Daily Dose of Justice

Daily Dose of Justice

34 VIOLENT CRIMINALS ARRESTED IN CREEK COUNTY AS PART OF OPERATION FALLBACK

Operation Executed by U.S. Marshals’ Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force to Arrest Offenders with Outstanding Arrest Warrants

“On Friday, the U.S. Marshals’ Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force finalized a five-day operation targeting fugitives wanted for violent criminal offenses in Creek County, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. As part of the operation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office provided legal guidance to the task force as needed and reviewed cases of federal interest.

The task force was divided into three teams to serve the warrants throughout the county during the week. The task force, which includes deputies from the Creek County Sheriff’s Office, cleared 41warrants, arrested 34 violent offenders, and seized five firearms during Operation Fallback. Many of the violent offenders had arrest warrants issued resulting from domestic battery charges. Methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were also found during the operation.” read here

PASSENGER CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL SEXUAL MISCONDUCT FOR ACTIONS DURING AN AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT DIVERTED TO TULSA

“A man who caused an American Airlines’ flight to be diverted to Tulsa on Tuesday night was charged today in federal court for engaging in unwanted sexual contact with a female passenger, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

‘This week, American flight 807, traveling from North Carolina to Utah, was diverted to Tulsa due to the alleged conduct of passenger James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy. Today, the United States Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges as a result of Mr. Cholewinski-Boy’s alleged actions on the plane,’ said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores of the Northern District of Oklahoma. ‘The public should know these allegations pertain to criminal sexual misconduct by Mr. Cholewinski-Boy against a female passenger, not a threat to the plane or air travel. The Federal Bureau of Investigation along with Tulsa International Airport law enforcement officers responded swiftly and professionally to this situation as soon as the plane touched down in Tulsa. The FBI will investigate this matter moving forward. I am thankful for the men and women of law enforcement who work to ensure the safety and security of the traveling public.’

The flight was en route to Salt Lake City, Utah, from Charlotte, North Carolina, when the incident occurred.” read here

KENTUCKY DOCTOR AGREES TO PAY $65,404 FOR ALLEGEDLY ENGAGING IN ILLEGAL KICKBACK SCHEME WITH OK COMPOUNDING PHARMACY

“A Kentucky doctor joined a growing list of medical professionals implicated in an illegal kickback scheme involving OK Compounding. This is the eleventh kickback settlement since November 2018.

Jonathan Moore, 50, a licensed doctor of podiatry, agreed to pay the government $65,404 for allegedly accepting illegal kickback payments from OK Compounding, LLC, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

‘Eleven kickback settlements and counting. The manipulation of our federal health insurance programs cannot be tolerated,’ said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. ‘There are clearly defined laws and standards that must be followed when prescribing compounding medications. Greedy doctors and marketers who have conveniently ignored those laws for their own personal enrichment will be held accountable. I appreciate the diligent work of my Affirmative Civil Enforcement team. They have an important mission and role within my office. They use civil litigation tools to ensure corrupt medical professionals cannot defraud the federal health care system and American taxpayers.’”read here

SYRACUSE MAN SENTENCED TO 252 DAYS FOR THREATENING TO KILL VA EMPLOYEES

“SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Mark W. Sweeney, age 61, of Syracuse, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge David N. Hurd to 252 days in prison (time-served) for threatening to kill staff members employed at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Hospital in Syracuse, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Chief Jon Godfrey, Veterans Affairs Police, Syracuse, New York.

As part of his previously entered guilty plea, Sweeney admitted that he made a telephone call to the Veterans Crisis Line and made threatening statements directed toward Veterans Affairs Hospital staff, including that he intended to kill several people who treated him and had a plan and the means to do so.” read here

FORMER PRATTSVILLE TOWN SUPERVISOR AND LOCAL BUSINESSMAN CHARGED WITH FRAUD

“ALBANY, NEW YORK – An indictment unsealed today charges former Prattsville Town Supervisor Kory O’Hara, age 42, and Prattsville resident Stephen Baker, age 68, with fraud relating to grants extended to Prattsville in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

The announcement was made by:

  • United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith;
  • New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli;
  • James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
  • John Tiano, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG); and
  • Christina Scaringi, Special Agent in Charge, Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Region (HUD-OIG).” read here

CONVICTED CHILD SEXUAL ABUSER PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL REENTRY

“ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An illegal alien from El Salvador, who recently was convicted in state court of taking indecent liberties with a child, pleaded guilty today to illegally reentering the United States after he previously was deported in 2004.

