaries of fire fee settlement scandal, case could close in about two weeks

Although the fire fee was legal, the fire rescue portion the city was charging was found to be illegal because a property cannot use fire rescue services.

But for many, distrust of the city's government boiled over in 2004, when taxpayers felt cheated after the city commission approved a payment of $7 million to seven people — later nicknamed the lucky seven — after a less-than-a-minute discussion.

 

Trial to begin for Ohio exec in $1.9B fraud case

Entrepreneur Lance Poulsen founded an innovative business helping cash-starved medical providers like nursing homes pay off their bills earlier than slow-moving insurance reimbursements.

Federal prosecutors in a $1.9 billion corporate fraud trial allege Poulsen did something else: perpetrate fraud on the scale of Enron or WorldCom by fabricating company data, misleading investors and covering up shortfalls by moving money between accounts.

 

Return to Sender: Pot-Dealing Postman Gets 18 Months

A former U.S. Postal Service carrier has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for selling marijuana on his mail route.

Prosecutors said 48-year-old Ronald Berkan of Vernonia pleaded guilty in April to distribution of marijuana to a person under 21.

 

Rep. Jefferson Seeks 10th Term Despite Looming Trial

Despite a looming federal corruption trial, more campaign debt than cash and relatives who have tarnished the family name, Louisiana congressman William Jefferson is seeking a 10th term.

 

Contractor says immune from Iraq torture lawsuits

Defense contractor CACI (KA'-kee) is claiming immunity from lawsuits alleging torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, saying it was doing the U.S. government's work as a supplier of interrogators.

CACI and another contractor, L-3 Communications, are accused in separate lawsuits of a conspiracy to torture detainees in 2003 and 2004.

 

D.C. Tax Auditor Charged in Bribery Case

An auditor for the D.C. tax office has been charged with accepting a $6,000 bribe to lower a business's taxes.

Thirty-six-year-old El-Hadj Drame is accused of soliciting and taking the money in November.

 

Calif. lawmakers get free gasoline

California lawmakers enjoy a perk not available to their colleagues in any other state: unchecked use of gasoline charge cards that stick taxpayers with the bill.

On top of free gas, California lawmakers also get state-issued vehicles, another perk that most states avoid.

 

Judge denies bid to throw out CIETC convictions

A federal judge today refused to throw out verdicts against two key defendants in the CIETC fraud and conspiracy case, ruling that jurors were reasonable in concluding that Jane Barto and Karen Tesdell committed crimes during a $1.5 million scandal centered around fraud and misspent taxpayer money.

Judge Robert Pratt rejected motions left over from the April fraud and conspiracy trial for three people connected to the now-defunct Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium, a Des Moines-based job-training agency.

 

Palin and Gifts: The Mining Connection

About a quarter of the 41 gifts that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has received since taking office in December 2006 have a link to one of the state's most influential mining lobbyists.

 

Palin Accepted $25,000 in Gifts, Alaska Records Show

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has made a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials a centerpiece of her ethics reform agenda, has accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state, a review of state records shows.

 

FBI Began Investigating AIG in March

Federal investigators have been scrutinizing American International Group since March, focusing on whether the insurance giant knowingly concealed mammoth losses that helped lead to the company's $85 billion federal bailout this month.

 

Failed firms gave big to both parties

Before the government committed billions of taxpayer dollars to rescue troubled corporate giants, executives at those firms were directing millions of dollars in lobbying efforts and campaign donations to the very politicians who now blame Wall Street's excesses and greed for America's financial crisis.

Executives of four companies bailed out by the government — American International Group, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bear Stearns — donated nearly $2 million to politicians, political action committees and political parties since last year, including nearly $369,000 to the major presidential candidates, according to Federal Election Commission data analyzed by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

 

Horrific football hazing case shakes NM town

It was shocking enough when six high school football players were accused of sodomizing six younger teammates with a broomstick during training camp. But the scandal was raised to a whole new level when the coaches were accused of turning a blind eye to the hazing.

Since then, Robertson High's head football coach and all five assistants have resigned, and prosecutors are considering charges against adults and youngsters alike.

 

Shelter manager guilty in bribe case

The former manager of the Tulare County Animal Shelter was found guilty Wednesday of accepting a bribe -- a $1,000 gift certificate for a local restaurant -- from a company that dealt in animal carcasses for scientific use.

Besides accepting one bribe, William Harmon was found guilty of soliciting another bribe and embezzling public funds -- all felonies. The solicitation involved seeking $850 in gift certificates for two local restaurants in exchange for animal carcasses to the company. The embezzlement charge was for selling wooden pallets owned by the county and pocketing between $50 and $80.

 

Maryland State Delegate Charged with Driving Under the Influence

A Maryland state delegate who called for "DUI" license plates that would be issued to people convicted more than once of drunken driving has been charged with driving under the influence himself.

A Montgomery County police report says an officer cited Herman Taylor Jr. after finding him sleeping with his SUV idling at a 7-Eleven on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring on May 1.

 

Price Fixing Alleged In Food Industry

Federal authorities are investigating price-fixing allegations in the tomato and egg industries.

Authorities allege Randall Rahal paid buyers at six food companies to buy tomatoes from SK Foods of Lemoore, Calif.

 

Court in Va. hears congressman's appeal

A Louisiana congressman accused of taking bribes is challenging his indictment before a federal appeals court in Richmond.

Representative William Jefferson claims the indictment unconstitutionally infringed on his privileges as a congressman. A federal judge rejected that argument in February. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard Jefferson's appeal Wednesday.

 

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Twenty-nine-year-old Gohar Mirza, of Annandale, said in court documents that he and several coconspirators sold properties in Annandale, Woodbridge and elsewhere to straw buyers, who used fraudulent loan documents to obtain financing. Many of the properties were quickly sold at inflated prices, and the buyers then defaulted on the mortgages.

Mirza was the owner and operator of E-Star Lending.

 

Hopkinton city manager stopped by his own police department

Hopkinton Town Manager Anthony Troiano was cited by Hopkinton police for driving with a revoked license Monday, just days after being found guilty for his role in a fatal car accident.

 

Former Cobo director charged with federal felony

A second former director of Detroit's Cobo Center has been charged with a federal felony in connection with a City Hall corruption investigation.

Glenn Blanton was charged last week with falsifying documents to obstruct an investigation.

 

FBI Investigating Companies at Heart of Meltdown

The FBI is investigating four major U.S. financial institutions whose collapse helped trigger a $700 billion bailout plan by the Bush administration.

Two law enforcement officials said Tuesday the FBI is looking at potential fraud by mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., and insurer American International Group Inc.

 

McCain aide’s firm was paid by Freddie Mac

One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain’s campaign manager from the end of 2005 through last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.

The disclosure contradicts a statement Sunday night by Mr. McCain that the campaign manager, Rick Davis, had no involvement with the company for the last several years.

 

Timeline: Donaghy gambling scandal

A timeline of events surrounding the gambling scandal involving former NBA referee Tim Donaghy.

 

Sex-crime claim raised

Tucked within recent federal reports exposing a culture of freewheeling sex and drugs at a Lakewood division of the U.S. Interior Department is the description of an encounter that went beyond ethical misconduct: a possible rape.

The passage, contained near the end of an Aug. 7 inspector general report, describes Gregory Smith, former director of Interior's Royalty in Kind program, allegedly forcing an employee's "head into his lap" after she said no.

 

Clerk Gets Probation In Bail Bond Scandal

As a clerk at the Elm Street state courthouse, Cynthia McClendon slipped a confidential file to bondsman Philip Jacobs in return for a $500 gift. She resigned her post on June 2, the same day she pleaded guilty to one count of soliciting and accepting a gratuity. Sentenced in U.S. District Court Monday to a felony bribery charge, she wept for the damage she did to the career she loved and to the office that took her in.

 

Tab for financial bailout: $700 billion

Unveiling its plan to rescue the nation's financial system from near-paralysis, the Bush administration is asking Congress for the authority to spend $700 billion and for powers to intervene in the economy so sweeping that they have virtually no precedent in U.S. history.

The most distinctive -- and potentially most controversial -- element of the plan is the extent to which it would allow Treasury to act unilaterally: Its decisions could not be reviewed by any court or administrative body and, once the emergency legislation was approved, the administration could raise the $700 billion through government borrowing and would not be subject to Congress' traditional power of the purse.

 

Oil, Money and Politics on Display at Stevens Trial

The government's case against Sen. Ted Stevens, scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday in Washington D.C., could reveal details about politics in Alaska and connections between an oil company and Alaska's senior senator.

Stevens, who is in the middle of a re-election campaign, was hit with a seven-count indictment on July 29 that accused him of lying on financial disclosure forms he was required to file with the U.S. Senate and concealing things of value he received from the oil services firm Veco and company CEO Bill Allen, who was personal friends with Stevens.

 

FBI Agents Raid Ark. Church In Child Porn Case

Federal authorities conducting a child-porn investigation raided the headquarters Saturday of a ministry run by a convicted tax evader once labeled by prosecutors as a polygamist who preys on girls and women.

