Daily Dose of Justice

Daily Dose of Justice

MISSION MAN INDICTED ON ASSAULT AND CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

“United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assault By Strangulation and Suffocation, Child Abuse, and Domestic Assault by an Habitual Offender.

Hunter Ritter, age 20, was indicted on October 16, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 25, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 15 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.” read here

EDEN MAN SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FELONY CHILD ABUSE

“United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eden, South Dakota, man convicted of felony child abuse and neglect of a child was sentenced on October 21, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann.

Jeremiah Lynn Renville, Jr., age 39, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Renville, Jr. was indicted for assault resulting in serious bodily injury of a child and felony child abuse and neglect of a child under seven years by a federal grand jury on October 10, 2018. He pled guilty on May 2, 2019.” read here

RAPID CITY MAN INDICTED FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

“United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.

Bradley Makes Room For Them, age 34, was indicted on October 17, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 24, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.” read here

ROSEBUD MAN INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD

“United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Phillip Little Hoop, age 37, was indicted on September 10, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 25, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 5 years up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.” read here

EAGLE BUTTE MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE OF A PERSON INCAPABLE OF CONSENT

“United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Sexual Abuse of a Person Incapable of Consent.

Coren Clown, age 28, was indicted on October 16, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 18, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to life in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, not less than 5 years, or up to life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.” read here

CANADIAN NATIONAL EXTRADITED TO SAN DIEGO TO FACE TERRORISM CHARGES

“SAN DIEGO – Canadian national and former San Diego resident Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi made his initial appearance in federal court today following his extradition to the United States on charges that he conspired with others to provide material support to terrorists engaged in violent activities in Syria.

Abdullahi is charged in a two-count indictment with conspiring with several Canadian and U.S. citizens, including Douglas McCain (“Douglas”), the first known American who died fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on or about August 25, 2014. Douglas resided in San Diego prior to departing the United States for Turkey, and eventually, Syria.” read here

LEADER OF LARGE SEATTLE-BASED DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION SENTENCED TO 12.5 YEARS IN PRISON

“Seattle – A Seattle man trafficking large amounts of cocaine in the Seattle area as a leader of a violent street gang was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 150 months in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. MICHAEL SCOTT MORGAN, 43, was arrested June 6, 2018, as part of a joint federal and state law enforcement effort targeting violent drug trafficking organizations. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones said trafficking drugs is not a victimless crime. ‘Every time you put drugs in the community, that could begin a lifetime of addiction, a lifetime prison sentence or overdose and death,’ Judge Jones said.

‘Not only did this defendant lead a drug dealing organization moving huge amounts of cocaine, he and his gang members are linked to violence throughout the region,” said U.S. Attorney Moran. “One look at his personal arsenal, which included assault weapons, high capacity magazines and even a weapon designed to pierce ballistic vests, and you know he needs to be off the streets for a significant period of time.’” read here

BUFFALO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO LYING TO GRAND JURY ABOUT MURDER INVESTIGATION

“BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Demetrius Lowry, a/k/a Little D, 24, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. Didstrict Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to obstructing an official proceeding. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul C. Parisi, who is handling the case, stated that Jaquan Sullivan was shot and killed on December 5, 2015, in the vicinity of Parkdale Avenue in Buffalo. On December 8, 2015, Lowry was interviewed by Buffalo Police Homicide detectives and provided two written statements detailing the shooting, including the identity of the person who shot Sullivan.” read here

NORTH CAROLINA MAN ARRESTED WITH AMMUNITION AT THE BORDER

“BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Justin Campbell Saunders, 29, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmanuel Ulubiyo who is handling the case, stated that on October 23, 2019, the defendant entered the United States from Canada at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry, without stopping his vehicle for customs inspection. Saunders and his truck were subsequently located on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, NY. The defendant was returned to the Peace Bridge and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and referred the vehicle to secondary inspection. During that inspection, officers found 53 rounds of ammunition. Saunders has a prior state felony conviction for controlled substance distribution, and as a result of that conviction, he is legally prohibited from possession ammunition.” read here

TUCSON MAN SENTENCED TO 13 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 1998 CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

“TUCSON, Ariz. – On October 23, 2019, Christopher James Preston, 52, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James A. Soto to 156 months in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release. Preston is also required to register as a sex offender.

