Daily Dose of Justice

Daily Dose of Justice

PEARL RIVER COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 6 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

“Gulfport, Miss. – Michael Wayne Dossett, 38, or Carriere, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 78 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Dossett was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and forfeit six firearms, including a stolen SKS 7.62 caliber rifle with an extended magazine. Dossett has previous felony convictions for robbery and possession of cash in a correctional facility.” read here

PARK RIDGE MAN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CONSPIRING TO COMMIT EXTORTION

“ROCKFORD — A Park Ridge man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to 14 years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to commit extortion.

ROBERT PANOZZO, 59, pleaded guilty to the charge on June 19, 2019. According to a written plea agreement, from Jan. 1, 2005, through Dec. 20, 2009, Panozzo conspired with JOSEPH D. ABBOTT, 40, formerly of Park City, and others, to extort money from an individual by actual and threatened force, violence, and fear.” read here

JURY CONVICTS FORMER CUSTOM CARBON PROCESSING PRESIDENT OF CLEAN AIR ACT VIOLATIONS STEMMING FROM EXPLOSION OF WIBAUX OIL PROCESSING PLANT

“BILLINGS – After a five day trial, a jury today convicted the former president and director of Custom Carbon Processing, Inc. of multiple violations of the federal Clean Air Act after a 2012 explosion at the company’s oil processing plant in Wibaux injured three employees and caused extensive damage to the plant, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

The jury found Peter Margiotta, 62, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, guilty of all three counts in an indictment, including conspiracy, Clean Air Act—general duty and Clean Air Act-knowing endangerment. Margiotta faces a maximum 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine for an individual, a $1 million fine for an organization and three years of supervised release on the knowing endangerment crime.” read here

HEROIN AND METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 210 MONTHS IN PRISON

“SAN FRANCISCO – Jesus Guadalupe Salazar was sentenced yesterday to 17.5 years in prison for engaging in a conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Chris Nielsen, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Rayfield Roundtree.

Salazar, age 33, of San Mateo, California, was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2018, with engaging in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 846 and 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A)(viii). He pleaded guilty in an open plea before the Court on June 9, 2019.” read here

EXTRADITED ISRAELI FUGITIVE PLEADS GUILTY

“SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Yaniv Gohar, 36, formerly of Berkeley, pleaded guilty today to conducting an illegal gambling business, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and failure to appear, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Gohar created and led an organization that installed and maintained video slot machines at businesses open to the public across Northern California. Gohar then created a system by which he could launder the proceeds of his lucrative gambling business, involving shell companies and paying cash to employees of a co-defendant’s business in exchange for money transfers from that co-defendant. In total, Gohar laundered at least $492,475 through his co-defendant’s business from Jan. 2015 through Dec. 2017. Gohar also laundered his gambling proceeds by acquiring a boat and real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area.” read here

MADISON MAN INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE FENTANYL THAT RESULTED IN DEATH

“BIRMINGHAM –A federal jury on Thursday indicted a Madison man for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid painkiller, which resulted in a person’s death, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris.

A one-count indictment charges JONATHAN RYAN MILLER, 38, with conspiring to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl that resulted in a person’s death in December 2017.” read here

CUBAN CITIZEN SENTENCED FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS ON AN APPLICATION FOR LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND FOR THEFT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS

“A Cuban citizen and high-ranking official in the Cuban government living in Miami, Florida, was sentenced to six months in prison for making false statements in his application for lawful permanent residence and for theft of government funds.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro the of the FBI’s Miami Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Anthony Salisbury of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami Field Office made the announcement.” read here

17 CHARGED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT ALLEGING COCAINE/HEROIN/METH TRAFFICKING IN AUSTIN

“This week, federal, state and local authorities arrested 13 individuals residing in Austin, including ringleader Juan Aguirre, in connection with a cocaine/heroin/methamphetamine trafficking operation, announced U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy, Houston Division, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler, and IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Goss, Houston Field Office.

A federal grand jury indictment, returned in Austin and unsealed this week, charges those 13 plus four others residing in Austin who were previously arrested, with conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The defendants, allegedly, conspired to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, more than one kilogram of heroin, methamphetamine and other narcotics in Austin since December 2016. During this investigation, authorities seized approximately 20 kilograms of methamphetamine, seven kilograms of cocaine, five kilograms of heroin and more than $594,000 in U.S. Currency and assets attributed to this organization.” read here

U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE APPOINTED TO THE MONTANA MISSING INDIGENOUS PERSONS TASK FORCE

“BILLINGS—The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Cobell has been appointed as the office’s representative on the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force.

