Trump to host hundreds at White House Saturday, travel to Florida for rally Monday

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump will hold an in-person event at the White House on Saturday and a rally two days later in Florida, hosting his first public events since being hospitalized with Covid-19 and bucking criticism that the gatherings threaten to spread the virus further.

The South Lawn event on Saturday is expected to include a couple hundred guests, a person familiar with the matter said. The president will address the crowd from a distance, on the Blue Room balcony. On Monday, he plans to travel to Sanford, Florida, to address supporters, his campaign said in a statement.

The events come amid criticism that Trump’s decision to hold a crowded Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony — where he announced his pick of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court — helped spark an ongoing coronavirus outbreak at the White House that has sickened several staffers. While the White House had a testing regime in place to screen for virus cases, few guests wore masks and attendees mingled and sat in close proximity to one another both indoors and outdoors.

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, earlier Friday called it a “super-spreader event.”

Trump will remain at the White House this weekend, people familiar with the matter said. He said on Thursday that he wanted to hold rallies in Florida and Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday.

Trump has been eager to return to the campaign trail as Democratic nominee Joe Biden widens his lead just weeks before the Nov. 3 election. Trump has released recorded video messages saying he’s well, and his physician said in a statement Wednesday that the president had been free of symptoms for the previous 24 hours.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump “will be clear to go” on Saturday, when “he wants to talk to the American people.” There are medical tests underway to ensure he doesn’t transmit the virus when he returns to the campaign trail, she said on Fox News, adding that she’d conferred with White House doctor Sean Conley.

The Saturday event will be focused on law and order, according to the White House official.

Lengthy Interviews

Trump’s filling the void of not hitting the campaign trail by doing a series of lengthy interviews with conservative talk shows. He spent two hours in a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh on Friday. The president’s campaign billed it as “the largest virtual rally in radio history.”

The president is later scheduled to appear on conservative radio host Mark Levin’s show and later on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News television show.

Trump sounded congested, but didn’t clear his throat or otherwise exhibit any trouble breathing during the course of his interview with Limbaugh. He acknowledged that he’d dealt with some “lingering” effects following his bout with the virus. He said his voice “is now perfect.”

The president said that he’d met with 11 doctors at the White House earlier on Friday, and they said he could have faced dire circumstances from the

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Photos: Hundreds of supporters gather for Trump’s White House event

Ahead of President Trump’s first in-person event since his COVID-19 diagnosis, large crowds made their way to the White House’s grounds Saturday.

They gathered on the South Lawn, where Trump delivered a speech from the White House’s balcony. Hundreds attended the event.

Earlier today, the president’s supporters, donning “Make America Great Again” hats and blue “We The Free” t-shirts, rallied at The Ellipse, the park south of the White House lawn. Someattendees did not appear to be wearing masks.

The Trump campaign said all attendees would be given a temperature check and that the wearing of masks would be encouraged.

President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, during his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.
President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, during his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.DOUG MILLS/NYT
President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.
President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during a rally at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.Doug Mills/NYT
People attend a rally at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, as President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19.
People attend a rally at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, as President Donald Trump appears on the balcony during his first public event since being hospitalized for COVID-19. DOUG MILLS/NYT
Supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
Supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. Alex Brandon/Associated Press
Supporters of President Donald Trump march in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Trump is scheduled to  appear on the balcony of the White House on Saturday afternoon, and address a previously scheduled gathering of conservative activists.
Supporters of President Donald Trump march in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Trump is scheduled to appear on the balcony of the White House on Saturday afternoon, and address a previously scheduled gathering of conservative activists. STEFANI REYNOLDS/NYT
Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up ÒBack the BlueÓ signs during a rally outside the White House in Washington, Oct. 10, 2020. Trump, eager to prove he has fully recovered a week after being hospitalized for Covid-19, appeared briefly on Saturday afternoon in front of hundreds of chanting supporters gathered at the White House.
Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up ÒBack the BlueÓ signs during a rally outside the White House in Washington, Oct. 10, 2020. Trump, eager to prove he has fully recovered a week after being hospitalized for Covid-19, appeared briefly on Saturday afternoon in front of hundreds of chanting supporters gathered at the White House. Stefani Reynolds/NYT
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press
President Donald Trump supporters rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where President Trump will hold a rally in the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
President Donald Trump supporters rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where President Trump will hold a rally in the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at The Ellipse, before entering to The White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press
Supporters of President Donald Trump receive pizza after a rally at The Ellipse, before entering to the White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
Supporters of President Donald Trump receive pizza after a rally at The Ellipse, before entering to the White House, where Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press
Conservative commentator and political activist Candace Owens speaks during a rally at The Ellipse, before entering to the White House, where President Donald Trump will hold an event on the South lawn on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington.
Conservative commentator and political activist Candace Owens speaks during a rally at The Ellipse, before entering to the White House, where President Donald Trump will hold an event on
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Trump Hosts Hundreds in First White House Event Since COVID-19 Diagnosis

