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Judge Says Jail For Bush Whistle-Blower Protector Scott Bloch

Prosecutors had agreed he should get probation for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying to Congress about files that he ordered erased from office computers.

 

RI treasurer says SEC probing bonds

Federal regulators are investigating Rhode Island's bond offerings, adding it to the list of state and municipal governments to come under scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

House Panel Probes Fannie, Freddie Legal Fees

A leading Republican lawmaker is asking regulators to explain why taxpayers have spent more than $160 million in legal fees to defend the giant mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their former top executives.

 

Therapist admits taking nude photos, having sexual contact with teen patient

An unlicensed psychotherapist who has worked in several Lehigh Valley practices over 15 years fought tears Monday as he admitted in civil court to taking nude photographs of a teenage girl during therapy sessions and having sexual contact with her.

 

Ex-State Hospital Chief To Testify On Sex Charges

A former state mental hospital director will take the stand to deny he sexually abused one of his adopted sons and other men who claimed he molested them when they were children.

 

State child welfare agency under scrutiny

Doctors and police concluded that bruises and cuts covering most of the toddler's body were the result of repeated physical abuse over time, according to a court document.

 

Tennessee Pastor Charged With Stealing From Charity

Investigators say he wiped out the Newbern Lions Club Bank Account.

 

Fire Chief Charged With Unemployment Fraud

A southwestern Pennsylvania fire chief and his wife have been charged with theft and insurance fraud because the chief allegedly collected about $20,000 in unemployment compensation last year after he returned from a nearly four-month furlough.

 

N.J. mayor charged with falsifying police report

A northern New Jersey mayor has been indicted and charged with making false statements to police to cover up a hit-and-run accident.

 

Former mayor gets prison in bribe scheme

Former Mayor Herbert Worthy was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison after having pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit bribery in a federal investigation into corruption in the City of Ecorse.

 

Chuck Turner sentenced to 3 years in jail

A federal judge today sentenced former city councilor and civil rights crusader Charles “Chuck” Turner to three years in jail for pocketing a $1,000 bribe while in office and then lying about it to the FBI.

 

Three indicted in escrow fraud scheme

The Davidsonville owner of several real estate title companies and two of his employees were indicted yesterday in federal court for mail and wire fraud related to a scheme to defraud lenders and their insurance company of more than $4 million.

 

Sunday School Teacher Accused Of Molestation

Gwinnett County jail records say 33-year-old James Benjamin Harris faces six counts of child molestation and a charge of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

 

2 firefighters charged with arson

Investigators have arrested two Hollis Crossroads volunteer firefighters and charged them with arson.

 

Fire official guilty of assault

Sharp was convicted on one count of second-degree assault, received a one-year suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $557.50 in fines and court costs.

 

2 Giles Co. school staffers face fraud charges

Authorities have charged the varsity baseball coach and the bookkeeper at Giles High School with defrauding a Montgomery County car parts company.

 

Child Rape Trial Delayed For Former Prosser Mayor

She was originally charged with child molestation; charges of third-degree child rape and communication with a minor for immoral purposes were added last month.

 

Former Vernon County official sentenced to jail

Vernon County's former computer systems director was sentenced to three months in jail Monday for misconduct in office and obstructing an officer.

 

Former Harford priest indicted for child sex abuse

A priest who served as vicar of a Harford County church from 2001 to 2007 has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of child sexual abuse, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland said Wednesday.

 

Local Former CIA Officer Accused of Leaking National Defense Info

A former CIA officer from O'Fallon, Missouri has been charged in a 10-count federal indictment for allegedly disclosing national defense information.

 

Former delegate Hamilton faces federal bribery, extortion charges

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia says the former 93rd District representative allegedly pursued a job at Old Dominion University while he was working to get $1 million to fund the center and the position in the General Assembly.

 

Lynchburg's Sterling Oil VP pleads guilty in heating assistance fraud case

A judge sentenced her to two months in jail, four months home confinement, pay a $10,000 fine and $6,055.70 in restitution.

 

Lloyd Kimura faces federal charges

Kimura, who is president of Wailuku-based Maui Industrial Loan & Finance Co. Inc., pleaded guilty Dec. 28 to two counts of prohibited securities practice and two counts of submitting false or misleading statements in state court.

 

Music teacher charged with sexual abuse

A West High School music teacher accused of multiple sexual encounters with two choral students told police he was "in a dark place" when he crossed the line with the first girl.

 

Church Organist Caught Stealing On Video

John Poletta, a 56-year-old who is also a teacher in Beacon Falls, was arrested in November for stealing church donations totaling more than $600.

 

Air Traffic Controllers Making Record Mistakes

The region's air traffic control system logged 52 mistakes this year, 31 more than last.

 

Former congressman fights criminal charges

A former congressman from Oregon who fought unsuccessfully to keep his seat in the mid-1990s after being caught lying about his military record is fighting to stay out of prison 16 years later.

 

SEC files insider trading lawsuit after Martek sale

The Securities and Exchange Commission has accused unknown investors in Martek Biosciences Corp. of engaging in illegal insider trading days before last week's announcement of the Columbia company's $1.1 billion acquisition by Dutch company Royal DSM.

 

Feds Probe Christine O'Donnell's Campaign Spending

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

 

NJ town pays $17K to defend $5 fee

A New Jersey town spent more than $17,000 defending a $5 fee it charged a resident for a compact disc of a council meeting.

 

Broward commissioner's ties to city manager sheds light on corruption probe

Prosecutors investigating the public corruption case against former Broward County Commissioner Diana Wasserman-Rubin have spent a significant amount of time looking into her family's close ties to the former town manager of Southwest Ranches, John Canada, court records show.

