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    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police say they’ve arrested the woman behind two recent carjackings, including one when she stole a car with an 8-year-old boy still inside. Veronica Harden, 36, has been charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking, two counts of aggravated battery, and one count of aggravated kidnapping. READ MORE: Two Wounded In Shooting On Eisenhower Expressway In one crime, police said Harden carjacked a woman in a parking lot in the 3300 block of West Belmont Avenue on Feb. 6, and drove off with the victim’s 8-year-old son still in the car. The boy escaped unharmed at a nearby intersection. READ MORE: Arrest Warrant Issued For Qinxuan Pan In Murder Of Kevin Jiang, Yale Grad Student With Chicago Ties Harden was arrested Thursday night in the 4200 block of North Richmond Street, after police spotted her driving a vehicle stolen in a carjacking one day earlier....
    A now-former employee at a Bergen County collectibles and sports memorabilia store was busted after he stole and sold merchandise, authorities said. The owner of the Wyckoff shop called police after he reviewed security video and “determined that an employee was most likely responsible,” Lt. Joseph Soto said. Detective Sgts. Mark Tagliareni and Michael Ragucci tracked some of the items to a Moonachie business that bought them from Thomas Bowers, 33, of Prospect Park, Soto said. They also recovered other items stolen from the Wyckoff shop at another business in Randolph, the lieutenant said. Assisted by Prospect Park police, detectives arrested Bowers on theft charges at his home, he said. Bowers spent less than a day in the Bergen County Jail before a judge ordered him released pending further court action. Detectives were tallying the total value of the stolen merchandise.
    McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A McKinney smoke shop employee is in the Collin County Jail charged with murder after a deadly shooting at the shop on Wednesday, Feb. 24. McKinney Police Officers were called to Smokin’ Glassworks in the 1900 block of Central Expy. just before 10:00 that night by employee Adam Omar, who told them he had shot a man he suspected of stealing. READ MORE: Yes, Face Masks Are Still Required In Collin County Even With Disaster Declaration Rescinded The victim, 25-year-old Michael Garrett Miller of Irving, was found on the sidewalk in front of the store with a gunshot wound. READ MORE: Mansfield Police Officer Randy Watson Out Of Hospital After Losing Leg In Motorcycle Crash 3 Weeks Ago Omar, 36, was arrested and taken to jail charged with murder. Adam Omar (Collin County Jail) His bond is set at $200,000. MORE NEWS: President Biden Visits Houston...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former volunteer fire chief has been charged with stealing more than $133,000 from a West Virginia town. Kenneth Richard Churning, 60, is accused of taking $133,454.58 from the Town of Sophia's Volunteer Fire Department, according to a statement on Wednesday from the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office. He's accused of taking $118,509 in ATM and cash withdrawals, $13,740 in cash back transactions and $1,205 in personal expense reimbursement from July 2017 through December2019, the statement said. A Raleigh County grand jury indicted Churning based on testimony from investigators with the Auditor’s Office, authorities said. It wasn't immediately clear whether Churning has an attorney. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, crime, West Virginia
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    MILFORD (CBS) — The former treasurer of the Milford Youth Football and Cheer Organization has been charged with stealing about $280,000 from the organization. On Wednesday, Gregory Pearl, 49, of Milford, who was treasurer of the group from 2013-2018, pleaded not guilty to a charge of larceny and a charge of making false entries in a corporate book with intent to defraud. Milford Police began investigating the organization in April 2019 when board members reported the missing money and said false bank records were presented to the board. Pearl was released on personal recognizance, and the case was continued to April 20.
    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — Two people have been charged with stealing a funeral home van that had a body inside from a gas station in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 38-year-old Brian Schaake was charged Saturday with a felony charge of stealing a motor vehicle. Thirty-one-year-old Christina Kalb was charged with a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a motor vehicle. RELATED: Police: Still Diligently Probing Killings Of Indiana Girls Abigail Williams And Liberty German Kalb was released from custody, officials said. Schaake was being held Saturday on $40,000 cash bond. In a probable cause statement, St. Louis County Police detective Scott Russell said Schaake likely wouldn’t show up in court because his last address was out of state and he was believed to be homeless. Officials listed the same Springfield, Illinois, address for both him and Kalb. RELATED: Chicago Weekend Violence; 1 Killed, 4 Wounded...
    An Illinois man was charged Saturday with stealing a St. Louis County funeral home van from a convenience store that had been left running in the parking lot.   Brian Schaake, a 38-year-old from Springfield, Illinois, has been charged with one count of stealing a motor vehicle, watercraft or vehicle and is currently being held on $40,000 bond. Christina Kalb was also detained but has not been charged, police shared. According to a Saturday press release from the St. Louis County Police Department, responded to the QuikTrip in North County after getting reports of the stolen van on Thursday morning. Scroll down for video  Brian Schaake, 38, has been charged with one count of stealing a motor vehicle, watercraft or vehicle and is currently being held on $40,000 bond The driver of the William Harris Funeral Home van told authorities that he had left the keys in the open vehicle...
    A 95-year-old resident of an assisted living facility in Colorado has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly fatally shooting an employee he accused of stealing money from him, numerous sources reported. Okey Payne appeared in court Wednesday in Boulder where he was advised of the murder charge and two counts of menacing with a weapon, according to the Associated Press. 95-Year-Old Murder Suspect Okey Payne Appears In Court In Wheelchair https://t.co/yfWNIchkrd pic.twitter.com/hSchaQI2p6 — CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) February 10, 2021 He was accused of shooting and killing Ricardo Medina-Rojas, a maintenance worker at Legacy Assisted Living in Lafayette, on Feb. 3. Police say Payne claimed Medina-Rojas had stolen $200 from him, and Payne confronted him about the theft as he arrived for work, shooting him in the head, according to the Associated Press. Medina-Rojas later died in the hospital. Payne also told police he had confronted another man about the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — An LAPD officer has been relieved of his police powers after being charged with stealing a truck from a car dealership in the city of Orange and changing its status from stolen to recovered. (credit: Orange Police Department) Matthew Calleros, 45, of Whittier, pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony counts in connection with the car theft and three misdemeanors of unauthorized disclosure of DMV records. RELATED: Man Charged In Capitol Riot Worked For FBI, Held Top Security Clearance: Lawyer “When law enforcement officers use their training and law enforcement resources to victimize the very people they are sworn to protect, it tarnishes the badge of every law enforcement officer,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, Calleros drove off the lot of B & J Car Company in Orange with a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Bartlett travel agent has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from her clients, according to DuPage County prosecutors.Colleen Kosiek is charged with multiple felonies including Continuing Financial Crimes Enterprise, Financial Institution Fraud, Identity Theft, Aggravated Identity Theft, Forgery and Theft. In total, a DuPage County grand jury returned a 42-count indictment against Kosiek in January.RELATED: Customer sues Bartlett travel agency, claims they never booked his flights and cost him thousands of dollarsKosiek owned Ultimate Travel in Bartlett. Two years ago the ABC7 I-Team investigated her business after families said they paid her to book their dream vacations, only to have reservations not booked properly or, in some cases, overpay. Ultimate Travel's attorney disputed claims or said people had been credited.Among the allegations in the charges filed Tuesday is one from a couple who said they were given falsified airline reservations from Chicago to Panama City...
    A 37-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with kidnapping after allegedly stealing a vehicle with a 6-month-old baby inside. Richardson Wong-Aponte was arrested on Monday, Feb. 8, for stealing the vehicle around 4:13 p.m., Feb. 8, in Hamden, said Hamden Police Captain Ronald Smith. According to police, officers responded to Dixwell Avenue and. Woodin Street on the report of the stolen vehicle with the baby inside. When officers arrived on the scene they found that the driver of the vehicle had entered a local store, leaving the keys to the vehicle in the ignition, Smith said. While the driver was inside, Wong-Aponte, a Hamden resident, allegedly entered the vehicle and fled southbound on Dixwell Avenue with the vehicle and child inside. Smith said an Amber Alert was immediately issued as well as BOLO to the surrounding police department and the state police. With the assistance of the Yale University Police...
