Daily Dose of Justice

Daily Dose of Justice

GEORGIA MAN SENTENCED TO ALMOST 30 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR CARJACKING AND ROBBERIES

Jackson, Miss. – Jalen Sean Benton, 19, of Georgia, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to 358 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for carjacking, two business robberies, and using a firearm to commit each offense, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, FBI Jackson Division Special Agent in Charge Michelle A. Sutphin, and Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace. Benton was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

On March 25, 2019, Benton robbed the Jimmy Johns Restaurant in Meridian, the McDonalds in Brandon, and carjacked a vehicle in Vicksburg. Benton used pistols in committing each offense. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office arrested Benton in Vicksburg after shooting at law enforcement and subsequently committing the carjacking. read here

DENNEHOTSO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF SHORT BARRELED SHOTGUN

PHOENIX, Ariz. – This week, Demetrius Sturkey, of Dennehotso, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan M. Brnovich to 30 months of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Sturkey had previously pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm.

On February 20, 2019, Sturkey possessed a weapon made from a shotgun, which had been modified to shorten the barrel. Federal law prohibits the possession of a weapon made from a shotgun, if the modified weapon has a barrel less than 18 inches in length and an overall length of less than 26 inches, unless that weapon is registered to the possessor in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The firearm Sturkey possessed was not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Sturkey is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and this crime occurred on the Navajo Nation Reservation. Sturkey’s sentence was enhanced because the firearm he possessed was previously stolen. read here

TIGER ENTERS GUILTY PLEA TO FEDERAL BRIBERY CHARGE

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Bristow, Oklahoma, resident GEORGE PHILLIP TIGER, age 69, entered a guilty plea today to Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 666(a)(1)(B), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine, or both.

Tiger, the former Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, was an agent of the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town (AQTT) from September 26, 2017 through December 4, 2018. His duties included serving as the Chairman of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board. The AQTT formed the EDA to identify, plan, initiate and develop tribal economic and industrial activities on behalf of the AQTT. The AQTT is an Indian tribal government and organization that received federal assistance in excess of $10,000.00 during any one-year period from January 1, 2012 through the date of the indictment. The AQTT is headquartered in Wetumka, Oklahoma. read here

FEDERAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST GREENPEACE PROTESTERS

HOUSTON – A total of 22 people from 13 states plus the District of Columbia will soon have to appear before a federal judge to answer charges following their alleged protest at the Fred Hartman Bridge in Houston, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

The criminal information, filed today, charges each with one count of aiding and abetting obstruction of navigable waters. They are currently in state custody on related charges but are expected to make their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dena Palermo at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. read here

DAVIS RESIDENT CONVICTED BY JURY IN CALIFORNIA DRIVER’S LICENSE FRAUD

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — David Sun, 53, of Davis, was found guilty today on all counts related to a scheme to fraudulently obtain California Class A and Class B commercial driver licenses (CDLs) for the students of his commercial driving school, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

After a 7-day trial, a jury found Sun guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit unauthorized access of a computer and to produce identification documents without lawful authority, eight counts of production of identification documents without lawful authority, and one count of conspiracy to produce identification documents without lawful authority and to transfer identification documents produced without lawful authority. read here

FIRST PARENT IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS CASE SENTENCED TO PRISON

BOSTON – Felicity Huffman was sentenced today to 14 days in federal prison for her involvement in the college admissions case. She must report to the Bureau of Prison on Oct. 25, 2019.

Huffman, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani to 14 days in prison, one year of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $30,000. The government had recommended a sentence of one month in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $20,000. In May 2019, Huffman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. read here

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INDIVIDUAL SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

SAN JUAN, P.R. – United States District Court Judge Pedro A. Delgado-Hernández sentenced Ricardo Barrios-Calderón to 25 years in prison followed by a supervised release term of 10 years for production of child pornography, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. Barrios-Calderón pleaded guilty on February 22, 2019.