Donald Trump hosted hundreds of people outside the White House on Saturday for his first in-person event since contracting COVID-19—but his administration wouldn’t say whether he’s still infected with the virus.

“We gotta vote these people into oblivion,” Trump told the crowd of supporters in a brief 18-minute speech from a White House balcony, far shorter than his typical rally addresses.

The in-person event marked Trump’s return to the campaign spotlight after announcing his COVID-19 diagnosis on Oct. 2 and being hospitalized at Maryland’s Walter Reed hospital.

Trump appeared in several conservative media outlets, and plans to hold rallies in Florida on Monday, Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Iowa on Wednesday.

Earlier on Saturday, White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah refused to tell reporters whether Trump is virus-free.

The rally crowd was set back from the balcony where Trump appeared. Attendees had their temperatures checked and were told to wear masks, according to the White House. More than 2,000 people were reportedly invited to the event but fewer turned up.

The event was organized by right-wing personality Candace Owens and her Blexit group, which urges Black voters to “exit” the Democratic Party.

The White House dubbed the event a “peaceful protest for law & order.” Pro-Trump figures have recently adopted the “peaceful protest” terminology as a jab at Black Lives Matter protests held during the pandemic, claiming that MAGA “protests” are allowed in the face of COVID-19 restrictions on gathering size.

Trump mostly repeated his usual rally lines in his balcony appearance, touting the economy and warning that “we will never allow our country to become a socialist nation.” The crowd cheered, chanting “four more years” and “we love you.”

“I love you too,” Trump said, before turning back into the White House.

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Rose Garden COVID ‘superspreader’ at White House drew hundreds

More than 200 people attended the Sept. 26 event at the White House Rose Garden where President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The festive function – which drew high-profile public officials, religious leaders and other dignitaries – has since been called a likely coronavirus “superspreader” after nearly a dozen people in attendance later tested positive for COVID-19.

Among attendees testing positive are Trump and first lady Melania Trump; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins; pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie; and freelance photographer Al Drago.

USA TODAY is attempting to identify every person at the event using publicly available photographs of that day. If you know of someone who is not on our list, please fill out this form.

We think we’ve identified the following people. The names in bold indicate those who have tested positive for coronavirus since the White House event. Seated on the left: 

1. Kate Todd, White House lawyer

2. Rebecca Cipollone, Pat Cipollone’s wife

3. Pat Cipollone, White House counsel

4. Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff

5. William Barr, U.S. attorney general

6. Tiffany Trump, president’s daughter

7. Karen Pence, second lady

8. Mike Pence, vice president

9. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

10. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

11. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

12. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

13. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

14. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

15. Sharon Lee, wife of Sen. Mike Lee

16. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

23. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.

24. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.

31. Alyssa Farah, White House communications director

32. Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary

33. Michael Farris, president and CEO, Alliance Defending Freedom

41. Robert O’Brien, national security adviser

44. Kay Coles James, President, Heritage Foundation

46. O. Carter Snead, Notre Dame professor of law

48. Maureen Blum, president, SCI

53. Ed Whelan, president, Ethics and Public Policy Center

54. Jenna Ellis, Senior legal adviser for the president’s campaign 

56. Maureen Ferguson, senior fellow for Catholic Association

57. Michael Ferguson, former House member from New Jersey

65. Jeffrey Wall, solicitor general

75. Nicole Stelle Garnett, Notre Dame law professor

84. Mercedes Schlapp, Senior adviser for Trump-Pence Campaign

85. Matt Schlapp, lobbyist and chair of the American Conservative Union

86. Tom Fitton, president, Judicial Watch

And, seated on the right:

First Lady Melania Trump

102. Jesse Barrett, husband of Amy Coney Barrett

107. The Barrett babysitter

108. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president

109. Patricia Scalia, wife of Eugene Scalia

110. Eugene Scalia, Labor secretary, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

111. Maureen Scalia, widow of the late Justice Antonin Scalia

112. Father Paul Scalia, another son of the Scalias

113. Alex Azar, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary

114. Jeffrey Rosen, deputy U.S. attorney general

115. Laura Ingraham, FOX News host

118. C. Boyden Gray, Washington, D.C., attorney and

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Likely Rose Garden COVID ‘superspreader’ at White House drew hundreds

More than 200 people attended the Sept. 26 event at the White House Rose Garden where President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The festive function – which drew high-profile public officials, religious leaders and other dignitaries – has since been called a likely coronavirus “superspreader” after nearly a dozen people in attendance later tested positive for COVID-19.

Among attendees testing positive are Trump and first lady Melania Trump; former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins; pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie; and freelance photographer Al Drago.

USA TODAY is attempting to identify every person at the event using publicly available photographs of that day. If you know of someone who is not on our list, please fill out this form.

We think we’ve identified the following people. The names in bold indicate those who have tested positive for coronavirus since the White House event. Seated on the left: 

1. Kate Todd, White House lawyer

2. Rebecca Cipollone, Pat Cipollone’s wife

3. Pat Cipollone, White House counsel

4. Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff

5. William Barr, U.S. attorney general

6. Tiffany Trump, president’s daughter

7. Karen Pence, second lady

8. Mike Pence, vice president

9. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.

10. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

11. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho

12. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

13. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

14. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

15. Sharon Lee, wife of Sen. Mike Lee

16. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah

23. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La.

24. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga.

31. Alyssa Farah, White House communications director

32. Kayleigh McEnany, White House press secretary

33. Michael Farris, president and CEO, Alliance Defending Freedom

41. Robert O’Brien, national security adviser

44. Kay Coles James, President, Heritage Foundation

46. O. Carter Snead, Notre Dame professor of law

48. Maureen Blum, president, SCI

53. Ed Whelan, president, Ethics and Public Policy Center

54. Jenna Ellis, Senior legal adviser for the president’s campaign 

56. Maureen Ferguson, senior fellow for Catholic Association

57. Michael Ferguson, former House member from New Jersey

65. Jeffrey Wall, solicitor general

75. Nicole Stelle Garnett, Notre Dame law professor

84. Mercedes Schlapp, Senior adviser for Trump-Pence Campaign

85. Matt Schlapp, lobbyist and chair of the American Conservative Union

86. Tom Fitton, president, Judicial Watch

And, seated on the right:

First Lady Melania Trump

99. One of the Barretts’ children

100. One of the Barretts’ children

101. One of the Barretts’ children

102. Jesse Barrett, husband of Amy Coney Barrett

103. One of the Barretts’ children

104. One of the Barretts’ children

105. One of the Barretts’ children

106. One of the Barretts’ children

107. The Barrett babysitter

108. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president

109. Patricia Scalia, wife of Eugene Scalia

110. Eugene Scalia, Labor secretary, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

111. Maureen Scalia, widow of the late Justice Antonin

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In the wake of Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, the White House has yet to mobilize a CDC tracing team to contact hundreds of people who were in the president’s company



a group of people sitting at a park: President Donald Trump and Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Alex Brandon/AP Photo


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  • The White House is yet to deploy a ‘test and trace’ team of CDC experts following the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis, reported The Washington Post. 
  • The team’s function is to trace test those the president came into contact with while infected to stop the disease spreading further. 
  • Trump attended a fundraiser with 200 people and was in frequent contact with top officials while infected. 
  • Trump has long sought to downplay the seriousness of the disease that has killed more than 200,000 Americans. 
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The White House has yet to deploy a specialist Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) team to track and test those whom President Donald Trump came into contact with after being infected with the coronavirus. 

Two sources told The Washington Post Saturday that the CDC specialists’ team was on standby but had not yet begun to work tracing all of those the president came into contact with while infected. 