    ORANGE, Calif. (CNS) -- A Los Angeles police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing a pickup truck from a small dealer in Orange.Matthew Calleros went to B & J Car Company on Oct. 25, 2019, and asked a car salesman to retrieve some information about a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado on the lot, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.While the salesman was doing that Calleros drove away with the vehicle, prosecutors alleged.RELATED: Surveillance video released of LAPD officer allegedly stealing vehicle in OrangeEMBED More News Videos Surveillance video has been released of a Los Angeles Police Department officer allegedly stealing a vehicle from a dealership in the city of Orange. Calleros is also accused of using another officer's identification to report the stolen pickup truck was recovered, prosecutors said.Calleros allegedly checked a state law enforcement system to run the vehicle's license plate as well as a license plate...
    A Los Angeles Police Department officer is facing criminal charges after Orange County prosecutors allege he stole a truck from a used car lot in Orange and  attempted to cover up the theft with department resources. This undated booking photo released by the Orange, Calif., Police Department shows Los Angeles Police Officer Matthew Calleros. Calleros, 45, was arrested Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 on suspicion of stealing a car from a Southern California dealership last year, authorities said. He was booked into the Orange County jail Monday night on suspicion of auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle. (Orange Police Department via AP)  Matthew Calleros, 45, pleaded not guilty on Monday afternoon to felony counts of unlawful taking of a vehicle, forgery and false personation, and denied misdemeanor counts of unauthorized disclosure of information from DMV records, court record show. Police previously alleged that Calleros simply drove off with the...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer has been charged with stealing a truck from an Orange County dealership and using it for more a year, including driving it to work, authorities said Monday. Matthew Calleros, 45, of Whittier was arrested last November at the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division and the stolen truck was in the employee parking lot, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. He pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony charges, including unlawfully taking a vehicle, and three misdemeanors. Prosecutors alleged that in October 2019, Calleros went to a dealership in Orange and drove off in a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. Calleros then used another police officer’s identification to call the LAPD's Vehicle Warrant Unit to report the stolen truck had been recovered, prosecutors contend. He also used the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System to link a license plate number belonging...
    A Bergen County man was charged with stealing nearly $100,000 from the Essex County emergency rescue squad that he presided over, authorities said. Jonathan Arredondo stole more than $75,000 from various Nutley Emergency and Rescue Squad accounts and ran up more than $30,000 in personal finances, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, said Friday. The 30-year-old River Vale resident withdrew cash of approximately $5,000 increments and then deposited the money into his own personal bank accounts 19 times between May 2019 and August 2020, Stephens said. Arredondo served as president of the squad during that time, while the position of treasurer was vacant, Stephens said. A new treasure was elected in 2020 and, following an audit, an investigation was opened, authorities said. Arredondo is expected to make his first court appearance on March 1.
    An Oradell police officer stole prescription medications from a secure drop box designed for the public to safely dispose of drugs, authorities charged. Jeffrey Peters, 41, of Hawthorne “gained access on several occasions and removed prescription narcotics” from the locked drop box in the police department lobby, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Tuesday. Peters, who joined the department in 2016, was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the charges, the prosecutor said. He was released pending a Feb. 10 first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on theft and illegal drug possession charges.
    A 36-year-old man was arrested in Connecticut for allegedly fraudulently purchasing a vehicle using another person's identity. Dary Fermin, of the Bronx, was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 24, by the Milford Police after being contacted by the New York Police Department Fraud Squad for an incident that took place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. According to the Milford Police, Fermin purchased a 2016 Honda CR-V by using the identity of a victim currently living in Puerto Rico to open a bank account at TD Bank, 1361 Boston Post Road, and fraudulently purchase a vehicle with the victim’s information at Honda of Milford, 767 Bridgeport Ave., in August 2019. Arrest warrants were obtained for Fermin who turned himself into Milford Police Headquarters. Fermin was charged with: Identity theft first-degree Identity theft third-degree Forgery second-degree Forgery third-degree Larceny  Two counts of criminal impersonation  Fermin was released on a $50,000 bond and will...
    A 38-year-old New Jersey house cleaner has been charged with stealing jewelry from several elderly clients, authorities said. Linda Kreig of Wrightsown was charged last Tuesday with multiple counts of theft after a yearlong investigation, Manchester police said. Manchester police officers responded to several homes where the victims reported their jewelry had been stolen by a woman working for a Toms River-based company between May and December 2019, authorities said. Detective Joseph Fastige identified Kreig as the house cleaner and subsequently charged her with four counts of third degree theft.  The Manchester Township Police Department’s Patrol Division, the Barnegat Township Police Department and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office assisted in the investigation. Authorities suspect there may be additional, unidentified victims, they said. The Manchester Township Police is requesting anyone who had Kreig clean their homes and believes that they may have been the victim of a theft to please contact Detective...
    The former CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa was busted Thursday for allegedly embezzling tens of thousands of dollars meant to help sick and dying children, authorities said. Jennifer Woodley, 40, was charged with first-degree theft and the unauthorized use of a credit card for the months-long theft that began in the summer of 2019, according to a criminal complaint. Woodley became president of the Iow a chapter in August 2019. Two months later, she granted herself a $10,000 bonus that wasn’t approved by the group’s board, the complaint states. She is also accused of using the organization’s credit card to spend $23,000 on herself during a 10-month span, without reimbursing the group. Dave Farnsworth, the board chairman for Make-A-Wish Iowa, said Woodley was fired. He said he notified the police after an internal investigation revealed there were some discrepancies in the group’s finances. Woodley...
    Social distancing decals are seen on the floor of a different Ralphs Kroger grocery store in California. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson A former Kroger employee was charged with stealing nearly $1 million from the company in two weeks. Tre Brown, 19, created 40 false returns and put them on several credit cards, police in Gwinnett, Georgia, said. Investigators said Brown bought two vehicles, guns, shoes, and clothes with the money. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A former Kroger employee in Duluth, Georgia, has been arrested and accused of stealing nearly $1 million from the company. Tre Brown, 19, created more than 40 returns for non-existent items and put them on several credit cards, according to a statement from the Gwinnett County Police. Corporate employees noticed the fraudulent transactions and contacted police. Police say he was able to steal more than $980,000 in just two weeks between December and...
    A Texas doctor has been fired from his job and is now facing charges after stealing doses of the coronavirus vaccine to administer to his friends and family, prosecutors say.  Hasan Gokal, who worked with Harris County Public Health, could be sentenced to up to a year in prison and receive a $4,000 fine if convicted on a theft by a public servant charge, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  "He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there," District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. "What he did was illegal and he’ll be held accountable under the law."  Dr. Hasan Gokal is facing charges after being accused of stealing doses of the coronavirus vaccine. (Harris County Public Health) CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE  Prosecutors allege Gokal swiped a vial containing nine doses of the highly sought-after vaccine while working at a county vaccination site in...
    A doctor in Texas is facing charges for allegedly stealing “a vial of COVID-19 vaccine,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Thursday, according to a press release. Dr. Hasan Gokal, a doctor for Harris County Public Health, allegedly admitted to a co-worker that he had previously stolen a vial that contained nine doses of the COVID-19 vaccine while working at a county vaccination site in Lyndsay Lyons Park, according to the press release.  The co-worker reported what Gokal told him to superiors. “He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there,” Ogg said, according to the press release. “What he did was illegal and he’ll be held accountable under the law.” (RELATED: REPORT: Unknown Numbers Of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Are Being Wasted Because States Aren’t Keeping Track) Gokal faces charges of theft...
    Duluth, Georgia — A suburban Atlanta teenager has been arrested on charges that he defrauded a supermarket where he worked of nearly $1 million over a two-week period. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 19-year-old Tre Brown was arrested Thursday by Gwinnett County detectives on charges of felony theft. He was released from jail on $11,200 bail. Gwinnett County police spokesman Corporal Collin Flynn said Brown stole more than $980,000 over two weeks in December and January by fabricating more than 40 returns for non-existent items. Cash from the returns, ranging in value from $75 to more than $87,000, was placed on credit cards, investigators said. Tre Brown in undated photo WGCL-TV Police said Brown used the stolen money to buy two cars, clothes, guns and shoes. Before his arrest, the teen reportedly totaled one of the cars, a Chevrolet Camaro, Flynn said. The investigation began after corporate employees of...
    A Texas doctor has been charged with stealing nine doses of the coveted COVID-19 vaccine while working at a county vaccination site, prosecutors announced Thursday. Dr. Hasan Gokal, who worked with the Harris County Public Health system, is accused of stealing a vial that contained the doses from a vaccination site in Humble on Dec. 29, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement. A week later, Gokal bragged about the theft to a co-worker, who then complained to his supervisors, Ogg said. Gokal was later fired from his job. Ogg said Gokal stole the doses to give them to his family and friends, leaving those who need a shot the most without one. “He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there,” Ogg said of...
