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Broker, Pastor to Spend 15 Weekends in Jail For Insurance Fraud

A Nebraska insurance agent and church pastor will spend 15 weekends in jail and pay $63,443.77 in restitution for filing false insurance claims. Codie D. Malesker, a pastor and board member of the Faith Community Tabernacle and operator of the …

Federal Judge Dismisses Claims That Linkedin Overcharged Advertisers

A US judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Microsoft Corp’s LinkedIn of inflating the number of people who watched video ads so the networking platform could overcharge hundreds of thousands of advertisers. In a decision on Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan …

FBI: Artifacts Stolen From Museums in 1960s, 1970s Returned

PHILADELPHIA (AP)–Federal authorities say 15 historical artifacts stolen almost a half-century ago from a number of Pennsylvania museums have been returned to the institutions. The FBI art crime team and other law enforcement agencies repatriated the 18th- and 19th-century rifles …

Chinese Firm to Pay $91M Over Dangerous Dehumidifiers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Chinese company that sold millions of faulty dehumidifiers to U.S. customers will pay $91 million for failing to tell regulators that the devices could overheat and could catch fire, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Gree Electric …

Insurers Lost $2M in Pain Cream Scam, Prosecutors Say

A former medical supply executive in Arkansas who conspired with physicians to dispense pain creams and patches to workers’ compensation claimants defrauded private insurers out of about $2 million and the federal government out of $3.9 million, federal prosecutors say. …

Jim Bakker, His Church Settle Lawsuit Over COVID-19 Claims

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Jim Bakker and his southwestern Missouri church will pay restitution of $156,000 to settle a lawsuit that accuses the TV pastor of falsely claiming that a health supplement could cure the coronavirus. Missouri court records show …

Utah Protesters Take Plea Deal, to Pay $100K for Damages

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Four of the nine protesters charged after police accused them of painting a street red and smashing windows at a district attorney’s office last year in Salt Lake City have taken a plea deal and …

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 …

Scams Include Fake Flood Damage, Phantom Car Wrecks and Post-Dated Claims

A lawyer who faked flood damage, a bodyshop owner who reported accidents that never happened and motorists who filed claims for crashes that occurred before they bought auto insurance policies were among the people who were arrested or convicted for …

Teen Responsible for Massive Fire in Oregon Owes Nearly $37M in Restitution

A teenager who started a huge wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon will owe restitution for a t least a decade. Eleven requests for restitution totaling almost $37 million have been submitted to a court. That covers …