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  • Veterans Affairs spies, stonewalls on people investigating it

    Congressional investigators were given a workspace at the Philadelphia VA that was wired with activated audio microphones and video cameras, the chairman of the House veterans' affairs committee said.

  • NY seizes 2.5 million contraband cigarettes

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An effort to crack down on cigarette smuggling in New York state has led to the seizure of nearly $1.7 million in cash and untaxed cigarettes and cigars. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the results, which are the culmination of six months of work by the state's new...

  • NY to get $182M from Citigroup's $7B settlement

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is poised to receive $92 million in cash and at least $90 million in consumer relief as part of a $7 billion national settlement with Citigroup for its handling of risky subprime mortgages that contributed to the national financial crisis in 2008. In the...

  • Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the...

  • Haslam-owned truck-stop chain to pay $92M fine

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has agreed to pay a $92 million penalty for cheating customers out of promised rebates and discounts, authorities announced Monday. In an agreement with the U.S....

  • Fast tracking claims helped Veterans Affairs backlog stats but hurt disabled vets, inspector general finds

    Fast-tracking the oldest claims for disability benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs forced veterans to wait longer to resolve their cases, but falsely made the agency's statistics look better, the VA's inspector general said in a report issued Monday.

  • Ernst & Young paying $4M to settle SEC charges

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ernst & Young has agreed to pay $4 million to settle civil charges of compromising its independence by lobbying Congress on behalf of two companies whose books it audited. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Monday with New York-based company, one...

  • Illinois AG sues, alleging student loan debt scams

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed lawsuits Monday against two companies she says are scamming people who are paying student loan debts. The lawsuits, filed in Cook and Champaign counties, alleged "deceptive practices" for charging up-front fees for phony services or...

  • Another federal judge orders IRS to produce signed affidavits explaining its actions in targeting scandal

    U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton has given IRS officials only five workdays to produce a signed affidavit explaining why Lois Lerner's computer hard drive "cannot be identified and preserved."

  • This Energy Department blunder cost taxpayers at least $56 million

    The U.S. Department of Energy has lost more than $56 million due to poor coordination during implementation of a new telephone system, according to the DoE inspector general.

  • HUD program, meant to help, actually hurts, IG reports

    A $353 million effort to help federal officials better manage public housing assistance instead "created further opportunity for fraud, waste, and abuse of taxpayer dollars," according to a government watchdog. Created in 2007, the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Public Housing...

  • Guess what this 'federal employee of the year' was doing with mail

    Pills, jewelry, copies of Playboy magazine and passports were stolen by Quan Howard, a Postal Service supervisory postal inspector once named federal employee of the year for the San Francisco Bay area, court records analyzed by the San Francisco Chronicle show.

  • Chicago police to make misconduct files public

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police misconduct investigation files will be made available to the public, after city attorneys decided not to continue fighting litigation pursuing their release, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said Sunday. The city previously had a long-standing policy of treating...

  • Chicago taxpayers paying for millions in 'free' trash pickup

    Thousands of nonprofit groups and small apartment buildings have been getting free city garbage service for the past decade when they shouldn't have been, according to a new Chicago inspector general's report and reporting by the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Another Chris Christie aide to testify on lane shutdown

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — One of Gov. Chris Christie's top aides is scheduled to answer questions this week from lawmakers who are investigating traffic jams last year near the George Washington Bridge even as Christie tries to put any hint of scandal behind him. Regina Egea is to appear Thursday...



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