Saturday, March 28, 2020

Possible fraud, theft of public funds led to removal of senior officers of the legislature

VICTORIA - Two senior officers of the B.C. legislature who were publicly escorted out of the building in Victoria this week amid a criminal probe are being investigated for possible fraud and theft involving public funds, two sources told Postmedia News Wednesday. (Vancouver Sun)
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  • RCMP warn COVID-19 related scams are on the rise

    The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is reporting scammers are setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information. (Castanet)

    ‘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)
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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)

    Hollywood actresses caught in college admissions scam

    “Operation Varsity Blues,” what U.S. Attorney of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling declared Tuesday is “the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” has resulted in the indictments of 50 people nationwide. (Boston Herald)
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  • Vancouver man gets rare three years in jail for financial fraud

    VANCOUVER - A Vancouver financial fraudster convicted of selling bogus investments to several people was handed a 13-month jail sentence this week, according to the B.C. Securities Commission.It means 38-year-old Ayaz Dhanani has been sentenced in provincial court to a total of three years in 2018 for financial fraud against five victims. That is rare jail time in British Columbia for a financial fraudster. (The Province)

    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)

    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)

    Prosecutors seek years of imprisonment for Cohen, detail Manafort’s lies

    Federal prosecutors on Friday asked a judge to sentence Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, to a "substantial" prison term for paying an adult film star hush money on Trump's behalf and evading taxes, and detailed alleged lies to investigators by Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. (Newsmax)

    Strip club loses liquor license for swapping lap dances, drugs for food stamps

    HARRISON TWP., Ohio - Sharky's Lounge in Harrison Township is losing its liquor license at the end of the business day today. During the investigation, agents say they were able to buy drugs and lap dances by using food stamps. (ABC 22Now)

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