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Safety department worker pleads guilty to taking bribes

Leticia Bosemon, 38, of Inkster, admitted in U.S. District Court in Detroit that from 2006 through June2 008, she accepted more than $63,000 from many people in return for preparing fraudulent performance bonds and issuing temporary certificates of occupancy.

 

Jailed ex-council leader wants Atlantic City to pay legal bills

Sex, lies and videotape were all in a day's work, according to Atlantic City's jailed former City Council president.

Craig Callaway, who pleaded guilty last year to luring a council rival to a motel and secretly taping him having sex with a prostitute, wants the city to pay his legal bills and any civil judgment against him.

 

Chief of staff tried to reach Sanford 15 times during secret trip, records show

Gov. Mark Sanford's chief of staff Scott English unsuccessfully called the governor's cell phone 15 times during the governor's secret trip to Argentina to visit his lover last month as staff members were out of contact with the governor for at least four days.

 

Nationals Not Paying Off for D.C.

The team has the worst record in baseball, and attendance is near the bottom of the league. For the District, the team's failings are making the city's $700-million stadium look like a bad investment.

 

Sources say Cheney hid spy program

Former Vice President Dick Cheney directed the CIA eight years ago not to inform Congress about a nascent counterterrorism program that CIA Director Leon Panetta terminated in June, officials with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.

 

Mid-South BBB Issues Consumer Alert

StoresOnline's dealing have been the source of more than 700 complaints in the company's home state of Utah. Also attorneys general in nine states have taken action against StoresOnline.

 

Property manager charged with stealing rent money

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about Real Living Properties LLC, a property management company that the BBB said appears to have shut down with outstanding contracts. Meanwhile, the owner of the company was arrested Friday on four counts of theft of property.

 

Former Sen. Fumo To Be Sentenced

Fumo was convicted on 137 fraud, obstruction and tax-evasion counts after a five-month trial.

 

Military school leader charged with sex misconduct

A principal at Howe Military School in northern Indiana has been charged with having sexual encounters with a 14-year-old male student.

 

Landscaper accused of bilking customers

Mark Zames, president of the Nature View Landscape Co. of Mahwah, abruptly folded the company last year after he allegedly submitted a fraudulent projects list with an application for a $500,000 loan, said John L. Molinelli, the Bergen County prosecutor.

 

Money for crime victim compensation diverted

Millions of dollars intended to compensate North Carolina crime victims has been diverted over the past 10 years and instead gone to state and local treasuries.

 

D.C. Coucil to Investigate Agreements Between Nonprofits, City

There is more fallout from the arrest of D.C. Coucilmember Marion Barry. The local City Paper is raising questions about money Barry directed to non-profit groups.

The Washington City Paper reports that Barry allegedly funneled $450,000 worth of legislative earmark money to groups that exist only on paper.

 

Taxpayers lose, group charges

The Treasury Department is selling its financial stakes in bailed-out banks for one-third less than they're worth, potentially shorting taxpayers up to $2.7 billion, a bipartisan congressional watchdog said Friday.

 

Child trackers falsified reports

More than 70 Florida child-welfare workers falsified records in the last two years, leaving 14 children in unsafe homes and causing the state Department of Children and Families to temporarily lose track of at least six other children ...

 

Evangelist's trial to hinge on witness testimony

Tony Alamo heads to federal court Monday for the start of a trial on charges he took young girls across state lines for sex in violation of a nearly century-old morality law.

 

Prosecutor: Nonprofit's ex-director took $10G

A former executive director of the Poricy Park Conservancy stole $10,219 from the nonprofit organization's coffers so she could make mortgage payments on her Bridgewater home ...

 

Detroit 911 operator convicted of neglect over boy's call is back on job

The Detroit 911 operator who was convicted of willful neglect after she dismissed a 5-year-old boy's emergency call about his unconscious mom is back on the job.

 

Letters cite admission CIA misled Congress

CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress last month that senior CIA officials have concealed significant actions and misled lawmakers repeatedly since 2001, the chairman and other members of the House Intelligence Committee said in letters revealed Wednesday.

 

Ex-lawmaker faces 5th child porn count

Former assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union) was indicted on an additional child pornography possession charge yesterday in Superior Court in Mercer County ...

 

Councilmember Calls for Metro Driver's Firing, Change in Policy

A video posted on Youtube appears to show a Metro train operator texting while apparently driving a Metro train.

 

Illinois Legislature approves budget built on debt

Facing a massive deficit and an array of unpleasant choices, Illinois officials decided Wednesday to keep state government running with a budget built around borrowing billions of dollars and letting unpaid bills climb to record levels.

 

Good man who got greedy is jailed

Nicholas Poneros is a good man, an honorable man, a kind man who became a father figure to a niece, a giving man who gave toys to needy children at Christmas, an upstanding man who tirelessly served his church and his community, according to his friends and family.

 

Barry's Hiring of Ex-girlfriend Raises Questions

City records show that former D.C. mayor Marion Barry hired his former girlfriend soon after they began dating.

 

Ill. sheriff: Graves dug up to resell plots

Workers at a historic Illinois cemetery may have dug up more than 100 bodies and dumped them in mass graves at the back of the 150-acre property in a scheme to resell plots to unsuspecting customers, authorities said.

 

Gainesville Church Displays Anti-Islam Sign

A Gainesville, Florida church has a shocking anti-Islam sign on its front lawn and says it is going to put up more.

 

Jefferson accepts money in video

Jurors in the corruption trial of former Rep. William Jefferson saw a videotape Tuesday of the congressman accepting a briefcase packed with $100,000 in cash that prosecutors say was intended as the down payment on a bribe to the vice president of Nigeria.

