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Disgraced singer Robert Kelly was convicted on federal child pornography charges in Chicago on Wednesday.

Jurors deliberated for less than 24 hours before finding him guilty after a monthlong trial.

Kelly was also convicted on sex trafficking and racketeering charges in New York in June. He was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

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A Chicago jury acquitted Kelly on the state child p0rn charges in 2008. The charges were re-filed in federal court to avoid double jeopardy.

Prosecutors said Kelly urinated on and sexually abused his then-14-year-old goddaughter in a widely seen sex tape in 2008. However, his goddaughter, who is now 37, initially denied being the girl in the video.

She changed her testimony during the 2nd trial, and admitted she was the girl in the video.

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Kelly, 55, was accused of bribing the girl to change her story to avoid a conviction in 2008. Prosecutors say he videotaped himself having sex with multiple underage girls.

He was convicted on six out of the 13 counts he faced, according to CBS Chicago.

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"Robert Kelly abused many girls over many years," Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Pozolo told the jurors.

"That child, who had no prior sexual experiences in her life, was forced to lay on that floor while that man sitting right over there urinated on her," Pozolo said. "That degrading act is forever captured on that video. That abuse is forever memorialized."

"He committed horrible crimes against children... All these years later, the hidden side of Robert Kelly has come out," Pozolo said during her closing arguments.

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Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah pleaded guilty to running a $5 million nationwide marketing scam that robbed elderly people.

Shah pleaded guilty before her trial was set to begin in Manhattan on July 18, according to DailyMail.com.
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The 48-year-old mom-of-two faces up to 14 years in prison when she is sentenced. She may also be ordered to pay $9.5 million in fines and restitution, per Page Six.

Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested on federal fraud charges in March 2021. The reality TV personality is accused of running a nationwide telemarketing and money laundering scheme.

Hundreds of elderly victims were charged thousands of dollars to receive unspecified services which "provided little to no value to the victims," according to a 10-page indictment.

Shah struggled to explain what she did for a living on an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

"My background is in direct response marketing for about twenty years," she said. "Our company does advertising. We have a platform that helps people acquire customers."

Shah was more forthcoming in federal court on Monday, July 11, when she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The US attorney dropped her second count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, the Mail reported.

She admitted knowing what she did "was wrong" and that she was "so sorry" for the "many people" who were ripped off.

The former reality TV star admitted that she "agreed with others to commit wire fraud" and "knew it misled" her elderly victims.

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During the RHOSLC reunion show in March, Shah broke down as she explained that she was "fighting" the federal charges.

"I'm innocent. I will fight this for every person out there that can't fight for themselves because they don't have the resources or the means, so they don't fight," she said.

"I will fight because number one, I'm innocent, and number two I'm going to f---ing represent every other person out there that can't fight and hasn't been able to."

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An aspiring rapper who bragged about stealing pandemic benefits has agreed to plead guilty and will serve prison time.

According to the Department of Justice, 33-year-old Fontrell Antonio Baines, aka Nuke Bizzle, has agreed to a plea deal.

Baines, who is originally from Memphis, pled guilty to illegally obtaining COVID relief funds in 2020. He is accused of stealing more than $1.2 million in unemployment benefits preloaded on 92 debit cards from the Employment Development Department (EDD).

Federal authorities indicted Baines after he appeared in a music video for "EDD" flashing stacks of cash and bragging about defrauding the federal government.

"I just got rich off of EDD/ I just woke up to 300 Gs," Baines bragged. "Unemployment so sweet/ We had 1.5 land this week." Rapper Fat Wizza added: "You gotta sell cocaine, I can just file a claim."

The hip-hop artist was charged with access device fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transportation of stolen property.

Prosecutors say the defendant and his associates exploited Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provisions of the CARES Act.

He allegedly used the names of identify theft victims to obtain more than 90 pre-loaded debit cards. Those cards were reportedly mailed to Beverly Hills and Koreatown addresses that were linked to Baines.

