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Pharmacist in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Cleared of Murder

A pharmacist at a facility whose tainted drugs sparked a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people was cleared Wednesday of murder but was convicted of mail fraud and racketeering. Jurors said prosecutors failed to prove Glenn Chin was responsible …

Feds Say Virginia Prison Guards Tried to Smuggle Drugs in for Gang

Federal authorities say they’ve arrested former prison guards connected to a gang that sells drugs inside Virginia state prisons to help finance its activities. An indictment unsealed Friday alleges a wide-ranging criminal enterprise by members and associates of the Mad …

Former Arizona Congressman Renzi Rejected by High Court on Conviction

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from former Representative Rick Renzi of Arizona, leaving intact his conviction for public corruption, insurance fraud and racketeering. Renzi, a Republican, argued unsuccessfully that his prosecution violated the Constitution’s speech-or-debate clause, which limits …

Florida Insurance Agent Found Guilty of Racketeering, Money Laundering

A jury has found Cantonment, Fla., insurance agent Randall Petersen guilty of racketeering and money laundering. An investigation by the Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud revealed that Petersen conspired with others during 2010 and 2011 using the …

Former Louisiana Deputy Insurance Commissioner Sentenced

A former deputy commissioner at the Louisiana Department of Insurance has received a prison sentence for racketeering, according to Justice Department officials. Acting United States Attorney J. Walter Green in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana …

John Hancock, Law Firm Face Tax Shelter Racketeering Lawsuit

John Hancock Life Insurance Co. and its law firm, Edwards Wildman Palmer, must face a class action accusing them of violating racketeering laws by marketing a tax shelter, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court …

Judge Tosses Racketeering Claims vs. BP Over Oil Spill

BP Plc won two legal victories Friday, as a federal judge threw out racketeering claims made by the lead plaintiffs suing over last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and also set aside a lawsuit by partner Anadarko Petroleum Corp. …