Social workers interviewed children who live at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries complex, which critics call a cult, to find out whether they were abused. The two-year investigation involves a law that prohibits the transportation of children across state lines for criminal activity.

Armed guards regularly patrol the headquarters, but there was no resistance as agents moved in ...

 

SC probes award-winning, inner-city school

When MiShawna Moore became principal of one of Charleston's poorest inner-city schools five years ago, she sought to make it a beacon among the nearby housing projects and homeless shelter.

But Moore departed last spring for a job in North Carolina, and scores from the tests taken shortly before she left dropped dramatically.

Officials are now questioning what they call an unusual number of erasure marks on old tests.

 

Palin Disputed In Troopergate Probe

Just when it seemed the Alaska investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of a state official might have been scuttled by the pressures of presidential politics, another turn of events has kept it going.

Palin originally agreed to participate in the investigation, authorized in July by the Republican-controlled legislature. She told Alaskans, "Hold me accountable." Once named to the McCain ticket, however, Palin backpedaled. She has since refused to testify.

 

Rep. Rangel's Benz Towed From Capitol Lot

A vintage car that Rep. Charles Rangel has stored in a congressional parking lot in violation of rules has been towed away.

The New York Post reported Friday that the 1972 silver Mercedes-Benz, whose registration expired four years ago and which was being kept in a House of Representatives indoor lot without plates, was towed.

 

No State Charges in Foley Case

Almost two years to the day disgraced former congressman Mark Foley resigned after ABC News questioned him about sexually explicit instant messages with former congressional pages, state officials announced Friday that he won't face criminal charges in Florida after they concluded a long investigation into his associations with teenaged boys.

 

Ashley Furniture HomeStore at Valley View closes unexpectedly; Customers outraged

Customers clamour—locked out of the entrance of “Ashley Furniture Homestore”. The only explanation for the lockout—a notice on the doors.

It reads that the store is “...undergoing a change in ownership...and that it’s not open for business during this transition.”

 

Ex-controller of Mechanicsville business gets 9-year prison term

The former controller of the United Leasing Corporation of Mechanicsville, who looted the firm of more than $1.2 million, was sentenced to nine years in prison yesterday.

James H. Wilkins, 42, was also ordered to make full restitution to the firm and to pay another victim, the Home Owners Association of North Myrtle Beach Gold and Tennis, almost $200,000 in stolen funds.

 

Merkley’s Ethical violations raise questions…Again

Jeff Merkley has been caught again dodging ethics rules. Following in Rep. Charlie Rangel's footsteps, Jeff Merkley repeatedly failed to disclose rental income he's received from his 12 properties across Oregon.

 

AITP Clipped on Scandal

American Italian Pasta Co shares fell nearly 6 percent on Wednesday, after two former top executives pleaded guilty to misleading investors and increasing its share price through a series of accounting malpractices. This will definitely hurt the company's goodwill as former CEO Timothy Webster and ex-CFO Warren Schmidgall face up to five years in prison and a large fine. In addition, American Italian Pasta will have to pay a $7.5 million fine related to the fraud and restate financial statements for five years.

 

House arrest, community service for Meeks

Lawrence Meeks was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months of house arrest and 100 hours of community service for his role in the Gary Urban Enterprise Association scandal, said Mary Hatton, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office.

From the executive director on down to the janitor, everyone associated with the Gary Urban Enterprise Association who was indicted for financial crimes thus far has been convicted.

 

2 former Union city officials plead guilty to taking kickbacks

Two former city of Union officials admitted Tuesday to using their offices to solicit kickbacks from contractors looking to do business with the municipality.

Former Mayor Bruce Morgan, who resigned hours after being indicted on July 17, and former Building and Zoning Director Jeffrey Lawson, who was fired shortly after Morgan left office, devised a system to extort money from contractors hoping to secure work with the city.

 

Probe finds 20 percent of China milk companies in scandal

Twenty percent of Chinese dairy firms probed in the wake of a baby milk health scare have been found to have produced melamine-tainted formula, state media reported on Tuesday.

Chinese quality officials last week ordered a nationwide probe into all baby milk powders after it was reported that dozens of children had developed kidney stones after drinking tainted formula produced by the Sanlu Group.

 

List of Guilty Pleas in D.C. Tax Scandal

Harriette Walters, the mastermind of the D.C. tax scandal, pleaded guilty in court today. Nine others have pleaded guilty, and two, Jayrece Turnbull and Diane Gustus, are awaiting trial.

 

Tax Fraud Financed 28 Trips to Vegas, 13 to Atlantic City

A former mid-level manager in the D.C. tax office pleaded guilty today to charges of wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion, admitting that she played the central role in draining the District government of nearly $50 million over two decades.

 

Pocono Monday: more scandal at ESU; mixed reviews for C & Y; photos from a fun weekend

The investigation into Isaac W. Sanders, East Stroudsburg University's top fundraising executive, continues. The latest: He allegedly used money to pave the way for sexual advances. Several former and current students claim scholarships, gifts and other financial offers worth hundreds of dollars allegedly came attached to unwelcome touching and other physical contact.

 

Another Scandal Rocks Arroyo Govt

Scandals after scandals, the Arroyo administration is once more entangled in another anomaly, this time involving millions of pesos in farm subsidies and rice programs for farmers, reports said Monday.

The Commission on Audit has uncovered alleged fake signatures on the list of beneficiaries of the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

 

So much to do, so little time as scandal-saddled Legislature returns

The Legislature returns to the Capitol today under the cloud of a grand jury investigating Democrats and Republicans for alleged political corruption and with only nine session days scheduled this fall to tackle several complex issues.

The House returns for the first time since 12 people with ties to the Democratic Caucus -- including Rep. Sean Ramaley of Economy and former Whip Mike Veon, formerly of Beaver Falls -- were charged with crimes for allegedly engaging in political activity at taxpayers' expense. The grand jury presentments allege that Democratic staffers received bonuses for campaign work.

 

Federal Workers Owe Billions in Delinquent Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service is trying to collect billions of dollars in late taxes from nearly half a million federal employees.

The agency with the most delinquent employees was the U.S. Postal Service. Nearly 4.2 percent of its 747,000 workers are delinquent.

 

Boston firefighter charged with drunken driving after crash

A Boston firefighter is facing charges of speeding, drunken driving, and negligence in a collision Sunday in West Roxbury that caused serious injuries to another driver.

Vernon Tiger Allen was driving between 45 and 50 miles per hour on VFW Parkway when he broadsided an Acura sedan at the corner of Baker Street at about 2:30 a.m., according to a police report. A breath test indicated Allen's blood-alcohol content was .14 at the time of the collision. The legal limit to drive in Massachusetts is .08.

 

Insurer refuses to pay for abuse suit

An insurance company for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales filed suit last week saying it does not have to pay a settlement reached between the Catholic order and a sexual abuse victim.

The suit filed by United States Fire Insurance Co. claims it doesn't have to pay because the order knew the priest was likely to abuse children.

 

3 charged in bid-rigging case to be arraigned

Three men charged in a federal bid-rigging case are scheduled for arraignment in U.S. District Court in Lexington.

Former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, construction contractor Leonard Lawson, and Lawson aide Brian Russell Billings are expected to appear in court.

 

Attorneys: Vick was fleeced by his financial advisers

Serious questions have been raised about at least two of the people Michael Vick hired to look after his multimillion-dollar estate.

One of Vick's former business managers, Mary R. Wong, got permanently banned from buying and selling securities after the New York Stock Exchange found she swindled investors.

David A. Talbot is accused by New Jersey's attorney general of bilking church members to the tune of $500,000 and is facing a lawsuit that contends he preyed on people's religious beliefs.

 

Bergen official spared indictment

The alleged third founder of the consulting firm whose activities led to corruption charges against two other partners has been spared a similar fate, but references to him appear throughout the text of the indictment.

Leonard Kaiser, the executive director of the Bergen County Utilities Authority and a former mayor of North Arlington, was not identified by name in the document, but his political résumé exactly matches the biography federal prosecutors use to describe “Individual 1.”

 

Judge says McConkey violated state law

A judge last week ruled Del. Tony McConkey violated state law in 2006 when he bought the home of a Pasadena woman facing foreclosure.

The Severna Park Republican was acting as a foreclosure consultant to 44-year-old Teresa Milligan and was therefore not allowed to buy her house.

 

Schools employee arrested on child porn, incest charges

An Olive Street man who works for Wood County Schools has been arrested on child pornography and incest charges.

Lonnie Wayne Moore Sr. was being held in the North Central Regional Jail on $40,000 bond after he was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court on felony charges of incest and possession of child pornography, said Chief Gerald Board.

 

Report: FEMA Wasted Millions on Hurricane Katrina Work

The government wasted millions of dollars on four no-bid contracts it handed out for Hurricane Katrina work, including paying $20 million for a camp for evacuees that was never inspected and proved to be unusable, investigators say.

A report by the Homeland Security Department's office of inspector general is the latest to detail mismanagement in the multibillion-dollar Katrina hurricane recovery effort, which investigators have said wasted at least $1 billion.