Baines and his associates withdrew $704,000 in cash using the cards.

He also allegedly admitted to being a felon in possession of a firearm with 14 rounds of ammunition.

Baines agreed to plead guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. He will also forfeit $56,000 in cash that was seized by federal agents.

Baines faces up to 20 years in prison for the fraud charges and 10 years for the weapons charges.

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Former "Cheer" star Jerry Harris was sentenced to 12 years in prison for soliciting explicit images from minors.

Harris, 22, was indicted on seven counts of receiving explicit images of children and persuading minors to engage in sexual contact.

In February he pleaded guilty to one count of traveling across state lines with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of receiving child pornography, a U.S. attorney's office spokesman said.

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Prosecutors say Harris persuaded a 17-year-old boy to send him explicit images in exchange for money. Harris also plead guilty to taking a trip to Florida for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with a 15-year-old boy.

A judge sentenced Harris to 12 years in prison, followed by 8 years of court-supervised release, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, confirmed to NBC News.

Harris had faced a sentence ranging from five to 20 years on the child pornography charge and a maximum sentence of 30 years on the second federal charge.

Harris was a breakout star on Netflix's "Cheer." As an openly gay Black male in Hollywood, Harris was praised by such bold names as Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Gabrielle Union and Vice President Kamala Harris, among others.

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Robert Sylvester Kelly, aka R. Kelly, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a New York courtroom on Friday.

The 55-year-old disgraced R&B singer was convicted in Brooklyn of heading a criminal enterprise that preyed on girls, women and men for his own sexual gratification.

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He will face similar charges in a separate trial in his native Chicago, Illinois.

Kelly was a successful Grammy award-winning platinum-selling artist who used his wealth and status to prey on vulnerable men and women, prosecutors say.

His sexual exploits earned him the vulgar nickname "The Pied Piper."

Kelly sold over 75 million records worldwide. His solo hit songs include "Bump n' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "You Remind Me of Something", "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" and "I Believe I Can Fly."

He has worked with legends including Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson and Quincy Jones, among others.

His attorneys submitted documents about the R&B singer's own childhood abuse, which they hoped would sway the judge to give Kelly a lighter sentence.

His attorneys had asked the judge to sentence Kelly to 10 years in prison with credit for time served.

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Ghislaine Maxwell apologized in open court before she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking and grooming girls with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell was sentenced in a NY courtroom on Tuesday, June 28.

She was found guilty in December 2021 of conspiring to abuse and traffic girls with her ex-boyfriend, Epstein, who took his own life in a NYC jail cell in 2019.

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The 66-year-old British socialite insisted she was "fooled" by Epstein, whose client list included former President Donald Trump and Britain's Prince Andrew (below).

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"Your honor, it is hard for me to address the court after listening to the pain and anguish expressed today," she told the judge on Tuesday.

"The terrible impact on the lives of so many women is difficult to hear and even more difficult to absorb in its scale and extent... I want to acknowledge their suffering. I empathize deeply with all of the victims in this case."

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Prior to her sentencing, Maxwell was advised that her prison term would be shortened significantly if she cooperated fully with the FBI (and named names).

One of her victims, Annie Farmer, told "CBS Mornings" on Wednesday that she was 16-years-old when she met Epstein and Maxwell, and Epstein began groping her.

She said Maxwell's presence made her think she'd be safe around Epstein.

Other victims said Maxwell's sentencing provides closure for them.

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Todd and Julie Chrisley may soon call a federal penitentiary home after they were both found guilty of income tax evasion.

An Atlanta federal jury convicted the Chrisleys on bank fraud and tax evasion charges on Tuesday.

Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Eleanor L. Ross to detain the Chrisleys "immediately," after the verdict was read in open court. But Ross declined and released the couple on bond. She said, "They are not a flight risk, nor do they pose a danger."

Federal prosecutors say Todd, 53, and Julie, 49, conspired for years to defraud banks and hide millions from the IRS, according to June 7 documents obtained by HollywoodLife.

