Texas Man Sentenced to More Than Nine Years in COVID-19 Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme
Through these loan applications, Price sought over $2.6 million and actually obtained over $1.6 million in PPP loan funds. Price falsely represented the number of employees and payroll expenses in each of the PPP loan applications. To support the fraudulent PPP loan applications, Price also submitted fraudulent tax records and other materials. Illustratively, with respect to the 713 Construction LLC loan application, Price applied in the name of an individual who died shortly before the application was submitted. Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A.justice.gov
Kelly Price breaks silence on COVID battle after believed missing: ‘I died’
Kelly Price broke her silence on Sunday after days of concerns over her safety after she was initially believed to […] The post Kelly Price breaks silence on COVID battle after believed missing: ‘I died’ appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
Houston man pleads guilty to federal charges for fraudulently getting $1.6M in PPP loans
A Houston man has pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges for getting more than $1.6 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans, designed to help struggling small businesses pay their employees and stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Fraudulently Obtaining Over $1.6 Million in Paycheck Protection Program Loans
A Texas man pleaded guilty today in the Southern District of Texas to fraudulently obtaining more than $1.6 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The 713 Construction LLC PPP loan application was made in the name of an individual who died shortly before the application was submitted. Through these two PPP loan applications, Price sought and obtained over $1.6 million in PPP loan funds. Price falsely represented the number of employees and payroll expenses in each of the PPP loan applications. Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A.justice.gov
‘I still feel it isn’t real’: Gold Rush town residents reckon with wildfire devastation
As flames approached, Kimberly Price fled her beloved California hometown of Greenville. An hour later, most of it was gone Tiffany Lozano, 44, right, covers her face from the smoke as her sister, Kelly Tan, 59, photographs what is left of Hunter’s Hardware store and the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce in Greenville. Photograph: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/Rex/Shutterstock After weeks of fire, smoke and warnings, Kimberly Price’s beloved hometown had run out of time. With wind driving the Dixnews.yahoo.com
Guilty verdict delivered in Wimberley murder trial
A Hays County jury handed down a guilty verdict to Jimmy Lee Rhodes following a week’s worth of testimony alleging Rhodes knowingly and intentionally killed his former wife, Christina Anderson.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Australia signs deal for 25 million Moderna COVID-19 doses
Australia has reached a supply agreement for 25 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S.-based biotechnology company and the prime minister said Thursday. The deal included 10 million doses of the vaccine against the ancestral strain to be delivered in 2021 and 15 million doses of an updated variant booster to be delivered in 2022, Moderna said in a statement. The vaccines have yet to be approved by the Australian regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration.news.yahoo.com
Texas Tiger still on the lam as alleged owner freed on bond
The whereabouts of a tiger that was found briefly wandering a Houston neighborhood remained unknown on Wednesday as the Texas man who police allege owns the animal was released on bond. An attorney for Victor Hugo Cuevas continued to insist to reporters on Wednesday that his client is not the tiger’s owner and like authorities is worried about the animal’s safety. Cuevas had been booked into the jail Monday night after being charged with evading arrest by Houston police in neighboring Harris County.news.yahoo.com
Biden issues executive order following mounting cyberattacks
President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve the country’s cybersecurity following a series of high-profile cyberattacks in both the public and private sectors. Why it matters: The United States is facing mounting cyberattacks — from the Colonial Pipeline hack to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange attacks — and the Biden administration is feeling pressured to act quickly to combat vulnerabilities in the country’s infrastructure.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.Details: The executive order will remove barriers to increase information sharing between the government and private sector to allow IT service providers to report breaches.“We'll be leading an effort to really solidify those details and define the threshold that needs to be shared for specific incidents, but it needs to be shared within specific timelines on a sliding scale based on the severity of the incident,” a senior administration official explained. The order will also implement stronger cybersecurity standards across the federal government, including moving to secure cloud-based services.A senior administration official noted that outdated models or unencrypted data is one of the causes of compromised data, and the government must act as a leader in the space. The order establishes a Cybersecurity Safety Review Board, modeled on the National Transportation Safety Board, to investigate incidents.The executive order will also create baseline security standards for any software sold to the government, which in part will require developers to allow for greater visibility into their security data and software creation.“Colonial fundamentally was an IT incident, and this executive order will make IT software more secure,” an administration official said, noting that with more rigorous standards put in place, some of these IT incidents can be mitigated.What we're watching: The administration official noted this is just one step in Biden’s push to strengthen America’s cybersecurity apparatus. Several lawmakers have called for the passage of cybersecurity bills in the wake of the latest attacks.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.news.yahoo.com
