After 675 days, 500 witnesses, 2,800 subpoenas, dozens of indictments, and eight guilty pleas or convictions - not to mention more than $25 million in expenses - the conclusion of the Special Counsel investigation has left many Americans feeling either elated or deflated, depending on which side they are on.
There's a saying: "He who rises high, falls far." And for rapper Tekashi69, the fall looks to be very far indeed.
The former wide receiver's brief NFL career has long been overshadowed by the dark chapter that unfolded in Charlotte in November 1999. Rae Carruth's girlfriend, Cherica Adams (who, by his account, had only been a booty call) was 30 weeks pregnant with his baby. Carruth had asked her to get an abortion. She refused.
A federal indictment charges at least nine members of an alleged drug ring of conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine in western North Carolina. At least three more individuals are wanted in connection with the meth ring.
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.
Money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the federal government are just two of the charges that a local Charlotte company is facing after a grand jury voted to indict Boggs Paving in a government contracting fraud scheme. Over the last 10 years, Boggs has won as much as $88 million in federal contracts, based in part on its assertions that it regularly does business with or subcontracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).
For two years, the feds claim to have been watching a group of people accused of drug trafficking in and around the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Western North Carolina. In total, seven people have been charged with federal drug trafficking and each faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each drug charge, according to a recently unsealed federal indictment.
Reportedly by using furniture trucks, five people have been charged with trafficking more than two tons of marijuana to Concord. The five were linked by investigators to a Mexican drug ring. The co-conspirators used warehouses at the final destination for the drugs to complete the mass shipping of weed up I-85, just north of Charlotte.
For a year and a half, Natosha Boyd requested reimbursement for travel expenses that exceeded her actual costs, totaling over $400,000 in fraudulent claims for payment. She was part of a conspiracy of at least seven people at Fort Bragg who obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars by submitting false claims to the government.
Two men have been arrested and charged with various forms of breaking and entering, including two counts a piece for intent to commit felony larceny after a police pursuit ended in a two-car collision. Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Johnson and 23-year-old Nicolas Losito stand accused of working together to rob 34 businesses in Cary, Apex and Morrisville.