The verdict follows a 3-week trial. Deliberations began on Friday. Todd and Julie Chrisley maintained they did nothing wrong.

Todd's former business partner and lover, Mark Braddock, testified last month that he and Todd had an intimate relationship for about a year in the early 2000s. He said the relationship ended and they remained brotherly friends until 2012 when Todd terminated his employment and threatened to call police.

Braddock immediately went to the feds and revealed Todd's criminal activity in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

The Chrisleys are best known for their reality TV series Chrisley Knows Best, which premiered in March of 2014. The series was recently renewed.


A man who claims he had an intimate relationship with Todd Chrisley said the reality star paid off a blackmailer who threatened to out him publicly.

Mark Braddock, Todd Chrisley's former lover and business partner, testified in Chrisley's federal tax fraud trial in Atlanta, Ga. on Tuesday. Chrisley and his wife, Julie, are on trial for income tax evasion.

Braddock testified that he and Chrisley had an intimate relationship for about a year in the early 2000s. He said the relationship ended and they remained brotherly friends until 2012 when Chrisley terminated his employment and threatened to call police.

Braddock immediately went to the feds and revealed Todd's criminal activity in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

During the time that Braddock worked for Chrisley's foreclosure management company, they began to receive anonymous text messages threatening to expose their relationship.

Braddock testified that one text message read, "Pay cash and we'll shut up," according to the report.

Braddock, who had access to Chrisley's bank accounts, claimed he withdrew four payments of $9,500, totaling $38,000, and gave the cash to Todd Chrisley to pay off the blackmailer.


However, Chrisley's attorney, Bruce Morris, alleged in his opening statement that Braddock was "obsessed" with Todd and wanted to be him - and even impersonated him.

Todd and Julie, 49, were married for 26 years and share three adult children. Todd also has two kids with ex-wife Teresa Terry.

There has been a lot of speculation about Todd's sexuality, which he has consistently denied and even called the gay rumors "flattering".

"In order for it to disappoint me, it would mean that I don't agree with someone being gay," he said on "The Domenick Nati Show" in 2017.

"I don't believe that's a choice that you make. I believe that you are the way that God has made you."


Todd added that he was "flattered that people think I can [go both ways]" and joked, "My wife certainly is flattered that as many men want her husband as there are women. With that being said, I'm never going to have a drought."

Both Chrisleys are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of tax fraud.

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Prosecutors allege the Chrisleys filed fake documents to get millions of dollars in bank loans, and also submitted a fake credit report and fake bank documents while trying to rent a house for $14,000 a month in California in 2014. The couple allegedly moved into the home then refused to pay rent after a few months.

The indictment alleges they lied about their income to avoid paying taxes to the IRS.

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Todd and Julie Chrisley are set to go on trial for tax evasion and bank fraud on Monday, May 16, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Both Chrisleys are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, five counts of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of tax fraud.

Prosecutors allege the Chrisleys filed fake documents to get millions of dollars in bank loans, and also submitted a fake credit report and fake bank documents while trying to rent a house in California in 2014. The couple allegedly moved into the home then refused to pay rent after a few months.

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The indictment alleges they lied about their income to avoid paying taxes to the IRS. Money they received from their reality TV shows allegedly went to a production company they controlled. They failed to pay income taxes on the money for multiple years.

The Chrisleys were indicted in August 2019 and a new indictment was filed in January, The Tennessean reports.

Jury selection will begin Monday with opening statements expected Tuesday, the newspaper reports.

Last week, E! announced a new dating series, "Love Limo," hosted by Todd Chrisley. Their reality shows "Chrisley Knows Best" and "Growing Up Chrisley" have been renewed on USA Network and E!.

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A Detroit man was arrested for dispensing marijuana from a vending machine bolted to the outside wall of his home.

Police say Marcellus Cornwell, 46, earned $2,000 a day dispensing weed out of his vending machine without a license.