The task force met today at the DoubleTree hotel in Billings. The task force was created by the Looping in Native Communities Act or LINC Act, which was passed by the 2019 Montana Legislature.” read here

MURRAY, KENTUCKY CHILD PREDATOR FOUND GUILTY BY JURY

“PADUCAH, Ky. – A Calloway County, Kentucky, man, has been convicted today on 25 counts of production of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and one count of sex trafficking children. The jury convicted Jeffrey Desmond Carter, age 40, following a five-day jury trial after 2.5 hours of deliberation.

“When I talk about the feds being good partners to state and local law enforcement, this outcome is where words translated into a result with our kids as the beneficiaries,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “What began with Murray PD, Calloway County SO, and the KY State Police was then ably-prosecuted by a talented federal prosecutor supported by a team of dedicated support professionals. More to come; we are committed to being good partners in serving all 53 counties of our district.” read here

PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGE FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

“Greenbelt, Maryland – Santos Nicolas Obando-Flores, age 46, of Brentwood, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to possession of child pornography.  In 2015, Obando-Flores was convicted of a sex offense after engaging in sexual contact with a nine-year-old minor and was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but six years suspended.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge John Eisert of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police (MSP).” read here

NORTH READING WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING FEDERAL OFFICER

“BOSTON – A North Reading woman was arrested this morning and charged in federal court in Boston with assaulting a federal officer.

Francesca Elliott, 24, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count with assaulting a federal officer. Elliott was released on conditions following an initial appearance.

According to the charging documents, on Aug. 17, 2019, at approximately 10:30 p.m., two individuals exited an event at TD Garden and entered the grounds of the Thomas P. O’Neill Federal Building on Causeway Street in Boston. A uniformed member of the Federal Protective Service noted that both of the individuals were speaking in loud, aggressive tones and appeared to be intoxicated. As the individuals approached the uniformed officer, one of the individuals appeared to become more aggressive and started charging at the officer, who ordered the individual to stop. The individual continued rushing towards the officer, becoming more aggressive, balling his fists, and shouting at the officer to “Do you job.” At this point, fearing that the individual was about to assault him, the officer informed the individual that he was being arrested for disorderly conduct and to place his hands behind his back.” read here

MIDWEST HEALTH CARE FRAUD LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION RESULTS IN CHARGES AGAINST 53 INDIVIDUALS ALLEGING $250 MILLION IN LOSS

“WASHINGTON – Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced today a health care fraud law enforcement action in Detroit, Chicago and Minnesota. Charges were filed against 20 individuals in the Eastern District of Michigan for their alleged involvement in Medicare fraud schemes resulting in $144.8 million in illegitimate billings. In the Northern District of Illinois, charges were filed against 12 individuals for their alleged involvement in Medicare fraud schemes resulting in over $103 million in illegitimate billings. Of those charged in the two federal districts, seven were doctors or licensed medical professionals. In addition, in the state of Minnesota, 21 defendants, including two licensed medical professionals, have been charged with defrauding Medicaid for almost $3 million. Minnesota’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) investigated these cases.

Today’s enforcement actions were led and coordinated by the Health Care Fraud Unit of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section in conjunction with its Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF) partners, a partnership among the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the FBI and U.S. Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).” read here

FORMER CARPENTERS’ BENEFIT PLAN ADMINISTRATOR INDICTED ON FRAUD CHARGES

“NEWARK, N.J. – The former administrative manager of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (Carpenters Union) New Jersey/New York benefit funds was indicted today by a federal grand jury for defrauding the funds of more than $1.5 million, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

George R. Laufenberg, 69, of Harvey Cedars, New Jersey, is charged in a five-count indictment with embezzlement of pension funds, embezzlement of deferred compensation payments, embezzlement of excess annuity fund contributions, conspiracy to embezzle with a “low-show” employee, and making a false statement in an annual financial report. He will be arraigned before a U.S. District Court Judge at a later date.” read here

HULTGREN CONSTRUCTION, L.L.C. PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT FOR WILLFUL VIOLATIONS RELATED TO BUILDING COLLAPSE & DEATH OF EMPLOYEE

“Acting United States Attorney Dennis R. Holmes announced today that Hultgren Construction, L.L.C., of Sioux Falls, SD, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to Willful Violation of the Occupational, Safety, and Health Act Causing Death to an Employee. U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier presided over the plea hearing.