 

Sex For Oil Scandal At Interior Department

Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with - and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from - oil company employees.

 

Fire Chief Charged In Sex Assaults Resigns

A Boston deputy fire chief charged with impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting six women resigned Wednesday from the department.

Peter Pearson, 51, of East Bridgewater, was charged last month in alleged attacks on women in Brockton and Avon. In one of the attacks he was accused of raping a woman at gunpoint after he posed as a police officer.

 

Former postal worker pleads guilty to stealing mail over 2-year period

Fred Gaddie was a mail handler who worked in the distribution plant. Police say Gaddie admitted to stealing gift cards from mail, including letters, cards and packages between July 2005 and July 2007.

 

Iowa files child labor charges against meat plant

The Iowa attorney general's office has filed child labor charges against the owner and managers of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville.

The violations involved 32 children under age 18, including seven who were younger than 16.

 

Police officer fired, fire capt. suspended

Anthony Scatena III was fired Monday night from the Fort Wayne Police Department by the Board of Public Safety while Fort Wayne Fire Capt. Terrance P. Miller was suspended without pay.

Scatena violated a court order by calling his estranged girlfriend more than 250 times.

Miller, suspended with pay on Aug. 15, is accused of molesting a then 12-year-old girl last year.

 

J-Town City Official Faces Drug Charges

The Jeffersontown Public Works director is facing charges of cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police arrested Joseph McMillan Thursday night at his home after receiving a tip McMillan and a known drug dealer met at another location.

 

Politicians keep money from indicted road builder

Politicians who have received money in the past year from now-indicted road contractor Leonard Lawson say they plan to keep it.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday that Republican state Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard and Democratic state Rep. Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg are among those planning to keep $1,000 contributions given to them by Lawson, who has given a total of $17,850 to five candidates and two political groups in the current election cycle.

 

Fairfield bank embezzler gets jail

The former supervisor at a Fairfield bank was sentenced Friday to two and one-half years in prison for stealing nearly $40,000 from the bank.

Jaye Sanders, 40, of Laurel Court, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree larceny and was sentenced by Superior Court George Thim to eight years, suspended after he serves two and one-half years in prison, followed by five years probation.

 

Nevada DMV Worker Arrested

The U.S. Department of Justice says Marilyn Millender of North Las Vegas took bribes while working last year.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Greg Brower said Millender was "indicted by the Federal Grand Jury on charges that she solicited and accepted cash in exchange for issuing official Nevada driver’s licenses and identification cards to illegal aliens".

 

Sex Scandal Finally Does In Detroit Mayor

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday in a sex scandal and will step down after months of defiantly holding onto his job leading the nation's 11th-largest city. He was ordered jailed for four months and fined $1 million.

The married mayor and former top aide Christine Beatty were charged in March with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They're accused of lying under oath about an affair and their roles in the firing of a deputy police chief.

 

Fired official pleads guilty

The city of Gardiner’s fired finance administrator has admitted embezzling $195,000 from city coffers between June 2002 and June 2008.

Patricia Coty of Gardiner pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to charges of theft by unauthorized taking and forgery.

 

Log links official to city auction

Alfred H. Foxx, the head of Baltimore's transportation department, registered as a bidder and paid $25 to participate in a city auction despite department rules barring top officials from taking part in those sales, according to a receipt and sign-in log.

The city's inspector general is investigating how a deputy transportation director acquired a 15-foot motorboat that was auctioned by the city the same day. That official, Anthony P. Wallnofer Jr., has been suspended pending the investigation.

 

Employee At Gifted School Charged With Molestation

An employee at Illinois Math and Science Academy, an elite school for the gifted in Aurora, was charged Thursday with possessing child porn and with molesting a child between the ages of 3 and 5.

Robert Reese is being held in a downtown lockup pending a detention hearing next week.

 

Former KY Transportation Secretary indicted along with largest road builder and employee

Kentucky’s former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

He’s suspected of accepting bribes to rig highway construction bids.

 

Ex-fire chief pleads guilty to theft

The former township fire chief in southern Indiana is pleading guilty to charges he stole more than $38,000 from the department.

Under the plea agreement entered in Jackson County Court, former Carr Township fire chief Russell Todd Snodgrass will serve no more than six months in prison and repay nearly $29,000 to the department. The rest of the loss was paid by the department's insurance company.

 

Ex-Lawmaker Faces Child Porn Charges

The Justice Department has charged former Maryland state delegate Robert A. McKee with one count of possessing child pornography stemming from a search of his home and personal computers earlier this year.

The charge was in the form of a criminal information rather than a grand jury indictment, which generally indicates a plea agreement is forthcoming.

 

Palin's pork requests confound reformer image

John McCain touts Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a force in the his battle against earmarks and entrenched power brokers, but under her leadership the state this year asked for almost $300 per person in requests for pet projects from one of McCain's top adversaries: indicted Sen. Ted Stevens. That's more than any other state received, per person, from Congress for the current budget year, and runs counter to the reformer image that Palin and the McCain campaign are pushing. Other states got just $34 worth of local projects per person this year, on average, according to Citizens Against Government Waste, a Washington-based watchdog group.

 

Hospital Workers Fired for Having Fake CPR Certification

About 50 employees of a California hospital group have lost their jobs for carrying fake CPR cards. Citrus Valley Health Partners says the workers were fired or resigned in the past week. They include nearly two dozen registered nurses.

 

Trooper Incident Could Dog Gov. Palin

Troopergate. It's a political he-said, she-said that has dogged Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for nearly two months and is likely to do so for another two months leading to the Nov. 4 presidential election.

The little-known vice presidential candidate faces accusations of firing public safety commissioner Walt Monegan in what amounts to a messy Palin family drama dating to her pre-gubernatorial days. Monegan had refused to fire a state trooper who had divorced Palin's sister.

 

New Orleans Repeating Deadly Levee Mistakes

Signs are emerging that history is repeating itself in the Big Easy, still healing from Katrina: People have forgotten a lesson from four decades ago and believe once again that the federal government is constructing a levee system they can prosper behind.

In a yearlong review of levee work here, The Associated Press has tracked a pattern of public misperception, political jockeying and legal fighting, along with economic and engineering miscalculations since Katrina, that threaten to make New Orleans the scene of another devastating flood.

 

Kilpatrick to Admit Felony to Avoid Slammer

Lawyers for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick have proposed a deal in which he would plead guilty to two felonies, make restitution and serve five years' probation in exchange for avoiding jail time, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The Detroit Free Press quoted "a source familiar with all aspects of the negotiations" as saying Kilpatrick's legal team also said he would give up his law license, not run for office for two years and do 300 hours of community service.

 

Bank Employee Charged With Stealing From Account

A Salem bank employee has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from customer accounts.

Police said Seydyss Barreto of Plaistow, N.H., has been charged with four counts of forgery and four counts of theft totaling more than $7,600.

 

Trial Delayed for New York Rep. Arrested on Suspicion of Drunk Driving

The trial of New York Rep. Vito Fossella — who was arrested for alleged drunk driving — has been postponed until October.

Upon arresting Fossella, police measured his blood-alcohol level at .17 — well beyond the legal limit.

 

DMX pleads out Miami drug case

Rapper DMX has pleaded out a Miami drug case and now awaits extradition to face more charges in Arizona.

The rapper and actor pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted marijuana and cocaine possession and was sentenced to time served. His lawyer Bradford Cohen says DMX is still in custody waiting for Arizona authorities to pick him up on drug and animal cruelty charges he faces in Phoenix.

 

TX Doughnut Exec Pleads Guilty In Immigration Case

The president of Shipley Do-Nuts and the family-owned company pleaded guilty to federal charges Thursday in one of the latest cases against employers accused of hiring illegal immigrants.

Lawrence W. Shipley III pleaded guilty in Houston to a misdemeanor charge of continiuing to employ unauthorized workers and was placed on probation. Shipley Do-Nuts pleaded guilty to a felony charge of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and must forfeit $1.3 million. The company also was placed on probation, officials said.

 

City's mistake costs homeowner thousands

A man built a red and brown brick home that is 2,500 square feet and on a treed lot in Southwest Dallas.

The City of Dallas approved it every step of the way, until an inspector discovered a worrisome mistake.

Eight city planners told him his home had to be 10 feet off the property line, which it is. But once his home was complete, another inspector said his colleagues in the Building Inspections Department made a mistake. Weiss’ home had to be 30 feet off the property line, which it's not.

 

D.C. Tax Office Employee Admits to Faking Refund Checks

A D.C. woman has admitted using her job in the District tax office to create fake income tax refund checks for her boyfriend.

Jacqueline Wright pleaded guilty to a mail fraud charge Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

 

Iberia Principal Arrested Again

An Iberia Parish principal who was arrested in July on drug charges was arrested again for allegedly lying during the drug investigation.

Darius Sias, principal of the Alternative Center for Education in New Iberia, was first arrested July 29. He was arrested again Tuesday for allegedly providing false information to detectives during the investigation.

 

Manager Charged With Doctoring Records

The office manager of an East Haven residential care facility has been arrested and charged with altering a patient's file to obstruct a state investigation into the woman's care, police said Thursday.