Contact tracing is one of the critical methods advocated by public health officials to contain the spread of coronavirus. The CDC in guidelines on its website says tracing “will be conducted for close contacts (any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients.”

It is not known precisely how or when Trump contracted the virus. Adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the disease Wednesday and had traveled with the president to his debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday.

Following the debate, Trump took part in several public events, attending a fundraiser at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, with 200 people only hours before testing positive on Thursday.

The previous day the president had traveled to Minnesota. He held a rally in front of hundreds of supporters, many unmasked, and met top state Republicans at a campaign fundraiser.

Officials in states where Trump has held events recently told the Post that they had not been contacted by the White House about tracing the president’s contacts and were mainly acting independently to find them.

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In the wake of the president’s diagnoses, several senior Republicans have also been found to be COVID-19 positive, including former presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Thom Tillis, Notre Dame University president John Jenkins, and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie. 

There is speculation that a White House ceremony a week before Trump’s diagnosis to announce Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, may have been the “superspreader” event where many became infected. 

At the event, few observed social distancing measures or wore masks, and some guests hugged

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Little evidence that White House has offered contact tracing, guidance to hundreds potentially exposed to Trump

In between, the president met with dozens of aides in meetings in which few people wore masks. He appeared before thousands at a rally in Minnesota. And he held a nationally televised debate with former vice president Joe Biden after holing up with debate preppers.

But there was little evidence on Saturday that the White House or the campaign had reached out to these potentially exposed people, or even circulated guidance to the rattled staffers within the White House complex.

It was the latest evidence of the administration’s casual and chaotic approach to the viral threat that has already claimed more than 200,000 lives in the United States.

The crisis within a crisis is emblematic of an administration that has often mocked or ignored the coronavirus guidance of its own medical experts. In this case, the failure to move swiftly potentially jeopardized the health of their own supporters and those close to them, who might fall ill and unwittingly spread the infection to others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had a contact tracing team ready to go, according to multiple sources, but had not been asked to mobilize, even though White House physician Sean Conley said at a press briefing that his team was working with the agency.

Conley also said he was coordinating with local health agencies, but officials in Minnesota, Ohio and New Jersey, where Trump held events in recent days, said they haven’t heard from the White House and are racing largely on their own to find people potentially exposed to the virus.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said any positive test result on the complex is taken seriously and contact tracing is underway.

“The White House has plans and procedures in place that incorporate current CDC guidelines and best practices for limiting covid-19 exposure and has established a robust contact tracing program,” Deere said.

A CDC epidemiologist is detailed to the White House and additional assistance from the CDC will be requested “if necessary,” said an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans.

Numerous guests at the crowded Sept. 26 Rose Garden event at which Trump introduced Amy Coney Barrett as his high court nominee said they have not been contacted by anyone at the White House.

Prominent conservative leader Michael Farris interacted there with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who has tested positive for coronavirus, just before Lee gave two other people hugs. A video of Farris, who did not wear a mask, shows him scratching his nose after interacting with Lee. Farris said he is awaiting results of a test that will take another day to get results back, but he said he feels fine.

“There’s nothing fail-safe about any protocol, so I’m not upset,” Farris said.

One man who was pictured mingling in the front rows of the Rose Garden event, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private medical details, said he heard from no one from the government but his doctor had emailed

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Covid in Scotland: Police break up hundreds of house parties

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Police broke up “at least” 300 house parties across Scotland over the weekend, with 14 arrests being made.

More than 100 fines were issued between Friday and Sunday, with officers having to force entry to three households.

Police Scotland said its analysis suggested house parties were being held “in every community and age group”.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said most people were following the rules – but “decisive action” would be taken where necessary.

  • New law to break up ‘super spreader’ house parties

New rules barring indoor meetings of more than six people from two households have been introduced in Scotland in response to increasing numbers of Covid cases.

Pubs have also been ordered to close by 22:00, and additional police officers were sent out to support councils over the first weekend of the new restrictions.

Mr Livingstone said officers would “use good sense and exercise discretion”, and that “the great majority of people are taking personal responsibility to do the right thing”.

But he added: “There can be no excuse for arranging, attending, or hosting a house party.

