Monday Justice Files

Monday Justice Files

CLAREMORE MAN SENTENCED TO 78 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

A Claremore man was sentenced today in federal court for distribution and receipt of child pornography and for possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell sentenced Daniel Nathan West, 48, to 78 months in federal prison, where he will receive sex offender treatment. Judge Frizzell further ordered West to pay $12,000 in restitution to victims depicted in the videos and identified by the  National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Following his prison sentence, West will spend seven years on supervised release and be required to register as a sex offender.

In his written plea agreement, West admitted that from May 17 through Dec. 17, 2019, he knowingly possessed, received and distributed child pornography using computer devices, social media applications and the internet. The files contained images of at least one prepubescent minor and a minor who had not attained 12 years of age. On his cell phone, investigators discovered 100 video files of child sexual abuse, including the rape of infants and bestiality. (Read Here)

KITTERY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL INTERSTATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES

PORTLAND, Maine:  A Kittery man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Portland to two counts of interstate travel to violate a protection order, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

According to court documents, in April 2016, Nelson Jean Dion, 53, who resided in Maine, was arrested for felony aggravated assault involving his former live-in girlfriend, who was by then living in a domestic violence shelter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A few days later, Dion was released on bail and was subject to a protection order that prohibited his contact with his former girlfriend.

Between April and June 2016, Dion traveled from Maine to New Hampshire, and then from New Hampshire to Maine, to have contact with the girlfriend in violation of the protection order. On June 30, 2016, the girlfriend jumped from the Piscataqua River Bridge on Interstate 95 and died the next day. (Read Here)

FLORIDA MAN SENTENCED FOR RACIALLY-MOTIVATED INTERFERENCE WITH ELECTION IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA AND FOR CYBER STALKING IN FLORIDA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – Daniel McMahon, 32, was sentenced today in federal court in the Western District of Virginia to 41 months of imprisonment for threatening an African-American Charlottesville City Council candidate because of his race and because he was running for office, and for cyberstalking a separate victim through Facebook messenger, the Justice Department announced today.  Following his term of incarceration, McMahon will be placed on three years of supervised release, during which time he will be prohibited from using internet-capable devices without prior court approval.

“Americans have the right to run for office in this country without facing racially-bigoted threats of violence,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division. “Furthermore, no American should have to live with hateful threats of sexual violence for opposing white nationalism. The Justice Department will continue vigorously to prosecute anyone who attempts to infringe on these civil rights and thereby undermine our democracy.”

“The hallmark of our Nation’s democracy is the right to peacefully protest and engage in an effective exchange of ideas via the political process,” said U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez for the Middle District of Florida. “When either of these rights are infringed, and individuals are targeted, intimidated, or threatened because of their race/ethnicity or beliefs, the cornerstone of our system is put at risk. Today’s sentence demonstrates our intent to work together to preserve our Nation’s founding principles and ensure that all citizens are protected under the law.”

“This defendant weaponized social media to threaten and intimidate his perceived political enemies and propagate a violent white-supremacist ideology,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen of the Western District of Virginia. “Because his online activity crossed the boundary between protected First Amendment expression and unlawful threats and harassment, he will spend considerable time in federal prison.” (Read Here)

RALEIGH COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR SEX OFFENSE INVOLVING MINOR

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Raleigh County man was sentenced to federal prison for a sex crime involving a minor, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Gary Wayne Lilly, 40, of Josephine, was sentenced to 46 months in prison for traveling in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in illicit sexual activity with a minor. Upon release from prison, Lilly will serve a term of supervised release of 10 years and will be required to register as a sex offender.

“The depravity of these types of cases is difficult to fathom,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “But make no mistake, my office protects children. It is my top priority to hold these predators accountable.”

Lilly previously admitted that beginning in late May 2019 he communicated via a social messaging application and telephone with a minor he believed to be a 13-year-old girl in Bluefield. During the conversations, Lilly discussed meeting the minor female to engage in oral sex and sexual intercourse. On June 1, 2019, Lilly traveled from Josephine to Bluefield, Virginia, to meet the purported 13-year-old minor. Lilly stopped in Princeton on his way to Bluefield, Virginia in order to purchase condoms. (Read Here)

STATEMENT FROM THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA IN RESPONSE TO MAYOR MURIEL BOWSER’S PRESS CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON – Over the past year, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has charged more than 9,500 cases, which include more than 2,500 felony cases.  Specifically, with regard to the spike in protest-related violence throughout the District this summer, the Office aggressively charged 121 criminal cases from May 28, 2020 to August 1, 2020.  These cases included assault and battery on local police officers and federal agents, arson cases, and the destruction of both private and government property.  Most recently, over this past weekend alone, the Office brought criminal charges against five individuals linked to protest-related violence – two of those cases involved assaults on police officers.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s public statement today related to the United States Attorney’s Office reluctant to prosecute “68 outstanding arrest warrants” is patently false and serves no purpose other than to pass blame and foster innuendo.  Since the protests began, this Office has never turned down a single case for prosecution in which there was sufficient evidence to support probable cause.

