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A popular TikTok star died from his injuries days after a man opened fire inside a Southern California movie theater during a screening of "The Forever Purge," police said Saturday. Anthony Barajas, 19, was the second victim killed in Monday's shooting. He was booked earlier this week on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and robbery but prosecutors on Friday filed a special circumstance murder charge. Hestrin said the special circumstance charge makes Jimenez eligible for the death penalty if prosecutors choose to seek that punishment at trial. Barajas was known online as "itsanthonymichael" and has nearly a million followers on TikTok and more than 50,000 on Instagram.
Persons: Anthony Barajas, Rylee Goodrich, Jae Martin, Mike Hestrin, Goodrich, Barajas, Joseph Jimenez, Hestrin, Jimenez, Prosecutors Organizations: Corona, Jae Martin Authorities, Goodrich, Regal Edwards Theatre, Workers, Barajas Locations: Southern California, Corona, Los Angeles, Riverside County
An 84-year-old German man is the focus of a legal debate after a raid found a Panther tank in his basement. Prosecutors say the retiree broke the German War Weapons Control Act. A debate has arisen whether the military collector has broken Germany's War Weapons Control Act. A horde of Nazi memorabiliahe 84-year-old accused of possession of a tank (M) and his lawyer Gerald Goecke (l), wait in the courtroom for the start of the trial. When asked his thoughts on the ownership of the tank, the mayor replied, "One loves steam trains, the other old tanks."
Persons: Gerald Goecke, Axel Heimken, Hitler, Arno Breker, Alexander Orth Organizations: Prosecutors, Control, Service, Getty, Die Welt, Nazi, Suddeutsche Zeitung Locations: Heikendorf, Kiel, Northern Germany, Hitler's, Berlin
The emails of federal prosecutors' offices around the country were hacked by Russian intelligence during the SolarWinds cyber attack. The Russian hackers had access to the emails of federal prosecutors in New York, California, DC and other jurisdictions from May to December 2020. The Justice Department released the update to "increase transparency" with the public as it continues to investigate the hacking. According to the update, the SolarWinds hackers breached the Department's Microsoft O365 email accounts, which included the mailboxes of federal prosecutors from New York, Los Angeles, and prominent offices in 13 other states. US federal investigators said Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) was responsible for installing malicious malware into SolarWinds' Orion software in 2020.
Persons: Bruce Green Organizations: The Justice Department, Service, Justice, Microsoft, New, DOJ, Fordham Law School, Associated Press, Foreign Intelligence Service, Orion, Fortune, Justice Department, US Department of Justice Locations: New York , California, New York, Los Angeles, Southern, Western, Northern, York
Pacific Gas & Electric will face criminal charges because its equipment sparked a wildfire last year that killed four people and destroyed hundreds of homes, a Northern California prosecutor announced Thursday. Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett announced on Facebook that her office had determined that PG&E was “criminally liable” for the Zogg Fire. Prosecutors hadn’t yet decided which charges to file, but they plan to do so before the September anniversary of the blaze, Bridgett said. The Sonoma County district attorney’s office filed charges in April over a 2019 blaze that forced nearly 200,000 people to evacuate. The announcement came just days after PG&E told regulators that its equipment may have ignited the Dixie Fire northeast of San Francisco.
Persons: Stephanie Bridgett, Prosecutors hadn’t, Bridgett Organizations: Gas &, Facebook, Prosecutors, Fire, E, American West Locations: Northern California, Shasta County, Sierra Nevada, Shasta, Tehama, Paradise, San Francisco, Sonoma County, California, Plumas County, American
WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors have offered a plea bargain to a defendant facing felony charges related to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot who worked at a security guard at a U.S. Navy base, a judge was told on Friday. Defense lawyer Jonathan Crisp said he had not had an opportunity to discuss the plea offer with his client. Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C., federal appeals court rejected a defense request that Hale-Cusanelli be released on bail. In another riot-related hearing, Federal Judge Reggie Walton ordered a mental health assessment of Daniel Goodwyn, a San Francisco-based web developer described in an FBI affidavit as "self-proclaimed member of the Proud Boys" militia group. Goodwyn expressed unwillingness to wearing a mask when officials visited him to verify his pre-trial release compliance.
