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Sunday, November 17 2019
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Daily Dose of Justice

Daily Dose of Justice

ILLEGAL ALIEN PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL RETURN AFTER REMOVAL

“Gulfport, Miss. – Benjamin Sanchez-Perez, 28, an illegal alien from Mexico, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., to unlawful return of an alien after removal, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, Jere T. Miles, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans, and Gregory K. Bovino, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol’s New Orleans Sector.

Sanchez-Perez will be sentenced by Judge Guirola on January 28, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. He faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine, as well as Department of Homeland Security removal proceedings.” read here

ILLINOIS STATE REPRESENTATIVE CHARGED WITH OFFERING BRIBE TO FELLOW LAWMAKER IN RETURN FOR SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION

“CHICAGO — Illinois State Rep. LUIS ARROYO has been charged in federal court with offering a bribe to a fellow state lawmaker in an effort to influence and reward the lawmaker for supporting legislation that would benefit Arroyo’s private lobbying client.

Arroyo, 65, of Chicago, is charged with one count of federal program bribery, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Arroyo made an initial court appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez and was ordered released on a personal recognizance bond. The next court date was not immediately set.” read here

WISCONSIN WOMAN SENTENCED FOR ROLE IN OFFICE BURGLARY OF A U.S. SENATOR

“A former staff member who worked in an office of a United States Senator was sentenced today to two years of supervised probation with 200 hours of community service for burglary of the office of a U.S. Senator.

The announcement was made by Alessio D. Evangelista, the Acting U.S. Attorney in this case, and Steven A. Sund, Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Samantha DeForest Davis, 24, of Beloit, Wisconsin, pled guilty to the federal charge of aiding and abetting computer fraud, and to the District of Columbia charge of attempted tampering with evidence on July 30, 2019. DeForest Davis was sentenced today on two separate counts to a total of 180 days in prison, execution of sentence suspended, and placed on two years of supervised probation. As part of her conditions of probation, she was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, stay away from the Senator’s office to include current and former staff, and to not use TOR or anonymized computer applications.” read here

MISSOURI MAN SENTENCED TO NEARLY TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR HIS ROLE IN “FIELD OF SCHEMES” ORGANIC GRAIN FRAUD INVOLVING MORE THAN $120 MILLION IN TOTAL FRAUDULENT SALES

“A Missouri man who assisted in perpetrating the largest organic grain fraud scheme in United States history was sentenced today to nearly two years in federal prison. Another Missouri man and three farmers from Nebraska were previously sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a scheme to defraud customers across the country.

John Burton, age 52, from Clarksdale, Missouri, received the prison term after a May 10, 2019 guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Evidence at sentencing showed that Burton grew grain that was not organic and sold it to Randy Constant, knowing that Constant was going to market and sell the grain as organic. By selling his grain to Constant, Burton was able to receive a premium, selling the grain for more than he could have on the open market. Burton also worked for Constant, raising grain on farm fields that Constant either owned or rented. While doing this work, Burton often sprayed Constant’s fields with chemicals and fertilizers, even though he knew those substances were not allowed on organic fields. Burton either sold or raised over $5,000,000 in crops for Constant. Overall, Constant’s scheme involved at least $142,433,475 in grain sales, and the vast majority of those sales were fraudulent in that the grain he sold was not organic even though it was marketed as organic.” read here

SIX LEADERS OF THE CONSERVATIVE VICE LORDS/CONCRETE CARTEL STREET GANG SENTENCED FOR FEDERAL RACKETEERING (RICO), BUSINESS AND PHARMACY ROBBERIES, FIREARMS AND DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES

“Memphis, TNSix Leaders of the Conservative Vice Lords/Concrete Cartel Street Gang, a nation-wide street gang with its origin and home base in Chicago, Illinois, were recently sentenced for federal Racketeering (RICO), Business and Pharmacy Robberies, Firearms and Drug Trafficking charges. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney, announced the sentences today.

At trial, the evidence proved the Concrete Cartel and its members operate mainly in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee and North Mississippi and that its leadership consists of a regional/southern leader, a statewide leader, a citywide leader and community/division leaders (Whitehaven, Orange Mound, East Memphis, South Memphis and North Memphis).” read here

VIRGINIA MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

“HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Vinton, Virginia, man was sentenced to federal prison for a child pornography offense, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Conner Ray Blevins, 19, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for production of a video of child pornography. Blevins was also sentenced to serve 25 years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender following his release from prison.

‘Individuals committing egregious crimes like this should be prepared to do significant time, because we’re coming after you,’ said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. ‘And we’re going to argue for the longest sentences possible.'” read here

THREE LMPD OFFICERS CHARGED IN OVERTIME CASE PLEAD GUILTY AND AGREE TO  PAY $170,000 IN RESTITUTION

“LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) officers charged with wire fraud for their part in a scheme to defraud the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the federal government, and their own department have pleaded guilty in federal court today.

