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Fraud could be costing NHS in England £5.7bn a year, says report
The NHS in England could be losing up to £5.7bn a year to fraud from its £100bn budget, a report suggests. A review - led by former NHS anti-fraud boss Jim Gee - highlighted fraud by pharmacists, dentists, GPs and patients. Among the areas it found to be affected were procurement, prescriptions, registration of patients and payroll. The government said the report was "highly speculative" and "full of inconsistencies". To work out how much fraud is being committed, the review had ...
Levon Hayrapetyan freed from house arrest
Levon Hayrapetyan, the Russian-Armenian businessman convicted over an oil company’s illicit sale, has been released from his house arrest. Law enforcement sources have told the news agency TASS that the precautionary measure was replaced by a petition for not leaving the country after the earlier court ruling expired on September 15. Hayrapetyan had been under house arrest since July 17, 2014.  He was charged with two counts of embezzlement: those of the funds sold by the compa...
James Holmes trial: Batman cinema gunman guilty of murder
A man who killed 12 people and injured 70 others when he opened fire in a packed Colorado cinema in July 2012 has been found guilty of murder. James Holmes, 27, was found guilty on 24 counts of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder for the massacre at a Batman premiere in Aurora. He had pleaded not guilty due to insanity - his defence said he was controlled by his schizophrenia. Prosecutors have said they will now seek the death penalty. The panel of nine women and three men r...
Obama lays out a sweeping criminal justice reform plan
President Barack Obama has called sweeping reforms to the US criminal justice system including curbing the use of solitary confinement and voting rights for felons. He said lengthy mandatory minimum sentences should be reduced - or thrown out entirely. "Mass incarceration makes our entire country worse off, and we need to do something about it," he said. Mr Obama urged Congress to pass a sentencing reform bill by year's end. On Thursday, Mr Obama will be the first sitting president to ...
Italy police raids 'mafia crime family' in Sicily
Italian police say they have seized more than €1.6 bn ($1.76 bn) in assets from five Sicilian siblings suspected of links to the mafia. The five are thought to have been helped by the criminal group to secure public construction contracts. Police in the regional capital Palermo say it is one of the largest raids they have ever carried out. Analysts say Sicily's Cosa Nostra and other mafia groups have expanded their activities during Italy's recession. Among the assets seized are bank a...
Donald Trump sues Univision over Miss USA cancellation
The US presidential candidate Donald Trump has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Univision. The Spanish-language TV network had cancelled its contract to broadcast the Miss USA pageant which is co-owned by Mr Trump. Univision had said last week it would not air the pageant because of what it called insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants. Mr Trump is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Mr Trump has accused Univision of stifling his freedom of speech i...
Second NY prison escapee caught
Second New York State prison escapee David Sweat is in custody after being shot by police, US officials report. Convicted murderer Sweat, 35, was shot twice and captured less than two miles (3km) from the Canadian border. His prison-break partner Richard Matt, 49, was killed by police on Friday. The two murderers escaped three weeks ago from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora through the sewer system after using power tools to break out of their cell. The s...
One of two escaped US prisoners killed by police
One of two murderers who staged a dramatic escape from a New York State prison has been killed by police after weeks on the run, officials say. Richard Matt, 49, was shot dead in woodlands near the town of Malone, about 30 miles (50 km) from the prison. David Sweat, another convicted murderer, remains at large as police continue to search the area. The pair escaped through the prison sewer system after using power tools to break out of their cell on 6 June. The escape from the Clinton ...
Missing New York prisoners: Police focus on state line
The hunt for two convicted killers who escaped from a New York prison is now focusing heavily on a rural area close to the Pennsylvania state line. Richard Matt and David Sweat went missing from the prison in Dannemora, near the Canadian border, on 6 June. Police descended on the hamlet of Friendship, 300 miles (480km) to the south, on Saturday. Close to 300 officers are now searching the area, seven miles (12km) from the New York-Pennsylvania state line. Police said on Saturday they w...
US church shooting: Nine killed in Charleston 'hate crime'
Nine people have died in a shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston in the US state of South Carolina, officials say. City police chief Gregory Mullen said eight of the victims were killed inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday evening, while another person died shortly afterwards. Police are now searching for a white male suspect in his 20s. "I do believe it was a hate crime," Mr Mullen said. The church's pastor, state Senator Clementa P...
Fifa corruption: Swiss banks 'reported possible money laundering'
Swiss prosecutors are investigating 53 cases of possible money laundering in their inquiry into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups. Attorney General Michael Lauber said the incidents had been reported by Swiss banks. He said his office was analysing a "huge amount" of seized Fifa data in its inquiry. The Swiss investigation is running in parallel to one being carried out by the US. The 2018 and 2022 World Cups were awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. But leading Fifa o...
New York prison worker charged with helping fugitives
A US prison worker has pleaded not guilty to charges of helping two convicted murderers escape jail. Workshop instructor Joyce Mitchell, 51, appeared in court accused of befriending Richard Matt and David Sweat and giving them contraband. The pair escaped a week ago using power tools to cut through their cell walls at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York state. A massive manhunt is currently under way for the pair. Mrs Mitchell has been jailed for the weekend and wi...
Police dogs have 'detected evidence' of US fugitives
Police bloodhounds have found where David Sweat and Richard Matt may have spent the night after they escaped from prison six days ago. Food wrappers and other evidence were discovered in the woods nearby the prison according to US media reports. Police have been receiving hundreds of tips from the public, and a sighting has been reported in Philadelphia. "Follow every lead you have" Governor Andrew Cuomo told police as the search extended into Vermont. "Follow them as if it's the lead ...
Tamir Rice: US police face charges over boy's death
A policeman who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy in Cleveland, Ohio, should be charged with murder, says a judge. Tamir Rice was shown on CCTV waving a pellet gun outside a recreation centre last November, before being shot twice. He later died in hospital. Judge Ron Adrine said there were sufficient grounds to prosecute Officer Timothy Loehmann with murder, manslaughter and reckless homicide. It will now be up to prosecutors to decide whether there will be charges. Community leaders ...
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