“It is against the law. Where officers encounter blatant, wilful, or persistent breaches, we will take decisive action to enforce the law.”

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Iain Livingstone said officers would take action against “blatant” breaches of the rules

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the figures had to be seen in the context of a country with a population of 5.4 million people.

She said “the vast majority” were abiding by the rules.

“Anybody who is not, and particularly anybody who is who are fragrantly breaking very clear rules against house parties, should really take a look at themselves,” she added.

“We know that house parties are one of the risk factors that can cause this virus to spread.”

While officers were called to a number of parties at student halls in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon stressed that the issue with indoor gatherings was not just about young people.

Mr Livingstone said on Friday that analysis suggested that only one in 10 house parties police responded to had been linked to students.

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N.J. man accused of ‘house-of-cards-style’ scheme that embezzled hundreds of thousands

A Burlington County man allegedly duped people into paying him hundreds of thousands of dollars by jumping from a fraudulent foreign currency trading scheme to a fraudulent car lease scheme, in a “house-of-cards-style” operation, authorities said.

On Friday, authorities arrested Michael Salerno, 51, of Mount Laurel and charged him with 23 counts of wire fraud and six counts of mail fraud in an indictment, Philadelphia U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams said in a statement. Through multiple fraud schemes, Salerno allegedly stole thousands from people by tricking them into paying him for a foreign currency trading business and then by getting to them to pay for car leases, the statement said.

Between September 2016 and November 2018, Salerno ran multiple businesses that each were supposedly trading foreign currencies, the statement said. By lying to clients, Salerno had victims pay advance fees that were usually more than $1,000 to hire him, he said.

Salerno allegedly told victims that if one of his companies were hired, he would give them access to $10 million to use on the foreign currency market. To instill confidence in him and his businesses, Salerno posed as a “sophisticated and successful” businessman, despite having a history of bankruptcy and federal tax charges, according to the statement.

Through his network of fraudulent foreign currency trading businesses, Salerno embezzled more than $300,000 from victims, the statement said.

In 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s office started a criminal investigation into Salerno and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed an injunction against him, the statement said. But Salerno simply moved to the next scheme, the statement said, shifting his efforts to a car lease and loan scheme.

Between May 2018 and December 2019, Salerno ran AccuOne Financial, Inc., a company that claimed to help clients get ride of “unwanted automobile leases,” the statement said. At the same time, the company also claimed to offer automobile leases to people with credit that prevented them from getting a lease.

In order to scam both sets of clients, Salerno would take the cars from the first set of clients, barely making any lease payments, and then gave the cars to the second set of clients, who paid him monthly fees, the statement said.

The clients who wanted to get out of their leases would ultimately end up continuing to make payments, while the other clients would sometimes have cars repossessed, the statement said. In this scheme, Salerno stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from victims, the statement said.

“When Salerno’s foreign currency trading scheme came crashing down around him, he very quickly moved on to an alternative way of swindling people out of their money with car leases and loans,” Williams said in the statement. “The damage done by such corrupt financial schemes can be catastrophic to innocent people’s credit and financial security. We will continue to hold those who commit crimes like the ones alleged here accountable for their misdeeds.”

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Hundreds arrested during protests in Belarus, says Interior Ministry

Minsk [Belarus], September 7 (ANI/Sputnik): Hundreds of people have been detained throughout Belarus for participating in unauthorized protests on Sunday, Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova told Sputnik, adding that the precise number will be available on Monday.
Earlier in the day, opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko organised protests in Minsk and other cities.
“Hundreds of citizens have been arrested across the country for taking part in unauthorized protests. We do not know the final number, we are planning to present it on Monday morning,” Chemodanova said.
Meanwhile, Belarusian telecommunication provider A1 announced restoring data transmission services in Minsk to full capacity.
A Sputnik correspondent has reported that law enforcement officers disassembled the roadblock outside of the Independence Palace, the residence of Lukashenko. Pedestrians are now being allowed through.
The Minsk subway has resumed its normal work as well, according to its Telegram channel, as several stations were previously closed during the day amid protests.
The Sunday protests were the latest in the series that started in the aftermath of the August 9 election, which saw Lukashenko re-elected for a sixth term.
The opposition insists that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is the real winner. (ANI/Sputnik)

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