‘Carrero Alas illegally entered the United States, was deported at taxpayer expense, returned illegally a second time and recently was convicted of a sex offense against a minor who was in his care,’ said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. ‘We will continue to make these cases a priority and will work closely with our local and state partners to not only promote the rule of law, but also protect the most vulnerable members of our community.’” read here

FOUR ADDITIONAL INDIVIDUALS CHARGED FOR ROLE IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT FRAUD SCHEME

“Four additional individuals were charged in an indictment unsealed today in the Northern District of Texas for their role in a multi-million investment fraud scheme that targeted the elderly.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas, and Inspector in Charge Delany DeLeon-Colón of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Criminal Investigations Group in Washington, D.C., made the announcement.

Suzanne Aileen Gagnier, 65, of Huntington Beach, California; Joe Edward Duchinsky, 64, of Alhambra, California; Joseph Lucien Duplain, 78, of Murrieta, California; and Russell Filippo, 69, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, were each charged with one the count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and 10 counts of mail fraud. Gagnier, Duchinsky, and Duplain were also charged with 10 counts of wire fraud, and Filippo was charged with eight counts of wire fraud. Gagnier was arrested and appeared on Nov. 7, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frederick F. Mumm of the Central District of California. Duchinsky was also arrested and appeared on Nov. 7, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Autumn D. Spaeth of the Central District of California. Filippo was also arrested and appeared on Nov. 7, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary M. Purcell of the Western District of Oklahoma.” read here

INSURANCE BROKER FOUND GUILTY OF 22 COUNTS IN $2 MILLION SCHEME TO DEFRAUD CAREFIRST BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD

“A federal jury found a District of Columbia insurance broker guilty today for his role in a scheme to defraud CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of more than $2 million.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu of the District of Columbia, Acting Assistant Director in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Washington Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Maureen Dixon of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Philadelphia Regional Office made the announcement.

Following a two-week trial, Tarek Abou-Katwa, aka Dean Addem, 59, of the District of Columbia, a licensed insurance broker and the owner of Benefits Consulting Associates LLC, was found guilty of one count of health care fraud, three counts of making false statements related to health care matters, seven counts of mail fraud, six counts of wire fraud and five counts of identity theft charged in a March 2018 indictment. Abou-Khatwa is expected to be sentenced on March 3, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the District of Columbia, who presided over the trial.” read here

KIRKWOOD BUILDER SENTENCED FOR SWINDLING HOMEBUYERS OF APPROXIMATELY $400,000

“St. Louis, MO – Morgan Bullock, 33, of Camdenton, Missouri, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and restitution in the amount of $136,458.68 for his scheme to defraud homebuyer customers of Bullock Building and Development, LLC. He appeared in federal court this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Bullock owned and operated Bullock Building and Development, a construction company he operated out of Camdenton, Missouri. During 2015, Bullock and two partners purchased approximately five acres of land at 425 Emmerson Avenue, and planned to build eight residential homes in what they called Emmerson Estates. Bullock and his partners took out a loan to purchase the land from a local bank. Bullock then applied with the City of Kirkwood for approval of his development plan, and building permits. Before giving approval to build the subdivision, the city required Bullock to obtain approval from the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and also to post a letter of credit as a performance guarantee from a financial institution in the amount of approximately $500,000. Bullock never obtained approval for the construction from MSD, and he was unable to find a financial institution willing to issue him and his company the performance guarantee. Thus, Bullock never obtained final approval from Kirkwood to develop the subdivision. Nevertheless, during 2017, Bullock marketed the new home construction in Emmerson Estates, and obtained lot deposits from six families based upon his false representations that he would build their new homes on the selected lots. Bullock never advised the homebuyers that he did not have approval from Kirkwood to develop the subdivision and build their promised homes. Despite promising that he would only use their lot deposits in the construction of their new homes, Bullock instead used the victim homebuyers’ funds for his own personal use and to pay off contractors working on a separate unrelated construction project in the Camdenton, Missouri area. Bullock made numerous false representations to the homebuyers as to why construction had not begun on their homes, blaming the delays on purported weather issues, contractor problems, and other false excuses. Ultimately, one of the homebuyers demanded his family’s deposit back, and Bullock wrote him a $50,000 insufficient funds check, knowing that there were not sufficient funds in his bank account. Finally, the lender foreclosed on the Emmerson Estates land for nonpayment by Bullock, and Bullock’s scheme was fully discovered. The six victim homebuyers included families with young children as well as retirees who used substantial portions of their life savings to make the lot deposit payments to Bullock. The total loss to the victim homebuyers was approximately $400,000.” read here

