Brian A. Benczkowski

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Lumber Liquidators Agrees to $33 Million Penalty for Securities Fraud

RICHMOND, Va. – Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. has agreed to pay a total penalty of $33 million for filing a materially false and misleading statement to investors regarding the sale of its laminate flooring from China to its customers in the United States. “This resolution holds Lumber Liquidators accountable for misleading the investing public,” said … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Lumber Liquidators Agrees to $33 Million Penalty for Securities Fraud

Massachusetts News: New York Man, Randall Crater Charged with Cryptocurrency Fraud Scheme

BOSTON, Ms. – The founder of My Big Coin Pay Inc., a purported cryptocurrency and virtual payment services company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., was arrested and charged today for his participation in a scheme to defraud investors by marketing and selling fraudulent virtual currency. Randall Crater, 48, of East Hampton, N.Y., was charged with … Continue reading Massachusetts News: New York Man, Randall Crater Charged with Cryptocurrency Fraud Scheme

Florida News: Colombian Nationals Sentenced To 45 And 50 Years in Prison for Participating In Human Smuggling Event That Resulted In the Rape and Murder of Cuban Nationals

Florida – Two Colombian nationals were sentenced to 45 and 50 years in prison for their roles in a scheme to smuggle illegal aliens from Colombia into the United States, which resulted in the rape of one and the death of two Cuban nationals. U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, … Continue reading Florida News: Colombian Nationals Sentenced To 45 And 50 Years in Prison for Participating In Human Smuggling Event That Resulted In the Rape and Murder of Cuban Nationals

Florida News: Cuban Citizen, Saul Santos Ferro Arrested on Charge of Making False Statements on an Application for Lawful Permanent Residence

Indictment allege series of lies, including failure to disclose membership in the Cuban government’s Department of State Security Miami, Florida – A Cuban citizen residing in Miami, Florida, was arrested on Feb. 5, by federal agents after being indicted on one count of making false statements in an immigration document. U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan … Continue reading Florida News: Cuban Citizen, Saul Santos Ferro Arrested on Charge of Making False Statements on an Application for Lawful Permanent Residence

FLORIDA News: TALLAHASSEE, Tallahassee City Commissioner and Political Consultant Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Charles Maddox, 50, and Tallahassee political consultant Janice Paige Carter-Smith, 53, both of Tallahassee, have been indicted in a forty-four count indictment for conspiring to operate a racketeering enterprise that engaged in acts of bank fraud, extortion, honest services fraud, and bribery. Maddox and Carter-Smith are also charged … Continue reading FLORIDA News: TALLAHASSEE, Tallahassee City Commissioner and Political Consultant Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy

Florida News: Florida Man, Bryan Deneumostier Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Surreptitiously Producing and Distributing Pornographic Audio and Video Recordings of Himself Engaged in Sexual Activity with at Least 80 Others

Florida – A Homestead, Florida man was sentenced today in federal court in Miami to 36 months in prison for surreptitiously producing and distributing pornographic audio and video recordings of himself engaging in sexual activity with multiple men. U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski … Continue reading Florida News: Florida Man, Bryan Deneumostier Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Surreptitiously Producing and Distributing Pornographic Audio and Video Recordings of Himself Engaged in Sexual Activity with at Least 80 Others

New Jersey News: Two Iranian Men Indicted For Deploying Ransomware To Extort Hospitals, Municipalities, And Public Institutions, Causing More Than $30 Million In Losses

NEWARK, N.J. – An indictment returned by a federal grand jury was unsealed today in Newark, charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, both of Iran, in a 34-month-long international computer hacking and extortion scheme involving the deployment of sophisticated ransomware, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey, … Continue reading New Jersey News: Two Iranian Men Indicted For Deploying Ransomware To Extort Hospitals, Municipalities, And Public Institutions, Causing More Than $30 Million In Losses

WASHINGTON News: Christopher William Armstrong, Louisiana Physician’s Assistant Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Unlawfully Distribute Controlled Substances

WASHINGTON – A Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based physician’s assistant pleaded guilty today for his role in a scheme to unlawfully distribute thousands of oxycodone pills. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Brandon J. Fremin of the Middle District of Louisiana, Special Agent in Charge Stephen G. Azzam of … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Christopher William Armstrong, Louisiana Physician’s Assistant Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Unlawfully Distribute Controlled Substances

