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TWO SAPULPA WOMEN PLEAD GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY COLLECTING MORE THAN $350,000 IN DEATH BENEFITS

Two Sapulpa women pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to illegally taking more than $350,000 in Social Security and military retirement benefits that were meant for their mother, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

Patricia Lee Kendall, 66, and Peggy Lee Larue, 63, both of Sapulpa, pleaded guilty to two-counts of aiding and abetting each other to illegally take and conceal government property in the form of money from both the Social Security Administration and the Department of Defense Military Retirement Fund. The women admitted in court that they failed to notify authorities of their mother’s death in December 2000. Previously, their mother had received the death benefit payments as a result of her husband’s military service. After their mother passed away, the payments should have ceased. read here

MAN INDICTED WITH PROVIDING FALSE STATEMENTS TO ACQUIRE 35 GUNS

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Maryland man with making false statements to acquire firearms.

According to allegations in the indictment, Juan Antonio Zimmerman, 26, of District Heights, purchased 35 firearms from federal firearms licensees in the Eastern District of Virginia falsely claiming that he was buying the firearms for himself when he was actually buying them on behalf of other individuals. Zimmerman used a false address in Arlington to purchase the firearms, then gave the firearms to his cousin, his cousin’s friends, and his uncle, who is a convicted felon. In addition to the firearm recovered from his uncle, law enforcement recovered two of the firearms in Prince George’s County, Maryland as part of criminal investigations. read here

U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE OPERATION IN STOCKTON NETS MORE THAN 100 DANGEROUS CRIMINALS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott, Chief Deputy Lasha Boyden and Chief Inspector Bert Tapia of the U.S. Marshals Service, and Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones announced a U.S. Marshals Service-led operation to reduce violence in Stockton.

Operation Take Back aimed to provide the city of Stockton with immediate relief from the increasing rate of violent crime. After 21 days of focused effort, Operation Take Back concluded on August 30th, targeting and arresting violent fugitives, gang members and criminal offenders who have committed crimes such as homicide, shooting into dwellings, felony assault, sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, and robbery. read here

JURY FINDS SAN ANTONIO MAN GUILTY OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

In San Antonio today, a federal jury convicted 44-year-old Jeffrey Clinton Michalik of possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio Division.

Evidence presented at trial revealed that five images of child pornography were downloaded from a website in Switzerland using the defendant’s secure IP address assigned to his house. HSI agents executed a federal search warrant for child pornography at the defendant’s house. The defendant admitted viewing child pornography on a laptop computer and provided agents with consent to search that computer. The laptop computer contained over 2500 images and 112 videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The majority of the child pornography files depicted children under the age of 12, including children as young as three. read here

CHAMPAIGN MAN INDICTED ON CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR

Springfield, Ill. – A federal grand jury in Springfield today returned an indictment that charges Thomas L. Bishop, 60, of the 1600 block of West Bradley Ave., in Champaign, Ill. with attempted enticement of a minor. Bishop is scheduled to appear for arraignment tomorrow, Sept. 5, 2019, in Urbana, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long.

Bishop was arrested on Aug. 23, 2019, and charged by criminal complaint. According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, on Aug. 20, Bishop allegedly initiated a text message conversation with an online covert profile of a law enforcement officer on a popular online dating / chatting application. Following the initial contact, the defendant and the undercover officer engaged in numerous sexually explicit text message conversations, including conversations in which the defendant allegedly requested that the minor send sexually explicit photos of himself to the defendant. The affidavit alleges that on Aug. 23, the defendant believed he was meeting a 15-year-old boy at a pre-determined location in Champaign to take the minor to his residence for a sexual encounter. Instead, law enforcement officers arrested Bishop. read here

TENNESSEE SEX OFFENDER INDICTED ON CHARGE OF FAILURE TO REGISTER

Springfield, Ill. – A federal grand jury in Springfield today returned an indictment that charges Shay Christopher Greene, 23, of Knoxville, Tenn., with failure to register as a sex offender upon his relocation from Tennessee to Danville, Ill., in May 2019. The U.S. Clerk of the Court will schedule Greene for arraignment in Urbana, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long, at a future date.