MEXICAN NATIONAL DEPORTED 13 TIMES SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR VIOLATING SUPERVISED RELEASE

“John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALBERTO SILVA-GARCIA, 44, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to 18 months of imprisonment for violating the conditions of his supervised release that followed a conviction for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported. The sentence will run consecutively to a 42-month prison term that Silva-Garcia is currently serving.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Silva-Garcia was deported from the U.S. to his native Mexico in March 1999 after sustaining a domestic violence conviction in California. Between March 1999 and April 2004, Silva-Garcia was encountered multiple times in California by immigration agents, twice while in custody following his apprehension and conviction for controlled substance violations, and on several other occasions following his apprehension at the U.S. border for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship. On 11 documented occasions prior to 2005, Silva-Garcia was removed to Mexico by foot.” read here

FORMER ST. LOUIS METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULTING UNDERCOVER OFFICER BELIEVED TO BE PROTESTOR

“St. Louis – Randy Hays, 32, a former police officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) pleaded guilty today in federal court in the Eastern District of Missouri to one count of using unreasonable and excessive force against a fellow SLMPD police officer, who was believed to be a protestor while the officer was working undercover in downtown St. Louis during protests following the 2017 acquittal of a former SLMPD officer on a state murder charge. Hays’ co-defendant Bailey Colletta pled guilty to committing perjury related to this assault on Sept. 6, 2019. Co-defendants and former SLMPD officers Dustin Boone and Christopher Myers remain under indictment on federal charges related to the assault and subsequent cover-up. They have pleaded not guilty.

According to the plea agreement, in addition to facing a maximum of 10 years in prison, Hays must forfeit his law enforcement certification. A sentencing date has not yet been set.” read here

BEAVERTON MAN SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULTING FEDERAL TASK FOR OFFICERS WITH EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

“PORTLAND, Ore.—Jason Paul Schaefer, 28, of Beaverton, Oregon, was sentenced today to 40 years in federal prison and 5 years’ supervised release for detonating an improvised explosive device on October 11, 2017, assaulting two members of the Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

In May 2019, Schaefer was convicted after a six-day trial of two counts of assaulting a federal officer and one count each of carrying and using a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence, carrying and using an explosive during the commission of a federal felony, unlawful transport of explosive materials, possession of an unregistered destructive device and being a felon in possession of explosives.” read here

FORMER SENIOR ALSTOM EXECUTIVE CONVICTED AT TRIAL OF VIOLATING THE FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT, MONEY LAUNDERING AND CONSPIRACY

“WASHINGTON – A former senior executive with Alstom S.A. (Alstom), a French power and transportation company, was found guilty today for his role in a multi-year, multimillion-dollar foreign bribery scheme and a related money laundering scheme.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney John H. Durham of the District of Connecticut and Assistant Director in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.

After a two-week trial, Lawrence Hoskins, 69, of the United Kingdom, was convicted of six counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), three counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy. Sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 31, 2020, before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton of the District of Connecticut.” read here

STATE SENATOR CHARGED WITH MAKING FALSE STATEMENT

“NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that WESLEY T. BISHOP, age 51, of New Orleans was charged today with making a false statement, a crime punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment.

According to the bill of information, BISHOP knowingly and willfully made a false statement to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, BISHOP faces a maximum sentence of five years, three years of supervised release, a restitution order, a fine, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.” read here

FORMER VA EMPLOYEE AND TWO FAMILY MEMBERS INDICTED WITH DEFRAUDING VETERANS HEALTHCARE IN THE VILLAGES

“Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Miller Wilson, Jr. (49, Sparr), his daughter Myoshi Wilson (25, Citra), and his ex-wife Erica Wilson (42, Ocala), with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud. Miller Wilson, Jr. is also charged with eight counts of solicitation and receipt of health care kickbacks, and Erica and Myoshi Wilson are each charged with one count of making false statements. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison for the conspiracy count. Erica and Myoshi Wilson each face up to 5 years’ imprisonment for the false statement count. In addition, Miller Wilson, Jr. faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each count of soliciting and receiving health care kickbacks. The indictment also notifies the defendants that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $382,462, which represents the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.