 

Sources: Monorail Workers Were At Denny’s During Fatal Crash

New details emerging in the fatal monorail crash investigation are raising some serious questions, and it appears that human error led to the tragic accident.

 

Bathroom cam leads to charges for UNC prof

Weld County prosecutors filed sexual misconduct charges Tuesday against a University of Northern Colorado theater professor accused of secretly videotaping young men as they used his toilet.

 

Scio Township firefighter pleads no contest in Moose lodge embezzlement case

A Scio Township firefighter recently entered into a plea deal with prosecutors on charges that he embezzled more than $150,000 from the Ann Arbor Moose Lodge, court records show.

 

School workers face discipline

A teacher at Bayside High School was reprimanded for concealing a tape recorder under her shirt to record colleagues' conversations.

 

City plumbing inspector busts himself

James Kendrick is a city plumbing inspector assigned to a task force that busts people for doing work without permits.

 

Despite legal plight, Reese running again

Many people assumed that Richard L. Reese Jr.’s political career was over in April, when the Town of Lancaster highway superintendent was charged with assaulting an FBI agent and having an unregistered handgun in his house.

 

Balto. Co. youth soccer coach charged with soliciting girl for sex

A 32-year-old Baltimore County youth soccer coach faces sexual solicitation of a minor and child pornography charges after police say he sent explicit pictures of himself to the cell phone of a 14-year-old girl.

 

Serving public, serving time: Ex-congressman finishes federal sentence

In the case of the former United States representative, there was no trial, just the plea deal he took in 2004, when Balance admitted he gave family members and others State money which he funneled through a charitable foundation he started while serving in the North Carolina Legislature.

 

Romeo teacher pleads guilty in sex case involving student

A Romeo Middle School band teacher pleaded guilty in Macomb Circuit Court Tuesday to criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly having inappropriate relations with a female student, court records show.

 

2 MD Teachers Accused of Sex Abuse

The Frederick County State's Attorney Office says two high school teachers have been charged with sexually abusing students.

 

Firefighter Arrested for Sending Explicit Material to a Minor

A DeLand firefighter was arrested late Thursday night on charges of sending a young girl sexually explicit material over the internet.

 

D.C. Child and Family Services Back in Court

Last month, a court-appointed monitor released a report raising concerns that the troubled agency was still failing to provide adequate care for abused and neglected children.

 

Conyers quits in wake of guilty plea

Convicted Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers has resigned effective July 6.

Conyers’ resignation comes after her Friday guilty plea in U.S. District Court to a felony charge of accepting a bribe in exchange for a yes vote on the $1.2 billion Synagro Technologies sewage sludge recycling contract and other unspecified actions while a member of one of the city’s pension boards.

 

Ex-aide expected wealth through Jefferson

A former aide to U.S. Rep. William Jefferson testified Tuesday that he was confident his old boss had the influence with Nigerian leaders and the U.S. Export-Import Bank to seal a deal that would make the aide and his new boss, Lori Mody, hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

AG Indicts Fire Captain for Arson, Fraud

North Las Vegas Fire Captain Gary Stover told police he was inside the business and someone stole his 2007 Toyota Sequoia. But when the vehicle turned up torched in a desert area near Centennial Hills, police got very suspicious.

 

Ethics Complaints Tab Near $296,000

The state of Alaska has spent almost $300,000 investigating ethics complaints against Gov. Sarah Palin or her staff.

 

Restaurant Worker Arrested for Alleged Attempted Armed Robbery

A Hardees employee has been arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery in Salisbury.

 

IOUs from California are on their way

With its bank balance careening toward zero, California began sending tens of thousands of IOUs to its creditors Thursday, the latest black eye for the state and its broken budget system.

 

DA holds off on theft allegations

Jonathan Bolar, the former Gretna city councilman charged in a 16-count federal indictment that includes allegations he extorted more than $100,000 in exchange for supporting zoning variances, will wait longer to learn whether he faces trial on state theft charges.

 

Rangel Trips Under Investigation

The House Ethics Committee is now officially digging into two Caribbean trips taken by Congressmen Charles Rangel, D-NY, Carolyn Kilpatrick D-MI, Bennie Thompson, D-MS, Donald Payne D-NJ, and Delegate Donna Christensen D-VI.

 

Blagojevich corruption trial set for June 3, 2010

A federal judge today set June 3, 2010, for Blagojevich's trial on charges of scheming to sell or trade President Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat and pressuring potential campaign contributors.

 

Boulder driver injures motorcyclist with car door

Police said a Boulder County driver used his car door to hurt a motorcyclist in a road-rage attack.

 

RI lawmakers force dog racing at bankrupt track

The state House voted Friday to force a bankrupt gambling hall to expand its schedule of greyhound races even as its owners and Gov. Don Carcieri seek to end the money-losing races and protect millions of dollars in state income from its slot machines.

 

The Tax Shelter That Keeps Old Rail Cars On Metro Tracks

In the wake of last week's Metro rail tragedy that killed 9 people, a complex tax shelter deal between the transit agency and 16 banks backed by AIG is getting new scrutiny.

 

Boulder City teacher indicted on child sex charges

A Clark County grand jury has indicted a longtime Boulder City soccer coach and middle school teacher on child molestation charges.

 

DC Tax Scandal Leader Gets 17 ½ Years

The ringleader of a scheme that drained nearly $50 million from the D.C. treasury has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison.

Walters' attorney had argued that his client considered herself a "benefactor" because she gave money to others.

 

Former Ind. pastor charged with securities fraud

A former pastor accused of bilking thousands of investors out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme aimed at their Christian beliefs has been charged with securities fraud.

 

Amherst County official charged with inappropriate contact with a child resigns

An Amherst County employee charged with inappropriate contact with a child has resigned as the director of economic development.

