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Franco Settles Sexual Misconduct Case

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A settlement has been reached in the sexual misconduct case against Oscar-Nominated actor James Franco. Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal filed the suit in 2019 but agreed to drop their claims against Franco last week after reaching a preliminary settlement agreement. Tither-Kaplan and Gaal were students of Franco’s Studio 4 acting school and alleged that the actor set out to “create a steady stream of young women to objectify and exploit” via his course on sex scenes.

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‘Paramedic of the Year’ Charged With Vaccine Theft

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Joshua Colon, Florida’s 2020 “Paramedic of the Year,” was charged this week for his role in the theft of three Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doses. The Polk County paramedic resigned from his position on January 22 and was arrested on Monday. He is currently facing charges for misconduct, fraud, and forgery after falsifying paperwork that he used to cover up his vaccine theft.

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“White Lie”: Exclusive Review

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Telling a white lie is no big deal, so long as the truth is never found out. But, in the case of “White Lie’s” Katie Arneson, one little fib is a very big deal indeed— she’s faking her cancer diagnosis.

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Lab owner sentenced after falsifying victims’ drug tests

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Brandy Murrah has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after falsifying drug test results at her lab in Alabama according to People. Murrah falsified several drug tests at the A&J Lab Collections throughout 2019, impeding multiple parents from gaining custody of their children.

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Doctor found guilty of performing unnecessary surgical procedures

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Dr. Javaid Perwaiz was found guilty Monday of 52 charges involving falsifying symptoms for ovarian cancer and other women’s health issues so patients would require more medical attention. Perwaiz made the victims believe if they didn’t go through surgery, they would be putting their health at risk so that he could make money from unnecessary procedures.

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How criminals are exploiting COVID-19

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In a new age of social distancing, many services have been adapted to better suit our needs. We see this in curbside pick up, voting by mail, and relief funds. However, just as the world adapts, crime adapts as well. 

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Florida man uses COVID-19 relief funds to buy cars

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Keith Nicoletta was arrested last week for allegedly acquiring a fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program loan. The Florida man faked a scrap metal business with up to 69 employees despite having reported zero wages between 2019-2020. 

Judge drops some charges in Elizabeth Holmes Theranos case

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On Tuesday, a federal judge in San Jose dismissed some of the charges against Holmes and the company’s ex-president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. The judge ruled prosecutors could not continue to pursue charges that allege Holmes and Balwani defrauded doctors or customers who used Theranos blood tests that did not work as advertised. Because the tests were paid for by their insurance companies, individuals were not technically defrauded of money or property.

Although it’s a small legal victory for the Theranos executives, they did not achieve their main aim of getting the entire indictment thrown out. Holmes and Balwani have argued the case should be dismissed because prosecutors can’t prove anyone was actually harmed by the blood tests.