According to the statement of facts, which was part of the Plea Agreement states that on February 12, 2018, the mother of a 12-year-old female informed Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Agents that, on or about February 9, 2018, her daughter had told her that defendant Ricardo Barrios-Calderón had kissed her on the lips and had touched her breasts and vagina. The victim also told her mother that defendant Barrios-Calderón recorded her with his cellular phone while he was touching her. Barrios-Calderón is a close family member and would give the victim presents in exchange for her sexual encounters with him. read here

LUIDJI BENJAMIN, A/K/A “ZOE,” SENTENCED IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT TO 17 YEARS FOR SEX TRAFFICKING OF MINORS

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that LUIDJI BENJAMIN was sentenced today to 17 years in prison for sex trafficking of minor females. BENJAMIN was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, before whom BENJAMIN previously was convicted by a federal jury of one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, following a five-day jury trial.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Luidji Benjamin sexually exploited vulnerable girls for his own financial gain. This sexual predator damaged the lives of at least two young women, advertising their bodies for commercial sex. Today Benjamin was justly sentenced to 17 years in prison for his callous and depraved exploitation.” read here

TEXAS MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR TRAVELING TO WISCONSIN FOR ILLEGAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY WITH MINOR

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that today Robert Hosler, 27, Austin, Texas, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 10 years in federal prison for interstate communications and travel to engage in illegal sexual activity and for possessing child pornography.

            Hosler was convicted in May following a one-day court trial of two counts involving interstate communications and travel to engage in illegal sexual activity.  He also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography.  In August 2018, Hosler responded to an advertisement posted on the Internet, which offered a 12-year-old child for sexual purposes.  In response to the ad, he flew from Texas to Minnesota, rented a car and travelled to a prearranged meeting location in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he was arrested by law enforcement officers on September 6, 2018.  The advertisement was posted by an undercover law enforcement officer. read here

HIGH SOCIETY HIT SQUAD MEMBERS SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON

RICHMOND, Va. – Two Petersburg gang members were sentenced today to a combined 25 years in prison for drug and firearms trafficking crimes.

“In March we announced a significant law enforcement operation that involved over 150 federal agents executing arrest and search warrants in Petersburg,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with our law enforcement partners at the Petersburg Police Department and the ATF, has made fighting violent crime in Petersburg a top priority, and we are surging our respective finite resources to Petersburg to investigate and prosecute criminal activity. On Wednesday, I spent six hours with Chief Miller and ATF Supervisors Shawn Morrow and Scott Fulkerson as we walked the streets in some of the hardest hit areas in Petersburg. Areas where children play next to broken glass from shot up vehicles, where drug dealers scurried for the shadows as we approached, and where blighted homes are being used as drug dens. EDVA is committed to working with Chief Miller and the Petersburg Police, the ATF, and our other law enforcement partners to continue to combat violent crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and any other offenses with a federal nexus in Petersburg.” read here

MADISON MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 11 YEARS FOR BRINGING MINOR ACROSS STATE LINES FOR SEX

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that today Bryan Rogers, 32, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 135 months in federal prison for transporting a minor from Tennessee to Wisconsin for an illegal sexual purpose.  This prison term will be followed by 15 years of supervised release.  Rogers pleaded guilty to this offense on June 19, 2019.

Rogers came into contact with the minor in Tennessee through an online game.  She told him that she was being sexually assaulted by an adult on a daily basis.  Rogers persuaded the minor to make a video recording of an assault and send it to him, allegedly so he could provide evidence to law enforcement of the sexual assaults.  The minor did not want to produce the video, but eventually acquiesced after Rogers said he would come rescue her after she made the video. read here

DISTRICT MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING 12-YEAR OLD CHILD

WASHINGTON – A 39-year-old man, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 20 years in prison following a jury trial for sexually abusing his 13-year-old stepdaughter, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu.

The man, who is not identified here to protect the privacy of the victim, was found guilty on May 21, 2019, following a jury trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and a lifetime term of supervised release by the Honorable Ronna Beck. The defendant was sentenced on four counts related to the sexual abuse of his stepdaughter including first-degree sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances. Following his prison term, the man will be required to register for life as a sex offender. read here

SOUTH FLORIDA HEALTH CARE FACILITY OWNER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ROLE IN LARGES HEALTH CARE FRAUD SCHEME EVER CHARGED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

A federal district judge sentenced a south Florida health care facility owner to 20 years in prison today after being found guilty in the largest health care fraud scheme charged by the U.S. Justice Department.  The case involves a decades-long scheme of kickbacks and money laundering in connection with fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid for services deemed medically unnecessary.

