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north county woman sentenced to prison for 2007 wildfire fraud scheme


the tumlinsons were among the hundreds of victims who lost property in the witch creek fire that swept through san diego county’s backcountry in october 2007. in their case, it was a large outbuilding adjacent to their ramona home, prosecutors said. if the couple had only taken the appropriate steps...






mexican national sentenced to 8 years in prison in texas voter fraud case


a lawyer for a mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in texas said that president donald trump's widely debunked claims of election rigging was "the 800-pound gorilla" in the jury box. rosa maria ortega, 37, was convicted in fort worth this week on two felony counts...






man dubbed ‘porn’s new king’ sentenced to 11 years for fraud


new york (ap) — a los angeles man once dubbed “porn’s new king” has been sentenced in new york to over 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to securities fraud and other crimes. jason galanis was sentenced wednesday in manhattan federal court. prosecutors say the charges pertain to a manipulation of the market for […]






mom sentenced for giving baby methadone, causing her death


mays landing, n.j. (ap) — a new jersey woman who caused her 7-month-old daughter’s death by giving her methadone has been sentenced to eight years in prison. atlantic county prosecutors say 33-year-old lisa scalia must serve nearly seven years of the term imposed monday before she becomes eligible for parole. the ventnor woman previously had […]






mundelein woman sentenced for dui crash that killed 'best friend'


a mundelein woman was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison tuesday for the death of a 22-year-old man in an early morning drunken driving crash in libertyville. amanda auld, 24, was sentenced after pleading guilty last year to one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol...






ex-wife of imprisoned seattle investment adviser sentenced for aiding in fraud


her ex-husband, mark f. spangler, lost nearly $50 million of his investors’ money and was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2014.






woman who livestreamed rape of teen gets 9 months in prison


columbus, ohio (ap) — an ohio woman accused of livestreaming images of a man raping a 17-year-old girl has been sentenced to nine months in prison. nineteen-year-old marina lonina was sentenced monday in columbus after pleading guilty to one count of obstructing justice under a deal with prosecutors. she initially faced other charges, including rape […]






man gets 37 years in prison for shooting ex- friend, her off-duty officer mom


a man pled guilty tuesday to shooting his ex- friend and her mother, an off-duty chicago police officer, and was sentenced to 37 years in prison, according to court records. anthony gates, 30, was sentenced by cook county judge dennis porter to 31 years in prison for shooting the then-49-year-old...






man gets 40 years in prison for murder in south side shop


a man convicted of murder last year for chasing a man into a south shore shop and shooting him to death in 2013 was sentenced tuesday to 40 years in prison, according to prosecutors and court records. omar gunn, 20, was sentenced tuesday by cook county judge timothy joyce in the killing sept. 20,...






elbert county wildfire forces urday afternoon evacuations


the elbert county sheriff's office was asking residents in the chaparral neighborhood to evacuate urday afternoon because a wildfire was threatening the neighborhood.






lawyer: 'pro-trump' attitudes part of voter fraud sentence


a lawyer for a mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in texas says president donald trump's widely debunked claims of election rigging was "the 800-pound gorilla" in the jury box.






lawyer: pro-trump mindset behind 8-year voter fraud sentence


a lawyer for a mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in texas said that president donald trump's widely debunked claims of election rigging was "the 800-pound gorilla" in the jury box.






lawyer: pro-trump mindset behind 8-year voter fraud sentence


a lawyer for a mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in texas said that president donald trump's widely debunked claims of election rigging was "the 800-pound gorilla" in the jury box.






lawyer: 'pro-trump' attitudes part of voter fraud sentence


a lawyer for a mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in texas said friday that president donald trump's widely debunked claims of election rigging was "the 800-pound gorilla" in the jury box.






trucker apologizes for crash that killed 5 people on i-55, sentenced to 10 years


a 53-year-old indiana trucker could spend less than three more years in prison for a 2014 crash that killed five people on interstate 55. will county judge david carlson on thursday sentenced francisco espinal-quiroz to 10 years in prison for the crash. under state sentencing laws and credit for...






zeekrewards founder sentenced for role in $850 million scam


charlotte, n.c. (ap) — the founder of zeekrewards has been sentenced to nearly 15 years behind bars for his lead role in an $850 million online ponzi scheme that bilked nearly a million people in the u.s. and abroad. paul burks, 70, was given three concurrent prison sentences of 14 years and eight months monday […]






zeekrewards founder sentenced for role in $850 million scam


charlotte, n.c. (ap) — the founder of zeekrewards has been sentenced to nearly 15 years behind bars for his lead role in an $850 million online ponzi scheme that bilked nearly a million people in the u.s. and abroad. paul burks, 70, was given three concurrent prison sentences of 14 years and eight months monday […]






loma linda father sentenced for abusing infant son who suffered 'catastrophic br


a loma linda man has been sentenced to 11 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to abusing his 1-month-old son, causing the infant to fall into a coma. san bernardino county superior court judge richard peel on wednesday sentenced christian tressa, 24, to six years for willful cruelty to...






husband of denver’s district attorney accused of violating grand county burn ord


the husband of new denver district attorney beth mccann is facing charges in grand county that he violated a burn ordinance in november and is also suspected of igniting a september wildfire which prompted evacuations.






bus driver gets prison in death of special-needs student


a driver has been sentenced to two years in prison in the death of a 19-year-old special-needs student left aboard a school bus in los angeles county. the district attorney's office says 37-year-old armando abel ramirez of rialto was sentenced monday for felony dependent adult abuse resulting...






