WOBURN, MA – The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance, to fund investigations and prosecutions of automobile insurance fraud, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.The grant was presented to District Attorney Ryan by Daniel Johnston, Executive Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. The $50,000 grant is funded by Arbella Mutual Insurance Company, as part of a program in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance and the Insurance Fraud Bureau which has been used to fund insurance fraud investigations across the state since 2003.The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit investigates cases of fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, white collar crimes and related illegal activity. The Unit includes a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Financial Analysts, Forensic Examiners, Paralegals and State Police detectives.The grant money received yesterday will pay for continued investigations by prosecutors in the Special Investigations Unit of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.Middlesex District Attorney’s Office(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Police Ask For The Public’s Help Identifying Vehicle In Fatal Motorcycle Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”Wilmington Man Injured In Fatal Car Crash In WoburnIn “Police Log”Middlesex DA Marian Ryan and State AG Healey Launch Recertification Course For Online Mandated Reporter TrainingIn “Government”
President and the general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)The extravagant lifestyle of the president and the general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), and the lack of transparency in disbursing funds, have not gone down well with the BCL leaders and activists.They are also unhappy about the anomalies regarding control of tenders and the tenure of the central committee.In Wednesday’s general meeting of the BCL, its joint general secretary Sayem Khan demanded an explanation regarding the allegations and a heated debate ensued.To make things worse for the ruling party’s student wing, two factions of its Sylhet MC College unit swooped down on each other on Thursday, forcing the authorities to close the institute sine die.BCL president Saifur Rahman told Prothom Alo that Sayem Khan has apologised to him for his remarks, but the latter has denied this. “I was asked to apologise, but what I said was right. I just demanded that the funds be utilised in a systematic way. Why will only the president and the GS have all the fun? They have to look after the other leaders as well,” Sayem said.BCL president Saifur and general secretary SM Zakir Hossain came under fire from a number of senior leaders of the wing at the general meeting. They alleged the duo have an extravagant lifestyle and misappropriate BCL funds.When asked, Saifur said, “It does not really matter if one or two people say things like that.”BCL leaders present at the meeting told Prothom Alo that Saifur had said they receive the money from the prime minister. Zakir said they get Tk 230,000 from the PM.Sayem then retorted that he should get a share of that money as well.Besides Sayem, vice-president Mehedi Hasan, Aditya Nandi and Maksud Rana also brought a number of allegations against the two top leaders.On 13 January, Saifur came under severe criticism for flying to a convention in Ishwardi, Pabna by helicopter.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader also slammed the BCL president for this.The present BCL committee will expire on 26 July. The questioned was raised at the BCL general meeting as to whether there will be a general meeting and whether the tenure will be extended.Saifur told Prothom Alo, “The convention will be held the day the honourable PM wants.”Following a meeting of the AL’s presidium members on Thursday, Obaidul said, “The country has been hit by floods. It won’t be that long before the convention is held.”A number of BCL leaders also asked the meeting why steps would not be taken against leaders for their unethical actions.Clash, infighting across the countryThe year did not start well for BCL as there were infighting at Sylhet University of Science and Technology (SUST) and Comilla Medical College units.The ruling party’s student wing made newspaper headlines in the next six months for their involvement in 37 incidents, including clash over controlling tenders, mugging, beating cops, abusing teachers, infighting and murders.Of those, 12 were related to establishing supremacy and financial affairs. Infighting killed three in Chittagong, Comilla and Chuadanga in the last six months.In a meeting with BCL men on 11 June, AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said, “You must not be part of any misdeeds for the want of money. Come to me if you need money. I shall talk to the party president [Sheikh Hasina].”On 21 January, BCL men fought among themselves to take control of the extorted money from business outlets around Dhaka College. The central committee expelled 19 including Nur Alam Bhuiyan, convener of then Dhaka College BCL committee. Nur Alam, however, went to visit Laxmipur with central committee president in March.Dhaka (South) unit BCL general secretary Sabbir Hossain and Wari Thana unit general secretary Ashiqur Rahman were expelled after they were seen firing gunshots in newspapers photos during eviction of hawkers from footpaths at Gulistan on 9 February.Three leaders of Begum Rokeya University unit BCL were excluded for confining varsity’s vice chancellor AKM Nur-Un-Nabi for 14 hours on 3 May for not giving jobs to the party activists.On 11 February, infighting over taking control of drug peddling killed BCL activist Yasin Arafat at Reajuddin Bazar in Chittagong. Eight were injured as the supporters of Chittagong University unit BCL president and general secretaries locked in a clash on 4 May. Besides, they were reported to be involved with many other crimes.A clash with cops left 25 BCL men injured after they had opted for vandalism to stop the construction work of a swimming pool at Chittagong Outer Stadium on 18 April.Besides, BCL leaders were reported to have been involved with several crimes at Rajshahi University, Keraniganj of Dhaka and Dhaka University dormitories.Regarding these incidents, the BCL president told Prothom Alo, “We have taken organisational actions against those found involved with such misdeeds. We haven’t supported them.”*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Shameem Reza