 

L.A. County's child welfare agency wastes $514,000 on cellphones, audit finds

The audit found that $514,000 of the $2.2 million spent in 2009 on the department's 5,000 cellphones went to devices that were never used, personal calls to foreign countries and other questionable ends.

 

Police Clerk Fired for Allegedly Voiding Red Light Tickets

Police department clerk Regina Foster was suspended for allegedly deleting tickets for herself, her husband and friends.

 

Former Johnnycake PTA president given a suspended three-year sentence

Stacie L. Price, the former PTA president at Johnnycake Elementary School, was given a suspended three-year prison term Monday after being convicted of stealing more than $9,000 from the organization.

 

Suspended D.C. firefighter charged with fraud

Documents obtained by WTOP show Williams was being investigated for using D.C. Fire Department letterhead to invoice companies for CPR training.

 

Former tech chief guilty

Anthony Jones on Wednesday became the second chief technology officer in former Mayor Ray Nagin's administration to plead guilty to taking payoffs from former City Hall tech vendor Mark St. Pierre.

 

CIA gave $5M for shielding torturers

Turns out the contractors needed that secret agreement as taxpayers pay to defend the men in a federal investigation over an interrogation tactic the United States now says is torture.

 

Complete guide to corruption charges

 

Court officers doled out $130G

DeLeo and several other top lawmakers, past and present, who have raked in thousands in campaign cash from court officers, also were named in a recent report by independent counsel Paul F. Ware that found hiring in the embattled Probation Department was rigged for campaign donors.

 

Ex-Legal Aid official gets 30 months for $1M theft

Federal prosecutors say the former chief of finance at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau was sentenced to 30 months after pleading guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the agency.

 

Megachurch Leaders Linked To Controversial Mortgage Venture

CBS Atlanta News has found Bishop Eddie Long and another local megachurch leader, Gary Hawkins, are linked to a questionable mortgage venture that is being investigated by the feds.

 

Clearwater Fire Chief arrested, fired

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents accused the 56-year-old of having repeated sexual encounters with a juvenile over a period of nine years.

 

Ex-Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith testifies on hidden videos in corruption trial

Smith was not laughing Thursday as he took the stand in his federal corruption trial, where he is accused of taking $15,000 in cash from Dwek in exchange for help obtaining zoning changes and state approvals for a proposed condo project in Jersey City.

 

Former employee suspect in Annapolis City Hall theft, but no charges

The Annapolis Police Department has concluded its investigation into the theft of more than $150,000 in checks and cash from the finance department ...

 

N.J. doctor supplied steroids to hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters

A seven-month Star-Ledger investigation drawing on prescription records, court documents and detailed interviews with the physician’s employees shows Colao ran a thriving illegal drug enterprise that supplied anabolic steroids and human growth hormone to hundreds of law enforcement officers and firefighters throughout New Jersey.

 

DC Firefighter on Administrative Leave Earns Thousands, But Doesn't Work A Day

FOX 5 News learned she was placed on paid administrative leave surrounding an investigation into an alleged scandal involving payments surrounding CPR certification.

 

BofA to pay Fla. $5.2M in bid-rigging settlement

The agreement resolves allegations that the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank defrauded local governments and nonprofits across the country that purchased municipal bond derivatives.

 

Ex-NLR alderman pleads guilty to conspiracy

A former North Little Rock city alderman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting that he tried to defraud the city to help pay off his gambling debts.

 

Juvenile Hall counselor faces 46 molestation counts on top of child porn charges

A Juvenile Hall counselor facing charges of possessing what authorities described as a vast amount of child pornography -- so much that the FBI is helping examine it -- is now accused of victimizing a young boy depicted in some of the images, and authorities said it is likely more alleged victims will be identified.

 

Freehold Twp. tax collector suspended after charges of stealing, using credit card

The Freehold Township tax collector was charged on Friday with using a stolen credit card last month at two stores in the Freehold Raceway Mall and a supermarket, authorities said.

 

Cashier seen stealing D.C. mayor-elect's wallet

A store worker has been accused of stealing Washington Mayor-elect Vincent Gray's credit card on Thanksgiving Day and using it to buy cigarettes and liquor.

 

Former nonprofit head sentenced for stealing

The former executive director of a Kingman nonprofit "safe haven" for women has been sentenced by a Mohave County judge to 150 days in jail after pleading guilty to stealing.

 

Former Sullivan Priest Accused of Spending Sprees With Church Money

The Archdiocese reported there were tens of thousands of dollars in question, spent at the Lake of the Ozarks and clothing stores like Abercrombie and Fitch, among other places.

 

Ex-nonprofit chief in custody

Accused of stealing hundreds of thousands from the nonprofit, Family Connections' ex-director is in custody after being on the run since February ...

 

Former Fire Dept. Treasurer Admits Stealing from the Company

Between January 2002 and July of this year, Whittington skimmed nearly $370,000 from the District by writing unauthorized checks and misusing a fire district credit card.

 

Ex-treasurer of Indiana anti-crime group admits theft

A former treasurer for a northern Indiana anti-crime group accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the organization has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of felony theft.

 

AG Coakley To Probe Probation Department

The report from independent counsel Paul Ware says the Probation Department counted on regular budget increases in exchange for hiring supporters of state lawmakers.

 

Ex-school bus driver guilty of sex assault

A former Johnson School Bus Service driver accused of exposing himself to a 9-year-old student has been found guilty of sexual assault.

