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A Las Vegas couple has been charged with defrauding Medicaid out of $13 million and laundering the money by purchasing expensive jewelry, cars, designer handbags and other luxury goods.

Timothy and Latisha Harron were charged with seven counts of defrauding the North Carolina Medicaid system, according to Insider.com.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the couple committed "massive fraud" by laundering $13 million through their purchase of expensive luxury goods, gym equipment, luxury watches, high-end vehicles and a private jet worth $900,000.


 

The Harrons flossed their affluent lifestyle on social media where they shared photos of Tiffany Jewelry boxes, designer clothes and handbags, and vacations to exotic locales, including Bora Bora and Cancun.

A federal grand jury indicted the couple on May 19, according to the DOJ. The Harrons, who married in 2018, were arrested Wednesday and charged with seven counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, aggravated identify theft, conspiracy to commit money laundering and making false statements related to health care matters.

The Harrons allegedly stole the money by submitting fraudulent bills to Medicaid through Agape Healthcare Systems, Inc. -- a company founded by Latisha, 44, in North Carolina in 2010.

She committed fraud by registering the company with Medicaid in NC without disclosing she had previously been convicted of identity theft.

The couple allegedly searched through obituaries to find people who had recently died in North Carolina. Using information from the obituaries, they would turn to the NC Medicaid eligibility tool to find whether the person had a Medicaid Identification Number.

Using that number, they back billed Medicaid for "fictitious services" they claimed to have provided to the person before death.

The couple flaunted their extravagant lifestyle on Instagram, showing off expensive jewelry, and posing for pictures at 5-star restaurants, luxury suites at sporting events, and on lavish vacations. Mr. Harron tagged the photos "#millionaire, #billionaire, #entrepreneur" and "millionaire lifestyle."


 

In one caption for a photo gallery showing off Tiffany boxes and high end shoes and bags, Harron wrote, "Sometimes it's a @tiffanyandco , @brioni_official & @louisvuitton kind of day! All delivered and didn't have to leave the #penthouse. Mrs. Harron, nothing but the best!"

When the couple was arrested, the feds seized an Aston Martin sports car and the couple's expensive wine collection.
 

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A Black police officer was suspended after viral video shows him knocking out a mixed-race woman who assaulted a police sergeant during a George Floyd protest in Baltimore on Friday night.

Cellphone video shows the barefoot woman arguing with a white male police sergeant who grabbed her arm when she turned to walk away.

The woman responded angrily by punching him twice in the head. The Black cop, who was behind the woman, landed a solid right to the woman's face, knocking her to the pavement.

The video went viral, sparking more outrage on social media early Saturday.

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said in a statement that the officer had been "removed from police duties" and the incident is under investigation, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Mayor Young called the footage "deeply disturbing."

Young said the officer who was struck by the woman "showed remarkable restraint by not retaliating as he was being assaulted."

Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Mancuso said, "it is reprehensible that you would use political pressure after a situation where one officer was protecting his colleague from further attack. Escalation occurred only after the female attacker continued the assault."

The woman was not charged with assault.

Violent protests and fires erupted in cities across the U.S. for the 4th straight night in response to the murder of an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, May 25.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was arrested and charged with the murder of George Floyd, 46, on Friday.

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The wife of Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis police officer who is charged with killing George Floyd, has filed for divorce.

Derek Cauvin, 44, was arrested Friday and charged with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, 46.

Floyd's slow, tortuous death, which was captured in a viral video, sparked violent protests around the country.

Kellie Chauvin said in a statement through her attorney on Friday that she sends her condolences to the Floyd family. She said she is "devastated" and is divorcing her husband of 10 years.

Kellie, who has 2 children from her first marriage, said Chauvin was the man of her dreams.

She met Chauvin at the hospital in Hennepin County where she works as a radiologist, according to Pioneer Press.

He brought a suspect in for a health check before an arrest. After taking the suspect to jail, he returned and asked her out.

"Under all that uniform, he's just a softie," Kellie told Pioneer Press in 2018. "He’s such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them."

