CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 |
FBI agents arrested a Century City man for allegedly running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that primarily targeted the Persian-Jewish community in Los Angeles, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Shervin Neman, whose given name is Shervin Davatgarzadeh, 31, was indicted on two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. He was taken into custody Friday morning. His victims allegedly lost more than $3 million, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 |
Two Caltrans technicians tasked with doing foundation testing for construction projects claimed over 260 hours they didn't work, and one of them falsified testing data on 10 projects, according to an investigative report Thursday by state Auditor Elaine Howle. The supervisor for the two technicians failed to require them to obtain preapproval for overtime, or to review records available to confirm that they did the work they claimed, said the report, which was based on a whistle-blower complaint in 2009.
October 12, 2012 |
Medicare is investigating reports that CVS Caremark Corp., the country's second-largest drugstore chain, has refilled prescriptions and submitted insurance claims without patients' approval, according to an official with knowledge of the matter. The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched the investigation into CVS' refill practices, said the official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and therefore requested anonymity.
October 4, 2012 |
Aside from Mitt Romney's threat to defund Big Bird, the most commonly cited quip in his debate with President Obama may have been: "Mr. President, you're entitled as the president to your own airplane and to your own house, but not to your own facts. " The remark could have applied almost equally to Romney, who charters a private campaign plane, has no shortage of houses and, like Obama, displayed a flexible attitude toward matters of fact Wednesday night in the first presidential debate.
September 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday passed a new Stolen Valor Act in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down an earlier law making it a crime to lie about military medals. The court ruled in June that falsely claiming military honors, while "contemptible," was protected by the 1st Amendment. The new measure, passed 410 to 3, makes it a crime to fraudulently claim to be a medal recipient " with intent to obtain money, property or other tangible benefit. " “The need to protect the honor, service and sacrifice of our veterans and military personnel is as strong today as it has ever been," said Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.)
September 6, 2012 |
Former President Bill Clinton's exhaustive endorsement of President Obama's reelection Wednesday night was stocked with statistics on nearly every major issue of the election, from healthcare to job creation and the national debt. With frequent off-the-cuff citations of facts and figures, Clinton's speech was sure to be scoured by the army of fact-checkers that has been kept busy with the truthiness (instead of truthfulness) of the 2012 election. For the most part, the fact police gave Clinton high marks.