A federal jury previously found Preston guilty in a re-trial of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The evidence at the re-trial showed that in the summer of 1998, Preston, a member of the Tohono O’Odham Tribe, sexually abused the 10-year-old victim in Tucson, in the San Xavier district, on the Tohono O’odham reservation. At the time, Preston was the victim’s little league coach.” read here

FORMER PERSONAL CARE AIDE PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD

“Rose Asang Gana, also known as Rose Nebangu, 40, of Greenbelt, Maryland, pled guilty on Wednesday, to a federal charge of health care fraud stemming from a scheme in which she caused the District of Columbia’s Medicaid program to be defrauded out of more than $400,000.

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Timothy M. Dunham, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Washington Field Office, Criminal Division, 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

DENTIST CHARGED WITH CHILD EXPLOITATION OFFENSES

“John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian C. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that SCOTT DAVID COHEN, 39, of Stratford, was arrested today and charged by federal criminal complaint with multiple child sexual exploitation offenses.

As alleged in the criminal complaint, earlier this month, Cohen, using the username ‘drpinstripe13,’ began communicating on Instagram with an individual whom he believed was a 15-year-old girl. In numerous chat conversations, Cohen expressed in graphic detail his desire to engage in sexual activity with the ‘minor.’ Cohen described a variety of sexual activities he wanted to have with the minor and sent her sexually explicit images of himself.” read here

MESA MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION TO MEXICO

“PHOENIX, Ariz. – On October 22, 2019, Miguel Sanchez Alvarez, 43, of Mesa, Arizona, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David C. Bury to 36 months in prison followed by 36 months of supervised release. Alvarez was convicted on May 24, 2019 after a jury trial on one count of unlawful smuggling of goods from the United States.

On October 1, 2017, Alvarez and an accomplice attempted to smuggle nine semi-automatic handguns, thirteen magazines and two hundred rounds of ammunition into Mexico via the DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. The evidence showed that Alvarez owned all of the firearms and ammunition, concealed them at the bottom of a bucket filled with roofing tar, and provided the bucket to his accomplice, Victor Orlando Leal-Medina, to smuggle into Mexico. Leal-Medina pleaded guilty to the same offense and was sentenced by Judge Bury to 14 months in prison in December 2018.” read here

GILBERT MAN SENTENCED TO OVER 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DISTRIBUTION OF FENTANYL RESULTING IN DEATH

“PHOENIX, Ariz. – On October 15, 2019, John Yoon Yi, 29, of Gilbert, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Campbell to 135 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Yi previously pleaded guilty to distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.

On September 25, 2015, Yi sold three blue ‘M-30’ pills that looked like oxycodone to a customer. Later that night, the customer died from a fentanyl overdose after consuming one of the pills.” read here

FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN DEL RIO INDICTS MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IN FRAUDULENT FAMILY UNIT CASE

“In Del Rio, a federal grand jury indicted a mother and daughter in a scheme to illegally bring a child, to which neither one was related, into the country, stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio Division; U.S. Border Patrol Del Rio Sector Chief Raul L. Ortiz; and, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw.

‘Protecting innocent children must be the number one priority of our border security system. This office stands ready to prosecute anyone who commits a federal offense that harms a child,’ said U.S. Attorney Bash.” read here

MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR DISTRIBUTION OF AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

“TUCSON, Ariz. – On October 21, 2019, District Judge James A. Soto sentenced Carlos Cantizano, 46, of Rialto, California, to 120 months imprisonment followed by lifetime supervised release. Cantizano is also required to register as a sex offender.  A federal jury previously found Cantizano guilty of Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.” read here

JAMAICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL REENTRY AFTER FLEEING BEFORE SENTENCING

“BOSTON – A Jamaican national who was on the lam for 10 months was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegally reentering the United States after being deported.

Anthony Durrant, 52, a Jamaican national who previously resided in Dorchester, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to 12 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Durrant will face deportation upon completion of his sentence.

