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A Houston woman was arrested for stealing her cousin's lottery winnings after he asked her to cash in his ticket.

Iris Amador Argueta, 32, is accusing of stealing over $500,000 from her cousin who gave her the $1 million lottery ticket to cash.

The Long Island man wanted to remain anonymous, authorities said.

The incident began when the victim purchased a New York State Lottery $5 Hold 'Em Poker scratch-off ticket at a 7-Eleven in Glen Cove last October.

He scratched the ticket to reveal the $1 million cash prize. However, he didn't want to identify himself, authorities said.

So, he asked Argueta to cash the ticket for him in exchange for $50,000, and she agreed.

Instead of cashing the ticket and turning over the funds, Argueta took $537,440 in a lump sum, and gave the victim $13,436.

In a bogus letter from the state lottery commission, she wrote that the state took the rest of the money in taxes.

When the victim accused her of robbing him, she threatened him with legal action, authorities said.

Nassau County officials froze Argueta's bank account and recovered more than half the stolen money.

Argueta is charged with grand larceny and faces 15 years in prison.

She was also charged with forging lottery paperwork.

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Dr. Dre can't catch a break in the courtroom.

Just 2 months after a judge ordered Dre to pay his estranged wife, Nicole Young, $300,000 per month in temporary spousal support, he is now ordered to pay an additional $1.5 million in attorney's fees.

According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, the judge presiding over Dre's divorce case has issued a temporary order covering Nicole's attorney's fees.

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Besides the massive spousal support, the judge ordered Dre to pay an extra $1.55 million in attorney fees - for a total of over $4 million.

The legendary rapper has already shelled out a payment of $2 million to her lawyers. And in the past year, he made two separate payments of $500,000 each.

Dr. Dre objected to the excessive attorney's fees - which now total more than $4 million, but the judge dismissed his complaints.

The judge said Nicole's attorneys can charge exorbitant hourly rates because they are "certified family law specialists" with "significant years of experience".

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"Ms. Samantha F. Spector and Lisa Helfend Meyer, certified family law specialists, have significant years of experience in family law and have extensive practical experience in complex family law matters. Considering the level of the case's complexity, and the issues involved, an attorney of their level and skill is reasonably necessary; and therefore, the various hourly rates of the primary and secondary attorneys participating in this litigation are reasonable and justifiable."

Dr. Dre is being ordered to pay all of Nicole's lawyer's fees based on the "disparity" in their assets and income.

According to the court order, Nicole has assets totaling "approximately 39 million dollars" while Dr. Dre has a net worth of approximately "243 million dollars."

The judge also ordered the estranged couple to settle out of court for permanent spousal support before the case goes to trial. Otherwise, their divorce case could end up being the most expensive in history.

Either way, it's a lose-lose situation for Dr. Dre.

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Three federal pandemic aid programs, including extended unemployment benefits, expired on Labor Day for millions of Americans.

On Sept. 6, an estimated 8.9 million people lost all unemployment benefits. Those Americans who have gone a year-and-a-half without a steady paycheck will be hardest hit.

A federal eviction moratorium already expired last month.

Gig worker benefits and self-employed benefits have also expired on Labor Day. Progressives are pushing the Biden administration to extend unemployment benefits beyond Sept. 6.

"We need to extend the expanded UI for millions of unemployed workers because this crisis isn't over," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a Democrat, in a statement to Newsweek.

"We're still in a pandemic, and the latest jobs numbers prove that. Doing our part to support Americans right now includes extending expanded [unemployment insurance benefits] and passing the $3.5 trillion infrastructure package to invest in our people and economy."

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Unemployment benefits were previously extended by Congress in March. But the Biden administration has indicated they will not extend unemployment again.

All 50 Senate Democrats have said they won't extend unemployment benefits past Labor Day.

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Social experts believe the end of federal benefits will put a stop to violence in the nation's airports and on budget airlines.
 
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According to a recent study, the increase in fights at airports were directly related to excess government benefits. Unemployment and stimulus checks allows more freedom for people who would normally stay home and fight.

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Last week, the Biden administration approved $100 payments to people who take the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Then Walmart announced it was offering $150 to employees who were hesitant about taking the injections.

That led one blog to speculate that "the bribes are increasing right on schedule. In 1 month, holdouts should get 4 digits."

"And since Wall Street is all about following "thought leaders" we expect that within 48 hours, most financial companies will piggyback and also offer similar cash bribes to their unjabbed employees. At that point, employee envy will emerge and most US companies will be met with social pressure to do the same. And then there is the question of why aren't these bribes retroactive: surely some 165 million Americans feel very stupid right now for not waiting a few months and getting one month's rent for free."

That prediction came to fruition. According to Bloomberg, Vanguard is offering $1,000 to employees who get vaccinated by October.

A Vanguard spokeswoman confirmed the asset management company is offering $1,000 as an "incentive" to employees who are still holding out.

Zerohedge notes that the offer is not retroactive to those employees who dutifully took the shots already.

"At that point, employee envy will emerge and most US companies will be met with social pressure to do the same. And then there is the question of why aren't these bribes retroactive: surely some 165 million Americans feel very stupid right now for not waiting a few months and getting one month's rent for free."

Question: Would you be upset if you are fully vaccinated, but your colleague receives $1,000 for getting the vax?

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The Biden administration is offering $100 to Americans who get vaccinated, as the CDC vaccine rollout hits a brick wall.

The $100 payments can be paid for with the $350 billion in aid granted to state, local, territorial and tribal governments under the American Rescue Plan Act.