According to the indictment, Miller Wilson, Jr. was an employee at the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) Clinic located in The Villages. As part of his employment, he provided transportation arrangements for veterans needing medical treatment. From 2014 through 2016, Miller Wilson, Jr. obtained cash kickbacks from the transportation vendors in exchange for awarding them health care contracts from the VA. Thereafter, from 2016-2017, Miller Wilson, Jr. conspired with Erica and Myoshi Wilson to open and manage two different transportation companies to provide these services to veterans. Miller Wilson, Jr. used his official position at the VA to funnel health care contracts to the companies that he had formed with Erica and Myoshi Wilson. During a 17-month period, the two companies billed the federal government $305,673.” read here

UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN SENTENCED FOR ASSAULT ON FEDERAL OFFICERS

“LAREDO, Texas – A 24-year-old man from Zacatecas, Mexico, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of assaulting three Border Patrol (BP) agents, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Luis Gustavo Ramirez-Saucedo pleaded guilty June 25.

Today, U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana handed Ramirez-Saucedo a 33-month sentence. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face removal proceedings following the sentence. At the hearing, the court heard additional testimony from three BP agents who testified as to how they were assaulted. Ramirez-Saucedo testified that he only intended to flee.

Authorities were working their assigned duties in Laredo during the late evening of March 29 when they responded to an alert of a large group crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico. They made contact with various illegal aliens in the 20-person group, one of whom was Ramirez-Saucedo.” read here

FORMER MORTGAGE BROKER SENTENCED TO MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FRAUDULENT AUTO LOAN SCHEME WITH LOSSES OF MORE THAN $1 MILLION

Defrauded More Than 20 Individuals and Five Financial Institutions During the Two-Year Scheme

“Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander today sentenced John O’Day, age 48, of Chester and Stevensville, Maryland, and Sarasota, Florida, to 104 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for federal charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, in connection with a scheme to defraud at least 20 individuals and five financial institutions of more than $1 million by submitting fraudulent auto loan applications.  Judge Hollander also ordered O’Day to pay restitution of $1,072,091, with interest.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rodney A. Davis of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.” read here

CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE TREASURER PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL WIRE FRAUD CHARGE

“Greenbelt, Maryland – Anitra Edmond, age 43, of New Carrollton, Maryland, the treasurer for the “Friends of Tawanna P. Gaines” campaign committee, pleaded guilty today to a federal wire fraud charge, admitting that she converted more than $35,000 in campaign funds to her personal use.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur and Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.

‘Individuals who donate to a political campaign trust that their money will be used to support their candidate.  Edmond abused that trust to enrich herself,’ said United States Attorney Robert K. Hur.  ‘Such a betrayal undermines everyone’s faith in government.  We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to find those who break the law, and bring them to justice.’” read here

MORTGAGE SHORT SALE NEGOTIATORS CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING MORTGAGE LENDERS

“BOSTON – The principals and co-founders of a North Andover mortgage short sale assistance company were charged today in connection with defrauding mortgage lenders and investors out of nearly $500,000 in proceeds from about 90 short sale transactions. The defendants allegedly defrauded the Federal National Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Gabriel T. Tavarez, 39, and Jaime L. Mulvihill, 40, who together founded and operated Loss Mitigation Services, LLC, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Tavarez also was charged with aggravated identity theft.

The charges arise out of the defendants’ alleged scheme to steal undisclosed and improper fees from mortgage lenders in connection with short sales of homes. A short sale occurs where the mortgage debt on the home is greater than the sale price, and the mortgage lender agrees to take a loss on the transaction.” read here

SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH DOW CHEMICAL CO. TO RESTORE NATURAL RESOURCES IN THREE MID-MICHIGAN COUNTIES

“Midland, MI – Under a proposed settlement announced today by the United States, the State of Michigan and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, The Dow Chemical Company will implement and fund an estimated $77 million in natural resource restoration projects intended to compensate the public for injuries to natural resources caused by the release of hazardous substances from Dow’s Midland, Michigan facility. The proposed settlement, which was lodged today in the United States district court for the Eastern District of Michigan, is subject to public comment and to approval by the court.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider will join trustees at a public meeting to provide more information on the plan and to answer questions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Four Points by Sheraton Saginaw, 4960 Towne Centre Road in Saginaw.” read here

FLORIDA MAN CONVICTED OF FRAUDULENTLY EXPLOITING PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO PROTECT SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESSES AND SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES

“A federal jury in Cleveland convicted a Florida man of Major Fraud, Wire Fraud and Submitting False and Fictitious Claims after he engaged in six-year long scheme to defraud the government.