Persons: Elizabeth Frantz, Katharine Fifield, Trevor McFadden, Timothy Hale, Jonathan Crisp, Hale, Cusanelli, Cusanelli’s, Hitler, Reggie Walton, Daniel Goodwyn, Goodwyn, Donald Trump, Joe Biden's Organizations: U.S . Capitol, of Columbia, REUTERS, Elizabeth Frantz Companies, NAVY, Federal, Capitol, U.S . Navy, U.S, Naval Weapons, National Guard, D.C, Service Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, WASHINGTON, Colt's, , New Jersey, Washington, San Francisco
U.S. judge tells lawyers in Ghislaine Maxwell case to watch what they say
  + stars: | 2021-07-30 | by ( Jonathan Stempel | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg/File PhotoNEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. judge overseeing Ghislaine Maxwell's criminal case on Friday admonished lawyers not to make out-of-court statements that could taint the British socialite's upcoming sex trafficking trial. Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not guilty to eight charges, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors said Markus' opinion piece in New York's Daily News violated a court rule against lawyers making "extrajudicial statements" that could taint the jury pool. Markus said he was not subject to the rule because he was not part of Maxwell's defense team. The judge also said any lawyers in Maxwell's case, including prosecutors, could be disciplined for violating the court rule.
Persons: Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Jane Rosenberg, Ghislaine, Alison Nathan, Maxwell, David Markus, Bill Cosby's, Prosecutors, Markus, Nathan, Cosby, drugging, Andrea Constand, immunized Maxwell Organizations: Manhattan Federal Court, REUTERS, U.S, Daily, Prosecutors Locations: Manhattan, New York City , New York, U.S
Thomas Robertson was a Rocky Mount, Virginia, police sergeant on the day of the Capitol riot. He was initially charged with misdemeanor violations amounting to trespass but was later charged with a felony. Virginia National Guard Corporal Jacob Fracker, left, and former Virginia police officer Thomas Robertson inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His lawyer also argued that Robertson never took possession of the guns he bought online, so he didn't violate the law forbidding people charged with felonies to have guns. The judge reached no conclusion about whether the pipe bomb components also violated the conditions of Robertson's bail.
Persons: Thomas Robertson, Robertson, Prosecutors, Jacob Fracker, U.S . Department of Justice Robertson's, Christopher Cooper, Cooper Organizations: Capitol, FBI, Virginia National, Virginia, U.S . Department of Justice, U.S Locations: Virginia, , Virginia, Roanoke
“Milton lied about nearly every aspect of the business,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan said at a news conference. “Today’s criminal charges against Milton are where the rubber meets the road.”Bail for Milton was set at $100 million, partially secured by two homes the Oakley, Utah, resident owns. The indictment said Milton also became preoccupied with keeping Nikola’s stock price high. “We commend regulators for acting expediently to protect investors and hold Milton accountable for his egregious lies,” Hindenburg founder Nathan Anderson said in a statement. Stephen Girsky, a former GM vice chairman who ran the SPAC that merged with Nikola, replaced Milton as Nikola’s chairman.
Persons: Trevor Milton, Nikola Corp, Milton, “ Milton, Audrey Strauss, , “ Trevor, , Marc Mukasey, ” Nikola, Nikola, Nikola One ”, Strauss, Nikola One, Gurbir Grewal, Prosecutors, Milton’s Nikola, Nikola Tesla, Elon Musk, ” Hindenburg, Nathan Anderson, Hindenburg, Stephen Girsky, SPACs Organizations: Nikola, Authorities, U.S . Securities, Exchange Commission, Phoenix, Hindenburg Research, Prosecutors, SEC, , Forbes, Tesla, General Motors, Lordstown Motors Corp Locations: Manhattan, U.S, Oakley , Utah, Milton
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trevor Milton, the founder and former executive chairman of Nikola Corp, was criminally charged on Thursday with defrauding investors by lying to them about the electric- and hydrogen-powered truck maker. FILE PHOTO: CEO and founder of U.S. Nikola Trevor Milton attends a news conference held to presents its new full-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell battery trucks in partnership with U.S. Nikola, at an event in Turin, Italy, December 3, 2019. Prosecutors said Milton misled investors in order to drive up Nikola’s stock price, become one of the world’s 100 richest people and “elevate his stature as an entrepreneur.”Spokespeople for Milton had no immediate comment. Nikola denied the accusations, but in February said a review by an outside law firm uncovered statements by Milton and the company that were partially or completely wrong. “We commend regulators for acting expediently to protect investors and hold Milton accountable for his egregious lies,” Hindenburg founder Nathan Anderson said in a statement.