"Throughout America's vaccination efforts, we have seen that financial incentives serve as a motivating factor for some people to get vaccinated," the White House said on Thursday.
 
READ ALSO: Biden: 'You're not going to get Covid if you have these vaccinations'

The Biden administration also confirmed Pres. Joe Biden will require all federal government employees and onsite contractors to provide proof of vaccination or take weekly PCR tests.

"After months and months of cases going down, we're seeing a spike in COVID cases. Why? Because of this new form, this new variant called the delta variant," Biden said on Thursday.

The United States Postal Service has declined to comply with Biden's vaccine mandate.

The American Postal Workers Union that represents over 200,000 U.S. Postal Service employees, released a statement Wednesday declaring it's not the federal government's job to force vaccines on Americans.

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Jeff Bezos is giving $100 million to CNN contributor Van Jones. Bezos made the announcement during a press conference following his 11-minute space flight on Tuesday.

Bezos also gave $100 million to Chef José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides free meals during natural disasters.

"They can give all to their own charity or they can share their wealth. It's all up to them," Bezos said.

Jones and Chef Andrés Bezos are recipients of Bezos' Courage and Civility Award.

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An emotional Van Jones thanked the Amazon founder for betting on him.

"Lauren and Jeff don't do nothing small, man, they don't do anything small, they just don't do it. They dream big, they love big, and they bet big. And you bet on me, and I appreciate it," Jones said at the news conference on Tuesday.

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Bezos made headlines on Tuesday when he and three others flew into space on his unmanned Blue Origin spacecraft.

The phallus-shaped spacecraft launched at 9:12 a.m., as millions watched around the world.

Although the spacecraft never entered earth's orbit, the capsule landed in a Texas desert just 11 minutes later.
 

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Accountant Jason Thornton reacted to controversial "Financial Strategist" Marcus Barney allegedly teaching people how to commit bank fraud.

Barney, who calls himself "him500" on social media, teaches his 285,000 Instagram followers how to become recession proof by following his insider advice.

Thornton breaks down him500's latest video in which him500 teaches people how to obtain $100,000 in cash from Navy Federal by twisting the truth a little bit.

Him500 claims all you have to do is go into Navy Federal with the vin number of a car valued at the loan amount you're applying for. Navy Federal will cut you a check for $100,000 within 24 hours, according to him500.

Since you never intended to buy the car, you won't have the title to present to the bank within 90 days.

Him500 claims the bank will simply convert the car loan into a personal loan and you keep the cash.

Thornton says him500 is teaching bank fraud and anyone who follows his advice will end up in federal prison.

Him500 responded to Thornton's criticism on Instagram.

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Megan Thee Stallion is giving away $1 million worth of stock to teach fans how to "build your own empire" with her new "Investing for Hotties" initiative.

The voluptuous rapper's fans helped her to build wealth and now she wants to return the favor.

She wrote:

"Me and my thriving empire, Hot Girl Enterprises, have teamed up with Cash App to teach you everything I learned on the way up about money and how you can build your own empire.

"Buying stocks isn't only for the big players. Anyone can start with as little as $1. Putting in a little money and seeing how it moves is a great way to learn about the stock market and start building up a portfolio."

Fans who hope to win stocks can comment on her latest Instagram post with "$cashtag" for a chance to win the stocks.

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The "WAP" hitmaker, who was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine last year, urged investors to start small, adding, "With Cash App, you can buy and sell small pieces of stock called fractional shares, and ease your way in nice and slow.

"Buying stocks seems complicated, but really it's a pretty simple process. The more you educate yourself the more equipped you'll be to navigate investing. With my knowledge and your hustle, you'll have your own empire in no time."

 

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DMX left an estate worth less than $50,000 when he died on April 9. He did not have a will or life insurance.

The rapper's 15 children will share whatever is left over from his estate after the lawyers and creditors take their cut.

The hip-hop star's platinum records sold more than 74 million copies, but his estate will likely be worth less than $50,000, according to court papers.

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DMX, real name Earl Simmons, didn't leave behind enough money to care for his 15 children -- some of whom are still minors.

The first challenges to DMX's estate came from DMX's adult daughters Sasha Simmons and Jada Oden, and his sons Xavier, Tacoma and Sean Simmons.

The women estimate DMX's estate is worth $50,000, while his sons put the value of the estate at less than $1 million.

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Both groups of children are seeking to become administrators of their late father's estate, the NY Daily News reports.

A source familiar with the estate told the News that the estate's value could increase dramatically in the coming years thanks to the popularity of his catalog, with rap classics like "Party Up (In Here)," "Slippin'" and "Get At Me Dog."

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The IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury announced the first monthly payments of up to $300 will go out on July 15 to 88% of children in the U.S.

The expanded Child Tax Credit payments are part of the Biden administration's foray into Universal Basic Income, a poverty-fighting measure.

The payments will be made on the 15th of each month to families who qualify -- about 39% of the population.

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President Joe Biden's Treasury Department announced Monday it will start sending monthly child tax credits to 39 million families on July 15. Couples earning $150,000 or less qualify for the expanded benefits under the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was signed by Biden in March.

They will receive a payment of up to $300 per month for each child under 6 and up to $250 per month for children between the ages of 6 and 17. Annual benefits for parents could reach upwards of $3,000 per kid depending on their age. Source

The payments will be made via checks and direct deposit every month, starting on July 15. The Biden administration hopes the benefits will lift 65 million American children out of poverty.

The Biden administration has asked Congress to increase the Child Tax Credit payments through 2025.

Correction: An earlier version of this post stated children would receive up to $3,600 in monthly stimulus payments. The actual amount is $300 in monthly payments.

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