    (CNN)A public health doctor in Texas has been charged with stealing a vial of Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement Thursday that Dr. Hasan Gokal is accused of theft by a public servant, a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Gokal is accused of taking a vial with nine doses on December 29, 2020. He was working at a vaccination site in Humble, north of Houston, Ogg said. Authorities contend the doctor "disregarded county protocols in place to ensure vaccine is not wasted but administered to vulnerable populations and front-line workers on a waiting list.""He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there," Ogg said in the statement. "What he did was...
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A county public health doctor in Texas has been charged for allegedly stealing a vial of COVID-19 vaccine in late December, officials said Thursday. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that Dr. Hasan Gokal, who was a Harris County Public Health doctor, is accused of stealing a vial that contained nine doses of the vaccine at a county vaccination site at Lyndsay Lyons Park in Humble, Texas on Dec. 29, 2020. According to officials, Gokal told a public health employee about the alleged theft, which led to him being reported. He was soon fired from his position. “He abused his position to place his friends and family in line in front of people who had gone through the lawful process to be there,” Ogg said. “What he did was illegal and he’ll be held accountable under the law.” If convicted, Gokal faces up to a year...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman accused of entering the U.S. Capitol illegally during the Jan. 6 riot will likely be charged with stealing a computer from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a federal prosecutor said in court Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson in Harrisburg said he will consider bail and that he plans to conduct a preliminary hearing on Thursday in the case of Riley June Williams. Williams is charged with trespassing as well as violent entry of the Capitol and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, and is being held in the county jail in Harrisburg. She spoke only briefly during the half-hour proceeding and was represented by a public defender. Federal authorities are preparing two new felony charges of stealing government property and aiding and abetting against the Harrisburg resident, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian T. Haugsby told Carlson. Those charges have not yet been approved...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman accused of entering the U.S. Capitol illegally during the Jan. 6 riot will likely be charged with stealing a computer from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a federal prosecutor said in court Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson in Harrisburg said he will consider bail and that he plans to conduct a preliminary hearing on Thursday in the case of Riley June Williams. (Photo Credit: Dauphin County Prison) Williams is charged with trespassing as well as violent entry of the Capitol and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, and is being held in the county jail in Harrisburg. She spoke only briefly during the half-hour proceeding and was represented by a public defender. Federal authorities are preparing two new felony charges of stealing government property and aiding and abetting against the Harrisburg resident, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian T. Haugsby told Carlson. Those charges have...
    BOSTON (CBS) – A former Boston Police clerk has been charged with stealing more than $29,000 in an overtime fraud scheme. Marilyn Golisano, 68, was arrested Wednesday morning. According to the U. S. Attorney’s Office, she stole $11,094 in 2017 and $18,090 in 2018. Golisano handled the overtime paperwork for the District A-1 Detectives Unit. Prosecutors said she handed in “dozens of false and fraudulent overtime slips” and forged the signatures of at least three supervisors. Investigators said they noticed the sudden increase in Golisano’s pay, even though her duties hadn’t changed and no new significant overtime hours were approved by her supervisor. They also said phone records showed Golisano was “miles away from Boston” during several of the overtime shifts she claimed to be working downtown. She was indicted on one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds, six counts of wire fraud and one count of...
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – A Florida man charged with stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during a violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters appeared in court Monday. According to CBS affiliate WTSP, 36-year-old Adam Johnson was arrested in the Tampa Bay area on Friday, two days after the siege. “It is alleged that on Jan. 6, 2021, Johnson illegally entered the United States Capitol and removed the Speaker of the House’s lectern from where it had been stored on the House side of the Capitol building,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “A search of open sources led law enforcement to Johnson, who is allegedly seen in a widely circulated photo inside the Capitol carrying the lectern.” A Trump supporter carries the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi through the Roturnda of the U.S. Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob...
    Miya Ponsetto, the 22-year-old California woman who tackled a Black teen and accused him of stealing her iPhone in December, was arraigned and charged in criminal court on Saturday in New York. Ponsetto is charged with attempted robbery, grand larceny, acting in a manner injurious to a child and two counts of attempted assault, according to a statement from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.'s office obtained by The Hill.  Judge Michael Frishman granted Ponsetto supervised release with no monetary bail. In addition, Grammy award-winning jazz musician Keyon Harrold and his son Keyon Harrold Jr., the 14-year-old victim who Ponsetto attacked, were granted orders of protection. Ponsetto was arrested Thursday in California for her attack on the teen at the Arlo SoHo boutique hotel in New York City on Dec. 26. Video footage of the incident released by police shows Ponsetto accusing Harrold of stealing her missing cell phone and then lunging at...
    Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshalls in Florida on Friday and is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to arrest records. The Parrish, Florida, resident's charges are pending The stay-at-home dad who looted and smiled for a photo as he made off with a lectern has been arrested in Florida, according to local authorities.  Adam Johnson, 36, was arrested by federal marshalls in Florida on Friday and is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to arrest records.  The Parrish, Florida, resident's charges are pending.   Johnson, a psychology graduate turned furniture maker from Bradenton, Florida, was seen parading through the Capitol on Wednesday with Pelosi's lectern. Johnson is a stay-at-home dad to five children; his wife is a doctor, according to The Bradenton Herald. He has previously faced possession of marijuana and violation of probation charges, the paper reports.  Photos on his now-deleted social media...
    MIAMI (AP) — A social media personality known for selling high-end sneakers to celebrities and other wealthy clients stole a man’s phone at a South Florida hotel before his entourage beat the man up, prosecutors said. Benjamin Kapelushnik, 21, known on Instagram and other social media as Benjamin Kickz, was arrested Thursday and charged with strongarm robbery, according to a Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office news release. The theft occurred New Year’s Eve at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, investigators said. A 19-year-old man and some friends were hanging out in the hotel’s lobby when Kapelushnik and his entourage accused the man of taking Kapelushnik’s photo without his permission, officials said. The other man denied taking the photo, but Kapelushnik followed him outside and eventually snatched the man’s phone, prosecutors said. Members of Kapelushnik’s entourage then attacked the man, leaving him seriously injured, officials said. One of the...
    Hannah Thomas, 17, and her boyfriend Richard Avila, 16, have been charged with murder for allegedly killing her mother, 36-year-old Otillia Piros (pictured) in New York  A 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend have been charged with murder for allegedly killing her mother and stealing her car in New York before being stopped by Missouri police for traveling 111mph. Chief Drew Forsythe of the Greece Police Department on Tuesday announced murder charges against Hannah Thomas and Richard Avila, 16, in the killing of Otillia Piros, 36, at her home in Greece, New York, during a press conference.  Forsythe called the killing 'egregious and sickening,' and said that the teenagers had shot Piros twice in the head sometime between December 28 and 29. 'What makes this case even more egregious and sickening is the fact that Otillia was executed in her own home at the hands of her daughter and her daughter's...
    The woman dubbed 'SoHo Karen' after she wrongly accused a black teenager of stealing her phone in a New York City hotel now claims that she was assaulted during the altercation and denies racially profiling the boy. The 22-year-old woman, who still has not yet been publicly named, was filmed Saturday by Grammy-winning African American jazz artist Keyon Harrold as she approached his son, Keyon Jr., in the lobby of the boutique Arlo Hotel and tackled him. In the recording, the woman is seen pushing and grabbing at the father and son, allegedly even scratching Keyon Sr's hands as she attempted to snatch his cellphone, wrongly believing it to be hers.  Moments after the scuffle concluded, her phone was reportedly found in an Uber and returned to her by the driver.  While the NYPD and Manhattan District Attorney's Office weigh whether to criminally charge the woman, she spoke to CNN Wednesday...
    The Manhattan District Attorney and the NYPD are both said to be investigating the so called Karen who falsely accused a black teen of stealing her iPhone.   Hotel guests Keyon Harrold and his 14-year-old son were approached in the lobby of the boutique Arlo Hotel in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday afternoon.  Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Harrold filmed the incident and then shared it to Instagram. The footage shows the father and son being accosted by an unidentified young woman who claimed that Harrold’s teen boy had her cell phone. Now both the Manhattan DA and the NYPD are investigating the incident, New York Magazine reports. A spokesman for the DA told DailyMail.com: 'Our office is thoroughly investigating this incident'. They declined to elaborate further. DailyMail.com has contacted NYPD for additional clarification.  Attorney Ben Crump on Monday called for her to be criminally charged.  He tweeted: 'The parents of @KeyonHarrold...