Melissa Zalinger, 33, of Hamden, was charged with one count of interfering with an officer, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

 

Ex-Steelworkers Union Secretary Accused Of Embezzlement

Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say a western Pennsylvania woman embezzled more than $87,000 from the United Steelworkers of America.

Prosecutors say between June 2006 and January, 42-year-old Donna Simpson of East McKeesport embezzled the money from a bank account for the Steelworkers Organization for Active Retirees.

 

Teacher Charged With Distributing Cocaine To Students

A Montgomery County Public Schools teacher was charged with distributing cocaine to students, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

Child Protective Services told police that 44-year-old Theresa Cunningham Duarte had provided drugs to Wootton High School students at her home in the 1000 block of Brice Road in Rockville on more than one occasion.

 

Miss Washington County Charged With Assault

The current Miss Washington County, who ran on a platform of educating people about bully prevention, has been arrested on charges of breaking into her ex-boyfriend's home and hitting another woman, police said.

Christie Ganoe, 22, of Cumberland, was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree burglary.

 

Councilman McIver paid ethics fine with taxpayer money

City Councilman Richard McIver paid a $1,000 ethics fine with taxpayer money, and the city's top ethics watchdog says he is sending the money back because it undermines the punitive and deterrent purpose of the fines.

McIver paid the fine with city money under a little-known law that says the city will indemnify employees facing financial penalties for misconduct.

 

BFD deputy fire chief held with bail on new sex charges

A Boston deputy fire chief has been ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to charges of raping a woman at gunpoint now faces new charges after two more women come forward.

The women came forward after seeing Peter Pearson on television last week when he was first charged with forcing a woman to have sex with him at gunpoint after he allegedly said he was a cop.

 

Indicted 47-year Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase resigns; federal tax, mail-fraud trial is called off

Longtime Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase resigned Monday, ending a 47-year career that concluded with a federal indictment hanging over his head.

A federal trial on mail fraud and tax evasion charges scheduled to begin Sept. 8 has been canceled, with prosecutors remaining tight-lipped about whether a plea bargain is in the works.

 

Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price to face recall effort

A recall petition was filed for Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price. The Secretary of State’s office approved the application for the petition Monday.

Price has been under public scrutiny after a state legislative audit was released last week that said state employees, including Price, routinely used city vehicles and Fuelman cards for personal purposes, such as out-of-state vacations.

 

Boston deputy fire chief arrested again in Brockton

Peter P. Pearson had been free on bail from the previous charges. But the East Bridgewater resident was re-arrested, though police have not released details on the reason for the arrest or where it took place.

Pearson is already accused of posing as a state trooper and raping a city prostitute at gunpoint.

 

Youth Club Worker Accused of Sex with Teen

An Annapolis Boys and Girls Club employee is charged with rape after Annapolis police say a 13-year-old girl told officers she had sex with him.

The girl told authorities that 28-year-old Joey Wise had intercourse with her at the club on July 29. Police say Wise told staff members that sexual activity occurred, but not intercourse.

 

Feds make another corruption arrest

FBI agents today arrested Chauncey I. Brown III, a former Paterson Board of Education president and one-time fire department captain, on federal bribery charges.

While still serving on the board, Brown solicited and accepted a $5,000 bribe in exchange for securing an insurance brokerage contract with the board, a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office alleges.

 

Frostburg teacher accused of sex with student

Investigators with the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit have arrested a teacher from Frostburg following allegations she had a sexual relationship with a male student.

Autumn Leathers, 24, was arrested Wednesday night. Leathers taught at Mountain Ridge High School, but officials say she has been placed on leave and faces termination proceedings.

 

Ex-fire chief agrees to repay funds in plea

The former chief of the Eastside Fire Department, who was accused of keeping two fire department credit cards and buying gas, reached a plea agreement in Randolph Superior Court on Tuesday.

Ricky Madison Brown of Mt. Tabor Church Road, Asheboro, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor larceny and will pay restitution to the East Side Volunteer Fire Protection Association.

 

Imprisoned ex-official admits plot to kill wife

A former New Brunswick city official already serving time on bribery charges admitted yesterday he hatched an elaborate plan while in prison to have his estranged wife killed.

Richard Kaplan pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph Irenas in Camden to using the mail in the commission of a murder-for-hire. Less than a year ago, he pleaded guilty before the same judge to taking more than $30,000 in bribes while he was a city construction inspector and zoning officer.

 

Former Pittston Township secretary sentenced to house arrest

A former Pittston Township secretary who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $31,000 from the township’s garbage fund was sentenced Wednesday to eight to 16 months of house arrest.

Carolyn Tirone of Winter Street, was sentenced on charges of theft by failure to make required deposit of funds by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge David Lupas. Tirone pleaded guilty to the charges in June.

 

Chicago Teachers Union Convicts, Ousts VP

Following charges of lavish spending at high-end restaurants and on liquor, among other purported misdeeds, the Chicago Teachers Union Executive Board has ousted its vice president.

The CTU board voted 34-2 late Tuesday to find Vice President Ted Dallas guilty of financial impropriety and related charges, then voted 31-5 to expel him from the union membership, according to a release Wednesday from the union.

 

Former Mich. teacher accused of sex with boy, 12

Authorities accuse a former Michigan elementary school teacher of having sex with a 12-year-old boy she was tutoring at her home.

Allanah Benton-Wells of Flint was arraigned Tuesday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The 42-year-old could face life in prison if convicted.

 

Ex-Moon High School Teacher Gets Jail For Student Sex

A former high school teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student and sending him nude photos took a plea deal Wednesday on some of the original charges against her.

Judge David Cashman sentenced Beth Ann Chester to 18½ to 36 months in jail after she pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communications device.

 

N.C. Patient Dies While Staff Plays Cards

Investigators say a North Carolina mental patient died after nurses at a state mental hospital left him in a chair for 22 hours and failed to feed him or help him to the bathroom, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

Security video showed Steven H. Sabock as he died in April after he choked on medication at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro and a nurse stood nearby without helping, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported.

 

Woman Admits to Skimming Funds

Marcia Masters of Kenova now awaits her sentence after pleading guilty to embezzling $704,606 while the administrative officer for the Guyan Conservation District.

The money was earmarked for conservation projects in six counties, instead the money went into her pocket she admitted. Mingo, Logan, Lincoln, Cabell, Wayne, and Boone counties were affected by the theft.

 

Former Pastor To Stand Trial In Child Sex Case

Pretrial proceedings took place Monday for Louis Lamonica, the former spiritual leader of the now-defunct Hosanna Church.

Prosecutors said Lamonica had sexual relations with children in his congregation over a period of several years.

 

Postal worker pleads guilty to stashing mail at home

A former mailman pleaded guilty Monday to hiding years worth of mail at his home near Apex.

Steven M. Padgett pleaded guilty to a charge of delay or destruction of mail, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He will be sentenced later.

 

DC Cuts Summer Jobs Payroll After Reports of Fraud

D.C. officials say they have cut more than 3,200 people from the payroll of the city's troubled summer jobs program for youth.

The jobs program is for youth ages 14- to 21-years-old. Officials say at least five people on the payroll were older than 50. Others were too young. And some people's Social Security numbers were entered into the system more than once, suggesting they were being paid twice.

 

'The Office' Actor Faces Drug Charges

Prosecutors have filed felony drug charges against Craig Phillip Robinson, an actor best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on NBC's "The Office."

 

Official admits taking bribes to ease inspections

The former deputy director of Paterson’s Section 8 housing program admitted today that he pocketed thousands of dollars in bribes to guarantee trouble-free building inspections.

Benny Ramos, 44, of Clifton, also told a federal judge in Newark that he steered low-income tenants to properties managed by a corrupt real estate broker-turned-informant.

 

Ex-CEO of nonprofit repays stolen funds

A former chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui County was given a chance to keep a felony theft conviction off his record after he repaid nearly $47,000 embezzled from the nonprofit agency in 2002 and 2003.

 

Ex-mayor, jailed for extortion, faces suit

Life might get more unpleasant for former mayor and current federal inmate Terrance D. Weldon.

The township has retained an attorney to sue Weldon, the developers from whom he admitted extorting bribes and any other people who gave him illegal cash gifts.

 

Coroners Accused of Stealing from the Dead & More

A recent case involving a city death investigator whom prosecutors say secretly stole drugs from corpses is the latest gruesome example of a morgue worker accused of taking advantage of the dead. But experts point to a farther-reaching systemic problem of a lack of training, regulation, and accreditation at coroner and medical examiners offices across the country.

 

Contracts linked to mayor's family

The lavish golfing and hunting excursions enjoyed by Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price, courtesy of city contractors and a prominent local developer, were perhaps the most sensational revelations in a report released Monday by the Louisiana legislative auditor.

 

Charity's worker accused of theft

An accountant has been arrested on a charge of embezzling $17,300 from Wishing Well Foundation USA Inc., a Metairie nonprofit that grants wishes for ill children.

Kathy Burns, 53, 12609 Stanga Road, Covington, was both an accountant for the charity and the treasurer of its board of directors.

