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EMAIL SCHEME-CONVICTION
Man found guilty in business email compromise scheme
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A federal prosecutor in North Carolina says a jury has convicted a Florida man in connection with a business email compromise scheme that defrauded law firms and other companies of more than $1 million. U.S. Attorney Dena J. King says Pierre Yvelt Almonor of Miami Gardens, Florida, was convicted of multiple charges. According to trial evidence, witness testimony and documents filed with the court, from August 2014 through November 2017, Almonor arranged to have nearly $395,000 in real estate closing proceeds stolen through a business email compromise scheme.

 

 

BIG DONOR-NORTH CAROLINA
Judge: NC insurance mogul defrauded companies he invested in
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina state judge has ruled insurance magnate Greg Lindberg must give up control of his private companies to comply with an agreement to ensure several insurers within his empire are paid over $1 billion. Superior Court Judge Graham Shirley released a ruling this week from a lawsuit filed by the insurance companies against Lindberg. Lindberg is currently in federal prison after being convicted in 2020 on corruption-related criminal charges. The judge declared Lindberg didn’t comply with a memorandum of understanding because he put up obstacles to cede control of entities within his umbrella company. Lindberg’s attorney says next steps are being evaluated.

 

 

TRANSIT BUS-SHOOTING
Man arrested for shooting into North Carolina transit bus
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina’s largest city say a man has been arrested for shooting into a transit bus, the second such incident in the city in three months. The Charlotte Observer reports Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said 37-year-old Jason Wright is facing multiple charges, including carrying a concealed gun and possession of a firearm by a felon. Just after midnight on Wednesday, officers responded to a call on Nations Ford Road on the city’s south side. A driver for Charlotte Area Transit System told officers that an unidentified man fired shots into the bus while it was stopped. No passengers were on the bus, and the driver wasn’t injured.

 

 

JET OFF RUNWAY
American Airlines flight veers off runway in North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – An American Airlines flight halted its takeoff from a North Carolina airport and ran off the runway on Thursday because of an apparent mechanical problem. An airline spokesperson said. No one was hurt. The spokesperson said American Flight 775, with a crew of six and 172 passengers on board, was departing from Charlotte Douglas International Airport and headed for Miami International Airport when the pilot stopped the takeoff at around 2:40 p.m. The Boeing 737-800 ran off the runway, and aerial photos from news outlets showed ruts left in the grass by the airplane’s tires.

 

 

SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURER-JOBS
North Carolina bus school manufacturer to add 280 jobs
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina school bus manufacturer says it is adding 280 jobs at one of its plants to answer demand for one of its models. Thomas Built Buses said it will start an additional shift at its Saf-T-Liner C2 plant in High Point. President and CEO Kevin Bangston said there has been “robust demand” for the company’s Type C products, and he added the move will help with the ramp up of its electric school bus production. The company is looking to fill multiple manufacturing positions, including assembly technicians, materials technicians and machine operators.

 

 

CARFENTANIL TRAFFICKER SENTENCED
Man sentenced to 8 years for trafficking carfentanil
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A federal prosecutor says a man convicted last year of trafficking a drug used to tranquilize animals has been sentenced to eight years in prison. U.S. Attorney Dena J. King says in a news release that Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Perez also was sentenced on Wednesday to three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute carfentanil and aiding and abetting. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, carfentanil is a synthetic opioid generally used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals. Officials say it’s approximately 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl.

 

 

MONEY LAUNDERING-FORT BRAGG WORKERS
Ex-Fort Bragg worker gets 3 years for taking bribes
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – A federal prosecutor says a North Carolina man who worked at Fort Bragg has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for bribery and money laundering related to government contracts. U.S. Attorney Michael Easley said in a news release that Calvin Alfonza Jordan, who pleaded guilty to receiving bribes, was sentenced Wednesday. Jordan was a procurement agent assigned to the Operations and Maintenance Division, Directorate of Public Works at Fort Bragg. Court documents showed that from 2011 into 2019, Jordan used his position as a procurement agent to receive bribes of approximately $200 per order from various vendors. Prosecutors estimate Jordan received $773,600 in illegal bribes.

 

 

ELECTION 2022-LEGISLATURE
Several incumbents lose N. Carolina legislative primaries
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Several state legislators won’t be returning to the North Carolina General Assembly next January after primary losses on Tuesday. And former lawmakers trying to get back to the House or Senate had mixed results. Seven incumbents lost in primaries for seats in their current chamber. And two current House members lost Senate primaries. Those who failed to win include Sen. Deanna Ballard of Watauga County and Reps. Jamie Boles of Moore County and David Rogers of Rutherford County. Several primary races involved pairs of Republican incumbents drawn together by redistricting. At least five former lawmakers won legislative primaries.