On May 2018, Durrant pleaded guilty to one count of illegal reentry of a deported alien, and sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 13, 2018 in federal court in Boston. At that time, Durrant was detained in state custody on unrelated state charges. On July 3, 2018, Durrant was released from state custody after the state charges were dismissed, despite that fact that two federal detainers had been lodged. Durrant subsequently failed to appear for his sentencing hearing in federal court and was apprehended approximately 10 months later – on July 9, 2019, in California, under an alias.” read here

FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CENTRAL UNITED TALMUDIC ACADEMY SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR SCHOOL MEALS FRAUD SCHEME

“Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, United States District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis sentenced the defendant Elozer Porges to 24 months’ imprisonment and 1,000 hours of community service for his leadership role in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme. The Court also ordered Porges to pay more than $3.2 million in restitution to the United States Department of Agriculture and a $150,000 fine. Porges committed this fraud while serving as the Executive Director of the Central United Talmudic Academy (Central UTA), located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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), Margaret Garnett, Commissioner, New York City Department of Investigation (DOI), and Bethanne M. Dinkins, Special Agent-in-Charge, United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General (USDA-OIG), announced the sentence.” read here

REPEAT OFFENDER WHO SHOT AND WOUNDED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DURING ARREST, SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 17 YEARS IN PRISON

“Seattle – A 34-year-old Auburn, Washington man with a lengthy and violent criminal history was sentenced today to 17.5 years in prison for the June 28, 2016 shooting and wounding a law enforcement officer trying to arrest him. RANDY LEE HALL shot a Department of Corrections officer who was working on a federal task force that linked HALL to a dangerous drive-by shooting in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. At the sentencing hearing, Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said, ‘there is no doubt in the court’s mind that he has shown no hesitation to use firearms on the streets of Seattle.’

‘This defendant proved himself a menace – not only to the public, but to law enforcement officers working to keep all of us safe,’ said U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. ‘Strikingly, in this case, the officer switched from his firearm to a Taser to try to safely arrest Hall without bloodshed – and for that measured response, he was shot twice in the leg requiring surgery and a lengthy recovery period.'” read here

TALKING ROCK MAN RECEIVES 15 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

“GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Michael Bush has been sentenced on federal charges of producing, receiving, and possessing child pornography. During the search of his home, agents discovered images that Bush had taken, even images of an eleven-year-old child.

‘Bush created and collected images showing the exploitation and sexual abuse of minor children,’ said U.S. Attorney Byung J. ‘BJay’ Pak. ‘His disgusting passion for these types of images further exploits the children in the photographs. We will continue to identify and remove those individuals who pose a threat to our children.’” read here

GUATEMALAN EXTRADITED TO COLUMBUS IN CONNECTION TO ALLEGED COLOMBIA-TO-AMERICA COCAINE CONSPIRACY

“COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Guatemalan man was extradited to the United States in connection to a narcotics case in the Southern District of Ohio.

Francisco Golon-Valenzuela, 40, was extradited from Panama and arrived at John Glenn International Airport late yesterday. He is scheduled to appear before United States Magistrate Judge Chelsey M. Vascura at 1:30 pm today.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Keith Martin, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Richard S. Fambro announced the charges.” read here

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

“ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former South Carolina high school teacher was sentenced today to six years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute child pornography.

According to court documents, Eric Michael Hartley, 37, of Fort Mill, used various internet applications, including Kik and Dropbox, to send and receive child pornography. One of the individuals with whom Hartley traded child pornography was Jeramy Routh, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute child pornography in May. Routh and Hartley discussed trading exploitative images of children, including infants and toddlers, and did in fact exchange images and videos as well as access to cloud based accounts of child pornography.” read here

MARTIN COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING VIDEOS OF THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR

“U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, and Sheriff William D. Snyder of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office announced that on Oct. 21, 2019, Torrie Chermaine Austin, 35, of Stuart, Florida, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg in West Palm Beach, Florida to one count of production of visual depictions of the sexual exploitation of a minor.

According the court documents, between April and Nov. 2018, Austin produced video recordings of his sexual exploitation and abuse of an 11 year old child.” read here

MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCED FOR SOUTH CAROLINA FELON GUILTY OF HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING IN GEORGIA

“VALDOSTA, Ga. — A South Carolina man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced to 120 months in prison for human sex trafficking, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Kenneth Hutto, 46, of Summerville, South Carolina entered a guilty plea on January 10, 2019 to two counts of transportation for illegal sexual activity. On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson sentenced Mr. Hutto to 10 years in prison and twenty years supervised release, the statutory maximum sentence.  There is no parole in the federal system.

