Counterfeiting and forgery

August 12, 2020 - 10:58 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Sports Ministry has provided funds for the national track and field federation to pay off a fine to World Athletics and escape expulsion from the governing body, the ministry said Wednesday. The federation, known as RusAF, is facing possible expulsion if it doesn't meet a...
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July 30, 2020 - 1:05 pm
MONACO (AP) — World Athletics gave Russia's troubled track and field federation a second deadline on Thursday to pay a $5 million fine by mid-August after saying the Russian Sports Ministry promised to clear the debts. The Russian Athletics Federation, known as RusAF, was fined $10 million in March...
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This evidence photo released by the United States Attorney Central District of California shows bogus artwork, a fake Jean-Michel Basquiat. A Southern California man who authorities say tried to sell $6 million worth of phony paintings he claimed were created by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other modern masters has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Philip Righter of West Hollywood was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court in Miami in a Los Angeles case. (United States Attorney Central District of California via AP)
July 15, 2020 - 10:07 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who authorities say tried to sell $6 million worth of phony paintings he claimed were created by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and other modern masters was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison. Philip Righter, 43, of West Hollywood was...
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In this June 1, 2020, photo, people gather near the Cup Foods grocery store where George Floyd died in Minneapolis. Floyd was accused of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes from the grocery store. His story is similar to that of other African Americans who died at the hands of police over minor offenses. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
June 12, 2020 - 2:16 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For 12-year-old Tamir Rice, it was simply carrying a toy handgun. For Eric Garner, it was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. For Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Ahmaud Arbery, it was the minor offenses of jaywalking, failing to signal a lane change and trespassing on a...
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This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
May 27, 2020 - 11:42 am
SEATTLE (AP) — The first word Seattle political consultant Dayna Lurie had that someone filed for unemployment benefits in her name was when her boss called. “Did you quit without telling me?" he asked. “We got an unemployment form from the state of Washington saying you don't work here anymore.”...
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May 21, 2020 - 7:59 am
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece said Thursday they have seized 21 tons of illegally imported tobacco at warehouses near Athens, allegedly used to make counterfeit branded smoking products. Six men, ranging in age from 39 to 68, were arrested after police raided two warehouses where the...
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A man walks past a banner showing Saudi King Salman, right, and his Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, outside a mall in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
April 30, 2020 - 8:14 am
The English Premier League has to decide whether to approve Saudi Arabia's takeover of Newcastle while concerned that piracy of its broadcasts from the kingdom poses a “significant risk” to the competition's revenue. The league wrote to the Office of the United States Trade Representative in...
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April 21, 2020 - 4:41 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has been placed on one-year probation and agreed to other NCAA sanctions after a former assistant coach was found to have forged recruiting documents. The decision was announced by the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference school...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2020 file photo, people walk past an election campaign billboard for the Blue and White party, the opposition party led by Benny Gantz, left, in Ramat Gan, Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud party is pictured at right. Netanyahu and Gantz announced Monday, April 20, 2020, that they have forged a deal to form an “emergency” government. The deal between the Likud Party and the Blue and White ends months of political paralysis and averts what would have been a fourth consecutive election in just over a year. Terms of the agreement weren’t immediately announced. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
April 20, 2020 - 3:23 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival announced Monday that they have forged a deal to form a coalition government, ending months of political paralysis and averting what would have been a fourth consecutive election in just over a year. Netanyahu and former...
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FILE - In this photo taken on March 21, 2020 police officers check on motorists in Baisieux, on the Belgian-French boarder, northern France. Criminals have spotted a new business opportunity with the coronavirus pandemic and are now plundering the needy and the fearful and even disrupting the medical sector, online and off, with fraud, counterfeit products and cybercrime, a report issued Friday by the European law enforcement agency Europol says. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
March 27, 2020 - 10:53 am
PARIS (AP) — Criminals are preying on a fearful public and disrupting the provision of medical care during the coronavirus pandemic by selling counterfeit products, impersonating health workers and hacking computers as many citizens do their jobs online at home, European law enforcement agency...
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