State Rep. Michael DiMassa arrested by FBI in probe of misuse of COVID relief funds, accused of stealing more than $600,000

State Rep. Michael DiMassa was accused Wednesday of stealing more than $600,000 in federal COVID relief money by billing the city of West Haven, where he also worked as an aide to the City Council, for pandemic related consulting services that federal officials said he never performed. Federal prosecutors and FBI agents said Wednesday thatContinue reading “State Rep. Michael DiMassa arrested by FBI in probe of misuse of COVID relief funds, accused of stealing more than $600,000”

Trump hid over $70 million in losses on his DC hotel, House committee report alleges

Former President Donald Trump’s luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., lost more than $70 million from 2016 to 2020, according to newly released filings that his accountants submitted to the hotel’s landlord, the General Services Administration. While the hotel was losing money, Trump’s annual financial disclosures reported only its revenue, which amounted to $156 million overContinue reading “Trump hid over $70 million in losses on his DC hotel, House committee report alleges”

Jan. 6 commission threatens criminal referrals after Steve Bannon snubs subpoena

The commission said the former White House adviser “indicated that he will try to hide behind vague references to privileges of the former President.” The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is threatening to hand out criminal contempt referrals after a lawyer for former Trump strategist Steve Bannon said his client would notContinue reading “Jan. 6 commission threatens criminal referrals after Steve Bannon snubs subpoena”

2 Columbus police narcotics officers charged with distributing fentanyl, taking bribes

Two Columbus police narcotics officers were arrested Tuesday after they were charged by federal investigators with distributing kilograms of fentanyl, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Marco Merino, 44, of Columbus and John Kotchkoski, 33, of Marengo are accused of distributing nearly eight kilograms of fentanyl, a spokesperson for the DOJ said in aContinue reading “2 Columbus police narcotics officers charged with distributing fentanyl, taking bribes”

Lauren Boebert admits to campaign finance problems: “I under-reported a lot of stuff” to the FEC

Gun-toting Colorado Republican’s 2020 campaign reports spending $2.6 million — which went to just 32 people Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., knows a thing or two about not following rules that apply to her. In light of recent reports of Boebert’s alleged or apparent violations of House ethics rules, an old interview from February reveals just how blatant herContinue reading “Lauren Boebert admits to campaign finance problems: “I under-reported a lot of stuff” to the FEC”

Ex-Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe found guilty on all public corruption charges

Former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe, 63, has been found guilty on all charges in his public corruption case. The jury’s decision on Tuesday came after five hours of deliberation and a three-week trial. They started deliberations on Monday afternoon. McCabe walked out of the federal courthouse no longer on his own power and no longer aContinue reading “Ex-Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe found guilty on all public corruption charges”

Life sentence sought for tycoon over Malta journalist murder

Malta’s attorney general called Wednesday for a life sentence for businessman Yorgen Fenech for allegedly masterminding the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, which rocked the Mediterranean island nation four years ago. Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg laid formal charges against Fenech, who was arrested in November 2019 trying to leave Malta on his yacht, forContinue reading “Life sentence sought for tycoon over Malta journalist murder”

Scotland may pursue money-laundering investigation into Trump’s golf courses, judge rules

Scottish lawmakers and campaigners have been pushing for a probe into how Trump funded his Scottish golf resorts. The Scottish government rejected the investigation – known as an Unexplained Wealth Order – in February. But on Wednesday, a judge said a campaign group could appeal that rejection. Scotland could pursue a “McMafia” investigation into formerContinue reading “Scotland may pursue money-laundering investigation into Trump’s golf courses, judge rules”

Giuliani facing inquiry into whether he lobbied Trump for Turkey

Rudy Giuliani is the subject of a Justice Department inquiry into possible foreign lobbying for Turkish interests separate from a criminal probe of his activities in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the matter. For almost a year, the former New York mayor and personal lawyer to Donald Trump has been fielding questions about whetherContinue reading “Giuliani facing inquiry into whether he lobbied Trump for Turkey”

Peru: Leftist Castillo wins popular vote in presidential race

Leftist candidate Pedro Castillo has won the most votes in Peru’s close-run presidential run-off election. With all ballots now counted, Mr Castillo has just over 50% of the votes – 44,000 more than right-wing contender Keiko Fujimori. But Mr Castillo cannot be declared the winner until electoral authorities have finished processing a slew of legalContinue reading “Peru: Leftist Castillo wins popular vote in presidential race”

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