 

Anti-Facebook pastor in three-way sex affair "taking some time off" from church

The New Jersey church pastor who said Facebook can lead to adultery is temporarily stepping down following his admission that he'd engaged in a three-way sexual relationship several years ago.

 

Former Iowa Mortgage Banker Indicted on Fraud

She has been indicted on three counts of mail fraud, four counts of bank fraud, 15 counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy.

 

Macomb County commissioner charged with drunken driving

Commissioner Irene Kepler, 33, D-Roseville, was arrested early this morning for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to Roseville Deputy Police Chief James Berlin. Her blood-alcohol level was .25 percent.

 

Blue Cross Blue Shield told to pay back county

Calhoun County got good news last week when a judge ordered an insurance carrier to repay the county more than $1 million in fees.

 

Actor Wesley Snipes headed to prison for tax evasion

Actor Wesley Snipes was ordered on Friday to start serving a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns by a federal judge who rejected the Hollywood star's bid for a new trial.

 

Texas priest accused of trying to hire hit man

A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on charges that he solicited a hit man to kill a teenager who had accused him of sexual abuse.

 

Former youth leader indicted on child sex charges

A Williamson County grand jury has indicted a former church youth leader on multiple sex offenses against a teenaged member of the youth group she helped lead.

 

Following Nutting’s own formula, pharmacy still overcharged for Medicaid supplies

In 2001, True's Pharmacy in Oakland, owned by presumptive Speaker of the House Robert Nutting, bought medical gloves for $4.39 per package. By the time True's sold them to a Medicaid provider, the price had gone up to $11.11.

 

Former finance secretary faces sentencing

John W. Forbes II will have a chance to apologize and explain himself tomorrow in federal court shortly before he is sentenced for wire fraud in a $4 million scam he began while Virginia's secretary of finance.

 

Former state senator Galluccio loses appeal

Anthony Galluccio, the former Cambridge state senator who blamed failed alcohol tests on his toothpaste, has lost his appeal of a judge’s ruling to sentence him to a year in jail for violating his probation after leaving the scene of an accident.

 

Ethics Panel Says Rep. Rangel Violated Rules

Rep. Charles Rangel, once one of the most influential House members, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of breaking ethics rules and now faces punishment.

 

Loan Companies Pay Almost $60 Million In Damages

The U.S. Department of Education was paid $57.75 million in a settlement from four student loan companies for improperly inflating interest rates subsidies from the government, a Department of Justice news release said.

 

Feds: woman's Medicaid fraud buys Bentley, Hummer

Sarah Lavonne Willis of Charlotte was indicted Wednesday on allegations that she billed a state medical assistance program for behavioral therapy services she didn't provide.

 

Church, former pastor sued over sex abuse of young girl

In a lawsuit filed this month in Kane County court, the girl’s mother accuses Bountiful Blessings Church of failing to protect the girl from the advances of former pastor Lee Palmer.

 

P.G. County Executive Jack Johnson, wife arrested in FBI sting

Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, arrested in a corruption probe Friday, told his wife to hide tens of thousands of dollars in her underwear as federal agents arrived at his house to search for illegal payoffs from a developer, federal prosecutors have charged.

 

'I run this town': Ex-deputy liquor commissioner in ESL accused of extortion, lewd acts

There is still no decision about what the sentence will be for the former deputy liquor commissioner, but federal prosecutors are seeking to depart upward from the sentencing guidelines.

 

Ex-union official pleads guilty to theft of blast-relief money

A former union official who hid for nearly a decade in West Virginia after stealing relief money meant for workers idled by a deadly Radford foundry explosion finally faced judgment in federal court this week.

 

Ex-White Sox exec charged with taking kickbacks

A one-time high-ranking Chicago White Sox executive and two former team scouts preyed on the dreams of young, impoverished baseball prospects, skimming hundreds of thousands of dollars from their signing bonuses and contracts, federal authorities charged Wednesday.

 

Criminal Charges May Be Possible At St. Joseph

There's new fallout from a multi-million dollar settlement between the federal government and St. Joseph Medical Center over kickbacks and unnecessary procedures. The feds may not be done investigating the scandal.

 

Greenwich minister facing child porn charges resigns, may plead guilty

The minister of an Old Greenwich spiritualist church, charged this summer with possessing and transporting child pornography, is expected to plead guilty to the charges Wednesday at a court appearance in Boston.

 

Berkeley firefighter gets 20 years for arson

A firefighter who torched a barn that collapsed in flames on a colleague will spend 20 years in prison.

 

RI teacher accused of "sexting" female students

Authorities say a North Smithfield High School teacher charged with sending sexually inappropriate text messages to a female student had been contacting the girl for the past two years.

 

Washington lab faking critical fuel tests while taxpayers foot the bill?

Is a Washington lab faking critical fuel tests while taxpayers foot the bill? The KOMO 4 Problem Solvers investigated that Vancouver, Washington lab and the state workers who are supposed to be regulating it.

 

Mug shots of the rich and infamous

 

DC Teacher Arrest Sheds Light On School Problems

On the day after a charter school teacher in DC was arrested for punching a student, both volunteers and students at the school call the incident a "cry for help."

 

Meffert pleads guilty to taking kickbacks

Former New Orleans city technology chief Greg Meffert, who barged into City Hall from the private sector eight years ago and quickly established himself as the brash face of reform in Mayor Ray Nagin's nascent administration, could only muster a whisper in federal court Monday as he pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a former city vendor.

