As the trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, begins in Virginia, the prosecution accuses Manafort of filing falsified loan applications. The defense is putting the blame on former Manafort business partner Rick Gates.
The case is expected to include tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant’s pocket. There is not likely to be much discussion of the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia.
Federal prosecutions of importers for fraud increased by 900 percent between 2000 and 2016, according to a study in the Oregon Review of International Law. But the government has barely scratched the surface of criminal activity that has cost millions of dollars in lost revenue and endangered the health of Americans, say the authors.
The center, piloted by one of the nation’s leading police think tanks, will explore how police and other first responders can improve their ability to handle mass violence incidents like terror attacks and school shootings.
More than 1.3 million pieces of potential evidence seized from President Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen earlier this year were turned over to federal prosecutors Monday. Cohen, in an interview with ABC News, appeared to distance himself from the president.
Among those charged, 162 defendants, including 76 doctors, were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and dangerous narcotics. Those charged were accused of cheating federal health programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, through false billing practices.
Theranos Inc. founder Elizabeth Holmes and the blood-testing company’s former No. 2 executive, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, were chargedwith defrauding investors, doctors and patients. The Wall Street Journal exposed the crimes.
A sophisticated email scam has targeted U.S. businesses and cost them hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone. In a sweep called Operation Wire Wire, the FBI targeted an alleged West African organized crime ring.