Persons: Trevor Milton, Nikola Corp, Nikola Trevor Milton, Massimo Pinca, Milton, ” Spokespeople, Nikola, Prosecutors, Nikola One ”, ” Hindenburg, Nathan Anderson, Hindenburg Organizations: YORK, Nikola, U.S, REUTERS, Prosecutors, Tesla, Badger, Hindenburg Research, General Motors, Critics, Lordstown Motors Corp Locations: Turin, Italy, New York, Phoenix
Nassar, who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 10 minors in a Michigan court in January 2018, is serving up to 175 years in prison. According to court records, Nassar has fired multiple attorneys and appears to be representing himself. Court documents provide a thorough record of Nassar's prison account since his time at a Florida prison, including his having received two government-issued Covid-relief stimulus checks totaling $2,000 this year. Wednesday's filings also say: "Since incarceration, Nassar has paid $300, all in the form of the minimum $25.00 quarterly payments. The victims' restitution law requires Nassar to pay his victims upon receiving money during his incarceration, records say.
Persons: Larry Nassar, Andrew Byerly Birge, Nassar Organizations: USA Gymnastics, Prosecutors, Prisons, Western, Western District of Michigan, Justice, Money Gram, Western Union, Washington Post, Justice Department, FBI, Michigan State University Locations: U.S, Western District, Michigan, Florida, Western
In the event they do, there's a chance Barrack's defense lawyers could resort to a legal defense tactic called graymail. "It's absolutely possible that the defense will threaten to expose classified information in order to prove [Barrack] wasn't acting without anyone's knowledge," said a former top national security official who was granted anonymity to discuss how classified material is used. In order to prevent defense attorneys in national security cases from deploying graymail, prosecutors typically tailor their strategy to avoid making classified material a relevant or necessary part of mounting a defense. Jane Rosenberg | ReutersCurious timelineThe desire to avoid classified information could help to explain a curious element of the formal indictment against Barrack: The timeline. "It seems like they have some evidence after that that they don't want to surface, because it could be relevant to these charges," said the former national security official.
Persons: Tom Barrack, Patrick T, Tom Barrack's, Barrack, White, there's, Donald Trump, Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, Matthew Grimes, Grimes, Al Malik, Thomas Barrack, Matt Herrington, Jane Rosenberg, Trump, Trump's, Jared Kushner, Jared Kushner's, Kushner Organizations: Colony NorthStar Inc, Bloomberg, Milken Institute Global Conference, Fallon, Getty Images WASHINGTON, Prosecutors, United Arab, Trump White House, U.S, CNBC, Colony Capital, Brooklyn Federal, Reuters, Justice Department, Trump, White House Locations: Beverly Hills , California, U.S, United Arab Emirates, UAE, Brooklyn, Brooklyn , New York, Saudi, Qatar, United
REUTERS/Guglielmo MangiapaneVALLETTA, July 29 (Reuters) - An independent inquiry into the car bomb murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia found on Thursday that the state had to bear responsibility after creating a "culture of impunity". Caruana Galizia was killed in a massive explosion as she drove out of her home on October 16, 2017. Prosecutors believe top businessman Yorgen Fenech, who had close ties with senior government officials, masterminded the murder. Fenech, who is awaiting trial for association to murder, denies all responsibility. The inquiry heard evidence from the police, government officials, the Caruana Galizia family and journalists, among others.
Persons: Daphne, Joseph Muscat, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Guglielmo Mangiapane VALLETTA, Caruana Galizia, Yorgen Fenech, Fenech, Robert Abela, Caruana, Abela, Christopher Scicluna, Gavin Jones, Frances Kerry Organizations: REUTERS, Prosecutors, Media, Thomson Locations: Valletta, Malta
Trevor Milton, the Nikola founder, is charged with securities fraud.
