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DA: Man faked death to avoid jail but typo gave him away

NEW YORK – A Long Island criminal defendant tried faking his death to avoid a jail sentence, but the phony death certificate his lawyer submitted had a glaring spelling error that made it a dead giveaway for a fraud, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Investigators: Texas couple defrauded Army out of millions

Federal agents have seized more than 20 vehicles and the money from 10 bank accounts belonging to a married couple of U.S. Army veterans in Texas, saying the pair used personal information stolen from soldiers to defraud the military out of as much as $11 million.

Investigators: Former financial chief at North Idaho Habitat for Humanity stole $50K, then stole from Georgia food bank

Julie Anne Nutter, 54, remains in custody in Bibb County Jail in Central Georgia on suspicion she used the credit card of a local food bank where she worked to make fraudulent charges. Investigators in Kootenai County believe before Nutter left for Georgia, she pocketed more than $57K that belonged to the Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho in a case that took nearly two years to investigate before a warrant was issued. 

Springdale mayor faces criminal allegations of theft of city money, unexplained expenses

Elizabeth Calderwood, who's served as mayor since 2017, said she used the town's credit card to purchase technological and aesthetic upgrades for a community center. But investigators believe she funneled money through the accounts of other people and can't account for the loss of $5,000 in cash as payment for a Harley Davidson motorcycle gifted to Springdale. 

Citizen description helps police arrest suspected car thief

Spokane police arrested two people on outstanding warrants and suspicion of vehicle theft early Friday morning, after giving up a dangerous pursuit in downtown Spokane and receiving a report of the pair running from an unoccupied car.

Lock your cars! Vehicle theft spikes in COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners. With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves.

AP: DEA agent accused of stealing PPE from agency warehouse

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a telecommunications specialist are accused of stealing personal protective equipment, toilet paper and other supplies from an agency warehouse in Florida amid shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.