    A former “Survivor” contestant and his mother have been charged with stealing jewelry and furniture from a family member’s Virginia home, a report said. Jonny Fairplay — who is best known for lying about his “dead grandmother” on the reality show — turned himself in for the alleged theft on Friday, the Danville Register & Bee. His mother, 68-year-old Patsy Terry Hall, was also arrested for the crime. The duo were charged with grand larceny for the thefts from a Danville home in October, the newspaper reported, citing local authorities. They are accused of stealing a $5,000 silver necklace, a leather desk chair, three bar stools and an end table from the home, the report said. “I (we) have been unjustly charged by a family member. I welcome the opportunity to vindicate myself (and my mother),” Fairplay wrote in a message to The Associated Press on Wednesday night....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A former investigator with the Huntington Beach Police Department has been charged with stealing drugs from the car of an attempted murder suspect, then driving a squad car while under the influence, prosecutors said Tuesday. Sean Patrick Lotts, 53, of Huntington Beach, was on the job as a crime scene photographer for the Huntington Beach Police Department on January 23 when he allegedly grabbed the designer drug, consumed it, and drove home in a police car, according to Kimberly Edds, a public information officer with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Lotts resigned from the department, Edds added. Lotts was charged last week with one count each of embezzlement by a public official, seizing property under the color of authority, and driving under the influence, all misdemeanors. He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 7 in the courthouse in Westminster. If convicted, he would face up...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Two men are facing federal charges after being accused of stealing nearly 200 ventilators the US was shipping to El Salvador from Miami International Airport to help the Central American country treat coronavirus patients. Yoelvis Hernandez and Luis Montero are accused of stealing a trailer containing 192 ventilators from a Palm Beach County parking lot on Aug. 9 as the driver was transporting them to Miami International Airport, where they would be shipped to El Salvador, prosecutors said Friday. Court records do not indicate if the men have attorneys. Ventilators are used to treat coronavirus patients when they cannot breathe on their own. According to the U.S. government, El Salvador has been hard hit by the disease. The country of 6.4 million people has had 1,180 deaths or one for every 5,441 residents. The United States has done worse, however, with one coronavirus death per every 1,130...
    MIAMI (AP) — Two Florida men are facing federal charges that allege they stole nearly 200 ventilators the United States was shipping to El Salvador to help the Central American country treat coronavirus patients. Yoelvis Hernandez and Luis Montero stole a trailer containing 192 ventilators from a Palm Beach County parking lot on Aug. 9 as the driver was transporting them to Miami International Airport, where they would be shipped to El Salvador, prosecutors said Friday. Court records do not indicate if the men have attorneys. Ventilators are used to treat coronavirus patients when they cannot breathe on their own. According to the U.S. government, El Salvador has been hard hit by the disease. The country of 6.4 million people has had 1,180 deaths or one for every 5,441 residents. The United States has done worse, however, with one coronavirus death per every 1,130 residents. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    The homeless man accused of breaking into Tom Brady‘s Massachusetts mansion — allegedly laying on a couch in the basement — was previously busted for stealing a $10,000 jersey signed by the quarterback. Zanini Cineus, 34, was arrested 6 a.m. Monday after “multiple alarms were activated” in the Boston-area mansion the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star shares with wife Gisele Bündchen, police said. He was seen on security cameras sitting in the basement — and arresting officers found him “laying on the couch in the middle of the room,” according to a statement by Brookline police. Brady — whom the force called “our forever New England Patriot” — and his former-supermodel wife were in Florida at the time. Cineus wore a Patriots jersey to his arraignment Monday, where was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony, larceny and trespassing, the Boston Herald said. He pleaded not guilty....
    BROOKLINE (CBS) — Brookline police arrested Zanini Cineus Monday morning for allegedly breaking into the mansion owned by Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. And it’s apparently not the first time the 34-year-old Cineus has been charged in a Brady-related crime. Officers responded to Woodland Road after alarms went off just before 6 a.m. Police said they found Cineus sitting on a couch in the former New England Patriots quarterback’s basement. An alarm company was watching him on camera, police said. No one else was home at the time. Brady and his family moved to Florida earlier this year after he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brookline police noted that Cineus had “several active warrants” for incidents that occurred in Foxboro late last year. In October of 2019, he was accused of stealing a game-worn Brady jersey reportedly worth $10,000 and other memorabilia from the Patriots Hall of Fame. Police...
    A Utah woman and her new boyfriend have been charged with murder for shooting dead her ex and stealing 50 pounds of marijuana from his van.  Sarah Elaine Lobato, 20, and Jayton Trevor Merrill, 18, were taken into custody on November 20 after cops identified the Cadillac parked outside her house as the one shown in surveillance footage at the scene of the killing in West Jordan, Utah.  Lobato reportedly admitted to cops that she 'set the entire thing up', organizing to meet the victim, 39-year-old Raymond E. Ortiz from California, as she was trying to end a 'bad' relationship with him.  Police say she also admitted to attempting to kill Ortiz before with a poisonous plant 'but was unsuccessful because she used the wrong plant', according to The Salt Lake Tribune.   Sarah Elaine Lobato, 20, (left) and Jayton Trevor Merrill, 18 (right) are charged with aggravated murder and aggravated robbery for...
    A SERVANT to the Queen has been charged with stealing two prestigious medals from Buckingham Palace. Adamo Canto, 37, allegedly took a Companion of the Order of the Bath gong and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order medal. 3Adamo Canto has been charged with the theft of two medalsCredit: TIKTOK/ADAM CANTO 3One was being advertised for sale on eBay The first one was reportedly listed on auction website eBay for £350. It belongs to retired Navy vice-admiral Sir Anthony Johnstone-Burt, 62. He is currently the Queen’s Master of the Household — in charge of “below stairs” operations. The second award belongs to retired British Army officer Major General Matthew Sykes, 65. He served in the Royal Household from 2007 to 2010. Canto is also accused of taking other items from the Royal Household and Royal Shop. These are said to include engraved glasses, picture frames bearing Prince...
    The Department of Justice charged seven individuals Tuesday for allegedly participating in a scheme regarding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that fraudulently netted $16 million in forgivable loans, according to the DOJ.  All seven individuals, six of whom are from Texas, have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud, with two of the defendants being charged additionally with money laundering, the DOJ announced. The individuals allegedly conspired to obtain the funds by submitting more than 80 fraudulent PPP loan applications that contained falsified records of the number of employees and monthly payroll expenses. Additional loan applications were allegedly submitted through companies of third parties, who then received kickbacks. Fraudulent bank records and fake federal tax forms were also allegedly submitted, the DOJ stated.  Seven Charged in Connection with a COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme Involving more than 80 Fraudulent Loan Applications Worth Approximately $16 Million https://t.co/XO4DAXv7VH —...
    A former Burger King employee accused of stealing about $30,000 from the chain in a yearlong scheme has been charged, court records show. Daniel Henry Andrews from Pelham, Ala., was arrested for theft, identity theft and computer tampering for stealing from BK and Premier Kings,  ABC 33/40 News reported Tuesday. A former Burger King Employee is accused of stealing around $30,000 from the fast-food chain. (iStock) Andrews is accused of tampering with a computer program to increase his work hours in the system or creating fake Burger King employees to profit off the company, the report shows. The 35-year-old is also accused of stealing a former employee’s debit card, depositing falsely claimed company money and spending it. BURGER KING UK TELLS FANS TO ORDER FROM MCDONALD'S, OTHER CHAINS SUPPORT RESTAURANT INDUSTRY Andrews was arrested and taken into police custody at the Shelby County jail earlier this week. He is now free on $50,000 bond. FOLLOW US...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has learned the hard way that a downed light pole isn't trash that can be taken and sold for scrap, authorities say. A state trooper pulled over a maroon Toyota Camry with a metal pole — longer than the car itself — strapped to the roof on a Tampa road Monday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Another driver had called police earlier and reported spotting someone loading the light pole onto the car several miles (kilometers) away on Interstate 4 near the Interstate 75 interchange. The car's driver, Douglas Allen Hatley, told troopers that he had found the pole on the ground by the side of the highway and had planned to sell the metal for scrap, according to the report. The 71-year-old Lakeland man said he didn't realize that it was illegal to remove broken utility and light poles from...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has learned the hard way that a downed light pole isn’t trash that can be taken and sold for scrap, authorities say. A state trooper pulled over a maroon Toyota Camry with a metal pole — longer than the car itself — strapped to the roof on a Tampa road Monday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Another driver had called police earlier and reported spotting someone loading the light pole onto the car several miles (kilometers) away on Interstate 4 near the Interstate 75 interchange. The car’s driver, Douglas Allen Hatley, told troopers that he had found the pole on the ground by the side of the highway and had planned to sell the metal for scrap, according to the report. The 71-year-old Lakeland man said he didn’t realize that it was illegal to remove broken utility and light poles from...
    MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is charged with stealing something that rarely goes missing: a 40-foot-long shrimp boat. Charlie Werner told The Sun News he left his trawler, the Lila Lee, alone for about 15 hours to find it missing from a marina at Murrells Inlet on Halloween. Surveillance video later showed a man hop into the boat before taking off hours earlier in the dark. Werner worried he might never see the $75,000 boat again, but it was soon found stuck on a sandbar near the inlet. Rough seas and poor handling likely caused the boat to stall, causing it to drift until it ran aground, Werner said. Three days after finding the boat, the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office issued a wanted poster for Daniel Connor Janowski, 28, who was arrested Thursday on a charge of taking the boat. He also was charged was possessing...
    Two Toms River residents and an accountant from Brick Township have been arrested for stealing $1.5 million from two elderly relatives, authorities said. Jeffrey Dampf, 69, of Brick is accused of taking advantage of his two elderly siblings with the help of Robert Tindall, 46, and Leanna Guido, 47, both of Toms River, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said on Friday. Using power of attorney and acting as his siblings' accountant, Dampf hired Tindall and Guido as home health aides and sent them more than $1.5 million, pretending it was a reimbursement, according to Billhimer. Neither Tindall nor Guido are licensed aides, Billhimer said. They both were charged with theft, he said. “These three defendants preyed upon elderly and vulnerable individuals who relied upon their purported caretakers to actually care for them and have their best interests at heart. Instead, they betrayed the victims' trust,” Billhimer said. “We must always stand...
    Two men in Miami, Fla., were accused of stealing mail-in ballots from a post office box. The incident occurred late Tuesday in Broward County when a police officer noticed two men idling in a vehicle next to a mailbox in Lighthouse Point, north of Fort Lauderdale, the South Florida SunSentinel reported. The officer spotted a bag of mail wedged between the front car seat of the vehicle and also noticed a device used to fish mail out of the dropbox. Additionally, there were two mail-in ballots separated from the other mail spotted. Authorities arrested Junior Alexander Cabral, 28, and Vladimir Cabral Cuevas, 20, charging them with stealing ballots, fraud and petit theft. The U.S. Postal Service is involved in the investigation, the report added. The men attended their first court appearance Thursday morning before Broward Judge Corey Amanda Cawthon. She expressed concern about the charges, noting the proximity to Election...
    Two Miami men were charged with stealing mail, including 2 ballots, from a post office drop box near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Police saw the men hanging around a mailbox in Lighthouse Point in Broward County, the report continued. An officer questioned 28-year-old Junior Alexander Cabral and 20-year-old Vladimir Cabral Cuevas and noticed a bag of mail and a tool used to fish out mail from a drop box in the front seat of the suspect’s car. Two ballots were separate from the other mail, according to records, per the AP. The men were charged with stealing ballots, fraud, and petit theft, the AP added. (RELATED: Election Experts Warn Voters To Stop Sending In Ballots, Vote In Person Amidst USPS Delays) Two men drove from Miami to Lighthouse Point to steal mail, ballots, cops say https://t.co/Q1WLpOex2o pic.twitter.com/gO8x3cWdTZ — South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) October 29, 2020...
    LIGHTHOUSE POINT (CBSMiami) – Two Opa-Locka men are accused of stealing mail from drive-thru mailboxes at the Lighthouse Point Post Office, including vote-by-mail ballots. According to Lighthouse Point police, Vladimir Cuevas, 20, and Junior Cabral, 28, were parked next to the mailboxes just before midnight Tuesday, October 27 for an unusual amount of time.  The police arrest form officers had been made aware that those specific drop off mail boxes were subject to theft over the past year and should investigate any suspicious activity near that location. During an investigative stop, police discovered one of the men in the car trying to hide the mail. More from CBSMiami.com Texas Family Drives More Than 20 Hours To Be Reunited With Microchipped Dog, ‘Stolen 6 Years Ago’ Former Secretary Of State John Kerry: Idea Of Joe Biden Embracing Socialism Is ‘Scare Tactic’ By President Trump Mysterious Orb Caught On Camera In Florida...
    A Rockland County woman turned herself in and is now facing charges for allegedly stealing more than $390,000 from her former employee in Westchester. Haverstraw resident Catherine Johnson, 56, surrendered into custody this week and was arraigned on a grand larceny charge in Irvington Justice Court for allegedly stealing $391,120.63 from Eileen Fisher, Inc. in Irvington over a seven-year stretch. Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr. said that between Aug. 24, 2012, and Aug. 26, 2019, Johnson stole the money from her employer by making personal credit card charges on her corporate American Express card which were then paid for by Eileen Fisher Inc. It is alleged that Johnson also diverted funds directly into her own personal bank account by writing unauthorized checks to herself or to cash; and, by making checks payable from an Eileen Fisher account to pay for her own personal credit card bills and mortgage....
    A Florida postal employee has been charged with stealing various types of mail, including a mail-in ballot and political flyers. Investigators stated they received a tip on 31-year-old Crystal Nicole Myrie after she registered a gift card that had been reported as stolen. Myrie admitted to that theft. When asked to turn in her postal identification badge, Myrie stated she had to retrieve it from her car. Upon arrival at the vehicle, other mail was located, including undelivered mail and a Miami-Dade County ballot that had been sent out on October 6. The Washington Times noted that under “Florida law, the person the ballot was intended for would not have been able to cast a ballot, even in person, without showing up with the mail-ballot to be canceled.” Myrie is the third U.S. Postal Service worker who has been accused of diverting mail ballots over the last few weeks. Recently, a New...
    United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced recently that four defendants were charged in three separate indictments with fraud and misrepresenting occupancy in order to steal thousands of dollars in federal assistance. Two of those individuals are from Georgia. This assistance, taken from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) multi-billion dollar component Hardest Hit Fund (HHF), was provided to South Carolina’s housing finance agency to help unemployed or underemployed homeowners stay in their homes.  The indictments allege that each defendant took the assistance but did not live in his or her home. “When individuals wrongfully take from programs designed to provide assistance to others, they are stealing from those who need help the most,” said U.S. Attorney McCoy. “Our office will not allow this type of conduct to go unpunished, especially in light of the pressing economic circumstances facing...
    Fontrell Antonio Baines, the 31-year-old rapper known as 'Nuke Bizzle', was arrested on September 23 A Los Angeles rapper has been arrested on federal charges of stealing jobless benefits, weeks after he released a song boasting of getting wealthy by the very same scheme. Fontrell Antonio Baines, the 31-year-old rapper known as 'Nuke Bizzle', was arrested on September 23 in Las Vegas and charged with access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property. Federal prosecutors said on Friday that Baines, a Memphis native residing in Hollywood Hills, fraudulently applied for more than $1.2 million in jobless benefits, including by using stolen identities. According to a warrant affidavit, Baines boasted of his ability to defraud the California Employment Development Department (EDD) in a music video he released on September 10, titled EDD. Federal prosecutors said on Friday that Baines, a Memphis native residing in Hollywood Hills, fraudulently applied for more...
    Eleven more Jersey Shore jewelry customers have stepped forward to complain of thefts worth about $300,000, authorities said. That now brings the value of lost services and/or missing fine jewelry to about $563,000 from 14 clients of The Golden Goose in Rumson, according to Monmouth County authorities. Anthony Goltsch of Ocean County, owner of The Golden Goose store, initially was charged on Sept. 3 with second-degree theft after failing to return personal jewelry worth at least $263,000 to three customers, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. The fine jewelry was left at his store in Monmouth County on consignment, for redesign or repair, according to the prosecutor. Goltsch of Manchester Township -- who owns the jewelry shop at 7 West River Road in Rumson -- was originally charged last month with "theft by failure to make required disposition of property received," Gramiccioni said. Rumson police received complaints from multiple customers who said they...