  + stars: | 2021-07-29 | by ( Matthew Goldstein | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Federal prosecutors on Thursday filed securities fraud charges against Trevor Milton, the former chief executive of Nikola, an electric vehicle start-up, the most prominent case against an executive with a business that listed its shares on the stock exchange through a merger. An indictment announced Thursday by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan charged Mr. Milton with misleading investors — in particular retail investors — about the technology for battery and hydrogen powered vehicles it had hoped to manufacture. Prosecutors said that for nearly a year, Mr. Milton used social media, television and podcasts to spread “false and misleading statements regarding Nikola’s product and technology.”One such misleading statement, the charging document said, concerned the company’s Nikola One long-distance truck prototype. The prototype did not work, contrary to the glowing statements Mr. Milton made about it.
Persons: Trevor Milton, Nikola, Milton Organizations: U.S, Prosecutors Locations: Manhattan
CEO and founder of U.S. Nikola, Trevor Milton speaks during presentation of its new full-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell battery trucks in partnership with CNH Industrial, at an event in Turin, Italy December 2, 2019. Trevor Milton, founder of EV start-up Nikola, was indicted on three counts of criminal fraud by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan for allegedly lying about "nearly all aspects of the business," according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday. Prosecutors charged the billionaire, who resigned as chairman in September, with two counts of securities fraud, including making false statements about the company, and wire fraud. Milton, who was the company's largest shareholder, was held roughly $8.5 billion in Nikola stock at the height of the company's value. Shares of Nikola were down by more than 9% during premarket trading to less than $13 a share.
Persons: Nikola, Trevor Milton, Milton Organizations: U.S, CNH, EV, Attorney's, Prosecutors Locations: Turin, Italy, Manhattan
Acquittal of Eni and Shell in Nigeria case faces legal challenge
  + stars: | 2021-07-29 | by ( ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
read moreThe Nigerian government said at the time it was surprised and disappointed by the verdict and would consider lodging an appeal. The case revolved around a deal in which Eni and Shell acquired the OPL 245 offshore oilfield in 2011 to settle a long-standing dispute over ownership. The court in Milan said there was no case to answer and acquitted the companies and all other defendants. We will review the appeal that has been filed," a Shell spokesperson said. "Waiting to read the reasons for the appeal; Eni confirms its total extraneousness to the contested facts," a spokesperson said.
Persons: Stefano Rellandini, MILAN, Eni, Emilio Parodi, Ron Bousso, Stephen Jewkes, Agnieszka Flak, Mike Harrison Organizations: San Donato Milanese, REUTERS, Eni, Shell, Reuters, Prosecutors, Thomson Locations: San, Milan, Italy, Nigerian
Harvey Weinstein wins dismissal of one sexual assault charge in Los Angeles
  + stars: | 2021-07-29 | by ( Sarah Whitten | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Former film producer Harvey Weinstein listens in court during a pre-trial hearing for Weinstein, who was extradited from New York to Los Angeles to face sex-related charges in Los Angeles, California, on July 29, 2021. One of 11 sexual assault charges against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was dismissed on Thursday. The charge of sexual battery by restraint was filed in April 2020, just within the 10 year deadline of local law. Lench said the count had to be dismissed because there was no notation indicating why the statute had not expired. The 69-year-old had been charged in Los Angeles with rape, sexual battery and other crimes in connection with five incidents that allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2013 in the city.
Persons: Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein, Lisa Lench, Paul Thompson, Lench, Thompson Organizations: Variety, Prosecutors Locations: New York, Los Angeles, Los Angeles , California, Beverly Hills, California
Harvey Weinstein loses bid to dismiss three LA sex crime charges
  + stars: | 2021-07-29 | by ( ) sentiment -0.59   time to read: +2 min
Harvey Weinstein, who was extradited from New York to Los Angeles to face sex-related charges, listens in court during a pre-trial hearing, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 29, 2021. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to the rape and sexual assault charges in Los Angeles and is appealing his New York conviction and 23-year prison sentence. His attorneys on Thursday argued that three charges - rape, sexual battery and forcible oral copulation - should be thrown out on the grounds that the statute of limitations in California has expired. The Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled against Weinstein on two of the counts. We don't believe that those facts exist," Alan Jackson, representing Weinstein, told reporters after the hearing.
