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Fraud scheme targeting veterans ends with 5 arrests

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Federal prosecutors say five people have been arrested on charges they obtained social security and other identifying information to steal millions of dollars from mostly elderly and disabled veterans. One arrest was in Las Vegas.

Authorities say the five face several charges including aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and conspiracy.

Robert Wayne Boling Jr. is identified in an indictment unsealed Wednesday in San Antonio as the scheme’s mastermind. Boling is a U.S. citizen who was arrested in the Philippines along with two others. Another suspect was arrested in Las Vegas and the fifth in San Diego.

The indictment says the scheme began when one defendant, who was a civilian employee at a U.S. Army installation, stole identifying information for thousands of military service personnel that was used to access benefits and steal from bank accounts.

It’s not clear whether Boling has an attorney... Read More

19 indicted in Oklahoma drug trafficking investigation; some suspects found in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Federal prosecutors say 19 people have been indicted for conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine in Oklahoma City.

Officials said Wednesday 17 of the defendants in the indictments have been arrested following an investigation in which 14 search warrants were executed and firearms, illegal drugs and cash was seized.

The indictments allege that since December 2015 each defendant has been a member of a conspiracy to distribute kilogram and pound quantities of heroin and methamphetamine from California, Nevada, Mexico, Texas and elsewhere for re-distribution in the Oklahoma City area.

The defendants were arrested Tuesday following searches in Oklahoma and Nevada. Charges include conspiracy and multiple counts of possession with intent to distribute, using a telephone to facilitate a drug felony and maintaining a premises for the purpose of distributing drugs... Read More

Update: Las Vegas Oddities lease extended, GoFundMe money to be refunded

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The weirdest little store in Las Vegas received news its lease will be extended for another six months.

The building’s landlord told store owner Vanessa VanAlstyne he is not kicking them out. After speaking with her lawyer, VanAlstyne relayed to 8 News Now they’re staying put until at least April.

Before the extension, Vegas Oddities started a GoFundMe account to raise $15,000 to move to its new home. VanAlstyne says all the money they received from the campaign will be refunded. ... Read More

MOVE IN DAY: UNLV students move into dorms

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A rite of passage started Wednesday at UNLV as students began moving into the campus dorms to begin a new school year. There are around 3,000 students living in the campus residence halls.

Student athletes welcomed the new students and helped them find their rooms. This year, UNLV is debuting The Degree which is adding another 750 beds to the campus. Also, there is a new residential academic community for engineering students in Tonapah Hall.

Classes start Monday, Aug. 26... Read More

Wolfson to host prosecutors for national gun violence summit in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson will host a prosecutors’ summit, “The New Norm: Mass Shootings in America,” on Oct. 4 in Las Vegas.

The Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) summit will gather 80 to 100 prosecutors from around the country. It is not open to the public, and the site has not been announced.

“Our community is still healing from the 1 October mass shooting,” Wolfson said. “I am priveleged to host this important summit, so that we are able to share with other jurisdictions across the country what was learned from that tragedy, and the steps that have been taken to prevent anything of its kind in the future.”

Gun safety will be in the news all week with the Tuesday two-year anniversary of 1 October, a gun safety forum with Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday and the PAGV summit on Friday... Read More

Nevada partnership promotes skin safety for local construction workers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — While Las Vegans hunkered down amidst searing temperatures, a renowned medical oncologist took on the heat at a local job site Monday morning, briefing construction workers on skin safety.

Wolfram Samlowski, MD, FACP, shared precautionary measures and more at a “Safety Stand Down” event coordinated through a partnership between Comprehensive Cancer Centers and The PENTA Building Group.

Since 2016, the organizations have worked on a year-round, valley-wide campaign that promotes sun safety and skin cancer awareness through posters on job sites and free SPF 30 sunscreen packets.

“We want every person to leave our job site as healthy as they walked into it, and that means long-term, as well as just the end of the day,” PENTA president John Cannito said in a press release... Read More

VEGAS FUGITIVE: Stephen Cunningham

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — No known address, a lengthy criminal history and an alleged drug abuse problem are the reasons the U.S. Marshals Service is searching for a fugitive and need your help.

There’s been no sign of Stephen Cunningham but U.S. Marshals believe he is in the Las Vegas valley.

“He’s definitely a concern for citizens and law enforcement,” said a deputy U.S. Marshal who isn’t being identified due to the nature of his work searching for fugitives.

He tells the I-Team Cunningham is wanted for violating probation by not contacting his probation officer.

He’s got a criminal history dating back to the early 90s. Anything from, as significant as attempted murder, all the way down to fraud and escape,” the deputy U.S. Marshal said... Read More