 

Professor Accused of Fondling Students in Exchange for Higher Grades

A University of Iowa professor accused of fondling female students in exchange for giving them "A's" in his class had been put on paid administrative leave.

Arthur Miller, a political science professor, was charged with four counts of bribery after he allegedly asked female students to let him fondle them in return for better grades.

 

Burlington Diocese Back In Court For Sex Abuse Case

Jury selection is set for tomorrow in the civil suit brought by a former altar boy who says former Rev. Edward Paquette molested him when he was a student at Christ the King school in Burlington.

 

Michigan Attorney General: Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Violated Bond Terms, Again

A prosecutor on Monday accused Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of violating his bond in an assault case by spending time over the weekend with his sister, one of 11 witnesses listed by authorities.

In a court filing, the mayor had been ordered to have no contact with witnesses.

 

Tennessee AG to investigate Ragsdale's office

Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper has been appointed to investigate possible misuse of Knox County funds and alleged official misconduct in Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale's office, according to a letter District Attorney General Randy Nichols sent to Knox County Commissioners.

 

SEC Opens Formal Probe Of Countrywide

The Securities and Exchange Commission has escalated its scrutiny of Countrywide Financial Corp. into a formal investigation, according to a regulatory filing by Bank of America Corp.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the SEC probe centers on whether Chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo's stock trades violated the law and whether the lender's financial disclosures misled investors.

 

Store Manager Arrested In Slaying

Baltimore police said the manager of a Family Dollar store was arrested in South Carolina on charges that she killed an employee during an apparent robbery.

Alice Collins, 37, was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder, armed robbery and other crimes.

 

Treasurer Of Youth Baseball League Charged With Embezzlement

Monroe police said they have charged a 43-year-old local woman with embezzling more than $20,000 from a youth baseball league.

Authorities said Lisa Vaughn was treasurer of Monroe's Babe Ruth Baseball League when more than $20,000 intended to pay for new uniforms disappeared from its accounts.

 

Edwards admits to affair, denies fathering child

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter.

Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with Rielle Hunter.

 

FDA: Two local pharmacies sold expired medications

The Food and Drug Administration says two Baltimore pharmacies sold prescription medications that were expired or suspected to be fake.

The medications were sold by the Medicine Shoppe pharmacies at 8035A Liberty Road and 5900 Reisterstown Road. The medications are for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension.

 

Detroit mayor charged with assault just as he is cleared to leave jail on bond violation

For anyone keeping score, the leader of the nation's 11th-largest city now faces 10 felony charges in two separate cases.

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged Friday with assaulting two investigators who were trying to deliver a subpoena to the mayor's friend last month. The two felony counts carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison or a fine of $2,000.

 

Loophole in tobacco regulation bill

A loophole in a sweeping tobacco regulation bill would give the industry a 21-month window to introduce certain new products without first getting federal approval.

 

Boys and Girls Club employee charged with rape

One week after the grand opening event at Annapolis' newest Boys and Girls Club, a 28-year-old employee was charged yesterday with raping a 13-year-old girl at the Admiral Oaks facility.

Joey D. Wise was arrested at his home without incident last night. Mr. Wise, who was an assistant program director at the club, is charged with second-degree rape, second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, perverted practice, sexual solicitation of a minor and second-degree assault.

 

Executives face prison for bilking U.S. Signal

As the former president of U.S. Signal, Barry Raterink's job was to protect the company's assets.

Instead, he used the position to help defraud the Grand Rapids-based company of millions.

 

Detroit Mayor Jailed For Jumping Bail

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been ordered to the county jail after a judge found he violated the terms of his bond by going to Canada and not informing the court.

 

Audit reveals Whitehall clerk took money for own use

A state audit shows that a former town clerk diverted $92,848 in public funds to her own use over a period of five years but paid it all back before she resigned last year.

Janet Jillson wrote personal checks back to the Washington County town for $64,800, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

 

SEDC chief authorized extra pay for herself

Staffers at the nonprofit city agency enjoyed fine meals and multilevel bonuses at taxpayer expense, according to documents the city released yesterday. The documents show that SEDC President Carolyn Smith had – and used – the authority to grant herself tens of thousands of dollars in extra pay.

 

$775,000 embezzled in Arlington

A recently retired Arlington city employee is under investigation for allegedly stealing nearly $800,000 from the city during the past six years.

The woman allegedly spent part of her time on the job altering as many as 103 checks, depositing them into her own bank account, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday in Snohomish County Superior Court.

 

State archivist admits stealing more than $50K in artifacts

A veteran state archivist admitted in court today that he stole more than $50,000 in artifacts and historic documents from the state Library and Archives over more than a decade.

Daniel D. Lorello, 54, of Van Leuven Drive, Rensselaer, pleaded guilty before Albany County Judge Thomas A. Breslin to a single felony count of second-degree grand larceny.

 

Hospital CEO uses homeless to defraud government health programs

Authorities say the top executive of a Los Angeles hospital was arrested in a scheme to recruit homeless people to fraudulently bill government health care programs for millions of dollars in unnecessary health services.

FBI agents say they arrested Rudra Sabaratnam, CEO of City of Angels hospital. They also arrested Estill Mitts, operator of an assessment center in "Skid Row," where many homeless people live.

 

Bennigan's files for bankruptcy; employees left holding the bag

Some employees of a local restaurant chain are in a tough spot. Their restaurant suddenly shut down and some of the employees say their final paychecks bounced.

 

Shaktoolik mayor arrested; booze found in his luggage

The mayor of the tiny Norton Sound village of Shaktoolik has been charged with bootlegging.

Alaska State Troopers say Edgar M. Jackson Sr. tried to smuggle 12 bottles of liquor into the dry village of Golovin, where he crab fishes in the summer.

 

Dooly officials enter pleas

Unadilla city councilmen, Tony Lester and Dexter Whittaker, along with former councilmen, Bobby West and Jeffrey Minor, former city administrator Ronnie Brand and former police chief Leonard Smith will stand trial on the charge of fiduciary theft by taking.

In addition, Lester, Whittaker, West and Minor face additional charges of violation of oath by public officer and violation of the Georgia Open Meetings Act and Whittaker and Smith face charges on conspiracy to fraud a political subdivision.

 

Parker Mayor Arrested For Driving Without Privileges

The mayor of Parker in Fremont County has bonded out of jail after being arrested early Monday morning.

Bert McLaughlin was taken into custody after being pulled over for driving without privileges around 5.30 a.m.

 

Fire captain avoids jail, takes deal

Fire Capt. Thomas Verdon, 58, was indicted on charges of official misconduct, burglary, theft and attempted theft, following his Dec. 13 arrest after allegedly stealing stained glass windows from a vacant Jersey City home, officials said at the time.

 

School spy cam probe veiled in secrecy

The Everett School District hoped hiring somebody to conduct an independent investigation of its 2007 use of a hidden surveillance camera in a teacher's classroom would put controversy to rest.

 

Mass. apologizes to former inmate held too long

The state of Masachusetts has agreed to pay $100,000 to a man who was released from prison four years after his sentence should have ended.

 

Suspended Westwood Heights School District business agent charged with embezzlement

A suspended Westwood Heights School District business agent is charged with embezzling more than $41,000 from the school district.

Sue Ann Ingersoll of Clio, was charged Monday with five felonies each carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

 

Former Decatur school treasurer arrested

The former treasurer for the Decatur School District was arrested Friday for embezzling more than $40,000.

Tina LaDawn Murray, 34, was arrested on of theft of property, a class B felony; and forgery, a class C felony.

 

Police: 32 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized From Mayor's Home

Prince George's County Police continued Thursday to investigate after officers seized about 32 pounds of marijuana delivered to the home of Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo.

Calvo has not been charged.

 

FCC finds Comcast wrongly blocked peer-to-peer Internet connections

The case erupted when Comcast subscribers, as well as public information advocacy groups Free Press and Public Knowledge, complained of Comcast users not being able to access peer-to-peer applications, like BitTorrent, through the company’s broadband connections.

The FCC says Philadelphia-based Comcast initially denied blocking the peer-to-peer applications, but later changed its story claiming the company only interfered with connections to cut down on traffic congestion.

 

Sen. Stevens pleads not guilty in corruption case

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has pleaded not guilty to charges he lied about accepting more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of gifts from a powerful oil field contractor.

Prosecutors say the Alaska Republican accepted more than $250,000 in house renovations and gifts from contractors but didn't disclose them on Senate financial records.

 

Local principal arrested on drug charges

Lee Street Alternative School Principal Darius Sias was arrested on drug, firearm and counterfeit money charges this morning after his house was raided.

He has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance, monetary instrument abuse (possession of counterfeit money) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Case managers arrested for Medicaid fraud

Two Miami-Dade County case managers have been arrested for allegedly defrauding Florida’s Medicaid program out of about $139,000.

Negia Peguero, 57, of Pembroke Pines, and Olvin Rosado, 37, of Miramar, were arrested on Wednesday. A third suspect remains at large.

