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The feds are cracking down on Georgia employees who submitted fake medical excuse letters that claim they fell ill after testing positive for Covid-19.

Santwon Antonio Davis, of Atlanta, was charged with wire fraud for emailing a phony Covid-19 medical excuse letter to his employer in May 2020.

Davis, 35, also pleaded guilty to bank fraud related to the scheme to defraud a mortgage company while he was out on bond for the Covid-19 wire fraud charge.

"The defendant caused unnecessary economic loss to his employer and distress to his coworkers and their families," said U.S. Attorney Byung J. "BJay" Pak. "We will take quick action through the Georgia COVID-19 Task Force to put a stop to Coronavirus-related fraud schemes."

Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, said Davis caused "undue harm to the company he worked for and their employees," after the corporation sent employees home and shut down the Atlanta facility for cleaning.

Employees were paid to stay home - a loss in excess of $100,000 to the corporation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Georgia.

According to the complaint, the defendant was hit with an additional charge for submitting fraudulent documentation to obtain benefits from his employer prior to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Davis allegedly submitted a paid bereavement leave claim for the death of his child in the fall of 2019. But a subsequent investigation determined the child did not exist.

Davis' arrest is among the first in Covid-19-related employee fraud investigations currently underway in Georgia.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General.

"The FBI and our federal and state partners remain vigilant in detecting, investigating and prosecuting any fraud related to this crisis we are all facing," said Hacker.

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Rudy Giuliani denies being "inappropriate" with an actress in a controversial scene in the new Borat sequel.

Giuliani, President Trump's attorney, responded to a prank scene from the movie sequel by notorious troll Sacha Baron Cohen, aka Borat, back in July.

The plot of Cohen's satirical movie involves a fictional reporter (Cohen) traveling from Kazakhstan to the U.S. to give his fictional daughter away to a powerful politician.

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Giuliani was duped by Cohen and his "daughter” (actress Maria Bakalova) who both posed as conservative TV journalists.

Cohen is easily recognizable from previous pranks in his first movie. So he wore a disguise to meet with Giuliani.

After their meeting, Giuliani accompanied Bakalova, 24, back to her hotel room.

The story was revived on Wednesday when Cohen shared a promotional photo from his movie that showed Giuliani laying on his back on a bed while reaching into his pants.

Giuliani claims he reached into his pants to tuck in his shirt when Cohen (as Borat) burst into the hotel room wearing a pink onesie and shouted, "She's 15! She's too young for you!"

Fearing he was being set up for a blackmail scam, Giuliani called the police to report the incident.

In a statement to the NY Post in July, Giuliani said:

"This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn't what I would call distractingly attractive. This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shakedown, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away."

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In his response to the photo on Wednesday, Giuliani said, "The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment.

"At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar."

Giuliani said the incident won't distract him from exposing Joe Biden as a former vice president who used his office to enrich himself and his family.

Giuliani promised more bombshell leaks from Hunter Biden's laptop -- the same laptop that has been in the FBI's possession for over a year.

"We are preparing much bigger dumps off of the hard drive from hell - of which Joe Biden will be unable to defend or hide from. I have the receipts," Giuliani said.

The FBI confirmed this week that the contents of the hard drive are "authentic" and the emails and texts are not part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

The laptop is reportedly linked to an FBI probe into "criminal" money laundering activity, possibly involving the Bidens.

Republican lawmakers are inquiring if the FBI sat on the laptop while President Trump was being impeached for asking questions about Hunter Biden's involvement in the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.

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Investigators are searching a South Florida landfill for the remains of Leila Cavett, a missing Georgia mother whose toddler son was found wandering alone in an apartment complex in July.

FBI Special Agent Michael D. Leverock said investigators are searching Pompano Beach's Monarch Hill Landfill on Thursday.

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Cavett was last seen on July 25 on security footage at a RaceTrac gas station in Hollywood, Florida.

Her 2-year-old son, Kamdyn, was found wandering alone in an apartment complex in nearby Miramar on July 26. The boy was barefoot and wearing only a t-shirt and soiled diaper.

A self-proclaimed "witch doctor" Shannon Ryan was arrested and charged with kidnapping and lying to the FBI about Kamdyn.

Investigators found blood droplets and a shovel inside Ryan's gold Lexus. A car identical to Ryan's Lexus was seen on surveillance footage outside the apartment complex just moments before Kamdyn was found by a resident.

Kamdyn remains in foster care while family members go through the legal process to gain custody of him.

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The FBI is asking parents in the Illinois area and beyond to check their sons's cell phones for evidence of communications with Netflix star Jerry Harris.

Harris, star of Netflix's cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," was arrested and charged with production of child p0rnography.

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Harris, 21, admitted to soliciting child p0rn from at least 10 children. He also confessed to having sex with a 15-year-old boy at a cheerleading event last year.

None those victims have come forward or contacted law enforcement about their communications with Harris.

The FBI launched an investigation after the mother of 14-year-old twin boys found explicit text messages from Harris on their phones.

The FBI has opened a portal for victims or parents of victims to identify themselves by completing a questionnaire.

