Man who supported Islamic State online to be deported
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who declared support for Islamic State online will spend two years in prison and be deported.
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Houcine Ghoul to 24 months in prison for immigration fraud and false statements on his tax returns. After his sentence, the Tunisian national will be deported.
Ghoul entered the country on a visa in 2001 and married a U.S. citizen to obtain permanent legal resident status. He later was divorced.
Former Bozeman man convicted of defrauding investors
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A former Bozeman man has been convicted by a federal jury in Butte of defrauding investors in his business by falsely saying he owned oil leases on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 63-year-old Joseph Brent Loftis of Corona Del Mar, California, was convicted of five counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering in a scheme that defrauded investors of about $3 million between 2009 and 2013. He has agreed to forfeit $1.66 million.
Retired Navy commander pleads guilty to fraud
HONOLULU (AP) — A retired U.S. Navy commander in Hawaii charged in a growing corruption scandal pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying about his relationship with a Malaysian defense contractor known by the nickname "Fat Leonard."
As part of a deal with federal prosecutors, David Kapaun entered the plea to a count of fraud and false statements in federal court in Honolulu involving his relationship with Leonard Francis, who prosecutors describe as "the center of a colossal bribery and fraud scandal."
Rehoboth woman convicted of social security fraud charges
BOSTON (AP) — A woman has been convicted in federal court of unlawfully collecting more than $29,000 in Social Security Income benefits and lying about owning a condo in Fall River in addition to her Rehoboth (ruh-HOH'-buth) home.
A jury convicted 44-year-old Joanna Boyer on Wednesday of Social Security Fraud, making false statements and theft of public money.