 

Evangelist Arrested; Wife's Body Frozen

Police believe a body found in a small-time evangelist's home freezer is his wife and a mother of eight, and arrested him on a murder charge as he preached at a south Alabama church.

Anthony Hopkins, 37, was being held in the Mobile County jail Wednesday awaiting a bond hearing and appointment of an attorney.

 

NBA scandal: Corrupt ref gets 15-month sentence

Disgraced ex-NBA official Tim Donaghy admitted that he'd brought shame on his profession Tuesday as a federal judge sentenced him to 15 months behind bars for a gambling scandal that still has the league on the defensive.

 

Senator Indicted for Allegedly Making False Statements

Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Ala., one of 18 Republican Senators running for reelection this year, was indicted today by the Department of Justice for seven felony counts of making false statements.

The 28-page indictment charged that Stevens "knowingly and intentionally sought to conceal and cover up his receipt of things of value by filing Financial Disclosure Forms that contained false statements and omissions" regarding $250,000 in gifts of value.

 

Former Newark, N.J., Mayor Sharpe James Sentenced to 2 Years, 3 Months in Federal Prison

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison on Tuesday for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Prosecutors charged that James abused his office and betrayed his constituents by arranging for the sale of nine city-owned properties for $46,000 to Riley from 2001 to 2005. Riley quickly sold them for $665,000 without ever starting required rehabilitation work on most of them, prosecutors said.

 

Ark. education program director resigns amid audit

The director of the Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative resigned yesterday, as state officials continue to investigate whether the agency pressured teachers to inflate high school students' grades.

Current and former employees of the program told investigators that students received higher grades than they deserved, that teachers were pressured by management to change students' grades, and that teachers were harassed or dismissed for refusing to lower standards or change grades.

 

D.C. Ambulance Crews Accused of Shirking Responsibility

The D.C. Fire and EMS department is looking into allegations that two D.C. ambulance crews went missing for hours while they were supposed to be saving lives.

 

EPA silences enforcement staff

The Environmental Protection Agency is telling its enforcement personnel not to talk with congressional investigators and reporters, and even the agency's own inspector general, according to an internal e-mail provided to The Associated Press.

 

NJ lawmaker resigns amid child porn investigation

A New Jersey legislator resigned Monday amid reports that he's under investigation for suspected possession of child pornography.

The clerk of the Assembly received a one-sentence letter from Assemblyman Neil Cohen just before 9:30 a.m. Monday. Cohen said his resignation is effective immediately, but he did not offer any explanation.

 

Senator Derrick Shepherd Arrested

Abc 26 news has learned that state senator derrick shepherd, the westbank lawmaker, was arrested at his stonebridge home around 630 this evening. Sources tell us he was charged with battery, simple burglary and criminal damage to property after an apparent run in with his girlfriend last night, but he was arrested to tonight.

 

Senator given a cut-rate deal on Bethany Beach mortgage

The three-story, custom-built house is the vacation getaway of U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, the North Dakota Democrat hailed two years ago by Time magazine as one of the nation's "10 best senators."

This summer, though, Conrad and his house have become embroiled in a mortgage scandal involving special deals for influential Washington politicos. It was revealed in June that the chief executive of Countrywide Financial, the country's largest mortgage lender, bestowed special deals on Conrad and other powerful officials.

 

2 tax office workers, friend of Walters are next to plead guilty in theft scandal

D.C.’s largest-ever corruption scandal widened Thursday when prosecutors worked out a plea agreement charging two tax office bureaucrats with mortgage fraud.

In a “criminal information” filed Thursday, prosecutors said Temika Gustus and Sheila Jones lied on federal housing applications in order to get favorable loans from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

Former Spitzer Aides Charged In Troopergate Scandal

The PIC charges that former Spitzer spokesman Darren Dopp, former Spitzer Chief of Staff Rich Baum, former Spitzer aide William Howard, and former acting Superintendent of the State Police Preston Felton all conspired to create travel records in order to attempt to smear State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Bruno, who retired this month, was then-Governor Spitzer's chief political rival.

 

Hawaii pastor accused of molesting girl for years

Manuel Guillermo Taboada, 56, also known as "Memo," was charged with seven counts of first- and second-degree sexual assault for allegedly molesting a member of a family that belonged to his ministry.

 

PV mayor's consulting firm falsely certified

Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker submitted misleading information about his then-status as a federal employee to get his consulting firm certified through a small-business program, according to a federal report.

 

Rapper DMX indicted on felony charges in Arizona

Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says the 37-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, has been charged with one count of theft and one count of taking someone else's identity.

 

Official charged with embezzlement

A Lancaster County official was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement, two counts of breach of trust and 12 counts of forgery.

 

Pharmed Founders Charged With Fraud, Tax Evasion

The charges against Carlos and Jorge de Céspedes, were filed by the U.S. Attorney's office in federal court, through two separate information papers, which generally means they've agreed to waive their right to be indicted by a grand jury.

 

Priest admits abusing teens

Rev. Frank Genevive nodded his head as a Suffolk Superior Court judge gave him a suspended sentence of eight to 10 years.

 

Ethics complaint filed against Gibbons

Nevada State Democrats have filed an ethics complaint against Governor Jim Gibbons.

 

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick accused of texting more women with intimate messages

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is now charged with exchanging romantic text messages with additional women in the scandal that has him fighting allegations that he lied under oath about an intimate relationship with his former chief of staff.

 

Audit: Mich. OKed 'unsuitable' day care providers

A state audit released Tuesday shows Michigan put thousands of children at risk by authorizing sex offenders and other "unsuitable" day care providers between 2003 and 2006.

 

The $20,000 question

Powerful Senate Democrats quietly gave out the money to handpicked nonprofits, schools, businesses and churches. The lawmakers funneled the money through the Illinois State Board of Education, which rubber-stamped the choices.

 

2 Health Insurers to Pay $13M to Calif. Regulators

Both companies denied any wrongdoing in rescission practices, the industry's term for dropping patients from coverage when they try to make claims on their health insurance policies.

 

Congressman Didn't Disclose Property Sales

Western Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett said he wasn't trying to hide anything by underreporting or failing to report about $1 million in property sales since 2004.

 

Episcopal Church under fire for parolee priest

James Tramel went from convicted murderer to priest while in prison, a transformation that the Episcopal Church used to successfully lobby for his parole and celebrate him before politicians and the press.

 

DCF Worker Charged In Death Of Infant

A state Department of Children and Families employee who appeared in court Thursday to face charges that include manslaughter in the death of her 7-month-old foster child had been investigated twice by DCF since 2006 in response to allegations she had abused her adopted 3-year-old son.

 

Former Tenn. state senator convicted in corruption

It's the second corruption conviction for John Ford, who was once one of the state's most powerful lawmakers. He was sentenced last year to 5 1/2 years in prison for taking bribes to influence legislation favoring a fake company created by the FBI.

 

Seminar leader guilty of real estate fraud

A Denver District Court jury found Fredric "Rick" Dryer, former president of Mile High Capital Group, guilty on 44 of 60 counts of securities fraud, theft and other charges.

 

Md. House majority leader Barve pleads guilty to DUI

The majority leader of Maryland's House of Delegates pleaded guilty today to driving under the influence of alcohol, promising a judge he would "never do this again."

 

ABC Board is under FBI investigation

The FBI has begun a criminal investigation of Mecklenburg County's ABC Board, WCNC reported Wednesday night.

 

Jackson Also Used N-Word in Taped Conversation Critical of Obama

A FOX News camera captured the Rev. Jesse Jackson uttering the N-word while he was preparing to tape an interview earlier this month, a word he has denounced publicly as degrading to African Americans.

 

S.O. Director Target Of Probe

Evidence at the scene suggested that Emily Vernon, 39, was drinking, but no arrest or citation for the crash was made.

 

Horsemen's nonprofit facing probe

Federal authorities are looking into allegations of irregularities at the state-sanctioned nonprofit that represents racehorse owners and trainers in Louisiana, ranging from the possible misuse of hurricane relief donations intended for horsemen to complaints that the group's last election was manipulated, according to two sources close to the case.

 

Feds nab ACS staffers in subsidy scam

Three child care workers and two others were charged Wednesday with stealing $1.5 million meant for the city's most vulnerable kids and spending it on fancy cars, a pricey apartment and other goodies.

 

Fannie Mayhem: A History

 

Another Person Pleads Guilty In County Corruption Scandal

Fernando Parra, 31, was originally arrested in January on three unrelated charges dealing with child pornography. During an FBI search of county offices, the FBI allegedly found child pornography on his computer.

 

Money Scandal Tarnishes Tex. College

Priscilla Slade, a former accounting professor at the historically black, open-enrollment university, was using university money to dress, decorate and landscape her house, take spa treatments and exercise classes.

 

Principal caught in sex scandal

Police say 41-year-old Gabriel Dejesus was caught having sex with two men in the backyard of a vacant house in Greenburgh.

 

On injury leave, firefighter stood out as bodybuilder

For Boston firefighter Albert Arroyo, March and April were ostensibly rough months. He reported falling on March 21 and suffering a back injury so severe that, a few weeks later, his doctor wrote that Arroyo should be granted an accidental disability retirement because he is "totally and permanently disabled."