Persons: Harvey Weinstein, Etienne Laurent, Pool, refiled, Weinstein, Alan Jackson, Jill Serjeant, Grant McCool, Karishma Singh Organizations: LOS, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles Superior, Prosecutors, Thomson Locations: New York, Los Angeles, Los Angeles , California, U.S, LOS ANGELES, York, California, Hollywood
Milwaukee County Judge Glenn Yamahiro said probable cause existed to charge Joseph Mensah with homicide by negligent use of a weapon in Jay Anderson Jr.’s death. Mensah said he shot Anderson after Anderson reached for a gun, but Anderson's family disputes that and the judge on Wednesday said the evidence did not back up Mensah's version of events. Anderson was the second of three people Mensah shot to death during a five-year stint with the Wauwatosa Police Department. A judge who finds sufficient evidence for charges can file them directly, leaving prosecutors out of the equation. Mensah should have been aware that pulling his weapon on Anderson created an unreasonable risk of death, Yamahiro said.
Persons: Glenn Yamahiro, Joseph Mensah, Jay Anderson Jr, , Mensah, Anderson, Yamahiro, John Doe, Anderson lunged, Antonio Gonzales, Gonzales, Alvin Cole, Cole, John Chisholm’s, Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson, didn’t, Motley Organizations: Milwaukee County, Wauwatosa Police Department, Prosecutors, American Indian, Waukesha County Sheriff Locations: MADISON, Wis, , Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, American, Milwaukee County, Waukesha County
HONG KONG—A Chinese court sentenced an outspoken farming magnate to 18 years in jail for allegedly causing public disorder and a multitude of other offenses, dishing out heavy penalties in a case seen as a bellwether of the growing political risks that confront private businesses in China. He was also fined about 3.1 million yuan, the equivalent of about $405,500. Prosecutors formally brought charges in May against Mr. Sun, his company and 19 other defendants, including two brothers and two sons of Mr. Sun. The trial started in July and lasted roughly two weeks, in proceedings that defense lawyers involved say were conducted with unusual urgency. The court said Dawu Group and other defendants were given “corresponding penalties,” but didn’t provide details.
Persons: Sun Dawu, Sun, Mr, Sun’s Organizations: Dawu, Animal Husbandry, Prosecutors, Mr Locations: HONG KONG, China, Gaobeidian, China’s, Baoding
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former Air Force intelligence analyst who once helped find targets for deadly U.S. drone strikes was sentenced to 45 months in prison for leaking top-secret details about the program. “It is especially wrong to kill the defenseless.”But U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady told Hale he had other avenues for airing his concerns besides leaking to a journalist. “You could have resigned from the military,” or told “your commanders you weren’t going to do this anymore,” O’Grady told Hale. They say that documents leaked by Hale were found in an internet compilation of material designed to help Islamic State fighters avoid detection. He had served as a signals intelligence analyst, helping locate targets for drone strikes by tracking down cellphone signals.
Persons: Daniel Hale, ” Hale, Liam O’Grady, Hale, , ” O’Grady, General Merrick Garland, Gordon Kromberg, , Jeremy Scahill, , Obama, ingratiate, Omar Mateen Organizations: Air Force, Department, Prosecutors, Bagram Air Base, Islamic, U.S, Justice, National Geospatial - Intelligence Agency, United Locations: ALEXANDRIA, Va, , Afghanistan, United States, Orlando , Florida
Prominent US Democratic Party activist convicted in 'party and play' deaths
  + stars: | 2021-07-28 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Ed Buck, 56, arrives for a campaign rally in Hollywood, California, September 22, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoLOS ANGELES, July 27 (Reuters) - A wealthy former U.S. Democratic Party activist accused of giving fatal doses of methamphetamine to two men he invited to his suburban Los Angeles home for sex was convicted on Tuesday of nine federal criminal counts. Ed Buck, 66, was convicted after a nine-day trial in U.S. District Court at which prosecutors said he solicited men for "party and play" sex games in which he gave out drugs or injected them into his partners. Prosecutors said at trial that the wealthy political donor targeted homeless or otherwise vulnerable men, most of them Black, for his "party and play" sessions. Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra MalerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ed Buck, Lucy Nicholson, Gemmel Moore, Timothy Dean, Buck, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Prosecutors, Dan Whitcomb, Sandra Maler Organizations: REUTERS, U.S . Democratic Party, Democratic, Thomson Locations: Hollywood , California, Los Angeles, U.S, West Hollywood
Turkey seeks up to 15 years in jail for licence holder of coup-related app
  + stars: | 2021-07-28 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 10, 2017. It arrested thousands of people for using or possessing Bylock, while hundreds of thousands were sacked, suspended or arrested for alleged ties to Gulen. Prosecutors are seeking up to 15 years in jail for "membership of the FETO armed terrorist organisation", using Ankara's acronym for Gulen's network, it said. Citing an indictment, Anadolu said Keynes had provided names of individuals, as well as details about Bylock. The government has said the security measures were necessary due to the gravity of the threat Turkey faces.