Greene was arrested on Aug. 14, 2019, and charged by criminal complaint. According to the affidavit filed in support of the complaint, in March 2019, Greene was released from incarceration in Tennessee, where he was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor involving production of child pornography. In late May 2019, Greene allegedly relocated to Danville, Ill., and failed to register or update his registration as required under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. While in Danville, Greene allegedly resided at various locations, including a local homeless shelter in Danville, and a residence on Kist Ave., Danville. Also, Greene allegedly used assumed names, including “Christopher Wolfe,” in Danville. read here

FLORIDA WOMAN INDICTED FOR TRAFFICKING DRUGS THROUGH EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

BEAUMONT, Texas – A 41-year-old Ft. Lauderdale, Florida woman has been indicted for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

Shenita Denise Peterson was indicted today and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to information provided in court, on Aug. 23, 2019, Peterson was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate Highway 10 in Beaumont, Texas. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 45 individual kilograms of cocaine, which were concealed in the door panels of the vehicle. read here

AUSTIN MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR

In Austin today, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman sentenced 25–year–old Olin Dee Cubit, Jr., to 15 years in federal prison followed by ten years of supervised release for sexually exploiting a minor, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash and Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.

On April 2, 2019, Cubit pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor for producing videos of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. By pleading guilty, Cubit admitted that between January 15, 2018, and February 15, 2018, he and his co-defendant , 23-year-old Kaylan Nichole Hill of Austin, caused a minor to engage in repeated sexually explicit activity for Cubit’s own financial gain. read here

HOUSTON-AREA MAN WHO POSED AS PHYSICIAN FOUND GUILTY OF CONSPIRING TO UNLAWFULLY PRESCRIBE HUNDRED OS THOUSANDS OF DOSES OF OPIOIDS

A Houston-area man who posed as a physician at an unregistered pain clinic was found guilty today for his role at a “pill mill” at which he and his co-conspirators illegally prescribed hundreds of thousands of doses of opioids and other controlled substances.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick of the Southern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Houston Division made the announcement.

After a five-day day jury trial, Muhammad Arif, 61, of Katy, Texas, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to unlawfully distribute and dispense controlled substances and three counts of unlawfully distributing and dispensing controlled substances. Arif is expected to be sentenced on a date not yet determined by U.S. District Judge Alfred H. Bennett of the Southern District of Texas, who presided over the trial. read here

TEXAS MAN SENTENCED IN H-2B VISA SCAM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 45-year-old Houston man has been sentenced in Brownsville federal court for recruiting individuals to petition for visa workers they did not need, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Jeffrey McGallicher, special agent in charge of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) – Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – San Antonio and Steven Grell, special agent in charge of Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG), Dallas Region.

Marco Pesquera pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit visa fraud Jan. 3, 2019.

Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez sentenced Pesquera to 38 months in prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to forfeit $5 million in a money judgment and his Houston residence. read here

MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR MURDERING POSTAL WORKER IN FIT OF ROAD RAGE

A Los Angeles man was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison for murdering a postal worker during a road rage incident in Dallas last February, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox.

Donnie Arlondo Ferrell, 26, pleaded guilty in February 2019 to shooting and killing U.S. Postal Service employee Tony Mosby, who was behind the wheel of a USPS vehicle, a year prior.

According to plea papers, Mr. Ferrell – one of three passengers inside a Mazda traveling eastbound on I-30 – became incensed at something he perceived Mr. Mosby had done on the freeway. He leaned out of the Mazda and fired four shots at the USPS vehicle. Mr. Ferrell then watched as the USPS vehicle crashed into a retaining wall on the freeway. read here

CHEEKTOWAGA SURGEON PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGE AND LYING TO THE DEA

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Dr. Anthony Leone, 55, of Clarence, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to unlawful possession of a controlled substance and making material false statements. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that on September 8, 2016, the defendant, who was a licensed spine and general orthopedic surgeon and Drug Enforcement Administration registrant, completed a controlled substance form for Henry Schein, a commercial distributor of controlled substances. One of the questions on the form asked Leone if he uses “any controlled substances ordered to treat family members,” to which he responded “no.” That statement was false. Leone in fact ordered zolpidem for treatment of an identified family member. read here