'pickup artist' convicted in gaslamp quarter gets 8-year prison sentence


a man who after learning the techniques of so-called “pickup artists” took part in the of an intoxicated woman in downtown san diego was sentenced friday to eight years in prison, the maximum allowed under the law. jason berlin, 28, pleaded guilty to the charge in november 2015. he was...






‘bearded bandit’ sentenced to prison for series of bank robberies


the "bearded bandit" was sentenced thursday to 45 months in prison for robbing 11 banks throughout northern california last year, federal officials said.






ociated bank beats suit alleging it facilitated minnesota's second-biggest ponzi


the court-appointed receiver marshaling ets from trevor cook’s fraud scheme immediately filed a notice that it would appeal the order dismissing the lawsuit.






florida man charged with faking his death gets 14 years


jacksonville, fla. (ap) — a florida businessman who faked his own death to defraud insurance companies has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. the florida times-union (http://bit.ly/2ktnmss ) reports that 63-year-old jose lantigua was sentenced wednesday in jacksonville after he pleaded guilty to bank fraud, identity theft and other charges. the former owner of […]






woman gets year in prison for hitting trooper's car while driving drunk on i-355


a mother of four who'd drank as many as a half-dozen tequila s s before driving her van into a parked state police squad car on interstate 355 and injuring a trooper was sentenced monday to a year in prison.natahsa mister, 31, of maywood, tearfully apologized for the crash and said she would...






woman gets year in prison for hitting trooper's car while driving drunk on i-355


a mother of four who'd drank as many as a half-dozen tequila s s before driving her van into a parked state police squad car on interstate 355 and injuring a trooper was sentenced monday to a year in prison. natahsa mister, 31, of maywood, tearfully apologized for the crash and said she would...






cupertino couple sentenced in connection with luxury car scheme


initially charged in a 24-count indictment in november 2013, yujen chen, 61, and maria chen, 59, of cupertino, pleaded not guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. the remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.






lawyer: ‘pro-trump’ attitudes part of voter fraud sentence


austin, texas (ap) — a lawyer for a mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in texas says president donald trump’s widely debunked claims of election rigging was “the 800-pound gorilla” in the jury box. attorney clark birdsall said friday that 37-year-old rosa maria ortega will likely be deported. she was […]






mother-in-law guilty of first-degree murder


a woman who s her son-in-law to death, saying it was because he abused her daughter and grandchildren, was found guilty of first-degree murder by a north county jury on monday.  cynthia cdebaca, who will be 66 next week, faces 50 years to life in prison.  jurors declined to comment after the...






lawyer: pro-trump mindset behind 8-year voter fraud sentence


austin, texas (ap) — a lawyer for a mexican national sentenced to eight years in prison for voter fraud in texas said that president donald trump’s widely debunked claims of election rigging was “the 800-pound gorilla” in the jury box. rosa maria ortega, 37, was convicted in fort worth this week on two felony counts […]






crews working to contain large wildfire in oklahoma


stigler, okla. (ap) — crews are battling a wildfire in rural eastern oklahoma that has burned more than 7 square miles so far. oklahoma forestry services spokeswoman michelle finch-walker says the fire in haskell county was about 30 percent contained as of wednesday night, and it continues to burn thursday morning. the blaze is in […]






wind-blown gr fire causes evacuation of 125 boulder county homes


the wildfire was reported near the 5000 block of nelson road, according to a boulder county sheriff's tweet.






mother-in-law guilty of first-degree murder


a woman who s her son-in-law to death, saying it was because he abused her daughter and grandchildren, was found guilty of first-degree murder by a north county jury on monday.  cynthia cdebaca, who will be 66 next week, faces 50 years to life in prison.  cdebaca, who suffered a stoke in 2001,...






cardiologist sentenced to 5 years in prison in plot to kill, burn office of riva


a sands point cardiologist who authorities accused of plotting to murder a rival doctor and burn down his office is heading to prison for 5 years on arson, weapon, drug and conspiracy charges after his n au county court sentencing tuesday.






florida man sentenced to 30 years in prison for mosque fire


a florida man pleaded no contest and was sentenced on monday to 30 years in prison for setting fire last year to the mosque where orlando nightclub shooter omar mateen once worshipped, court officials said. joseph schreiber, 32, caused more than $100,000 in damage to the islamic center of fort pierc...