• Miami, Fla., police officer Malinsky Bazile has been found guilty in federal court of using police databases to commit identity theft. Bazile stole the identities of 1,000 people and used them to collect fraudulent income tax refunds.
• Also in Florida, Anne Packham, one of the federally funded health care navigators who are supposed to help people sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, has admitted she gave some wrong information to local media and the public. Packham had told an Orlando TV station that people who wanted to buy health insurance on the exchange would need to provide their credit scores. When confronted with her error, Packham would not explain how she made the mistake.
• The London Fire Brigade is asking the public not to call 999, England’s equivalent to 911, unless they have an emergency. Officials say that some of the non-emergency calls they have received are a man asking them to get his son’s shoe off the roof of their house, a woman who accidentally threw her dentures at a pair of dogs while trying to break up their fighting, a woman who spotted a fox in her garden, and an au pair who couldn’t close a window and didn’t want to disturb the family she worked for.
Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.