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Billionaire Sues Rape Accuser and Law Firm, Alleging Defamation and Racketeering

NEW YORK — Billionaire investor Leon Black has escalated his battle against a former model who accused him of rape, filing a lawsuit on Thursday accusing her and her law firm of defamation and racketeering conspiracy. In the complaint, lawyers …

Attorneys, Physicians Charged in $31M Trip-and-Fall Fraud Scheme

Two attorneys and two doctors are charged in a $31 million insurance fraud scheme where plaintiffs were allegedly recruited from New York City homeless shelters to stage accidents at locations with identified trip hazards, federal prosecutors say. The conspirators left …

4 Charged in Allegedly Staged Crash Settled for $4.7M

NEW ORLEANS — Four people have been charged in what prosecutors say was a staged wreck that was settled for $4.7 million. The indictment brought the total to 32 people accused of faking accidents with tractor-trailers to get insurance money, …

Russian Man Offered Worker $1M to Sow Malware in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — A Russian citizen has been arrested and charged with offering an employee of a Nevada company $1 million to sow malware for an attack to harvest company data for ransom, U.S. authorities said Tuesday. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, …

Court Says Insurance Doesn’t Cover Attacker in School Fight

DOVER, Del. — Delaware’s Supreme Court has overturned a judge’s ruling that an insurance company must extend liability coverage to a teenager who was convicted of criminally negligent homicide after a school bathroom attack that left a 16-year-old girl dead. …

Another Kentucky Farmer Admits Crop Insurance Fraud

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Another Central Kentucky farmer has pleaded guilty in a crop insurance fraud scheme that a federal prosecutor has called “pervasive and severe” in that region. Daniel Arvin pleaded guilty on Dec. 19 in federal court in Lexington …

Malware Broker Behind U.S. Hacks is Now Teaching Computer Skills in China

LONDON/SHANGHAI — A Chinese malware broker who was sentenced in the United States this year for dealing in malicious software linked to major hacks is back at his old workplace: teaching high-school computer courses, including one on internet security. Yu …

Feds: Florida Officials Bilked FEMA Out of Hurricane Money

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Two former officials of a Florida city are charged with conspiring with two businesses to bilk the federal government out of $5 million in Hurricane Michael cleanup money, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Lawrence …

Operator of ‘Booter’ Service for Cyber Attacks Sentenced to 13 Months

An Illinois man who has been hacking since he was a teenager was sentenced last week to 13 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $542,925 for operating a service that charged subscription fees to hackers who launched millions of …

JPMorgan Inherited ‘Spoof’ Method From Bear Stearns, U.S. Says

When JPMorgan Chase & Co. took over Bear Stearns more than a decade ago, it got two traders with a new trick. Their strategy: Use multiple fake orders to manipulate the prices of precious metals futures. The maneuver, adopted by …