 

Marion Barry faces stalking charges

D.C. Council member and former Mayor Marion Barry was arrested Saturday night after a female acquaintance accused him of stalking her in Anacostia Park, police said.

 

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford Admits Affair, Resigns GOP Governor’s Association

The mystery is over, with today’s announcement by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford that he flew to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he’d been having an affair.

 

Monroe's tax director taken off payroll

The city revenue and taxation director who faces numerous felony theft counts, was placed on administrative leave with pay May 18. He remains on leave, but his pay stopped June 11.

 

Madoff's day of reckoning

Madoff is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan before Judge Denny Chin, who could sentence him to as many 150 years in federal prison.

 

Councilwoman charged with drunken driving

A Central Falls city councilwoman is accused of drunken driving.

The arresting officer saw a 10-year-old boy sleeping in the back seat of the car.

 

Lawsuit Against Gibbons to Proceed

Chrissy Mazzeo accuses Gibbons of assaulting her outside a restaurant back in 2006. She also says the governor and several others orchestrated a cover-up of the crime when she went public with the accusation.

 

Did Governor Use Tax Money to Finance Affair?

Facing questions over whether he used taxpayer funds to pay for trips to Argentina to see the woman with whom he admitted having an extramarital affair, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Thursday that he would repay the state for a 2008 business trip to Buenos Aires.

 

Former Ga. Congressman Charged With Conspiracy

A former Georgia congressman has been charged in connection with illegal campaign contributions during a 2005 Atlanta city council election.

 

Denny Hecker accused of fraudulent self-dealing

Auto dealer Denny Hecker engaged in fraudulent self-dealing, funneling millions of dollars from his now-bankrupt Advantage Rent-A-Car business to other companies he controlled, a U.S. trustee alleged in court papers filed Tuesday.

 

Loudoun Pastor Charged In Teen Sex Case

A former pastor has been charged with having inappropriate contact with three Loudoun County teenagers.

 

Former bank employee charged with embezzlement

A 28-year-old former loan processor at OSB Community Bank in Brooklyn has been charged with embezzling $20,819.30 from the bank.

 

Pastor accused of dealing cocaine

Fort Wayne Police began investigating 59-year-old Rev. Curtis White III of the Divine Faith Baptist Church about a month ago after receiving complaints from his congregation, according to police spokesman Michael Joyner.

 

Woman Sentenced For Prostituting Teen Relative

A Westminster woman who befriended a distant relative and sold her into prostitution in Maryland and Virginia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

 

700 NYC teachers paid to do nothing

Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that's what they want to do.

 

Day care worker charged, was granted DCF exemption

Parents who took their children to Just for Kids, a day care center on Busch Boulevard, probably were surprised when they learned a worker there was charged Wednesday with abusing four children in her care.

 

Chris Brown Pleads Guilty To Felony Assault

Chris Brown pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting Rihanna and the two were ordered to stay away from each other, in a deal that keeps the singer out of prison but requires him to clean up graffiti or roadside trash.

 

Ethics complaints filed against Palin

A listing of known ethics complaints filed against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin:

 

State probe on EnCap project found trail of deception

State Inspector General Mary Jane Cooper spent a year looking into the now-bankrupt EnCap golf project.

 

Mayor Behnke mistakenly tweets employee data online

Some Battle Creek city employees are getting free identity protection help after Mayor Mark Behnke posted a document with personnel information to a public Web site.

 

John Katopodis fraud trial begins Monday

John Katopodis, the former Birmingham city councilman and Jefferson County commissioner, goes on trial Monday on charges he diverted $250,000 in charity money for his personal use.

 

Ensign’s mistress saw salary double, son was paid $5,400

The one-time mistress and campaign treasurer of Sen. John Ensign saw her salary double during the time of the affair, according to federal election documents.

 

Ex-beauty queen a flight risk

A former Hawai'i beauty queen and Kailua mother of three who is accused of stealing the identities of dozens of O'ahu residents was ordered held without bail yesterday.

Manhattan Beach police searched Shaw's home there and found personal information on 40 to 50 other people from O'ahu "aside from what's in the current indictment," McCarthy said.

 

Hancock auditor accused of taking bribe

State police say Grass allegedly accepted payments totaling about $54,000 in exchange for a contract for courthouse repairs totaling about $238,000 that was not approved by the county commissioners.

 

Postal worker convicted of embezzlement

According to trial testimony, Frazier worked at the Randallstown post office and embezzled about $74,000 by taking money intended for deposits and issuing postal money orders to herself.

 

Funeral director accused of dumping human organs

Deputies in Polk County made a gruesome discovery Monday when they found a body bag and human intestines half buried in a cemetery.

 

Sentencing For DC Tax Scandal Leader Delayed

A federal judge has delayed the sentencing of the ringleader of a scheme that cost the D.C. treasury nearly $50 million.

 

Dixon aide, accused of assault, takes leave of absence

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's chief of staff, Demaune Millard, is taking paid leave of absence, a decision he made Wednesday after accusations surfaced that he assaulted an ex-girlfriend.

 

Feds: New Canaan exec's divorce a scam to avoid restitution

Federal prosecutors claim a New Canaan business executive serving prison time for one of the biggest accounting scandals in U.S. history is attempting to dodge a $3 billion-plus restitution order by having his wife of 27 years file for divorce against him in Bridgeport Superior Court.

 

City officials exchange assault charges

Mayor Sheila Dixon's chief of staff and a commissioner on the Baltimore liquor board have accused each other of assault after an argument this month on an Inner Harbor cruise ship.

 

Nevada Sen. John Ensign admits affair

Sen. John Ensign of Nevada admitted Tuesday to an extramarital affair with a woman who had worked for him.