 

Former deputy mayor of Tamarac surrenders on corruption charges

Former Tamarac Deputy Mayor Marc Sultanof turned himself in Tuesday at the Broward Main Jail on charges he accepted more than $30,000 for a car from a developer who was building a large residential project in the city, court records show.

 

Ex-JROTC instructor on trial in teen sex assault

A 52-year-old former Army officer who worked as a JROTC instructor at a Howard County high school will go on trial Monday in the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female student over a two-day period last May.

 

Shop owner charged in $237K bilking

The owner of a Glen Burnie hobby shop was charged this week with bilking an intellectually challenged U.S. Postal Service employee out of more than $237,000 over a two-year span, according to the county State's Attorney's Office.

 

Teacher Accused Of Sending Student Sexual Texts

A high school teacher was arrested for sending inappropriate text messages and emails to an underage girl, Prince William County Police said.

 

Southern NJ EMS chief charged with DWI

Authorities in southern New Jersey say an emergency medical services chief was impaired when he drove an EMS vehicle to a crime scene.

 

Fairbanks woman pleads guilty to embezzling bail money

The former district accounting supervisor at the Fairbanks courthouse has pleaded guilty to embezzling $237,000 of bail money.

 

Miller admitted lies, deleted official borough e-mails

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller admitted in 2008 that he lied after being caught using Fairbanks North Star Borough computers for political purposes while he was working as a part-time borough lawyer.

 

SoCal Councilman Guilty Of Corruption

Prosecutors say Gutierrez submitted $147,000 worth of phony pay and expense reports while he was employed by the county assessor’s office from 2007 to 2009. He’s one of five former assessor’s employees facing criminal charges.

 

Embattled local fund director accused of lying about hiding Belizean accounts

In a move meant to keep an investment fund director behind bars, prosecutors now say Darren Berg -- accused of bilking investors out of $100 million -- was secretly tranferring money to Belize while pretending to cooperate with the FBI.

 

Ex-youth minister found guilty of sex abuse

The jury recommended a one-year sentence for 24-year-old Jacob Conder, a former minister at Wing Avenue Baptist Church in Owensboro.

 

County settles case for $246K

Former Hawaii County Council Chairman Stacy Higa's alleged sexual advances toward one of his aides have cost Big Island taxpayers nearly $250,000, a senior county attorney has confirmed.

 

Fairfield developer admits lying in corruption probe

Prosecutors advised the judge they have documentary and testimonial evidence showing Scinto provided cash and gifts to several Shelton officials and employees -- a building official, believed to be Elliott Wilson; Public Official No. 1, identified in prior court proceedings as Mayor Mark Lauretti; and to other unnamed city employees.

 

Overtime to offset furlough savings

While most county employees were furloughed two days a month to save money, the county still racked up almost $2 million in overtime over a three-month period.

 

Rizzo, other Bell officials misused affordable-housing funds, state audit finds

Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo and other top administrators paid part of their high salaries by taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a fund that was to be used to provide housing for low-income residents in the small working-class city, according to a state audit released Wednesday.

 

Prosecutor: Suarez was careful but corrupt politician

Ridgefield Mayor Anthony R. Suarez was a careful and seasoned politician who used a middleman as a buffer to pave the way for corrupt conversations and payoffs in a scheme to extort $10,000 from a developer, a federal prosecutor said today.

 

Holton to speak on restoring trust in City Hall

Earlier this month, Holton pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor stemming from a deal she struck with developer Ronald Lipscomb and bread magnate and developer John Paterakis Sr.

 

Porn, short days, kickbacks in inspector general's report

 

Contractor Under Investigation Changes Name

Jaroy owner Jan Buras ran into trouble in February when several subcontractors accused the company of failing to pay. Buras has since been indicted on five counts of felony theft.

 

GBI agents begin paying visits on Atlanta schools

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents began paying visits to Atlanta public schools and questioning teachers Monday afternoon as part of an ongoing state investigation into allegations of test tampering.

 

Fairfax County Man Charged With Abusing a 4-Year-Old and a 5-Year-Old

A Fairfax County man is charged with sexually abusing children in the daycare center where he worked, police said.

 

Gueydan fire chief pleads guilty to sex counts

During Tuesday's hearing, the 43-year-old LeBlanc acknowledged he asked two undercover officers posing as 14-year-old girls to perform bodily functions while he listened and masturbated during online chats in 2009 and 2010.

 

Boston city councilor's corruption trial starts

He's accused of accepting a $1,000 cash bribe from a businessman who wanted help in getting a liquor license, then lying about it to FBI agents.

 

Therapist Accused Of Wanting Patient To Kill Husband

Mary Hein is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation by a therapist, one count of solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of obstructing an officer.

 

Rep. Wood to plea to Marathon County OWI charge

Wood faces a maximum of 60 days in jail on the fourth-offense OWI charge, which is a misdemeanor offense because it occurred before drunken driving law changes that took effect in July and made fourth offenses felonies.

 

Newport News city employee bilked taxpayers for $17,072 in personal expenses

Antoine-Berry, 34, of Newport News, will be sentenced in Newport News federal court by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis. She faces up to 20 years in prison, and is expected — as outlined in her plea agreement — to be ordered to pay full restitution.

 

Authorities say former Davidson EMS director embezzled $15,000 over five years

SBI agents arrested Doug Alan Lowe, 49, of 134 Bay Tree Lane in Thomasville, on Friday and charged him with 21 counts of embezzlement by a public officer or trustee, said Jennifer Canada, the SBI spokeswoman.

 

Vegas pastor arrested on sexual abuse charges

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that 57-year-old Billy Eckstine McCurdy of the Revival Temple Church of God in Christ was arrested Friday on 11 sexual abuse charges.

