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Romance scams bedevil law enforcement

Romance scammers ripped off about $1 billion from would-be U.S. lovers in 2021 - up from $600 million the year before - and attorneys general say they have little success at recovering money or criminally charging romance scammers.... Read more»

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They 'built the wall' on border, but problems persist after founder's guilty plea

Controversy continues to surround the two physical legacies of former area resident Brian Kolfage’s We Build the Wall effort: the bollard fence on the shore of the Rio Grande and a half-mile stretch of fence outside of El Paso that remain at risk of falling.... Read more»

Former Santa Cruz County asssessor pleads guilty to conspiracy, bribery

Former Santa Cruz County Assessor Felipe Fuentes pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud after he accepted thousands of dollars in cash, as well as the use of a 17-acre ranch parcel, in exchange for manipulating the value of land-holdings in the county.... Read more»

Wounded vet with Tucson ties pleads guilty in 'private border wall' scheme

Brian Kolfage, a former Tucsonan and wounded Air Force veteran who led a failed effort to raise millions of dollars to build a privately funded wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud on Thursday. ... Read more»

Trump held in contempt, must pay $10,000 per day in civil probe

A judge ordered former President Donald Trump to pay $10,000 per day for failing to comply with the New York attorney general’s records requests in connection with a state investigation of the Trump real estate empire.... Read more»

Exxon Mobil fights to shield climate disinformation as free speech

One of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies appeared to be running on fumes Wednesday as Exxon Mobil attempted to shield itself under a law that protects people or organizations from being sued for making statements in the public interest. ... Read more»

Despite decades of hacking attacks, companies leave vast amounts of sensitive data unprotected

Cybertheft conjures images of high-tech missions, with sophisticated hackers penetrating layers of security systems to steal data - but lax security measures mean many breaches are the equivalent of grabbing jewels from an unlocked car parked in a high-crime neighborhood.... Read more»

They promised quick and easy PPP loans, but often only delivered hassle and heartache

More than a million government-approved Paycheck Protection Program loans ended up being canceled by the Small Business Administration, including some that would have gone to people who needed the loans and applied just as they were told. ... Read more»

Tucson Electric Power warns customers of collection scams

More than 1,700 TEP customers have reported being targeted this year by scammers. The utility company has advice about how to deal with it.... Read more»

Fraudsters stole $4.4 billion from Arizona DES, and it could happen again

During the pandemic, fraudsters stole $4.4 billion in federal COVID CARES Act unemployment money from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, and experts say it is bound to happen again. ... Read more»

'God’s will Is being thwarted:' Even in solid Republican counties, hard-liners seek more partisan control of elections

Hood County stands out because it offers a rare view into the distrust and political pressure facing elections administrators even in communities that Trump safely won, and also represents the escalation to replace independent administrators with more actively partisan election officials.... Read more»

Analysis

Trillions in infrastructure spending could mean hundreds of billions in fraud

The U.S. government may be on the verge of spending as much as US$4.5 trillion in what could be one of the biggest investments in infrastructure and the social safety net in decades – but some of the money will undoubtedly be lost to fraud.... Read more»

How to avoid being scammed on Facebook Marketplace

Even though Facebook Marketplace is backed by the power of the social networking giant, buying and selling items through the service can still carry the same risks as making purchases on other peer-to-peer platforms or through the classified ads of the local newspaper.... Read more»

Yavapai sheriff: Beware fraudulent 'election officials' knocking on doors

People who are falsely claiming to be county election officials are knocking on voters’ doors in Yavapai County and asking for information about their voting history, after the Department of Justice warned that plans to canvass voters in Maricopa County would likely constitute illegal voter intimidation.... Read more»

Arizona audit leader Doug Logan wrote fraud claims on 'kraken' lawyer's website

A document that conspiracy theorist attorney Sidney Powell posted on her website with various allegations against Dominion Voting Systems lists its author as Doug Logan, the man hired by Senate Republicans to lead the team that will audit the 2020 election in Maricopa County, including a thorough examination of that same company’s ballot tabulation machines.... Read more»

Supreme Court hears Arizona voting law case with national implications

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told the Supreme Court Tuesday that voting laws already struck down are really no more than “common-sense and commonplace” voting protections. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has said the laws “have a discriminatory impact on American Indian, Hispanic and African American voters in Arizona”. The high court’s ruling in the case will affect enforcement of a section of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits race-based restrictions on voting.... Read more»

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