Philip Esformes, 50, of Miami Beach, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola of the Southern District of Florida, who also sentenced Esformes to three years supervised release.  A hearing to determine restitution and forfeiture has been scheduled for Nov. 21. read here

FORMER NYPD OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (“IRS-CI”), announced that ALFRED FERATOVIC pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court to fraudulently under-reporting income in his United States individual income tax returns between 2012 and 2017, while employed as an officer for the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”). FERATOVIC, who is no longer with the NYPD, was arrested and charged in connection with this offense in June 2019, and he pled guilty today to aiding the preparation of fraudulent tax returns before United States District Judge Ronnie Abrams. read here

TUPELO LOAN OFFICER SENTENCED FOR BANK FRAUD

OXFORD, Miss. – A Tupelo bank officer and his co-defendant were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Debra M. Brown in federal court in Greenville, Mississippi for bank fraud. Both had previously pled guilty before Judge Brown to one count of Bank Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344. Judge Brown sentenced Max Miller, age 53, to serve 18 months imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release. James Nichols, age, 52, was sentenced to time served followed by 5 years of supervised release. Judge Brown ordered both Miller and Nichols to pay $374,261 in restitution to Renasant Bank.

Max Miller, without the knowledge of Renasant Bank, used his position as a loan officer at Renasant Bank to create loans in the name of specified borrowers when the loans were not actually intended for the named borrowers but were actually intended to benefit his co-defendant, James Nichols, who was not listed as the borrower on the loans. In addition to the scheme with Nichols, Miller also generated loans for his own benefit. As a result of this scheme, Renasant Bank suffered a financial loss of $374,261. read here

OHIO GAMER SENTENCED IN DEADLY SWATTING CASE

WICHITA, KAN. WICHITA, KAN. – An Ohio gamer involved in a swatting incident that led to a death was sentenced today to 15 months in prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution. After the prison term, he will serve two years on supervised release.

Casey S. Viner, 19, North College Hill, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of obstructing justice. read here

OPERATION HIGH TIDE RESULTS IN OVER A DOZEN DEFENDANTS INDICTED ON NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING AND FIREARM CHARGES

NORFOLK, Va. – Over 100 law enforcement agents, officers, and other personnel executed Operation High Tide this week, which resulted in a series of arrests of individuals allegedly involved in selling drugs and guns in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth.

Operation High Tide is a large-scale narcotics trafficking and firearms investigation that has resulted in the recovery of over 65 firearms, over 7 kilograms of cocaine, nearly a kilogram of crack cocaine, over 625 grams of heroin, over 100 grams of fentanyl, 75 grams of acetyl fentanyl, 12 pounds of marijuana, 621 grams of hash oil, 24 grams of MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy), 120 grams of methamphetamine, and over $560,000 in cash. The narcotics seized have a street value of nearly $1 million. read here

INDICTMENT CHARGES MIDDLETOWN BUSINESS, OWNER, WITH MAKING AND SELLING ADULTERATED DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Jeffrey Ebersole, Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, New York Field Office, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging ROBERT J. TRIGO, 75, of Middletown, and his business, NATUREMOST OF NEW ENGLAND, INC., with manufacturing and selling adulterated dietary supplements.