 

FEMA Disaster Contracts Lost and Misplaced -- DHS IG Finds Piles of Boxes and Papers

With Hurricane season just over 2 weeks old the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General has released a report finding that FEMA needs to improve how it handles it's disaster management contracts finding lost files, misplaced boxes and general shambles in the offices that oversaw billions of dollars of contracts.

 

Shore principal arrested on sex charges

A Queen Anne's County private school principal was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of sexual conduct involving a 14-year-old girl, state police said.

 

Opening Statements Tuesday In Ex-Congressman's Trial

More than four years after the investigation began, lawyers will give opening statements in the bribery trial of former Louisiana congressman William Jefferson.

Prosecutors say he received more than $500,000 and sought millions more in exchange for using his influence to broker business deals in Africa. In August 2005, agents found $90,000 stuffed in Jefferson's freezer in his Washington home.

 

Maryland Hospital Fined, Failed To Report Errors

Maryland health officials say Doctors Community Hospital has been fined after failing to report that a patient died and at least seven others suffered serious harm as a result of mistakes by the medical staff.

 

Woman, 30, pushed out of car by brother on I-695

A Woodlawn woman was seriously injured Sunday evening when her brother pushed her out of a moving car and into the southbound lanes of Interstate 695 near Security Boulevard, according to Baltimore County police.

 

Bus Driver Turns Self In After 2 Found Dead

A bus driver once honored for his driving prowess turned himself in to police Monday night after a shooting incident at a Woodbridge bus terminal left two co-workers dead earlier in the day.

 

7 Shuman Center Employees Fired, Accused Of Falsifying Records

A supervisor and six child care workers were fired Thursday from Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, accused of allegedly falsifying records.

 

NJ mortgage company president guilty in $139M scam

He admits that from January 2004 through January 2009 he sold mortgage loans to the Fannie Mae government-controlled mortgage company without authorization of the credit unions that owned them.

 

Busboy-turned-county worker collected salary while he was jailed

County president Todd Stroger's cousin, former chief financial officer Donna Dunnings, gave her former secretary paid time off that he did not earn for workdays he was locked in county jail. Dunnings also signed time cards that claimed Cole worked weekends that he did not show up at the office, county records show.

 

Teacher accused of having sex with student

A southern New Jersey teacher accused of having a four-month sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student has been suspended with pay.

 

Arts educator arrested in child rape case

Tualatin Police Detectives and Clackamas County Detectives arrested a 55-year-old woman on suspicion of raping a 10-year-old boy over more than a year, five years ago.

 

I-Team: DCF Drug Rules For Foster Children Ignored

The review shows caseworkers failed to complete treatment plans, didn't consult psychiatrists contracted by DCF and failed to get consent for the drugs.

 

Ex-DMV clerk loses appeal of fraud conviction

A former Santa Rosa DMV clerk has lost an appeal of her conspiracy conviction for helping undocumented immigrants obtain state drivers licenses or ID cards for hefty fees.

 

Police say Wachovia teller used cash drawer to finance his dinner dates

Wachovia teller Gregory Siggins dipped into his cash drawer for date money — nearly $20,000 over several months — according to Palm Beach police.

 

Centerton ex-mayor pleads guilty to forgery

Williams was mayor from 2001 until he resigned in 2007, after acknowledging he had been living under an assumed name - Bruce Kent Williams - since 1980.

 

Ex-Mass. speaker arraigned for corruption

Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and three associates plead not guilty to public corruption charges.

 

Are Newport News land deals fair for all?

By law, the city can condemn property and use eminent domain when it needs land for a public purpose.

 

Police: Arlington Little League Coach Takes Players On Burglary

There is outrage against an Arlington little league coach accused of taking his own son, nephew, and another player along on a burglary.

 

Daley nephew's deals

Mayor Daley's nephew Robert Vanecko and Vanecko's business partner Allison S. Davis have been making news lately.

 

Man pleads in City of Dallas corruption case

Seven are charged in a 31-count indictment, which charged 14 current and former public officials and their associates with various offenses related to a bribery and extortion scheme. The scheme involved affordable housing developments in the Dallas area.

 

Suspended NFL star Vick due in bankruptcy court

Suspended NFL star Michael Vick is returning to bankruptcy court in Virginia.

 

Bank Profits From Accounting Rules Masking Looming Loan Losses

The revival may be short-lived. Analysts who have examined the quarterly profits and government tests say that accounting rule changes and rosy assumptions are making the institutions look healthier than they are.

 

Ex-delegate indicted on federal charges

A former House of Delegates member convicted of illegal campaign spending in the 1990s was charged in a federal indictment Monday with bribery, vote buying and running illegal gambling rings in West Virginia and Kentucky.

 

Five U.S. contractors held in slaying of another in Iraq

Five American security contractors were detained in connection with the killing of another American contractor last month inside Baghdad's Green Zone, sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Saturday.

 

Security guard in shooting had OK for gun despite arrests

A security guard facing an attempted-murder charge in the shooting of an unarmed, would-be shoplifter outside a South Side convenience store was arrested twice as a juvenile and denied rights to carry a firearm, according to court records.

 

Airline Employee Charged With Helping Sneak Gun on Plane

The FBI charged a US Airways employee with helping his roommate get a concealed, semiautomatic hand gun onto a plane departing Philadelphia early Thursday.

 

Ex-Hermitage school leader pleads guilty to felony

The former superintendent of the Hermitage School District has pleaded guilty to a felony ethics violation in the misspending of district funds on school construction projects.

 

DOT accused of selling personal information

A lawsuit alleges state Department of Transportation officials illegally sold personal information of tens of thousands of licensed drivers.

 

Ex-deacon faces new sex charges

Baltimore police have filed new sex abuse charges against a former church deacon who was arrested last month on charges that he sexually assaulted a minor.