Between approximately March 2017 and continuing until February 13, 2018, Mr. Hutto transported a person identified in the signed plea agreement as “E.B.” in interstate commerce between South Carolina and Georgia so E.B. could engage in prostitution for his profit. On June 13, 2017, a Valdosta deputy working undercover responded to an advertisement on a well-known human sex trafficking website, backpage.com, showing a female with bruising to her backside. The deputy was directed via a text message to a Valdosta motel, where Mr. Hutto met him, collected a cash payment, and directed him to a motel room where E.B. was waiting. The deputy observed visible bruising to E.B.’s eyes, neck and arms. Subsequent interviews with E.B. and Mr. Hutto revealed that the pair met while Mr. Hutto was in federal prison, and connected in March 2017 when Mr. Hutto was released from prison. E.B. told investigators she suffers from mental illness and was abused by her husband, who broke her back. On July 20, 2017, Mr. Hutto was released on a state bond and ordered not to have any contact with E.B. Mr. Hutto was rearrested on February 13, 2018 in South Carolina, and cell phone records and witness statements established that Mr. Hutto was again trafficking E.B. for his profit.” read here

FORMER CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF LONG ISLAND FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

“Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Suzanne Silva, the former Chief Operating Officer of Winthrop University Hospital Employees Federal Credit Union, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for embezzling credit union funds during her employment and ordered to pay $465,172 in restitution to the credit union. Silva pleaded guilty to the embezzlement scheme in March 2019. The sentencing proceeding was held before United States District Judge Denis R. Hurley.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced the sentence.” read here

ARMED FELON IN RAP VIDEO SENTENCED FOR ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARM

“Jacksonville, FL – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Richard Leroy Douglas (25, Jacksonville) to 41 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Douglas had pleaded guilty on July 9, 2019.

According to court documents, on October 1, 2018, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was conducting a YouTube query of firearm-related music videos in the Jacksonville area and found a video titled “Hulio Da Don “KOBK” (Official Music Video). According to the YouTube webpage, the video was published on September 14, 2018. The KOBK music video depicted several individuals possessing, holding, and pointing numerous suspected firearms of varying types and calibers. Agents identified Douglas as one of the individuals in the KOBK music video who had possessed a Zastava, 7.62×39-mm pistol with a double black taped magazine.” read here

THREE CARLISLE FARMERS PLEAD GUILTY TO CHARGES RELATED TO CROP INSURANCE FRAUD

“LEXINGTON, Ky.Three Carlisle, Kentucky farmers admitted in federal court Thursday, before United States District Judge Karen Caldwell, that they committed crop insurance fraud-related offenses.

Bradley Price, 34, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit money laundering.  According to his plea agreement, Bradley Price farmed tobacco in Nicholas and Bourbon Counties and carried federal crop insurance covering those crops in at least 2013 and 2014.  During those two years, Price admitted to working with individuals identified as E.P. and R.W. to hide his crop production from his crop insurance company.  The scheme involved Bradley Price providing his tobacco to E.P. to sell and then writing a check for that sales price to Clay’s Tobacco Warehouse.  In this way, it appeared that Bradley Price had purchased the tobacco he sold through E.P. from Clay’s Tobacco Warehouse, and Bradley Price never reported this crop production to his insurance company.  R.W. then wrote checks covering the price of the sale that tobacco, and E.P. applied 70 percent of those checks to Bradley Price’s bank account, keeping the 30 percent as his payment.  This meant that Bradley Price was paid for his crop production, while also receiving an insurance payment from his crop insurance company for damage to that same crop.” read here

FILM PRODUCER PLEADS GUILTY IN MOVIE FINANCING FRAUD SCHEME

“A South Florida movie financier pled guilty in connection with a scheme to steal over $60 million from investors and producers seeking financing for motion pictures and theater performances.

U. S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office made the announcement.

Benjamin McConley, 37, of South Florida, admitted his role in orchestrating the sophisticated fraud scheme during a change-of-plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Ursula M. Ungaro. McConley pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349 (Case No. 19-CR-20447). McConley faces a maximum possible sentence of twenty years’ in prison.” read here

FOUR INDIVIDUALS WHO OPERATED QUEENS MEDICAL CLINIC CONVICTED FOR ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTING OXYCODONE

“Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JOHN F. GARGAN and LOREN PIQUANT were convicted Wednesday after a two-week jury trial for conspiring together and with others to unlawfully distribute oxycodone from a medical clinic in Queens, New York. DANTE A. CUBANGBANG and MICHAEL KELLERMAN previously pled guilty to narcotics, health care fraud, and money laundering charges in connection with their participation in the oxycodone distribution scheme at that same clinic. From 2012 to 2018, CUBANGBANG, a physician, and GARGAN, a nurse practitioner, prescribed over 6.3 million oxycodone 30-milligram pills to individuals they knew did not need the oxycodone for any legitimate medical reason. The vast majority of these pills were diverted and sold to others on the street.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: ‘These health professionals should have been the first line of defense against opioid abuse, but instead they were drug dealers operating out of a medical clinic. They hid behind their medical licenses and positions within the clinic to sell addictive, dangerous narcotics. This Office will do everything in its power to bring to justice anyone responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic that has taken so many lives.'” read here

NEW JERSEY MAN, AVOWED MEMBER OF WHITE SUPREMACIST GROUP, ARRESTED ON FEDERAL CHARGES

“PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Fred Arena, 41, of Salem, New Jersey was arrested this morning and charged by Indictment with making false statements to government agents. The Indictment alleges that the defendant, who is an employee at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and as such is required to obtain a security clearance, lied to obtain the clearance. He also subsequently lied to federal investigators who asked him about his answers to questions on the security clearance paperwork.

According to the Indictment, on January 10, 2019, Arena completed the standard Form SF-86 to obtain a security clearance for his employment. On that form, he was required to disclose whether he had ever been a member of an organization that used, or advocated the use of, force or violence to prevent others from exercising their constitutional rights. He falsely answered that he had not. In fact, Arena was an avowed member of Vanguard America, a white supremacist group that fits that description. On the same application, Arena was asked whether he had property repossessed within the past seven years. He falsely answered that he had not. In fact, Arena had previously defaulted on a car loan, and his car was repossessed within the seven year window.” read here

FOUNDATIONS RESOLVE ALLEGATIONS OF ENABLING PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES TO PAY KICKBACKS TO MEDICARE PATIENTS

“BOSTON – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that two foundations, Chronic Disease Fund, Inc. d/b/a Good Days from CDF (“CDF”), and Patient Access Network Foundation (“PANF”), have agreed to pay $2 million and $4 million, respectively, to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by enabling pharmaceutical companies to pay kickbacks to Medicare patients taking the companies’ drugs.

The government alleged that CDF and PANF worked with various pharmaceutical companies to design and operate certain funds that funneled money from the companies to patients taking the specific drugs the companies sold. These schemes enabled the pharmaceutical companies to ensure that Medicare patients did not consider the high costs that the companies charged for their drugs. The schemes also minimized the possibility that the companies’ money would go to patients taking competing drugs made by other companies.” read here

FORMER RITE AID VICE PRESIDENT SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT ON $5.7 MILLION VENDOR KICK-BACK AND TAX EVASION CHARGES

“HARRISBURG – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that former Vice President for Rite Aid, Inc. (Rite Aid), James W. Pilsner, age 61, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment followed by two years on supervised release on October 23, 2019, by U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, for perpetrating a vendor kick-back scheme that defrauded the Company out of $5.7 million and for committing tax evasion.

According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, Pilsner pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion on October 1, 2018. Pilsner, a former Vice President for Advertising for Rite Aid, perpetrated a kick-back scheme with the owner of Nuvision, a small Atlanta, Georgia based company between 1995 and August 2017. Nuvision provided $45 million of pre-press advertising services to Rite Aid under contracts granted by Pilsner during that time period. During the same period, Pilsner received $5,124,862 in kick-backs from Nuvision and distributed another $634,300 from Nuvision to some of his Rite Aid employees.” read here

AMBULANCE COMPANY MANAGER AND BILLER PLEAD GUILTY TO $4.7 MILLION FRAUD UPON MEDICARE AND HUMANA, INC., AND TO AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT

“RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, PAMELA DEWITT BABB, 49, of Mt. Olive, and DAVON TERRELL HENDERSON, 32, of Greenville, NC, pleaded guilty to a Criminal Information charging BABB and HENDERSON with Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, and Aggravated Identity Theft.

United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon stated,This fraud was huge in term of scope and impact.  The defendants, and those working with them, went to great lengths to steal millions of dollars – stealing from the taxpayers of the country.  My office and the investigative agencies with which we partner take these crimes, very seriously; it is a matter of principle and priority for us as we represent the people of the Eastern District.'” read here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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