Daily Dose of Justice

Daily Dose of Justice

GEORGIA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO AIDING ARMED ROBBERIES DURING VIOLENT RAMPAGE

“Jackson, Miss – Sharae Threadgill, 21, of Georgia, pled guilty Friday before Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to aiding and abetting two business robberies and the use of firearms to facilitate the robberies, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On March 25, 2019, Threadgill aided another person in robberies of a Jimmy John’s restaurant in Meridian and of a McDonalds in Brandon. Threadgill drove the vehicle used during both robberies and provided a firearm used in both robberies. She was subsequently arrested by Warren County Sheriff deputies in Vicksburg.” read here

FORMER MISSISSIPPI BAND OF CHOCTAW INDIANS OFFICIAL AND WIFE CHARGED WITH THEFT, WIRE FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY AND BANK FRAUD

“Jackson, Miss. – A former member of the Tribal Council for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and his wife have been arraigned on a Superseding Indictment for theft/embezzlement, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy, and false statements to a bank, in separate schemes to defraud the Tribal government with false claims for travel reimbursement payments and to improperly influence a federally-insured bank, announced United States Attorney Mike Hurst and Michelle A. Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

A superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury on September 10, 2019, charges the former Tribal Council member and his wife with defrauding the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, as well as misleading a federally insured bank with intent to obtain loans.” read here

DALLAS CHARTER SCHOOL CEO INVOLVED IN CONTRACTOR KICKBACK SCHEME FOUND GUILTY

“A Dallas charter school CEO was convicted for her role in a corruption scandal Friday evening, following an investigation by the FBI Dallas Field Office, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.

After five days of trial, a federal jury in Dallas found Nova Academy CEO Donna H. Woods, 65, guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and three individual counts of wire fraud. The jury deliberated for just over four hours to reach its verdict.” read here

ROCHESTER MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD, CONSPIRACY, AND MONEY LAUNDERING IN ROCHESTER FEDERAL COURT; CHARGED IN FEDERAL COURT IN PENNSYLVANIA AS A RESULT OF HIS ROLE IN MASTERMINDING A NATIONWIDE, MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PONZI SCHEME

“At least 1000 Victims Bilked Out Of Over 100 Million Over A Decade

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., of the Western District of New York, together with David J. Freed, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that Perry Santillo, 39, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty, before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. for the Western District of New York, to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, and conspiracy to launder money. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. As part of his plea in the Western District of New York, Santillo has also agreed to plead guilty to a mail fraud charge, which is also relating to his Ponzi scheme activities, that is currently pending against him in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and a $500,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case in the Western District of New York, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni, who is handling the case in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, stated that between January 2008 and June 2018, the defendant conspired with an individual identified as C.P., and others, to obtain money through an investment fraud commonly known as a Ponzi scheme. Specifically, in 2007, Santillo and C.P., as equal partners, formed a business known as Lucian Development in Rochester. Prior to approximately July 2007, Lucian Development raised millions of dollars from investors in Rochester, and elsewhere, by soliciting investments for City Capital Corporation, a business operated by Ephren Taylor. In July 2007, Santillo and C.P. were advised by Ephren Taylor that their investors’ money had been lost. In response, in August 2007, Santillo and C.P. agreed to acquire the assets and debts of City Capital Corporation. The acquisition proved financially ruinous, with the amount of the acquired debt far exceeding the value of the acquired assets. Taylor was later prosecuted and convicted of operating a Ponzi scheme.” read here

TEXAS PHYSICIAN CONVICTED IN $16 MILLION MEDICARE FRAUD SCHEME

“A federal jury in Texas found a physician who was the owner and operator of a medical clinic in Houston, Texas, guilty today of participating in a $16 million Medicare fraud scheme in which she signed false and fraudulent “plans of care” and other medical documents for purported home health services.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office and Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Regional Office made the announcement.” read here

FORMER EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT CHARGED AND AGREES TO PLEAD GUILTY IN CONNECTION WITH EMBEZZLING OVER $3 MILLION

“BOSTON – The former executive assistant of a Waltham-based technology company has been charged and agreed to plead guilty in connection with a fraud and embezzlement scheme that netted over $3 million.

Shivani Patel, 38, of Vineyard Haven, was charged with bank fraud, money laundering and filing false tax returns. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled by the Court. According to the terms of the plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of 57 months in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine between $20,000 and $200,000, restitution and forfeiture.” read here

RAPID CITY MAN SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTED RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

“United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Attempted Receipt of Child Pornography was sentenced on October 1, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Patrick Hirl Adkins, age 49, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

The conviction stemmed from Adkins communicating with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts, and requesting that the minor send pornographic images to Adkins.” read here

CITIZEN OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY

“John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that FREDDY ANTONIO MARTE-JEREZ, 58, a citizen of the Dominican Republic last residing in Danbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to approximately 15 months of imprisonment, time served, for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in 1998, Marte’s wife filed an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (“INS”) providing documentation that she was a U.S. citizen and that she and Marte were legally married. After the petition was approved, Marte filed an I-485 Application for Permanent Residence or to Adjust Status. This application was denied based on Marte’s failure to disclose a prior narcotics conviction in the State of Rhode Island. In November 2000, Marte appeared before an Immigration Judge in Hartford and was released on bond while awaiting a hearing date.” read here

CLAY COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

“Jacksonville, Florida – United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan has sentenced Joseph Dominic Konegan (56, Fleming Island) to four years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Konegan was also ordered to serve a 10-year term of supervised release and pay restitution to the victims. He has been detained since his arrest on April 2, 2019.