According to court documents, on December 2, 2016, Hultgren Construction, L.L.C., an employer under the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, willfully violated the standards and regulations relating to instruction and training on proper demolition methods promulgated and prescribed under the Act and said violation caused the death of Ethan McMahon.” read here

ARMED ROBBER SENTENCED TO 11+ YEARS IN PRISON FOR MOUNTLAKE TERRACE CANNABIS STORE ROBBERY

“SEATTLE – One of two men who robbed a marijuana store at gunpoint was sentenced today in U.S. District Court to 138 months in prison and five years of supervised release for three federal felonies. ERIC HENRY WOODBERRY, 23, was convicted in June 2019, of robbery, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and aiding and abetting possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and a drug trafficking crime. At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones said, the robbery was a “very aggressive, very violent action on your part… (the victims) were terrified.”

According to records in the case and testimony at trial, WOODBERRY and co-defendant Bradford M. Johnson robbed Rainier Cannabis in Mountlake Terrace, Washington on November 21, 2017. The men entered the store carrying a stolen short-barreled rifle and a handgun. Both wore masks. They forced the employees onto the floor, took their phones and then ordered two of the employees to fill large bags with marijuana products and cash. When they saw police arriving at the front of the store, they ran out the back and attempted to hide from police in the nearby neighborhood. With the assistance of a police tracking dog, officers located WOODBERRY hiding in a boat trailered next to a house a few blocks from the store. Johnson was located a short time later.” read here

PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED SEX TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 21 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR REPEAT CRIME

“HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dawan “Finesse” Oliver, age 36, currently an inmate at Dauphin County Prison, was sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay an assessment of $5,000 under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act by Senior United States District Judge Yvette Kane for interstate travel in aid of prostitution.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Oliver was sentenced by Judge Kane in 2008 for his participation in a large conspiracy involving trafficking of minor girls and women from Toledo, Ohio, to the Harrisburg area to engage in prostitution. He was sentenced to serve nine years in federal prison at that time. Law enforcement authorities in Lower Paxton Township became aware of Oliver engaging in similar conduct in 2018, this time with adult women only. Upon receiving the information that Oliver had transported a young woman from Toledo to Harrisburg for prostitution, Oliver was arrested and charged federally. He entered a guilty plea to a one-count indictment charging interstate travel in aid of prostitution in June 2019. The 21-month sentence imposed by Judge Kane was at the top of the advisory Sentencing Guideline range.” read here

FORMER PHARMACY OWNER SENTENCED FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION FRAUD

“ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former pharmacy owner was sentenced today to four years in prison for fraudulently filling and dispensing thousands of prescription medications, including opioids, outside the usual course of professional practice.

“Chowdhury blithely violated his position of trust,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Chowdhury’s warped business philosophy led him to illegally distribute a significant number of prescription medications, including dangerous, addictive opioids. Moreover, his reckless actions add to the financial cost of health care as he fraudulently billed at least $500,000 to health insurance programs for prescriptions that were never filled.”” read here

DEFENDANT SENTENCED FOR A SECOND TIME FOR USING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS TO BUY UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS

“ATLANTA – John Lamb, a/k/a Johnny Lamb, has been sentenced to federal prison for a second time for again using counterfeit checks for purchases from the United States Postal Service (USPS).

“Lamb proves that some people never learn,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “He once again used counterfeit checks to purchase postal products and again will serve time in a federal prison. If you seek to steal from our public institutions, and ultimately the American people, you will be prosecuted and sent to prison every time.” read here

MARYLAND MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL WIRE FRAUD CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH A SCHEME TO DEFRAUD TRUCKING COMPANIES AND BROKERS OF MORE THAN $1 MILLION

“Baltimore, Maryland – William Francis Hickey III, age 43, of Elkton, Maryland, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud trucking companies and logistical brokers of more than $1 million.  The guilty plea was entered on September 26, 2019.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Postal Inspector in Charge Peter R. Rendina of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service – Washington Division; and Special Agent in Charge Jamie Mazzone of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.” read here

MAHONING COUNTY MAN INDICTED FOR USING A FIREARM WHILE MAKING THREATS AGAINST A JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER IN YOUNGSTOWN

“A Mahoning County man was indicted in federal court for using a firearm while making threats against a Jewish community center in Youngstown.

James P. Reardon, 20, of New Middletown, was indicted in U.S. District Court with one count of transmitting an interstate communication threat and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.” read here

FOUR PEOPLE INDICTED FOR A CONSPIRACY INVOLVING HUNDREDS OF POUNDS OF MARIJUANA AS WELL AS MARIJUANA VAPE CARTRIDGES

“Four people were indicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy involving hundreds of pounds of marijuana as well as marijuana vape cartridges.