The indictment was returned on September 6, 2019, and Trigo surrendered to law enforcement this morning. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in New Haven and was released on a $250,000 bond. read here

BLOODS GANG MEMBER INDICTED FOR RACKETEERING AND DOUBLE HOMICIDE ON LONG ISLAND

Taheem Smith, a member of the Bloods street gang, was arraigned this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown in federal court in Central Islip on an 11-count indictment charging him with racketeering, murders in aid of racketeering of David Arzu and Janelle Curella, robbery, firearms charges and narcotics possession and distribution. Smith was arrested yesterday and was ordered remanded pending trial by Magistrate Judge Brown.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent-in-Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, New York Field Office (HSI), and Geraldine Hart, Commissioner, Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD), announced the charges. read here

OTSEGO MAN SENTENCED TO 28 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of NICHOLAS SCOTT CAMPBELL, 37, to 28 years in prison for producing child pornography involving two minors. CAMPBELL, who pleaded guilty on April 8, 2019, to one count of production of child pornography, was sentenced today before Judge Susan Richard Nelson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“The sexual exploitation of children is a despicable and vile crime. This defendant, who preyed on and exploited vulnerable children for years, will now be held accountable for his actions, locked away in prison for decades,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. read here

WASHINGTON SEX OFFENDER INDICTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Washington sex offender was indicted by a federal grand jury today for receiving and distributing child pornography.

David Lee Wilson, 37, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. Wilson has a prior conviction for child molestation in Grays Harbor County, Washington, and is a registered sex offender. read here

FLINT MAN SENTENCED TO 135 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FACEBOOK ROBBERY

Rashaaud K. Garrett, 21, of Flint was sentenced on September 12, 2019 to 135 months (11¼ years) in federal prison following his conviction for interference with commerce by robbery and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced today.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by James Deir, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Detroit Field Division. read here

INDEPENDENCE MAN CONVICTED OF DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Ft. Mitchell, Ky. – An Independence man was convicted late Thursday, by a federal jury sitting in Covington, of distributing child pornography.

The jury convicted Michael Clark, 49, after four hours of deliberations, following a four-day trial.

According to the evidence at trial, Clark distributed child pornography, on five different occasions, to a law enforcement officer via BitTorrent, which is a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. A search warrant was executed at Clark’s residence in April 2018. A computer was seized and a forensic examination revealed evidence of the child pornography.  read here

FORMER HOLYOKE TEACHER ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

BOSTON – A former Holyoke kindergarten teacher was arrested last night and charged with possession of child pornography. Yesterday, the defendant resigned from his position as a kindergarten teacher for the Holyoke Public Schools where he was employed.

Gregory Lisby, 40, of Worcester, was arrested last night in Northboro and charged today with one count of possession of child pornography. Lisby will appear in federal court in Boston at 2:15 p.m. today. read here

FORMER ALABAMA RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO CONCEALING TERRORISM FINANCING

BIRMINGHAM – A criminal information was filed on Sept. 11, 2019, against Alaa Mohd Abusaad, charging her with concealment of terrorism financing, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2339C and 2. Abusaad pleaded guilty to the charge today. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, United States Attorney Jay E. Town of the Northern District of Alabama, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. of the Birmingham Division made the announcement today.

As set forth in the previously filed complaint, Abusaad instructed an FBI undercover employee (UCE) about how to send money to the mujahedeen—fighters engaged in jihad. Abusaad told the UCE that money “is always needed. You can’t have a war without weapons. You can’t prepare a soldier without equipment.” Abusaad also advised the UCE on how to send money in a manner that would avoid detection by law enforcement, including by using fake names and addresses when conducting electronic money transfers. Subsequently, Abusaad introduced the UCE to a financial facilitator who could route the UCE’s money to “brothers that work with aq” (meaning al Qaeda). read here

FORMER DENTIST PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD

WASHINGTON – Bilal Ahmed, 47, of Potomac, Maryland, pled guilty on September 6, 2019, to a federal charge of health care fraud stemming from a scheme in which he and others caused the District of Columbia’s Medicaid program to be defrauded out of more than $5 million.