BERGEN COUNTY MAN ADMITS TO FRAUDULENT SHORT SALE SCHEME TO DEFRAUD MORTGAGE LENDERS AND TAX EVASION

NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a scheme with his son to use straw buyers and short sales on properties to defraud mortgage lenders out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and to avoid paying taxes on the proceeds of the scheme, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

George Bussanich Sr., 60, of Park Ridge, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to a superseding information charging him with one count of bank fraud conspiracy and one count of tax evasion. His son, George Bussanich Jr., 39, of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, pleaded guilty to tax evasion before Judge Cecchi in October 2017 and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 25, 2019. read here

MEXICAN NATIONAL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO IMMIGRATION CRIME

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Mexican national man pled guilty to the felony offense of Reentry of a Removed Alien, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jose Guadelaupe Camarena-Jacinto, 37, faces up to ten years in prison, a $250,000 dollar fine, three years of supervised release, a special assessment, and possible removal from the United States when he is scheduled to be sentenced on November 5, 2019. Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Ripley Police Department.

“Camarena-Jacinto had four prior removals,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “This revolving door is an unbelievable drain on critical law enforcement resources that are needed elsewhere. My office prosecutes every single reentry case.” read here

KENTUCKY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING TWO VICTIMS

WASHINGTON – Cleoretta Allen, 41, of Louisville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to two counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion and one count of interstate transportation for prostitution.

According to court documents, the defendant used violence, threats, fear, and intimidation to coerce two young women to engage in commercial sex acts in the Louisville area between September 2017 and October 2017. Allen also transported the victims from Kentucky to Georgia to engage in commercial sex. On Oct. 31, 2017, the victims contacted the police, which resulted in the defendant’s arrest.

“This defendant abused the victims and coerced them to engage in commercial sex for her gain,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice will continue to work tirelessly to seek justice on behalf of victims and survivors of human trafficking.” read here

FORMER HONDURAN NATIONAL POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO IMPORT COCAINE INTO THE UNITED STATES AND RELATED FIREARMS OFFENSES

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Wendy Woolcock, Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), announced today that former Honduran National Police officer MAURICIO HERNANDEZ PINEDA (“HERNANDEZ PINEDA”) was charged in Manhattan federal court with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States and related weapons offenses involving the use and possession of machineguns and destructive devices. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Today’s charges against a high-ranking former Honduran National Police officer are disturbing. Honduras has long been a corridor for drug traffickers to ship their drugs to the United States from South America. As alleged, Mauricio Hernandez Pineda betrayed his obligations as a police officer to uphold his country’s laws and prevent trafficking through his country, and instead facilitated the shipments of tons of cocaine that eventually made its way to the U.S. Hernandez Pineda will soon have to answer for his alleged crimes in a U.S. court.” read here

DRUG MAKER MALLINCKRODT AGREES TO PAY OVER $15 MILLION TO RESOLVE ALLEGED FALSE CLAIMS ACT LIABILITY FOR “WINING AND DINING” DOCTORS

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Drug Maker Mallinckrodt Agrees to Pay Over $15 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Liability for “Wining and Dining” Doctors

Pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt ARD LLC (formerly known as Mallinckrodt ARD Inc. and previously Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. “Questcor”), has agreed to pay $15.4 million to resolve claims that Questcor paid illegal kickbacks to doctors, in the form of lavish dinners and entertainment, to induce prescriptions of the company’s drug, H.P. Acthar Gel (Acthar) from 2009 through 2013.

The Federal Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits a pharmaceutical company from offering or paying, directly or indirectly, any remuneration — which includes money or any other thing of value — with the intent to induce a health care provider to prescribe a drug reimbursed by a federal health care program, including Medicare. This prohibition extends to such practices as “wining and dining” doctors to induce them to write Medicare prescriptions of a company’s products.  read here

ILLEGAL ALIEN INDICTED ON REENTRY CHARGE

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Jesus Sinaca-Ambrose, a citizen of Mexico, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on a reentry charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Sinaca-Ambrose, age 30, was indicted on one count of “Reentry of Removed Alien.” Sinaca-Ambrose is accused of being in Berkeley County in July 2019 after being removed twice for being in the country illegally. read here

