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  • New York congressman's ex-girlfriend pleads guilty

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Texas woman romantically linked to embattled New York Congressman Michael Grimm has pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges. Diana Durand of Houston entered the plea on Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors had accused Durand of lining up straw donors for...

  • North Carolina woman pleads guilty in Medicaid scam

    The woman admitted this week to running a business based entirely on using Medicaid patients' ID numbers to bill the government for services, whether they needed them or not. 

  • HUD stalling conceals health, safety complaints in public housing

    MuckRock News has been battling HUD for more than a year over access to records pertaining to problems in public housing.

  • State unemployment system plagued with problems

    BOSTON (AP) — The state's $46 million Web-based system to track unemployment benefits was plagued with problems for months after it launch, frustrating state employees and imperiling residents seeking benefits, according to a newspaper report. The turmoil and frustration was captured in...

  • Eisenhower memorial staff books oversight meeting during congressional recess

    The staff has enraged the board overseeing it, half of whose members are congressmen, by scheduling an important board meeting during a congressional recess without asking whether the board members would be available.

  • Colorado buys CNG vehicles, but state workers fill'em up with petrol

    Many of the vehicles are being used in areas that lack CNG fueling stations, according to Watchdog.org.

  • DOJ pays 4,000 employees to do union work at taxpayer expense

    Two dozen $165,000-a-year Immigration Court judges are on the federal payroll under the government's "official time" program, allowing them to do union work on government time.

  • Treasury doctors banks' TARP data

    Treasury officials also made multiple math errors in summarizing the results of the surveys, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Recovery Program Christy Romero said.

  • DHS lacks plan, info to manage its $534 million vehicle fleet

    The Department of Homeland Security has no idea which of its vehicles are under-used.

  • Contractor pleads guilty in $23.5 million 'rent-a-vet' scheme

    Ram Hingorani pleaded guilty to one count of major program fraud in connection with a scheme to obtain construction contracts with federal agencies using set-asides for owners of Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

  • Billions in U.S. aid can't be accounted for by Afghan officials

    The U.S. has struggled with the corruption in Afghanistan's government over the past 13 years, including having millions of dollars being diverted to the Taliban.

  • Lawmakers pass ethics reform following scandals

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers marked the end of the legislative session early Saturday by approving two political reform bills aimed at addressing a string of scandals, including the arrest of two state senators on federal corruption charges. Political transparency,...

  • ACORN-linked groups may profit in Bank of America settlement

    Congress banned federal funding for ACORN in 2009 after years of allegations of misuse and corruption, but many of its local chapters reorganized under new names and continued their previous operations.

  • Morgan professor gets 3 years for grant fraud

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A professor at Morgan State University has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraudulently obtaining research grants from the National Science Foundation. Forty-seven-year-old Manoj Kumar Jha of Severn was also ordered to pay $105,726 in restitution at sentencing...

  • Feds investigate Idaho Medicaid contractor

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a contractor Idaho selected to oversee its Medicaid behavioral health program for possibly violating patient-privacy laws. In a collaborative report from the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1pqUk0O ), health...



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