The middle aged drug dealer retired from street sales about 4 years ago. He came up with a convenient way to still earn a living wage without leaving home.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the vending machine featured a navigation system with a touch screen, anime characters, and a voice command. It even accepted credit cards and Apple Pay.

Cornwall's enterprise was brought to the attention of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) by neighbors who were fed up with the constant foot traffic.

"If you do this stuff inside a neighborhood, people are going to take notice and they're going to get mad," said an ATF agent.

The feds raided Cornwell's residence and seized the vending machine, 18 firearms, ammunition and bags of marijuana.

According to court documents obtained by the Free Press, Cornwell "owned and operated the marijuana vending machine attached to the residence for four years, making approximately $2,000 per day."

Cornwall is currently out on bond.

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Gwinnett County police have identified the irate woman who jumped over a counter and stole $750 from an Atlanta area Chase bank.

32-year-old Sarahdia Camell, of Long Beach, California, is seen in viral cell phone video jumping over a counter and threatening a teller at a JPMorgan Chase Bank at 3789 Buford Drive in Buford, Ga. on Jan. 25.

Camell demanded $13,000 from her account and became agitated when the teller told her there were some discrepancies with her credentials, police say.

The video shows Camell grab the glass partition and hoist herself over the counter.

Camell tussled with a teller before grabbing scissors off a nearby desk and threatening him with it. She then forced open a money box and allegedly stole $750 cash inside.

She was gone by the time Gwinnett police officers arrived at the bank minutes later. "Once she had removed the money from the cash box, she exited the bank through a side door," police said.

According to the bank's website, the Chase Bank location in Buford is "temporarily closed."

Camell is described as a Black female, about 5-feet-2-inches and 180 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gwinnett County PD detectives at (770) 513-5300.

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Gwinnett police are searching for a woman who robbed a Buford, Ga. bank after the teller refused her request to withdraw over $13,000.

Police say the woman approached a teller at a Chase Bank and asked to withdraw $13,564 from her account. The teller asked for her driver's license, debit card and phone number.

The woman became agitated when the teller attempted to scan her California driver's license and told her the phone number did not match the information on her bank account profile.

When the teller refused her request for a cash withdrawal, the woman held onto a glass partition and jumped over the counter. Once behind the counter, she grappled with a teller who was on the phone with Gwinnett police.

The woman grabbed a pair of scissors, forced open a cash box and allegedly stole $750 from inside. The woman then left the bank using a side door.

Gwinnett detectives are investigating the incident. Cell phone video was first shared on Twitter by ATL Uncensored who falsely claimed the woman jumped over the counter during a dispute about overdraft fees.

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Christmas came early for a self-professed "Haitian entrepreneur" who fleeced the government's pandemic relief PPP program to enrich himself.

Prosecutors accused Valesky Barosy of fraudulently obtaining loans from the federal Payroll Protection Program to buy a Lamborghini, a Rolex watch, designer clothing, and other luxury items

Barosy, 27, flaunted his ill-gotten gains on his deleted Instagram page where he amassed over 10,000 followers.

In one photo, Barosy, of Ft. Lauderdale, posed outside a private jet. In another photo, he is seen exiting his white Lamborghini.

The Haitian-born businessman sought publicity as a self-made millionaire and immigrant success story.

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After arriving from Haiti a decade ago, Barosy worked his way up from an employee at Walmart to "regional Vice President" of his credit repair company that earned over $3.6 million in sales.

However, federal authorities say Barosy and his accomplices fraudulently applied for $4.2 million in PPP loans using false information.

In each loan application, Barosy allegedly submitted IRS tax returns that falsely inflated prior-year expenses, net profit, and payroll.

Barosy and his accomplices received approximately $2.1 million in PPP loans, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

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Federal agents raided Barosy's home and business and seized a Lamborghini Huracán, valued at over $150,000, Rolex and Hublot watches, and designer clothing from Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.

A federal grand jury indicted Barosy on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft.

Barosy is being held in a federal detention facility without bond. He faces up to 132 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

According to the federal government, over $1 billion in Covid relief funds have been stolen from the PPP program.