 

Ex-Perth Amboy mayor, assemblyman's promising political career ends with corruption conviction

Vas, 55, was convicted of two counts of mail fraud in the real estate deal. He was also convicted of single counts of accepting illegal campaign contributions, lying to FBI agents and misappropriating city funds.

 

Wife of ex-Fairfield supervisor pleads guilty to stealing nearly $378,000

The wife of the former Fairfield town supervisor admitted in Herkimer County Court Friday morning that she stole nearly $378,000 in town funds to fuel her gambling addiction.

 

Pastor gets 15-year sentence for drugs, theft

Reverend Martin Denesse pleaded guilty previously to several drug charges, theft and unauthorized use of a moveable.

 

101 Lawsuits Filed In Unnecessary Stents Case

The lawsuits -- 101 of them -- were filed Tuesday against St. Joe's, Mid-Atlantic Cardiovascular Associates and cardiologist Dr. Mark Midei on behalf of those patients on charges of conspiracy, fraud and medical negligence.

 

Holton pleads no contest to campaign finance violations

A Baltimore city councilwoman lost her position at the helm of a powerful committee Monday after she pleaded no contest to a campaign-finance violation related to her work on the panel.

 

Local Youth Basketball Coach Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Minor

Antwain Fletcher, 31, of Chesterfield County was arrested last week in Burlington, North Carolina and charged with false imprisonment and sexual battery on a 17-year-old boy.

 

Former Montgomery County School Board clerk pleads guilty to stealing $120,000

Anita Price Johnston, 45, of Elliston agreed to pay back at least $127,621 in a plea deal in which she admitted guilt to a federal mail fraud charge and prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence at the low end of federal guidelines.

 

Former Richardson Aide Arrested In Vote-Buying Scheme

Channel 2 confirmed that FBI agents arrested Jay Walker and 10 others on Monday, including four Alabama state senators.

 

Housekeeper scandal tops gubernatorial debate

The former housekeeper has said Whitman employed her for nine years with full knowledge she was in the country illegally.

 

'Big Brother' champ admits guilt in tax, drug case

The winner of the CBS reality show "Big Brother 9" pleaded guilty Monday to a drug charge and for failing to file a tax return for the year he won the show's $500,000 prize.

 

Day care owner charged with child abuse

A 30-year-old day care owner has been charged with child abuse after a baby at the Jacksonville area facility was hospitalized for a month with head injuries.

 

Priest guilty of touching girl, 11

A priest who spent three years as a chaplain and teacher at Magdalen College in Warner admitted yesterday to sexually touching an 11-year-old girl in northern Virginia.

 

Democratic Treasurer Accused Of Theft

The Times-Picayune reported that David Quidd was arrested Friday after the committee received an audit showing $7,000 was missing from the group's bank accounts.

 

Nogales, Ariz., mayor arrested on bribery charges

The mayor of Nogales was arrested Tuesday on multiple charges including bribery, theft, fraud and money laundering, Arizona's attorney general said.

 

Pa. pastor charged in wife's death in court

Arthur Burton "A.B." Schirmer is accused of killing her and staging the accident to cover it up. Authorities also are re-examining the 1999 death of Schirmer's first wife, Jewel, who was reported to have died in a fall down a flight of stairs.

 

County councilman's trial is postponed

Mr. McCullough, 55, of Upper St. Clair, is charged with two dozen counts, including making false reports, theft, theft by deception, tampering with public records and criminal conspiracy.

 

Scandals That Rocked Evangelist Churches

 

Hilmar Cheese Co. polluted wells, reports show

Hilmar Cheese Co., one of the world's largest cheese producers, is responsible for spoiling neighbors' drinking water wells, new documents show.

 

Ga. megachurch pastor pledges to fight sex allegations, says he'll be back to lead his church

The famed pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Sunday that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing that he'd be back to lead the church the next week.

 

Former Columbia teacher's aide found guilty of child sex abuse

A 38-year-old Columbia teacher's aide was found guilty Friday of sexually abusing a third-grader by writing her dozens of explicit love letters, setting a new precedent in Maryland for a sex crime conviction without evidence of inappropriate physical contact.

 

Caregiver Arrested for Stealing From Assisted Living Residents

Holly A. Lathbury, of Millsboro, on Thursday was charged with eight counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of theft $1,500 or greater and victim 62 years of age or older, seven counts of theft under $1,500 and victim 62 years of age or older, theft by false pretense under $1,500 and falsifying business records.

 

Former DCFS administrator faces federal fraud charges

Obadele, now a well-known preacher at Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church on the South Side, was accused of fraud by federal prosecutors for allegedly steering tens of thousands of dollars in DCFS funds to companies he had stakes in and then pocketing much of the money.

 

Ex-city manager among 8 arrested in Bell scandal

The mayor and ex-city manager of the Los Angeles suburb of Bell were among eight current and former city officials arrested Tuesday in a corruption scandal that authorities said cost the blue-collar city more than $5.5 million in excessive salaries and illegal personal loans.

 

Former court clerk Elizabeth Smith guilty of embezzlement, misconduct in office

Former Beaufort County Clerk of Court Elizabeth Smith was sentenced to five years probation and 200 hours of community service Tuesday after she was convicted of embezzlement and misconduct in office.

 

Ex-assemblyman charged in FBI sting gets publicly funded lawyer

A federal judge has granted approval for the public to pay the legal tab for L. Harvey Smith, a former Democratic assemblyman charged with taking bribes in last year's massive FBI sting.