Kellie has no children from her marriage to Chauvin, but she asked the public and news media to respect the privacy of her children and grandparents.

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin shows anger and a lack of remorse in his mugshot released hours after he was arrested and charged in George Floyd's death.

Floyd, 46, died Monday after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes following his an arrest for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store.

Viral video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begged for air and bystanders pleaded with him to stop.

Chauvin, 44, was charged Friday with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter on day 4 of rioting and looting in south Minneapolis.

The charges carry a sentence of no more than 25 years or a fine of no more than $40,000, or both.

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Despite Chauvin's arrest, violent protests spread to cities in California, New York, Maryland, and Georgia.

Rioters destroyed CNN's headquarters in downtown Atlanta, breaking glass, throwing bottles and setting a police car on fire outside the building.

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Police in riot gear clashed with rioters inside the CNN building as protesters destroyed the interior.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms angrily addressed the rioters at a press conference Friday night.

"You have defaced the CNN building. Ted Turner started CNN in Atlanta, 40 years ago because he believed in who we are as a city," she said. "If you care about this city, then go home!"

Protesters said the riots will continue until three other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's murder are arrested.

Rapper and entrepreneur Killer Mike rebuked CNN for inciting riots with their news coverage.

"I love CNN — but karma's a mother... Stop feeding fear & anger everyday," he said.

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A Minnesota medical examiner has determined that George Floyd died from the combined effects of Coronary Artery Disease, hypertensive heart disease, and a knee pressed against his neck and back.

The medical examiner found no evidence that Floyd died from traumatic asphyxia or strangulation, the complaint said, according to NBC News.

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Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck for exactly 8 minutes and 45 seconds, was fired from the police force on Tuesday along with officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng.

The four officers responded to a 911 call of a "forgery in process" at Cup Foods on Monday, May 25.

According to the state charging documents, the officers found Floyd, 46, sitting in his car outside the store. He was removed from the car and arrested for passing a counterfeit $20 bill in the store.

The document states Floyd refused to get into a patrol unit and complained that he was claustrophobic and he could not breathe.

"While standing outside the car, Mr. Floyd began saying and repeating that he could not breathe," the document said.

When Floyd was placed facedown on the pavement, Chauvin placed his left knee "in the area of Mr. Floyd's head and neck," according to prosecutors.

"Mr. Floyd said, 'I can't breathe' multiple times and repeatedly said, 'Mama' and 'please,' as well."

One of Chauvin's fellow officers suggested rolling Floyd over on his side, but Chauvin said, "No, staying put where we got him."

When Floyd eventually fell silent and stopped moving, "officer Kueng checked Floyd's wrist for a pulse and said, 'I couldn't find one.' None of the officers moved from their positions," the complaint said.

After three days of unrest, looting and vandalism in south Minneapolis, Chauvin, 44, was arrested Friday and charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. There were no other arrests.

The coroner's report will likely form the basis of Chauvin's defense during his trial.

His legal team will attempt to convince a jury that Floyd would have died in police custody even if Chuavin had not kneeled on his carotid artery for 8 minutes and 45 seconds.

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Steve Harvey may be heading back to Atlanta. The 63-year-old TV mogul and noted relationship expert just purchased Tyler Perry's old mansion, with enough closet space for his wife Marjorie's 5,000 shoes.

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According to TMZ, the Family Feud host purchased Perry's former Buckhead mansion for $15 million. The custom 35,000 sq. ft. home boasts 7 bedrooms and 11.5 baths on 17 manicured acres.

There is also a tennis court atop a multi-level parking garage with enough parking space for 20 cars.

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If you recall, I told you Perry lost a boatload of money when he sold the same home for $17.5 million - a steep drop from his "firm" asking price of $25 million.

The buyer, according to RhymeswithSnitch, was mega-preacher David Turner.

The house, on the 4100 block of Paces Ferry Rd, is located near the prestigious and absurdly expensive Lovett School, which is closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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President Trump trolled rapper Tip "T.I." Harris by using his hit song "Whatever You Like" in a Joe Biden diss video.

