By now most people have heard about the college admissions scandal where wealthy parents were buying their kids' way into school. While several parents have already been convicted, the federal government is still bringing more charges in the case. For those who haven't pleaded guilty, the government just announced additional charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery.
The owner of Clean On Green and two employees were recently indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to violate the False Claims Act and bribing a government official after authorities uncovered what they believe to be a fraudulent practice of subbing out samples submitted for drug testing with samples that would not test positive. Clean On Green worked with the Probation Office of Western North Carolina to provide follow-up drug counseling and testing services through a contract with the federal government.
Former Democratic House Speaker Jim Black was released early from federal prison on Monday. Black, 75, left the prison in Georgia six months early after serving time for white collar crime. His sentence for his bribery conviction was shortened after he completed a drug abuse program.