 

TSA Officer Accused Of Stealing From Luggage

A federal Transportation Security Administration officer is accused of stealing electronics from luggage he was screening at Philadelphia International Airport.

 

Workers Charged With Stealing US Aid To Liberia

Three former officials with a Christian humanitarian organization have been accused of massive fraud involving more than $1 million worth of U.S. aid to Liberia, stealing food and construction materials meant to help people of the African nation recover from a 14-year civil war.

 

SEC charges ex-Countrywide CEO Mozilo with fraud

Angelo Mozilo, the man who rode the housing boom to build Countrywide Financial Corp. into a California colossus of high-risk mortgage lending, has been charged with civil fraud and illegal insider trading by federal regulators who accuse him of deceiving shareholders and profiting on confidential information.

 

BART officer admits Oscar Grant III posed no threat before Mehserle shot him

The commanding officer on the Fruitvale BART platform the night Oscar Grant III was shot in the back and killed by another officer said Wednesday the 22-year-old victim posed no threat to either him or others seconds before he was killed.

 

Sentencing today for former Palm Beach County commissioner

Disgraced former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty did the crime but doesn't want to do the time, according to documents filed by a federal prosecutor.

 

Firefighter accused of sending porn sites to undercover deputy posing as teen

An Orange County firefighter was arrested and charged with transmission of material harmful to a minor after he chatted with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl and directed that individual to pornographic Web sites, according to an arrest affidavit.

 

Former youth pastor charged with molestation

A former youth pastor was charged with four counts of sexual battery Tuesday, on accusations he had a four-year sexual relationship with a teen-aged member of the church.

 

New Orleans Once Again Nation's Murder Capital

After a brief loss of the title, fresh data from the FBI shows New Orleans has regained its crown as the nation's murder capital.

 

Money manager's assets to be sold

A judge has ordered the sale of the waterfront home and stunt plane of indicted money manager Marcus Schrenker as part of state efforts to recover money for his former clients.

 

D.C. Tax Scandal Leader Calls Herself a 'Benefactor'

An attorney for the ringleader of a conspiracy that drained nearly $50 million from the D.C. treasury says Harriette Walters considered herself a "benefactor" as she gave money to others.

 

Garfield school board VP charged in Blackberry theft

Veteran school board member Anthony Damato has been charged with stealing a cellphone from a convenience store, police said Friday.

 

Gym Closed; Members Still Charged

A local fitness center shut its doors, but the monthly membership dues are still being drafted. Members of the "National Fitness Center" in Smyrna say they are the victims of a fitness scam.

 

Councilwoman accused of forging will

Denise Whitley, a former mayor and current councilwoman in the small Union County town of Marsvhville, is charged with forgery and obtaining property under false pretences. Investigators say she forged a will in order to take control of an elderly relative’s property.

 

Welding inspector admits falsifying reports, says he 'made a big mistake'

The welding inspector accused of falsifying reports at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Newport News shipyard admitted on Monday that he signed off on the quality of welded joints on U.S. Navy vessels that he didn't inspect.

 

Ex-Clarkston PTA official charged with embezzlement

A former PTA president and treasurer charged with embezzling more than $27,000 in donations from cookie dough sales and other fundraisers waived her right to a preliminary examination Friday in Clarkston 52-2 District Court.

 

Former Speaker DiMasi, 3 Associates Indicted On Federal Corruption Charges

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi and three associates on corruption charges that include wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy. DiMasi is alleged to have used his power and influence to help pass legislation that resulted in multi-million-dollar contracts to a software company.

 

Daley nephew's bad deal for pensions

A year after Mayor Daley's nephew and his business partner lent $7.9 million in city pension funds to developers hoping to build a Dominick's grocery store and condos on a vacant lot on the North Side, the value of the property has plummeted.

 

Lawyer: Spitzer Met Regularly with Prostitutes

A lawyer for a former escort service booker says his client revealed that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer met regularly with prostitutes over an 18-month period before he resigned.

 

Mayor's attorney calls indictment 'misunderstanding'

Longtime Carlstadt Mayor William Roseman has been indicted by a Bergen County Grand Jury on three counts relating to his failure to notify the borough's insurance carrier that he and his wife had divorced in July 2000, announced Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli on May 29.

 

Florida Couple Busted For Steroids Say They Sold To DC Sports Teams

A central Florida man arrested with thousands of anabolic steroid pills told investigators he sold to professional athletes, including players on the Washington Nationals and Capitals, authorities said Wednesday.

 

Mayor, councilwoman assisted by immunity

Some of the charges against Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and all charges against a councilwoman indicted in a probe of city finances were dismissed by a judge on Thursday.

Dixon attorney Dale P. Kelberman said four perjury charges and one misconduct charge against Ms. Dixon were dismissed, but seven theft, misappropriation and misconduct charges remain against the mayor because the evidence in those counts was not covered by legislative immunity.

 

RI man pleads guilty in kickback scheme

A former Rhode Island union organizer has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he accepted kickback payments and other gifts in exchange for work on a Providence redevelopment project.

 

Navy Chaplain Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges, But Not Rape

A Navy chaplain most "famous" for ministering wounded Marines at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center -- for which he earned military honors and even got to give a tour to President George Bush Junior! -- has pleaded guilty to "multiple charges of adultery, fraternization and conduct unbecoming an officer, and could face up to nine years in jail."

 

Ex-Tyngsboro official fined for N.H. attack

Former Tyngsboro Selectman Fred Perrault was found guilty by a New Hampshire judge yesterday of assaulting a neighbor outside his family's vacation home in Sanbornton last summer, after an argument over Perrault setting off loud fireworks.

 

Teacher Accused Of Have Sex With Teen Student

A teacher at a South Florida Catholic School is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy.