    Eleven more Jersey Shore jewelry customers have stepped forward to complain of thefts totaling about $300,000, authorities said. The owner of The Golden Goose store in Monmouth County initially was charged with second-degree theft on Sept. 3 after failing to return jewelry worth at least $263,000 to three customers, authorities said.  The fine jewelry was left at his store in Rumson on consignment, for redesign or repair, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Anthony Goltsch, of Manchester Township in Ocean County -- who owns The Golden Goose jewelry store at 7 West River Road in Rumson -- was originally charged last month with "theft by failure to make required disposition of property received," Gramiccioni said. Rumson police received complaints from customers who said they had left pieces of jewelry at The Golden Goose, and Goltsch has failed to pay them any cash --- or return the jewelry -- despite numerous requests by the customers,...
    An Ocean County was arrested Friday for stealing more than $100,000 over the course of eight years from the law firm she was working for, authorities said Monday. Patricia Vaughn, 62, of Toms River, made numerous unauthorized transfers from the Wall Township office's various accounts to its operating account while working there from  2011 through 2019, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Vaughn hid the transfers by creating fake bank statements, and used the additional money from the account to give herself unauthorized salary increases and paychecks, totaling $105,552.50 to which she was not entitled, Gramiccioni said. Vaughn was arrested and charged Friday with second degree theft, following a 10-month joint investigation by Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Wall Township Police Department. She was released on a summons.
    A postal carrier from Hackensack stole and cashed checks sent to customers on his route in town, in Leonia and in Maywood, said federal authorities who arrested him Wednesday. Juan Torres, 27, deposited the money into a bank account he controlled, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. Torres was scheduled for a first appearance via videoconference Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark. Special agents with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General have charged him with mail theft and bank fraud. Carpenito credited the agents and postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with the investigation leading to Wednesday’s arrest. He also thanked special agents of IRS – Criminal Investigation and the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for their assistance. U.S. Attorney Elaine K. Lou of Carpenito’s Special Prosecutions Division in Newark is handling the investigation.
    SHIA LaBeouf has been "charged with battery and petty theft" after stealing a man's hat following a "physical altercation." The news of the arrest broke on Thursday following the altercation, which took place in Los Angeles in June. 9Shia was charged with 'battery and petty theft'Credit: 2019 Bauer-Griffin 9He has been known for his crazy anticsCredit: Getty Images 9The actor is no stranger to controversy Credit: CORE Law enforcement told TMZ that the actor allegedly got into a verbal fight with a man that escalated and became physical. The man filed a police report, with law enforcement concluding that the actor allegedly was the aggressor in the altercation following an investigation. The L.A. City Attorney charged Shia with battery and petty theft, which are both misdemeanors. While the 34-year-old actor has managed to stay out of trouble recently, the arrest is not the first time he's been in trouble with...
    The fire chief and assistant chief of a volunteer company in Atlantic County have been charged with official misconduct and theft after using fire department money to set up unauthorized accounts at an auto parts shop, authorities said. Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jay Davenport II and Assistant Chief Craig Paxton also were charged with conspiracy, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.  Tyner did not say how much fire department money was allegedly stolen.  Both chiefs created accounts at NAPA Auto Parts, using fire company money and its tax-exempt status, Tyner said. Detectives Michael Peterson and Mark Perna from the prosecutor’s office and Hamilton Township police executed a warranted search on the fire station on Tuesday, Tyner said. The men, both 38, were issued complaint summonses and released. They are due to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 28. Hamilton officials announced on Tuesday that the fire company...
    Shia LaBeouf blew off some steam while taking his daily jog around his Pasadena neighborhood on Thursday. The actor/screenwriter looked focused on his fitness as he hit the pavement in a sporty blue and grey look. That same day reports emerged claiming LaBeouf, 34, had been charged with battery and theft following an altercation with a man over the summer. Welcome distraction: Shia LaBeouf went running on Thursday, the same day as it was reported he had been charged with battery and theft following an incident with another man three months ago But Shia didn't seem to be worried about any legal woes while out, keeping his head down as he looped around the streets in a blue baseball hat, vintage tee shirt and Nike running leggings. He had a swath of stubble along his jawline and opted against a mask during his run. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1...
    A former yacht company employee is accused of "industrial espionage" for stealing business records, authorities said. Cameron O’Connell, 27, of Prince Street in Bordentown City was charged with stealing proprietary intellectual property, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and New Jersey State Police Commander Patrick J. Callahan said. O'Connell's former employer is Viking Yacht Company, a luxury boat manufacturer in Bass River Township, they said. He was charged with computer crime and two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, they said. The weapons charges are unrelated to the computer crime, and were filed after two handguns were found during the execution of a search warrant by New Jersey State Police on Sept. 22 at O’Connell’s residence, according to Coffina. O’Connell, who was taken into custody at that time, was released following an initial appearance in Superior Court in Mount Holly, Coffina said. “Industrial espionage is a very serious crime; the theft of trade...
    A Long Island man is facing charges for allegedly stealing more than $45,000 from a former family friend's widow that was earmarked for investment opportunities, the DA announced. Huntington resident Craig Stone, 64, was arraigned on Thursday, Sept. 24 on a grand larceny charge for allegedly stealing $45,450 as part of an investment scheme to defraud a former friend. Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said that between 2013 and 2015, Stone’s victim, a former family friend, gave him the money to invest in “real estate vehicles” that had a guaranteed return of between 10 and 11 percent. Singas said that initially, his victim, who had been recently widowed, was reluctant, but Stone kept promising a higher return rate, she eventually relented and made the deal in May 2013. At Stone’s urging, his victim invested 16 times over two years in small increments, signing a subsequent agreement each time that...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A man that is currently serving time in prison for stealing from his church is now being charged with tax fraud. David Reiter is serving up to 20 years for stealing more than a million dollars while he was working as an administrator for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair. According to the U.S. Attorney, Reiter failed to pay employment taxes and filed false personal income tax returns.
    BRIAN Kolfage claimed that charges against him and Steve Bannon for conspiring to steal money from a fund to build a U.S-Mexico border wall are “blatantly false.” Kolfage, 37, also alleged in an interview with the New York Post that charges leveled against him, Bannon and two others by the US Attorney in the Southern District of New York are “politically motivated” to hurt supporters of President Donald Trump. 2Brian Kolfage is an Iraq war veteran accused of stealing funds from a campaign to fund the border wallCredit: Reuters 2Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon was also indicted in the scamCredit: Reuters “They made it up. It’s so blatantly false. If they can do this to us they can do it to anybody,” Kolfage told the outlet. He continued: “Everyone knows that the Southern District is really the sovereign district. They do their own things. They went after Rudy [Giuliani]. They...
    The triple amputee Iraq veteran accused of stealing from the We Build The Wall campaign along with Steve Bannon and two others, has claimed the charges leveled against him are part of a 'politically motivated' scheme targeting Trump associates.  Brian Kolfage, 38, is charged with stealing $350,000 from the multimillion-dollar GoFundMe account he set up in support of President Trump's wall initiative in 2018. Federal prosecutors last month alleged the Purple Heart had siphoned some of the money to fund his and his wife's lavish lifestyle and had spent it on boats, an SUV, plastic surgery, jewelry, home renovations and credit card debt.   Kolfage on Saturday spoke out against the indictment in his first interview since his arrest, accusing federal prosecutors in Manhattan of fabricating the allegations as part of a political witch hunt.  Brian Kolfage, 38, and his wife Ashley, 33, are accused of being the main beneficiaries of the fraudulent scheme,...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted three state-sponsored Iranian hackers on Thursday who allegedly tried to steal data related to U.S. aerospace and satellite technology and resources. “This case highlights the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ efforts to infiltrate the networks of American companies in search of valuable commercial information and intellectual property,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in a statement. “It is yet another effort by a rogue foreign nation to steal the fruits of this country’s hard work and expertise.” @USATerwilliger announces indictment charging Iranian hackers for stealing data from US aerospace and satellite tracking companies. @TheJusticeDept @FBIWFO https://t.co/EBzVmE4a4R — U.S. Attorney EDVA (@EDVAnews) September 17, 2020 The three Iranian nationals allegedly targeted numerous U.S. companies and organizations beginning in July 2015 through February 2019. The men allegedly had a target list of over 1,800 online accounts, including accounts belonging to organizations involved...
