Lincoln doctor pleads not guilty
A Lincoln doctor accused of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud pleaded not guilty at his initial appearance on the indictment Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Omaha.
Dr. Jeffrey Fraser is released on bond.
In a June 20 indictment, he is accused of using patients and employees to obtain hydrocodone and oxycodone for his personal use between March 2014 and January 2018.
Fraser, 61, also is accused of being addicted to hydrocodone and oxycodone and in possession of a Smith and Wesson .38 Special revolver.
If convicted, Fraser could get up to 14 years in federal prison and be fined up to $500,000.
He hasn’t yet been set for trial.
Three indicted for marriage fraud
A grand jury in Nebraska has indicted three people for conspiring to commit marriage fraud for an alleged sham marriage between an Omaha man and a woman from Tajikistan.
Faisal Garba-Adenkunjo, Farangis Gafarova and Jeremiah Logan are set to make their first court appearances Thursday in U.S. District Court in Omaha on the conspiracy charge.
Gafarova and Logan also are charged with marriage fraud.
In court records unsealed Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lecia Wright said Garba-Adenkunjo, a lawful permanent resident, spoke with Logan sometime in 2014 about getting married to Gafarova, so she could get a green card and stay in the U.S. once her student visa expired.
Wright said Logan agreed to do it for $5,000 but ultimately was paid $2,800.
The two married on Jan. 10, 2015, at the Douglas County Courthouse.
Woman suspected of arson
BEATRICE — Authorities suspect a woman set a fire that damaged an apartment building in Beatrice and injured a man.
Police arrested the woman Tuesday as firefighters put out the blaze at the brick, six-unit building that sits just east of the Gage County Courthouse.
The injured man was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital, then transferred to a Lincoln hospital. His name hasn’t been released.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of arson.