The Office remains committed to keeping the community safe, but also holds true to the rule of law and constitutional protections for all citizens.

MONTECITO MAN SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FACEBOOK, TWITTER IPO FRAUD THAT CAUSED $3.4 MILLION IN LOSSES TO INVESTORS

   LOS ANGELES – A Santa Barbara County man was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison for orchestrating a years-long scheme that defrauded investors out of more than $3.4 million with false promises to use their money to purchase shares of Facebook and Twitter prior to the companies’ initial public offerings.

Efstratios “Elias” Argyropoulos, 73, of Montecito, was sentenced by United States District Judge George H. Wu, who also ordered him to pay $3,416,628 in restitution to his victims. Argyropoulous pleaded guilty in June 2019 to one count of wire fraud.

From October 2010 to October 2015, Argyropoulos was the president and sole shareholder of Prima Ventures Corp., a Santa Barbara-based financial services firm. Argyropoulos represented to investors that he had access to “amazing” investment opportunities that would provide a high rate of return on any money invested.

During the course of the scheme, Argyropoulous misled investors by telling them that he would pool their money to purchase pre-IPO shares of companies such as Facebook and Twitter. He also falsely told investors he had access to good investment opportunities in companies such as Alibaba, Etsy, and E-Waste. (Read Here)

COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO MONEY LAUNDERING VIOLATION AS PART OF SCHEME TO CIRCUMVENT NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS AND DECEIVE BANKS, AGREES TO PAY FORFEITURE AND FINE

WASHINGTON – Yang Ban Corporation, a company established in the British Virgin Islands in 2014 that operated in South East Asia pleaded guilty today to conspiring to launder monetary instruments in connection with evading sanctions on North Korea and deceiving correspondent banks into processing U.S. dollar transactions.  The company will pay a financial penalty totaling $673,714.04.

In pleading guilty, Yang Ban admitted and accepted responsibility for its criminal conduct.  Yang Ban also agreed to implement rigorous internal controls and to cooperate fully with the Justice Department, including by reporting any criminal conduct by an employee.

“Evasion of the United States sanctions laws allows North Korea to continue its dangerous and persistent proliferation activities and to develop weapons of mass destruction,” said John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.  “This defendant utilized dual invoicing practices and provided false statements to conceal the ultimate destination of commodities it purchased for North Korea, duping U.S. correspondent banks into processing U.S. dollar transactions that they would not otherwise have authorized.  The disruption of this activity demonstrates that the Justice Department will leverage its significant investigative assets to uncover and punish North Korean efforts to engage in fraud, money laundering, and sanctions violations all to bolster its oppressive regime.” (Read Here)

BROCKTON MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING OFFICER WITH VEHICLE

Officer was dragged for several feet by moving vehicle and thrown to the ground

BOSTON – A Brockton man was arrested and charged in connection with assaulting an officer while fleeing a motor vehicle stop. The defendant’s vehicle allegedly dragged the officer for several feet as the defendant fled the scene, eventually crashed head-on into a guardrail on Route 24 at approximately 100 miles per hour, and ran across travel lanes of Route 24 before he was apprehended and placed under arrest.

Tykeam Jackson, 25, was arrested on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 and charged by criminal complaint with one count of assaulting, resisting or impeding a federal officer. Following an initial appearance, Jackson was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Sept. 4, 2020.

As alleged in the charging documents, during the afternoon of July 27, 2020, a deputized federal law enforcement officer stopped Jackson for speeding on Route 28 in Avon and instructed Jackson to exit his vehicle. Instead, Jackson allegedly accelerated the vehicle with such force that the officer was dragged for several feet and thrown to the ground. Jackson then sped away, ignored traffic signals, and drove into oncoming traffic, eventually travelling at a speed of approximately 100 miles per hour in the breakdown lane of Route 24. After attempting to cross all three travel lanes, Jackson lost control of the vehicle and crashed head-on into the guardrail. He allegedly exited the vehicle, ran across the travel lanes of Route 24, and was almost struck several times by oncoming traffic. A Massachusetts state trooper subsequently found Jackson running into and obstructing traffic on a nearby heavily-traveled roadway and placed him under arrest. (Read Here)

PAIR ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN DEADLY POLICE CHASE INDICTED ON FEDERAL DRUG, GUN CHARGES

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged the two individuals allegedly involved in an Aug. 7 chase through Cincinnati that resulted in the deaths of two bystanders in Newport, Ky. The indictment was returned Aug. 26 and unsealed today.