    A former manager of the gun store at the Los Angeles Police Academy has been charged with stealing more than 20 guns and illegally selling them to several officers. Archi Duenas, 34, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including grand theft of a firearm, grand theft by embezzlement and illegal possession of an assault weapon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Duenas also pleaded not guilty to 22 misdemeanor counts of unlawfully selling or transferring a firearm without a license and one misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded and concealed firearm in a vehicle. None of the police officers and a deputy sheriff who bought guns from him have been charged. According to law enforcement sources not authorized to discuss the investigation, one of the buyers was an LAPD captain. In February, the LAPD commercial crimes division began investigating the disappearance of at least 35 firearms from...
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman has been charged with stealing scratch tickets from her work and redeeming the tickets for herself. KCAU-TV reports that 19-year-old Ricki Shear is free on bail after she was arrested and charged with 21 counts of forgery or theft of a lottery ticket. She is accused of stealing 94 scratch tickets earlier this month while working as a clerk for Transit General Store. Court documents say she redeemed 21 of them for $195. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Iowa
    (CNN)Federal prosecutors charged a Russian man who allegedly worked as a manager in the Russian government's US-election interference efforts with conspiracy to steal the identities of Americans to open bank and cryptocurrency accounts. The charges announced Thursday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, against Artem Mikhaylovich Lifshits, 27, of St. Petersburg, Russia, were part of the US government's public response against Russians who the US says are involved in the Russian election interference operation. The Treasury Department announced sanctions against Lifshits and two others allegedly part of what the US named Project Lakhta, the Russian-based effort to conduct political and electoral influence in the US ahead of the November elections. The Trump administration said that the so-called Project Lakhta has been working since 2014 to disrupt and sow distrust of the US political system and against candidates for public office. The project concealed its work through groups such as the...
    Getty Josh Bellamy, NFL player recently cut from the New York Jets, was arrested and charged with stealing $1.2 million in PPP money. NFL player Josh Bellamy, who used to play wide receiver for the Chicago Bears and was recently cut from the New York Jets, was arrested and charged in connection with obtaining $1.2 million in Paycheck Protective Progam (PPP) loans, according to the Department of Justice‘s press release on September 10. Bellamy, 31, allegedly purchased over $104,000 in luxury goods using his allotted PPP loan, including items from Christian Dior and Gucci. He also alleged spent $62,774 of PPP loan money at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, where he withdrew over $302,00. According to the DOJ, Bellamy also sought PPP loans on behalf of his family members and close associates. On Thursday, Bellamy, who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, was charged in a...
    Two Delaware women accused of stealing a seven-year old’s “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat outside the Democratic National Convention have been charged Tuesday with second-degree robbery and felony hate crimes. Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, each 21 years old, were indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on felony robbery charges, hate crime and conspiracy charges, and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, the New York Post reported. Delaware Online reported that three of the charges are felonies, and if convicted, the women could spend up to 15 years behind bars. Amy and Winslow are out on bail, according to a spokesperson for Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings. “[H]arming another person – let alone a child – because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded,” Jennings said in a statement to Delaware Online. Both women were arrested in connection with a viral video that allegedly...
    Two women accused of stealing a Make America Great Again hat from a protester outside of Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s DNC acceptance speech will be charged with “hate crimes” along with assault, conspiracy, offensive touching, and endangering the welfare of a child according to Delaware Online. As the Daily Wire reported back in August, two 21-year-old women were arrested in connection with an attack that happened outside of Biden’s DNC speech. The women, who were reportedly attending the event, tangled with a group of counte-protesters, stealing a woman’s MAGA hat, taunting a 7-year-old boy who went to retrieve the item, and then allegedly attacking a bystander — also a counter-protesters — who tried to intervene to protect the woman and her son. The incident was captured on a video that quickly went viral, shared by groups like Students for Trump. Delaware police announced, the day after the incident, that they...
    Two people who were allegedly responsible for the theft of a dog from a Long Island neighborhood late last year have been arrested. Roy Gross, Chief of the Suffolk SPCA said that the dog “Bella” had gone missing from her yard on Elm Avenue in Ronkonkoma on Dec. 18, 2019.  An initial anonymous tip was given that an unknown jogger had picked up Bella but this was found to be untrue, Gross said. After an investigation, an SPCA Detective located "Bella" and returned her to her family just minutes before midnight on Christmas Eve, 2019.   Gross said that the SCSPCA continued to build a case "leaving no stone unturned and developed the evidence necessary to arrest the suspects." On Friday, Sept. 4, James M. Zweidinger, 37, Massapequa Park, and his girlfriend, Crystal J. Fass, 35, of the same address, were charged with larceny. Both are scheduled to return to First...
    (CNN)Prosecutors have accused a man of stealing a firearm from a Seattle Police vehicle during protests in May. Jacob Little, 24, of Everett, Washington, appeared in US District Court in Seattle on Friday charged with possession of a stolen firearm. He's accused of breaking into a damaged police vehicle on May 30 and taking a large bag that had a rifle with a suppressor on it."Images show a man that appears to be Little removing the heavy bag from a Seattle Police vehicle parked outside the downtown Nordstrom store. The vehicles were heavily damaged and ultimately burned," the US District Court in Seattle says in a statement. Text messages obtained from his phone indicated that he was planning to sell the firearm, prosecutors said. He was identified at the scene with the help of a YouTube video and photos taken by a Seattle police officer.Read MoreThe criminal complaint says the...
    The owner of Golden Goose jewelry store in Monmouth County was charged with theft on Thursday after failing to return jewelry worth at least $263,000, authorities said.  The fine jewelry was left at his store in Rumson on consignment or for redesign, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. Anthony Goltsch, of Manchester Township in Ocean County -- who owns The Golden Goose jewelry store at 7 West River Road in Rumson -- was charged with "theft by failure to make required disposition of property received," Gramiccioni said. If convicted of the second-degree heft charge, Goltsch faces a state prison sentence of five to 10 years, the prosecutor said. Rumson police recently received complaints from three customers who said they had left pieces of jewelry for either consignment or redesign at The Golden Goose, and Goltsch has failed to pay them any cash --- or return the jewelry -- despite numerous requests by the customers, according to...
    A civilian navy engineer has been charged with stealing government documents on military weapons systems and selling them to a California company who then resold the information to domestic and international clients.  Mark Fitting, 53, who works at a US Navy facility in Philadelphia, was among four people charged on Wednesday on federal charges of stealing government-owned technical information. Prosecutors allege that Fitting downloaded technical drawings and manuals related to US military weapons systems and sold them to Newport Aeronautical Sales Corporation - a company in Newport Beach, California that sells technical aircraft data. Melony Erice, 54, who used to live with Fitting, has also been charged, as well as two employees at the company George Posey IV, 36, and Dean Mirabal, 52.   Fitting and Erice are accused of selling at least 5,000 government documents between September 2012 and June last year.   The Navy engineer was allowed access to military computer systems after...
    A group of nine current and retired Boston police officers were arrested and charged Wednesday for an alleged $200,000 overtime scheme that took place at the department’s evidence warehouse. The three current and six retired police officers were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft of federal funds and one count of embezzlement from an agency receiving federal funds, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. The indictment was filed on Aug. 20 and unsealed Wednesday morning. “These officers are charged with stealing taxpayer money, year after year, through fraud,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “Beyond the theft of funds, this kind of official misconduct also erodes trust in public institutions, at a time when that trust is most needed.” (RELATED: Boston City Council Bans Facial Recognition Technology, Cites Racial Profiling Concerns) The officers who were all members of the Boston Police Department’s (BPD)...
    Two men broke down a glass door to loot a  police said, fleeing the scene in a Honda Civic.  Ervis Sula, 31, and Daniel Cardenas, 26, both residents of Queens Village, allegedly pillaged the Dior store in Manhasset on Sunday, Aug. 30 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Nassau County Police said.  Officers located the pair and their vehicle a short time later, and allegedly found a substance believed to be heroin on Cardenas' person, along with approximately $28,000 of stolen merchandise in the car, police said.  Both were charged with the felonies of third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.  Cardenas was additionally charged with two misdemeanor counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. 