Trans women told by doctors they are 'not wearing enough lipstick'
Trans women are being told they are not wearing enough lipstick or “feminine clothing” by doctors, MPs have heard. The Women and Equalities Select Committee heard evidence on Wednesday from a variety of medical professionals and campaigners regarding gender healthcare as part of its inquiry into the reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA). Dr Harriet Hutchinson, community organiser at Action for Trans Health Durham, described the current processes of “attempting to prove your gender to a clinician” as a “disturbing”, “intrusive and degrading" process. In accordance with current regulations, in many cases trans people are required to live in their ‘preferred’ gender for two years in order to gain ‘real life experience’ of living and working in their preferred gender. Dr Hutchinson told the virtual hearing: “Our services users have been in appointments where they've been criticised for not wearing lipstick or received lectures from cisgender clinicians that the trousers they were wearing weren't 'feminine enough' to be regarded as female presentation." She added: "So the idea of having to prove your gender is very reductive and forces trans people to conform to stereotypes in order to receive a diagnosis and then, of course, receive criticism for perpetuating gender stereotypes." Dr John Chisholm CBE, chair of the Medical Ethics Committee at the British Medical Association (BMA) also told MPs: "It's very onerous and dehumanising to have to be asked all these intrusive questions in order to prove, in essence, that you are who you say you are… "We've come a long way from regarding gender dysphoria as a medical problem, or a psychological problem or a mental health problem, and yet we are forced back into this paradigm by way of how the law operates." As of 2020, more than 13,500 trans and non-binary were on a waiting list for an NHS gender clinic, according to research conducted by the BBC. The NHS constitution mandates that after receiving a GP referral, the waiting time for a first appointment at a gender clinic should be no longer than 18 weeks, but in many parts of the country this wait is now up to five years. Earlier this month, the cost of applying for a GRC was cut from £140 to £5 as part of changes the government claims will make applying for one “simpler and much more affordable”. The move came after ministers decided last September against wider changes to gender recognition rules that would have allowed people to change their gender legally without a medical diagnosis - a decision which prompted LGBTQ+ campaigners and charities, such as Stonewall, to deem it “a shocking failure in leadership”. The Women and Equalities Select Committee hearing continues.news.yahoo.com
US hits China and others for repressing religious freedom
The Biden administration on Wednesday took aim at China and a number of other countries for repressing religious freedom as it forges ahead with its aim of restoring human rights as a primary focus of American foreign policy. The condemnation was similar to that lodged by the Trump administration, which had been criticized for prioritizing religious freedom over other rights, and reflected continuity in the U.S. position that China’s crackdown on Muslims and other religious minorities in western Xinjiang constitutes “genocide.” Much as his predecessor did, Secretary of State Antony Blinken used the release of the State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report to lambaste China for severe restrictions on its citizens’ ability to worship freely.news.yahoo.com
Gasoline pipeline shutdown tests Biden administration
The cyberattack last week on a primary gasoline pipeline has created new political and economic risks for the Biden administration, which is working to keep the fuel flowing as prices spike. Officials laid out plans Wednesday to address transportation issues and price pressures after ransom-seeking hackers last week shut down the Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of the East Coast's gas. It's possible that the pipeline could be running again in the next few days, but the administration is also pushing the crisis as a reason why President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure package should be approved.news.yahoo.com
New details emerge in fatal shootings of California police
As two police departments in California mourn the loss of their officers — shot and killed in the line of duty in two separate incidents within 24 hours — new details have emerged about the violence that occurred during a week meant to honor law enforcement nationwide. Detective Lucas “Luca” Benedetti was killed while serving a search warrant in the central California city of San Luis Obispo Monday evening. Officer Jimmy Inn was fatally shot Tuesday morning in the Northern California city of Stockton while responding to a domestic disturbance call.news.yahoo.com
Texas mayoral races, Austin homeless measure among key issues on Saturday ballots. Here’s what you need to know.
Local elections are happening across Texas on Saturday, some of which have drawn statewide — and even national — attention. Here are the four that we are watching most closely, plus a few other contests to keep in mind.
Join The Texas Tribune for an interview with outgoing Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
A Conversation with Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort WorthIn January, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced that she will not seek reelection at the end of her term. Join The Texas Tribune at noon Central on April 22 for a live interview with Price, moderated by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. AdRegister for the conversation herePrice was first elected to lead the city of Fort Worth in 2011. Before being elected mayor, Price served as Tarrant County’s tax assessor for more than a decade and was a business owner. Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.
