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Southwest union asks its members not to fly American Airlines because of judge's restraining order

A union representing thousands of workers at Southwest and Alaska airlines is asking its members not to fly American Airlines because of a court fight involving the world's largest carrier and its mechanics.

"If you care about your families' safety, do not put them on an American Airlines flight until this injunction is vacated," Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association's national director Bret Oestreich said in a statement over the weekend.

A federal judge issued a restraining order Friday barring American Airlines' mechanics from interfering in aircraft operations. The airline sued its mechanics in May and accused them of engaging in an illegal work slowdown after contract negotiations stalled.

The restraining order means unions and their members cannot encourage or participate in activities like refusing to work overtime with the intention of keeping planes out of service.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/american-airlines/2019/06/17/southwest-union-asks-itsmembers-not-fly-american-airlines-judges-restraining-order

Trump's reelection support is 50-50 in Texas, Biden and O'Rourke lead the Democrats, UT/TT Poll says

By Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune

Half of the registered voters in Texas would vote to reelect President Donald Trump, but half of them would not, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Few of those voters were wishy-washy about it: 39% said they would “definitely” vote to reelect Trump; 43% said they would “definitely not” vote for him. The remaining 18% said they would “probably” (11%) or “probably not” (7%) vote to give Trump a second term.


Would you vote to reelect Donald Trump?

All Voters
Definitely 39%
Probably 11%
Probably Not 7%
Definitely Not 43%

Definitely 5%
Probably 4%
Probably Not 6%
Definitely Not 85%

Definitely 73%
Probably 17%
Probably Not 5%
Definitely Not 5%

Definitely 26%
Probably 14%
Probably Not 15%
Definitely Not 45%

Numbers may not add up to 100 due to rounding. Margin of error = ± 2.83 percentage points.
Source: University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, June 2019
Credit: Connie Hanzhang Jin

“That 50-50 number encapsulates how divisive Trump is,” said James Henson, who runs the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin and co-directs the poll. But, he added, the number is not necessarily “a useful prediction for an election that’s 16 months away.”

Among Republicans, 73% would “definitely” vote for Trump; among Democrats, 85% were “definitely not” voting for another term.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2019/06/17/trump-reelection-50-50-biden-orourke-lead-democrats-ut-tt-poll/

Yes folks, Texas is definitely in play!

Mississippi ABLE launches savings program for disabled

TUPELO • A new program is opening the door for people with disabilities and their families to save for the future.

This week, the Mississippi ABLE program launched across the state. Similar to a 529 educational savings account, the ABLE account will allow people with disabilities and their families to set aside funds without jeopardizing Social Security and Medicaid benefits. The funds can grow tax-free as long as they are used for disability-related expenses.

Dee Crowe, 19, a Tupelo High School student, signed up with his mom Janna Crowe on Tuesday.

“It’s the first time we’ve been able to save for him for the future,” Crowe said. “We want him to be able to live as independently as possible and hopefully have a job.”

Read more: https://www.djournal.com/news/local/mississippi-able-launches-savings-program-for-disabled/article_c806c2fe-61a3-5c2f-8e4b-7d663b4d3e98.html

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South Carolina Man Is Sentenced To More Than Three Years For $1M Investment Scheme And Tax Evasion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nickolas M. Godfrey, 41, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for securities fraud, wire fraud, and transactional money laundering in connection with a $1 million investment fraud scheme and a related tax evasion scheme, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition to the prison term imposed, Godfrey was also ordered to serve two years under court supervision and to pay restitution of more than $1.6 million.

U.S. Attorney Murray is joined in making today’s announcement by John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Matthew D. Line, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI).

According to filed court documents and today’s proceedings, from 2012 to at least 2015, Godfrey obtained more than $1 million by engaging in a Ponzi scheme through his company, Coast to Coast Business Funding LLC (Coast to Coast), which purportedly provided short-term cash advances to businesses. Over the course of the scheme, Godfrey induced at least 20 victims to invest with Coast to Coast, by falsely representing that the company was successfully generating substantial revenue. Godfrey maintained a website for Coast to Coast, which also falsely represented that the company was accredited by the Better Business Bureau. To further solicit investments from victims, Godfrey made numerous false representations to victims, including promising returns of as much as 73.5%.

Contrary to promises made to victim investors, Godfrey used victims’ money to pay for personal expenditures and for the expenses of his other businesses, and to make Ponzi-type payments to earlier victims.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdnc/pr/south-carolina-man-sentenced-more-three-years-1-million-investment-scheme-and-tax

Leeds, ND, Man Signs Plea Agreement in an $11 Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

BISMARCK – First Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Chase announced that on June 17, 2019, the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota unsealed an Information charging Hunter Brian Hanson, age 22, of Leeds, ND, with Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, and a Forfeiture allegation. Additionally, the United States District Court unsealed a Plea Agreement signed by Hanson articulating his intent to plead guilty to these charges.

Under the terms of the Plea Agreement, Hanson has agreed to plead guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering and will admit to a forfeiture allegation for his assets, which are proceeds of the aforementioned crimes. Additionally, Hanson agreed to pay full restitution in the amount of $11,405,134.72. The United States will recommend a sentence within the applicable sentencing guidelines range, recommend that he serve a three-year period of supervised release, and agree not to charge Hanson with any additional federal economic crimes related to his charged scheme to defraud, which occurred prior to the date Hanson signed the Plea Agreement.