Konegan had pleaded guilty on May 21, 2019.

According to court documents, in August 2018, detectives from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received two cyber-tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reporting the uploading of child sexual abuse material on the internet. On October 24, 2018, CCSO detectives and Homeland Security Investigation agents executed a warrant at Konegan’s residence. A forensic review of two computers used by Konegan yielded more than 1,650 images of child pornography. Konegan admitted to agents that he had viewed images of child pornography, including files depicting infants.” read here

WINDSOR LOCKS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSE

“John H. Durham. United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BRIAN GREGAN, 33, of Windsor Locks, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to one count of receipt of child pornography.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in June 2017, Gregan and a 13-year-old boy were communicating through the Kik messaging application. After the boy informed Gregan that he was 14 years old, they engaged in sexually explicit communications during which the boy sent sexually explicit pictures and video of himself to Gregan. In addition, Gregan possessed on his Apple iPad a video of another girl, who was under the age of 18, engaged in a sexual act.” read here

NORTH ATTLEBORO MAN INDICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENSES

“BOSTON – A North Attleboro man was charged on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, with child pornography offenses.

Nicholas Robillard, 39, was indicted on one count each of distribution and possession of child pornography. Robillard made an initial appearance on Friday, Oct. 5, 2019, before Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein, and was ordered detained in state custody pending related state charges.

As alleged in charging documents, Robillard distributed and possessed child pornography on various dates between Oct. 16, 2018 and Feb. 14, 2019.” read here

DREXEL UNIVERSITY TO PAY $189,062 TO RESOLVE POTENTIAL FALSE CLAIMS LIABILITY

“Case stems from former professor’s misuse of federal grant funds, including for gentlemen’s clubs

PHILADELPHIA, PA—United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Drexel University has agreed to pay the United States $189,062 to resolve potential liability under the False Claims Act for a former professor’s use of grant funds towards “gentlemen’s clubs” and other improper purchases.

For ten years, the head of Drexel’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa, submitted improper charges against federal grants. The majority of the charges were made to gentlemen’s clubs and sports bars in the Philadelphia area.”read here

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE REACHES AGREEMENT RESOLVING INVESTIGATION OF VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS OVER RELIGIOUS PRACTICE POLICIES

The Department of Justice today announced that it reached an agreement with the “Commonwealth of Virginia to resolve its investigation of the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC), pursuant to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), 42 U.S.C. §2000cc. The investigation and agreement addressed VDOC’s five-person minimum for group worship and religious activities, its policy of preventing prisoners from attending religious services if they missed services in the past, and its restrictions on access to the religious diet.

“This settlement will ensure that men and women in VDOC’s custody can practice their religions consistent with their sincerely held beliefs, including through group worship and an appropriate religious diet,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “We commend the Commonwealth for its willingness to make changes to further its commitment to rehabilitating prisoners and preparing them for reentry into their communities.”read here

STANISLAUS COUNTY MAN ADMITS TO DEFRAUDING CONCERT PROMOTERS AND INVESTORS

“SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Patterson man pleaded guilty today to defrauding concert promoters and investors of $550,000 by claiming to be able to secure well-known artists to perform concerts, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Jordan Mouton, aka Big Cheeze, 39, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft for falsely representing his ability to arrange concerts featuring well-known entertainment artists. Mouton also pleaded guilty to engaging in monetary transactions involving criminally derived property.” read here

MARINA OWNER WHO LIED TO THE SBA TO RECEIVE DISASTER LOAN IN CONNECTICUT WITH HURRICANE SANDY IS SENTENCED

“John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Hannibal “Mike” Ware, Inspector General, Small Business Administration, announced that SCOTT SUNDHOLM, 39, of Old Saybrook, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to two years of probation and a $5,000 fine for making false statements for the purpose of obtaining a Small Business Administration loan.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Sundholm owns and operates S&S Marine, LLC, a marina located in Old Saybrook. In 2016, Sundholm applied for and received a disaster loan from the Small Business Administration after claiming that Hurricane Sandy, which struck Connecticut in late October 2012, caused a tidal surge at the marina and damaged floating boat docks, a boat ramp, a bath house, a metal shop building and other structures. Sundholm also claimed that the bath house he had replaced after the hurricane was of the same size and quality as to what was in place prior to the storm.” read here

SIX PEOPLE PLEADED GUILTY TO CRIMES RELEATED TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD CONSPIRACY IN WHICH MEDICAID WAS BILLED $48 MILLION FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL RECOVERY SERVICES, MANY OF WHICH WERE NOT PROVIDED, NOT MEDICALLY NECESSARY, LACKED PROPER DOCUMENTATION

“Six people from Ohio pleaded guilty in federal court to crimes related to a health care fraud conspiracy in which Medicaid was billed $48 million for drug and alcohol recovery services, many of which were not provided, not medically necessary, lacked proper documentation, or had other issues that made them ineligible for reimbursement.

Ryan P. Sheridan, 39, of Leetonia; Jennifer M. Sheridan, 41, of Austintown; Kortney L. Gherardi, 30, of Girard; Lisa M. Pertee, 51, of Sunbury; Thomas Bailey, 45, of Poland, and Arthur H. Smith, 55, of Austintown, are expected to be sentenced in January 2020. All six pleaded guilty to crimes related to their work at Braking Point Recovery Center, which operated drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities in Austintown and Whitehall, Ohio.” read here

 

 

 

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