Mason Meyer, 28, and Kirsten Johnson, 22, both of Cincinnati, are charged federally with possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Meyer is also charged with illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. In Campbell County, Ky., Meyer is charged with two counts of murder, endangerment, and fleeing and evading.

According to court documents, officials with the ATF, Cincinnati Police and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force were surveilling Meyer in Cincinnati on Aug. 7 when Meyer drove away. (Read Here)

NEW OXFORD VETERINARIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

HARRISBURG – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dr. Donald Yorlets, age 66, of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson to defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture between 2016 and 2019 by submitting false blood samples for bovine disease testing and by issuing false Certificates of Veterinary Inspection for the animals.  Yorlets has been a Pennsylvania licensed veterinarian since 1981.

According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, federal law requires that each cow transported in interstate or international commerce be first tested for various bovine diseases, such as Bovine Tuberculosis, Brucellosis, Bovine Leucosis and Bovine Viral Diarrhea. Bovine Tuberculosis and Brucellosis are communicable diseases that can be transmitted to humans under certain circumstances.  Bovine Tuberculosis is screened for by what is known as a Caudal Fold skin test. The test must be administered by a USDA accredited veterinarian and involves the injection of a tuberculin substance under the skin and checking it for a reaction 72 hours later.  Testing for Brucellosis, Bovine Leucosis and Bovine Viral Diarrhea requires the drawing of blood and the submission of samples to an accredited laboratory for analysis. (Read Here)

FORMER PG&E EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO OVER $1.4M FRAUD CONSPIRACY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A former PG&E employee pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and admitted to receiving kickback payments from a Stockton transportation company owned by his cousin, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to the plea agreement, Ronald S. Schoenfeld, 65, of Goodyear, Arizona, formerly of Dublin, California, while employed at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, conspired to obtain contracts from PG&E for his cousin’s transportation business in exchange for kickbacks from that business worth approximately 2.5% of the value of the contracts. Schoenfeld concealed from PG&E his familial relationship with his co-conspirator from PG&E, provided confidential information to his co-conspirator, and, at times, directly intervened in the consideration of contracts between PG&E and his co-conspirator’s business, all contrary to PG&E’s policies.

From March 2007 through February 2015, PG&E paid at least $82.1 million to the business operated by Schoenfeld’s cousin for services it provided pursuant to PG&E contracts. During the same period, Schoenfeld’s co-conspirator paid him at least $1,476,000 in kickbacks for his role in the conspiracy. (Read Here)

MISSION MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING A FEDERAL OFFICER

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer.

Dayton Thin Elk, a/k/a Dayton Haukaas, age 24, was indicted on July 16, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 28, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 20 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.

The Indictment alleges that on April 27, 2020, in Todd County, South Dakota, Thin Elk did forcibly assault, oppose, impede, intimidate, and interfere with multiple law enforcement officers who were employed by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

The charges are merely accusations and Thin Elk is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Albertson is prosecuting the case.

Thin Elk was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

SIX INDICTED IN MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEMES TIED TO NIGERIAN SCAMS

PROVIDENCE – A federal grand jury in Providence has returned a superseding indictment charging six individuals with allegedly laundering millions of dollars gained through multi-faceted fraud schemes run out of Nigeria, primarily targeting elderly U.S. citizens.

It is alleged that dozens of victims were befriended by scammers feigning romantic intentions through online social media platforms and dating sites. Scammers used the relationships and trust they built to convince victims to provide them with money to assist with business ventures or debt.

Other victims were allegedly convinced by Nigerian scammers that they had won a sweepstakes, but that upfront cash payments were required to release the funds to the winner. Yet other victims were allegedly scammed by paying rent to individuals who purported to own property they in fact did not own or control. In addition, other victims were scammed into paying fraudulent shipping costs for items sold online. (Read Here)

FEDERAL TEXARKANA CORRECTIONAL OFFICER AND INMATE GUILTY OF BRIBERY CONSPIRACY

     TEXARKANA, Texas – A 55-year-old Titus County, Texas, man and a 54-year-old federal inmate have pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox today.

James Thompson pleaded guilty on August 5, 2020, to conspiring to commit bribery before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven. In his plea agreement, Thompson agreed to forfeit $17,200.00 in United States currency and cash proceeds from his scheme.

