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RCMP release images of suspect in crime spree, side-swiping police car

Mounties in B.C.’s Southern Interior have released images of a man suspected of multiple crimes across the region in the past week. Police believe the man is connected to a string of criminal activity in the North Okanagan, Thompson-Nicola, Nicola Valley, and the Central Okanagan. (Vancouver Sun)

NYPD cop among 27 arrested in massive $18 million insurance scam

NEW YORK - A hardened fraudster ran a massive $18 million insurance fraud scam that involved an NYPD cop and five crooked 911 operators, prosecutors charged Thursday. Ringleader Anthony Rose, 51, ran the elaborate no-fault insurance scheme that involved bribes to NYPD employees and hospital staff who handed over the confidential information of people involved in car crashes. All told, 27 people were charged in the scheme, including Rose’s wife and son. (New York Daily News)

‘Stolen valour’: Man suspected of faking military service under investigation by RCMP

RCMP in Surrey, B.C., are investigating an allegation of "stolen valour" involving a man who has appeared in newspaper articles with a chest full of medals claiming to be a homeless veteran. (CBC)

B.C. Crime Stoppers warns of fake Jeremy Renner romance scam

B.C. residents are being warned to beware of an online romance scammer pretending to be Avengers actor Jeremy Renner who is preying on women through social media websites. (The Province)

Toronto hospital fires 150 employees after uncovering fraud scheme

In what could be one of the largest and longest-lasting benefits fraud schemes ever discovered in Canada, a Toronto geriatric hospital has dismissed approximately 150 employees for falsely claiming as much as $5 million in benefits over an eight-year period. (Calgary Herald)

Chinese woman who breached Mar-a-Lago security expected in court

A hearing scheduled for Monday in South Florida may determine whether a Chinese woman will remain jailedfollowing charges that she lied to a federal officer after entering Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s resort in Palm Beach. (Washington Post)

Suspect arrested in Kamloops after jumping in car with police dog

KAMLOOPS - The off-duty officer simply waved the suspect over and invited him into the vehicle, where his police dog was waiting. (The Province)
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Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort $20 million out of Nike

NEW YORK - Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged on Monday with what prosecutors said was an attempt to “shake down” Nike Inc for over $20 million. (Reuters)

Opposition screams ‘Cover-up’ as Liberals shut down committee hearing on SNC-Lavelin affair

Opposition MPs hurled angry claims of a "coverup" today after Liberals used their majority to shut down an emergency meeting of the committee probing the SNC-Lavalin affair. The meeting was requested by Conservative and NDP members to press the Liberals to recall Jody Wilson-Raybould to testify again, even though the Liberals already had defeated a similar motion. (CBC)
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