Yet after being out of work for six weeks and collecting his full salary tax-free, Arroyo achieved a remarkable feat: He finished eighth in a men's bodybuilding competition, the 2008 Pro Natural American Championships.

 

FEMA Supplies Finally to be Handed Out in Lafayette

Just two months shy of the third anniversary of Hurricane Rita - supplies meant to help in the storm's immediate aftermath are just arriving in Acadiana.

 

Firefighter To Face Attempted Murder Charge

Springfield police plan to charge a city firefighter with attempted murder after an assault that left a 45-year-old man with a slashed throat.

 

Investigation targets key lawmaker

The federal government late Wednesday indicted the most powerful legislator yet in its wide-ranging investigation of Alaska government corruption.

This time it was Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, who has been a key player in the Senate majority over the last four years.

 

New Nepotism Charges Leveled Against Edgerly

Former Oakland City Administrator Deborah Edgerly is facing new allegations of wrongdoing with reports claiming Edgerly arranged summer jobs with the city for her own children and that they were paid even when they didn’t show up for work.

 

Lakers tickets, sexual massages doled out to win contract, ex-L.A. deputy mayor testifies

A former Los Angeles deputy mayor testified Thursday that ex-city commissioner Leland Wong gave him Lakers tickets and paid for massages that included sexual favors while pressuring him to help a Taiwanese shipping firm obtain a lucrative city port lease.

 

Lawmakers accept playoff tickets bought by lobbyist

Democratic Sens. Ross Romero and Scott McCoy received tickets to a Jazz playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers, along with Republican state Rep. Kerry Gibson. The tickets were worth $400.

 

Ex-diplomat: Sex with teens OK in foreign cultures

Gons G. Nachman, 42, pleaded guilty in April to possessing child pornography after admitting that he had sex with 14- to 17-year-old girls while serving as a consular officer in Brazil and Congo and documenting the encounters in pictures and videos.

 

Former Greater Egg Harbor Regional school official charged with theft, official misconduct

A former school administrator turned himself in Wednesday on charges linked to allegations that he auctioned school-funded technology equipment online.

 

Veon, Others Indicted In Legislative Bonus Scandal

The bonuses, funded with taxpayer money, came to light in January 2007, when The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported that House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese, D-Greene, had written to recipients of "meritorious or bonus pay," instructing them to keep quiet about the supplemental payments.

 

Assembly aide accused of welfare fraud

A state Assembly staffer who retired last month making close to $80,000-a-year ripped off nearly $53,000 from the Albany County Department of Social Services by lying about her income on benefit applications.

 

Funds Misappropriated at 2 Nonprofit Groups

Two prominent national nonprofit groups are reeling from public disclosures that large sums of money were misappropriated in unrelated incidents by an employee and a former employee.

 

Supplies for Katrina victims went to Mississippi agencies

But the Mississippi hurricane victims who originally were intended to receive the supplies got nothing, a CNN investigation has found.

 

Former Refco CEO Gets 16 Years for Cover-Up

Phillip Bennett, a British citizen living in Gladstone, N.J., had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and other charges.

Refco went public in August 2005. It filed for bankruptcy just weeks later -- after disclosing that a $430 million debt owed to Refco by a firm controlled by Bennett had been concealed.

 

Snooping On Stars' Passport Files Rampant

An internal State Department investigation suggests that employees may have been snooping on the passport records of celebrities far more than previously disclosed, and recommends new steps to secure the files.

 

Employers Use Income Security Act To Deny Benefits

The story has played out often under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Designed to protect employee benefits, the law has been used by employers as a shield against suits.

 

Local Women Face Animal Cruelty Charges

Two women who ran an animal shelter in Manassas are facing animal cruelty charges.

 

Denver Archdiocese settles priest sex-abuse lawsuits

The archdiocese of Denver has agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle 18 claims of sexual abuse against its priests in incidents that happened between 1954 and 1981.

 

Former Sen. Bromwell To Report To Prison

Bromwell was sentenced in November after pleading guilty to accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a construction company executive in return for securing state contracts.

 

Obama Supports More Faith-Based Programs

Reaching out to evangelical voters, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Tuesday announced plans to expand President George W. Bush's program steering federal social service dollars to religious groups and -- in a move sure to cause controversy -- support some ability to hire and fire based on faith.

 

JUDGE: Wal-Mart violated labor laws '2 million times'

A judge has ruled against Wal-Mart in a class-action lawsuit, saying the discount retailer violated state labor laws 2 million times by cutting worker break time and "willfully" allowing employees to work off the clock.

 

Woman dies ignored on hospital waiting room floor

City hospital officials said they were shocked by surveillance footage showing a woman falling from her chair, writhing on the floor and dying as workers failed to help for more than an hour.

 

$100,000 gift led the attack on ethanol

Gov. Rick Perry's request for a waiver of federal corn-based ethanol production mandates was prompted by a March meeting he had with East Texas poultry producer Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, who six days later gave $100,000 to the Republican Governors Association chaired by Perry.

 

Serious patient errors at California hospitals disclosed in state filings

Last October, a technician at the children's hospital at Stanford University improperly connected a ventilator hose, accidentally pumping too little oxygen into a 9-day-old infant's lungs.

 

Palm Beach money manager pleads guilty to hiring underage girls for sex

Mega-rich Palm Beach-New York-Virgin Islands money manager Jeffrey Epstein traded his navy sport coat for a jail uniform today after pleading guilty to hiring underage Palm Beach County girls for erotic massages and sex.

 

U.S. Escalating Covert Operations Against Iran

U.S. congressional leaders agreed late last year to President George W. Bush's funding request for a major escalation of covert operations against Iran aimed at destabilizing its leadership, according to a report in The New Yorker magazine published online on Sunday.

 

Surgeon Suspended After Removing Wrong Lung

A New Jersey surgeon's medical license was suspended after state regulators found he removed the wrong lung from a patient, then tried to conceal the error.

 

Arizona state legislator arrested for domestic violence

Representative Mark DeSimone was arrested after police received the call from his home around 11:45 p.m.

 

Teacher charged with exposing self to bus full of girls

The criminal complaint says members of the Cannon Falls High School softball team say a man drove up alongside the bus and exposed his genitals on April 22.

 

Probe may turn on taxes

State prosecutors have subpoenaed records from the Maryland comptroller's office, suggesting that the long-standing investigation into City Hall might involve state taxes.

 

Ex-IRS Manager Pleads Guilty In Tax Scam

A former manager for the Internal Revenue Service has pleaded guilty to taking part in an alleged scheme to defraud the city's tax office out of tens of millions of dollars.

 

Toll-takers charged with skimming cash

Ten toll-takers at the Ted Williams and Sumner Tunnels have been charged with larceny after an investigation by State Police and prosecutors found that they were routinely skimming up to $150 per shift.

 

Dixon Probe Focuses On Gift Cards

Sources told 11 News that the ongoing investigation currently centers on the allegation that gift cards solicited by Dixon for the benefit of disadvantaged city children and residents were instead converted for her own use.

 

Former postal union head gets prison for embezzlement

The former head of a postal workers union will be doing time in federal prison for embezzling more than $170,000 from the union.

 

Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli to plead guilty in stock options fraud case

Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli has agreed to plead guilty to lying to federal authorities about his role in the backdating of stock options at Broadcom Corp., the Irvine computer chip company he co-founded, documents filed in federal court disclosed today.

 

District Heights Mayor Arrested on Prostitution Charge

District Height's Web site says Walls, an ordained Baptist minister and Bowie State University graduate, was the youngest person to serve as mayor when he was elected in 2006.

 

Lawmaker Charges State Department Covered Up for U.S. Contractor

A U.S. ambassador may have helped cover up for an American defense contractor now accused of selling ammo from China to the Pentagon, according to a senior House lawmaker.

 

Warrant issued for CBS News anchor Katie Couric

According to the New York Daily News, the state Department of Taxation and Finance issued the warrant for the newswoman's failure to pay an outstanding bill of $210.41 from 2003.

 

Bush Refuses To Release EPA Documents

President Bush asserted executive privilege Friday to withhold documents from a congressional investigation into whether he pressured the Environmental Protection Agency to weaken decisions on smog and greenhouse gases.

 

Report: Ohio Teacher Burned Cross on Students' Arms

Mount Vernon Middle School teacher John Freshwater was insubordinate in failing to remove a Bible and other religious materials from his classroom and continued to preach his Christian beliefs despite complaints by other teachers and administrators, the report also said.

 

Priest in sex scandal sacked

Bishop Jose Manguiran of the Diocese of Dipolog has revoked the priestly offices and functions of Fr. Reynaldo M. Pardillada, 37, who is accused of having an illicit affair with a married Filipina while serving at the Epiphany Church in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

 

Pastor Gets 5 Years In Sex Abuse Case

The judge also ordered Monday that Pastor Leon Rankins III of the Restoration Full Gospel Baptist Church is required to register as a sexual predator.

