Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Shelley Murphy Globe Staff March 26, 2019 A federal grand jury on Tuesday handed up new charges of money laundering against a California couple who were among 50 people accused earlier this month in a sweeping college admissions cheating scandal.The indictment of Gregory Colburn, 61, a physician from Palo Alto, and his wife, Amy, 59, marks the first time money laundering charges have been brought against any of the parents accused of paying bribes to help their children gain admission to elite universities.The Colburns are accused of paying a bribe to William “Rick” Singer, the admitted ringleader of the admissions scheme, to help their son cheat on his SAT exam last year. Their lawyers said Tuesday that they were innocent. Advertisement “They completely deny the allegations in today’s indictment,” David Schumacher and Patric … [Read more...] about Parents charged with money laundering in college admissions cheating scandal
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Martin Finucane Globe Staff March 26, 2019 Attorney General William Barr’s letter is out. The Mueller report that it summarizes isn’t. So that has put the Barr letter under a lot of scrutiny.If the Mueller report is released, all may become clear. Until then, here are some mysteries, large and small, raised by Barr’s letter: Why did Special Counsel Robert Mueller not reach a conclusion on obstruction? The decision puzzled some former Justice Department officials. They said prosecutors at special counsel Robert Mueller’s level typically make their own charging conclusions rather than leave them to higher-ups like William Barr. Advertisement ‘‘I find this to be very unusual that there was this question left open and presented by the special counsel,’’ Tim Purdon, the former United States attorney for North Dakota … [Read more...] about 7 mysteries in Attorney General William Barr’s letter
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen Globe Staff March 26, 2019 New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Tuesday through his lawyers pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution in Florida in January.The plea was disclosed in a brief court filing in Palm Beach County. “Counsel having previously entered a Notice of Appearance on behalf of ROBERT KRAFT, hereby waives arraignment, pleads not guilty to all charges and requests a jury trial in the above styled cause,” said the filing. Advertisement Kraft, through a spokesman, has denied engaging in any illegal activity. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Court records show that hidden cameras captured women performing sex acts on Kraft … [Read more...] about Robert Kraft pleads not guilty to soliciting prostitution
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matt Stout Globe Staff March 26, 2019 Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who has built a record-breaking campaign account since entering City Hall, has spent nearly $900,000 on a boutique fund-raising consulting firm that employs his longtime partner, accounting for more than half of the company’s political business since 2013.The Walsh campaign’s payments to LB Strategies are growing in size and reached $13,500 a month last year. This is evidence, Walsh aides say, of the company’s expanding role in his political world. But the payments, and the ties to Walsh’s girlfriend, Lorrie Higgins, could create questionable political optics for the second-term mayor, analysts said.The three-person shop, including owner Laurie Bosio, now oversees the operations of Walsh’s campaign office and its campaign mailings, in addition to scheduling, managing, and … [Read more...] about Will mayor’s growing payments to fund-raising firm where girlfriend works be a campaign issue?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Peter Bailey-Wells Globe Staff March 26, 2019 Officers from the Natick Police Department and State Police were responding to reports of an active shooter at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Route 9 in Natick early Tuesday.State Police officials said in a statement that officers located one person there with a minor injury while responding to reports just before 3 a.m. of at least one gunshot fired by a suspect at the hotel.A search is ongoing for a suspect inside the hotel and the building was being evacuated of guests and employees, officials said. This is a developing story and will be updated. Peter Bailey-Wells can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @pbaileywells. Loading comments... … [Read more...] about Police respond to reports of active shooter at Natick hotel