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Indictments have been issued for 21 people, including five from North Carolina, for their alleged involvement in a used cooking oil scheme.

According to U.S. Department of Justice officials in Raleigh, the vast majority of the individuals were from Mexico. They were charged with conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen goods, money laundering and half were indicted for immigration violations. 

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The North Carolina Board of Elections 9-0 vote last week to fight a wide-ranging subpoena from the U.S. Justice Department was a rare moment of bipartisanship in the state, with Republicans saying the federal government overreached in an apparent effort to fight voter fraud.

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Three high-ranking leaders of a gang connected to the United Blood Nation, also known as the Bloods, were convicted of racketeering conspiracy charges Thursday, according to a statement released by the Department of Justice.

A federal jury convicted 59-year-old Charlotte resident Jose Antonio Hendricks of possession, receipt and transportation of child pornography, following a two-day trial. The charges for transportation and receipt of child pornography carry a sentence of five to 20 years, and the charges for possessing and accessing child pornography carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

A Fayetteville man who pled guilty to threatening members of a North Carolina mosque has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement.

The U.S. Justice Department is arguing before a federal judge in Winston-Salem this week that North Carolina's sweeping election overhaul will deny or curtail African-Americans' right to vote. The Justice Department and civil rights groups are asking the judge to put the changes on hold.

Reverend Milton Williams was among dozens of people stuck in line outside the courthouse, unable to get into the packed hearing.

FBI Investigations Continue After Cannon's Arrest

Mar 27, 2014
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While the FBI’s sting operation ended in the arrest of former mayor Patrick Cannon yesterday, the agency is still carrying out other, related investigations in Charlotte.

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UPDATE: 7:30 a.m. Thursday

Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon has resigned after the FBI arrested him Wednesday on federal corruption charges.

The federal criminal complaint says the FBI received a tip in August 2010 from local law enforcement that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities and public corruption. The FBI began an undercover investigation posing as commercial real estate developers and investors looking to do business in Charlotte. 


North Carolina Sues Online Lending Companies

Dec 17, 2013
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The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an online lending company for making predatory loans with interest rates in some cases over 300 percent. The state is one of many lining up for a piece of Western Sky.