 

County settles wrongful arrest suit

Anne Arundel County paid a Baltimore man $5,000 last week to settle a wrongful arrest lawsuit, according to attorneys involved in the case.

 

Ex-fire department treasurer get five years in prison

Reardon, a former State Police trooper and the fire department's treasurer for three decades, will remain on intensive supervised probation when released and was ordered to repay the $216,000 he stole from the department in annual increments of $1,000.

 

Ex-PTA pres convicted of stealing $9K in Maryland

The former president of an elementary school parent-teacher association has been convicted of stealing more than $9,000 from the organization's bank account for her own use.

 

Sen. Ulysses Currie pleads not guilty

State Sen. Ulysses Currie pleaded not guilty to corruption charges this morning in a federal courtroom in Baltimore -- his first court appearance since being indicted this month.

 

Corruption trial opens for former Perth Amboy mayor

The corruption case against former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas and his one-time aide Melvin Ramos began to unfold Wednesday with the government detailing how a property "flip" was allegedly used to fund a congressional campaign.

 

CBS 6 Exclusive: City Employees Accused of Wrongdoing

The investigation claims three city employees weren't actually working, even though they said they were. Among them? An Animal Care and Control Officer.

 

Pastor to remain jailed in sex case

Concluding that a Lutheran pastor could be a danger to children and himself, a federal magistrate ordered Tuesday that the pastor remain jailed until trial on charges that he offered to be a sex coach for minor girls over the Internet.

 

Former city housing director indicted for theft

Kimberly Bunton, the former director of the city’s Housing and Family Services Department, and her mother were indicted this week on two charges each of theft by unlawful taking of more than $300 — felonies punishable by one to five years in prison and fines of $1,000 to $10,000.

 

Feds: Former SBA loan officer sold loans to relatives

A former SBA employee is facing charges for selling delinquent loans on behalf of the agency to two relatives while failing to disclose the relationship, then sharing the profits from private collection of the loans.

 

Former Hartford Mayor Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

Prosecutors said Perez accepted $40,000 in home improvements as a bribe from a contractor who wanted to keep a $2.4 million city contract. They say he also tried to extort $100,000 from a developer for a political ally.

 

Judge dismissed pastor's countersuit in sex case

The Rev. Jeffery Stallworth is now the only defendant remaining in a woman's $10 million lawsuit claiming she was sexually assaulted by him.

 

Sonoma County agricultural commissioner arrested on DUI, resisting arrest

Sonoma County's embattled agricultural commissioner was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and resisting arrest after she fled from an officer during a sobriety test and had to be tackled to the ground, the CHP said Saturday.

 

RI, Fla. seafood companies indicted for violations

A Rhode Island and a Florida seafood company are accused of mislabeling some 1,500 pounds of Chinese salmon fillets as Russian salmon.

 

Former Pastor Charged with Homicide

Former pastor Arthur Schirmer is accused of murdering his wife, Betty Schirmer, and staging a car crash in Monroe County to make her death seem like an accident.

 

Former title company owner agrees to plead guilty to stealing millions

The former owner of a title search company has agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud for swindling more than $1.9 million from 92 people who did business with her.

 

Priest Gets 4 Years for Sexual Assault

A Bolivian priest who leaped from a church balcony in an apparent suicide attempt was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a boy from the West Chicago parish where he was a deacon.

 

New accusations call Arundel executive Leopold 'addicted to women'

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is facing new allegations of sexual misconduct and financial impropriety in a legal complaint seeking $5 million, which claims that he used his position as a way to meet women and retaliated against employees who resisted his advances.

 

Teacher Accused Of Molestation Arrested

A Coral Springs teacher accused of molesting a student was arrested Friday in Virginia.

 

Wife of ex-Florida Keys schools chief gets 8 years for theft

After pleading guilty Tuesday to six felony counts for stealing $413,000 from the Monroe County School District, ousted Adult Education Coordinator Monique Acevedo blamed her criminal actions on an undetected bipolar disorder made worse by an addiction to oxycodone.

 

Md. IRS officer pleads guilty in fraud scheme

A former Internal Revenue Service officer has pleaded guilty to unlawfully accessing 12 taxpayer accounts in a tax fraud scheme.

 

Ex-NRCC treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement

The former treasurer of the National Republican Congressional Committee pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling more than $840,000 from a variety of political committees, including an NRCC account for annual fundraising dinners with President George W. Bush.

 

Ex-DPS principal, cop, others charged in spending spree

As the Detroit Public Schools battled a growing deficit from 2006 to 2009, two employees, a Detroit police officer and a college student used school funds to buy themselves home appliances and electronics, officials announced Tuesday.

 

Former Falls Mayor Takes Plea

Vince Anello pleaded guilty to a felony charge of making false statements related to documents he filed before he was the mayor of Niagara Falls. In exchange, the prosecution agreed to drop bribery charges filed in a separate corruption case.

 

Powerful state senator indicted

The chairman of the Senate's powerful budget committee relinquished the post Wednesday after he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bribery, mail fraud and other criminal offenses.

 

$5 billion in U.S. rebuilding aid wasted in Iraq

A $40 million prison sits in the desert north of Baghdad, empty. A $165 million children's hospital goes unused in the south. A $100 million wastewater treatment system in Fallujah has cost three times more than projected, yet sewage still runs through the streets.

 

'Bloody' evidence misused to elicit plea deal in death

Aseries of reports in The News & Observer in early August showed that lab analysts have bent rules and pushed past the bounds of accepted science to deliver reports that bolstered prosecutors' cases.