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Two South Florida men are accused of using fake and stolen identities to steal over $3 million in coronavirus relief funds, authorities said. Jean Fleuridor, 41, of Weston, and Hasan Brown, 44, of Miami, made separate appearances this past week in Miami federal court on bank fraud conspiracy charges, according to court records. According to a criminal complaint, Fleuridor, Brown and their co-conspirators began a scheme in 2017 to defraud a San Antonio, Texas, bank using about 700 fake identities, in addition to stolen identities, to create bank accounts and shell companies. Download The New CBS4 News App Here From April to July this year, members of the group began using those fake identities and companies to fraudulently apply for federal loans meant to help small businesses financially survive the COVID-19 pandemic, prosecutors said. Fleuridor’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment. Brown’s...
    A 21-year-old man from Flatbush who is accused of stabbing a police officer in the neck, taking his gun and using it on his partner and other responding officers was indicted on Wednesday for attempted aggravated murder and other charges. “This defendant allegedly engaged in an unprovoked and cowardly attack on an officer and his partner, then opened fire at responding officers. We are lucky that these officers were not killed. This case underscores the dangers our police officers face day in and day out. We will now seek to bring this defendant to justice for endangering their lives and the lives of those around them,” said Kings County DA Eric Gonzalez. Dzenan Camovic was charged with three counts of attempted aggravated murder, three counts of attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, along with other offenses. He is being held without bail and will be...
    DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) – Two Pennsylvania men have been charged with boating violations after they were discovered in a stolen vessel that was stuck on a sandbar in a Delaware river, according to Delaware’s natural resources department. Matthew Tortu, 24, and Travis Gooding, 21, both of Coatsville, Pennsylvania, were found in a small skiff that was aground in the Indian River Bay early Saturday morning, Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police said in a statement Tuesday. Officers determined the boat had been taken from Dagsboro, according to the statement. Tortu and Gooding were charged with one count each of felony theft, felony conspiracy, criminal mischief, no boating safety certification, no navigation lights and negligent operation of a motor vessel, officials said. Gooding was also charged with failure to maintain a proper lookout. It was unclear whether the suspects had attorneys who could comment for them. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.
    DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — Two Pennsylvania men have been charged with boating violations after they were discovered in a stolen vessel that was stuck on a sandbar in a Delaware river, according to Delaware's natural resources department. Matthew Tortu, 24, and Travis Gooding, 21, both of Coatsville, Pennsylvania, were found in a small skiff that was aground in the Indian River Bay early Saturday morning, Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police said in a statement Tuesday. Officers determined the boat had been taken from Dagsboro, according to the statement. Tortu and Gooding were charged with one count each of felony theft, felony conspiracy, criminal mischief, no boating safety certification, no navigation lights and negligent operation of a motor vessel, officials said. Gooding was also charged with failure to maintain a proper lookout. It was unclear whether the suspects had attorneys who could comment for them. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    HINGHAM (CBS) – Two 18-year-old Hingham men are charged with stealing and defacing a “thin blue line” flag from a home. The two allegedly posted video of the act on social media. Hingham Police received an anonymous tip about a flag pole and flag that had been stolen on August 15. The person providing the tip also included videos from social media that showed the pole being smashed and placed into a pool. Police said another video showed one of the men ripping a thin blue line bumper sticker from the window of a car parked at the Derby Street Shoppes in town. Officers identified the two men. One of the 18-year-olds is charged with larceny under $1,200 and two counts of defacing property. The second man is charged with larceny and one count of defacing property. Because the men were not arrested, their names were not released. They are...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a St. Paul man on charges that he fraudulently obtained $841,000 in federal coronavirus loans for a business that doesn’t exist. The indictment, unsealed Friday, charges 32-year-old Kyle Brenizer with two counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. According to prosecutors, Brenizer in May twice applied for $841,000 in Paycheck Protection Program loans for his business, True-Cut Construction. The business folded in 2019. The first application was denied. Brenizer filed the second application under a false name. He falsely stated that True-Cut’s average monthly payroll was $336,400 for about 30 employees and supplied falsified bank statements and IRS documents, prosecutor said. The second application was approved. He transferred about $650,000 to a bank acccount not affiliated with True-Cut, bought a $29,000 Harley-Davidson motorcyle and spent $1,000 on golf expenses, among other expenditures he made for his personal benefit,...
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The owner of the defunct Nebraska Auto Auction business has been charged with fraudulently financing more than $1 million worth of vehicles. Prosecutors charged 63-year-old Mark Cooley with theft by deception and he made his initial appearance in court on Wednesday. Lincoln Police said in court documents that between 2017 and 2019 Cooley improperly transferred $938,405 from a vehicle financing account for 74 vehicles that were already financed by another company or had been purchased outright by dealerships. Police said that six other vehicles worth $103,815 more had been financed with fraudulent details about the purchases, such as fictitious buyers, or lacking required information. The total loss in the thefts was $1,043,220. Cooley waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and posted bond. Cooley’s attorney Stephen Kraft declined to comment on the case on Thursday. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Four people have been charged with stealing at least 27 firearms from a San Francisco Bay Area gun store on a night in May when thousands of people took to the streets to protest police brutality. Dashawn Taylor, Anthony Craft Jr., Tyronza Hampton Jr. and a fourth person whose name is still sealed because they have not been arrested were indicted Monday for the theft May 31 at Richardson Tactical in Hayward, federal prosecutors said in a statement. “My office stands in support of all Americans exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceable assembly and speech. But we will also investigate and seek justice for those who use the cover of lawful protests to break the law,” said Northern District U.S. Attorney David Anderson. In a partially unsealed indictment, the grand jury also charged Taylor with possession of a stolen firearm and Craft with being a felon...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Four people have been charged with stealing at least 27 firearms from a San Francisco Bay Area gun store on a night in May when thousands of people took to the streets to protest police brutality. Dashawn Taylor, Anthony Craft Jr., Tyronza Hampton Jr. and a fourth person whose name is still sealed because they have not been arrested were indicted Monday for the theft May 31 at Richardson Tactical in Hayward, federal prosecutors said in a statement. “My office stands in support of all Americans exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceable assembly and speech. But we will also investigate and seek justice for those who use the cover of lawful protests to break the law," said Northern District U.S. Attorney David Anderson. In a partially unsealed indictment, the grand jury also charged Taylor with possession of a stolen firearm and Craft with being a...
    A New York Police Department officer has been arrested twice in less than a week. Russell Ibraham, 27, was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday and is accused of stealing Guru Nanda Essential Oils, Foster Grant sunglasses, clothing, deodorant, and 10 model cars, including a collectible Hollywood Rides die-cast car, from a pharmacy, the New York Post reported. He was charged with petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. The arrest comes after Ibraham, who joined the NYPD in 2015, was booked on Friday for allegedly throwing a knife at his ex-girlfriend in mid-July. Police said the thrown knife cut her arm and that she needed to undergo surgery. After the incident, he was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Ibraham was suspended from the force after the arrests. The Washington Examiner reached out to the NYPD for comment but did...
    GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a former town treasurer's office employee charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the community is tentatively scheduled to go on trial in October. Deborah Ball, 64, allegedly stole more than $100,000 in property and excise taxes paid in cash from 2015 to 2018 while working as assistant treasurer/collector in Great Barrington, The Berkshire Eagle reports. She has pleaded not guilty to larceny and embezzlement charges and is free on personal recognizance. She was fired in March 2019. Her attorney has not commented. She allegedly stole taxpayer money through a Ponzi scheme in which she would hide cash shortfalls by applying other tax payments made by check, according to investigators. Whether her trial in Berkshire Superior Court starts in October depends on several factors, including a backup of cases due to COVID-19 and the availability of jurors, court officials said. Copyright 2020...
    An Anne Arundel County officer has been arrested and charged with theft after police said he stole firearms while responding to a death in a Maryland home. Cpl. Jacob Miskill with the Anne Arundel County Police Department was among several officers who had investigated a report of an unattended death in the 1600 block of Wall Drive in Pasadena on April 27, the agency said in a news release. On Friday, July 31, police received information that Miskill — a five-year veteran of the department — may have stolen firearms and other property from the residence over three months ago. Following an internal investigation, police obtained and carried out a search-and-seizure warrant on Miskill’s home this weekend, where he was then taken into custody. Miskill faces charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, theft between $1,500 and $25,000, scheming to commit theft between $1,500 and $25,000, and misconduct in...
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