T.I. issued a stern response to Trump using his single "Whatever You Like" in a smear ad against former Vice President Joe Biden.

"It goes without saying, that T.I. would not in any way ever support the divisive policies and destructive propaganda of Trump. The people of our country deserve far better than this," he said in a statement per the Miami Herald.

"Be clear, he does not authorize it or consent to the use of his song to falsely suggest any endorsement of President Trump or to attack Joe Biden. It is sad, but expected, that this President would stoop so low to use his property without authority to manipulate the community. T.I.'s legal team and media partners are already moving expeditiously to block this unauthorized use and set the record straight in no uncertain terms."

Trump was able to use the track without permission because the song is distorted, which changes the original track to something new. Kanye West used the same studio technique to sample copyrighted songs on his tracks.

The 39-year-old rapper has been a vocal critic of President Trump even before the 73-year-old was elected in 2016. Trump is very much aware that T.I. has no love for him.

Which explains why Trump trolled the rapper by using his own words to smear Biden.

In an open letter to Trump in 2017, T.I. wrote:

"Should it ever at times seem as though WE are against YOU, I assure you it's a result of YOU defining yourself as the representative for those who are and who always have been against US."

 

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The former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes has been arrested, according to multiple reports.

Authorities confirm Derek Chauvin is in police custody. The arrest comes after south Minneapolis was rocked by violent protests, rioting, and looting for 3 days.

"Why did it take so long? How is it not clearly criminal conduct from the video that we all watched, said Guy Benson, host of Guy Benson Radio Show, in an appearance on Fox News.

Social media celebrated the news that Chauvin was finally in police custody on Friday.

"Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody!! Thank you Jesus!!! Justice is being served!!! #JusticeForGeorge," one user tweeted.

In an open letter shared on Twitter Friday morning, the former president spoke of the frustrations expressed in conversations he had about Floyd's death.

He noted that incidents of police brutality cannot be allowed to be regarded as a normal part of daily life.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better."

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Former President Barack Obama spoke out about the death of George Floyd, the Black Minneapolis man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck during an arrest on Monday.

In an open letter shared on Twitter Friday morning, the former president spoke of the frustrations expressed in conversations he had about Floyd's death.

He noted that incidents of police brutality cannot be allowed to be regarded as a normal part of daily life.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better."

Obama, who is biracial, said the country must commit to improved racial relations.

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A Black biological female killed by a white Tallahassee police officer has been identified on social media as a female-to-male transgender.

Police say Natosha "Tony" McDade stabbed a man to death and was fatally shot after pointing a gun at cops around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

An eyewitness told reporters McDade stabbed a man then fled the scene on foot.

Police Chief Lawrence Revell said "anger is justified" after several Black people were killed by white officers in the state.

McDade's death is the third officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee in two months.

Revell said the status of the officer's body camera is unknown. But if it exists it will be made available only after a fringe jury hearing.

McDade was initially identified as a woman on social media.

"A black girl was just killed in Tallahassee by cops. She was walking alone and minding her business. Shot five times," one user tweeted. "Non-male so I know you mother***kers don't care. Just talking to myself..."

But angry transgender activists took to social media to correct the victim's gender and to criticize police and the news media for "misgendering" McDade.

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Forbes magazine is walking back their report that socialite and reality personality Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire.

Forbes claims they were hoodwinked and bamboozled by the makeup entrepreneur and Instagram model who "spun a web of lies" and "inflated" her net worth.

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In an earlier report, Forbes claimed Jenner was a "self-made" makeup mogul who somehow managed to take her company Kylie Cosmetics to the top of the cosmetics industry with just a high school diploma and not much business experience.

Social media users and bloggers scoffed at Forbes' claim that the 22-year-old was worth over a billion dollars. But Forbes stood by its reporting.

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Now the publisher claims Jenner and her mother, Kris Jenner "went to great lengths to convince people of their wealth."

Many believe Jenner is worth a few million, if that.