The responses are voluntary but some of the information may be used in the investigation. All identities of victims will be kept confidential.

Victims may be eligible for certain services, financial restitution and rights under federal and/or state law.

The FBI website lists usernames that Harris used on Snapchat (jerry_714) and Instagram (@__jcoleofficial) to seduce unsuspecting boys.

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Jerry Harris, star of Netflix's cheerleading docuseries "Cheer," is facing more legal drama amid an FBI investigation into allegations he solicited sex from two minors.

Twin boys, Charlie and Sam, are suing Harris, 21, over sexual exploitation claims.

It was reported on Monday that the flamboyant cheerleader was under investigation amid reports he "solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from a minor".

After Harris' representative categorically disputed the allegations, it emerged on Tuesday that Harris is now being sued by 14-year-old twin brothers, who claimed they were sexually exploited by him when they were just 13 years old.

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In court documents, the siblings, who are Caucasian, alleged they befriended Harris, who is Black, during a cheer competition in 2018, and were "star struck" by him.

Following a torrent of text messages from Harris requesting nude photos from the boys, they met up with Harris in "secluded locations at various competitions".

After their mother found out about the sexually explicit messages, she reported him to cheerleading organization Varsity Brands, who, in turn, reported him to the police.

Harris worked for Varsity at a cheer camp last year.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Since Cheer premiere in January, Harris has covered the Oscars red carpet for Ellen DeGeneres, signed endorsement deals with Schmidt's deodorant, Panera Bread and American Eagle and racked up over a million followers on Instagram.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden held a chat with Harris weeks before investigators raided Harris's Naperville, Illinois home.

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Harris was part of Biden's plan to help "win back the internet."

"If the same percentage of young blacks turned out and registered to vote as the average voter, you'd increase voting by several million people, you could change the outcome of elections," Biden told Harris.

During a recent episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast "The Big Ticket," Harris, who was referred to as a "gay icon," said his late mom was watching over him.

"I feel like she's very, very happy and excited for everything that's been going on, and she's really loving it," said Harris, whose mother died of lung cancer when he was 16. "I know she's telling me to always stay humble, because she doesn't want to see me get a big head."

Harris has not been criminally charged in the ongoing investigation.

Harris met his cheerleading inspiration, Gabrielle Union, last month.
 

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Jerry Harris, one of the stars of Netflix's "Cheer" is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly soliciting sex from minors.

FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris' Naperville, Illinois home on Sept. 14, USA Today reported.

The criminal investigation is based on allegations from twin brothers who described a pattern of harassment by Harris, 22.

In interviews with USA Today, the boys say Harris solicited nude photos from them. The harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19.

The boys met Harris at cheerleading competitions and the harassment continued for more than a year.

Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to perform an inappropriate act in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions.

The allegations were reported to police by Varsity Brands, a private company that handles uniform sales to major competitions and dominates the cheerleading industry.

"As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.

Two screenshots were included in the letter, with one Snapchat screenshot message that read: "Would you ever want to ****."

Another screenshot of a series of text messages starting on May 3, 2019: "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it's actually pretty good haha".

Harris has not been charged with any crimes. The federal investigation is ongoing.

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A Florida man has been arrested in the case of a missing Georgia woman whose 2-year-old son was found wandering around an apartment complex.

Shannon Demar Ryan, 38, was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 15, in connection with the disappearance of Leila Cavett, 21.

Cavett was reported missing after her son, Kamdyn, was found wandering alone in a Miramar, Fla. apartment complex on July 26.

The boy wore only a t-shirt and a soiled diaper. He is currently in the custody of Florida's child protective services.

Ryan, a self-described "witch doctor," was the last person to see Cavett alive.

According to a criminal complaint, Ryan claimed he knew Cavett for over a year and he persuaded her to drive to Central Florida from Georgia to sell him her truck for $3000.

Police located Cavett's abandoned truck in Hollywood, Fla. and set up surveillance on the vehicle.

Police spotted Ryan near the truck and surrounded him. He claimed he did not know where the young mother was. He said he took Cavett and her son to Fort Lauderdale beach, then they returned to Hollywood, where he dropped them off at a RaceTrak gas station around 2:30 a.m. on July 26.

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After dropping Cavett and her son off at the RaceTrak gas station, Ryan said she and her son left in a dark sedan "with several unknown black males." He said that was the last time he saw her alive.

The criminal complaint accuses Ryan of lying to investigators about his interactions with Cavett.

"The video surveillance did not show Ryan's car at the pumps where he described it, nor did it show [Cavett] leaving in a dark sedan," FBI agent Samuel Band said Monday.

Video surveillance did show a gold Lexus similar to Ryan's in front of the Miramar apartment complex minutes before Kamdyn was found, Band said.

FBI agents are still searching for Cavett who is presumed dead.

Ryan used Cavett's debit card to make purchases at Walmart and RaceTrak gas station., according to the complaint.

The complaint revealed he bought bleach, duct tape, a box of extra large 39-gallon trash bags and two boxes of extra strength carpet deodorizer.