 

Drug dealers could receive 'special' driver's licenses

The House Transportation Committee, concerned that a "Drug Dealer" license plate would embarrass the dealer's family, decided that issuing a driver's license denoting the holder is a drug dealer would be enough. The bill allows a judge to order such a license upon a first conviction but makes it mandatory on a second conviction. Also, the dealer loses driving privileges for one year.

 

Mayor Fenty Let Friend Drive City Car

Mayor Fenty is defending himself against charges he allowed a personal friend to chauffeur him in his city-assigned Lincoln Navigator.

The friend is Keith Lomax, owner of the RBK Landscaping and Construction Company, which the Washington Post says has received millions of dollars in contracts to maintain city buildings since Fenty has been mayor.

 

Teacher Charged After Having Sex With Student She "Loves"

A Maine East High School teacher who told police she "loves" a former student has been charged with having sex with the 16-year-old boy.

 

Medical Billing Mistakes

Eighty percent of medical bills are wrong. This is according to the Medical Billing Advocates of America. These mistakes, say MBAA, result in over-charges to consumers.

 

Rapper T.I. to report to Ark. federal prison

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., will serve a year and a day sentence after pleading guilty to a federal weapons charge.

 

Taxpayers to pay jury award for Paterson mayor

Taxpayers will pick up the tab for punitive damages awarded against the mayor and police chief for retaliating against a police officer who supported the mayor's rival in the 2006 mayoral election.

 

Ex-mayor Scarpelli finishes sentence

Joseph C. Scarpelli, the ex-mayor who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes, was recently released from federal custody.

 

Teacher charged with raping boy

A charter school teacher was arrested Wednesday in the rape of a boy younger than 12, a sheriff's spokesman said.

 

Vas indicted by second grand jury in two days

A day after appearing in federal court to face corruption charges, Assemblyman Joseph Vas was indicted by a state grand jury yesterday on a host of new counts alleging he abused his former position as mayor of Perth Amboy to pad his pockets and arrange fraudulent campaign contributions.

 

Annapolis Mayoral Candidate Accused Of Groping Naval Middie

An Annapolis alderman has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense against a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman.

 

Principals part of Detroit Schools fraud probe

Charges could be filed against a number of Detroit Public Schools employees in a probe of theft and fraud in the troubled district.

 

Band teacher jailed in N.O. sex case

New Orleans police arrested a band instructor at McDonogh 35 High School Monday evening on charges of molesting a 14-year-old girl and contributing to the delinquency of other teenage students from the school, officials said.

 

Ex-fire chief from St. Louis area gets probation for theft

The former chief of a St. Louis-area fire protection district has been sentenced to probation and six months of house arrest for stealing more than $30,000 from the district.

 

Vick headed for home, but still not 'free'

Suspended NFL star and Newport News native Michael Vick is set to travel home to Hampton today to begin the next stage in his rehabilitation.

 

Teacher Charged in Two Counties with Sex with Minors

A former Ozarks music teacher faces charges in two counties for having sex with a student.

 

Two Men Arrested for Abusing, Neglecting Their Mother

Two men were arrested and charged with aggravated abuse and neglect of the elderly after deputies found the mother of the two men on the floor and covered in sores and bruises.

 

Grambling mayor claims forgery

Evidence continues to be added to a state police investigation into Grambling town finances.

 

Pastor, wife, firefighter accused in mortgage fraud scam

The mortgage fraud and money-laundering racket was a family affair, prosecutors say, led by a Miami Gardens pastor with support from his wife -- a mother of three -- and his brother, a Miami Fire Rescue captain.

 

Teacher Arrested On Student Sex Charge

A middle school teacher has been arrested on charges that he had a sexual relationship with one of his 15-year-old female students, Tucson police said.

 

Fenty, Council Members Jet Off to Vegas

Fenty and eight of D.C.'s 13 council members are about to land in Las Vegas for the International Shopping Center Convention, the largest retail convention of the year.

 

Developer pleads guilty to bribery of Chicago plumbing inspector

A politically connected real estate developer pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to bribery and conspiracy for passing a $1,000 payoff to a Chicago plumbing inspector in 2007.

 

Hawaii state senator's wife pleads not guilty to felony theft

State Sen. Fred Hemmings' wife had been the subject of a state attorney general criminal investigation into financial irregularities at Blueprint For Change, a nonprofit organization she headed from 2000 to 2006.

 

DC Council Wants Its Nats Tickets

DC City Council President Vincent Gray today sent a letter to Mayor Fenty, renewing his request for the Council's allotment of baseball tickets.

 

Dead People Being Sent Stimulus Checks

Thousands of Americans are receiving federal stimulus checks in the mail, this week. Only problem: many of them are deceased.

 

'GMA' Investigation: Stimulus Waste or Future Investment?

Few places in America are more desolate than Whitetail, Mont., a place where the roads are more likely to be mowed than paved. A border post with Canada located there sees an average of less than two passenger cars per day and only two to three trucks a month, according to the Bureau of Transportation statistics.

 

Ex-Official Sentenced For Katrina Kickbacks

After the August 2005 hurricane, Impastato allegedly used his position to help two of his constituents obtain a contract for storm debris disposal in the parish and then demanded at least a $10,000 share of their profits.

 

FOX 5 Investigates: D.C. Parking Wars

You’re going to get caught in the crossfire of a growing parking war the next time you park in front of D.C.’s courthouse or next door at Metropolitan Police Headquarters on Indiana Avenue NW.

 

Rabbi decides not to appeal conviction

Rabbi Jacob A. Max, the founder of a Pikesville synagogue who was found guilty last month in Baltimore County District Court of sexually molesting a woman, will not appeal his conviction, his lawyer said Wednesday.

 

Visit Florida on hook to pay fired ex-chief $537,000 severance package

Visit Florida, the publicly subsidized tourism-advertising agency criticized in recent months for how it spends money, will pay its ousted chief executive a $537,000 severance package, thanks to lucrative terms contained in the former executive's employment contract.