Florida is the nation's No. 1 fraud capital, with over $340 million in stolen funds going to that state alone.

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Lisa Montgomery was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday for strangling a pregnant woman and cutting her baby from her womb.

Montgomery was put to death at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana on Jan. 13, just after midnight. She declined a Chaplain's offer to pray over her.

When asked if she had any final words, she whispered "No," her voice muffled by a face mask.

Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Outgoing President Donald Trump ordered the executions of four Black men and one woman. Montgomery was the last on Trump's execution list to die before he leaves office on Jan. 20.

Trump's administration executed 10 federal death row inmates in 2020 -- more than any other president in a single year.

Montgomery, 52, won a reprieve on Christmas Eve when a judge granted a stay of execution. But after the Trump administration fought back, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a DC court's stay of execution on Tuesday, clearing the way for the Kansas woman to be put to death.

Nashville public defender Kelley Henry argued that her client suffered from a mental illness caused by childhood abuse, rape and torture. She said Montgomery had been "issued the highest mental health designation."

"The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight," Henry, said in a statement after Montgomery was executed.

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Family members came forward with childhood horror stories of Montgomery being gang raped for hours by her stepfather and his friends, who beat her and urinated on her when they were done.

Montgomery's mother knew about the rapes but did nothing to stop them. She reportedly offered her teenage daughter to men in exchange for drugs.

Montgomery's unspeakable crimes took place in the sleepy town of Skidmore, Kansas in late 2004. Then-36-years-old, Montgomery met Bobbie Jo Stinnett, a 23-year-old dog breeder, in an online chatroom.

The killer arranged a meeting with Stinnett at the pregnant woman's home under the pretense that she was going there to purchase a puppy.

Montgomery, who had her tubes tied after the birth of her fourth child, was desperate for a newborn baby to save her marriage.

On Dec. 16, 2004, Montgomery arrived at Stinnett's home and strangled the eight months pregnant woman who fell unconscious.

Montgomery then took an unsanitary kitchen knife and sliced Stinnett's abdomen open, removing the premature baby girl. At some point during the procedure, Stinnett regained consciousness and fought for her life, only to be strangled to death.

Friends and family say Montgomery dressed the newborn baby girl in Winnie the Pooh outfits and paraded her around town as if the child was her own. She named the baby Abigail.

Stinnett's body was discovered by her mother, about an hour after the murder.

The following day, after forensic computer experts traced the online chat communication to Montgomery's computer, she was arrested at her home in Melvern, Kansas.

The newborn girl was returned to her father, Stinnett's grieving husband. The girl is now 16, and lives a quiet life out of the public eye.

Montgomery was the only woman on death row in the U.S. and the first woman to be executed by the federal government in 67 years.

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The richest Black man in America is under investigation for income tax evasion. Billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith is under investigation for possible income tax evasion.

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Smith made headlines in 2019 when he and his wife, Hope Dworaczyk Smith, generously paid off student loan debts for Morehouse College's entire 2019 graduating class.

The pledge was worth $40 million and is the largest single gift in the school's history. Apparently, Smith planned to use the massive pledge as a $40 million tax write off.

According to Vladtv.com, for four years, federal authorities have been investigating Vista Equity Partners firm for failure to pay taxes on about $200 million in assets transferred from Vista's first private equity fund to offshore banks.

High-income individuals typically transfer millions or billions to offshore banks in the Caribbean and Europe to avoid paying taxes in the United States.

Forbes.com reports Smith hopes to resolve the Justice Department's case with a civil settlement in order to prevent resigning from Vista's board or serving time in prison.

The billionaire has also asked for leniency in exchange for his cooperation with another investigation involving Robert Brockman, who worked with Smith on projects involving offshore entities, trusts, and foundations.

Smith is reportedly willing to cooperate with additional investigations as well. Vista Equity Partners, which manages $65 billion in assets, has not commented on the investigation.