A search of Ryan's Lexus turned up a half empty bottle of all purpose cleaner with bleach, several black trash bags and a white powdery substance under the front passenger seat.

In Cavett's truck, investigators found shovels with what appeared to be blood droplets on them.

Band said Ryan's phone records showed Google searches on July 26 for "What day does commercial garbage pickup for Hollywood, Florida" and "Does bleach and alcohol make chloroform."

"According to the National Institute of Health, chloroform is commonly used to incapacitate a victim by rendering them unconscious," the complaint says.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel spoke with Ryan's mother who said there was no way her son was involved in a kidnapping.

"Shannon is not no evil, violent person," she said from her home in Alabama on Monday. "Shannon loves every living thing around him. My son ain't kidnap no child. That's a bunch of bull. He's not that type person. He would not harm anyone."

She said Ryan traveled back and forth from South Florida to Alabama to do psychic readings.

"He'd stay with a friend or at a motel or wherever he could stay," she said.

"My son would not hurt a flea or a fly," she said. "There's no way I believe he would do anything to anybody. He's not that kind of person."

Ryan made hundreds of posts on Facebook after he was initially questioned by law enforcement more than a week ago. Some of the posts taunted the police to come and arrest him.

Ryan, who describes himself as a witch doctor, spiritual adviser, teacher and CEO on his Facebook page, posted a video on Aug. 9, stating he was the last person to see Cavett but he denied being involved in her disappearance.

"Why is it you have a missing woman, and the last person that's seen her, which is me, who talked to the police, you ain't heard nothing about me," Ryan says in the video.

Ryan said investigators called him to do a follow-up interview earlier this month, but he declined to meet with them unless they had an arrest warrant in hand.

He is being held without bond in the Broward County Jail.

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The FBI didn't raid YouTube star Jake Paul's Calabasas mansion for assault rifles displayed in one of his videos. The firearms seized during the FBI raid are now in the hands of the L.A. County Sheriff, TMZ reports.

According to London's Dailymail.com, Paul purchased the sprawling 15,000 sq. ft. mansion for $6.9 million when he was 20 in 2017.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the feds seized a collection of assault rifles during a raid of the star's home on Wednesday.

ABC 7 News aired drone footage of law enforcement officers walking out of the home carrying long guns and assault rifles.

Reports initially stated the feds raided the home with a search warrant to seize the firearms Paul displayed in a YouTube video.

The assault rifles were perched on a wall of Paul's bedroom during a YouTube prank.

According to TMZ, the raids were connected to looting at a Scottsdale, Arizona mall, where Jake and a friend were live-streaming during Black Lives Matter riots in June.

The FBI was searching for merchandise stolen during looting at the mall. Authorities did not disclose what they found inside the residence. Paul was not taken into custody.

The 23-year-old Capricorn has over 20 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. He earns around $10 million a year from YouTube videos and a clothing line.
 

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Bubba Wallace's girlfriend, Amanda Carter, wrote an Instagram post thanking NASCAR fans for their support after a "noose" was found in Wallace's garage bay at Talladega on Sunday.

Carter also urged white people - including herself - to examine their prejudices.

"We must continue the conversation, no one is exempt from taking a look at themselves," wrote Carter, who has dated Wallace for 2 years. "The fact I date a black man does not exempt me."

Carter's post included the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

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The "noose" turned out to be a garage door pull-down rope that can be seen in photos and videos of the same garage #4 as far back as 2017 (see video below).

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The same pull-down rope is seen in this video image from Nov. 2019. The loop at the end of the rope at garage bay #4 - the garage assigned to Wallace's team -- shows the loop is cut off and the rope is shorter than it was in 2019.

The video tour below of the Talladega garage shows ropes with hand loops hanging at every garage door.

Even though bloggers have provided incontrovertible proof that similar ropes with loops on the end are hanging at all NASCAR garage doors, Wallace and NASCAR officials continue to insist Wallace is the victim of racism.

In an appearance on The View on Tuesday, Wallace, who is the only Black or biracial driver in NASCAR, confirmed he spoke with the FBI about the alleged hate crime.

He called doubters who believe the noose story is a PR stunt "simple-minded people" who are "afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for... instead of trying to listen and understand what's going on."
 

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The Department of Justice has dropped all charges against President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The news sent shockwaves through Washington DC, a week after evidence released to Flynn's lawyers show FBI agents tried to trap Flynn into lying to them.

Flynn, a Democrat, had been director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama but was terminated from his job.

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He then joined Trump's presidential campaign helping to shape Trump's foreign policy and introducing Trump at his campaign rallies.

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017. He also agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion probe that found no wrongdoing by Trump's administration.

In January 2020, Flynn filed documents to withdraw his guilty plea. His sentencing was "indefinitely postponed" until a later date.

The retired Army Lt. General was an important figure in Trump's administration. He served under Trump for only one month before he was accused of accepting money from foreign governments without approval in 2016.

President Trump told reporters he had no prior knowledge of the DOJ's decision to drop all charges.

Earlier in the week, Trump said he would welcome Flynn back into his administration.