LENGTHY PRISON SENTENCES FOR THREE MIDDLE GEORGIA ILLEGAL DRUG DEALERS

MACON – Three Middle Georgia defendants involved in three different criminal drug distribution operations were each sentenced to more than 100 months in prison for their crimes, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. United States District Judge Marc Treadwell handed down the sentences in Macon federal court on September 4, 2019. John Dimitri Jordan, 40, of Atlanta, Georgia was sentenced to 140 months in prison followed by four years supervised release for Distribution of Crack Cocaine. Justin Hunt aka “Big Boy”, 34, of Macon, Georgia was sentenced to 130 months in prison followed by four years supervised release for Distribution of Methamphetamine. Larry Cumbie, 39, of Danville, Georgia was sentenced to 114 months in prison followed by three years supervised release for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. There is no parole in the federal prison system. read here

SENIOR MANAGER OF GLOBAL INTERNET COMPANY CHARGED IN EMBEZZLEMENT SCHEME

Geoffrey S. Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the arrest of HICHAM KABBAJ, a former senior manager in Manhattan for a global internet company (“Company-1”), for wire fraud and transacting in criminally derived proceeds.  KABBAJ was arrested today and presented before Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman .

According to allegations in the Complaint unsealed today[1]:

From at least August 2015 until at least May 2019, KABBAJ engaged in a scheme to defraud his employer into paying a vendor named Interactive Systems for various IT products and services.  Pursuant to the scheme, Interactive Systems sent approximately 52 invoices to KABBAJ for payment.  In reality, Interactive Systems was a shell company controlled by KABBAJ, and money Company-1 sent Interactive Systems was quickly transferred to KABBAJ’s own bank accounts.  From in and about December 2016 until in and about July 2019, Company-1 paid Interactive Systems more than $4.5 million. read here

HOUSTON WOMAN ADMITS TO DEFRAUDING DR. PEPPER SNAPPLE

HOUSTON – The 42-year-old Friendswood woman charged with committing fraud against a popular beverage company has admitted her guilt, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Anna Maria Sites pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson to conspiracy to commit mail fraud against Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPSG).

Sites admitted to participating in the scheme from 2010 through Feb. 17, 2015, by not paying rebates to those who had requested them. Sites handled human resources and accounting for FulFill Plus Inc., which administered the DPSG rebate campaigns. The rebates included returned bottle caps or for switching to DPSG brand drinks in restaurant/convenience store soda dispensers. DPSG paid FulFill to administer those campaigns. read here

DODDRIDGE COUNTY MAN ADMITS TO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY VIOLATION

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Tyler Patrick Pietschmann, of Greenwood, West Virginia, has admitted to failing to register as a sex offender, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Pietschmann, age 21, pled guilty to one count of “Failure to Update Sex Offender Registration.” Pietschmann, a person required to register as a sex offender, admitted to traveling from Pennsylvania to West Virginia without updating his sex offender registration from December 2018 to February 2019. read here

PIKE COUNTY PHYSICIAN INDICTED FOR UNLAWFUL DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES RESULTING IN DEATH

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Martin Evers, age 61, a Pike County, Pennsylvania, physician, was indicted on August 28, 2019, by a federal grand jury for unlawfully distributing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose resulting in death.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that in September 2014, Evers unlawfully provided prescriptions for fentanyl and methadone, both Schedule II controlled substances, and diazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance, that caused the death of one of his patients.

Evers appeared before Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick today for his arraignment and was released under pre-trial supervision by Federal Probation. read here

FIVE INDIVIDUALS CONVICTED FOR PARTICIPATING IN GLOBAL FRAUD SCHEME

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Justin Green, Special Agent in Charge, Miami Field Office, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI), announced the convictions of five defendants for various offenses relating to a global fraud scheme that relied upon false claims about the United States military and the Government of Afghanistan.

