Fraud and false statements

FILE - This July 11, 2018 file photo shows Shannade Clermont, left, and her twin sister Shannon outside of federal court in New York after her arraignment on charges she stole debit card information from a man who died from a drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment the morning after hiring her as a prostitute in 2017. Shannade Clermont was sentenced to a year in prison on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
April 04, 2019 - 8:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A former cast member of the reality TV series "Bad Girls Club" was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing the debit card information of a man found dead from a drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment the morning after hiring her as a prostitute in 2017. Shannade Clermont —...
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This image provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows part of the wanted poster for Frederick Darren Berg. Federal agents believe Berg, the man who masterminded a $100 million Ponzi scheme and escaped from a federal prison in California, may have fled to South America. Court records reviewed by The Associated Press detail the investigation into the 2017 escape of Berg. The documents say the U.S. Marshals Service has named Berg’s former boyfriend, Darrell Ray Blankenship, as a “person of interest” in connection with the escape. Blankenship has not been charged with a crime. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 6:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who masterminded a $100 million Ponzi scheme and escaped from a federal prison in California may have fled to South America and federal officials have named his boyfriend as a person of interest in the case, according to court records reviewed by The Associated Press on...
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Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, center, leaves his lawyer's office in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Ghosn, facing financial misconduct charges in Japan, says he will hold a news conference on April 11. (Sadayuki Goto/Kyodo News via AP)
April 03, 2019 - 7:07 am
TOKYO (AP) — Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, facing financial misconduct charges in Japan, says he will hold a news conference on April 11. Ghosn said Wednesday on his new verified Twitter account that "I'm getting ready to tell the truth about what's happening." Ghosn was arrested in November...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo, attorney Michael Avenatti, speaks outside court in New York. Avenatti is expected to appear in federal court on charges he fraudulently obtained $4 million in bank loans and pocketed $1.6 million that belonged to a client. The brash lawyer known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels has a hearing scheduled Monday, April 1, 2019, in the Orange County city of Santa Ana. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
April 01, 2019 - 5:11 am
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A week after Michael Avenatti's shocking arrest in New York, the attorney famous for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump will be back in federal court Monday to face fraud charges in California. The brash lawyer faces a...
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Attorney Michael Avenatti leaves Federal Court after his initial appearance in an extortion case Monday, March 25, 2019, in New York. Avenatti was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad publicity. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).
March 27, 2019 - 1:59 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before federal prosecutors unsealed charges against Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in legal battles against President Donald Trump was facing legal scrutiny for his business practices. Avenatti was testifying last Friday...
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Co-chairs of the Special Committee for Improving Governance, Seiichiro Nishioka, left, and Sadayuki Sakakibara, right, attend a press conference in Yokohama, near Tokyo Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Nissan’s committee, set up to strengthen corporate governance after the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, is recommending the Japanese automaker add more independent outside directors on its board and better oversee compensation and auditing. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 27, 2019 - 8:29 am
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — A Nissan committee set up to strengthen corporate governance after the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday an investigation found he had wielded too much power and recommended the scandal-hit Japanese automaker add more independent outside directors to its...
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FILE- In this Monday, March 25, 2019, file photo, Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, speaks about the Apple Card at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, Calif. Apple is hoping a credit card will entice more iPhone owners to use Apple Pay. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
March 26, 2019 - 7:08 pm
Apple is rolling out a credit card that it says is designed to do things no other card can. So how does it actually stack up? It looks different from a traditional credit card — there's no number on the front and the users' name is etched in metal. The card expands the company's digital Apple Pay...
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Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a chart during a press conference, outlining details that lead to extortion charges for attorney Michael Avenatti, on Monday March 25, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 25, 2019 - 11:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of attorney Michael Avenatti (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti says he is confident he will be "fully exonerated" of federal extortion and bank and wire fraud charges. He told reporters late Monday he will "never stop...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Michael Avenatti speaks to the media outside the Los Angeles Police Department Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge. U.S. prosecutors announced Monday, March 25, 2019 they have charged Avenatti with extortion and bank and wire fraud. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Avenatti was arrested Monday in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker, File)
March 25, 2019 - 8:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the pugnacious attorney best known for representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, was arrested Monday on charges that included trying to shake down Nike for as much as $25 million by threatening the company with bad...
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March 25, 2019 - 11:47 am
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's Foreign Ministry has fired an Indian serving as its consul of honor in Nigeria after learning he was wanted in his country for money laundering. A statement Monday said the ministry interrupted Nitin Sandesara's mandate as a consul in Nigeria because his case "may...
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