2 more people charged with conspiring to bribe Minnesota juror plead not guilty

MINNEAPOLIS — Two of five people charged with conspiring to bribe a Minnesota juror with a bag of $120,000 in cash in exchange for the acquittal of defendants in one of the country’s largest COVID-19-related fraud cases pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Said Shafii Farah and Abdulkarim Shafii Farah were arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tony … Read more

TV personality Carlos Watson testifies in his trial over collapse of startup Ozy Media

NEW YORK — Former TV host Carlos Watson took the witness stand Monday in the criminal trial surrounding the collapse of his Ozy Media, insisting he hadn’t schemed to con the startup’s backers. “Mr. Watson, did you conspire to commit securities fraud?” asked his lawyer, Ronald Sullivan Jr. “I did not,” Watson said, and repeated … Read more

Justice Department charges nearly 200 people in $2.7 billion health care fraud schemes crackdown

WASHINGTON — Nearly 200 people have been charged in a sweeping nationwide crackdown on health care fraud schemes with false claims topping $2.7 billion, the Justice Department said on Thursday. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the charges against doctors, nurse practitioners and others across the U.S. accused of a variety of scams, including a $900 … Read more

Should gun store sales get special credit card tracking? States split on mandating or prohibiting it

Beginning Monday, a California law will require credit card networks like Visa and Mastercard to provide banks with special retail codes that can be assigned to gun stores in order to track their sales. But new laws will do the exact opposite in Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee and Wyoming by banning the use of specific gun … Read more

Feds charge 5, including man acquitted at trial, with attempting to bribe Minnesota juror with $120K

MINNEAPOLIS — Five people were charged Wednesday with conspiring to bribe a Minnesota juror with a bag of $120,000 in cash in exchange for the acquittal of defendants in one of the country’s largest COVID-19-related fraud cases, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI announced Wednesday. Court documents made public reveal an extravagant scheme in … Read more

Audit finds Minnesota agency’s lax oversight fostered theft of $250M from federal food aid program

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota agency’s inadequate oversight of a federal program that was meant to provide food to kids, and its failure to act on red flags, created the opportunities that led to the theft of $250 million in one of the country’s largest pandemic aid fraud cases, the Legislature’s watchdog arm said Thursday in … Read more

Executives of telehealth company accused of fraud that gave easy access to addictive Adderall drug

LOS ANGELES — Top executives of a California-based online mental health company were arrested on allegations of improperly prescribing addictive stimulants like Adderall during the coronavirus pandemic and exacerbating the shortage of the drugs for those who medically need them, officials said Thursday. Ruthia He, the founder and CEO of Done Global Inc., and clinical … Read more

Ozy Media went from buzzy to belly-up. Its founder, Carlos Watson, is now on trial

NEW YORK — For nearly a decade, Ozy Media projected an image of new-media success. The company boasted big-name interviews, an Emmy-winning TV show, a buzzy music and ideas festival and impressive numbers to show prospective investors — until it imploded in 2021 amid doubts about its audience size, viability and basic integrity. Those doubts … Read more

Billy Ray Cyrus files for divorce from Firerose after 7 months of marriage

Billy Ray Cyrus filed for divorce from singer Firerose, whose real name is Johanna Rose Hodges, after seven months of marriage LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billy Ray Cyrus has filed for divorce from singer Firerose after seven months of marriage. The 62-year-old country musician filed for divorce from the 36-year-old whose legal … Read more