Six individuals were charged for their involvement in the global fraud scheme (Case No. 18-20668-CR-DMM).  Byramji Javat, a citizen of Pakistan and Chairman of the Dubai-based Uniworld Group, pleaded guilty on August 19, 2019, to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section1349.  Javat faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, plus potential restitution and a fine of up to $250,000.  Sunil Chopra and William Armando, both residents of California, each pleaded guilty on August 19, 2019, to one count of conspiracy to obtain pre-retail medical products worth $5,000 or more by fraud or deception, in violation of Title18, United States Code, Section 670(a)(6).  They face a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison.  Emanuel Daskos, pleaded guilty on July 16, 2019, to also violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 670(a)(6).   Luis Soto, a customs broker residing in Miami, Florida, was convicted by a  trial jury on August 23, 2019, of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to obtain pre-retail medical products worth $5,000 or more by fraud or deception, two counts of wire fraud contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, and two counts of obtaining pre-retail medical products by fraud or deception, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 670(a)(1).   The defendants have not yet been sentenced.  One defendant, James Sipprell, a resident of Georgia, is awaiting trial and is presumed innocent.  read here

SOMERSET COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

TRENTON, N.J. – A Somerset County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for receiving images of child sexual abuse, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Lomere T. Walls, 27, of Franklin Park, New Jersey, previously pleaded before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an indictment charging him with one count of receipt of child pornography. Judge Martinotti imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court. read here

FOUR PERUVIANS SENTECED FOR OVERSEEING SPANISH-SPEAKING CALL CENTERS THAT THREATENED AND EXTORTED U.S. CONSUMERS

Four residents of Lima, Peru, charged with overseeing a series of call centers that threatened and extorted Spanish-speaking victims in the United States, have been sentenced to prison, the Department of Justice and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced.

Jesus Gutierrez Rojas, 37, Alexandra Podesta Bengoa, 38, Virgilio Polo Davila, 43, and Omar Portocarrero Caceres, 39, were extradited from Peru in April.  Each pleaded guilty to extortion and has now been sentenced to prison by U.S. District Court Judge Roy K. Altman in Fort Lauderdale.  As part of his guilty plea, Gutierrez admitted that he oversaw a series of affiliated call centers in Peru that falsely told Spanish-speaking victims across the United States that they had incurred debts and would suffer various consequences for failure to pay off the debts that they did not, in fact, owe.  As part of their guilty pleas, Podesta, Polo, and Portocarrero admitted that they managed and supervised three of these affiliated call centers that used extortion to obtain money from vulnerable U.S. consumers. read here

FORMER SENIOR UAW OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY TO TAKING OVER $1.5 MILLION IN BRIBES AND KICKBACKS

Michael Grimes, a former high-level official in the UAW’s General Motors Department, pleaded guilty today to conspiring with other UAW officials to engage in honest services fraud by taking over $1.5 million in bribes and kickbacks from UAW vendors and contractors and to conspiring to launder the proceeds of the scheme announced U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Joining in the announcement were Irene Lindow, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General, Rainer S. Drolshagen, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit, Michigan office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Manny Muriel, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit, Michigan office of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, and Thomas Murray, District Director, U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Labor-Management Standards. read here

HOLLYWOOD HILLS MAN ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES OF SELLING FENTANYL-LACED PILLS TO RAPPER MAC MILLER TWO DAYS BEFORE HIS OVERDOSE DEATH

  LOS ANGELES – A Hollywood Hills resident was arrested this morning on federal charges alleging that he sold counterfeit pharmaceutical narcotics containing fentanyl to Mac Miller two days before the hip-hop artist died of a drug overdose.

Cameron James Pettit, 28, was arrested this morning by special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and officers with the Los Angeles Police Department. Pettit is expected to make his initial appearance this afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles. read here

COLLINWOOD TAX PREPARER CHARGED WITH PREPARING FALSE TAX RETURNS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 4, 2019 –  Steve Lewis Newell, 72, of Collinwood, Tennessee, was charged today with three counts of preparing false tax returns, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

According to a criminal information filed today, Newell owned and controlled Tax Masters and Accounting in Collinwood, Tennessee, and assisted in the preparation of individual tax returns on behalf of his clients.  Between 2014 and 2018, Newell prepared and filed more than 7,700 federal income tax returns, several of which contained inflated or fictitious deductions in Schedule A, including state and local taxes, charitable contributions, and employee business expenses.  Newell also falsified other items on his clients’ tax returns, such as the filing status of the taxpayer. Each of these fraudulent misrepresentations served to lower the tax liability for his clients. read here

NURSING ASSISTANT RECEIVES JAIL SENTENCE FOR STEALING FROM WHEELCHAIR-BOUND VETERAN

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Jacoya Brazzle, 31, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to eight months’ incarceration, five years supervised release and full restitution by United States Timothy J. Savage for stealing money from a veteran patient in her care.

