The Daily Populous

Thursday August 24th, 2023 night edition

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In one of the largest national crackdowns on fraud targeting federal coronavirus aid, the Justice Department on Wednesday said it had brought 718 law enforcement actions in connection with the alleged theft of more than $836 million.

To save an economy in free fall, congressional Democrats and Republicans starting in 2020 adopted a series of coronavirus aid packages totaling roughly $5 trillion.

The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had filed charges or at least launched investigations related to roughly $8.6 billion in alleged coronavirus aid fraud since the start of the pandemic.

That included hundreds of new cases, pleas, sentences and other developments secured as part of an enforcement campaign it ramped up from May through July.

But lawmakers have repeatedly ignored the president’s requests for money to fight fraud, while underfunding the budgets at the Justice Department and other top federal watchdog agencies.

The lack of action has added to the pressure on the Justice Department, which commissioned a national task force to oversee coronavirus fraud investigations starting in May 2021.

The caper contributed to an estimated $191 billion in potential losses, including fraud, according to a federal projection issued this year. »

India Becomes Fourth Nation To Land On The Moon—And First To South Pole

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India has joined the U.S., China and the former USSR in successfully soft-landing a spacecraft on the surface of the moon.

The uncrewed Chandrayaan-3 mission has also become the first to land close to the moon’s south pole.

NASA’s Artemis-3 mission, scheduled for the mid-202s, will land one female and one male astronaut on the surface of the moon in the south pole region. »

Promoter Peddles VIP Tickets for Fyre Fest 2.0 After Prison Stint

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"Fyre Festival II tickets are officially on sale," McFarland said in the August 21 video .

"It has been the absolute wildest journey to get here, and it really all started during a seventh-month stint in solitary confinement.

"McFarland said he had partnered with production companies to create "Fyre Festival: The Broadway Musical. »

Yevgeny Prigozhin: 'Ten killed' in private jet crash in Russia with Wagner boss on board

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Prigozhin, 62, and Wagner commander Utkin, 53, were among the passengers killed in the plane crash this evening, according to a Telegram channel affiliated with the Wagner Group.

The jet crashed near the village of Kuzhenkino Tver region, 160 miles north of Moscow, Russia's emergency situations ministry said.

According to the passenger list, among them is the name and surname of Yevgeny Prigozhin," Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, said. »