‘This is a sad day but there is no gray here. These officers lied and stole to increase their paychecks and spike their pensions,’ said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. ‘These officers are exceptions; outliers from the fine public servants of LMPD who we trust to protect our families. My personal thanks to Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine and his office for their partnership in investigating and prosecuting this matter. We are also fortunate to have the focus, talent, and professionalism of the multi-agency Kentucky Public Corruption Civil Rights Task Force, without which we would not be here today.’” read here

FORMER MONESSEN SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSING VIDEOS SHOWING THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN

“PITTSBURGH – A resident of Monessen, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Jack Brian LaForte, age 55, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that the investigation into LaForte began when Homeland Security Investigations received information about an upload of a child pornographic material from an IP address that resolved to LaForte’s Monessen residence. On or about June 14, 2019, law enforcement seized various electronics during the execution of a search warrant at the residence, including a laptop computer. A forensic review the laptop revealed videos depicting the sexual exploitation of minors, including of prepubescent minors who had not attained 12 years of age. The videos discovered by law enforcement included depictions of the lewd and lascivious display of the minors’ genitals; the penetration of minors by adults; and minors engaging in oral sex with adults.” read here

MANHATTAN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING

“Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that WILLIAM BAZEMORE pled guilty today to sex trafficking of a female victim by force, fraud, or coercion. BAZEMORE pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: ‘William Bazemore used violence and coercion to force a woman to engage in commercial sex for his own profit. With Bazemore’s guilty plea today, we seek to deliver justice for a victim of sex trafficking and exploitation, and to deter others from engaging in this heinous criminal conduct.’” read here

SANFORD HEALTH ENTITIES TO PAY $20.25 MILLION TO SETTLE FALSE CLAIMS ACT ALLEGATIONS REGARDING KICKBACKS AND UNNECESSARY SPINAL SURGERIES

“The Department of Justice announced today that hospital entities Sanford Health, Sanford Medical Center, and Sanford Clinic (collectively, Sanford), of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, have agreed to pay $20.25 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that they knowingly submitted false claims to federal healthcare programs resulting from violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and medically unnecessary spinal surgeries. The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits offering, paying, soliciting, or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and other federally-funded programs.

‘Kickbacks can compromise a physician’s medical judgment, result in unnecessary procedures, and increase healthcare costs for everyone,’ said Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. ‘We will continue to hold healthcare providers accountable when they violate the rules intended to safeguard the integrity of federal healthcare programs and the welfare of their beneficiaries.’” read here

DETROIT HOME HEALTH OWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ROLE IN $1.5 MILLION MEDICARE KICKBACK SCHEME

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Detroit Home Health Owner Sentenced to Prison for Role in $1.5 Million Medicare Kickback Scheme

“The owner of a Michigan home health agency was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for his role in a scheme involving approximately $1.5 million in Medicare claims for home health services that were procured through the payment of illegal kickbacks.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan, Special Agent in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI’s Detroit Division and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Chicago Regional Office made the announcement.

Atheir Amarrah, 44, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, the owner of Prompt Care Home Health Services Inc. of West Bloomfield, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Judith E. Levy of the Eastern District of Michigan, who also ordered him to pay approximately $1 million in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-conspirators.  In May 2018, Amarrah pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay and receive health care kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program and to four counts of paying health care kickbacks.” read here

FORMER CITY OF PITTSBURGH POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO FEDERAL AGENTS

“PITTSBURGH, PA – A former City of Pittsburgh Police Officer and resident of Allegheny County was sentenced in federal court to one year of probation with 90 days of home detention for his conviction on two counts of making false statements to government agents, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Antoine Cain, age 50. According to information presented to the Court, Mr. Cain, who was a 25-year veteran police officer for the City of Pittsburgh at the time, provided false information on two occasions to federal agents in the course of a federal investigation into an armed bank robbery that occurred in January of 2018 at the Citizens Bank in Crafton, PA.” read here

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE MAN SENTENCED ON CHARGES OF DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

“Bismarck – U.S. Attorney Drew H. Wrigley announced that Chief Federal District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland today sentenced Carl Deshawn Dean, age 21, Minot Air Force Base, ND to serve 7 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, after Dean plead guilty to Distribution of Images Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.  The defendant was also ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution and $100 in special assessments to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Between December 2016 and March 2, 2018, while serving as an Airman at the Minot Air Force Base, Dean solicited, received, and distributed child pornography.  As part of his illicit efforts, Dean created a fake female persona, and communicated with numerous individuals around the world in order to receive images of child pornography.  The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) investigation determined, through its investigation, that Dean sought out multiple individuals who had access to children and asked if these individuals would be willing to take nude photographs of or participate in sexual acts with these children.” read here

FORMER POSTAL SERVICE EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SCHEME IN WHICH USPS TRUCKS WERE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

“LOS ANGELES – A former United States Postal Service employee was sentenced today to 132 months in federal prison for participating in two armed robberies and one theft of USPS trucks carrying cash – incidents that caused nearly a quarter million dollars in losses and significant trauma to one of its victims who later took his own life.

William Crosby IV, 33, of Inglewood, was sentenced this morning by United States District Judge S. James Otero, who also ordered Crosby to pay $238,457 in restitution.

On July 31, Crosby pleaded guilty to one count of robbery of United States property and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.” read here

GREENSBURG PHYSICIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG DISTRIBUTION, HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING

“PITTSBURGH – A Greensburg physician pleaded guilty in federal to three counts of distribution of buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance, outside the usual course of professional practice; one count of health care fraud; and one count of money laundering, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Nabil Jabbour, 68, a physician who previously operated an addiction-medicine practice out of offices in Greensburg and Connellsville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.” read here

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