Crime

Hackers Target Internet-Connected Gas Pumps

ZNet reports: Cyber criminals are increasingly turning their attention to hacking Internet of Things devices as connected products proliferate – and there’s one smart device in particular that is catching hackers’ attention. This new target was uncovered by by researchers at Trend Micro, which carried out an examination of dark web marketplaces in five different languages – Russian, Portuguese, English, …

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NY AG Busts Opioid Family For Hiding $1B Overseas

The Associated Press reports: The family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves, New York state’s attorney general contends in court papers filed Friday. New York — asking a judge to enforce subpoenas of companies, banks and advisers to Purdue and its owners, the Sackler family — said it …

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IDAHO: 2018 Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Is Suspected In 1984 Denver Murder Of 12-Year-Old Girl

The Idaho Statesman reports: A former candidate for Idaho governor says he is under investigation in the cold-case killing of a 12-year-old girl in Colorado 35 years ago. Authorities last week searched the Twin Falls home of 68-year-old Steve Pankey, serving him a warrant that said investigators had probable cause to believe he kidnapped and killed Jonelle Matthews in 1984. …

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CALIFORNIA: 12 Church Leaders Charged With Forced Labor Of Homeless And Theft Of Public Benefits [VIDEO]

CNN reports: A dozen leaders of a California-based ministry have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of forced labor of mostly homeless people, a US attorney said. Imperial Valley Ministries leaders recruited people by promising food and shelter, and instead forced them to beg for money for nine hours a day, six days a week and to give …

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Court Vacates “Lenient” Sentence For Paul’s Attacker

The Hill reports: A federal appeals court on Monday vacated a 30-day prison sentence for a neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) who assaulted him in 2017, ruling it was overly lenient while ordering a re-sentencing. In a 16-page opinion, Judge Jane B. Stranch of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., writes that the lower court where …

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Telemarketing Exec Guilty In $1.2 Billion Medicare Scam

From the Department of Justice: The owner and chief executive officer (CEO) of a telemedicine company pleaded guilty today for his role in one of the largest health care fraud schemes ever investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and prosecuted by the Department of Justice, which resulted …

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Jacob Wohl Appears In CA Court On Felony Charge

The Los Angeles Times reports: Jacob Wohl, a conservative provocateur who once lobbed bogus claims of sexual assault against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, appeared in court in Riverside County late Wednesday after it was revealed that prosecutors had issued a warrant for his arrest on a felony financial crime, officials said. Wohl, 21, of Corona, faces one count …

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Felony Arrest Warrant Issued For Cultist Jacob Wohl

The Daily Beast reports: Conservative operative Jacob Wohl is wanted on a felony arrest warrant in California, a development that could hamper his spree of bizarre, blundering political schemes. Wohl and former business partner Matthew Johnson were both charged with the unlawful sale of securities in a Riverside Superior Court criminal complaint filed on Aug. 19. Wohl, who became notorious …

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TEXAS: Police Name Odessa/Midland Mass Shooter

The Associated Press reports: Odessa police say the man who killed seven people in West Texas has been identified as Seth Aaron Ator. Police posted the update on Facebook. They say he is a 36-year-old from Odessa. They didn’t provide any additional info. State police attempted to stop Ator on Saturday for a traffic violation, when he opened fire. They …

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Nursing Home Staff Charged In 12 Hurricane Deaths

ABC News reports: Calling it “a terrible tragedy that should have never happened,” the police chief of Hollywood, Florida, announced on Tuesday the arrests of four staff members of a nursing rehabilitation center whose alleged inaction caused the deaths of 12 elderly patients who perished from heatstroke when they were left lingering for hours in the sweltering facility that lost …

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Video From Outside Epstein’s Cell Found Unusable

The Washington Post reports: At least one camera in the hallway outside the cell where authorities say registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself earlier this month had footage that is unusable, although other, clearer footage was captured in the area, according to three people briefed on the evidence gathered earlier this month. It was not immediately clear why some …

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Trump Hotels Partner Charged With Stealing Luggage

The New York Times reports: A former business partner of President Trump’s company was arrested last week on felony charges of stealing two pieces of luggage from the Memphis airport. Dinesh Chawla and his brother were partners with the Trump Organization on multiple hotel projects in the Mississippi Delta until earlier this year. Last year, The New York Times profiled …

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Christian Science Chair Charged With Embezzling $11M

The Associated Press reports: The former board chairman of the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Los Angeles has been charged with stealing $11.4 million and using it for personal expenses, including buying a home and a membership to an exclusive dining club at Disneyland. Fifty-four-year-old Charles Sebesta of Huntington Beach was arrested Monday on a federal grand jury indictment …

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Prince Andrew Says Epstein Friendship Was “Mistake”

The Daily Beast reports: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, issued a lengthy statement on Saturday in which he admitted it was a “mistake and an error” to continue his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein after the convicted pedophile was released from a Florida jail in 2009. “I can only reiterate my regret that I was mistaken to think that what …

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Florida Man Guilty In “Stand Your Ground” Killing

NBC News reports: A white Florida man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a handicapped parking space last year was found guilty of manslaughter on Friday. Michael Drejka, who killed Markeis McGlockton at the convenience store parking lot in Clearwater, Florida, in July 2018, told detectives he fired at McGlockton because he had been pushed …

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Florida Executes Serial Killer Of Six Gay Men [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead, was executed by lethal injection Thursday at Florida State Prison. The sentence was carried out at 10:58 p.m., according to the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis. Bowles received the death penalty for the November 1994 murder …

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TEXAS: Ex-Gay Torture Camp Owners Charged With Trafficking And Forced Labor Of Underage Boys [VIDEO]

Austin’s NBC News affiliate reports: More than a year after boys were removed from a nonprofit in Burnet County, the couple who ran it are facing trafficking charges. A grand jury indicted Gary Wiggins, 49, and his wife Meghann Wiggins, 34, on Trafficking of Persons charges. They are both accused of “knowingly” trafficking four underage boys and “through force, fraud …

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Japan Cracks Down On Sexual Harassment Via Airdrop

The Daily Beast reports: The Japanese police have gotten the drop on a new breed of creep in Japan, called “AirDrop Chikan” (Airdrop Pervs) — men who use the photo and movie sharing function in many Apple products to send unwanted obscene photos to people close by. On Tuesday, the police in Fukokoka, in southern Japan, announced they had made …

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Police: Priest Stole $100K, Paid For Grindr Hookups

NBC Philadelphia reports: A Chester County priest who took the place of a disgraced Archdiocese official is now in trouble with the law as well after being accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his own church. Father Joseph McLoone, 56, of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony theft and other related offenses after allegedly …

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27 Arrests So Far This Month For Mass Shooting Threats

CNN reports: When authorities arrived Friday to arrest a 15-year-old in Florida after threats to commit a school shooting showed up on a video game platform, he told them he was joking, they said. “I Dalton Barnhart vow to bring my fathers m15 to school and kill 7 people at a minimum,” the boy wrote using a fake name. The …

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