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Couple pleads guilty to embezzling from USAID
By FREDERIC J. FROMMER
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former deputy director of a U.S. Agency for International Development contractor and his wife are pleading guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from a program to address global health problems like AIDS.
Mark Adams, 44, and Latasha Bell, 36, both of Fort Washington, Md., admit using the money to renovate their home and purchase a luxury car.
Both pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. They agreed to make full restitution.
The two admitted that Adams used his position to submit and approve false invoices. The invoices bilked USAID's global health program. A co-conspirator pleaded guilty last March.
Under sentencing guidelines, Adams faces up to 51 to 63 months in prison. Bell agreed to serve home confinement.
Sentencing is in December.
Posted: Saturday, October 6 2012, 04:21 PM CDT
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Oklahoma schools hit by tornado had no safe rooms
May 21, 2013 19:18 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- An emergency official says Oklahoma has reinforced tornado shelters in hundreds of schools across the state, but the two that were hit by this week's storms in suburban Oklahoma City did not have them.
Albert Ashwood is director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. He told reporters Tuesday it's up to each jurisdiction to set priorities for which schools get limited funding for safe rooms.
Ashwood says a shelter would not necessarily have saved more lives at the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where seven children sheltering in above-ground classrooms were killed. He says no disaster mitigation measure is absolute.
He says authorities are going to review which schools have safe rooms and try to get them in more schools across the state.
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