Texas' local officials blast Gov. Greg Abbott for "irresponsible action" of lifting coronavirus restrictions
Greg Abbott drew ire Tuesday after announcing that he would lift a statewide mask mandate while coronavirus infections continue. AdIn addition to lifting the mask mandate next week, Abbott will allow businesses to operate at full capacity. Greg Abbott's full order lifting Texas' mask mandate and business capacity limitations. We still have 464 people in the hospital and 199 in ICU as of yesterday,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. — County Judge Ricardo Samaniego (@EPCountyJudge) March 2, 2021In a statement, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo questioned the moment for this announcement.
Turkey Leg Hut delivers 1,000 turkey legs, supplies to help hurricane victims in Lake Charles
HOUSTON – The owner of Turkey Leg Hut, Lyndell Price, said he saw the devastation in Louisiana that was caused by Hurricane Laura and he couldn’t ignore it. “When people need help, you just jump into action,” said Price. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee commended Price’s efforts and said that the assistance is desperately needed in the area. “As I saw it, it will be a long road to recovery and Houston and Houstonians will be a part of the recovery,” said Lee. Price said that he plans to return to Louisiana next week with more food and supplies.
Houston man accused of fraudulently getting $1.6M from a COVID-19 relief program was one of many, records show
The money was part of the emergency COVID-19 relief program through the Small Business Administration, a program designed to help struggling small businesses pay their employees and stay afloat during the pandemic. Jerry Tarnopol, an SBA Loan Specialist at Community Bank, said with a program this big, fraud was a possible likelihood. “It saddens me that it happened, but you’ve got to expect it’s going to happen with such a big program. Price now faces federal charges of making false statements to a financial institution, wire fraud, bank fraud, and engaging in prohibited monetary transactions. He’s not the only one Federal Prosecutors have charged with crimes related to the SBA’s PPP program.
Closer look into decades long criminal history of Houston man accused of $1.6 million fraud meant for COVID-19 relief
HOUSTON A Houston man is accused of bilking the federal government of $1.6 million allocated for coronavirus relief. A peek into his rap sheet uncovered more than a decades long criminal history. In 2009, he spent 20 days in a Harris County jail for failing to stop and give information to an official. Investigators said he created fake businesses and lied on federal loans to receive more than $1 million in COVID-19 relief money. Like I said, (he) was just more of a normal neighbor, I would say, said Lindo.
Houston entrepreneur spent $1.6M in COVID-19 relief funds on Lamborghini, strip clubs: prosecutors
HOUSTON – A 29-year-old Houston man is accused of making fraudulent applications for coronavirus relief aid and then spending the money on luxury items, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Lee Price III was arrested and is charged with making false statements to a financial institution, wire fraud, bank fraud and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions. Prosecutors said Price was involved in a scheme to submit fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications to federally insured banks and other lenders. “He also allegedly spent thousands at strip clubs and other Houston night clubs,” officials wrote. The PPP allocated $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses for job retention and certain other expenses.
New lawsuit provides an inside look at the financial decisions at Houstons in-demand brand Turkey Leg Hut
HOUSTON A legal battle is stirring between owners of the Turkey Leg Hut & Company, the parent company of Houstons popular eatery on Almeda Road in Houston. Rogers claimIn August 2017, Rogers and Price decided to open a new location for Turkey Leg Hut on Almeda Road, according to legal documents. The food trucks are covered in Turkey Leg Hut advertisements and are easily confused as being associated with Turkey Leg Hut & Company, the lawsuit read. In December 2019, Price created TLH Concessions to operate the TLH food trucks and catering business, per the lawsuit. There are several TLH food trucks across Houston, including a truck near the flagship location.
89-year-old grandmother triumphs over COVID-19 while battling cancer
HOUSTON – Ida Price is a survivor. The 89-year-old beat the odds by fighting off COVID-19, while at the same time battling cancer. She learned she had the coronavirus in late March after a relative tested positive. A short time later, Price was tested and diagnosed with COVID-19, though she showed no symptoms. Because she was already battling colon cancer, her children moved quickly to bring her to Houston from her home in Louisana and checked her into United Memorial Medical Hospital.
Teens accused of dealing drugs to students
HOUSTON – Police have arrested two teens accused of dealing drugs to Friendswood and Pearland High School students. On Tuesday, police carried out a search warrant at a home just across the Friendswood city limits in Brazoria County. Friendswood police, along with Brazoria County sheriff's deputies, stopped the two men as they left the home. Investigators said the house is only a couple of miles away from Friendswood High school. "I know the high school is close by, it happened right under your nose and you don't even know it," Price said.