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Elon Musk accused Twitter of fraud in a countersuit over his aborted $44 billion deal for the social media company, which he said held back necessary information and misled his team about its true user base. The countersuit filed by the billionaire and Tesla CEO on Thursday alleges that Twitter committed fraud, breach of contract and violation of the Texas Securities Act. Musk’s counterclaims were filed confidentially last week and unsealed in a filing late Thursday at the Delaware Chancery Court. Twitter called Musk's claims an imagined story based on sloppy data from a generic web tool.
Prosecutors in Spain say they will ask a court to sentence Colombian pop star Shakira to eight years and two months in prison, if she is convicted in her expected trial for alleged tax fraud. Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is charged with failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($15 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. The prosecutors said they would also seek a fine of 24 million euros ($24 million). Shakira this week rejected a settlement offer from prosecutors, opting to go to trial instead. Her publicists on Friday accused the Spanish Tax Agency of violating her rights and said Shakira “has always cooperated and abided by the law."
Bobby Edward Fort enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1994 and retired 22 years later with a secret security clearance that allowed him to land a job in Honolulu as a defense contractor. But the real Bobby Fort was dead. The man who enlisted as Fort was held without bail Thursday on charges he stole the dead baby’s identity 35 years ago. Federal prosecutors say Walter Glenn Primrose and his wife had been fraudulently living for decades under the stolen identities of two dead Texas infants. Primrose's lawyer says the prosecutor only provided speculation and innuendo the couple was involved in more nefarious offenses than nonviolent crimes.
A U.S. defense contractor accused of living under the name of a dead Texas boy for decades has been detained without bail. Walter Glenn Primrose was ordered detained Thursday by a Honolulu judge after a federal prosecutor said he was a flight risk with possible connections overseas to help him. Primrose and his wife have been charged with stealing identities of two dead children. Prosecutors say Primrose enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard under his fake name and got a secret security clearance he later used as a defense contractor. Primrose's lawyer says the prosecutor only provided speculation and innuendo the couple was involved in more nefarious offenses than nonviolent crimes.
Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is testifying for the first time in an election fraud charge against her and two co-defendants. She denied the accusations Friday at the prison court in the capital. The army seized power from Suu Kyi’s elected government in February last year, claiming massive voting fraud in the 2020 general election, an allegation not corroborated by independent election observers. A conviction in the election fraud case could lead to Suu Kyi’s party being dissolved and unable to participate in a new election that the military promised will take place in 2023. Suu Kyi testified that she did not go beyond the country's constitution in carrying out the 2020 general election.
A Rhode Island woman who authorities say pretended to be a decorated Marine Corps veteran with cancer to fraudulently collect about $250,000 in veterans benefits and charitable contributions has agreed to plead guilty. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 31-year-old Sarah Jane Cavanaugh, of East Greenwich, signed an agreement under which she will admit to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, forgery, and fraudulent use of medals. Prosecutors say there’s no record of Cavanaugh ever serving in the U.S. military. She worked as a social worker at a veterans' hospital. Cavanaugh’s attorney said he has no comment on the case at this time.
A member of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” has pleaded guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge that could result in a prison sentence of over 11 years. Jennifer Shah entered the plea Monday in Manhattan federal court. She signed a plea agreement with prosecutors that carries a recommended sentencing range of 11 to 14 years behind bars. She told a judge that beginning in 2012, she participated in a massive telemarketing fraud for nearly a decade that prosecutors say cheated thousands of individuals nationwide. She said that she knew what she was doing was wrong and that many people were harmed.
Jennifer Shah, center, of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" reality television series, touches her face mask as she leaves Manhattan federal court, after pleading guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, in New York, Monday July 11, 2022. She admitted that she and others defrauded thousands of individuals nationwide for almost a decade with a telemarketing fraud that convinced victims they could make a lot of money through their own online businesses. (AP Photo/Lawrence Neumeister)