 

Cook County board chairman owes $12,000 in taxes

Records show Cook County Board Chairman Todd Stroger owes nearly $12,000 in unpaid income taxes.

 

Mayor Nagin gets caught up in vacation controversy

Allegations that Nagin didn't pay for at least part of the trips were raised in a lawsuit over his once highly touted city crime camera system, now known more for cost overruns than catching criminals.

 

Balto. Co. councilman's trial delayed until Sept.

A judge granted Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver's request Tuesday for a postponement of his trial on charges that he violated campaign-finance laws.

 

Former Horizon officers get prison terms

Three former Horizon Lines officials and a former Sea Star Line officer were sentenced to prison terms ranging from seven to 34 months today after they were found guilty of price-fixing within a trade lane between Puerto Rico and Jacksonville, according to the Journal of Commerce.

 

Students sue for inaugural refunds

Envision, a for-profit company that reportedly brought in $40 million from the inaugural sales, has said it would refund students $1 million. But the lawsuit says that would only reimburse each attendee about $65. The students were charged $2,380 to $2,620 and also had to pay for travel to Washington, formal wear for the ball and in some cases extra meals not included in the base cost.

 

Teacher Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Charge

A former Wootton High School teacher pleaded guilty Monday to one count of distribution of cocaine, admitting in court she provided the drug to one of her students.

 

Teacher's Firing Prompts Investigation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said evidence shows a Miami-Dade County school principal retaliated against one of her teachers, which violated federal law.

 

Projected DC Budget Revenue Based On Tickets

So how is this broke city going to make any money? Here's a clue: Council member Jim Graham shot down another Fenty proposal Tuesday that would have eliminated 65 "parking control" positions.

Can't cut those jobs, because the city needs to issue INSANE AMOUNTS OF PARKING TICKETS now to avoid government debt default, and a violent coup d'etat.

 

CBS4 Investigates Child Talent Agency

A national children's talent agency is offering refunds to parents after a settlement with the Connecticut attorney general.

 

Arrest warrant issued in Keys for school superintendent's wife

The wife of the Monroe County school superintendent has been charged with grand theft and organizing a fraud scheme for allegedly stealing $180,000 from the adult education cosmetology classes she ran ...

 

Women Accuse Md. County Exec Of Harassment

Questions about Maryland's Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold's alleged sexual habits have arisen for a second time this year, although this time with slightly more substance.

 

Red-light, speed cameras raking in revenue

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is pushing to expand the District's use of automated enforcement even as the city is on pace to collect a record amount of revenue from its red-light-camera network and the second-highest total ever from its speed-camera program.

 

NJ taxpayer money pays group that may not exist

New Jersey taxpayers have spent $400,000 since 2003 on a program designed to teach children about growing food in space.

 

She's Got the Crown Until Monday, Anyway

Miss California USA spokesman Roger Neal said Tuesday it appears the 21-year-old Prejean has run afoul of several sections of the 12-page contract prospective contestants were required to sign before competing in the state contest.

 

Contractor, also a former lawmaker, arrested for scamming storm victims

He's a contractor, also a former Alabama lawmaker, who promised to build modular homes for storm victims, but never delivered.

 

Hawaii highlights millions in overdue tax bills

The state has identified 39 individuals and businesses who could help solve its budget crisis -- by simply paying millions in overdue taxes.

 

Cops say alcohol no factor in mayor crash

A witness to a weekend crash involving Mayor Sam Adams said he smelled beer on the politician’s breath, but the Portland Police Bureau said the mayor was ‘‘absolutely fine.’’

 

Dodgers Outfielder Manny Ramirez Suspended for Drug Use

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games after violating a drug policy, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

 

Kiefer Sutherland Charged With Assault

Kiefer Sutherland has been charged with assault for allegedly head-butting a fashion designer at a Manhattan nightclub.

 

Lawyer: Sexual misconduct allegations surfacing about Freeburg superintendent

A Belleville lawyer who handles sexual abuse civil cases said Wednesday that he received several calls about Freeburg District 70 Superintendent Robin R. Hawkins before and after Hawkins committed suicide Sunday.

 

Ex-Marion Barry Flack, White House Staffer Sues Jacko for $44M

A former White House staffer and one of the entertainment's industry's biggest publicists filed a $44 million lawsuit against Michael Jackson Wednesday.

 

Indecent exposure charge for Oakland County official

Oakland County Commissioner Kim Capello, R-Novi, was arraigned Tuesday on a misdemeanor indecent exposure charge stemming from an April incident in which police said they found him outside a condominium complex with a woman.

 

Man Gets 4 Years in Jail for D.C. Tax Scandal

A former D.C. beauty salon owner who helped embezzle millions of dollars from the city treasury has been sentenced to four years in jail.

 

Report: DoD Paid Murtha's Nephew's Company

A company owned by a nephew of Rep. John Murtha received $4 million from the Defense Department last year for engineering and warehouse services ...

 

Medical Records Stolen from State?

A posting online demanding a ransom says hackers have stolen more than eight million patient records including names, birthdates, and social security numbers from the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program.

 

Hedge fund manager charged in $20M fraud

A Cresskill man is one of three people facing securities fraud and wire fraud charges for their role in running a hedge fund that allegedly defrauded investors of $20 million, authorities said.

 

Most charges dropped in church sex abuse cases

There was a lot of public attention when leaders of two obscure churches in the rural Ozarks were accused of ceremonially abusing girls, preparing them for "service to God" by molesting them.

