| Aug 4, 2014
| 1:55 PM
A former suburban police officer assigned to a federal task force probing contraband cigarette sales in the Chicago area was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison today for robbing targets of his investigations of thousands of dollars and falsifying...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 12:05 PM
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador Andy Romero remembers when a tattooed man showed up in his neighborhood with baggy pants, T-shirts with rock band logos and sneakers like none he'd seen before.
"His clothes were totally different," Romero recalled of that time,...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 5:20 AM
Second of two parts.
Back in El Salvador, a 15-year-old boy is doing what 15-year-old boys everywhere do. He's hanging out, laughing and joking, when a buddy approaches him with a demand: Give me your cellphone. The boy refuses, not realizing his...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 3:09 PM
Online daters are falling prey to a sextortion scam that bilks them out of explicit snapshots and cash, the Broward Sheriff's Office warns.
The scammers persuade prospective daters to send sexually explicit photos. Once received, they identify themselves...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 12:02 PM
A woman accused of falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted and tortured by a Saudi sheik's son in Los Angeles was charged Monday with conspiracy to extort one of the wealthiest men in Saudi Arabia of $20 million, prosecutors said.
Leyla Ors, a 34-...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 1:28 PM
A woman accused of falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted and tortured by the son of a Saudi sheik pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiring to extort $20 million from the man's family.
Two attorneys, one of them once connected to...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 6:06 PM
After serving eight months in federal custody for his role in a towing scandal, former Baltimore police officer David Reeping is fighting to get his job back.
Reeping contends that investigators used him as a scapegoat to avoid accusations of racial...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Howard County police have charged a 21-year-old Virginia woman with running a door-to-door solicitation scam in Ellicott City this month.
Tabitha Nicole Sisk, 21, of Gladstone, Va., is accused of extortion, drug possession and making a false statement...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 7:49 PM
A reputed member of an Outfit-connected drug ring charged with robbing cartel stash houses also is charged with federal extortion in the beating of a McHenry County man who owed him money and allegedly paying an associate to torch the man's house and car....
| Jun 21, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Claudia Sanchez crouched on a grassy slope alongside the railroad tracks, breast-feeding her 10-month-old daughter, Heather.
It had already been a long journey from Honduras to central Mexico, clinging with her baby to the top of a rickety train. They...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 5:00 PM
The case against state Rep. Derrick Smith might have seemed like a slam dunk since he was caught on undercover recordings accepting a $7,000 kickback, admitted to the FBI that he took the bribe and even showed them where he’d stashed some of the...