Forbes reports the family invited them into their mansions and CPA's offices, and even "created tax returns that were likely forged."

No word on whether the IRS is investigating those claims.

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George Floyd and the ex-Minneapolis police officer who killed him may have known each other, according to a report by KSTP.com.

The former owner of a south Minneapolis nightclub says ex-cop George Floyd and Derek Chauvin worked overlapping shifts as security at her club until the end of last year.

"Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open," said Maya Santamaria, former owner of El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street.

She wasn't sure if the two men knew each other. "They were working together at the same time, it's just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside."

Santamaria said she sold the club a few months ago. Santamaria was among millions worldwide who viewed the horrific video that showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck until he died.

"I didn't recognize George as one of our security guys because he looked really different lying there like that," she said.

She also didn't recognize Chauvin at first. "My friend sent me (the video) and said this is your guy who used to work for you and I said, 'It's not him.' And then they did the closeup and that's when I said, 'Oh my God, that's him,'"

Chauvin, 44, is one of four officers fired from the police force a day after Floyd's death. Chauvin responded to a 911 call of a "forgery in process" on Monday - along with ex-cops Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng.

Violent protests continued for the 3rd night in south Minneapolis.

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Minnesota state police arrested a CNN reporter and his cameraman as they covered the continuing protests over the death of George Floyd in south Minneapolis.

The police cited CNN contributor Omar Jimenez with a misdemeanor for refusing to stop his coverage of the civil unrest on Thursday.

Police allowed Jimenez and his cameraman to finish his report before placing the camera on the ground and arresting the journalists.

Fellow journalists and CNN colleagues vented their outrage on Twitter, saying the arrests violated the reporter's freedom of speech rights.

"Arresting journalists is regime behavior. Please know that, Minnesota. #GeorgeFloyd," tweeted MSBNC corespondent Joy Reid.

Jimenez, a graduate of attended Northwestern University, is a Hispanic who grew up in Kennesaw, Georgia. He received his journalism degree in 2015.

Update: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz apologized the arrests of the reporters.

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President Donald Trump sparked an uproar with late-night tweets about the continuing protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minneapolis burned for the 3rd straight night as hundreds of people protested the murder of the 46-year-old Black man by a white police officer.

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Demonstrators and "outside agitators" looted stores and set cars and buildings on fire. A pawn shop down the street from the Minneapolis police 3rd precinct burned to the ground. The abandoned police precinct was also set on fire, as hundreds of demonstrators cheered.

The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to more than 15 different structure fires resulting from the protests on Thursday night and early Friday.

The mayor called in the National Guard on Wednesday, but President Trump wasn't satisfied with the city's response to the looting and mayhem.

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Trump threatened to send in more National Guard units and "get the job done right."

"I can't stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis," he tweeted just before 1 a.m. Friday.

"A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right....."

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Trump angered Twitter users by referring to the mostly white looters and vandals as "THUGS." He tweeted, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."

"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"

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The White House claims Trump was referring to shooting looters with rubber bullets, not real ammunition.

In response to the backlash, Twitter censored Trump's tweet, placing it behind a warning label.

According to Twitter, Trump's tweet "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

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Outraged Twitter users assumed Trump was referring to Black people as "thugs." Even though the majority of protesters have been whites, the looting and vandalism is being blamed on Black people.

Twitter activists complain that property owners and police officers are destroying properties to file insurance claims during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Hennepin County prosecutor Michael Freeman says there is currently no evidence to bring charges against one of the four officers involved in George Floyd's death.

Freeman responded to a question from a reporter asking why there are no charges against Derek Chauvin, the cop who was directly involved in Floyd's death.

Freeman said the video is "graphic and horrific and terrible," but "there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge."

"My business is 'is it criminal?' and that's what we have to prove," he said

Freeman said his office will not rush to justice but they will "wade through" the evidence before charges can be brought.

U.S Attorney Erica McDonald said police are given "wide latitude" to use "a certain amount of force" and she is trying to determine if excessive force was used in this case.

All four officers were fired on Tuesday, a day after Floyd died.