Gilbert Gomez pleaded guilty on August 31, 2020, to conspiring to commit bribery before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven. In his plea agreement, Gomez agreed to forfeit $15,000.00 in United States currency and cash proceeds from his scheme.

According to information presented in court, beginning before August 2019 and continuing through January 2020, Thompson, a federal correctional officer, and Gomez, a federal inmate, engaged in a scheme to smuggle contraband into the Federal Correctional Institution located in Texarkana, Texas. During the scheme, Thompson received cash bribe payments and prison contraband at a post office box under the alias of “Bobby Brown.”  Using his own prerogative, Thompson then smuggled the contraband into FCI Texarkana when he entered the facility to go to work.   Gomez coordinated the scheme from inside the institution, where he arraigned cash bribe payments and delivered the smuggled contraband to other inmates. Thompson and Gomez received more than $30,000.00 total for smuggling contraband into FCI Texarkana. (Read Here)

HAWAII BUSINESSWOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FACILITATING BACK-CHANNEL LOBBYING CAMPAIGN TO DROP 1MDB INVESTIGATION AND REMOVE A FOREIGN NATIONAL TO CHINA

An American businesswoman with international ties pleaded guilty today for her role in facilitating an unregistered lobbying campaign of the Administration of the President of the United States and the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of foreign principals in exchange for millions of dollars.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, U.S. Attorney Kenji M. Price of the District of Hawaii, Special Agent in Charge Eli S. Miranda of the FBI’s Honolulu Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Keith A. Bonanno of the Department Of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) made the announcement.

Nickie Mali Lum Davis, 45, of Honolulu, Hawaii, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi to one count of aiding and abetting violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. (Read Here)

MANAGER OF MEDICAL CLINICS IN BROOKLYN AND QUEENS SENTENCED TO 13 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MULTI MILLION-DOLLAR MONEY LAUNDERING AND HEALTH CARE KICKBACK SCHEME

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Aleksandr Pikus was sentenced by United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly to 13 years’ imprisonment for his role in a massive healthcare kickback and money laundering conspiracy.  Pikus was also ordered by the Court to pay restitution in the amount of $23 million to Medicare, $16 million to Medicaid, $433,297 to the Internal Revenue Service and forfeit $2,614,233.79.  Pikus was convicted by a federal jury in November 2019 of one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, two counts of money laundering, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by obstructing the IRS.

Seth D. DuCharme, acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Brian C. Rabbitt, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, New York Region (HHS-OIG), and Jonathan D. Larsen, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, New York (IRS-CI), announced the sentence.

“The defendant’s key role in an elaborate scheme to steal and conceal tens of millions of dollars from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, was staggering in scope and deserving of the significant punishment he received today,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney DuCharme.  “This Office takes very seriously its obligation to protect government funds that provide vital medical coverage counted upon by individuals and families who qualify because of their low income, disability or advanced years.” (Read Here)

NORTH CAROLINA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COVID-19 RELIEF FRAUD SCHEMES

WASHINGTON – A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today to perpetrating three schemes between March and July 2020 connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, through which he defrauded consumers and the federal government’s relief programs.

Brandon Lewis, 34, of Greensboro, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging two counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to the Small Business Administration (SBA) before U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles of the Middle District of North Carolina.  Sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 30, 2020 before Judge Eagles.

“Brandon Lewis today admitted to a wide range of brazen schemes specifically designed to profit illegally from the COVID-19 pandemic by defrauding scores of frightened consumers and small business owners desperate for a financial lifeline,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.  “The department and our law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively pursue and hold accountable those who seek to illegally exploit the ongoing national emergency for their own personal benefit at the expense of hardworking Americans and businesses.” (Read Here)

CDM SMITH AND CDM FEDERAL PROGRAMS AGREES TO $5.6 MILLION SETTLEMENT

Engineering and Construction Firm Resolves False Claims Act Allegations and Other Civil Claims

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – CDM Smith Inc., headquartered in Boston, and CDM Federal Programs Corporation, located in Fairfax, have agreed to pay approximately $5.6 million to settle False Claims Act allegations and other civil claims related to inaccurate certified cost or pricing data submitted to the U.S. Navy.

The United States alleged that CDM Smith and CDM Federal submitted inaccurate cost and labor hour estimates and related certifications in connection with certain task orders on a federal contract to supply architect-engineering services to Navy bases. The alleged conduct would violate the Truth in Negotiations Act, which requires contractors who are negotiating certain government contracts to submit cost and pricing data to the federal government that is truthful, accurate, and complete.