 

Former Fairbanks mayor, wife report to federal prison

Former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes and his wife, Chris, have started serving their federal prison terms in Forth Worth, Texas.

The Hayes’ were convicted of stealing hundreds of thousand of dollars in government grants to finance construction of a new church where Jim Hayes was pastor.

 

Md. authorities seize documents from mayor's home

The probe by the state prosecutor's office, which investigates public corruption, began more than two years ago and involves city money that went to companies employing Dixon's sister and her former campaign chairman.

 

Walgreens Accused Of Scamming Taxpayers

The scheme was blown wide open by a whistleblower, a pharmacist who doesn’t want to appear on camera. He said Walgreens rigged its computers to automatically switch to the most expensive type of pill.

 

REV. AL SOAKS UP BOYCOTT BUCKS

Terrified of negative publicity, fearful of a consumer boycott or eager to make nice with the civil-rights activist, CEOs write checks, critics say, to NAN and Sharpton - who brandishes the buying power of African-American consumers. In some cases, they hire him as a consultant.

 

Scandal hits new terminal

The probe also is focusing on whether so-called disadvantaged business enterprises -- typically minority- or female-owned companies -- are acting as fronts for other businesses to win contracts.

 

McMahans guilty of conspiracy, accepting bribes

A jury convicted state Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan and his wife Saturday on felony counts of conspiracy and accepting bribes.

 

Black Gold Scandal in Bluegrass State

Gary Milby is the target of a federal case for allegedly swindling hundreds of people, including many senior citizens, who invested in his oil business.

 

Seeking Free Home, Ex-Legislator Will Get a Prison Cell Instead

Calling her actions “an outrageous breach of trust,” a judge sentenced Diane M. Gordon, a former state assemblywoman from Brooklyn, to two to six years in prison on Thursday for offering to help a developer acquire city land if he would build her a house free.

 

NMSU porn scandal fallout continues

With an external investigation into the dismissal of former professors John Moraros and Yelena Bird forthcoming, leaders of the New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services have either stepped down or been removed.

 

House Approves Bill To Raise Lawmaker Pay

The Louisiana House on Friday approved a proposal to more than double legislators' pay, an idea that sparked howls of anger from talk radio callers, editorialists and bloggers.

 

C.J. Williams Arrested on New Charges in Florida

A Montgomery daycare owner found not guilty of child molestation is in a Pensacola, Florida jail accused of sex offenses against minors.

 

Missouri pastor held for trial on sex charges

A woman who says she was raped and sodomized by the pastor of a small southwest Missouri church when she was 16 testified Monday that he told her the sex acts were to please God.

 

Witnesses: Priest often in the nude

Robert Whipkey, 53, was arrested when he was seen heading home on June 22 last year after a predawn jog in the buff.

 

BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions

A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.

 

Former Howard teacher gets 4 years in prison for sexually abusing student

Alan Meade Beier, 54, was convicted in March of sexually abusing a minor and of second-degree assault. According to prosecutors, Beier took 41 photos of a boy, then 16, in his classroom after school at River Hill High in Clarksville, where he taught science. In some of the photos, the student was naked.

 

Kilpatrick's pal thrives on city contracts

Bobby Ferguson, who has been at the mayor's side at black-tie social events and on the backs of motorcycles, has long claimed the relationship hurts his general contracting company's ability to land contracts. But an analysis of records by The Detroit News shows his share of water department contracts has jumped more than 20-fold since Kilpatrick took office.

 

Fire chief to retire amid probe

The chief of a Warren County fire department who was under investigation for allegedly sexually harassing and bullying his staff has announced that he will retire July 1.

Bernie Becker, who has headed the Clearcreek Fire District since 1997, submitted a letter of intent to Township Safety Director Ron Wilhelm last week.

 

Victim's mother testifies at church trial for Pa. bishop

The testimony came as a church trial opened for Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. He is accused of concealing the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl by his brother, then a lay minister at a California church where Bennison was rector.

 

Scandal Prompts WVU President to Resign

West Virginia University President Michael Garrison announced his resignation yesterday, seeking to end a scandal stemming from the university's awarding of an unearned degree to the governor's daughter.

 

Indict Intrepid overseer in pier-fix bribe

The feds have charged a former city engineer with pocketing more than $50,000 in bribes from a company involved in fixing the pier where the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum is located.

A Brooklyn federal grand jury indicted Charles Kriss, of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, on corruption charges.

 

Rep. George Miller delivers millions for campaign contributor

Rep. George Miller, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, has secured $4.6 million in federal funding for a Martinez firm that has earned millions selling equipment to the U.S. Army for use in the war effort and whose executives have contributed to his campaign and political action committees.

 

Dormont Soccer Coach, Boy Scout Leader Faces Child Porn Charges

George Michael Carvlin, 54, was arrested in Monroe County for sending child porn to who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. It was actually a police officer.

 

Detroit mayor vetoes funds for lawyers trying to remove him

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has vetoed $250,000 set aside by the City Council to pay for lawyers to try to remove him from office amid a text-messaging sex scandal.

 

Texas agency under magnifying glass over sect raid

For nearly two months, Texas child welfare officials had insisted conditions at a polygamist group's ranch were so abusive that none of its members should be allowed to keep their children.

However, some close to the debacle say the operation was doomed from the start by a series of missteps.

 

Self-report shows ASU doesn't make the grade

The final self-report submitted by Alabama State University in its investigation into possible NCAA rules violations includes allegations of a pay-for-grades scandal and revelations that the school failed to investigate numerous illicit grade changes uncovered by an administrator seven years ago.

 

Tainted Drug Imports Set Off Warnings, Not FDA Action

Two Americans died and 15 suffered seizures. The suspected cause: The epilepsy medicine they depended on stopped working because of a counterfeit ingredient from overseas.

 

Deacon Charged With Lewd Act

Police said Pitchford apparently does not practice what he teaches in Sunday School. Police say after church at the Holy Redeemer Church of God in Christ on Sunday afternoon, he was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior at Milwaukee's Estabrook Park.

 

Media police assault takes down legit video website

BitTorrent watchdog MediaDefender is once again taking heat after it was accused of launching a pernicious attack that brought down a web-based distributor of legal video.

 

Judge Rejects Indicted La. Congressman's Bribery Theory

A federal judge has refused to toss out a bribery indictment against a Louisiana congressman who argued that his alleged misdeeds were technically more akin to influence peddling than bribery.

 

FBI Serves Search Warrant at Maryland State Senator's Home

At least eight FBI agents rolled in to the home of state senator Ulysses Currie late Thursday afternoon. FBI only said the raid was part of an ongoing investigation.

 

Navy worker pleads guilty to taking bribes, agrees to help investigation

Leslie E. Doggett Jr., a former civilian purchasing agent at Norfolk Naval Station, admitted in federal court Thursday that he took more than $34,000 in bribes from an unidentified vendor.

 

Dell deceived customers, judge says

Dell Inc. deceived customers in a massive "bait and switch" scheme to increase sales of its computer and electronic products, a New York state judge ruled Tuesday.

 

Austin fireman who stopped for burger on way to call fired

Firefighter Michael Pooler's decision to stop at the Burger House next to his fire station before jumping onto a fire truck delayed the emergency response by two minutes, said Acting Fire Chief Jim Evans.

 

Former superintendent pleads guilty

Former Marble City Superintendent Larry Couch of Vian admitted embezzling nearly 1 million dollars from the school and filing a false income tax return.

 

Bulls' Noah arrested for marijuana possession

Authorities in Gainesville have charged Chicago Bulls forward and former Florida star Joakim Noah with possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol.

 

GAO: Port Security Still Lacking

The Government Accountability Office said the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program relies too heavily on self-reported information from those involved. The flaws, the agency said, allows some 8,000 importers, port authorities, and air, sea and land carriers to get benefits such as reduced scrutiny of their cargo.

 

Report: Aid Workers Abusing Kids

A Save the Children UK report released Tuesday alleges rampant sexual abuse of children at the hands of peacekeepers and international aid workers in war zones and disaster areas.

 

Ex-N.C. official pleads guilty to corruption

Boyce Allen Hudson pleaded guilty Tuesday to extortion and money laundering. He will face up to 30 years in prison and a $500,000 fine at a sentencing hearing set for July.

 

2 state nursing homes land on U.S. watch list

In Maryland, ManorCare-Rossville in Baltimore County and the Waldorf Center in Charles County were listed because of serious violations of federal and state regulations, said Wendy Kronmiller, director of the state Office of Health Care Quality.

 

Lorain councilman Flores busted in sex sting

A drunken city councilman on the prowl was caught Friday night in a prostitution sting, Lorain police said.

Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, was charged with solicitation and DUI at 11:27 p.m., after driving up to a decoy prostitute.

 

Plea deal saves Orlando Cepeda, costs a prosecutor

A discreetly entered plea bargain allowed Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda to escape felony drug prosecution and walk away from court with a $100 misdemeanor fine Friday.

In court, Deputy District Attorney Joe Camarata agreed to a plea deal allowing Cepeda to plead no contest to a charge of being in possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. The cocaine and a hypodermic syringe posession charges were dismissed.

 

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