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CVS, Walgreens announce opioid settlements totaling $10B
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CVS, Walgreens announce opioid settlements totaling $10B

FILE - This June 25, 2019, file photo shows a sign outside a Walgreens Pharmacy in Pittsburgh. Two of the largest U.S pharmacy chains have agreed in principle to pay about $10 billion combined to settle lawsuits over the toll of powerful prescription opioids, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. In addition to the deals with CVS Health and Walgreens, a lawyer for local governments says settlement conversations are continuing with Walmart. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)A CVS Pharmacy is shown in Mount Lebanon, Pa., on Monday May 3, 2021. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, CVS Health said it has agreed to pay about $5 billion to state, local and Native American tribal governments to settle lawsuits over the toll of opioids. CVS is not admitting wrongdoing and the company would make the payments over a decad...
FBI San Fransisco warns ‘new pool of potential victims’ against student loan forgiveness fraud
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FBI San Fransisco warns ‘new pool of potential victims’ against student loan forgiveness fraud

FBI San Fransicso has published a warning for the public via their media office. Those seeking forgiveness of federal student loans should beware of scammers who "will jump at every opportunity to defraud a new pool of potential victims. The FBI typically sees this behavior when any new government aid program becomes available,” according to Special Agent in Charge Robert K. Tripp. The FBI release is copied below: Scammers May Try to Solicit Financial Information, Payments, or PII From Potential Victims Seeking Federal Student Loan Forgiveness SAN FRANCISCO—FBI San Francisco is warning the public of the potential for criminal actors to defraud individuals seeking federal student loan forgiveness. Scammers will aim to solicit personally identifiable information, financial infor...
BRIEF: Son convicted in shocking NYC murder-for-hire conspiracy over family real estate business
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BRIEF: Son convicted in shocking NYC murder-for-hire conspiracy over family real estate business

A federal jury in Brooklyn on Wednesday convicted Anthony Zottola, Sr. and Himen Ross of murder-for-hire conspiracy and murder-for-hire in the Oct. 4, 2018 killing of Sylvestor Zottola, 71, according to a DOJ press release. Bushawn Shelton, an additional co-conspirator, pleaded guilty to the same charges in August. The elder Zottola was killed as he waited for a cup of coffee at a McDonald's drive-thru in the Bronx. “Over the course of more than a year, the elderly victim, Sylvester Zottola, was stalked, beaten, and stabbed, never knowing who orchestrated the attacks.  It was his own son, who was so determined to control the family’s lucrative real estate business that he hired a gang of hit men to murder his father,” said US Attorney Breon Peace. The release goes on to include t...
BRIEF: former Tucson insurance agent sentenced for ‘elder fraud’
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BRIEF: former Tucson insurance agent sentenced for ‘elder fraud’

The DOJ announced Wednesday that Tucsonan Koreasa Maria Williams, 47, was sentenced on Sept. 30 after defrauding an 80-year-old client of over $1 million. Williams then used those funds in an effort to avoid criminal charges stemming from a previous annuity fraud scheme she was running. Williams' sentence includes 136 months in prison and requires restitution to be paid to her victims. This sentence will run concurrently with a 51-month sentence for her earlier annuity fraud scheme. More details are available in the full press release from the DOJ.
BRIEF: Texas man drops contraband into prison via drone, pleads guilty
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BRIEF: Texas man drops contraband into prison via drone, pleads guilty

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad E. Meacham announced a man from Smithville, Texas has pleaded guilty to the charge of attempting to provide contraband to a prisoner. Bryant LeRay Henderson, 42, now faces up to 20 years in federal prison. Using drones to deliver contraband is a growing issue for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. A 44-year-old Houston man was charged for allegedly operating a drone over FCI Beaumont in east Texas. April saw a 30-year-old former inmate conspire to smuggle phones and tobacco into FCI Fort Dix in New Jersey. Last fall, three Atlanta men were sentenced to a year each in federal prison for smuggling contraband into Telfair State Prison using drones. “Contraband drone deliveries are quickly becoming the bane of prison officials’ existe...
BRIEF: Dow drops as grizzly markets get worse
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BRIEF: Dow drops as grizzly markets get worse

A red bear illustrating a downtrending stock market. (Courtesy of Encik Tekateki under license.) The last holdout of major indexes of the U.S. stock market has gone grizzly as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell into a bear market Monday. All other indexes continued to drop, extending a 5-day decline. According to NerdWallet.com, "a bear market is defined by a prolonged drop in investment prices — generally, a bear market happens when a broad market index falls by 20% or more from its most recent high." The Associated Press reports, "The S&P 500 fell 38.19 points to 3,665.04. The Nasdaq dropped 65 points to 10,802.92. The Dow lost 329.60 points to close at 29,260.81. It's now 20.5% below its all-time high set on Jan. 4. A drop of 20% or more from a recent peak is what Wall ...
BRIEF: Snowden granted Russian citizenship
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BRIEF: Snowden granted Russian citizenship

Edward Snowden receives the Sam Adams award for Intelligence Integrity on November 7, 2013, in Moscow. (Photo courtesy McZusatz under Attribution 3.0 Unported) Multiple sources are reporting Edward Snowden has been granted Russian citizenship. It has been 9 years since material leaked by Snowden was used by The Guardian in 2013 to reveal a top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) granted an order requiring Verizon to hand over data on all telephone calls in their system to the FBI over a 3-month period. According to the Guardian, "Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are n...