The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed by a former CDM employee under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act. A whistleblower suit or qui tam action under the False Claims Act is commenced by an individual, known as a “relator,” filing a complaint under seal in the U.S. District Court, and providing a copy of the complaint and other evidence to the local U.S. Attorney. The United States then has an opportunity to investigate the claims. The False Claims Act provides the whistleblowers with a share of the government’s recovery.

The resolutions obtained in this matter were the result of a coordinated effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. (Read Here)

BOSTON MAN CHARGED WITH SPRAY PAINTING SWASTIKAS ON FEDERAL PROPERTY

BOSTON – A Boston man was arrested on Friday and charged in connection with spray painting swastikas on the JFK Federal Building in Boston.

Gerard Richard Lee, 70, of Boston, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of injuring or depredating government property. Lee will make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Dein this afternoon.

According to the charging documents, on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, a police officer observed Lee spray paint graffiti, including swastikas, on the air intake stack at the JKF Federal Building in Boston.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Timothy Bane, Regional Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the criminal complaint are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

OPIOID MANUFACTURER INDIVIOR’S FORMER GLOBAL MEDICAL DIRECTOR PLEADS GUILTY IN CONNECTION WITH DRUG SAFETY CLAIMS

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – Timothy Baxter, the former global medical director of Indivior, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to a one-count misdemeanor information charging him with causing the introduction into interstate commerce of the opioid drug Suboxone Film, which was misbranded in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  Indivior’s former chief executive officer, Shaun Thaxter, recently pleaded guilty to a similar charge.

Baxter was the top medical executive of Indivior (formerly known as Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals) from 2000 until he left the company in May 2016.  Indivior and one of its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $600 million to resolve their criminal and civil liability, with the subsidiary pleading guilty to making false statements relating to health care matters.  Indivior’s former parent company, Reckitt Benckiser Group, previously paid $1.4 billion to resolve its liability.

Suboxone Film is a drug approved for use by recovering opioid addicts to avoid or reduce withdrawal symptoms while they undergo drug-addiction treatment.  Suboxone and its active ingredient, buprenorphine, are powerful and addictive opioids.

According to court documents, Baxter admitted that an Indivior employee he supervised sent inaccurate drug-safety information to the Massachusetts Medicaid agency, MassHealth, in 2012.  More specifically: (Read Here)

OPERATION LEGEND RESULTS IN DRUG AND GUN CHARGES AGAINST MILWAUKEE MAN

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on August 25, 2020, a federal grand jury indictment was issued against Jeffrey R. Jones (age: 35) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The indictment alleges that Jones distributed heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine, and that he possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, all in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A), 841(b)(1)(B), and 841(b)(1)(C). If convicted of these charges, Jones faces a mandatory ten years of imprisonment and up to a lifetime of imprisonment. He is additionally charged with being a felon in possession of eight firearms and possessing fivefirearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(c)(1)(A). He faces up to ten years of imprisonment for possessing a firearm as a felon, and a mandatory five years of imprisonment up to a lifetime of imprisonment for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug distribution.

The case was brought under Operation Legend, a Department of Justice initiative to fight violent crime in Milwaukee and other cities that have experienced an increase in crime rates.  Operation Legend has directed significant additional federal funding and agents from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service to the Milwaukee area to work with state and local officers to combat violent crime.

This case was investigated by the Milwaukee Police Department in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as part of the Safe Streets Task Force. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth M. Monfils.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

TWO MEN WHO ALLEGEDLY USED SYNTHETIC IDENTITIES, EXISTING SHELL COMPANIES, AND PRIOR FRAUD EXPERIENCE TO EXPLOIT COVID 19 RELIEF PROGRAMS CHARGED IN MIAMI FEDERAL COURT

Miami, Fl. – Federal prosecutors have charged two Florida residents with bank fraud conspiracy for allegedly using synthetic identities to commit crimes, including defrauding banks and stealing over $3 million from Covid-19 relief programs.

Synthetic identities combine real (albeit stolen) identity information, such as stolen social security numbers, with fraudulent identity information, such as fake names and dates of birth. Criminals create these synthetic identities and use them to open fraudulent bank and credit card accounts, and to make fraudulent purchases.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kyle A. Myles, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General – Investigations (FDIC-OIG), Atlanta Region, Brian Swain, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office, Kevin A. Kupperbusch, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Inspector General (SBA-OIG), Investigations Division, Eastern Region, Rod Owens, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, Antonio J. Gomez, Inspector in Charge, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), Miami Division, and James S. Jackson, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) made the announcement. (Read Here)

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