 

Union official admits stealing

A union official from Granite City admitted Friday to stealing nearly $187,000 from a prison correctional officers union, said A. Courtney Cox, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

 

Search Warrant Executed on Local Fire Station

They're the ones who are supposed to be stopping fires, but some volunteer firefighters in Prince George's County are under the microscope in the investigation into a cross-county arson spree.

 

Currie discloses Shoppers connections

State Sen. Ulysses Currie, whose work for Shoppers Food Warehouse is being investigated by the FBI's corruption squad, has disclosed in new ethics forms that he worked as a "consultant" for the Lanham-based grocer during 2008.

 

Feds Search Edwards Campaign for Affair Cover Up

Did the presidential campaign of John Edwards pay Rielle Hunter to keep quiet about her affair with the former North Carolina senator?

 

Bronx bounty hunter is charged

A New York bounty hunter has been charged with aggravated assault after police say his SUV struck a fugitive Wednesday evening on Route 70 in front of the Wawa gas station at Massachusetts Avenue.

 

Former firefighter sentenced to 5 years probation

A central Kentucky firefighter has been sentenced to five years of supervised probation for using two fire department gas cards to buy fuel for his personal vehicles.

 

2 New Orleans Saints Players Arrested

Sheriff Newell Norman reports Biren Ealy and Kolomona Kapanui were arrested for being drunk in public and urinating in public. The charges are Obscenity, Disturbing the Peace and Lewd Conduct.

 

Delegate denies tricking woman out of home

A state delegate from Anne Arundel County, who is being sued for damages by a Pasadena woman who claims he tricked her into signing over her home, told a jury Wednesday that he was "doing the Lord's work."

 

Did Pentagon lose billions, pennies at a time?

In 1969, an aeronautical engineer at North American Rockwell discovered a discrepancy in his paycheck: Every hour, he was being overpaid by roughly 2 cents, or one-third of 1 percent of his pay.

 

PRP Firefighter Charged With Harassment, Disorderly Conduct

A white captain on the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department has been charged with harassment and disorderly conduct for allegedly badgering the only African-American firefighter at the department.

 

DOJ Official Breached Ethics Rules Playing Golf

A senior Bush-appointed Justice Department official breached ethics rules by accepting a free round of golf from a grant applicant, awarded tens of millions of dollars in grant money to low-ranking programs, and circumvented federal regulations to hire a consultant to work on faith-based issues, according to the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General.

 

Oakland County judge considering plea deal for Ranee S. Proper, former Holly teacher accused of having sex with students

A plea deal may be reached in the case involving a former Holly High School vocal music teacher accused of having sex with two students in her home and at the school.

 

Former teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

A former Lone Oak High School teacher has pleaded guilty in Paducah to having sex with a student.

 

Police bag PDX airline baggage theft suspects

Two Northwest Airlines baggage handlers stole hundreds of items from travelers' checked luggage at Portland International Airport, and one used a supervisor's computer to sell some of the property on eBay, according to investigators.

 

Ex-LA Minister Pleads Guilty To Molesting Kids

A former minister and music teacher has pleaded guilty to molesting three boys at churches in San Diego and Riverside counties.

 

Woman Pleads Guilty In Massive Mortgage Fraud

Federal prosecutors say a D.C. woman has pleaded guilty in a massive mortgage fraud Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 1,000 people of about $70 million.

 

Pushia lawyer notes deaths of 2 other disabled people

The defense attorney for a Baltimore pastor accused of hiring a hit man to kill a blind and mentally disabled man for life insurance money said that at least two other disabled people whose policies listed Pushia as a beneficiary had died, though he claimed their deaths were the result of natural causes and that the policies had been canceled prior to their deaths.

 

Sanzari got years to pay his dumping bill

Firms owned by Joseph Sanzari, the prominent contractor with deep ties to Bergen County's ruling Democratic Party, dumped fill and construction debris at the Overpeck Park site for two years without being charged, while other haulers paid by the truckload.

 

White House Official Apologizes for Air Force One Photo Op in New York City

White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera apologized for any panic caused by a flight mission and photo op that looked like Air Force One and fighter jets heading toward the New York City skyline Monday morning.

 

Chief Reacts to EMT Investigation, Alleged Scandal

After both News4 and the Washington Times quoted experts saying the performance of D.C. paramedics was substandard during simulated incidents, the fire chief spoke out not only about the reports, but about the alleged cheating scandal that he said could involve between 70 and 200 emergency medical technicians who took national certification tests.

 

Arundel Del. Tony McConkey sued in foreclosure fraud case

Del. Tony McConkey, a Severna Park Republican and a real estate agent, is being sued by Teresa L. Milligan. Milligan's civil suit against McConkey alleges "foreclosure rescue fraud," a violation of a homeowner protection law that he voted for in 2005.

 

Ex-schools contractor indicted in porn case

A former Walled Lake schools contractor has been indicted on charges that he produced child pornography of his 5-year-old granddaughter and possessed more than 100 images of child porn at his Oakland County home.

 

Stroger administration subpoenaed over hiring scandal

A Cook County grand jury has subpoenaed the former county employee at the center of a hiring scandal, the employee told the Daily Herald Monday.

 

Former Gym Teacher, Aide Charged with Sex Abuse

A former teacher's aide and gym teacher faces sex abuse charges involving minors in two counties.

 

Mortgage company president pleads guilty in 'house flipping' scheme

The former president of Citywide Mortgage Company pleaded guilty in connection with a house flipping scheme in federal court, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten announced Monday.

 

Ex-Eastpointe official won't run for old seat while facing fraud allegations

A former Eastpointe official, who has received some letters of support from constituents after he faced allegations of filing a false police report and insurance fraud, said he will not be filing for a chance to retrieve his City Council seat.

 

Rabbi convicted of sex offense

An 85-year-old rabbi well-known in the Baltimore area's Jewish community has been found guilty of sexually molesting a woman.

 

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