James Allen Clark, 62, is scheduled to be sentenced February 25, 2020.

According to court documents and trial testimony:

Federal departments and agencies, as directed by Congress, work with the Small Business Administration and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to award portions of contracts to small businesses, with specific goals for small disadvantaged business, including service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.” read here

CAMDEN COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND OBSCENITY OFFENSES

“CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man has been sentenced to 240 months in prison for child pornography and obscenity offenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Joseph Fini, 35, of Clementon, New Jersey, pleaded guilty on Jan. 29, 2019, before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging him with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. Fini, who was previously convicted of possession of child pornography, also pleaded guilty to violating the terms of the supervised release imposed in that case. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence Nov. 6, 2019, in Camden federal court.” read here

NIGERIAN NATIONAL EXTRADITED TO UNITED STATES TO FACE FEDERAL CHARGES FOR LEADING INTERNATIONAL FRAUD SCHEME THAT VICTIMIZED DOZENS OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

“TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Lawrence Keefe today announced the extradition of Adedeji Adeniran, a national of Nigeria, to the Northern District Florida.

On Nov. 2, 2019, Nigeria extradited Adeniran, age 56, to the Northern District of Florida. He arrived in the United States on Nov. 3. Adeniran was the leader of a criminal group that committed a large bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud conspiracy that involved a loss of $4.1 million and involved 42 victim financial institutions. Between 2002 and 2004, members of the criminal group
fraudulently obtained the identities of others and opened numerous bank accounts in the United States. The group members deposited counterfeited or forged checks into those accounts and then wired the proceeds of the fraud to Hong Kong, Turkey, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates. The criminal group consisted of three cells, one in New York City, one in Chicago, and one in South Florida. Adeniran is alleged to be the leader of the South Florida cell and coordinated the opening of fraudulent bank accounts, the deposit of forged or counterfeit checks into the accounts, the
issuance of fraudulent checks and debit card withdrawals from the fraudulent accounts, and the transfer of monies to other accounts within and outside the United States. On May 2, 2005, a grand jury in the Northern District of Florida returned a 27-count indictment charging eight defendants with conspiracy to commit bank, mail, and wire fraud, and 26 counts of bank fraud. Adeniran is charged in 20 counts of the indictment. Adeniran fled the United States in 2005 and has remained a
fugitive until this year. Based upon an extradition request of the United States, a Nigerian court issued a warrant for Adeniran’s arrest on Oct. 23, 2018. Adeniran was arrested by Nigerian authorities on March 21, 2019, and bail was denied.
Adeniran was found extraditable on May 21, 2019.” read here

MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES $12.3 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH LENOX HILL HOSPITAL FOR SUBMITTING FRAUDULENT MEDICARE CLAIMS FOR UROLOGY PROCEDURES AND HOSPITAL SERVICES

Defendants Admit Practices Resulted in Submission of Several Million Dollars of Inappropriate Claims to Medicare

“Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (‘HHS-OIG’) New York Regional Office, announced today that the United States filed and settled a civil fraud lawsuit against LENOX HILL HOSPITAL (‘Lenox Hill’) and its corporate parent NORTHWELL HEALTH, INC. (‘Northwell’) (together, ‘Defendants’).  The Government’s Complaint-in-Intervention (the ‘Complaint’) alleges that Defendants violated the False Claims Act by fraudulently billing Medicare for healthcare services that did not comply with Medicare law.  The Complaint specifically alleges that in conjunction with Defendants’ employment of Lenox Hill’s former chair of the Department of Urology, David B. Samadi (‘Samadi’), Defendants submitted claims for: (1) endoscopic procedures that were performed, at least in part, by insufficiently supervised medical residents; (2) robotic surgeries for which, at some point during the surgery, Samadi left the patient improperly unattended in order to supervise a different surgery; (3) medically unnecessary hospital services; and (4) designated health services referred to Lenox Hill by Samadi when his compensation arrangement violated the federal Stark Law.” read here

LOCAL JUDGE CHARGED WITH FRAUD

“HOUSTON – A Harris County judge has been indicted on allegations of wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI – Houston Division.

Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas, 44, of Houston, is currently the presiding judge for the 164th District Court for the State of Texas and has jurisdiction over Texas civil cases located within Harris County.

A federal grand jury returned the seven-count indictment Oct. 24, which was unsealed today as she surrendered to federal authorities. She is expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray today, as early as 10:00 a.m.” read here

 

 

 

 

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