Maryland News: Baltimore TTG Member, Brandon Bazemore Sentenced To 25 Years In Federal Prison On Federal Racketeering And Drug Conspiracy Charges, Including Three Murders, An Attempted Murder, And Drug Distribution

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Brandon Bazemore, a/k/a Man Man, age 25, of Baltimore, today to 25 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise known as Trained To Go (TTG), including committing three murders, an attempted murder, and … Continue reading Maryland News: Baltimore TTG Member, Brandon Bazemore Sentenced To 25 Years In Federal Prison On Federal Racketeering And Drug Conspiracy Charges, Including Three Murders, An Attempted Murder, And Drug Distribution

WASHINGTON News: John Edmonds, Former Precious Metals Trader Pleads Guilty to Commodities Fraud and Spoofing Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – A former precious metals trader at a United States bank (Bank) pleaded guilty in a proceeding unsealed yesterday to commodities fraud and a spoofing conspiracy in connection with his participation in fraudulent and deceptive trading activity in the precious metals futures contracts markets. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: John Edmonds, Former Precious Metals Trader Pleads Guilty to Commodities Fraud and Spoofing Conspiracy

Florida News: Abraham Edgardo Ortega, Former Executive Director at Venezuelan State-Owned Oil Company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., Pleads Guilty to Role in Billion-Dollar Money Laundering Conspiracy

Florida – A former executive director at the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), pleaded guilty today for his role in a billion-dollar international scheme to launder funds embezzled from PDVSA. U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan of the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s … Continue reading Florida News: Abraham Edgardo Ortega, Former Executive Director at Venezuelan State-Owned Oil Company, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., Pleads Guilty to Role in Billion-Dollar Money Laundering Conspiracy

Massachusetts News: Businessman, Roger Richard Boncy Indicted for Conspiring to Bribe Senior Officials of the Republic of Haiti

BOSTON, Ms. – A businessman was charged in a superseding indictment filed yesterday in federal court in Boston for conspiring to bribe senior officials of the Republic of Haiti, and to launder funds for that purpose, in connection with a planned $84 million port development project in that country. Roger Richard Boncy, 74, a dual … Continue reading Massachusetts News: Businessman, Roger Richard Boncy Indicted for Conspiring to Bribe Senior Officials of the Republic of Haiti

WASHINGTON News: Justice Department’s Criminal Division Creates Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force to Focus on Illegal Opioid Prescriptions

WASHINGTON – Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division today announced the formation of the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force (ARPO Strike Force), a joint law enforcement effort that brings together the resources and expertise of the Health Care Fraud Unit in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section (HCF Unit), … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Justice Department’s Criminal Division Creates Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force to Focus on Illegal Opioid Prescriptions

Tennessee News: Nashville To Serve as Hub for Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 25, 2018 – Unites States Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division announced today the formation of the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force (ARPO Strike Force), a joint law enforcement effort that brings together the … Continue reading Tennessee News: Nashville To Serve as Hub for Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force

WASHINGTON News: Two Maryland Women Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging They Defrauded D.C Medicaid Program

Defendants Worked as Personal Care Aides WASHINGTON – Two Maryland women who were employed as personal care aides were arrested today on separate federal charges. Both are charged with engaging in a scheme in which they allegedly submitted a combined $1.7 million in false claims to the District of Columbia’s Medicaid program. The announcement was … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Two Maryland Women Arrested on Federal Charges Alleging They Defrauded D.C Medicaid Program

WASHINGTON News: Four Additional Latin Dragon Members Charged With Racketeering Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – Four additional members of Chicago area criminal street gang, the Latin Dragons Nation, have been charged with racketeering conspiracy and other related offenses in a second superseding indictment unsealed today, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II for the Northern District … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Four Additional Latin Dragon Members Charged With Racketeering Conspiracy

North Carolina News: CHARLOTTE, High-Ranking North Carolina Bloods Gang Leader Sentenced To 19 Years For Racketeering Conspiracy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A high-ranking North Carolina leader of the Nine Trey Gangsters set of the United Blood Nation (UBN or Bloods) street gang, was sentenced today to 19 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy. Also sentenced today were two other members of the Bloods gang. Sixty-seven defendants have now either pleaded guilty or have … Continue reading North Carolina News: CHARLOTTE, High-Ranking North Carolina Bloods Gang Leader Sentenced To 19 Years For Racketeering Conspiracy

Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Ross McLellan, Former State Street Executive Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud Clients Through Secret Trading Commissions

BOSTON, Ms. – A former executive vice president of State Street Corporation was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with engaging in a scheme to defraud at least six of the bank’s clients through secret commissions applied to billions of dollars of securities trades. Ross McLellan, 47, of Hingham, was sentenced by … Continue reading Massachusetts News: BOSTON, Ross McLellan, Former State Street Executive Sentenced for Scheme to Defraud Clients Through Secret Trading Commissions

Florida News: Miami-Area Pharmacy Owner, Antonio Perez Jr. Pleads Guilty for Role in $8.4 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Florida – The owner of a Miami-area pharmacy pleaded guilty for his role in Medicare prescription fraud scheme involving approximately $8.4 million in fraudulent billings. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida; Special Agent in Charge Robert Lasky of … Continue reading Florida News: Miami-Area Pharmacy Owner, Antonio Perez Jr. Pleads Guilty for Role in $8.4 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON News: FEDERAL INMATE, Donald Fell PLEADS GUILTY AND RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE FOR 2000 CARJACKING, KIDNAPPING AND MURDER IN VERMONT

WASHINGTON – A federal inmate formerly residing in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty today to murder, carjacking and kidnapping, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Christina Nolan for the District of Vermont. Donald Fell, 38, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a federal indictment arising from … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: FEDERAL INMATE, Donald Fell PLEADS GUILTY AND RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE FOR 2000 CARJACKING, KIDNAPPING AND MURDER IN VERMONT

WASHINGTON News: Hospital Chain Will Pay Over $260 Million to Resolve False Billing and Kickback Allegations; One Subsidiary Agrees To Plead Guilty

WASHINGTON – Health Management Associates, LLC (HMA), formerly a U.S. hospital chain headquartered in Naples, Florida, will pay over $260 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to defraud the United States. The government alleged that HMA knowingly billed government health care programs for inpatient services that should have been … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Hospital Chain Will Pay Over $260 Million to Resolve False Billing and Kickback Allegations; One Subsidiary Agrees To Plead Guilty

New York News: Owner of Queens Pharmacies, Aleah Mohammed Charged in Scheme to Defraud Medicare and Medicaid

Defendant’s Pharmacies Received Reimbursements for Prescription Drugs Not Prescribed or Dispensed Queens, New York – Aleah Mohammed, the owner of four pharmacies in Queens, New York, will be arraigned today in federal court in Brooklyn on an indictment charging her with submitting millions of dollars in claims as part of a scheme to defraud Medicare … Continue reading New York News: Owner of Queens Pharmacies, Aleah Mohammed Charged in Scheme to Defraud Medicare and Medicaid

Florida News: Florida Man, Bryan Deneumostier Pleads Guilty to Surreptitiously Producing and Distributing Pornographic Audio and Video Recordings of Himself Engaged in Sexual Activity with At Least 80

Florida – A Homestead, Florida man who was charged with surreptitiously producing and distributing pornographic audio and video recordings of himself engaging in sexual activity with multiple men, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Miami. Bryan Deneumostier, 32, also known by the screen name “susanleon33326,” pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal interception of … Continue reading Florida News: Florida Man, Bryan Deneumostier Pleads Guilty to Surreptitiously Producing and Distributing Pornographic Audio and Video Recordings of Himself Engaged in Sexual Activity with At Least 80

Arkansas News: Former Arkansas State Senator, Jonathan E. Woods Sentenced To 220 Months In Federal Prison For Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud And Money

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Former Arkansas State Senator Johnathan Woods was sentenced today to 220 months in prison for organizing and leading a bribery scheme in which state funds were directed to non-profit entities in exchange for kickbacks, many of which were funneled through a consultant’s business, announced U.S. Attorney Duane “DAK” Kees for the Western … Continue reading Arkansas News: Former Arkansas State Senator, Jonathan E. Woods Sentenced To 220 Months In Federal Prison For Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud And Money

New Jersey News: Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski Announces Newark/Philadelphia Regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force

NEWARK, N.J. – Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division today announced the formation of the Newark/Philadelphia Regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force (Regional Strike Force), a joint law enforcement effort that brings together the resources and expertise of the Health Care Fraud Unit in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division’s Fraud … Continue reading New Jersey News: Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski Announces Newark/Philadelphia Regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force