Named in the five-count indictment are: Robert Berman, 33, of North Hollywood, California; Todd Brown, Jr., 31, of Canton; Dakota Walters, 27, of Lexington, Ohio, and Salim Womack, 25, of Toledo.” read here

FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION INVOLVING FRAUDULENT GENETIC TESTING RESULTS IN CHARGES AGAINST 35 INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR OVER $2.1 BILLION IN LOSSES IN ONE OF THE LARGEST HEALTH CARE FRAUD SCHEMES EVER CHARGED

“WASHINGTON – A federal law enforcement action involving fraudulent genetic cancer testing has resulted  in charges in five federal districts against 35 defendants associated with dozens of telemedicine companies and cancer genetic testing laboratories (CGx) for their alleged participation in one of the largest health care fraud schemes ever charged. According to the charges, these defendants fraudulently billed Medicare more than $2.1 billion for these CGx tests.  Among those charged today are 10 medical professionals, including nine doctors.

The Department of Justice, Criminal Division, together with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and FBI spearheaded today’s landmark investigation  and prosecution that resulted in charges against CEOs, CFOs and others.” read here

NINETEEN DEFENDANTS CHARGED IN LARGEST HEALTHCARE FRAUD SCHEME IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT HISTORY

“SAVANNAH, GA:  More than a dozen defendants, including 10 physicians and other medical professionals, have been charged for their alleged participation in a massive healthcare fraud scheme responsible for – in the Southern District of Georgia alone – more than $400 million in losses to Medicare.

The charges against 19 defendants in the Southern District of Georgia were announced Sept. 27 as part of a nationwide Department of Justice operation into a scheme that involved trafficking orders and prescriptions for genetic testing, orthotic braces and pain creams. The charges were part of Operation Double Helix, which focused on fraudulent billing of genetic testing, and the charges announced today involve tens of millions of dollars billed to Medicare and generating more than $7 million in fraudulent genetic testing charges to the Georgia Medicaid Program, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.” read here

PHILADELPHIA MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER CHARGED WITH CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

“PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Christopher O’Sullivan, 31, of Philadelphia, was charged by Indictment with one count of using a facility of interstate commerce to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, and one count of manufacturing child pornography.

The indictment alleges that between June 21 and July 23, 2019, O’Sullivan enticed a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and manufactured child pornography. Court documents allege that O’Sullivan, a middle school teacher, coerced a 12-year-old minor boy to take a sexually explicit photograph and text it to O’Sullivan, and that O’Sullivan discussed sexual activity with the minor over text messaging. O’Sullivan was arrested by criminal complaint on August 30, 2019, in Plattsburgh, New York, and he has been detained since that time.” read here

WINCHESTER MAN SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS FOR EXTORTING SINGAPORE GOVERNMENT

“LEXINGTON, Ky. —Mikhy Farrera-Brochez, a 34-year-old man originally from Winchester, Kentucky, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison Friday, by United States Chief District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for sending extortionate communications to the Government of Singapore and its Ministry of Health and using the means of identification of over 14,200 people as leverage in his extortion attempt.

According to trial testimony, Farrera-Brochez obtained access to a database belonging to the Singaporean Ministry of Health that listed the private identifying and medical information of thousands of people in Singapore living with HIV, including more than 50 U.S. citizens. Farrera-Brochez sent the database to his mother in Kentucky, and retrieved it when he returned to Kentucky in 2018.” read here

PITTSBURG MAN SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORN

“WICHITA, KAN. – A southeast Kansas man was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in Federal prison for producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Michael Paul Murphy, 41, Pittsburg, Kan., pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography. In his plea, Murphy admitted using an iPhone to surreptitiously record minor victims in various stages of undress. He edited the recordings to focus on the victims’ genitals. He emailed the images to his workplace.” read here

TWO INDIVIDUALS INDICTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES UNDER PROJECT SAFE CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE

“Jackson, TN On September 26, 2019, a federal grand jury in Memphis indicted John Sanderson, 36 of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Matthew Berry, 40, of Bells, Tennessee for child pornography violations. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictments today.

As charged in the indictments, Sanderson was charged with producing child pornography (18 USC 2251) and possessing child pornography (18 USC 2252). Sanderson was first arrested in Dyer County on a complaint on August 29, 2019. He faces 15-30 years in custody if convicted of production, and up to 20 years if convicted for possession. Investigators are seeking information that can assist in the identification of minor victims. Please contact the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force in Jackson, Tennessee, if you may have information about the sexual exploitation of minors.” read here

 

 

 

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