 

AG confirms probe of Secretary of State's Office

Current and former employees of Secretary of State Mary Herrera have leveled allegations ranging from possible kickbacks on contracts to office employees campaigning for Herrera on state time.

 

Borden principal accepts suspension terms

Borden Junior-Senior High School Principal Lisa Nale has signed an agreement detailing the terms of her 90-day unpaid suspension that followed her arrest in June for drunken driving.

 

Paris Hilton arrested on cocaine charge in Vegas

Paris Hilton was arrested late Friday after a police motorcycle officer smelled marijuana smoke wafting from a black Cadillac Escalade driven by her boyfriend on the Las Vegas Strip, then found cocaine in her purse, authorities said.

 

Audit: Ex-principal of Canoga Park charter school misappropriated $2.7M

A former principal of a Canoga Park charter school misappropriated $2.7 million in public funds, including more than $1 million deposited into his personal investment account, according to an audit released Monday by L.A. Unified's Office of Inspector General.

 

Paterson Testimony Found to be Misleading in Ticket Investigation

Gov. David Paterson gave misleading and inaccurate testimony to a state ethics panel in February over whether or not he intended to pay for World Series tickets last year, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye determined in a report issued Thursday.

 

Banks' self-dealing super-charged financial crisis

Faced with increasing difficulty in selling the mortgage-backed securities that had been among their most lucrative products, the banks hit on a solution that preserved their quarterly earnings and huge bonuses:

They created fake demand.

 

Former Lakeville clerk apologizes for theft

The former clerk-treasurer of a northern Indiana town apologized during a court hearing for embezzling about $30,000 in town money.

 

Duke lacrosse accuser re-arrested

In February, police charged Mangum with attempted murder, arson, and child abuse after a domestic dispute with her boyfriend.

 

Former NH cemetery official facing theft charge

A former New Hampshire clergyman is facing charges he stole thousands of dollars while serving as treasurer of the Milton Mills Cemetery Association.

 

Employee paid for 12 years of work at Norfolk board but never clocked in

Norfolk’s city attorney is investigating how an employee at the Norfolk Community Services Board managed to be on the payroll for 12 years despite never once showing up to work.

 

Former Cape councilman takes deal, avoids jail

He gets five years probation, must pay $9,990 in restitution and will file paperwork resigning from the city council, although the governor immediately removed Grill upon his arrest.

 

Mankato mayor arrested for DWI in Golden Valley

The Star Tribune reports John Brady was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly being seen driving erratically on Interstate 94 in south Minneapolis.

 

Ex-treasurer Theresa Carlquist of Downers Grove youth football league is charged with stealing $100,000

A former treasurer of a youth football league has been charged with felony theft and embezzlement after $112,000 went missing from the organization, Downers Grove police said Monday.

 

Prosecutor: Rome woman stole from youth hockey, soccer groups

Maura Hatton, 38, allegedly used leadership positions with both the American Youth Soccer Organization and the Whitestown Youth Hockey Association to embezzle the money ...

 

AP INVESTIGATION: Katrina a tale of SBA failure

While stories of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s contaminated trailers and the Army Corps of Engineers’ inability to shore up the levees captured the headlines in the aftermath of the deadly storms of 2005, the bungling of the SBA, the lead federal agency helping people rebuild their homes and businesses, has largely been untold.

 

Bolar receives 17-year sentence

Jonathan Bolar, the former Gretna city councilman whom voters ousted from office on the eve of his federal corruption trial four months ago, was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison for extortion, fraud and other charges and ordered to pay $174,082 in restitution to his victims.

 

AG Suing TV Tax Attorney Roni Deutch For $34M

You may have seen her on TV, now you may see her in court. Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a $34 million lawsuit against "Tax Lady Roni Deutch" saying she's swindled thousands of people.

 

Feds won't prosecute Allen on sex charges

Top officials in the U.S. Department of Justice have vetoed the prosecution of imprisoned former Veco chief Bill Allen on sex charges involving minors, closing an Anchorage Police Department and FBI investigation that began in 2004 ...

 

Metro Strands Passengers Again - Third Time In Two Months

Officials at Metro have confirmed that passengers were stranded briefly in a locked transit station early Thursday morning. It is the third time that Metro passengers have been locked in stations in the past two months.

 

Former Lincoln County PTO president sentenced for stealing from organization

Former Stanford Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization President Monica Sims was sentenced Friday in the Lincoln County Circuit Court for stealing more than $26,000 of the group’s funds between December of 2007 and February 2010.

 

Firefighter Charged In Fight With Transgender Woman

Investigators said Jerry Majette got into an argument with the woman at her home in Woodlawn on Aug. 1. He's accused of hitting her in the head with a hammer.

 

Feds Indict Roger Clemens for Perjury

Federal officials have indicted former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens on perjury charges in connection with the statements he made before Congress about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

 

CRIME: Firefighter charged with 7th DUI after crash, wrong-way chase

State police charged Robert A. Hynes Jr. with his seventh DUI offense, leaving the scene of a property accident, failure to provide information on a crash scene, improper U-turn and driving on the wrong side of the roadway ...

 

FBI, IRS Raid Offices Of State Rep., Judge

FBI and IRS agents executed raids of the South Philadelphia homes and offices of State Representative William Keller and Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew Wednesday morning.

 

Former Liquor Commissioner Convicted Of DWI

Simard was arrested April 17 on Route 11 in Gilford and refused to take a Breathalyzer test. Gov. John Lynch fired him from the commission for his refusal to take the test.

