FBI searched for Tsarnaev in New Bedford, agent says

On April 19, 2013, cellphone, Skype, and computer records led federal agents to storm a New Bedford apartment where they believed — erroneously as it turned out — Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be hiding with two of his close friends, according to an FBI agent Tuesday. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student would…

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Valley Stream doctor cleared in accused insurance scheme

Joseph Vitoulis, a doctor from Valley Stream named in a widely publicized 2012 indictment about a $275 million scheme to defraud no-fault auto insurers, has been acquitted of all charges in federal court in Manhattan. Vitoulis, 44, was accused of acting for the scheme’s leaders as the straw owner of a medical clinic, ordering unnecessary…

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Smurfs guru Stuart Ross jailed in $11M plot to extort son-in-law David Blitzer

Papa Smurf is broke – and behind bars. Lawyer Stuart Ross made millions introducing the bizarre blue Smurf cartoon characters to the U.S. in the 1980s. Now he stands accused in a twisted plot to extort as much as $11 million from his rich son-in-law, Blackstone Group exec David Blitzer - and unable to make his $200,000 bail. “He’s not in a…

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Guilty Plea in Slaying of Officer

A retired city police officer pleaded guilty on Monday to fatally shooting a retired Port Authority officer in 2006, as part of a plea agreement that will send him to prison for 21 years, according to Staten Island prosecutors. The retired city officer, Allen Lau, 48, who spent much of his 20-year career patrolling the…

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