The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Timothy Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office, Maureen R. Dixon, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, for the region that includes Washington, D.C., and Daniel W. Lucas, District of Columbia Inspector General. read here

BELLE VERNON MAN SENTENCED TO 2 MORE YEARS IN PRISON FOR NEW SUPERVISED RELEASE VIOLATIONS, THIS TIME ON THE DAY OF HIS RELEASE

PITTSBURGH, PA – A former Fayette County resident has been sentenced in federal court to two years (24 months) in prison for violating multiple conditions of his supervised release, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence yesterday on Eric Seighman, age 36, formerly of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Seighman had previously been sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for conspiring to possess and pass thousands of dollars of counterfeit currency. He had also been sentenced to an additional 24 months’ imprisonment for prior violations of his supervised release. Seighman began his current term of supervised release on August 6, 2019, and was arrested by Pittsburgh Police the same day on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia; those charges are pending against him. Evidence presented to the court also indicated that, during the first week of his supervised release term, Seighman attempted to smuggle syringes and stamp bags of suspected heroin into the residential re-entry facility where he was staying, and later left the facility without permission. read here

MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY SETTLES CIVIL FRAUD CLAIMS AGAINST MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURER FOR SELLING PRODUCTS NOT CLEARED BY THE FDA

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Mark S. McCormack, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations Metro Washington Field Office (“FDA”), announced today that the United States has simultaneously filed and settled a civil fraud lawsuit under the False Claims Act against AVALIGN TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (“Avalign”), and its subsidiary INSTRUMED INTERNATIONAL, INC. (“Instrumed,” and together with Avalign, “Defendants”), for manufacturing and selling medical devices that were not cleared by the FDA. These uncleared devices were used by medical providers in spinal surgeries, circumcisions, and other medical procedures. The providers submitted claims for reimbursement to Medicare and Medicaid for those procedures. As part of the settlement, approved in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, Defendants agreed to pay the Government $9,500,000 and admitted to conduct alleged in the United States’ complaint. read here

CENTER POINT MAN SENTENCED TO 50 YEARS FOR PRODUCING, DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge yesterday sentenced a Center Point man to 50 years in prison for producing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

U.S. District Judge Annemarie Axon sentenced DENNIS JAMES HUDSON JR., 28, also known as D.J. Zygi Hudson, Zygi Hudson, Tyler Johnson and Brandon McDaniels, on 5 counts of producing child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography.  Hudson pled guilty in January 2019, for persuading persons under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct and transmit images of that conduct over the internet, and to distributing child pornography using the internet and a file-sharing website.  read here

UAW INTERNATIONAL BOARD MEMBER ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING UAW FUNDS

A member of the United Auto Workers union’s International Executive Board was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with conspiring with other UAW officials to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars in union money for their own personal benefit along with other crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Joining in the announcement was 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

FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MILITARY CHARITY SENTENCED TO 12 MONTHS FOR FRAUD AND TAX EVASION

WASHINGTON – Patricia Driscoll, the former executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation, was sentenced yesterday to 12 months and a day in prison for her role in a scheme in which she stole from a non-profit charity, defrauded donors, and lied to the Internal Revenue Service and the public about her salary and benefits.

U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Timothy Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, Criminal Division, FBI Washington Field Office, and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Washington D.C. Field Office made the announcement today. read here

MOUNTAIN TOP WOMAN SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT FOR FAILING TO REMIT FEDERAL PAYROLL TAXES

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that on September 11, 2019, Judith Cefaly, age 54, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment and two years of supervised release, by United States District Judge James Munley, for failing to remit to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) federal payroll taxes.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Cefaly was the former general manager and part owner of Shakti, Inc., a beauty salon and spa in Kingston, Pennsylvania, from 1997 through 2017. Cefaly previously pleaded guilty to an information alleging that she withheld federal payroll taxes from employees’ paychecks, but failed to then remit those taxes to the IRS. Over the course of tax years 2011 through 2016, Cefaly failed to remit over $646,000 of those federal taxes to the IRS, instead using the funds for her personal benefit. read here

MANAGING PARTNER OF CHICAGO TRAVEL AGENCY INDICTED FOR CARRYING OUT $1.75M FRAUD ON DELTA’S SKYBONUS PROGRAM

ATLANTA – Gennady Podolsky, a dual Ukrainian and American citizen, and managing partner of Vega International Travel Services, Inc., has been arraigned for wire fraud.

“Podolsky used his knowledge of the travel industry to take advantage of his travel agency clients,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Through his access, he allegedly took advantage of Delta Airlines corporate frequent flyer program, illegally reaping millions of SkyBonus points worth more than $1.75 million dollars.” read here

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