 

Report: City employees faked timesheets

According to memos released by the City Auditor's office at least three city employees and some contract workers added time to their time sheets therefore getting paid for time they did not work.

 

Suspended Secaucus tax collector indicted in theft of $777,000 from town

Bartolozzi, who was already facing unrelated charges that he stole more than $4,000 from a town employees union, was indicted on six additional charges in connection with his alleged scheme to pocket cash tax payments and alter computer files to cover it up.

 

Apple manager indicted on kickback charges

A manager at Apple Inc. has been indicted by a federal grand jury in an alleged kickback scheme involving suppliers of iPhone and iPod accessories.

 

Gloucester Supervisor Woodard files bankruptcy

Supervisor Gregory Woodard is making $900 monthly payments to creditors and had the second mortgage on his home erased as part of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy he entered last year.

 

Police: Child Care Worker Duct Taped Boy's Hands To Head

An after-school child care worker has been charged with misdemeanor child abuse for duct taping a 9-year-old boy's hands over his ears ...

 

Haslem Bonds Out, Faces Felony Charges

Heat Forward Udonis Haslem, arrested over the weekend and charged with drug possession, has bonded out. He faces felony drug charges after state police found marijuana in his car during a traffic stop Aug. 15.

 

Kandia Milton to be sentenced today in Detroit bribery case

Federal prosecutors said Friday that Milton should get a significant break when he is sentenced today because he has provided "substantial assistance" in an ongoing City Hall corruption investigation.

 

Jury finds Blagojevich guilty of lying to agents

A Chicago jury has reached a single, unanimous guilty verdict against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He has been convicted of lying to federal agents.

 

Police: Accused pastor's computers yield no new sex-case evidence

Police say no additional evidence has been recovered from computers seized in June from a Baptist church pastor accused of sexual misconduct involving three boys.

 

New charge for Daly City councilwoman accused of insurance fraud

Prosecutors have added an additional felony charge to the list of 15 insurance fraud counts already filed against a former Daly City mayor who is running for her third term on the City Council.

 

Lab Closed After Mistakes Found in Breast Cancer Tests

Part of a lab at Georgetown University Hospital is now idled for weeks after problems with breast cancer tests. Two patients were told they didn't have a form of aggressive breast cancer when they actually did.

 

Pocomoke mayor stripped of police powers

Worcester County Sheriff’s Lt. Michael McDermott was temporarily stripped of his police powers while the department investigates a Sept. 2009 incident involving a service weapon, according to his lawyer.

 

Former insurance agent pleads guilty to fraud

He’s been given permission to travel so he can play poker and try to pay back money to his victims.

 

Parents Accuse Principal Of Using Boy To Falsify Charge Against Teacher

The parents of a Silver Spring 4th-grader say the boy was forced by his principal to provide a false written statement accusing a teacher of inappropriate contact in a successful ploy to get the teacher fired.

 

Rep. Waters charged with ethics violations

The charges against Waters, a 10-term California congresswoman, focus on whether she broke the rules in requesting federal help for a bank where her husband was a board member and owned stock.

 

Auctioneers accused of rigged sale seek immunity

Two auctioneers accused of rigging the bidding for the sale of an antique nautical painting in order to collect a commission have 60 days to file motions with the District Court in a legal effort to appear as witnesses for each other while under immunity from self-incrimination.

 

Illegal immigrant who killed nun in accident was released by feds

The Virginia man suspected in a drunken-driving crash that killed a Catholic nun in Prince William County this weekend is an illegal immigrant and repeat offender who was awaiting deportation and whom federal immigration authorities had released pending further proceedings ...

 

Otis Mathis to be tried on misconduct charges

Otis Mathis III, former Detroit school board president, was bound over for trial today to face felony misconduct in office charges that he fondled himself in a meeting with former Detroit Public Schools superintendent Teresa Gueyser last month.

 

Rep. Charles Rangel Accused Of 13 Violations

The charges include failure to report rental income from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and failing to report more than $600,000 income on his congressional financial disclosure statements.

 

Virginia Teacher Kevin Ricks Pleads Guilty To Sex Offense Charge

Prince William Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert said Kevin Ricks faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to indecent liberties with a minor.

 

Utah judge hears arguments in Killpack DUI stop

The lack of any law defining what a lane of traffic in Utah is, became the centerpiece of defense arguments on Wednesday for a former Utah Senate majority leader seeking to suppress evidence from a traffic stop in which he was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

 

Md. Officials: Hundreds Bought Fake Insurance

Hundreds of Marylanders have fallen victim to what government officials have called a scam involving fake health plans sold to people across the country.

 

Probe faults Metro for 'anemic' safety ethos

The stinging words "anemic safety culture" rang loud and clear at the National Transportation Safety Board's report on the investigation of last summer's crash on the D.C. Metro system that killed nine people.

 

Rangel, ethics panel lawyers talking settlement

New York Democrat Charles Rangel made a last-minute effort Tuesday to settle his ethics case and prevent a House trial that could embarrass him and damage the Democratic Party.

 

NJ nurse charged with stealing from beating victim

A nurse at a northern New Jersey hospital has been charged with stealing several hundred dollars from an unconscious man who was brought to the hospital emergency room.

 

DEP deal doesn't require PPG to stop violations

West Virginia regulators have proposed a $1.3 million pollution settlement with PPG Industries, but the deal does not set a firm deadline for the company's Natrium chlorine plant to stop its repeated violations of water discharge limits for toxic mercury.

 

Ex-Jersey City official asks for prison term delay

A judge is considering whether to allow the former deputy mayor of Jersey City to remain free on bail while she appeals her conviction on corruption charges.