Trump, DeSantis to headline a Florida CPAC event heavy on election conspiracies
ORLANDO, Fla. — This weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando will have a decidedly Florida feel, with Gov. Ron DeSantis kicking off the event and Palm Beach resident Donald Trump closing it. But in between, the tone of the country’s largest conservative event, and possibly the next four years of Republican politics, will be set by several panels indulging in the former president's unfounded conspiracy theories of election fraud. “It shows Trump’s enormous sway, even though he lost,” said Aubrey Jewett, a professor of political science at the University of Central Florida....
Pro-Trump lawyer L. Lin Wood enlists 'Army of Patriots' in battle to retain law license
ATLANTA — Atlanta attorney L. Lin Wood took to social media over the weekend with a dramatic plea: "I need the help of We the People." Wood, famous first as a defamation lawyer and now as a proselyte of former President Donald Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud, had just received a nearly 1,700-page document from the State Bar of Georgia that threatened to end his 43-year legal career. In it, the Bar's Disciplinary Board said it had initiated a grievance against Wood over his conduct in connection with his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. On the internet messaging s...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Indicted Giuliani associates hit with SEC complaint
Two former associates of Rudy Giuliani were slapped Thursday with a Security Exchange Commission complaint detailing how they spent more than $2 million in investors’ money on fancy clothes, travel and other luxuries. David Correia and Lev Parnas allegedly promised investors their money would only go toward an insurance start-up ironically named “Fraud Guarantee.” Instead, the pair splurged at casinos, luxury clothing stores and nightclubs, according to the SEC complaint. The two men already face criminal charges for the alleged seven-year scam bilking investors in the company, as well as lyin...
New York Daily News
What unites Pennsylvania Republicans after Trump? Democrats and tightening voting laws
PHILADELPHIA — Kris Eng, the Republican Party chair in Centre County, is ready to move on. Not from former President Donald Trump — but from Pennsylvania’s Republican U.S. senator, Pat Toomey. “He should just leave,” Eng said of Toomey, who called Trump a “demagogue” after the Capitol attack this month that left five people dead. “I don’t feel like he represents us. We know he’s not going to run again. I don’t think he’s speaking on behalf of his constituents right now.” She said Republican voters are also disappointed in GOP leaders in the state legislature, two of whom live in her central Pe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Unemployment insurance fraud is growing in Illinois. Here’s what you need to know
State and federal officials are encouraging Illinoisans to stay vigilant as reports of unemployment insurance fraud swell. From the onset of coronavirus pandemic, fraudulent claims have been an issue as a record number of Illinois residents file for benefits and Congress provides additional jobless aid. Illinois has stopped more than 350,000 fraudulent claims since March 1, according to the state’s Department of Employment Security. Reports of fraud have been so widespread — often inundating local police departments — that the FBI, IRS and several state agencies launched a task force to tackle...
First it was ‘fraud,’ then they just didn’t like the rules: How Pa. Republicans justified overturning an election
PHILADELPHIA — As Joe Biden took the lead in vote counting and then won Pennsylvania, some of the state’s top Republicans added their voices to President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen and rife with fraud. U.S. Rep. Scott Perry joined a “Stop the Steal” rally in Harrisburg and later went on Fox Business Network to blast Pennsylvania’s election as a “horrific embarrassment.” “They say, ‘Oh, you know, 100,000 votes just showed up, and oh by the way, they all just happen to be for Joe Biden,” he said in one interview on Nov. 6. “We had dead people voting. We had a lot...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Lies sent Trump supporters to Washington. Can Big Tech bans stop the misinformation?
PHILADELPHIA — Lisa Mickles sat on a bus heading from Harrisburg to Washington, D.C., last week and pulled up her phone to check the latest on Parler, a social media network favored by Trump supporters that is replete with conspiracy theories and misinformation. “Did you see about this Italy thing?” she asked. “They found somebody in Italy that started changing the votes. It’s the first time they have proof. I didn’t get a chance to really listen, but it seems pretty messed up.” No one in Italy changed votes. There is no evidence of widespread fraud or any kind of rigging in the presidential e...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Boeing's drone unit to pay $25 million to settle fraud charge that was sparked by whistleblower complaint
SEATTLE — Boeing’s drone subsidiary, Insitu, will pay $25 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing it of fraudulently overcharging the government on no-bid military contracts by billing for new parts but using recycled ones. The whistleblower who brought the original case, D R O’Hara, who was fired by Boeing, will get $4.625 million as a share of that penalty for uncovering the fraud. Insitu will also have to pay O’Hara’s legal expenses. The Department of Justice accused Insitu of “knowingly submitting materially false cost and pricing data” for contracts to supply surveillance drones to b...
The Seattle Times
Chicago rapper G Herbo mocks pending federal fraud charges in bold new video: ‘In my city I’m a god’
CHICAGO – Chicagoans are used to seeing someone facing a federal indictment play it safe in the public arena, usually addressing the charges with a terse no comment or a bland, attorney-vetted statement. Not G Herbo. On Friday, the Chicago-born rapper, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, came out with metaphoric guns blazing, using a new song and video to mock the federal wire fraud conspiracy indictment filed against him in Massachusetts and tout his rise from troubled South Side streets to international acclaim “Ask about me, I ain’t never been a fraud,” he said in the two-minute video ti...
Nearly $500 mn in additional funds set for Madoff victims
New York (AFP) - Victims of Bernie Madoff, the mastermind behind the worst financial scam in history, will receive $488 million in additional payments through a victim fund, the US Justice Department said Thursday. The Madoff Victim Fund will disburse payments to more than 30,000 people around the world who were cheated out of their investments by the crooked financier between the 1970s and 2000s, the Department of Justice said in a statement. The operation marks the sixth time such payments have been made, bringing the total refunds to nearly $3.2 billion, according to the department. "That ...