Members of Parliament react as the deputy speaker Lindsay Hoyle announces the results of the main vote on the EU Notification of Withdrawl Bill to the members of parliament in the House of Commons in central London. Photo: AFPBritish MPs overwhelmingly backed a bill on Wednesday empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to start negotiations on leaving the European Union, bringing Brexit a significant step closer.Members of the House of Commons voted by 494 votes to 122 for a law enabling May to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which begins two years of talks on pulling out of the 28-nation bloc.“We’ve seen a historic vote tonight—a big majority for getting on with negotiating our exit from the EU and a strong, new partnership with its member states,” said Brexit minister David Davis.The unamended two-clause bill now moves to the House of Lords, where there may be more opposition from unelected peers—and where May’s Conservative party does not have a majority.But its passage through the Commons, where two-thirds of MPs had campaigned against Brexit ahead of the June referendum, puts May on course to begin the withdrawal process by the end of March, as she has vowed.Labour headachesThe referendum result sent shockwaves around Europe, spooking investors and raising fears for the future of the EU itself.In the early weeks, there was speculation that pro-European lawmakers might try to delay or even stop the Brexit process.May initially sought to bypass parliament, prompting an appeal to the Supreme Court that last month ruled she must obtain their approval to trigger Article 50.But during five days of debate on the resulting government bill, it became clear that most MPs would not stop the process—even if some warned that leaving Europe’s single market could be disastrous.The opposition Labour party and the smaller Scottish National Party (SNP) tabled amendments demanding guarantees on market access, workers’ rights and those of EU citizens in Britain.Each was defeated, although during the process the government was forced to promise lawmakers a vote on the final Brexit deal before it is concluded.Labour imposed a “three-line whip,” a tough disciplinary measure ordering its MPs not to oppose the legislation, ensuring it would pass.But some 52 Labour MPs rebelled in Wednesday’s vote, including business spokesman Clive Lewis who resigned shortly beforehand, bringing a fresh headache for embattled leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn.After two-thirds of Labour voters backed Brexit, many of them driven by concerns over mass immigration from the rest of the EU, Corbyn decided his party could not block the process.“Real fight starts now. Over next two years Labour will use every opportunity to ensure Brexit protects jobs, living standards & the economy,” Corbyn wrote on Twitter following the vote.But he was swiftly reprimanded in a reply by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon: “How? You’ve just handed the Tories a blank cheque. You didn’t win a single concession but still voted for the bill. Pathetic.”‘Ode to Joy’SNP lawmakers voiced their frustration during Wednesday’s vote by singing Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, the EU’s anthem, before being told off by Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle.But the outcome was celebrated by Brexiteers such as Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party.“I never thought I’d see the day where the House of Commons overwhelmingly voted for Britain to Leave the European Union,” he wrote on Twitter.Liberal Democrat lawmaker Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, said the vote would allow the government to pursue its aim of a hard Brexit, which will see Britain pull out of the single market.“There is no mandate for the hardest of hard Brexits the government favours, which risks leaving us poorer, weaker and more isolated,” he said.May has promised to prioritise controlling migration in the Brexit negotiations, even if that comes at the expense of giving up membership of Europe’s single market and its 500 million customers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said.During their ordeal, the business executive and his wife told others to stay away — even ordering a pizza deliverer to leave two pies at the door — as they frantically arranged for $40,000 in cash to be dropped off at the home.But once the money was left on the seat of a red sports car in the family’s garage, Daron Dylon Wint struck and stabbed Savvas Savopoulos, the CEO of the American Iron Works company where he had once worked as a welder, Wint’s charging document said. At a court hearing Friday, Wint was ordered held in jail on a murder charge.Savopoulos’ wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa also were killed, and then the house was set on fire with matches and a flammable liquid.The fire began on the queen-sized mattress where the boy’s body was stabbed and burned, authorities said.Firefighters found the adults’ bodies in the next room. Evidence shows the women suffered “blunt force and sharp force trauma” before the $4.5 million mansion was set on fire.Authorities linked what may have been two different men to Amy Savopoulos’ blue Porsche 911 the day of the killings. One, “with short, well-groomed hair,” was spotted driving erratically away from the crime scene. Another, wearing a dark hoodie, was videotaped carrying a bucket near where the Porsche was set on fire later that day.The pizza gave Wint away. His DNA was found on the crust of a partially eaten slice of pepperoni, one of two pies ordered the night of May 13 while the family and the housekeeper were “being held against their will,” an affidavit said.A woman believed to be Amy Savopoulos paid for the pizzas by credit card and told the delivery person to leave the food on the porch, because she was “nursing her sick child” and would not come to the door, the document says.Wint, who was tracked down by U.S. Marshals and arrested Thursday night with two other men and three women, appeared in a white jumpsuit in court Friday.A court document said authorities believe the killings “required the presence and assistance of more than one person.” None of the people detained with Wint were immediately charged with any crimes.Wint is being represented by Natalie Lawson, a public defender. His defense argued that authorities lack probable cause, since a suspect seen driving the Porsche had short hair. Wanted posters issued while Wint was a fugitive showed him with long hair.D.C. Superior Court Judge Errol Arthur agreed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Miller to deny bail, noting that Wint was arrested with some of the missing money, and that the DNA from the pizza ties him to the slayings.U.S. Marshals and police had tracked Wint to New York and back before dozens of officers swarmed a car and truck in the nation’s capital, arresting the whole group without a fight.Wint’s record was cited as a reason he should be held. He was arrested three times for assault in 2006 and 2007, serving a 10-month sentence in New York, and then convicted of assaulting a girlfriend in Maryland in 2009.In 2010, he pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property after he allegedly broke into a woman’s apartment, stole a television, vandalized her car and threatened to kill her infant daughter. Also in 2010, Wint was arrested carrying a 2-foot-long machete and a BB pistol outside the American Iron Works headquarters, but weapons charges were dropped after he pleaded guilty to possessing an open container of alcohol.Acting District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen said outside the courthouse that prosecutors’ “work is not done” and that they “intend to unseal additional search warrants in the coming days.”___Contributors include Brian Witte, Alex Brandon, Sarah Brumfield and Ben Nuckols in Washington; Meredith Somers in Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Colleen Long in New York City and Carolyn Thompson in Buffalo, New York.