Persons: Fethullah Gulen, Charles Mostoller, Gulen, Anadolu, David Keynes, Alpaslan Demir, Keynes, Tayyip Erdogan, Ezgi Erkoyun, Dominic Evans, Alison Williams Organizations: REUTERS, Anadolu, Turkish, Prosecutors, Thomson Locations: Saylorsburg , Pennsylvania, U.S, ANKARA, Ankara, Gulen, Bylock, Anadolu, Turkey
Russian court asked to restrict Navalny ally's freedoms for two years
  + stars: | 2021-07-28 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Lyubov Sobol, a Russian opposition figure and a close ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, speaks with journalists after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tatyana MakeyevaMOSCOW, July 28 (Reuters) - Russian state prosecutors asked a court on Wednesday to find Lyubov Sobol, a close ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, guilty of breaching COVID-19 safety regulations and to impose a set of restrictions on her for two years, her lawyer said. Sobol, who says the charge against her is politically-motivated nonsense, was charged with breaching COVID-19 safety regulations at an unsanctioned street protest in support of Navalny earlier this year. Several close Navalny allies, including his brother, are being tried for the same offence. Navalny himself is serving 2-1/2 years in jail for parole violations in an embezzlement case he says was trumped up.
Persons: Lyubov, Alexei Navalny, Tatyana Makeyeva MOSCOW, Vladimir Voronin, Sobol, Navalny, Anton Zverev, Tom Balmforth, Andrew Osborn Organizations: REUTERS, Prosecutors, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Russian, Moscow, Russia
N95 masks at a laboratory of 3M. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi/File PhotoJuly 28 (Reuters) - A Texas man has pleaded guilty to involvement in a scheme to fraudulently sell 50 million N95 respirator masks he did not have for $317.6 million to the government of New South Wales in Australia, U.S. prosecutors said. Arael Doolittle entered his plea to a wire fraud conspiracy charge on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes in Houston. Doolittle separately pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to defraud investors in oil and gas transactions. Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; editing by Richard Pullin and Diane CraftOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Nicholas Pfosi, Arael Doolittle, Lynn Hughes, Prosecutors, Doolittle, Paschal Eleanya, Kevin Cobb, Ali Fazel, Fazel, Jonathan Stempel, Richard Pullin, Diane Craft Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, District, New, Secret Service, Eleanya, Prosecutors, 3M, Department of, Thomson Locations: Texas, New South Wales, Australia, U.S, Houston, Paul , Minnesota, New York
Democratic Party donor Ed Buck was convicted Tuesday of multiple crimes in connection with the deaths of two Black men who overdosed in his apartment in West Hollywood, California, more than a year apart. Buck, 66, who was accused of plying men with drugs during sexual encounters, was found guilty of all nine felony counts in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles, including two counts of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death. Gemelle Moore, 26, was found dead of an overdose in Buck's apartment in July 2017, and in January 2019 Timothy Dean was found dead in the same residence. Prosecutors have said Buck solicited men to consume drugs and perform sexual acts at his home, where he then injected them with or without their consent. Buck, a notable political donor, had given more than $53,000 to Democratic candidates and to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee since 2008, according to federal records.
Persons: Ed Buck, Buck, Gemelle Moore, Timothy Dean, Black Organizations: Democratic, Prosecutors, Hollywood, Democratic Congressional Locations: West Hollywood , California, U.S, Los Angeles
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