The defendant was a nursing assistant at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Coatesville. As part of her duties, she was assigned to care for a veteran who uses a wheelchair. Brazzle learned the veteran’s ATM card PIN number, and used his ATM card to access his account – withdrawing funds on more than 10 occasions from ATMs in the Coatesville area over a two month timespan. In all, the defendant stole approximately $11,000 from the victim’s bank account. read here

LONG ISLAND AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE CONTRACTOR AGREES TO REPAY $2.6 MILLION IN OVERBILLINGS TO THE UNITED STATES

Arkwin Industries, Inc., a Westbury, New York-based corporation, has agreed to pay a $2.6 million settlement to the United States, after self-disclosing its overbilling of the government and its prime contractors.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Leigh-Alistair Barzey, Special Agent-in-Charge, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office (DCIS), and Jason T. Hein, Special Agent-in-Charge, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Office of Procurement Fraud Investigations (AFOSI), announced the settlement. read here

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HATE CRIMES

CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati man was sentenced in federal court this morning for violating the Fair Housing Act through force, by willfully intimidating two homeowners based on their race, color and familial status.

Samuel Whitt, 43, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 54 months in prison for criminal interference with the right to fair housing. read here

CUMBERLAND COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD 30 VICTIMS IN ROMANCE FRAUD SCHEME

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Cumberland County, New Jersey, man was arrested today on charges that he allegedly defrauded more than 30 victims into wiring money to him and his conspirators after he and his conspirators met and wooed the victims on online dating sites, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Rubbin Sarpong, 35, of Millville, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider in Camden federal court. read here

NORTH AMERICAN SPECIALTY INSURANCE COMPANY TO PAY OVER $1 MILLION TO SETTLE FALSE CLAIMS ALLEGATIONS FOR BONDING CONTRACTOR IN SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 8(A) PROGRAM FRAUD SCHEME

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced today that New Hampshire-based North American Specialty Insurance Company (NAS IC) has agreed to resolve allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act by bonding a South Carolina general contractor that submitted false claims to the United States for services performed under fraudulently obtained contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These contracts had been set aside for companies that qualified for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8(a) Business Development Program. NAS IC has agreed to pay $1,040,035.20 to resolve the government’s allegations. read here

BANGLADESHI NATIONAL ARRESTED IN TEXAS TO FACE CHARGES FOR CONSPIRACY TO BRING ALIENS INTO THE U.S.

HOUSTON – A Bangladeshi national residing in Tapachula, Mexico, was arrested Aug. 31 on arrival at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to face a superseding criminal indictment for his role in a scheme to smuggle aliens into the United States.

The unsealed superseding indictment alleges that from March 2017 to August 2018, Milon Miah, 39, conspired to bring and brought 15 Bangladeshi nationals to the United States at the Texas border in exchange for payment. Miah allegedly maintained a hotel in Tapachula, Mexico, where he housed and fed aliens and provided them with plane tickets to locations in northern Mexico where the aliens were met by other smugglers who transported them to the U.S. border. One of Miah’s co-conspirators in the smuggling operation, Moktar Hossain, pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy to bring an alien to the United States as well as several related smuggling charges. read here

CITY OF ATLANTA DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF CONTRACT COMPLIANCE PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE AND TAX FRAUD

ATLANTA – Larry Scott has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for failing to disclose to the City of Atlanta that while he served as its Director of Contract Compliance, he also served as the business manager for a consulting firm seeking contracts in the Atlanta-metropolitan area. Scott also failed to report on his taxes the majority of the income earned from the consulting firm.

“Larry Scott betrayed the citizens of Atlanta by failing to disclose that when he served in an executive level position with the City of Atlanta, he was simultaneously working for a consulting firm for businesses who sought contracts in metro-Atlanta,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Scott’s divided loyalty undermined the integrity of the office he served at the City of Atlanta.”read here

 

 

 

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