The Information and Plea Agreement state, from January 2018 to December 2018, Hanson, executed a scheme to defraud approximately 60 farmers, elevators, or commodity brokers in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Canada. As a result, these approximately 60 farmers, elevators, or brokers suffered a total financial loss of approximately $11,405,134.72. Specifically, Hanson, with intent to defraud, contracted with multiple farmers and grain elevators to obtain grain or other agricultural commodities, obtained these commodities, and either failed to pay the farmers and elevators for these commodities or sent these farmers and elevators non-sufficient funds checks.

Hanson, as part of this scheme to defraud, maintained multiple bank accounts, engaged in check kiting to cover his deposits and withdrawals, laundered money between his bank accounts and other businesses, and often did not have sufficient funds in his bank accounts when he remitted payments to farmers and elevators for money owed on the agricultural commodities purchasing contracts. Moreover, Hanson diverted funds from his grain business accounts to other personal and business accounts. Additionally, Hanson purchased agricultural commodities from farmers and elevators above their per bushel market value and then sold these same commodities below their per bushel market value. Finally, after Hanson failed to pay farmers and elevators for the agricultural commodities he obtained, he sent email communications, to lull farmers, elevators, or brokers into a false sense of security, to postpone inquiries, or to make his transactions between the farmers, elevators, or brokers less suspect.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-nd/pr/leeds-nd-man-signs-plea-agreement-11-million-dollar-fraud-scheme

Granite Bay Man Sentenced For Multi-Million Dollar Product Substitution Fraud On Federal Government

Granite Bay Man Sentenced For Multi-Million Dollar Product Substitution Fraud On Federal Government Agencies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sentenced Jim A. Meron, 54, of Granite Bay, today to 33 months in prison and three years of supervised release on two counts of wire fraud arising out of a government-procurement fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. As part of the sentence, the Court ordered Meron to pay restitution of $1,622,729.13 to dozens of victims. The Court also entered a final order forfeiting more than $1.7 million in assets seized during the investigation of Meron’s crimes.

According to court documents, between May 2011 and July 2017, Meron used two office supply businesses he operated to defraud federal government agencies out of as much as $3.5 million, in thousands of transactions, by substituting and delivering cheaper, generic versions of expensive, name-brand products his customers ordered, and pocketing the price difference.

Meron’s companies, WOW Imaging Products LLC and Time Enterprises LLC, contracted to sell office supplies to federal agencies through two web-based government sales portals, GSA Advantage, operated by the General Services Administration, and DOD EMall, operated by the Department of Defense. After Meron received payments for the premium products his customers ordered, he obtained compatible products from his suppliers that cost him a fraction of what his customer paid for the brand-name products they ordered. Meron then substituted and delivered those cheaper products for the more expensive products his customers ordered, and retained the difference in cost. Over time, Meron extended his substitution scheme to nearly all orders for those name-brand products, and never intended to deliver what his customers ordered.

This case is the product of an investigation by the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys André M. Espinosa and Kevin Khasigian are prosecuting the case.


Ex-Gov. Bentley settles fired official's lawsuit

MONTGOMERY — Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned amid a scandal, has reached a settlement agreement to end a wrongful dismissal lawsuit filed by his one-time law enforcement secretary who had publicly accused the governor of having an affair with an aide, lawyers confirmed Thursday.

Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier sued Bentley in 2016 arguing the governor wrongfully fired him and then tried to discredit him with statements and a sham state investigation accusing him of misusing office resources.

Lawyers for Collier and Bentley both confirmed the settlement agreement Thursday. Kenny Mendelsohn, an attorney for Collier, said the terms are confidential.

Collier said Thursday that he considered the settlement “another sign of vindication,” along with a previous review by the attorney general’s office that found he did nothing wrong.

Read more: https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20190613/ex-gov-bentley-settles-fired-officials-lawsuit

Planned Parenthood builds Alabama clinic despite abortion law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Planned Parenthood is building the stage for another possible fight over abortion in Alabama: a large women's clinic that's under construction despite the state's passage of a near-total ban on abortions.

Located beside an interstate highway in downtown Birmingham, the 10,000-square-foot structure is now nothing but a steel frame and roof. Workers under the constant watch of security guards appear to be installing electrical wiring, plus heating and cooling units.

The new facility could be complete around November, which is the same time the new state law will take effect unless blocked by courts. Abortion critics vow to oppose the opening, but a spokeswoman for the women's health organization said neither the new law nor opponents were a factor in the project.

"We are a doctor that Birmingham has counted on for decades, and we are committed to continuing to provide that care," said Barbara Ann Luttrell, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based Planned Parenthood Southeast.

Read more: https://www.dothaneagle.com/news/state_region/planned-parenthood-builds-ala-clinic-despite-abortion-law/article_5be4a546-c932-5464-8568-e0f7492c68c1.html

Judge dismisses suit by Alabama woman claiming Trump forcibly kissed her

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from an Alabama woman who claimed President Donald Trump kissed her against her will while she worked for his campaign.

Alva Johnson claimed then-candidate Trump “forcibly kissed” her during a 2016 campaign stop in Tampa, Florida. Johnson, who served as Trump’s director of outreach to coalitions for Alabama, also claimed the campaign engaged in pay discrimination against female and African-American employees.

U.S. District Court Judge William Jung said Johnson’s complaint centered too much on political attacks, according to a report in Politico.

“As currently stated, the Complaint presents a political lawsuit, not a tort and wages lawsuit,” Jung wrote. “Plaintiff will receive a fair day in court, but the Court will try a tort and wages dispute—not a political one. If Plaintiff wishes to make a political statement or bring a claim for political purposes, this is not the forum.”

Read more: https://www.al.com/news/2019/06/judge-dismisses-suit-by-alabama-woman-claiming-trump-forcibly-kissed-her.html
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