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Bronx clerk moonlights as consultant for firm under investigation

The Bronx County clerk who was suspended amid a state criminal probe of a homeless services provider has been moonlighting as a paid consultant to the firm for years, The Post has learned.

Luis Diaz, who makes $210,900 as the county clerk, worked as a paid consultant for Aguila Inc. for at least six years, his annual financial statements filed with the state Office of Court Administration reveal.

Diaz, a former state assemblyman, was paid between $20,000 and $60,000 a year by Aguila from 2013 to 2019, records show.

Given his hefty pay, Diaz’s moonlighting is raising eyebrows in The Bronx.

“It seems to me he’s making plenty as a county clerk. I didn’t know that a county clerk could have outside income,” said one Bronx Democratic Party insider who requested anonymity.

“He’s making the same salary as a state Supreme Court justice!”

Diaz’s wife, Anna Diaz, also is employed

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Antitrust investigation dubs App Store a monopoly, Microsoft adopts ‘app fairness’ rules, pandemic boosts Q3 app revenues

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all.

The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a combined $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher than those without a mobile focus.

In this series, we help you keep up with the latest news from the world of apps, delivered on a weekly basis.

Apple declared monopoly by U.S. House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust

Apple was one of the four big tech companies the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust declared as having enjoyed monopoly power

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Postmaster General DeJoy hires PR firm to counter House investigation

  • Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hired a consulting firm with ties to President Trump to represent him after the House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into his private business.
  • The investigation follows a Washington Post report that the longtime Republican fundraiser may have violated campaign fundraising law.
  • Patomak Global Partners was founded by Paul Atkins, a former SEC executive who has advised Trump on financial deregulation and served on his business council.
  • A USPS spokesperson said the work performed by DeJoy’s personal firms, Patomak and RLF Communications, does not relate to his duties as Postmaster General or its main PR agency, Weber Shandwick.
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US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy hired a consulting and PR firm with deep ties to the Trump administration as he faces allegations that he violated campaign fundraising laws as a private businessman and Republican fundraiser, Business Insider has learned.

Since his

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The New York Times’ bombshell reporting on Trump’s tax returns could significantly bolster Manhattan prosecutors’ investigation into his business practices



a sign in front of a building: Activists protest outside federal court during a hearing related to President Donald Trump's financial records on October 23, 2019 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images


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Activists protest outside federal court during a hearing related to President Donald Trump’s financial records on October 23, 2019 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • President Donald Trump’s finances came under scrutiny this week after The New York Times published an investigation into his federal income tax returns, which he has concealed from the public.
  • The investigation found that Trump raked in millions every year but paid little or no taxes for much of the last two decades. In 2016 and 2017, he paid just $750 in income taxes, the report said.
  • The Times’ investigation will likely bolster the Manhattan district attorney’s efforts to obtain eight years of the president’s tax returns.
  • That’s especially true since prosecutors from the DA’s office hinted in a court filing last week that Trump may be investigated for tax and insurance fraud, and extensively cited previous media coverage as
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Trump paid his daughter Ivanka $747,622 for ‘consulting,’ then deducted it from his taxes, according to a New York Times investigation



Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump appeared to pay his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, more than $700,000 in "consulting fees" related to hotel deals she was already responsible for, The New York Times found. Drew Angerer/Getty Images


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President Donald Trump appeared to pay his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, more than $700,000 in “consulting fees” related to hotel deals she was already responsible for, The New York Times found. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • A New York Times investigation into President Donald Trump’s tax filings found that from 2010 to 2018, Trump wrote off about $26 million in unexplained consulting fees.
  • Among them was $747,622 written off by the Trump Organization, the same amount his daughter Ivanka Trump reported receiving in consulting fees, according to The Times.
  • The payment appeared to be related to managing hotel deals that were already part of her job, according to the newspaper. Reporters matched the number to one his daughter disclosed when she joined the White House in 2017.
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President Donald Trump once appeared to pay his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, $747,622 in “consulting

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Visa faces European Commission investigation over fintech rules

  • The European Commission is investigating Visa’s rules for fintech companies using its network, the company has revealted. 
  • Regulators are concerned that Visa may struggle to identify fraud and money laundering among fintechs, industry insiders told the Times newspaper.
  • Visa, which mentioned the investigation in a quarterly report, said it is cooperating.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Visa is facing a European Commission inquiry over its rules for fintech companies using its networks, after being accused of anti-competitive behavior.

The world’s biggest card payments company — which grants licenses to fintechs to let them provide digital wallets if they meet certain standards for anti-money laundering and fraud — mentioned the inquiry in its June quarterly report.

The company did not give any detail on the scope of the inquiry, but regulators have raised concerns that Visa may struggle to identify fraud and money laundering, industry insiders told The Times

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Shooting in New Orleans’ Central Business District under investigation, NOPD says | Crime/Police

New Orleans police are investigating a shooting reported in the Central Business District Sunday evening. 

The New Orleans Police Department sent out a statement on Twitter around 7:19 p.m. that a shooting had occurred in the 200 block of Baronne Street (Map).

The 200 block is the second block off of Canal Street, between Common and Gravier streets.

Police released no additional details pertaining to the victim or whether more than one person was shot.

The shooting was the second one on that stretch of Baronne in the last month. 

Romero Butler Jr., 33, was shot to death two weekends ago outside a Central Business District apartment building in the same block.

Man shot to death in CBD was out on

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